Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sanguine Gryphon Hoarding

As I posted earlier in the week, Sanguine Gryphon is closing much to many knitters' chagrin. So this is how my crazy mind works. I gotta get as much as I can before they close. Keep in mind, that the owners will each be opening their own shops with, no doubt, gorgeous yarn that will be available shortly after Sanguine Gryphon closes. Also keep in mind, I have about seven skeins of it in my knitting cupboard. No let me correct myself. I used to have seven skeins of it. I now have ten.

Two skeins of Casco Bay in Traveller which is superwash merino in DK weight and one skein of Ruddy Daggerwing in Skinny Bugga which is a superwash merino, cashmere, nylon blend in fingering weight. Gorgeous no? I keep perusing their site and buying stuff for fear that I'm going to miss out on something. I've even taken to going to other sites that carry SG yarn to see what they have! I know I'm obsessing but it won't last long. It can't last long! It can only last till 12/31/11 when the doors close.

Is there such thing as a short term hoarder? If there wasn't before, there is now!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Almost There

I'm still working on my fourth pair of socks for Socktoberfest. I took a break to make a hat for Glenn which turned into two hats for Glenn or more specifically a hat that didn't fit Glenn, but did fit Patrick, and a hat that did fit Glenn. That was two days of hat knitting that could have gone to sock knitting. Well here's what I have done so far. These are the Hedgerow Socks done in Tosh Merino Light, Thyme is the colorway.

I took these at Whole Foods on Houston Street where Allyson and I went to have lunch and knit. She said that the socks look like the color of money which I totally agree with! These will definitely be done before the end of October and I'll have completed my goal. Hollah!

In off topic news, Patrick was down in Tribeca and who did he happen to run into? Another handsome gentleman and here they are together!

Hugh Jackman! Patrick said he was very nice and way cool. He was nice enough to pose for a couple of pictures with Patrick and his friends. I think he made fans for life with that move.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Change Of Plans

I've had the Elphaba's Revenge pattern set up as my last pair of socks for Socktoberfest ever since I saw them. They're really gorgeous and I will be making them but not now. There are several knitting methods in the pattern that I've never done, toe up & picking up stitches other than a gusset to name a couple. I'd really like to get these socks done before the end of the month and I think that learning and perfecting these will be too time consuming. I'm all about the quick and easy this month. Ok always but especially this month. I will definitely be making these because they are gorgeous and a challenge but not right now.

I found the Hedgerow Socks and I'm working on those now. Beautiful pattern and a Led Zepplin reference all in one! These should be done in no time and I'll have accomplished my goal of four socks this month!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Three Down

Three down, one to go.

This morning I bound off my Waving Lace Socks. It was the first pair of socks I made using Sanguine Gryphon yarn. I used Eidos which I really liked. I liked it so much I bought three more skeins of it at Rhinebeck! It is really soft and silky with a bit of a shine to it. Here's a photo of it.

The color is much richer than the photos show. It's soft and it will be worn today!

On another note, I got a sad email yesterday. Instead of explaining I'll paste it here.

Best Beloved Knitters and Long-Time Friends,

You have loved and supported The Sanguine Gryphon, whether from its earliest days or much more recently, and by your support have made it possible for us to pursue our passion, to live doing what we love. You have cheered us on through all we have done and become our friends. It is with sadness that we now come to you to share something difficult.

In June of 2009, The Sanguine Gryphon became a partnership: two studios, one located in Easton and one located in Baltimore. It came with complications, but we made it work, and for a long time it worked really, really well.

When the economy shifted, things shifted for us as well. With time, those complications became more significant; they became less the quirky inconveniences of doing business in an unusual way and grew into significant issues that began to impact our every decision.

It has come to a point where we have had to make a very difficult decision. After a great deal of thought and discussion, we have determined that we must sever the umbilical cord joining the two studios and divide The Sanguine Gryphon into two separate companies. This allows us to continue to do what we love with the people we love, without the additional expense of trying to stretch this work
through two studios that have 65 miles between them. Our plan is to dissolve The Sanguine Gryphon as close to the end of this year as possible, and to open two new, separate companies in early 2012.

And so- this announcement isn't only about the death of The Sanguine Gryphon, but also about the birth of two new companies: Cephalopod Yarns, in Baltimore, Maryland, and The Verdant Gryphon, in Easton, Maryland. There is still much to figure out and we will keep you posted on the SG blog and Ravelry as our plans develop. For now we can assure you that both companies will carry Bugga!, that the Easton colourways will be carried by The Verdant Gryphon and the Baltimore colorways will be carried by Cephalopod Yarns, and that we will continue to be loosely affiliated and very likely do quirky yarny things together. You can expect to find all the things that you have loved about SG in the two new enterprises- it will just look a little different.

