I never got around to uploading this video, but it’s a fashion show at Vogue Knitting Live I went to back in January. Some nice inspirational garments and accessories. Enjoy!
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20 Jan 2014 2 Comments
Soon after I woke up, I looked out my apartment window and it was beginning to snow heavily. Normally I would call it a good day to stay in, curl up on the couch with some hot chocolate & knitting and watch a couple of movies. Instead I had plans of trekking out to the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square to attend this year’s Vogue Knitting Live.
I unfortunately waited too late to buy my ticket in advance online, which would’ve been slightly cheaper. But I found a coupon on KnitPick’s website for $10 off purchase of a two day marketplace admission ticket. I didn’t plan on attending both days but with the discount, the price would be the same as if I had bought the one day ticket online. When I got to the ticket booth, somehow the man behind the counter somehow misread the coupon because he only charged me $10 for admission. I’m not one to complain about an unexpected discount so I took my green wristband and kept it moving, LOL!
I haven’t been to Vogue Knitting Live in about 3 years. The vendors are mostly local knitting shops & some yarn manufacturers. It’s not nearly as large or extensive as the annual Rhinebeck festival. It looks like they’ve expanded a bit over the past few years though, because this year the vendors were spread out on two floors. Even if you’re not into knitting, you could appreciate the gallery of sculptures from fiber artists displayed outside of the gallery.
I already have a pretty substantial stash of yarn so I wasn’t really looking to stock up. I didn’t want to necessarily leave empty handed either, but it was going to take something spectacular to move me. And as usual, it’s a bargain deal.
The 5 skeins in the middle are from Full Moon Farms in upstate Gardiner, NY. The woman at the booth had a trunk full of mill end skeins that normally sell for $25 but were reduced to $10 each. By the time I got there it was a small crowd around the trunk, so I had to put in some work going through the stash & competing with fellow shoppers to find enough skeins to make a project and came up with these. The vendor even took off an additional $5.00 for paying in cash. WIN!
The gray yarn in the bag is from Black Sheep and Ewe The two skeins included are enough to make a beautiful cowl they had on display I unfortunately did not get a picture of. I bought the bag mainly for the pattern, and to try out the new yarn, which the vendors say is good for folks who are sensitive to wool.
The pink yarn on the right is from Freia One of the stalls I was looking forward to checking out, because they have these fabulous hand painted yarn that variegates when knitted up as if you mixed the colors separately. These balls came from their discounted yarn bin. Don’t know what I’ll make with it yet. It’s sport weight yarn, so it will most likely be a shawl or cowl of some sort.
12 Jan 2014 1 Comment
This is my current work in progress, a large cowl scarf. I could’ve taken the easy route & bought something from a department store, but it probably wouldn’t be a design that I wanted or a material that I would like. Plus I’m one of those folks that looks at something in a store and start mentally deconstructing the pattern thinking, why should I buy this when I could knit it myself, LOL.
I came across the article below while reading my facebook feed. I’d never heard of the term “slow clothes” movement before, which advocates being conscious of where & how clothes are produced. It’s sort of a spinoff of the “slow food” movement that promotes knowing where your food is grown. I can identify with all the reasons the author listed. My primary reason for knitting though is because I often can’t find what I like in the stores. Necessity being the mother of invention I guess.
It’s a short, concise read. I think you’ll agree. I like the idea of making something with my own hands that’s higher in quality than the same item mass produced by machine of often cheaper materials. Though sometimes it’s higher in cost, the time & effort put into creating your own article of clothing, regardless of how small it is, is worth the investment.
What about you? Why do you knit, crochet, sew, quilt or whatever is your hobby?
01 Jan 2014 1 Comment
I’ve been hearing a bit more about this home remedy for boosting immunity and treatment of colds & flu. Got even more interested when I read that studies showed elderberry to be just as effective if not more effective than tamiflu for treating the flu. My state is currently experiencing a flu epidemic so although I have my flu shot, I’m always willing to have some extra insurance. Elderberry syrup can be bought at the drug stores for around $15 a bottle. After some google searching, I found out it was pretty easy to make at home.
I ordered a bag of dried elderberries, and following a recipe I found online, I gathered the ingredients together. Elderberries, cinnamon, ginger, cloves & honey.
Directions stated to boil the dried elderberries and spices together for about 45 minutes. After letting the mixture cool a bit, strain out the elderberries, then add honey and voila! You have syrup.
Usual adult dose is about 1 tbsp daily for boosting immunity. If one contracts the flu, take the same dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms subside.
01 Jan 2014 Leave a comment
28 Nov 2013 1 Comment
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy thanksgiving!!!
