Little minds (mine) are hopelessly entertained by the concept of Rhinebeck knitting.
No, not the FO type. I'm speaking of the WIP species needed for the weekend's festivities. The well-known criteria include mindless pattern, easy project, just-make-the-stitches while communing with Our People. Many, maybe even most, choose socks.
The pattern is easy. I planned on my tried and true stockinette stitch sock. But isn't there a subtext here of cool yarn? Indie dyers? Hard-to-find-sold-out-instantly yarn? Those casually knitting with Wollmeise this weekend probably win this knitters' unspoken challenge.
I rip through my not-insubstantial stash. Indecision prickles my brain. I have no Wollmeise. Should I pull out the AppleLaine? The Sundara yarn?
As I talk of this with the Knitigator, she suggests a scarf. I have just the yarn! I described the colors - pinks, blues, purples. "Pink??" she queries as she tilts her head. I had to laugh. "Yes. Pinks." The first yarn I ever fell madly in love with was a skein of Colinette Isis in the 'Fresco' colorway. It adorned the rail of the stairs for a month as yarn-art before I would put it in the stash to marinate. It was a lonely skein. I've added two other skeins - a silk yarn, also from Colinette, in the same colorway, and a Fiesta silk chenille, perfectly matched. The first was planned, the second was pure accident.
The yarns clearly call for a simple stitch, knit lengthwise. I had to figure out gauge vs. skein length so I could cast on a number of stitches that would waste the least amount of yarn, and not leave me stranded in midrow.
Knitigator heard all this. She fixed her bemused green eyes on me.
"This scarf needs to be knit with RECKLESS abandon! Colinette yarn? It is French! The French are not precise. This is NOT the time for math and precision ! The yarn needs to be, demands to be knit as it is. STOP. PLANNING."
The Knitigator is always right. So there is my Rhinebeck project. I have an older knitting book from my Auntie's stash. There is a scarf similar to what I'm visualizing. I have three yarns, the scarf is knit with two yarns. The pattern book, the scarf (lower left lighter blue one), and my yarns:
I will knit with reckless abandon.