Thursday, September 27, 2012

Campaign For Wool NYC

The Campaign For Wool was started by Prince Charles in the UK. Here's what's on their site to describe what & why.

"The Campaign for Wool was initiated in October 2008 by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, who had observed that the wool industry was facing enormous and unprecedented challenges.

The price of wool had plummeted to the point where farmers were being paid less for their sheeps’ fleeces than the cost of having them shorn.

At the same time, sheep numbers were declining across the world, from Britain to Australia and New Zealand, and some farmers were losing confidence in the future of the wool industry.

A parallel threat came from new man-made synthetic fibres, often oil-based, which were providing stiff competition in the areas where wool had traditionally triumphed – fashion, carpets and insulation."

You can read more by clicking the link above. Basically HRH Prince Charles is trying to shine light on the wool industry so it doesn't disappear.

This campaign was brought to Bryant Park today! There were sheep on the lawn, a station set up by one of our lovely local yarn shops, Knitty City, to knit blocks for charity, a spinning station, sheep sculptures and a huge fiber piece in the fountain! Glenn and I went and had a ball. Everything was just beautiful and everyone was so nice. I wore my Aestlight Shawl and got several compliments on it and some people could even tell that it was made with MadTosh yarn. Way, way cool.

Here are some photos:

Some of the beautiful sheep they had penned up in the park enjoying the tasty Bryant Park lawn.

Me with one of the little sheep sculptures. Needless to say the pink was my favorite.

A beautiful wool rug on display.

The fiber sculpture in the fountain.

A loveseat & chair with knitted slip covers.

On the way to Bryant Park, we stopped at Starbucks and saw Ricky Gervais there! Then we went to the park and walked around looking at everything. I knitted a bit and met some lovely fellow knitters. Then we went to my favorite coffee shop, Aroma, and had some coffee. Then we went to Sarge's for lunch. Delicious pastrami, corned beef & potato pancakes. I had a bit of each and thank goodness I walked so much to offset the 4 ozs of the meal!

Saw a celebrity, knit, saw sheep, had delicious food and did it all with the greatest guy in the world. Best. Day. Ever.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Gifts From Jersey

Last weekend Glenn & I went to the NJ Fiber Festival. I couldn't post what I purchased because they were gifts! The gifts have been given so here's my post.

First off I want to say the festival was really nice. They didn't have a lot of yarns but the yarn they did have was really nice. There were two barns of yarn and lots and lots of sheep. It was worth the one hour ride but I'd love for it to be bigger next year. We only stayed about an hour or so but was worth it. We talked to some people and bought stuff and it was yarn so what's not to love??

The two yarns I purchased were gifts for Allyson & Rich.

On the left is the yarn for Allyson. It's Bittersweet Woolery Glamour Gams MCN Sock Yarn in Black Dragonfly. Lovely, smooshy and right up Allyson's alley. I love when a yarn just screams someone's name. Allyson loves blues and I thought she'd make something gorgeous with this, although I have to say, she makes something gorgeous with any yarn.

On the right is Wandering Wool North Country Sock in the Cranberry Bog. As soon as I saw this I thought of Rich. As he says "When I choose a color, I choose a color!" He's partial to deep jewel tones and I thought this would be a perfect skein of yarn for him. I can't wait to see what he makes with this.

In the middle is my gift to me! It's a gorgeous hand made shawl pin in the shape of a G Clef. Since I was a music student, long ago & far away, this caught my eye. Here's a better shot of it:

Ok maybe taking a photo of silver on gray wasn't the smartest idea but you can still see it. It's from Cacklin' Hen Designs and I just love it. I wasn't in the market for a shawl pin but couldn't resist this.

So as you can see all in all it was a great trip. Glenn & I really enjoyed ourselves and feel like we're warmed up for Rhinebeck. I can't believe it's only a month away!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Knitting Friends

Rich and I have been Tweeting together for the last couple of years. We had the opportunity to meet this past Spring at The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and had a really lovely time together. I invited Rich to come up for Rhinebeck but he's too busy. Our solution? A mini-yarn crawl here in NYC when he was available and he was available this weekend!

I wanted to make sure he got a good taste on NYC yarn shops so I picked three very different shops all of which carry great yarns. We started at Seaport Yarns where Andrea has a great selection of all kinds of yarns. This is what I purchased there:

Gorge, no? It's Malabrigo Sock in the color Playa. I've used this yarn before and really like it. I think this may become a hat. Or socks. Things never turn out to be what I think they're going to be!

Next we were on to Purl Soho. This place is really just stunning looking. The only thing that was difficult is that it was so crowded not that it stopped us from looking around and making purchases! Here ya go:

It's MadelineTosh, Tosh Merino Light, in WellWater. Love the hues in this yarn!

Then we went to check out The Art of Knit by Benetton. There was a lot of art around the space, it's a pop up store in Soho, and all the pieces were knit. Scarves, bags, sweaters, gloves, dresses they really had everything. Some of the stuff was really nice and I would have thought it was hand knit but Rich took a good look and said, as nice as it was, you could tell it was machine made. If you're in the neighborhood, I'd recommend going to take a look. It won't be around forever and it's definitely fun.

By this time we were pooped and headed home. Out to dinner then early to bed. Then today we decided to head out to Brooklyn for the day. Instead of doing a yarn crawl we headed to my favorite Brooklyn shop, Brooklyn General, to hang out and knit for a bit.
We had a great afternoon there with Heather. Of course we did a little damage:

It's MadelineTosh, Tosh Merino Light in Rosewood. It's such a lovely color in a real wood look. It's the only non-blue color I've purchased in ages.

Rich is working on some of his own designs which you have to check out. I was so happy that he wore some of his socks because they photos just do not do them justice. I've linked his blog, above, so you an check out his designs. You can also find him on Ravelry and get his designs for free! His socks remind me very much of Cookie A's designs in that they're stunning, textured and really very unisex. Having a house full of guys I love this! I'm so glad Rich came to visit! We had a great time together and I can't wait till we can do it again.

Ok we walked, shopped and knit our arses off so I'm outtie. I need a good night's sleep!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Garden State Sheep & Fiber Festival

This weekend New Jersey is having their Sheep & Fiber Festival and we're going! From what I understand it's smaller than Rhinebeck but worth a look see. We're going to go on Saturday which is suppose to be the only day we're not getting rain. It's located about an hour out of the city so it's not too long a trip. Should be fun! I'll let you know how it goes.

Wanted to show a photo Glenn took of me today:

Not too shabby huh? Goal weight is getting closer and closer. Yay!