New York State Sheep And Wool Festival

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www.sheepandwool.com
This is an annual event that takes place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. The festival is from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday and 10AM to 4PM on Sunday. Although I've never been before, I hear it's lotsa fun and I do plan on going this year, but only on Saturday. I do plan to blow a good chunk of what's left in my savings account.
I was also wondering if there was anyone else here that might be going as well. Might be fun to gather as a group for lunch or something. Lemme know!

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Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

About to begin illusion knitting

I haven't done any illusion knitting yet, and recently I've been itching to put a certain video game character around me neck, so I thought I would combine the two and make a scarf. My question is this: do I need to stretch the image I'll be working on one way or another so it looks right after being converted into shadow knitting?

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Raglan Jersey with "shawl" collar

I found some fantastic wool from Italy with the name "Vero". It was so wonderfully soft that I could not resist buying it even though I'm not a fan of variegated yarns. The label did not indicate either the size or the suggested gauge so I got out my WPI and discovered that this is a heavy worsted. I worked out a 5.5 mm needle gave the best results and then worked the basic sweater pattern from "The Sweater Workshop". I did a steek for the neck and decided I wanted to try to make a shawl collar. What I learned is that I should have cut the neckline steek further down the front to give a larger hole and then I could have crossed the collar over both sides and been able to poke my head though as well. But, since I'm on the learn as I go programme, I didn't do it exactly right but at least I have a collar that isn't the same old thing. In knitting this up, I found that the variegation was not consistent so I didn't try to match the stripes and just let it knit out as the colours came along.

There has been some discussion about blocking recently on MWK. I didn't block this but gave it a gentle hand wash and laid it out to dry. This evened-out any wayward looking stitches and fluffed the wool up.

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not so s-mitten...

Has anyone used Anna Zilboorg's "Magnificent Mittens"? There is a step in her process which is thoroughly trouncing me. It is the method of increases used in shaping the fingertip, namely, "pick up and knit x stitches". It's not a technique limited to her designs, I'm sure, so if anyone has any ideas... help. I'm stuck.

-Michael