And before that? We will be dyeing and listing all the inventory of SG before our fresh starts, so you can look forward to a few months of wild dyeing. Unfortunately, it does mean that yarn bases will run out one by one. We will keep you informed via the blog and Ravelry where inventory stands. We also know that you will have many questions during the course of the next few months. Please be assured that we will address all questions and concerns as they arise and that our first priority will be to make the transition as smooth as possible, for ourselves but especially for you, the enablers of our adventures.

While we are very sad to end our partnership and bid farewell to The Sanguine Gryphon, we are also looking forward with excitement to our new futures and new directions for our creative development, and we hope that you will come with us on this newest phase of the adventure. We would love to be able to fulfill your wildest yarn dreams for many years to come.

Affectionately yours,
Sarah and Gryphon

A note, before we end this post:

If you're a member of the Nudibranch club, never fear. All of your shipments will arrive. We will step up production so that all members will receive all of their shipments earlier than previously scheduled. We will also be honouring all coupons and any other discounts which have been offered.

So the bad news is Sanguine Gryphon, as of 2012, will be no more. The good news is that there will be two new yarn companies who have proven to put out an amazing product.
If you're interested in getting some SG yarn, ya better get while the gettins good! Glad I got six skeins at Rhinebeck.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Rhinebeck In Pictures

I know I've talked about how wonderful my husband is in the past and here's a little proof. He took all these photos and made a video for me. I'm the one in the green top and there are a couple of photos of Glenn and the boys. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rhinebeck Haul 2011

What a great weekend we had at Rhinebeck! The whole family went and we met up with Ria & Allyson, my two best knitting buddies, and we shopped till we dropped.

On Saturday, there was no line at The Fold where Blue Moon Fiber Arts was sold so I get in there right away and got some gorgeous stuff. Al called me and said the line at Sanguine Gryphon was about an hour and a half long. I passed on that but got in plenty of shopping. It was really crowded on Saturday but Sunday was a lot better. Ria and I were the first ones on line at Sanguine Gryphon and we got quite a bit of yarn there.

There were so many wonderful vendors. As you can see below I purchased from a few of them some not so well known. Everything was just so lovely! It was hard to pick and choose but I managed to get some really great stuff.

Needless to say, my Hobbits didn't let me down. They ate almost one of everything. They needed lots of energy to carry around my new purchases!

Here's the haul.

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock & Marine Silk

Book of Socks!

Sanguine Gryphon Eidos

Fiber Optics

Shelridge Farm

Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga

Twist of Fate

Isn't everything just gorgeous? I can't wait to get started on a whole bunch of new projects!

But right now? I need a nap.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Rhinebeck List

As you may know, this weekend is Rhinebeck's Sheep and Wool Festival. We'll be out of here at the ass crack of dawn whether these men of mine like it or not. Today is filled with packing, laundry and getting my shopping list together. Here's what I've got so far.

1. Sanguine Gryphon - My new found love will be there and I need some Eidos. That's they yarn I'm working with currently and love it beyond words. I actually thought it had silk in it because it's so soft and luxurious. My bestie, Megan, asked me to make her a scarf and we picked out the pattern Balustrade which is made with a silk blend and I'm hoping that SG will have something I can use for this.

2. The Fold - They're the vendor that carries Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns and I'll be looking for some Socks That Rock yarn there. The line is usually really long here so I'm hoping I hit it during a lull.

3. Needle Vendors - I need a pair of 0 dpns and I'd love to give a try to Signature needles.

And because I have two teenaged boys with me, who eat as many meals as a Hobbit, we will be hitting

4. Food Vendors - Any and all especially the ones serving lamb. Hope they know my sons are coming and they're ready for them.

Hobbits eat seven meals a day: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper. This does not include snacks.

