Yvonne, David, and I are back from the annual New York Sheep and Wool Festival, more commonly known as Rhinebeck! I am not posting with a full deck this morning due to Yarn Fumes Hangover, but I wanted to share a few thoughts with you all.
Every year, we speculate about what THE sweater will be, the one that is so popular that everyone has made it. This time, we saw lots and lots of gorgeous sweaters, but we couldn’t pinpoint a single stand out. We saw a lot of Pumpkin Ales, from Ysolda’s Rhinebeck Sweater book.
(Did you see Emily’s sample knitted from Blue Moon Targhee Worsted last fall?)
We also saw a few Hitofudes, both worn and as booth samples, and I am eyeing up the Blue Moon Marine Silk Fingering for this one. Finally, shawl-wise, we saw Stephen West’s Esjan quite a few times. Both of these patterns are available as Ravelry in-store download purchases.
At Rhinebeck, we kept all of you in mind and met up with two groups of people who help make our shop special and we are proud to know. We participated in the Knitspot Rhinebeck Swap, where we knitted Anne Hanson patterns for a secret pal and then exchanged and revealed all at a picnic. Guess who knitted for Yvonne? ANNE HANSON!
Here’s Yvonne when she realized ANNE HANSON knit for her (courtesy of Erica’s Instagram):
The pattern is Bay Leaf and Lime (available as a Ravelry in-store download purchase) with one of our newest yarns, Stone Soup Fingering, as the main color.
We also met up with Amy and Jackie of CustomFit and talked about a number of exciting things that are happening with the program. Amy and Jackie are wearing Amy’s latest designs; these have been released directly into the CustomFit website, so the sometimes confusing issue of mixing a pattern and a recipe is eliminated. I am obsessed with the sweater Jackie is wearing! Yvonne is wearing her open front cardigan in Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport, and I am wearing Cushing Isle in Madelinetosh Vintage.
It was so great to talk to them, and we’ll have more information over the next week or so about getting started on your next (or perhaps your very first) CustomFit sweater!
We saw a few