Rachel Schain

DSC_6031_bw This is Rachel Schain, a local musician and friend who asked for some new photos for promotions, websites, etc.  The two hour shoot went very well and she came away with a TON of really great shots.  Musicians seem to make great models and are seldom shy of the camera lens.  This photo here is really my favorite shot out of the bunch, but I’ve added another color one below so that you can see her gorgeous red hair.  If you’d like to check out her music, you can go to her myspace page or her facebook page.


October Knitting Wrap-up

It’s that time once again.  This month absolutely FLEW by, so it’s time once again to update progress on my knitting resolutions.

3. Knit one pair of socks per month

DSC_6369 Thrilling Jaywalkers
Pattern: Jaywalker
Designer: Grumperina
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
Yarn: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% superwash in colorway, “Thriller”
Ravelry Project Link
This project is part of Socktoberfest, a celebration of knitting socks in October.  I managed to knit up four whole pairs of socks for Socktoberfest, but these are definitely my favorites.  Squishy and BRIGHT, plus the colors are just perfect for Halloween.  These are modeled by Abbie at the Fonthill Castle.

4. Spin four ounces of roving per month.
This just didn’t happen.  I maybe got in about an ounce, but I spent the whole month knitting socks and really doing nothing much else.

That’s really it for the knitting resolutions this month.  I’ll put together a post later this week going over all the Socktoberfest knitting!

Rhinebeck 2009

Wow, what a weekend.  I’ve definitely got a bad case of the post-fiber-festival-shock in that I have to be back in the real world instead of oogling knitwear, squishing yarn, and snorgling sheep.  The fiber festival world is SO much more fun than this everyday kind of crap.

The haul?  I did well.  Fell off the budget wagon a touch, but I think it was well worth it and I can see all of what I bought being knitted before MDSW.  (Disclaimer: Just because I can see it happening doesn’t mean that another pattern won’t queue jump and ruin that plan)
3 skeins – Socks That Rock Lightweight, Mill Ends
2 skeins – Socks That Rock Lightweight, Rare Gems
1 skein – Holiday Yarns Sock Yarn
1 skein – Silver Moon Farms sock yarn (770 yards)
1 skein – Silver Moon Farms Laceweight (1375 yards)
2 skeins – Bijou Basin 100% Yak Laceweight (400 yards)
1 skein – Briar Rose, Charity (900 yds worsted)
Firebird Sock Kit from the Tsock Tsarina
4 oz – Targee Top from Mountain Colors
4 oz – Clover Leaf Farms Merino Roving
4 oz – Holiday Yarns Merino Roving
4 oz – Little Barn Linsi-Woolsie Roving
4 oz – Little Barn Alpaca Roving
Book – Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren (signed!)

I realize that means nothing to you non-knitters, but suffice to say, I got what I wanted, and then a little more.   🙂  Abbie and I did very well in terms of getting in early the first day, getting what we desperately wanted, and generally had incredible luck on our side when it came to just being in the right place at the right time.  For example, the Chicken Pot Pie line is known for being epic.  People usually wait a good half hour for this incredible chicken pot pie.  Us?  We got in line right when there were only a few people waiting.  Granted, had there been a half-hour-long line, we probably would’ve found something else to eat, but it was nice to finally get a forkfull of that yummy pot pie.  Then there was the Ravelry party, Saturday night, which was awesome.  The vanilla mead went over well, but I still managed to come home with a good amount left in the keg.  Sunday was rainy, but we managed to go through all the barns/buildings, grab a few things that we missed on Saturday because we had enough of the crowds really early on.  Sunday though, the grounds were rather empty, there were no lines, and much more room to browse around without getting bumped.  Finally got home to Pennsylvania around 8pm to my two little snugglebutt dogs who were thrilled to meet me.  The husband had left for a class in Texas, but had baked this incredible chocolate ganache/praline cake and left me a bouquet of flowers on the table.  Perfect end to a really spectacular weekend.

I will leave you with a photo from Rhinebeck and link you to my whole set from Rhinebeck on Flickr.  To all of you tweasels who I met?  It was really, honestly great, and I hope to see you all again next year!



This is Ciara.  She was a blast to shoot with and I’m really glad I had the chance to work with such a wonderful model.  Even beyond that, she’s a singer with some awesome music – click her name up there to go to her myspace page.

I’m still available to schedule a shoot with you, your family, friends, significant other, etc.  Just let me know, and we’ll get something together!