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So….About Rhinebeck

Which one of you were assigned the duty of explaining Rhinebeck to me? *looks out in the cyber crowd* WHO was supposed to tell me to sit down and draw up a plan of attack? WHO I say? Who should have told me I would be completely overwhelmed? Somebody is in trouble.

The day started with a strikingly beautiful sunrise over the New York Skyline. I was eager and excited for my first Rhinebeck experience.
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I went by myself because my buddy had to work, so I jumped on the train from Penn Station all eager to experience all that is Rhinebeck. The hour and 45 minute ride was peaceful enough; so I decided to cast on the Hen Plaid Wrap.  More about that later, YES, I must knit at all times. :) I arrive at the train station unsure as to how I will get to the actual fairgrounds. Welp, wouldn’t you know, 50% of the folks on the train were headed to Rhinebeck. Let me find out this is REALLY as big a deal as I thought. The cabs were lined up, waiting and even had a gentlemen directing the traffic. For a small fee ($8) they delivered you safe and sound to the entrance of the infamous NYS Sheep & Wool Festival.
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This map should have been my first clue. However, I am so very sure one of you were supposed to say “GG, make sure you have a plan” “make sure you know what is where and what you want”, “GG, go online and print the map so you know where you are going” or something…so I am mad at all of you! Because Rhinebeck blew my mind in such a way that I only purchased 2 things, yes you Read it properly. I, ME, the confessed yarnho, only purchased 2 things at one of the most popular Fiber festivals EVER.  Let that sink in for a moment…..Yup she was OVERWHELMED.

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I was completely OVERWHELMED, there was sooo much yarn and sooo many people. The lines though, I wasn’t prepared for that. I mean I have stood on line..but it was like a MOB scene. The lines forced me to say “excuse me, what is going on here?” I mean are they giving something away, wait I want some too. See I needed Teresa with me, she would have forced me to be organized vs. running around like…”oh look and wait, what is that?” “ooo that is pretty!” *feel, rub, squeeze*

IMG_2939.JPG Even when I wanted to get something I didn’t want to waste time in line, because there was so much to see.  The lines were like 30 minutes long or more! The Ms Babs section…I couldn’t even get close enough to see what all the hype was about. I mean I wanted to be hyped too! Man next year I am staying for the weekend!

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I mean don’t get me wrong, I had a blast! I will ABSOLUTELY go again. I met so many fiber friends from Instagram. They are all worthy of following. I will put their IG names below the picture.  I mean I have been talking Fiber with these beauties for over a year and it was so nice to hear someone say “GG? is that you?” “oh your cape looks nice!! YES people she wore the unfinished City Cape, yes she did! Quite a few folks that follow on IG said “I can’t even tell it’s not finished” Woot Woot, mission accomplished.

IMG_2936.JPGThat is the super talented Madgiddy on Instagram ^^^^^^^^

IMG_2938.JPGThese Two Knitting Divas ^^^^…I should have done a better shot, they made those sweaters JUST for Rhinebeck. I swear I want to be like them when I grow up! The extreme left is Trinikandy and the middle is Creativececi.

IMG_2934.JPGI didn’t get her IG name but she was like “GG I was up with you at 3am routing you on!” hahahahahaha kniting like I was INSANE you hear me?

IMG_2935.JPGThis is KnittingFever, don’t you love her face paint? She made me laugh, she said when you walked by I pulled up your picture and showed my daughter. “is that this lady?” LOL so very happy to meet my fiber friends

Speaking of friends, let me introduce you to a few new ones. :) I was completely in love with the animals. OMG!! Super cute!!

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That is Sharon, the owner/creator of The Ablet. She came to hang out with me :)

So once Sharon arrived I had someone to hang out with and we ate more french fries than we should have, but they were soo good. Ravelry had a little meet up and everyone had on buttons but me ;/ I want a Ravelry button (I felt left out) hahahahahaahahahahaha. The fair grounds were gorgeous. I think everyone there took a picture of this tree.The Rhinebeck Tree….it was breathtaking!! Wait can we talk about the Apple crisp Sundae??? Good Lord I swear I had an outer body experience!!!! That thing was spiritual it was so good!

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I can hear you guys all like “Come on GG show us your Rhinebeck Haul” Well like I said, it wasn’t my usual Ihavenocontrolwhenitcomestoyarn purchase but a purchase none the less. I got a skein of Super Traveler from Dragonfly Fibers and I fell ALL the way in love with the Orient Express Collar kit. The kit includes the yarn, the fur, the leather closure and a metal label. Who is fancy? I am, I am! IMG_1030

Rhinebeck 1, GG 0 but watch me next year…just you watch!

