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Rhinebeck 2014

What a perfect place for a Fall wool festival!!  Rhinebeck, New York did not disappoint.  The color was as spectacular on the ground as on the trees.  It was wonderful to see children playing in natures beauty.  I even caught a little guy in a beautiful Baby Surprise Jacket.


It was a  r e a l l y  long day, but worth it in so many ways.  I saw tons of glorious sweaters, shawls, scarfs and hats.  Everywhere I looked I was just in awe of all the beautiful knits.


I took this picture while in line for the Cider Donuts, which were well worth the wait!

I have to laugh because I said to a few folks like Laura Nelkin, I’ll see you there, when frankly it’s hard enough to stay with the people you came with never mind actually finding someone.  But I did literally run into someone and my day, week, year, was made….

Me and The Yarn Harlot

Me and The Yarn Harlot

The look on my face pretty much said it all.  There was a moment captured with any ugly cry on my part.  I am such a goof.  But seriously, what were the odds?

I got to see some lovely alpacas and even a nun with a goat. Yes, you read that right. A nun with a goat.  Too surprised to get a picture of that.



I had a wonderful time and have great memories and photos and hope to go back next year, but for the whole weekend.

Here is a group shot of the group of knitters and friends I went with.


Thank you Rhinebeck for the wonderful day!  I sure hope we meet again next year!

Happy knitting people!!



Sheep and Wool….Day 1 and 2

The heavens blessed us with the most perfect weather for our Sheep and Wool festival.  So many people were proudly wearing hand knits and there were shawls galore, all so beautiful.  One of my favorite things that happens is the admiring of the knitting lovelies.  Everywhere you here, Oh, I love your shawl, your sweater, your socks?  It was truly a weekend of knitterly love!!!

We got there early, around 8:00 am and we casually browsed around and admired the sheep.


When it was close to 9:00 am, my friend Sue and I headed for Spirit Trail Fibers. They weren’t quite ready. So we waited. As they drew back their tarps to reveal all the fibery goodness, out comes Clara Parkes!!  I just about fell over.  Of course, I was star struck.  Out of my mouth I blurt, you are Clara Parkes, and she sweetly says yes, and we hug and I tell her that I am The Yankee Dyer (on Twitter) and she says, I KNOW YOU and we hug again….!  My friend Sue snaps a picture and I realize that I never told her my real name and now I feel like a complete idiot.  I told her I loved her books.  I think that I am still on the “Clara Cloud”.  And would you believe that there are people, aka knitters, that do not know who she is?  That is just wrong on so many levels!  It was the highlight to my day.  I mean seriously, best day eva!!!!  We did take a picture but I’m not going to post it because it’s not really all that flattering to either of us!

We had fun at Spirit Trail Fibers!  I have future plans for a few of their yarns and some Anne Hanson patterns.

The Mum

The Mum

Here baby was shy.

Her baby was shy.

Day 2 was attended with my hubby and son and friend Sue.  Another beautiful day and great things to see that we didn’t see on Saturday because it was so packed.  I totally preferred going on Sunday. We got to see the end of the Sheep to Shawl competition and the auction where one of the fabulous shawls went for over $800.  They were true works of art.  In case you are wondering what Sheep to Shawl is.  It begins at 8:00 am with the shearing of the sheep and then the wool is carded and spun and then they weave a shawl and it needs to be done by 12:00 noon!  You wouldn’t believe how beautiful they were.  Of course, I have no pictures.

I also got to meet Ms. Jill Draper of Jill Makes Stuff.  She is positively lovely and I enjoyed chatting with her and did introduce myself using both my names…duh!  Jill was recently featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine. My other regret is that I was so starstruck that I forgot to buy some of her yarn. Yeah, I was off my “A” game.  Here is a decent picture of me and Jill.

Jill Draper

Jill Draper

We had a wonderful time!  I bought some needles and a couple of patterns and funny buttons and 2 skeins of yarn and a 5 lb. bucket of Citric Acid that the Earth Guild was kind enough to bring with them to save me shipping! I thank you.

We ended Sunday with this. I believe that they are called Ribbon Chips, I just call them yummy!


Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!