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Deep Inhale…

… *whoooooooooo* There. That should get the dust off this puppy.

As it was so subtly pointed out to me by someone on Googlechat last night, it’s been two weeks since my last blog entry. I didn’t plan for it to go that long, but sometimes life has other plans, you know?

So, since we last spoke, hubby turned 34 (Yes, he’s two weeks younger than I am. And never lets me forget it.), my lovely SP figured me out and received her last package, and the hat count for this year has reached (drumroll, please) 227! That’s right – we’re only 23 away from reaching the goal!

Thanks to the generosity of Ellen’s Half-Pint Farm and Great Adirondack Yarns, there will be TWO places at Rhinebeck for people to drop off hats. Mary Beth Temple will be signing her book The Secret Language of Knitters from 1-3 at the Ellen’s booth (building 26, booth N) both Saturday and Sunday, and has volunteered to collect hats. If you miss MBT, you can stop by Great Adirondack Yarns (building 22, booths 2 and 3) anytime to drop off hats – I’m bringing them a box for the hats. I can’t thank these ladies enough for helping me out with this project.

Oh, and do you remember this? Charlotte’s Web V2.0? Started on 9/26, and I finished the knitting yesterday. It took me some searching to find an edging I liked, but I finished that at 3-ish this morning (yeah… couldn’t sleep, so I kept crocheting). Here’s where she stood as of this morning:

And now?

All pinned out on my blocking board, happily drying so I can wear her at Rhinebeck this weekendΓ‚ (The colors are a bit better in the first picture, because the blocking one is still wet). So yes – if you’re a Blogger Bingo-er and I’m on your card, you can look for Charlotte’s Web on Saturday or the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl on Sunday. My first CW about doubled in size when I blocked it, because I blocked it pretty hard – I needed it to grow. This one I am not blocking nearly as hard. I doubled the number of repeats in the solid sections of the first three colors, and did 1-1/2 times the repeats on the last two (I was concerned I might run out if I doubled all five colors). Fresh off the needles, the top edge measured about 66″ across. Pinned out, it’s about 90″ (that picture shows it folded over – it’s too big for the board otherwise). I’m really happy – I wanted it to be big. It will be great to wrap up in.I got a lot of work done on the shawl this past weekend because it was Stitches East. My friend Stitchcounter came up from Florida for it again this year, and we had a great time. We both had classes Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and afternoon, and we hit the Market Thursday night for the preview, Friday after class, and Saturday afternoon. Wanna see what I got?

Thursday night:

BMFA Socks That Rock lightweight in Oregon Red Clover Honey – 5 hanks (with apologies to anyone else who was looking for that color.) It’s going to become Spanish Dancer, once I get myself geared up for a 401-stitch provisional cast-on and a ruffle that ends up with (gulp) 3256 stitches by the bindoff. The Tilli Tomas Rock Star in Ruby Wine is going to become the Twilight Capelet. We were standing by the Tess’ Designer Yarns booth when something caught my eye in the Dreamweaver booth. One of the women was wearing the capelet in the loveliest peacock blue-green color (I think it was Jade). I considered getting the same color, but I just loved the Ruby Wine, so I bought that and the pattern.Friday:

Having chatted with the absolutely lovely ladies at Just Our Yarn on Thursday night, we knew we had to go back there on Friday. Their yarns are gorgeous, and they had a kit for a Maple Tree Shawl that was just stunning – that’s two hanks of 100% Tencel and the beads on the right. And B and I both succumbed to their cashmere laceweight (the blue-green on the left), along with a pattern for it.Saturday:

OK, this was my slightly misbehaving day. Until Saturday, I stuck to my goal of not buying anything without a planned project for it (even if I may have only discovered those projects when I found the yarn). We stopped once again by the Neighborhood Fiber Co. booth, because Karida is just too cute, and her colors are SO gorgeous. I picked up some Studio Sock yarn in “Foggy Bottom” for Kris, because it’s almost Penn State colors, and one hank each of the Loft and Victorian Bulky in “Mt. Pleasant” to make a Scribble Lace scarf for me. (Karida names her colors for neighborhoods in DC). I also stopped at the Celtic Knot/StormMoonKnits/Eleanor Francis Designs booth to check out SMK’s sock yarns (gotta support the fellow Ravelers!), and picked up 2 hanks – one in “Mandragora” for me, and one in “Rockabilly Blues” for Kris. I was bummed to miss out on the “Let There Be Lips”, but I’m hoping she’ll have more sometime soon. And I had to stop by Ellen’s Half-Pint to say hello and thank her for letting MBT collect hats. And I succumbed to some really awesome baby alpaca/silk in purple. I need to double check the yardage, but that *might* end up being Icarus. I also (under the nefarious influence of B, Annemarie, Jas, and Sharon) found those awesome dragonfly earrings. Aren’t they gorgeous? (I have a bit of a thing for dragonflies. If/when I get another tattoo, that’s what it’s going to be.)The best part of Stitches, though, was totally the people. I’m going to save that for another post, though – I need to sit down and make the list of everyone so I don’t forget who I met. Because, erm… I’m a little fried still. πŸ˜€

So, yes. That’s what’s been going on since my last post. I’m going to make every effort to blog more regularly, but with Rhinebeck this weekend, and SAFF next, well, I might not be quite back just yet. πŸ™‚

7 comments to Deep Inhale…

  • Here I thought the 306 stitches I picked up for my CPH button band was a PITA! Ack! I can’t even wrap my head around four digits!

    Lookit all that misbehavin’! And two more festivals in the next two weekends? I have a feeling I’ll be putting on some Barry White, pouring myself a glass of wine, and staring at your Ravelry stash soon… πŸ˜‰

  • Hee, I’ve got more than half of that 23 in my closet…to send or not to send, that is the question! You’ll definately make it over the 250 mark though that’s for sure. I’ll bet you make it to 300 easily!

    CW looks great!!!! And I’m really loving that twighlight capelet…if only I had a place to wear it and knew how to crochet! LOL!

  • WOW! Your project is BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • It’s about damn time woman. Here I thought you fell off the face of the earth and all. Sheesh.

    LOVE CW#2! The color progression is absolutely perfect. Did you have enough yarn left over from the last two colors that you think you mighta been able to double it and have it work out? My God. A STR Charlotte’s Web. I could totally do it too. But I’m leaning towards a Yarn Nerd one if I do. Hmm…

    Wait – no fiber for spinning?

  • you’re cute too! thanks for buying stuff from me! if it makes you feel any better, i got a little out of hand too with the purchasing…

  • Wait… there’s a Storm Moon color called “Let There Be Lips”??? I must have it.

    Anyway, Charlotte’s Web #2 looks fabulous, and I’m glad you finally posted about Stitches! I will miss you at knitting this week. Still have your birthday present!

  • Jo

    Happy Birthday Pam’s Hubby πŸ™‚ The shawl looks beautiful.