We took a brief break from our way-too-full schedules to commune with sheep and knitter friends again this year at Rhinebeck. It’s about a 5 hour drive for us, but it’s a beautiful one! Seriously, it’s such a gorgeous drive, it almost makes up for the unpleasantness of traveling with a toddler who has decided her favorite thing to do is squeak/shriek at the top her lungs repeatedly (she sounds like a seagull!).
We stopped at “my” rest stop, and I had to take a picture:
My car knitting for the trip was a new hat for Maddy – exactly like the one I made for her last year, but a bit bigger:
It fits her perfectly!
I decided this time around to put a little mini-cable over the spot where there’d be a jog in the garter stitch, because I was never happy with that spot on the hat I made her last year. I love the way the short rows create a nice ear/neck cover without making the hat sit too low over her eyes! And of course I love the i-cord bindoff. I have a thing for i-cord, you know. One of these days, I’d like to write up a little pattern/tutorial for this hat – and maybe try to work one up in a grown-up size. We’ll see if I can ever find the time.
Madrigal had a blast at the festival, picking up and stomping on leaves and showing off her awesome babyStripes! cardigan:
And her baby garter rib cardigan:
Just before the Ravelry meetup at lunchtime, we had a little photosession with our REAL camera (which is actually a pretty crappy DSLR by current standards, but whatever). And of course, we brought the monster along too, just like last year.
First up, babyStripes!
I seriously can’t get over how cute she is in this sweater, especially in this setting.
After that, we tried to take photos of Madrigal and I in our matching sweaters!
I ended up lightly felting my garter rib cardigan, because I’d knit it too big – I decided to knit a larger size for this second one, which I knit during pregnancy, under the (obviously false) belief that I would be larger post-pregnancy. And then I made it even bigger than I’d planned, because, well, pregnancy-brain. But it turns out that after a trip through the dryer, it’s a nice size for me, and the gentle felting left the Eco wool with an amazing feeling – it’s like a jacket now, and I adore it! And of course, it matches Miss Madrigal’s.
Of course, hers has buttons and mine doesn’t (yet). I took her to Joann with me a few weeks ago and she picked out those yellow buttons, and I have to say, I think the yellow is super cute with the blue! And M’s pretty happy with it, too:
Madrigal loved climbing on the the benches on the hill:
I just can’t get over how beautiful she is:
We saw lots of friends, and lots of sheep and alpacas, and didn’t buy a single thing because we’re SO broke right now. But it was a good trip!
We ended our trip with a walk over the Hudson river…Madrigal wanted to touch the water!
Who knows when or if we’ll make it back to Rhinebeck – we just don’t even know where we’ll be living next year, so it’s hard to plan. We’ll see. I certainly hope it’s not our last!