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A Lesson Re-Learned (for the billionth time)

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The fiber festival season officially began for us on Saturday when we went to the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival at the Washington County Fairgrounds.  It was a gorgeous summer fall day, at a cool very warm 80 degrees.  Our drive up was beautiful since the leaves are changing in full force now:

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Still not “peak” but pretty enough for us!  More signs of fall once we got there, again despite the 80 degrees:

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And definitely plenty of shopping to be had:

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I may have gotten a few things:


Naturally dyed roving from a booth whose name I can’t remember, naturally dyed yarn from Tidal Yarns, natural roving from Lyman’s Sleighbell Farm, sock yarn from String Theory (cashmere!) and an impossibly cute project bag from Stitched by JessaLu.   Add to that a clam roll/fish fry, ice cream, and cider donuts to take home, and it was a pretty successful day! (By the way, Lyman’s Sleighbell Farm yarn is what I used to make my circular shawl that won the big prize at the fair.  I lent it to them to use as a sample in their booth and it looked so pretty!)

Meanwhile, from the files of learning-a-lesson-you’ve-already-learned-before-about-knitting …..  On our way to the festival, I was knitting on my High Plains poncho, getting about 4 inches done on the way up.  We got back in the car to drive home, and I was thinking, “Cool, only a few more inches before I’m done with both sides and can seam them.”  Then I looked at it:


See that hole thing?  You might not think it looks like much.  It looks worse from the “right” side of the fabric.  I was too flustered to think about taking a more clear picture.  Right there is just after I started knitting when I got in the car to go to the festival.  I had to join a new ball of yarn and about 30 stitches in, there was a spot in the yarn where it was clear the yarn had broken and the factory re-joined it.  It wasn’t a knot.  If it was a knot, I would have undone the 30 stitches, cut the yarn and started that row over.  But it wasn’t a knot.   It looked a little thicker, as if the ends had been felted together.  I paused and thought about  whether I should go back, whether it would really be that noticeable.  The pause is the lesson I have learned many a time before:  If you are in doubt – don’t!  But I did.  I went on and kept knitting.  I totally forgot about it until getting back in the car, settling in, laying out my knitting to admire what I had done on the drive up, and it was screaming at me, “See??? Here I am!  A big hole! You shouldn’t have kept knitting!!!”  Since I’m knitting loosely with a large needle, that part of the yarn that is a little thicker because of the join stretches out the stitches even more, making a hole.  So I ripped it out and re-knit.  As we pulled into the driveway at home, I was exactly where I was when we got to the festival.  The whole way home, I was saying to Paul, “What a waste of time! I should have just fixed it right away!  I would be done by now!  Will I ever learn?”  Poor Paul.

Fast forward to Sunday night, when I actually was done with both pieces and seamed them together:


Now, on to the edging!

AND, we saw these two in the yard twice on Sunday:


It’s hard to tell, but they are two bucks.  This is an evening picture and when we saw them in the morning, they were going the other way.  They seem kind of small and their antlers are certainly small (and one only had one antler), but we haven’t seen any bucks since we’ve lived here.  Usually we just see does and fawns.  Pretty neat.


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Despite the 80 degree weather expected this weekend, I’m throwing myself into Fall.

Finishing up some cozy knitting:

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Black Cherry Lambic scarf. Nice and warm and cozy.

Starting and getting a good bit knit on my High Plains poncho:


Yes, I’m determined to finish it by the time we go to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival on October 19.

And finishing up my Terra shawl.  No picture in this post.  It gets it’s own post tomorrow…..

More leaf-changing pictures:

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A fall crafty thing with Miss Ladybug:


The “Hoo! Hoo!” is there in case there was any doubt about what this may be….  And the thing in the bottom left corner is an acorn cap she found at the playground.  Mr. Doodlebug was not at all interested in this project.  He started it and used some glue but quickly asked to be excused (so polite!).  We found out later that it was because he thought the owl was going to be real and fly away.  I felt terrible. I had no idea that he was worried about that and thought he just wanted to go play! Oh, if we could just be inside their heads.  Sometimes.  Then we would also know why he does not like it when a cartoon character on tv sneezes.

More sauce:


Warm and toasty comfort food, made with one of the million jars of sauce:


Baked Ziti from The Pioneer Woman.  It has ground beef and ground sausage.  It is really yummy.

Apple crisp made with the doodlebugs.  They loved helping.  And I forgot to get a picture.  Mr. Doodlebug loved the apple crisp.  Miss Ladybug really wanted to love it.  She was so looking forward to having it after lunch.  So excited to have helped to make it.  So excited as I was giving it to her.  So excited as she took her first bite.  She said she liked it but the look on her face told me otherwise.  She spent about five minutes stirring it around, pretending to be scooping some up on her spoon and then not eating it,  and saying that mommy and daddy were going to love it.  I finally asked if she really liked it and told her that it was great that she tried it but it was ok if she didn’t.  Then she said, “I don’t like it.”  I resisted the urge to say “What????? How can you NOT like it????  It’s SOOOOOOOO good!  Apple-y and cinnamon-y and sweet and crunchy!!!  It’s just not possible to NOT like it!”  Instead I told her that I was proud of her for trying something new. (She doesn’t do that too often.)  I’m sure she will like it someday.  How could she not?

Then we got a ton more apples (and some pears) from our CSA:


So, maybe we’ll figure out an apple-y thing to make that she will like.  Or we could just eat them.  She likes them just as apples.

And we can’t forget about these:


Full-on fall here.  Maybe the weather will feel that way soon, too!

It’s Starting

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It’s starting.  The its-beginning-to-feel-like-fall-so-now-I-really-want-to-knit-even-more-of-all-the-things thing.

I’m totally obsessed with this High Plains poncho pattern.  I’m going to knit it in this yarn that I’m also totally obsessed with.  I’m using the same yarn to knit my recently cast on Terra shawl:


And it’s the same yarn I used to knit my Cozy wrap last year:


I just love it because it is 50% alpaca, 50% wool and so soft and……..just nice.  And now I’ve got it in my head that the High Plains poncho would be a great thing to wear when we go to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck) in late October.  Can you see where this obsession is headed?  I’m feeling like I’ve just given myself a challenge.  Stay tuned.

There is also this that I’m working on but can’t really tell you about yet:


And, did you know that Christmas is coming and that if I want to make any knitted gifts I should probably get started?  There’s that.

And this week there was this:


We think we’ve fixed it, but it was a little nerve-wracking imagining the plumbing/repair bills that may have seriously cut into my yarn budget.