As Bee Fields is winding down and fall, with its crisp beautiful days, seems on the threshold, my thoughts have turned to Rhinebeck. As I drive along the stretch of the Hudson River that flows through my part of New York and see bits of yellow and orange among the green trees, I can’t think of anything but the splendid drive north to Rhinebeck. In less than a month, I’ll be taking that drive just at the time when all the trees are at the peak of glorious color.
It isn’t easy to decide what kinds of yarn to buy, but if I don't set some guidelines now my purchases will be haphazard. I definitely don’t need more shawl yarn, although it is always tempting. I think this year it will be sweaters and some modest additions to my sock yarn stash. There are some yarns I’ve bought in past years to try out, and after Bee Fields, I think I could use a simple project for a week or so. Last night, I foraged in my stash for the yarns I thought I’d use for scarves as a way to decide whether to get a sweater’s worth of yarn. The most likely candidate is this hand-dyed Cormo-silk mix from Fox Fire Fibers.
From the website it seems that this exact yarn isn’t offered, but an intriguing alternative (Cormo-silk-alpaca) is listed. Fox Fiber also has the most beautiful sock yarn, and so I won’t come home empty handed.
Several years ago, I purchased this llama yarn from Rhodie Hill Farms. It has a beautiful hand-spun texture, and it positively glows. I wish you could feel how soft it is.
I was going to try it out using one of Myrna Stahman’s seaman’s scarves, but I never got to it. I had hoped to knit DS a sweater using several of the natural shades, and he decided that he had enough sweaters (yes, there are times when I wonder if he is really my son). But I would like to knit a bit of it to see what it is like. If I’m not quite up to a sweater from it, it would make a great choice for some special gift scarves.
Another vendor that has always intrigued me is Shelridge Farm, and I’m considering one (or more) of their beautiful DK yarns for a pullover sweater. I want to do more self-designed sweaters, and these yarns seem perfect.
I’ve been blogging now for just over a year and a half, and it has been a wonderful experience. I’ve enjoyed writing about my projects and progress (or lack thereof) and “meeting” other knitters. Helena made my day by giving me an “I Love Your Blog” award, and part of the requirements is to pass this on to four other blogs. It is hard to decide which of the blogs I visit regularly to choose, but some do stand out for particular reasons.
I’d like to pass it on to Dorothy, whose blog I started reading shortly after I discovered (quite inadvertently) that there were knitting blogs. I’ve enjoyed reading Dorothy’s posts on all sorts of topics beyond knitting, particularly her success in gaining a college degree.
Robin really counts as my first blog friend. She hosted the Manly Gift Along KAL, which was my first KAL, and has graciously shared her thoughts and opinions with me from virtually day one of my blog launch. She is my window on younger knitters (and often my enabler), and I think my project choices have been shaped by her selection—even though I’m not always ready to give up “boxy”.
I came upon Susan’s blog not long ago (in blog years), but watching her progress and reading about the changes she makes to every project has often given me new insight for doing the same on mine. I enjoy her nonknitting pictures of mountains and Western landscapes almost as much as the FO pictures.
Finally, I’d like to mention a blog that is a relatively new stop in blogland—another Marjorie. (That alone is almost a reason to pass the award on—“Marjories” are a dying breed. What young girl is given that name nowadays?) Marji sent me an email not long ago complimenting my blog, and when I checked hers I was astounded by her sewing and tailoring skills—skill that I’ve let go dormant. Her posts have inspired me to dust off my machine and think about woven fabric. She knits beautifully too.
So ladies, you now have to pass the award on to four others.
And to end summer in style, I picked my first of what seems to be a dozen, red tomatoes: