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Rhinebeck-to-Rhinebeck Cowl (The Morehouse Sweater)

Moorehouse Cowl Full

Pattern: Rhinebeck-to-Rhinebeck Cowl (my own design - no pattern yet!) [Raveled]
Yarn: Morehouse Merino 3-Strand
Needles: US 8 circulars

Notes: Back in the days before the Ravelry party at Rhinebeck, after the festival you'd find yourself at the fork in the road that led to the beautiful Morehouse Farm storefront. On one such trip (2007) I bought a boatload of navy 3-strand, destined for a self-designed sweater. And it sat. For a year.

Fast forward to 2008. It's almost finished! It's beloved by Catty! But then, work intervened. Summer intervened. Then work and baby projects intervened some more. It sat. And sat. And sat.

Moorehouse Cowl

Now, I don't advocate leaving UFOs around for years at a time. But it can come in handy when you need a Rhinebeck sweater in short order! (Except, I didn't end up wearing this to the festival, but the day after). I'd knitted up to the armpits, and (after working out some design issues) it only took me a couple of weeks to finish, leaving time for a SECOND (soon-to-be-blogged) Rhinebeck sweater, also revived from the UFO pile.

Moorehouse Cowl Collar

It turned out pretty much like I'd envisioned it - slightly flared garter rib at the sleeves and waist, with a gigantor garter rib cowl. It's a raglan, and all knitted in the round from the bottom up. I would have liked the cowl to be a bit more dramatic, but I just couldn't figure out how to do it without reworking it a zillion times. But best of all, it fits wonderfully and is super squishy and comfortable. Definite weekend rotation material.

second sweater sneak peek

Rhinebeck was great this year. I have a real Rhinebeck post percolating, but I need to take better project shots of the sweater I wore first. But I will say that Rhinebeck is as much about people as yarn these days, and it was wonderful to spend some QT with real life friends and people I've "known" for years but never met in the flesh.

Moorehouse Cowl Back

And on Sunday, we went apple picking and stopped by this ramshackle roadside stand to snag some cider donuts for the menfolk back home (let's be honest, a few for ourselves too).

yes, we went there.

We were those city people tramping around the place, shouting, OMG! Indian corn! OMG! Pumpkins! OMG, did you see that RUSTY TRACTOR?! Friends, it was a good time. And downright seasonal.

Thanks to Sandra Park for being my FO photog!

Posted by jess at October 21, 2010 7:21 AM | TrackBack
Comments

i love the new sweater! it does look totally comfy and squishy. i loved the sweater you wore on saturday, too. i've always loved that phildar pattern! so, so happy to meet you on saturday. i wish we had more time to hang out though. rhinebeck really is all about the people for me. i love spending time with yarny friends!

Posted by: mai at October 21, 2010 10:32 AM

it's so perfect!

Posted by: andrea at October 21, 2010 10:36 AM

This blue is sublime on you!

Posted by: Heather at October 21, 2010 10:49 AM

What a fabulous color for you. Looks like something I would definitely wear.

It was such a pleasure to meet you, J. I loved encouraging you to buy yarn!

Posted by: Lolly at October 21, 2010 10:54 AM

see, I like that big more stand-up cowl. But, if you wanted to up the drama I think you'd have to increase after knitting a bit up straight from the neck... it is so cozy and wooly as is, though. So wearable!

I miss Morehouse. :( That place was, like, the perfect yarn store.

Posted by: maya at October 21, 2010 11:40 AM

Holy Cow! So, A) you are absolutely adorable! and B) I LURVE that sweater and you should totally write up a pattern. There is not much I love more than nice long sleeves and a big chunky cowl.

Posted by: Dana at October 21, 2010 11:41 AM

Awesome sweater! I love the hem and cuffs! So nice to meet you at the festival!!!

Posted by: grumperina at October 21, 2010 11:42 AM

That looks so cozy!

Posted by: Emilee at October 21, 2010 11:43 AM

It's beautiful! And it suits you so perfectly! And hey, I think we bought that yarn together in the Morehouse days... mine became a Gathered Pullover.

Posted by: Jess at October 21, 2010 11:55 AM

ooooh love it!!! The color is fabulous!

Posted by: Stephanie at October 21, 2010 12:03 PM

seriously lovely!

Posted by: aprill at October 21, 2010 12:03 PM

Oh that sweater looks seriously comfy! And yours is the second Rhinebeck post I've seen with pictures of a walk in the woods. I will definitely be looking to add a walk in the woods to my Rhinebeck weekend next year, it's just so hard to tear myself away from the fairgrounds.

Posted by: Samantha at October 21, 2010 12:56 PM

Such a pretty sweater! I have a self-designed morehouse sweater sitting around as well. Although, unfortunately, I do believe that mine's been sitting around longer and getting no closer to completion. I'm not much for designing my own projects -- there always comes a fork where I must make a decision I just don't want to make. And it seems never to get made!

Posted by: Leila at October 21, 2010 2:29 PM

When they look that good it doesn't matter how long they take in the making does it? Lovely work.

Posted by: Sarah at October 21, 2010 3:41 PM

That looks so super comfy!

Posted by: Laura at October 21, 2010 4:56 PM

Beautiful sweater!! Not only is it gorgeous, but you also did a really wonderful job. The stitch pattern in the cowl is perfect. I think the cowl IS dramatic! It surely works well. Can't wait to see the pattern!

Posted by: Cary at October 21, 2010 5:54 PM

That's beautiful! I've been wanting a cowl-neck sweater lately...

Posted by: Ann at October 21, 2010 10:42 PM

that sweater is adorable! You look really nice in it too : ) that colour is great!

Posted by: Maya at October 22, 2010 3:47 AM

that sweater is adorable! You look really nice in it too : ) that colour is great!

Posted by: Maya at October 22, 2010 3:48 AM

Looks fantastic!! I live it, and a classic colour like navy is so wearable. Awesome job!!

Posted by: Julie at October 22, 2010 2:04 PM

Beatiful, love the sleeves. That last pic looks quintisential great fall sweater.

Posted by: Jennifer at October 22, 2010 4:05 PM

Love the cowl and the color! A beautiful FO!

Posted by: Maryse at October 22, 2010 9:26 PM

Beautiful! I can't wait to see if you post the pattern. I'd love to make a sweater just like this.

Posted by: e.soule at October 26, 2010 1:53 PM

You look smashing in that gorgeous sweater. It is one of those casual but classic sweaters that are stylish and eye catching. Great color for the pattern and a great job of designing and putting it together.

Posted by: frenchconnection (Ravelry) at October 30, 2010 11:06 AM

Ooo, I hope you write up the pattern! It's lovely!

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