I just got back in from voting. YAY!

I’m blessed to live in a country where I can walk the three blocks to the polling place without a male escort. I’m blessed to live in a country where there are multiple choices on the ballot. I’m blessed to live in a country where I was taught to read so I can read the choices on the ballot. I am blessed to live in a country where my vote is private.

Go. Vote.

(Now, I’m going to ignore the internet until tonight, when we find out the results.)

I’m working on a pair of socks for my friend M. We were at Maryland Sheep & Wool earlier this year, and we wandered into the Tsock Tsarina booth. She had quite a few kits, and the Abbey kit caught M’s eye. She is more of a complicated-Niebling-lace-shawl knitter, so I told her that if she bought the kit, I would knit them for her for Christmas. I cast these on last week, and I’m a bit further than the pictures below. I should finish the first sock tomorrow, when there is more light and my eyes aren’t as tired.

 

M has teeny feet, so the foot is rather small, and the Daisy stitch patterning makes it nice and snug.

I really like the heel construction on these socks.

The heel flap and gusset is GENIUS.

I’m so pleased with how tidy the cabled details are turning out. These socks are just fiddly enough for my brain to be happy.

In October, I participated in a biscornu swap in one of the groups on Ravelry. My swap partner has already received her biscornu, so I can post pictures here without spoiling her.

Some more information about biscornus, from Biscornu Basics:

A biscornu is an interesting little eight-sided pincushion that has become very popular in recent months. … Regardless, biscornu are basically made from two embroidered squares sewn together on point; the corner of one square meets the middle of the other as the two pieces are whip-stitched together and stuffed, creating the a quirky, skewed pillow. Additionally, many are finished off with a button in the center of the design top and bottom.

I used black Aida, two colors of blue, green, and BEADS. I used the Rhodes Butterfly Biscornu pattern from Kincavel Krosses. I learned a new stitch! I liked making both the Rhodes Butterfly (of which there are many variants) and the Rhodes square.

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RHINEBECK!

This year, the weather was perfect – cool and cloudy, without any rain. I got to see Anne Hanson of Knitspot, Carin from Round the Twist, Leslie and Laura of The Knitgirllls, Stephen West, Ysolda Teague, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and many more. Some of my favorite vendors were there, and I managed to [mostly] stick to my list AND my budget.

SWAG!

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This year, the Rhinebeck swag t-shirts came in v-neck and crew neck. I ended up with a v-neck, and I hope that other vendors pick up on it, too. I’m a busty girl, and crew neck is not my best look.

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I’ve been eyeing getting a pattern protector for a while now. I usually keep my paper patterns in a plastic sleeve, but because of how my knitting has been going the past few years, I thought an actual protector might save me some of the heart ache of trying to remember where I was in my pattern because of the highlighter tape fell off. This one is from go Monkey designs. I have a few of her magnetic pattern holders, and the big bags she had this year were FABULOUS. I’m really looking forward to using this.

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Matt convinced me to buy theses carbon double point needles because I am hard on the ones I own. The bamboo needles break and splinter, and I have actually broken/snapped a set of Addi double points. I have little more luck with small circulars. I’m not a particularly tight knitter, but my hands get very warm, and it makes the needles bend. The vendor [who was very nice, by the by, and I was able to spend some time talking with her] said that she’s had a lot of success with the carbon not bending or breaking. As you can see, the ends are not the pointiest ends ever, but I think I can use a bit of fine grain sand paper to sort that out.

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I don’t think that really needs a lot of explanation, no? [It was a toss up between this one, and the on that said "I'd rather be hooking". Ahem.]

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My favorite thing from Rhinebeck, however, is the Tsock Tsarina kit for the Vintage Socks. I’ve been hemming and hawing over getting this kit ever since the Yarn Harlot knit it in 2008. They had it in my size AND in purple, so into my bag it went. I have to finish the socks I’m knitting now, and a pair of socks as a Christmas gift for a friend, and then these, these are mine.

I really hope that I get the opportunity to go again [it usually falls on my wedding anniversary, and funnily enough, Matt doesn't want to do only a fibre show] sometime in the future. Rhinebeck really is my favorite festival out of all the ones I attend.

I’m slowly picking away at my latest pair of plain socks for me. I’m picking up speed though – I want to knit ALL OF THE SOCKS. I picked up a kit at Rhinebeck this weekend (more on that later) and I have all of these stripey yarns, and yarns for Matt socks.

So, I need to finish these first. I’m knitting my usual stockinette stock with a few twists: a twisted garter stitch cuff, and a different heel treatment. I really love how the yarn striped on the heel turn. I’m hoping to finish these this week, so I can start on a new pair. (Sorry, bad phone picture is bad.)

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