GG

 

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PurlBee’s City Cape

The last time I was here I was super excited about started my City Cape. As indicated in the last post, I carried it with me everyplace and worked on it every opportunity I could, which included the subway.

IMG_0824StitchesEast came and went and I didn’t attend (life issues) I decided I was going to Rhinebeck AND I was wearing my cape. Operation “get ER done” was in effect and I was knitting like my life depending on it!

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I was so very sure I needed more yarn. I did a gauge and had to go up a needle size so yea, more yarn. It was set to arrive on Friday…Rhinebeck is on Saturday..I can do this, right?

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I wasn’t sure about the I-cord edging since I had never done that before, but thank the cyber Gods for YouTube and Purlbee.  I got that done and all that was left was the neck…I could do that right? Of course I could as long as my yarn was here when I got home from work. The plan was to knit as much as I could at work (during breaks and such) and then pull an all nighter, if need be. I even got a comment from Purlbee themselves on my Instagram :P All was right in the world.

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I mean that is the rule right? You make something to wear to Rhinebeck, I mean I am newbie so that is what I was reading all over social media..so yeah I was knitting like a crazy person. I was all on track, picked up the stitches for the neck, although I don’t think I picked up enough, but dang it I was moving at a great pace. I got to the end of the yarn Friday during lunch break and that was cool because my yarn would be in the house when I got there. Right?IMG_0875WRONG!!! how about I checked the tracking only to find out that UPS had some sort of delay and my date was changed to Monday IMG_0827

Wait, WHAT?? I mean I am not finished…I HAVE to wear this to Rhinebeck..WHAT am I going to do now? When I tell you I was about to cry, Real tears, right in front of my students. I love them, they were like “where is it, lets go get it!” FIELD TRIP! hahahahahahahahaha. So I went to my BFF and asked her what I should do, she said and I quote “you better pull that string through and make a bow, and wear that thing girl!!” another suggestion was to wear another cowl with it. Don’t you just love your Fiberfriends? <—–yes that is a friend type, don’t judge me.

When I got home I pulled out the cowls that I felt would look good and the modeling began. My daughter is so patient with me, sometimes O-o

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I took both cowls with me as I didn’t know what the weather would bring and I wanted to be prepared…because YES I wore my not completely finished Cape and was a hit! So many folks stopped me and gave compliments. Woot Woot! I will come back with the finished Cape as soon as my yarn arrives. IMG_0954My Rhinebeck review up next…

 

 

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On a rainy Saturday morning….iKnit

Hello my Fiber Friends,

It was Saturday morning, it’s raining, it’s cold soooo I ran in the kitchen made me a cup of oatmeal, grabbed my knitting and hit the sofa! That’s how I do a lazy Saturday round these parts.

You may or may not know that I travel to Brookly EVERYDAY on the trains/subway and boy oh boy I am easily doing a 12 hour day. SOOOO that takes away from my knitting time. Who has time for that?billcosbyI know I sure don’t! In my last post I told you all I finally went to Purl Soho and as a result I am working on the City Cape using the recommended yarn Alpaca Pure. Ok, ok, OKAY, YES it’s a little expensive, BUT and there is always a but…this is for me :) The one who makes her way back n forth to Brooklyn everyday..braving the crowds in Penn Station and let’s not add the subway IMG_0517*giggles* Yea I blew the budget but OMG it felt like sex, (so here you ask, why is she always referring to sex? Can’t she think of anything else to use as reference? and the answer is I can but I WON’T hahahahahahahaha) Anyway back to the reason I am writing this post. Wait..oh yea my current project *sits up straight and gets serious*

IMG_0620Last weekend my Angela came for a visit because she wanted to go to Loopy Mango (I taught here to knit so look out world) and since Purl Soho was right around the corner, we went for a visit. I had just posted the link to the City Cape on my Facebook page and everyone agreed it should be made. NOW, I have always wanted to visit Purl Soho so here we go….I got in there and they had a sample of the Cape, look at God (don’t cha love Orange is the New Black?)

IMG_0747Anyway I put it on and that was it….I HAD to have one in THAT exact yarn…so fast forward to this weekend…and my long days, so no time to knit, right? Ha!! When GG is determined, she finds a way…I have been knitting every chance I get, on the train platform, on the subway, while my students are on a 15 minute break..I said EVERY minute, didn’t I?

