Can you tell what colors those are? They look like black, green, and black to me. But they are actually “Plum Dandy,” “Deep Maroon,” and “Teddy Bear Brown.” (For those of you who know more about dyeing than I do – this is normal, right?)
I can’t wait to crack into them and overdye my Blackberry Lorna’s Laces!
It’s cold and rainy here today, which is perfect knitting weather so I’m not complaining. But I’m hoping that my knitty friends at the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck are enjoying clear skies (and fried artichokes). I inaugurated the weekend with warm cinnamon sugar doughnuts from the Dexter Cider Mill, so that I could be at Rhinebeck in spirit.
Speaking of Rhinebeck, have you seen photographer Gale Zucker’s most recent blog post? In 2010 and 2012, she was at the Sheep and Wool Festival inviting people to pose in their handknits for what has become a really cool photo project. She’s turned that project into a book! The book isn’t quite ready yet, but in the meantime, she’s assembled this really cool video sneak peek:
(If the video doesn’t show up, try this link: http://youtu.be/R78v6DyiuL8)
My crew and I are shown in the last minute of the video. (If you watch closely, you’ll even get a glimpse of me in the walking cast I was sporting for my broken ankle!)
Watching the video actually brought tears to my eyes – it’s such a joyful feeling to see so many amazing people wearing beautiful handknits that they crafted themselves. As Gale writes, “It … feels like a home movie. For a very large & covered-in-knitwear family.” That it does. I’m very happy to be a part of this family.
I hope wherever you are this weekend – whether at the Duchess County Fairgrounds or at home or elsewhere (or in front of Game 6 of the MLB ALCS tonight, as I will be) – you have a lovely, yarn-filled time.
The weekend passed for me in a blur, mostly of work, but I did manage to spend a little time on a few crafty pursuits.
1 – I made a little progress on my end of a barter (more details soon):
2 – I spent a lot of time with some of my favorite knitting reference books:
so much good stuff in these
3 – I blocked a couple of knits:
(And one of them is still damp, three days later! I was desperate to get it photographed and actually did a full photoshoot wearing one of them while it was still wet. At the time, I thought it was working out just fine, but when I saw the pics I realized that I will actually have to reshoot. Lesson=learned.)
4 – I spent some time with colored pencils and graph paper trying to work out a colorwork design. (new territory for me)
5 – I finally cast on for a sweater for one of my kiddos!
And in non-craft-related news, I rigged up a standing desk for myself (trying to address some piriformis pain) and discovered a bonus. Kitty can no longer body-block me from my keyboard!