Archive for October 2019

Episode 67 – Get Ready for Rhinebeck

Segments this week include – Wips, FOs, Knitting Fail, Wearables and Out and About – getting ready for Rhinebeck edition

Quick reminder, Pont du Marais shawl is on sale for podcast listeners – use code FOG to get 30% off through Friday, 10/18


Christmas socks for Thing 2 – finished 1st, turned heel this morning for 2nd.

A few rows on the latest Hitchhiker – then I put it down and decided to save it for Rhinebeck Knitting.


Taking Flight – done and blocking, needs ends woven in

Knitting Fail

What happens when you finish a sock at Legoland... and have nothing to cut the yarn so you can start the 2nd?


Mommy’s Tunic – one of my patterns, knit in the discontinued Be Sweet Bamboo.  Wore this on a recent warm day

Empire Tunic by Lily Go made in discontinued Frog Tree Picoboo, a cotton bamboo blend.  ¾ sleeve tunic that crosses over the bust, perfect for the in-between fall weather and leggings

Changing Staircases 2 – designed by Dragon Hoard Yarns and knit up in Great Adirondack Yarn bamboo/cotton blend that I picked up at Rhinebeck last year

Changing Staircases – knit up in Fiber Lady’s Mousou 100% Bamboo

Out and About

Rhinebeck!  New York Sheep & Wool Starts Thursday 10/17 – Sunday 10/20 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY.  In a minute I’m going to go over some Tips For First Timers, but first lets do logistics.  I will be there Saturday and Sunday likely almost all day both days.  Feel free to stop me and say “Hi!” if you see me.  On Saturday I will be at the Ravelry Meetup at noon on The Hill, and at the Podcaster meetup at 1, also on The Hill.  On Sunday I will be at the Leaping Llama Contest in Bldg 34 at 11:15, and possibly at the Ravelry Meetup right afterwards, depending on timing.  The rest of the time I’ll be walking around, shopping, knitting, spinning and soaking up the general awesomeness.

Terminology – I’ve already used some words you might not understand if you haven’t been before

  • The Hill – there are several small hills on the property and this confused me so much the first year I went. Look at the fairgrounds map – The Hill is just above the petting zoo.  It’s a wide open hillside where lots of folks can gather
  • The Buildings – shorthand for Buildings A, B, C, D and 41 which is really one large building divided into sections. Sometimes also refers to Building E, the food hall
  • The Barns – a group of much smaller, free standing, well, barns, on the far side from The Buildings. Building 22 has Upper and Lower levels (separate entrances), the rest are all 1 story

Food – lines are crazy from 11:30 to 2 – eat before or after if you can.  

Link to Map

Seating – there are lots of places to sit, scattered around.  However, if you have issues with mobility, bring a chair in your car and have someone in your party go get it for you.  The paths or paved, but the fairground is all small hills.  Sit down if you need to, it’s not worth getting hurt.  

Bags – try not to bring a backpack.  I made this mistake the first year, and you keep bumping into people by accident, it’s not worth it.  

Book Signings & Author Talks – lots of fiber authors there, check out the link in the shownotes and make a note of who you want to see.

On a related note – Make A List On Paper!  - Check out the list of vendors (link to searchable page) Cell phone signal is spotty.  Don’t count on having it – write down what you want to do, what time it is and where it is.  Speaking of spotty cell signal – it affects the vendors too.  If you have cash you won’t be stuck waiting while the vendor tries to process your card – and some of the bigger vendors will have a fast Cash-Only line.

What am I bringing?

  • Purse & 2 resuable shopping bags
  • Water bottles – large one for the car, smaller one for carrying around in my purse.
  • Larabars or healthy snack to combat the junkfood lol
  • Cash
  • Easy knitting – hitchhiker or a sock or both for walking around
  • Intermediate knitting for hanging out with friends and dinner, etc
  • Drop spindle and fiber
  • Folding Chair
  • Spinning Wheel & fiber for if I get tired and need to sit for a while


What am I wearing?