IMG_0748That bag? Yeah that baby is from Fringe & Co...go get you one.

I even did a swatch, which I NEVER do. Meera would be proud of me, but I figured since I splurged I may as well make sure it’s right.

IMG_0687I am a little over 9 inches into the project and I am in love. The slipped stitches are just what you need for this NOT to be boring. This yarn generates a stitch definition that is making me look at MY knitting and say well DAYUM, you are good girl. I mean my skills are improving, but this yarn is making me look like I know what I am doing.

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I am about to cast off for the armholes and the keep on trucking. I am so enjoying this project AND this yarn. Lord it feels so good. I mean I even sleep with it, well I sleep with all my yarn..hence the title of the blog. hahahahahahaahahahaa.

I will leave you with a few more pics of where I am currently and what the outcome should look like

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and of course I will come back with the finished project.

 

Knit on..

GG

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy I love yarn Day!

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I should have the day off. Why must I work on this HOLIDAY? I want to just go from yarn store to yarn store and touch alllll the yarn! I mean one should have time to enjoy what you love!
I wonder if my boss will recognize this as a holiday?

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Speaking of yarn stores, I finally got to PurlSoho! Talking about life imitating your dreams, it was EVERYTHING I expected! All the pretty colors, all the different fibers oh the sheer joy of it all!

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So because I have to work until 9pm tonight! Please go out and play with some yarn.

P.S. Every chance I get I will be knitting today. Wait, that’s normal…..oh never mind

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When life and well Apple get in the way of knitting

So it’s like a week since I knit or purl, yes you read it right! I have not knit in 7 whole days.

Why? Well I am a new commuter and because of that my days are like 13 hours long. Therefore, if I sit still I pass all the way out. Then, there was my other obsession….the new iPhone was released and well of course I had to have it IMG_0019.JPG

I mean one must be able to clearly see Ravelry right? And who doesn’t want the best pic of their hard handmade work? Listen it’s even easier to blog from this phone, so there. I ran home from work to play with Goldy <—-what I call my phone and slept all day today.

So the plan for tomorrow is to get a few rows done and get back in the flow of things. I mean I should be able to swoon over Goldy and knit too, right?

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Why I Knit….

You all know I love to knit, and ultimately we knit to create. I learned to knit probably 4 or 5 years ago at this point..but in 2012 is when GGmadeit was born, it’s when I began knitting to save my life, it’s when I began knitting to avoid my fears, its when knitting became my therapy.

I woke up to a post on Instagram that rocked me to tears. Because it is Thursday we must THROWBACK in the form of pictures, so a friend posted a pic in one of my first sold pieces. She went on to “tell a story” and that story should be titled “Why I Knit..by Gaye Glasspie”

She said “I have a story to tell about this scarf/hat thing. Lol. The person who made this is so special to me. She started knitting at a time when everything was going wrong. She could have given up but we encouraged her her to pursue her gifts, talents and passions. She lost a lot during that period, but she has gained so much since then. She is a true testament to the power of faith, prayer and perseverance. This was my first piece from ggmadeit and I rock it proudly every winter….”

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I am truly blessed to have some wonderful people in my life. Melanie, I love you girl!! You helped me decide on colors, patterns and even gave me my baby Yarnae IMG_5413 yes my mannequin has a name! lol! She made me laugh when I wanted to cry and prayed when I COULDN’T stop crying. I love this chic and this is one of the many reasons why.

I can’t explain how knitting has and continues to keep me from falling apart. When I tell you EVERYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG DID! Woo wee, just thinking about it makes my eyes leak. I thank God for my yarn, as it is definitely the string that holds me together.

When life presents a challenge..KNIT

GG

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That time when…

I left home with my project and no yarn ;/

So let me paint this picture. I went to bed at a decent time, I woke up before the alarm went off, I mean I thought I overslept…I was so ready for my day. The train was on time, I got a seat without an issue. I get comfortable and I pull out my WIP and that is when I noticed my problem. I have enough yarn to knit 1, maybe 2 rows? Ain’t nobody got time for that! What was I thinking?

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I know I have shared that knitting centers me, it’s my happy place, right? So having a yarn shortage is so NOT a good thing for me. I mean I am a trainer, I have to be professional..I NEED to be centered to do that.

I mean it when I say yarn is the string that holds me together.  I am currently falling apart and its only 10:27AMScreen Shot 2014-06-01 at 10.48.54 PM