Daily Grind

Daily Grind.

How exciting – a new indie dyer right here in RVA! Can’t wait to see what she comes up with 🙂


Knitting oh yes!

What are you working on?  If you’re like me, several things are on your needles… so much so that you have to buy more needles, but we won’t go there!  I have 98% completed my Sideways Ty-Dy vest (links not working today for some unknown reason but you may look it up on Ravelry if you’d like). 


All that is needed is a loop and button… and possibly a single crochet around the neckline (?), but I want to get opinions on that before making a decision… what do you think?

Next project up is inspired by Laura Aylor’s Sunstruck KAL Shawl and one knit by another Raveler and named “Darkside” Image

My version will have the solid black positioned like above but the other panels will be fleshed out by Mini Mochi’s Bodega Bay and Rainbow Trout.  I am only about 1/2 way through the first panel – here is a glimpse of the first few rows:


I am really looking forward to seeing how this comes out.

Another project on my needles is a MKAL (Mystery Knit-a-long) offered by Cindy Garland and titled “the summer of …”.  If you are not familiar with how an MKAL works, it operates like this: the pattern author releases predetermined snippets of the pattern at regular intervals. Folks receive each snippet and knit it up, just as written, without any idea of what the finished project will look like!  There are 208 shawls being knit in this particular KAL – with 208 different yarn combinations – kinda fun!

Not surprisingly, I did not come up with a new name for myself (see previous post) – I have been Bonaircat for a long time and Bonaircat I will remain in cyberland.

I’ll try to post more regularly – fortunately I have had a TNKer who I meet for lunch each week who I can talk about projects with.  She is in Myrtle Beach this week with her family.  I don’t make it regularly to Wednesday Night Knitting, but I am trying to go every other week.  These knitting chicks are great and I am glad they let me knit with them!  My TNK buds are just a little too far off my newly beaten path to visit with on Tuesdays anymore.


October 16 – Rhinebeck – Sunday dawns lovely

We slept in an extra hour today; the festival did not open until 10:00 on Sunday.

Having made our lists Saturday night, and checked them twice on Sunday morning, we were again off.

Since we wanted just as good a parking space as the one we got on Saturday, we parked and waited for the fun to begin.

{since I started this draft back in October, I will go ahead and post … sorry not a better account of the last day…}

Knitting Doghair

Not really – but sometimes it seems that for every stitch I take, dog hair gets woven into the fabric of whatever I am working on!  It is especially apparent to me while working on Sewanee.

Aren’t we our own worst critics?

October 15 – Rhinebeck – NYS&W

Saturday morning:  after six months of planning (thank you again Organizer!) and saving, it is here!

Coffee – check!  Purse / bag / money / camera – check! We’re off. We park the Dodge Minivan …


and buy our two-day tickets.  Ok, we’re ready – but it is too early — they won’t let us in yet, so we wait patiently inside the van.  At just a tad before 0900, we head for the gate (again) and are greeted by several of our peers –
DSCN0792– the excitement in the air is almost tangible! And, check out that sky … [insert sigh and smile]

There are bunnies, goats, sheep and lots more animals to see …
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You can click on the Flickr photos in the right hand margin to see all the photos (or not)!

Roanoke-lady and I wandered in one direction and the Organizer and the DJ wandered off in another – we met up again to have some lunch and I watched them head back to the trenches!


I sat a while people watching (as my grandmother so loved to do at the Mall) and made a few phone calls.  When I was done phoning, I headed up the same hill to rendezvous with the others – they were wondering the buildings holding the sheep, goats, bunnies, and other farm creatures who were brought along.


This fella we named Romeo because he loved to be petted and crooned to (spoiled?)….

After some more wandering, we decided that dessert was in order… so we headed for something apple:


My cohorts ordered the apple crisp a la mode and I got the apple pie (also a la mode)… I think theirs was better than mine or so it seemed from the yummy noises I heard.

Now it’s about 1:30 and the predicted weather looked like it was coming on quickly! Our feet were dragging so we decided to head back to beautiful downtown Rhinebeck to pick up some yarn one the rest of the group had seen Friday (yes, with all that yarn we saw and touched and yearned for, we all bought at least one skein in town).

The remainder of the day was taken up with a great deal of oohing and ahhing over our purchases and some recreational knitting.  We ordered delivery for dinner and two hours later dinner arrived… we each at about half of our dinners, as delivered, and saved the rest for another time.

October 14 – Friday – Rhinebeck NY first full day

Woke up to more drizzle and a little chill – which chill did not last all day (the drizzle did though).  We had coffee (or tea as the case may be) and a little breakfast (fiber cereal – yum!), then readied ourselves to check out downtown Rhinebeck!

Can you see the shiny sidewalks?  We visited the Rhinebeck Department Store (great if you need some Pendleton clothing or view a moosehead), Stickle’s and several other shops along the way.  Stickle’s was originally bought by the current owner’s grandparents in 1946 and served as the town’s Five and Dime for years – the front part of the store still serves that purpose, while the back room, actually The Knitting Garage, is an LYS! Yes – a lovely little yarn store with local and national yarns and notions! Totally unexpected.  We enjoyed looking at all the thises and thats in the Five and Dime and discovered some low cost, quality knitting kneedles (I think all of us, or at least 3 of us, bought some sizes we’d been wanting and needing).  If I could remember the name of the brand, I’d say it – but it is not coming to me right now!


Rhinebeck Department Store's mascot








Our late lunch at the Village Pizza place made dinner not an option, so we enjoyed another night of knitting, visiting and baseball playoff viewing (believe it or not!).


Since the Festival started at 9 am sharp the next morning and we wanted to get there early for a good parking space, we planned out some shopping strategies (some of us more than others) and hit the hay with visions of yarn skeins dancing in our heads!


October 13 – the adventure begins!

All Aboard!  We boarded Amtrak at about 5:30 am for a 6:00 am departure … boy were we moving slowly.

We found four seats in the Snack Car so we were able to sit together, knit and visit.  I don’t think any of us had gotten our cameras out yet, so no photos this early on.  I did pull mine out when we hit Philadelphia b/c I knew Chris would enjoy seeing the station sign photos (he used to go there a lot).

sponsored by Wells Fargo (why won't they leave me alone?)

It was about noon when we reached Penn Station in NYC so we each took off in search of food … we did not have much time and ended up getting sandwiches at the same little restaurant, Zaro’s.

Here’s a photo of my panini – it was huge!

Zaro's panini

After our quick bites, everyone decided to check in using the local wifi.

See no, hear no, speak no?

Two drizzly hours later, we rolled into Rhinecliff station, taxied to the rental car store, then hit the grocery store for some provisions.  Excited and a little tuckered from the trip, we got settled into the cool house our Organizer located for us, knit some, Raveleried some and generally made plans for Friday and, more importantly, Festival Weekend.

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