Wow. This year is just flying by, isn’t it?

Things have been humming along, here at chez Knitting by Bicycle.

Philadelphia almost closed the libraries and other essential services, in a rather anxious budget mess that was thankfully resolved at the 11th hour.

• Summer came to an abrupt close, ushering in changing leaves and crisper air.

YIP 2009 | 9.14.09

• Philadelphia had its first Naked Bike Ride

YIP 2009 | 9.6.09
[yes, I know this isn’t of naked people OR of bikes, but hey. I respect all those who rode and I don’t want to plaster them on the internet without consent.]

• Kasy’s daughter turned the mighty age of 18. An apple pie was baked in her honor and a Silk kerchief scarf was knit and gifted.

YIP 2009 | 9.25.09

Helen's birthday present

[details on Ravelry. In short, 1 skein of Noro Kureyon Sock + 1 skein of some label-less navy blue merino sock yarn + Kate’s awesome instructions]

• A silly trip to Linvilla Orchards, on our scooter, on a drizzly Saturday, to get some apples and have some fun.

250/365 | Kasy's nightmare

YIP 2009 | 9.27.09

• And the beginning of a month long adventure of socks. My main focus on socks, this month, will be to finally finish my Through the Loops Mystery Socks from 2008 as well as to cast on and complete the Mystery Socks of 2009. Join us, over in the Socktoberfest group and the Fans of Through the Loops group, both on Ravelry.

Oh. And I biked 150 miles for MS this past weekend. And Rhinebeck is very, very, very soon. Gosh, I love this month!

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Where did October go???

October 22, 2008

Well, I’m sure you are all tired of photos from everyone’s blogs chatting about Rhinebeck right?

Tough.

On the way to Rhinbeck with Mom

Mom and I got up early on Saturday morning and drove up to Rhinebeck, NY. It was only a 2 hour drive from NYC suburbs, and not at all dull. The leaves haven’t peaked here in Philadelphia, nor have they in downstate NY by my parents. But man oh man. Upstate autumn leaves? Yes, Please! Amazingly gorgeous, and with the bright blue sky and the chilly breezes, the day was a perfect setting for the Sheep and Wool festival. (My grandmother bowed out of the trip, due to the cold weather and a flare up of arthritis. I fear getting arthritis when I’m old. I know it’s in my future…).

Both of us were a bit overwhelmed by the intense crowds at the fairgrounds. It was my first year going. Are the crowds always that big??? Maybe it was just cause it was so chilly that everyone huddled into the barns at the same time. Maybe Ravelry got more and more people going, who had never gone before. *shrug*

We watched the sheep dog competitions, and now I want a sheep dog….and a sheep, of course. Wandered through all the barns, touched lots of pretty things, and bumped into some of my mother’s colleagues from the publishing world.

I’ve been buying more yarn than usual over these past few months, and have mentally been chastising myself for any more. I knew, however, that I would be buying a little something for myself at Rhinebeck, because…well…it’s Rhinebeck. And I need to get some sort of souvenir yarn, right?

100% Icelandic Wool laceweightLopi ReynoldsTrekking Pro NaturaMy simple neckerchief

I came away with just 3 balls of yarn — 100% Icelandic laceweight, undyed; Lopi Reynolds bulky weight in blue; Trekking ProNatura wool/bamboo in blue — and a small bottle of wool wash.

My camera came home full of pictures of animals and leaves. I still need to upload most of them to my Rhinebeck Flickr Set

Oh, and I finished that little neckerchief and wore it for the day. It came in quite handy in keeping the chill off my neck, so there’s another plus about the day.

So going back next year. And my Mom wants to, also. Score!

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In non Rhinebeck related blogging, I’m almost ready to post a photo tutorial for toe-up socks. The first version, which I am planning on posting on Friday October 24, 2008, will just be for the average sock. I need some lead time in knitting on my sample sock to take photos for the second half of the tutorial, which will talk about simple calf increases to make your toe-up sock a knee high, or thigh high, or whatever high you need done. I hope that works for all of you.

Oh, and by the way, did anyone else notice that we are 1.5 weeks away from November already? When the heck did that happen?!

As many of you knitters are aware of, it’s Socktober time!

I joined up with those knitters in the Through the Loops group on Ravelry to take part in the Socktoberfest Mystery Sock Knit Along

Socktoberfest TTL Mystery KAL

Using 2 skeins of Lorna’s Laces in “Gone Fishing” (Jimmy Beans Wool’s exclusive September 2008 colorway) I cast on for the cuffs. I’m knitting these on size 1 dpn, and since the hints come out weekly, I am doing both socks at the same time – alternating with one sock on scrap yarn and one sock on the needles. I know that if I just did one, that I would be very lazy in getting that second one started at the end of the month.

If you want to join in to the KAL, the hints are put up in the Ravelry Through the Loops group each Wednesday of the month.

As for other Socktober festivities, I’ll be knitting up a bunch of socks for holiday gifts this year. Some pairs can be shown online and others will have to wait to be unveiled until after the holidays.

I also told Lolly that I would do a photo tutorial of knitting a simple stockinette sock from the toe up on double pointed needles. I’ll be knitting a stockinette sock from self-striping yarn, with a traditional heel-flap. The sock may or may not be a kneehigh, so perhaps some calf-increases too. I’m sure there are others of you who are interested in making stockinette knee highs, utilizing all the yarn in a skein, while being able to try on the sock as you go. Right??

Still working on it. Stay tuned for that one. It should be ready soon.