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Rhinebeck post--better late than never

Thanks for all the fabulous comments on my shawl.  That is the best part of blogging--getting some love for the hard work that goes into knitting up projects.  I have awesome readers!

Now time to flash my purchases.  I was rather restrained this year (I usually am) because I have plenty of beautiful stash already (including past Rhinebeck purchases) and I also had the fun of shopping for others which means I get all the excitement but none of the guilt of buying.

As is my usual way of doing things, I went straight to the Briar Rose booth.  She's one of my favourite dyers.  This is what followed me home:

It's called Charity, it's 100% corriedale and the colour is a big departure for me--so stormy and grey.  It's worsted weight and if I don't knit it for me (which is what I usually do) it's also very manly so it's versatile stash.

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And it's 1800 yards!  Love those enormous hanks.

There was no other yarn, but I did buy some fibre.

8oz of Into the Whirled BFL superwash in Connundrum (great colour name).

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4oz of Merino Superwash from Fiber Optics in Black Coffee

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4oz of Merino Silk from Fibre Optics in this nifty Ultra Violet gradation.  I gather this will make stripey yarn--I love spinning stripey.

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I also bought a ton of Got Soap--best soap ever.  I always buy it at Rhinebeck.

There was one more purchase, though it was paid for in July.

Meet my Matchless (I think I might call her Martha--I've been watching Dr. Who and have Martha Jones on the brain).

Matchless 

I wasn't really planning to buy another wheel (though I was thinking I wanted something with a bit more va-voom because as much as I love my Little Gem, sometimes, I felt like I was faster than it was) but then this used Matchless came along on Craigslist and the price was oh, so right, and I had some extra money, and it was my birthday and wham, I bought myself this awesome wheel.

Except it was in Philadelphia.  My pal Anmiryam offered to pick it up and store it for me until Rhinebeck since shipping to Canada was a wee bit spendy.  I even offered to let her give it a go, but she resisted--she really doesn't have any interest in spinning, but I still love her anyway!

Turns out Anmiryam couldn't make it to Rhinebeck (sad) so she passed it to another area friend, Hope, who made sure I had it!  Thanks to both of you!

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The wheel is in beautiful condition with that nice patina that comes on the maple over time (these are the seller's photos--so pretty compared to what I can do).  It was made in 1996 and spins perfectly.  And fast!  I have it set up in double drive (which I really like) on the medium whorl and it just wants to make yarn.  I've only had time to work with some practice fleece, but I'm already anxious to spin something pretty on it.

 


The Nicest Thing I've Ever Knit

I have so much to talk about, but all of it is overshadowed by my glorious, finished, awesome, warm, lovely, soft, glowing Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl.

 

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Thanks to Emily for taking the photos at Rhinebeck (I will post about that this weekend).

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I felt like a knitting rock star while at Rhinebeck. And the ladies at Sanguine Gryphon took a few minutes to ogle my work (thanks for that!). This is truely the nicest thing I've ever knit. It's perfect. And while it was a bit of a slog to get it done before the trip, it was an absolute pleasure to knit. The pattern was clear, the yarn fantastic, the rows were long, but I got into a groove. Even the icord just sorta happened.

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In the end the hardest part was the knitting monogamy. I really now want to get all slutty with my knitting and cast on 100 things.  That is what I think of knitting monogamy (and modeling).

Final details:

Pattern: Swedish Heartwarmer Shawl from Handknit Holidays

Yarn: Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in Forester Moth (dark teal), Longhorn Beetle (Red), Bronze Moth (Gold) and Southern Green Stinkbug (Light teal green).

Started: May

Finished: October (with the summer off because it was too big to knit without making me all sweaty)

Technique: Knit flat using two-handed fair isle. The wrong side rows were knit backwards, also in two-handed fair isle.


Woot! Ran! Raised Money! Gave Away Fabulous Prizes!!

I had a great run.  It was a slow start with all those people, but once I got going, I ran and I ran fast.  The run was only 4.5km in the end (confirmed by my Runkeeper App) but my pace was my fastest ever.  It was very energizing running with that huge throng of people (even if it was like leaving a hockey game and walking to the subway for the first 3/4 of a kilometer).

The best part: I raised $528 thanks to all of you.  Amazing.  

Now for the fun stuff. 

Prize give aways!!!

Using the random number generator and Random.org and witnessed by my sweetie Craig, here are the lucky winners:

Araucania Ranco: Keri W

Socks that Rock Medium Weight: Kate A

Briggs and Little Regal: Stephanie M

And the super lucky winner of the $50 gift certificate to Indigodragonfly is...Susan L

Congratulations.  I'll email you to arrange delivery of your stuff.  Enjoy.


Big Run Tomorrow

Tomorrow is my first running with others, race type thing.  It's a 5km for the Run for the Cure and I'm pretty excited about it.  I did a little 2km practice run with Alexander today (he's got a cross country meet on Monday) and I'm feeling ready.  It's not a timed race or anything, but it's a big step for me to go from running alone in dark of the morning or evening, to running with a throng of people.

Thanks again to everyone who donated.  I raised $433 for breast cancer research--I'd love to make that $450 though (just because I like round numbers).  I'll do the prize tomorrow after the run so I can give away that yummy yarn and super duper Indigodragonfly gift certificate.

If you want to donate, there's still time.  Here's the link.  Just email and let me know you're a knitter.  Every $5 you donate gives you an entry in the draw.

Now to spend some time on my Rhinebeck shawl and relaxing.