In the middle of knitting a two-color cowl neckwarmer. What are you working on during the holidays?
17 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
Made a few hats over the last couple of weeks trying to destash my growing yarn collection & make room for new yarn I might wanna get in the future.
The beige hat on the bottom is one that I knitted last year. I made a major mistake in the hat by sewing on the cable brim backwards. When you fold the brim the wrong side of the cable is exposed. To my knowledge, nobody seems to notice or care, lol
Autumn to me always means apple season and last week I had a bumper crop of apples from my local food co-op. Thought I’d try my hand at making some apple cider since there was no way I’d be able to eat all three bags I had that quickly. I didn’t realize how easy & inexpensive it is to make, and I’m hooked on the taste. I don’t think I’ll be buying anymore cider from the supermarket again.
I’m brewing my third batch of cider as I type. The entire apt has the scent of cinnamon, cloves, allspice & nutmeg.
05 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
I’m a bit more complicated, but that describes me in a nutshell. This blog has evolved from just about crafting into various interests. Clearly I’m passionate about a lot of different things. There’s a number of quaintrelle related blogs out there, and the original definition didn’t include women of color. The “noire” describes me, obviously, but that will also distinguish me from the other blogs as well.
Those of you new to the blog, welcome aboard. Hope you’ll enjoy the unique perspective of this quaintrelle.
25 Oct 2013 1 Comment
Last week was the weekend of the annual knitter’s pilgrimage to Mecca, officially known as the NY State Sheep and Wool Festival, but you all know it as Rhinebeck. Due to scheduling difficulties at work, this trip almost didn’t happen. Unless I’m on vacation, it’s one of my only opportunities to get out of the city, and I already missed a previous yarn festival I found out about too late. Despite my already existing stash, I’d have been disappointed if I didn’t get to go to at least one knitting related event this year.
This year I went on sunday instead of the usual saturday, and it was considerably less crowded at the stalls. I didn’t have a list, but I decided to be more selective of what yarn I would buy, since I’m still working with yarn that I bought from the previous two years of festivals. Rhinebeck also features shows with farm animals which I don’t normally pay attention to, but I did take notice of this angora hair rabbit one stall had on display. As cute as it is, I can’t imagine having to deal with all the shedding of hair that rabbit does.
After a few hours of shopping, I ended up with this…..
If you’re wondering why there are wine bottles amongst the stash, know that yarn shopping can be a strenuous activity that can drive you to drink, LOL. But on to the details of my stash…..
Blue Moon Fiber Arts “Woobu”, 60% merino/40% bambu, colorway: stumpton brown.
Blue Moon yarn has become one of my favorite booths at Rhinebeck. I had the experience last year of buying their yarn for a specific project and it turned out not to be suitable for that pattern. But their wool has a wonderful drape that if knitted into a garment will keep you warm without feeling heavy. It’s hard to see in this pic, but the yarn is a grayish brown color, I bought the 5 skeins to knit a sweater they had a display sample of and bought the pattern. God willing, I will have it done by the next trip to Rhinebeck.
Fessler Spinning and Weaving, 2-ply hand-spun yarn, purple
Fessler has also become another of my favorite booths. I realize I have a liking towards hand-spun yarn and theirs does not disappoint. Last time I bought some bright orange chunky yarn I knitted into a couple of hats, this time I found this lovely purple worsted weight hand-spun. All of their yarn is hand dyed and and hand-spun, and prices are very reasonable too for the quality of yarn they make, another reason I love them so much.
Briar Rose “sophie” sport weight yarn 100% wool
I’ve never heard of this company or their yarn. It’s another booth I came across one of their patterns that had a sample knitted that looked appealing and I wanted to knit with it. It’s another one of those yarns that provide warmth, yet are lightweight. I fell in love with the color of the yarn and though it wasn’t suitable for the shawl I wanted to knit with it, I found another of their patterns that will work beautifully.
These notions remind me of real amber & jade stone. Stitch markers are something I don’t usually think of until I need them for a project. But these I couldn’t pass up, they were just too beautiful.
Crooked Lake Winery, Finger Lakes “Niagra White”
Made with niagra grapes grown in NY State, I sampled some and it had a semi sweet taste. Good for eating with light fare like seafood or pasta. The winemakers produce 4 different wines including a red and 2 varietal blends. The only disappointment was that the makers produce small batches that are neither sold in stores or online.
This wine also has a semi sweet taste. Unlike the niagra wine, this one is available in stores or online according to the vendor.
A good day was had. Whether I will return to Rhinebeck next year remains to be seen, I’ve been there three years in a row. Depends how much of my stash I can work through.