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1) Although it’s been well over a week, it would be remiss of me to just pick up blogging and completely ignore the elephant in the blogosphere, Rhinebeck. It was, as you either experienced or have read, wonderful, in a crowded, chaotic sort of way. For me in particular, the old friends, new friends, parties, dinner, late night gabbing, gorgeous yarn buying, etc. was seasoned with a certain elusive spice known to some as “Hey-Someone-Else-Is-Watching-My-Kid!”, others know it simply as “Freedom!”.

It was heady indeed.

2) Old sweaters, new sweaters. I am steadily churning out sleeves, a task that pre-baby I found to be tedious and annoying, but now find manageable and satisfying.

See sleeve #2 on gathered pullover, and completed sleeve #1 on February Fitted Pullover:

Finding yarn for the February Fitted Pullover was my main objective at Rhinebeck, and she did not disappoint. What you see above is Barneswallow Farm’s Blue Faced Leicester in the “Portsmouth” colorway. Everything about the yarn is lovely, from its sheen to its soft sturdiness. I was also thrilled to find a commercially spun yarn in BFL rather than the albeit great, but ubiquitous, merino.

3) A few weeks ago, EJ and I trekked to Franklin Mill in search of fabric for a quilt project. With the gracious and expert help of the woman I assume to be the owner, I bought some fabric that is destined to be our new bedspread:

The colors are not quite what I had in mind going in, but they feel right. I don’t think it’s any surprise why:

Ahem.

4) I love where we live. This month has been one glorious showcase of the area, nature’s final gift before we descend into 8 months of bitter cold and bleakness. Even the tail end of the fall scenery has been beautiful.

That is all.

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  1. I can’t wait to see the bedspread. What great colors!

    October 27, 2009
  2. Melissa #

    I think it’s been an amazing fall around here. I keep trying to remind myself to just enjoy it and not worry about what’s coming next!

    October 27, 2009
  3. Amy #

    I think you’re a couple of weeks ahead of Boston proper in the foliage. Seeing the “group” tree shot makes me a little sad. I always wish fall could last forever!!

    P.S., thanks for including a shot of the sleeve that includes the cap. I tried to make it narrower on the 33″ size, to keep the fitted look for those of you with slender arms. I’m glad to see it looks like I envisioned–hopefully the fit will follow suit. :)

    October 27, 2009
  4. gorgeous photos, dude. glad you got to go to rhinebeck! :)

    October 27, 2009
  5. I was so sorry to miss you at Rhinebeck. Looks like you had a wonderful time … freedom from the kid is precious indeed!

    October 27, 2009
  6. Jessica #

    Great seeing you last weekend! Even if it was briefly!!

    October 27, 2009
  7. Manise #

    Lovely photos and sleeves. I wish fall colors and temps would last longer too.

    Lovely to see you at Rhinebeck all hopped up on your new found baby “Freedom”.

    October 28, 2009
  8. Tracey #

    Jackie – I love those fabrics! My mom gave me her old Bernina last year and I’ve really taken to sewing. I think I might like it more than knitting (gasp!) due to the instant gratification of it! I can’t wait to see how you progress on the quilt. The colors are stunning. Keep us updated!

    November 2, 2009

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