Posted on October 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm

There has been some hand wringing from the sweater contingent about the possibility that all of the knit-cramming in the remaining week and a half before the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival may be for naught, given how warm the weather has been in the Northeast this fall.

It gives a knitter pause – right in the middle of a chart row – doesn’t it? “Why am I doing this to myself and my glucosamine supply if I only get to wear aThreadless tshirt?”

Last year, as many will recall, it was a pretty toasty mid-October afternoon on Saturday.


Most people wore their hard-earned sweaters around their waists for most of the day. A few years ago, it rained most of the time, and sweaters hardly emerged from under the foul weather gear.

“So Julia,” I hear you asking . . .  “What will it be? Do I forge ahead with my sweater I finally cast on for last weekend, or do I throw up my hands in defeat by prognostication?”

A fortnight away, and dare I say – one way or the other – that the weather will be a prime 63°F/17°C for sweater watching? or should I venture the advice to relax, you’re only going to be angry at the weeping sky for foiling your plans for the outfit you call “shawl lasagna”?

Knitters, I tell you the perfect climate for wool looks . . . promising.

The meteorologists over at Intellicast dance right up to the Thursday before our event in their extended forecast:


The Old Farmer’s Almanac seems to think similar thoughts, even though they made this forecast from a bunch of old corn kernels and a dessicated beaver tail

OCTOBER 2013: Oct 12-18: Scattered t-storms, mild; Oct 19-24: Rain, then sunny, cool . . .

The geniuses at Weather dot com are brave enough to say this:


Which is all to say, the temperatures are likely to be kind. What will be falling out of the sky from this point in time, it is impossible to say.

Nonetheless, I am plugging away at the finishing details of my Mindy, almost done with the i-cord edging (which is a technique of beauty worth trying, I tell you: much more elegant than forecasting with a beaver tail).


So how about you? Are you going for it?