Wear a Pumpkin?

Posted by Caroline Hershey


 What could be cuter than a pumpkin hat on a child? Tis the time of year not only to eat them but wear them too. You can find this as a free pattern on Lion Brand . I used Cascade 220 and odds and ends for leaves and stem. If you would like for me to put a kit together for you, just email.

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Our favoritis breakfast recipe this time of year is a pumpkin coffee cake. Try it out!

Pumpkin Coffee Cake
Mix these ingredients
½ cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup pumpkin, 2 eggs, beaten, 1 tsp vanilla
Mix dry ingredients and add to above. 
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp soda
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp ginger and ¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup quick oats
3 T. butter
Nuts (optional) and a shake of cinnamon
Keep separate ½ cup applesauce
Pour half of batter into a 9″ round pan. Spread ½ cup applesauce and half of streusel on top. Add remaining batter and top with remaining streusel. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes. Enjoy on a frosty morn!

Heart Sachet

Posted by Caroline Hershey

New class on Nov 16th, 1-4pm, taught by Jackie Jones

A little sachet to please many on your Christmas list. Fill it with lavender and it is just right to tuck into a drawer or hang in a closet. Worked in 14 mitered squares that build one upon the other. Finish it in no time and make a stack to surprise your friends and family.

For more information, see our class schedule.

Call the shop to register.


Posted by Caroline Hershey

I have had lots of thoughts ready to share but the time and computer (not to mention a nasty virus that caused my laptop to crash and thank you Ben for getting me up and going again!) and generally life have interfered. So, if you don’t mind I will just give you snippets, maybe a pattern or two that I have been working on.

NY Sheep & Wool

The  NY Sheep & Wool Show was great. Trees were beautiful, much more color than around here. The show is incredibly large and the attendance this year was astronomical. On Sunday, I took a folding chair outside to bask in the sunshine and have a quick lunch (notrees1 lunch on Saturday!) and was greeted by an entertaining sight. There on the outside were a ring of men – husbands, boyfriends, significant others? – just very patiently waiting for someone :) to emerge from the barn. They were leaning on the trash cans, on a cane, on one foot then the other but always with eyes on the dark cavern of the barn. No muttering, no comparing notes with each other, just patience. Maybe a sweater for them was being worked out inside.

We love the town of Rhinebeck and were afriad THE wedding might have changed it somehow. But no, it was still there with it’s good humored residents, great restaurants. Have you ever wondered what would happen if the hotel computer crashed right when everyone was trying to check out? We discovered wifi is a tricky thing there, pretty non existent, and probably for the inn where we stayed also. But the staff just hand wrote all info, took reservations for next year, and all was settled not quite as fast as before, but very nicely. Lovely place Rhinebeck. The Hudson River with the fall foliage on either shore is hard to beat also.


Bamboo in hair spray? My last can of the lovely shellac said it has natural bamboo extract for anti-humidity control. Had to buy it but sad to say it was the same ole same ole hair stiffener. Sounded good though.

NY Sheep & Wool Festival

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Yes, we’ll be there in our usual spot in Bldg 39 at the far end. Last year we drove up in a freak snowstorm, on Interstate 81 through PA which always seems like you are driving off the edge of the world anyway. Add to that single lane traffic, big fat snow flakes the wipers can’t keep up with, and I’m doing this why??? But it turned into a great weekend. As all freaky snowstorms manage to do, create havoc and then quickly go on their merry way. I think this must be my favorite fiber show and here’s hoping I can do a little Christmas shopping myself.

Yarns on Stage!

And, guess what! Have you heard about the Yarns on Stage Collection? On October 16th, ten of today’s hottest hand-dyers will debut unique, limited – edition colorways designed for knitters who know their obsession is not just a craft, but an art. A limited number of shops will have these special edition yarns and the yarns arrived yesterday in our shop. We can’t show them until the 16th, but guess where we’ll be on the 16th? At Rhinebeck and we are definitely taking the yarn. So, stop by our booth to see this collection. The ten hand dyers are: Cherry Tree Hill, Pico Accuardi Dyeworks, Twisted Sister, Shibui Knits, Prism Yarns, Dream in Color, Conjoined Creations, Claudia Handpaints, Great Adirondack, Alpaca with a Twist. They look cool in the box and I’m a little frustrated I can’t throw them up on the shelves for everyone to see. But, next weekend for sure!

You’re Making Cows?

Posted by Caroline Hershey

No Dan, it’s cowls!

We have a comunication problem sometimes. He looks at me strangely when I say cowls are hot this fall hearing only cows and wondering what made all the cows hot. Good grief. I’ll work on him.

Here’s the cowL that my friend Cathy made for the shop in the Leche yarn. Actually that does have milk protein in the yarn. A double good grief. Cowls are neat because they can be a fashion accessory or worn under your coat for warmth and then removed. Just think of rushing out the door in the morning to the car with the wind howling and being able to snug that up over the bottom of your face until you get the heater going. YUM!

 This pattern is a free download on Ravelry called the birthday cowl. The pattern lends itself to lots of different yarns. We used the Leche yarn because of its softness and total appeal. It took 2 balls with some left over.


The yarn I ordered over the net has arrived safely today. I am delighted with the colours & can hardly wait to get knitting. Last year when I was in Germany I purchased some of the Regia brand & was wondering how I would get some more until I found your website.Thank you again for your efficient service.


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