There was a plan. It was a plan that involved me finishing the hat and the mitts while we were up here and taking pictures here. I even demonstrated an impressive amount of forethought and planning by bringing appropriate blocking gear and the stuff to make my hair all shiny and well behaved. But then, the leftover yarn proved too much for me to resist, and I had to make a neck thing.
Alas, the neck thing won’t be done while we’re here (close, but not quite). And while I did bring mitt blockers (as you do), I did not bring blocking mats and pins. That would be taking things too far. So for now, you will have to settle for the hat and mitts. I’ll finish the neck thing up soon and see what I can do about pics when I get home.
I’m clearly overdue to tell you about Rhinebeck. My only excuse is that we’ve gone of on a bit of an excursion after, and, when faced with the choice between staring at my computer or gazing out across the water, the water wins.
But I have found one of the things I picked up at the show to be especially useful on the trip. You see, I did an odd thing. I didn’t buy any yarn at Rhinebeck. I know this is a bit scandalous, but alas it’s true (don’t worry, I have remedied this on the rest of the trip and will report back soon). Instead, I bought a blanket.
Here is what it looked like all tidily folded out of the bag, with the lovely Dashing Star Farm label all cute and sparkly. Quite charming and respectably wooly.
And here is how it looked, crumpled and inviting, every time I popped out from under it for a minute to fetch a glass of tea or get a new book. For you see, it is chilly here, and the blanket is warm, and I’ve been spending inordinate amounts of time snuggled up under it.
I’m really starting to like this blanket as souvenir thing. Yarn is lovely and wooly too, but you have to do a bit more work to it before it’s ready to be snuggled. The blanket is much quicker!
- October 27, 2014
- tags: petiole
The hat and cuffs are done. Even done and blocked. But there was far too much yarn left to just let it sit about unused, so I decided to do an alarmingly small scarf. It will be a wee little thing, just the sort of fluff that wraps around your neck and pins in place with a lovely fastener (I may possibly have obtained said fastener when I stopped by String Theory, but that’s a story for another time). It’s well underway and will be shown off more in the days to come.
Despite that wee bit of pre-trip knitting that resulted in the unexpectedly early completion of the hat and one mitt, I did manage to save some knitting for the trip.
As proof, I offer the mitt on the needles on the conveniently photogenic moldering log located beside the place we are staying. It will be done with just a few more minutes of knitting, and then that lovely great pile of remaining yarn will get turned into some sort of snuggly neck thing. I am fairly sure it will be delightful.
- October 24, 2014
- tags: chez violence
And, lest you think yesterday’s herb salts were the only things we made ahead and packed along with us, allow me to remind you of the hot chocolate paste.
As with the herb salts, this was all explained last year. This hot chocolate paste has become such a staple part of our pantry that I didn’t want to be without it, even on a trip (why yes, I did also pack a teapot and several kinds of loose tea, why do you ask). If you missed it last year, you really should give it a shot, it’s awfully good stuff to have on hand. This time I put a layer of nutmeg and another of ancho on top (because packing along a nutmeg grater would just be one step too far, you’ve got to draw the line somewhere).