Haven’t decided yet, probably my Frosted sweater by Lisa K Ross or Dancing Dragons Coat by Heike Campbell over a Mommy’s Tunic or Second Grace by Bristol Ivy.  I’ll probably have a shawl each day as well and maybe a hat or mitts.  I’ll have layers underneath to keep warm because I am always cold.  I will probably wear warm, well-loved boots the first day and sneakers the second

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Episode 66

Designer Notes, Wips, FOs, Spinning, Out and About, On the Run

Designer Notes

Pont du Marais Shawl released today, October 11!  Inspired by the epic fog in my grandmother’s village and named for one of the foggiest places therein (literally, it means Bridge at the Marsh). I can’t wait to share this easy, fun pattern with you. When I first saw this skein of color-changing yarn from @wollesyarn at #VKLNYC last January I knew I wanted to make this shawl, showcasing the fog and waves that I love about Nova Scotia.

Pronunciation – Nova Scotia versus France.

30% off for podcast listeners with code ONTHERUN through Friday, 10/18.


Taking Flight – Captain Marvel inspired shawl by Katherine Belisle.  I’ve been trying to finish up the applied lace edging to I can wear this beauty to Rhinebeck because it’s beautiful!  I am ¾ done.  Knitting this up in discontinued Longmeadow from Webs (red and blue) and Berocco Modern Cotton (yellow).

A new sleeveless top in silk, just started the sample, long ways to go.


Aggregate Shawl by #jimiknits Jiminez Joseph for the #BIPOCMAL2019 I love this pattern and I can already tell I’ll be knitting this one again in a thicker weight yarn for winter wear.

New Rent-inspired shawl pattern.  For those of you at ITW, this is the gray and pink shawl that you saw me working on.  I’ll be sending it to the tech editor soon then opening it up for test knitters.


I spun Alpaca for the first time.  Rolags and spinning directly from the locks.  First time using regular flyer I think!

Out and About

Rhinebeck in just over a week!  I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday.  Come find me and say hi! 

On the Run – Back Stretching edition

Regular listeners will recall that I threw my back out late last winter pretty badly.  It was a just a muscle pull, thankfully nothing worse.  But I learned some great warm up stretches that really helped get mobility in my spine back.  I still use them periodically when I feel knots in my back muscles starting to form again and they still help.

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Episode 65: Summer is Over

Segments include: FOs, Wips, Out and About:Into The Wool edition; On The Run


3 shawls!  I finished 3 shawl samples since I last recorded, one of which will be launching next week keep an eye on social media for details on the Pont du Marais shawl, inspired by the fog in my grandmother’s village.


Aggregate Shawl – my first piece for the BIPOCMAL2019, this pattern is designed by JimiKnits and I’m knitting it in two colors of handspun.  I am nearly done, hoping to finish today.

Hitchhiker – my 10th (I think?) hitchhiker, in Serenity Garden Sport yarn, some very old stash.  I just started the 3rd skein – debating whether it will be 3 or 4 skeins.

Another shawl sample for an upcoming pattern; my 3rd Rent inspired pattern _Into the Wool folks – this is the one with the pink and gray braid you were commenting on.  I promised to keep them posted on this pattern.

Triyang – by Lee Meredith - still chugging away.  Laceweight on size 0 needles this is going to take forever and I am ok with that, it will be gorgeous when complete

Go With The Flo – Over halfway done.  May tweak this pattern.  Don’t have enough yarn to make the whole thing one color.  Debating making the central lace panel a different color or skipping it altogether.


Continuing my first sweater spin.  About 4.25 oz left.  I realized I had 5 oz left and I’m trying to squeeze it onto 3 bobbins by overstuffing them.

Out and About:


Rhinebeck! Oct 19th and 20th; I’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday this year.

I can’t make these, but maybe some of you can:

VT Sheep and Wool – Oct 5&6

Fiber Festival of New England – Nov 2-3

Into The Wool


I’ll spare you a complete blow-by-blow of the whole weekend but I highly recommend Into The Wool.  If you’ve been on the fence, or were worried about going alone to a retreat I say, go for it!  These women are amazing and super welcoming.  I definitely want to go back.  I can’t go next year, as it starts on my 15th wedding anniversary, but in the future I will go again.

On The Run

We’ll save the whole fitness segment for next week, but I have been doing very well at making fitness a habit again.  

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