Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My new Not Rhinebeck Sweater

From the Keeping It Real Department: along with [messy! Yuck!] Catdog-related vet visits for reasons which shall remain on the downlow but which--and I assure you she is absolutely fine--are GROSS, and also along with a whole huge lot of travel hither and yon on the schedule for the always welcome purpose of taking care of and loving on all of my dear ones who have scattered themselves across this wide land, I will not be going to Rhinebeck. Oh, Rhinebeck, you elusive siren, with your maple cotton candy and your Artichoke French...sob... Not that I had any actual Rhinebeck plans for this year (2017! Watch me!) but it always seems kind of a wistfully possible possibility, and how I long for all the full-on fall conviviality of meeting other knitters and sniffing some sheep and knitting a proper Rhinebeck Sweater, and all that. Well, I can't go this year, but as usual I am knitting like the wind anyway, so this one here is the latest to drop from the needles. I know, it is gray. (And black! But still gray, which is the same thing. I guess I really don't want to branch out into the rest of the rainbow. Know thyself.)

I started a whole big pile of things all in one rainy weekend back in August, and now a whole big pile of things is getting finished, which seems to be how it works. (That also gives me the feeling that I should cast on All The Things. So many ideas...)

This pretty little gray and black pullover is Ikemura by Laura Chau, knit by me in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, colors "Moonshadow" and "Pitch Black". I ran short of the black and had to stretch the contrast section of the cuffs longer than the designer intended, but I still think it looks great--the color change hit me right at the elbows, which still works well, I think. That yarn is so soft in the hands, and such a pleasure on the needles. Fuzzy, wooly, heathery, and comfy. Hashtag heart eyes.

As you know, I did go to my very wonderful local fiber fair, where--listen to this--I was spotted by the supremely cool Jill Draper, who recognized me, remembered my name, and was just kind of generally overflowing with style and kindness (day=made) and where I scored a bunch of great yarn (Jill's and more), a huge chocolate chip cookie, and a handmade nostepinne. It was fantastic. The lens cover on my camera, though, would not open at all, so there are no photos of men in kilts, nor smiling alpacas, nor porny close ups of hand-dyed Rambouillet. I feel okay about it because I was so busy gaping at yarn and sniffing the fleeces that I didn't really care about anything else. I may have bought a fleece. Big Project, coming up.

43 comments:

  1. swoon, just love this jumper, my favourite colours to wear along with a dash of red x

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    1. Ooh, a dab of red would be smashing, wouldn't it? Maybe just in the lipstick, or maybe a great pair of boots.... :)

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  2. It's so pretty. I have never been to Rhinebeck, although I have wanted to go for years. Considering I live on the opposite side of the country I doubt I'll ever make it there. You have a great attitude about it. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. I may never get there, either. So many people, where would a person even sleep? Would I have to camp in the car? ;)

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  3. Love the jumper, and the skirt - did you make that too. I think you always look so elegant in your photos.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. The skirt is a thrifty purchase, probably Ann Taylor LOFT, which comprises a surprisingly huge portion of my wardrobe. xoxo

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  4. Such a beautiful jumper, I love the neckline. Shame you are not able to get to Rhinebeck, there is always next year.

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    1. The neckline was a big selling point for me, too! :)

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  5. Cool sweater. I am on half hour knitting at the moment because I have a frozen shoulder and it is driving me crazy - What can you do in half an hour?? Jo x

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    1. Oh nooooo! Oh man. Half-hour? I feel ya, Jo. Take care. xoxo

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  6. Love this! Fantastic neckline.

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    1. The neckline is what made me love it, too! :)

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  7. Now that's a great sweater. Love it. You wear it well. Rhinebeck is a siren song for me always, and I only live 40 minutes from Rhinebeck. But I won't be going this year because I have a quilting retreat the following weekend and, alas, in this economy one must choose. This is not to say that I won't sneak in .... just that I PROMISED myself - NO.MORE.YARN. (this year)

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    1. Hoo, if you can go and not buy yarn, that is impressive, sister! Enjoy your quilting retreat--that sounds so lovely. :)

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  8. Beautiful! I haven't been able to knit much since my mom died at the end of March. I finally ripped out what I was working on, gave the yarn away, & started fresh. I'm about 2/3 of the way through a baby sweater. Your sweater looks great & might be up next for me. I love the black & gray!

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    1. Your fresh start sounds like a great move. Glad to hear you're back at the needles. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss--sending love. xoxo

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  9. That turned out beautifully!

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  10. Wow, that's lovely. Very pretty on you too.
    xx Beca

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  11. This is exactly the kind of sweater I would reach for at J Crew or Banana. I love the color block grey/black and the neckline (and your boots). Rhinebeck sounds like fantasyland. I wanted to go to Squam this year, but when I went back online to actually push the button, they were all filled up :(
    Here's to next year!

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    1. Squam, YESSSS! Maybe we'll see each other there? Fingers crossed. :)

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  12. This is such a pretty outfit! Congratulations on this jumper!
    Hello from Germany,
    Tanja

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  13. You look lovely! Nice sweater ♥

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  14. Lovely as always.......you and the new sweater. I too love the neckline........purty!

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  15. Looks great! The gray lives up to its name.

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  16. What a nice sweater. It fits so well too. You look wonderful BTW. just from eating better? Wow! I'm giving up junk food stat.

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    1. LOL! Thanks very much! I eat no meat, dairy, eggs, sugar, salt, processed foods, refined grains, or oil, and no snacking. Three meals a day, all the fruit and veg I want. Small amounts of nuts. That's it. :)

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  17. you do look fantastic!!! as several have commented and the sweater is perfect with your skirt and boots.

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    1. Thanks very much! Black + gray + more black = goes with everything! :)

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  18. I love this jumper...sorry, sweater! Having read the comments I'm very interested in your diet. I've been vegetarian for many years and had a similar diet before I had my girls (my eldest is now 20), but am now...rather more lax ;) Must get back to it. Jen

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    1. Thanks very much! I've found eating this way to be kind of great, and don't miss the krap all that much. Having said that, I do allow an occasional off-track meal every few weeks--I'm planning to indulge in a little bit of apple pie this afternoon. It is autumn, after all! :)

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  19. P.S. I also love the look of Laura Chau's Rusholme, Cityscape and Tiverton. I can see Cityscape in your colour palette...dark grey with the palest grey sky would be very wintery British! Jen again :)

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    1. Laura's patterns all so lovely! I have Lutherie, Westley, Escarpment, and also now Tiverton in my queue--so many pretty things to make, so little time. :)

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