Rhinebeck 2017 did not disappoint! If you have never gotten the change to attend a fiber festival I highly recommend putting it on your to do list. If you get the opportunity to go to Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival don't miss it! It is the most wonderful place. I have been going to this festival for many years and unlike most things it gets better every year. It gets better because of the people I meet. The stories we share and the overwhelming sense of joy of being in one place with so many like minded people. The festival can be very overwhelming to first time visitors. Especially on Saturday, but Sunday is so much more relaxed. It almost feels like two completely different events from Saturday to Sunday. The crowds are crazy on Saturday, but it is totally worth being a part of that crowd to know how BIG this community of fiber artist is!
This year my sister organized renting a house and all together there were 10 of us staying in the house. We drove up on Friday and attended Needles Up (an event where some of our favorite vendors were selling their goods), then we went to our house. Our house was lovely! The views were spectacular and it was so nice to sit outside and knit. On Saturday and Sunday we attended the festival and now I'm trying to settle back into the real world. Sigh.
At needles up my friend Laura who's podcast is Knit Read Pray and I were VIP VIPs! We had VIP tickets and while we were waiting in line outside we got selected to come in early and shop before all the other people in the VIP line! We were so giddy. It was so much fun. We got to hang out with all the fancy famous people like Amy Beth from the Fat Squirrel Podcast, The Grocery Girls, Amanda from the Yarn Hoarder Podcast, Kristy Glass Knits, the list goes on and on. I was on a mission to get a Fat Squirrel Bag with sheep and not only did I get one bag I got two! The second bag was in impulse purchase and even funnier when we got back to the house three of us had bought the same bag!
My favorite part of the festival is the Leaping Llamas. The festival can be overwhelming at times and I always enjoy getting to sit down and watch a show. One of the best parts of the Leaping Llamas is how we sit back and reflect on the animals that are providing us with the amazing fiber we are there all weekend to purchase! It gives us a chance to learn about each of the farms as well as see all the kids being involved with the animals. Watching goats, alpacas and llamas jump over a pole... and sometimes under a pole... is so entertaining. My face hurts from smiling so much after the show. If you go to Rhinebeck you have to go to the Leaping Llamas and you have to get there early for a seat!
I apologize for the out of order photos, but some were taken with my camera and some with my cell phone. Moving on.... I had purchased a Fat Squirrel bag at Needles Up and was instantly inspired to make a sweater to match the bag. I waited until Sunday before we left and I purchased yarn from Miss Babs to make one (Public Service Announcement: You don't have to wait on line for Miss Babs after all the bus trips leave on Saturday). I am happy to say I casted it on Sunday when I got home and it is looking amazing. I am making a green one to match the sweater in the bottom right hand of the picture below.
I had been on a mission to make a Plum sweater. I didn't find the exact yarn I wanted to I did talk to a vendor and she has the yarn I want to use back at her shop and can mail it to me.
The podcaster meet up was so much fun on Saturday! I got to say hello to so many people I usually only see online. I also got Bristol Ivy's new book Knitting Outside the Box and she signed it for me! I want to cast on every thing in that book! I also got the Making No. 4 book which is really inspiring me to try some new projects!
Once again I am sad Rhinebeck is over and I am already looking forward to next year!