Friday, October 26, 2012

Wool, Weaving, and Livestock

I'm home from a most fabulous trip to upstate New York and into Massachusetts.  The main goal of this little vacation was to attend the Dutchess County Wool and Sheep Festival in Rhinebeck, NY with my bestie, Ann.  Such luscious wool everywhere!

And check out theses little sweeties.

I was thrilled to find this lovely wool to make a shawl on my recently finished triloom.

It's a combo of wool, mohair, and silk.  I love the color, and it's name, "bloodroot".

Here's a peek at my triloom in the studio.  I'm currently working on a practice shawl in a slate blue with just a bit of teal in the color.  It's wool from Joanne's.  Saving my nice bloodroot for the next piece.  It's my first whirl at triloom weaving.  I'm loving it so far.  So exciting to learn some new fiber fun!

While in Massachusetts, I found the most gorgeous yarn in a lovely knit shop.  It was tucked away in one of the many villages we passed through.

I bought a pretty soft Italian extra fine merino wool.  That is the sock on the left below.

And let me point out that the color is not at all that blue..... my camera apparently decided it should be.  It's actually far more neutral with lots of gray and taupe.

There, much better.  The sock on the right is one I took to knit on the trip, but once I had the new yarn in my hands...... plans changed.  Oh dear, one of each!  More sock knitting ahead.

Hopes for a lovely beautiful fall weekend!


summersundays-jw said...

Don't you love the northeast? Lucky you! Jan

Julia said...

So glad that you could go to that fibre show.I never saw a tri loom before and I was trying to have a closer look at it. I'm looking forward to seeing your weaved shawl on that loom and would love seeing some of your progress as you weave.

Love that blooodroot yarn. You are always so creative.

One sock of each color is not bad at all as you only have 2 feet and they don't care if they are the same color anyway, as long as they keep the feet warm.

Pixie said...

Glad to hear you had a wonderful time Dulcy..the new yarn looks divine and i have to say you do churn socks out very quickly, it takes me ages to just knit one x.....and i love the Tri loom too,, very intrigued to see how the shawl turns out..
Hugs Pixie x

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

Beautiful yarn! sounds like a very nice time was had. I must say, mismatched socks are kind of "in", so in theory you don't have to make one more of each! Ha, ha

apiecefullife said...

Just popped over from "the craft nook". I love your colorful photography and of course checking out your beautiful creations.

Annie said...

Beautiful wool, but I love the look of tat lovely shop, all the windows .. Mmm

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

You have your own trilogy!!! I'm trying to schedule a class with a shop here at the lake! I saw the most beautiful shawl and just have to have one!! Rhinebeck sounds like a wonderful festival - someday I need to go there too!!,

Jennifer Richardson said...

your new header is breathtaking!
so glad you got to take that
dream trip
(and before this storm)
...your heart lived out
in your handiwork
makes my own heart sing:)

Relyn Lawson said...

I am in love, love, love with that first image. What a great trip!

Mary Stanley said...

sounds like a wonderful wooly trip! Love your socks and the colors are delicious. Can't wait to see the tri-loom shawl..intriguing!