Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Alternative – aka "Yarn Buying Adventure"

One of our friends celebrated her 50th birthday at the National Arts Club with dinner and dancing the same evening as the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival, Therefore, I decided to forgo what would have been my fourth annual trek to the Rhinebeck fairgrounds. While I felt disappointed at not going, I couldn’t really feel deprived since I had recently enhanced my stash in both San Francisco and Chicago. 

That said, I decided that a wool treat was still in order. So during my ritual Saturday afternoon visit to The Point, I  used my “20% off coupon” saved from last month’s wool donation.

I had been eyeing Punta Del Este Yarn’s Mercash, a 80% merino/20% mongolian cashmere blend, in either eggplant or olive green. To add to the fiber’s soft allure, 50 grams contains an amazing 264 yards! (Read: small knitting needles required!)

By the time I made my purchase, someone had already snagged all of the eggplant color making my color decision for me! The Point had a house pattern to make a “Fishtail Lace Top” since it uses a combination of fishtail lace and an eyelet rib. It is a cap sleeve baby doll top.

When I tried the store model on, I discovered that the pattern needed some adjustment since the ribbon which is threaded through below the bust hit above my bust. Further, I decided to make my version with long sleeves. As a result, I purchased an extra ball of wool and was thrilled with my purchase!

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