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We are a small batch hand dyeing operation. When naming our yarns we look for lovely word associations, just to add a little bit of flavor to the mix. It's our own special type of synesthesia, an overlapping of the senses. We hope you enjoy it and maybe learn a few more colorful words to add to your vocabulary while adding unique hand dyed yarn to your repertoire.

The Search

For anyone who listens to our podcast Colors and Cocktails, you know I have (temporarily) lost my knitting mojo. I think the Georgia heat has chased it away, now it could also be back building, waiting on the right project and then it will just explode. I am hoping for the latter is the case, especially since Venessa and I have decided to attend the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. 

Now anyone who's hung around Ravelry in the autumn, has heard mention of Rhinebeck. It's a huge festival and many of the big players in the knitting world attend. When I say big, think Yarn Harlot. 

This is a big decision for us to go this year. We are driving, and that is an issue (a 900+ mile one way issue), but really it's the knitting. One of the traditions when attending Rhinebeck, is the sweater.  Most people knit a new sweater for the weekend. It is such a "thing", that Ysolda Teague got all her knitting friends to come up a pattern for her book, The Rhinebeck Sweater

Once we really committed to going, the gears in my head started turning. First thing I did was hit up Ravelry's pattern search. Here is my initial criteria: long sleeves, worsted weight, and a pullover.

Now I didn't need to narrow my search anymore, except to make sure the patterns were for a grown woman and that they were available for Ravelry download (I like instant gratification where I can find it.) Now, with all these options plugged into Ravelry I had 307 patterns to look through.  Luckily I found two patterns I really liked by the time I hit page 2 of my search, one was Hawser by Jared Flood and the second was Millisande by Ann McCauley. 

At first glance they are very different sweaters and the is true when it comes to fit and style, but in terms of knitting I think the experience would be very similar. They both contain some sort of cabling and a variation on moss stitch, and are both knit in the round for the body. I think knitting either would be very enjoyable as would be wearing them. I wish I had time to knit both of them, but alas that is not the case. So, like in Highlander, "There can only be one!" and I have chosen Hawser. I think in the end it will be a more versitile garment much like my Pomme de pin has been. 

So wish me luck and a speedy return of my knitting mojo. 

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