They got nothing on my boys.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Save and a Beauty

So which should I do first, the save or the beauty? Let's do it alphabetically. I met up with Allyson yesterday and we decided to go to Madison Square Park for an eat and knit. The park was having it's Madison Square Eats event and we couldn't resist. There are a bunch of vendors you can read about in the link including their menus. I decided I had to have Roberta's pizza. I got the Margherita pizza and here it is:
Sauce, cheese and bits of basil on a paper thin crispy crust which made in a wood fired oven. This was delicious beyond words. I hate to say it but it beat out Totonno's on Coney Island which has been my favorite for a long time. Allyson wound up having tacos from Calexico which is where Ria and I had lunch over the weekend. Another killer lunch. And a good time was had by all. Now here's the save:
I had enough yarn for the socks! Those are Patrick's big ass feet modeling them for me. Apparently his feet didn't grow from the time I cast on till the time I bound off. Yay! My next pair of socks were going to be using Socks that Rock medium weight but I couldn't find a quick easy pattern for them so I decided to swap out yarn and save the STR yarn for when I'm not in a rush to get four pair of socks done in four weeks. Back to the stash drawing board. I reach in and found a really pretty light pink yarn. I pull out the label and lo and behold it was some Sanguine Gryphon Eidos. Score, babycakes! I found a fingering weight pattern I really like in my book Favorite Socks 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave. This book never lets me down. So I've just begun and I'll let you know how it goes.

Monday, October 10, 2011

I May Have A Problem

Yesterday I finished the first of my Dash Socks. I decided I'd make it for Patrick because he so appreciates everything I make him. After the first sock was done, I had him try it on. And here is where the trouble came in.
There's the completed sock. And there's the yarn that's left over. I'm hoping that it will be enough yarn to finish my socks. I'm also hoping that Patrick's feet don't grow anymore. If I run out of yarn I'm really going to have a problem since this yarn was in my stash with no label. Wish me luck!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Socks, Brooklyn, Ysolda Oh my!

Yesterday I went to Brooklyn to meet up with Ria and get my knit on. First we had to stop and have lunch at the delicious Calexico. I''m not a grits girl but they have grits there that are so incredibly delicious that Ria and I had to share an order. Then I bought one later to take home! If you ever get out to Brooklyn General, it's a must see and it's just a few doors down! So this is what I was working on:
That was what my sock looked like when I got to Calexico. Last night I turned the heel, did the gusset and I'm on my way to the toe! I'm hoping to have this pair done by Tuesday. This is a great pattern and I think it highlights the multi colors of the yarn I'm using. I have a pair of socks in these exact same colors so these will be gifted to someone but I'm not sure who just yet. Also while at Brooklyn General something caught my eye.
I've wanted this book for a while and was happy to find it. There are several patterns in here I really like but I wanted it specifically for the Snapdragon Flip-Top mittens. I really love Ysolda's books. She gives you all the information you need for each project and she does her sweaters in lots of sizes so you don't have to do the math to make them bigger! Can't wait to see her new book Little Red In The City. Maybe she'll be at Rhinebeck selling it next week!

Friday, October 7, 2011

One Down

Last night I finished my first pair of socks for Socktoberfest and here they are!
Aren't they adorable? Patrick had been after me to knit him another pair of socks so there was no time like now to get them done. They're the D-Man pattern from Ravelry done in Yarn Chef Minestrone in Mendocino which I got for my birthday a couple of months back. I loved working with this yarn. It was light as air and the variegated colors were lovely. More importantly, Patrick is thrilled with them. Next I was going to cast on with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock medium weight but decided to hold off on those. It's a sport weight yarn and I wanted to leave that for second to last. Now I've just cast on Dash Socks by Krista Werbil which look like they should be a quick, easy knit. I'm using a yarn that has no label but is in really pretty fall colors. It's got green, orange, yellow and rust and should knit up nicely. I remember getting this yarn but I don't remember from where nor do I have any idea of where the tag for it may be. It's definitely a fingering weight and really pretty but that's about all I know. I'd really love to have these done in the next four days or so. My last project is going to be a doozy and I'll need as much time as I can get.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Knitting In Public

I don't know why there's only one official day for knitting in public when everyday should be knitting in public day! I always have my knitting with me and I'll knit anywhere when I have five or more extra minutes. Today Al and I are going to hit up Madison Square Park for some delicious food and knitting. The park has it's Madison Square Eats event going on. There are a bunch of restaurants represented so it's a great opportunity to try out different foods from around the city. Al's a big foodie so we should have a ball. The weather is going to be perfect, great food and great company. What more could a girl ask for when knitting in public? I love New York.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Socktoberfest Cheat

Happy Socktober! I cheated a little bit. I started my first pair of socks a couple of days early this year. Because I'm hoping to finish four pair this month and one of them is a doozy I thought I could really use the extra time. I started the D-Man socks and actually have a photo for you!
They're knitting up pretty quickly so I'm hoping they'll only take a week. Here's hoping!