I'm going to Rhinebeck! Those of you who follow me on Twitter already know, and I've been meaning to blog about it, but man, the time. It has flown.
I seriously can't believe Rhinebeck is next weekend.
This trip was totally spur-of-the-moment. In about mid-September, I saw someone mention something on the aforementioned Twitter about Rhinebeck coming up, and I had this thought: "When the hell is that? October, right? I could totally go to Rhinebeck!"
It made complete sense in my head. See, so, my good friend from high school, Mari, has been living in NYC with her husband for the last five years. They had moved there from Japan for Yutaka's work, and were only going to be there for five years, and Mari has been inviting me to come and visit them and I just haven't. And now, they're moving back to Tokyo at the end of the year.
So I had this thought: why not go hang out with Mari for a few days, then take the train up to Rhinebeck and check it out?
See? Totally makes sense!
A luckily, everything totally worked out. Including the fact that Mari isn't mad at me for waiting until the absolute last possible minute to visit her before she goes back to Tokyo. :) My mom even gave me her leftover United miles, so my flight was taken care of. I'm crashing on Mari's couch and we're taking the train up to Rhinebeck on Saturday for the day. And I'm meeting up with Sylvia at Knitty City to hang out and look at yarn and buttons. It's going to be awesome!
So, according to tradition, you're supposed to knit a sweater to wear to Rhinebeck, right? I found the perfect pattern: Idlewood (Ravelry), by Cecily Glowik McDonald. It has a ridiculously, outrageously, wonderfully gigantic cowl that can double as a hood. The sweater is a long-ish tunic, with two very sweet patch pockets in the front.
Seriously, the cowl is as big around as the body. It's fantastic.
I'm using some Knit Picks City Tweed Heavy Worsted that's been sitting around in my stash for a couple of years. It's a pretty nice yarn: soft and cuddly, with lovely flecks of donegal tweediness blended in.
I knit the pockets as swatches. They're just the perfect little swatch size. And, of course, my swatch gauge was right on. But as I cast-on for the actualy sweater, the weight of the yarn pulled my gauge a teensy bit large, so I had to make a couple of adjustments to size. I only cast-on 2 stitches under each arm instead of 6, and that seems to have done the trick.
It still looks like a giant pile of wool right now... I have to knit one more sleeve (the tiny cap sleeves are only about 3 rounds each. hooray!), then weave in all the ends, block and sew on the pockets. I have two days until I hope on a plane for the East Coast. Plenty of time, right? :)