The Knitter’s Handshake

You all know what I’m talking about, right? That moment when you spot someone wearing a handknit? And maybe she sees yours? You make eye contact and smile, and invariably someone ends up whipping off a shawl to show it off, or asking to feel the yarn. You share pattern and yarn information, maybe talk about your favorite designers. When you go on your merry way, you have a new warm feeling in your soul. Well, this happened to me a couple of days ago at a Starbucks. I was wearing my Miller’s Daughter and she was wearing a lovely tonal blue asymmetrical shawl (she couldn’t remember what pattern it was). We admired each others’ work and chatted for a minute about the beauty of mixing garter stripes and lace.

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My Miller’s Daughter

I find interactions like these to be truly lovely. It helps me feel connected to the knitting world and its own special culture. I also love getting inspiration from other people’s projects. It’s one thing to see pictures of things on ravelry, but seeing real handknits in the “wild” is something else entirely. That was one of the best things I took away from Rhinebeck last month: seeing so many beautiful handknits, and so many people wearing them with pride.

So, speaking of Rhinebeck…it was amazing! The weather was beautiful, the house we rented was awesome, the leaves were perfect, and the yarn! So much yarn! I actually didn’t buy a single thing. There were too many options to choose from! I did love getting the chance to see and feel beautiful yarns that I’ve only come across online. As you might imagine, there were tons of gradients and gradient mini skein packs, as well as speckled yarns galore. There were also a number of sellers who had lovely breed-specific wools (beyond the great but ubiquitous merino). I liked seeing the different wools and looking at all the knitted samples on display. It’s all food for thought that I’ve filed away for the next time I need to buy some yarn, ha ha.

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Beautiful weather at Rhinebeck!

On Saturday evening of Rhinebeck weekend, my mom and I went to an open studio event at Jill Draper Makes Stuff. It was packed! Stephen West was there doing a book signing as well as Ann and Kay of Mason Dixon Knitting. And, of course, tons of beautiful yarns in breathtaking colors. We considered not going as we were both very tired from a long day of yarn gazing and toddler wrangling, but we decided to push through. I’m so glad we did!

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The kidlet taking a break after looking at lots (and lots) of yarn.

A major highlight of that weekend was meeting up in person with some wonderful friends on ravelry. I got to meet Carol (cehermanator) of knit equals joy, as well as her friends Jen (jenb69) and Meg (stamura). They were just as lovely in person as they are online. I am so glad I got to see them!

Things have been quite busy lately, but I am managing to squeeze in some knitting time. I’m working on knocking out a bunch of commissions currently and am looking forward to having time to do some of my own knitting soon. I have two of three Christmas stockings nearly done:

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And I’m about to bind off a purple alpaca Easy Folded Poncho:

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I recently finished sewing together two sweaters, and I have a third that I’m starting on today. All are finishing jobs I picked up at my LYS.

I have so much more I could share, but I’ll save it for another post. In the meantime, my blog was mentioned on the ravelry front page yesterday! Thanks to FogKnits for letting me know. I will leave you with some more photos from our weekend in Rhinebeck. These were all taken by the wifey and are copyright Callandra S. Cook.

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Lunch on the deck!

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Taking a walk with Baby Jade

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6 comments

  1. Maggienesium · November 18

    Ha! Now you have to post again! Seriously though, it’s good to have you around again.
    I have to agree on the knitter’s handshake. It’s the most amazing thing in the world to be able to hang out with someone you’ve never met and just talk yarn/projects/craft. It feels like you automatically cut to the heart of who you really are as people 🙂

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  2. Stefanie · November 18

    OMGosh, your daughter is funny. What a ham. Love the last photos of her and damn she’s getting big! LOVE your Miller’s shawl; it kicks ass! How lovely to come across a knitter who had the eye to spot authenticity and hardwork. I just may favor that pattern now if I already haven’t.

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  3. Cathy · November 19

    I love these moments when you randomly bump into other knitters! Happened to me is the bus recently, I was wearing a lace scarf, she was wearing an intarsia skirt, we kept talking and others were embarassed but I didn’t care at all! Love sharing!

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  4. Paula @ Spin a Yarn · November 20

    I can’t wait until I get to experience that 🙂 Gorgeous photos, as usual and it’s so good to see you again. You are making awesome progress on those stockings!

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  5. Carol · November 21

    I was so happy that we got to meet at Rhinebeck! Thank you for meeting up! 🙂

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  6. afthead · November 21

    You were on the front page of Ravelry?!??! Woot! This means you are basically famous. I must go find you. What story was it? I love the knitters handshake, except mine is never about a finished object, but about knitting in public. My newest knitting friend is a grandma who has a kid at speech therapy the same time my kid is there. It took me exactly one appointment to sit down next to her and ask, “what are you working on?” (A mermaid blanket.) All my shyness and people anxiety disappears when knitting is involved. Now of to dream of going to Rhinebeck…

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