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Rhinebeck 2013: The Goods

Written by Sarah on October 31st, 2013 Posted in DIY, holiday, knits, life, Rhinebeck, yarn

Alright, I’ve held out on you long enough. It’s time to show you what I snagged at Rhinebeck!

I was a really good girl this year. I think that looking my stash directly in the face (that’s for another post) the week before Rhinebeck along with the pressure of numerous deadlines really helped me put things into perspective. I really love yarn. But I seriously need to be careful about what I’m purchasing lest things get more out of hand. (I’d also had my hopes that I was getting a big bonus at work the Friday before but that got postponed so my budget was a little tighter. Probably for the best! Custom couches don’t just pay for themselves, you know.) On top of it all, I felt like I was chatting and catching up so much on Saturday that I hardly had time to shop. Shopping was not the goal for the weekend, as I mentioned before, I felt super pumped after spending the day with all of my friends. I was literally still browsing through what was left at Into the Whirled when they announced that the fairgrounds were closed and I didn’t have to go home but I couldn’t shop for more yarn here. So I only bought two skeins of yarn for myself!

Within my first fifteen minutes, I’d already gotten a lovely compliment on my sweater (oh, Rhinebeck, you always know how to make a girl happy) and fallen deeply in love with this skein of DK BFL dyed by Jan Marek Raczkowski. It’s a gorgeous pink with just a little bit of red. I didn’t want to buy anything until I’d made my rounds so I waited until the end of the day to pick this up but I was thinking about it all day. It’s soft and squishy and the color has me swooning. I’m planning on making the Hierro mitts from Pom Pom’s Autumn 2013 issue and I had my eye out for the right yarn. This is it.

Jan Marek Raczkowski

 

I’m really excited to start those mitts and I’m already thinking that I want to get more yarn from Jan Marek Raczkowski. Apparently he only sells at shows, nothing online! Although a little birdie did tell me that I could email him to order. I’ll definitely be thinking about that!

into the whirled

 

The other skein I bought is by Into the Whirled. Now, I was a little bad. After going through my stash, I realized that I have enough sock yarn to last me a hundred winters (possible slight exaggeration but it’s serious). I’ve said again and again that I love buying sock yarn because it’s a great way to purchase yarn without worrying about having the right quantity for a random project- one skein of sock yarn is enough for a pair of socks. I love knitting socks! But, alas, I’ve seemed to have followed my own advice  a little too closely and now I have a billion skeins and zero minutes to cast on socks. Then Lisa showed me these yarns and there was just no turning back.

But when I saw this color way, I just really couldn’t say no. It’s Inara and it’s in the SW merino/nylon base. It’s just so pretty. I might make socks for Jon with it. I think that is what I say every time I buy a skein of sock yarn. And he only has one pair of socks that I ever knit him. Poor thing.

The more I think about it, the more I’m regretting not also picking up a skein of Bigger on the Inside because the colors are just gorgeous and who doesn’t want Doctor Who-themed socks?! Maybe next time. I really was trying to be good!

Did I do good? Or should I have really broken the bank this time? What did you buy?

ps. Happy Halloween! I’ve been so busy, I’ve forgotten to be festive. Last year I wrote this Halloween poem so check that out.

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Comments (7)

  • October 31, 2013 at 11:42 am |

    As much as I am in a bit of shock at how much yarn I bought at Rhinebeck, I refuse to assign a morality value to something that makes me happy, doesn’t hurt anyone, and could in fact be used to make other people happy (I just have to get over my selfish knitter ways). So you were neither good nor bad! You were restrained and thoughtful in your purchases.

    /justification

    THOUGH IF YOU HAD GOTTEN BIGGER ON THE INSIDE WE COULD HAVE BEEN FRATERNAL SOCK TWINS.

    • October 31, 2013 at 9:51 pm |

      You are very right. I’m definitely not trying to punish myself! I guess I just need to keep telling myself that less yarn is better since my stash is out of control!

  • Justin
    October 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm |

    wow your posts make me so excited. also i’m so glad that i got to meet you at rhinebeck (i was the tall and oddly shaped boy with the curly afro and weird smile). oops. i can’t wait to see how those mittens come out!

    • October 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm |

      It was awesome meeting you too! Your excitement totally made my day! 🙂

  • November 1, 2013 at 11:19 am |

    I got the Inara colorway at Into the Whirled too! But as a fiber! I can’t wait to spin it. It’s such a beautiful colorway, and I might just have to go on a Firefly marathon while spinning it.

    • November 1, 2013 at 11:26 am |

      Oh I can’t wait to see how your spinning comes out! All of the fiber at Rhinebeck really makes me want to take it up…

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