Thursday

[knitting] Frankensocks

The pattern for the October knitalong at White River Yarns is Frankensocks. Just the spoooOOOoooky thing to knit up for Halloween, right?

Dude, I was having the crappiest time with the pattern. Too many charts and too many twisted stitches. I was having zero fun knitting it. It took me a week to do just the cuff of one sock. (The instructions tell you to do the cuff in twisted rib and I'm 100% certain that the socks being shown in the pattern do not, in fact, have twisted rib cuffs.) So, I ripped. And it was cathartic. I'm doing Franken-simple-socks instead:

Frankensocks


K1P1 cuff. K3P1 leg. Regular heel flap. Stockinette foot. So much easier and I was able to knit all that in TWO days over the Rhinebeck weekend. SO. MUCH. BETTER.

I'm still using Frankenstein colors and I have the contrasting red yarn to do the mattress stitches around the cuff, toes, and possibly down the back of the leg. It will still look spoooOOOOOoooky.

Wednesday

[vermont] Paradise Park

Before the weather gets too cold, I went out for a walk around Paradise Park in Windsor. Here's the gazebo at the tip of a field along Lake Runnemede:

Paradise Park


It was a really nice walk with lots (maybe a hundred) geese on the lake.

Paradise Park

Tuesday

[travel] Lake Taghkanic State Park and Rhinebeck, NY

My sister and I and a friend went to Lake Taghkanic State Park for the weekend. The plan was to head down on Friday, go to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck on Saturday and return home Sunday. Well, the weather was RAINY on Friday, so driving there was a little slow-going. We stopped off at Webs in Northampton, MA because it was on the way (and because if I'm driving by Webs- I'm going to stop).

We got to the State Park and found our cabin. It was a creepy little thing with no heat- only a fireplace. I went out to buy some (wet) wood. We huddled around the fireplace all night and then went to bed in the freezing bedrooms. We had dreams about falling into icy rivers, snow, and other cold things. And accidentally killing celebrities. Crazy dreams.

Here's the cabin:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


A little path down from where the car was parked:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


The fireplace:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


My bedroom and sleeping bag that I love 1,000,000% for keeping me warm:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


Kitchen counter and sink. Beer helps keep the body warm, right? Right?:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


Living room area:

Lake Taghkanic State Park Cabin


Saturday morning we went down to Rhinebeck. It was busy but he had no trouble getting in. Near the entrance they had rides for kids and a bit of a zoo set up. Check out the lemurs:

Rhinebeck


They had a monkey, kangaroo, alligators. And a little pen of turtles and ducks:

Rhinebeck


At this point in the morning, it wasn't too crowded:

Rhinebeck


We shopped and visited the animal barns:

Rhinebeck


Rhinebeck


Rhinebeck


In the vendor's buildings we also saw various puppies for sale and these cuuuuuuuuute kittens! KITTENS!!

Rhinebeck


They were so cute and soft and sweet and... I wanted to take them. Awww.

As we were leaving, this is what ~25% of the parking area looked like.

Rhinebeck


Seriously, there were a ton of people there.

All in all, on a scale from 1 - 10, I'd give this festival a 4. I don't want to be a Negative Nancy here, but it kind of blew. My main issue is the crowds. There were so many people in your way, either pushing with their bodies or standing around like stuffed animals. There's a frantic quality to the shopping. Like, if you kind of might like something, you should just get it because a hand will shoot out from nowhere and grab it from you. There's no way you could just stand and ponder something.

A lot of stuff was really overpriced but there were good bargains that you could find.

The food situation was a f'ing joke. Either the "chef" cooking our food was completely incompetent or she took a few Valium before coming in to work. When her orders stacked up 8 deep, she was still making one... chicken... pita... at... a... time. She took a piece of chicken... put it on the grill... watched it... watched it... watched it... waited for it to be done... cut it, took the pita, put on the meat, added the veggies and sauce, and put the order up. I'm like, "What the F are you doing? You've got 8 chicken orders- put 8 f'ing pieces of chicken on the grill. Are you seriously making them one at a time?" Ugh, whatever.

We left the festival around 3pm. Missed the Ravelry Party in Red Hook because we were just done with the crowds. D-U-N, done.

The drive back on Sunday was nice and easy. I don't know that I'd ever got back to Rhinebeck. The VT and NH Sheep and Wool Festivals have most of the same vendors, are much less crowded and are much more friendly.

Monday

[misc] Murderface Monday

Murderface in the early a.m.

MF in the AM


He wants breakfast.

No he doesn't.

He wants to go out.

No he doesn't.

Wait, maybe he does...

Maybe he does want food.

No, he wants to go out...


And on and on and on. I can't make the coffee and lunches until he sorts out what he wants to do. And he has such a hard time making up his mind...

Thursday

[misc] That time of year again

Just a quick post to say that yesterday was my birthday. It was a busy day but really great. Went out to lunch and Dollar got me a new interchangable needle set (yes!) that I can't wait to try.

We're heading up to Old Orchard Beach in Maine tomorrow for a wedding and will be gone for a night (poor Murderface). Just a short trip but I think a night away at the beach will be awesome.

Monday

[misc] Murderface Monday

The rain passed and we had a nice weekend. The sun was so nice. Murderface enjoys the day:

MF Sunday Sunshine Nap


I went up to the VT Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday. It was good. Got some nice roving. Didn't spend like pirate because we're going to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in a couple weeks.