Wow. Just wow. I’m sure you’ve probably read many reviews of Rhinebeck and the fun we all had there so I will attempt to keep this mercifully short while sharing the important things that happened and telling you about the awesome people I met, now that I have gotten a little sleep and can almost walk again.
First, the sweater didn’t make it. I woke up at 6:20am Saturday morning after staying up until almost 11pm the night before and feverishly sewed and sewed. I even sewed in the car on the way to the festival. But I just didn’t make it. I had it with me and searched for buttons to no avail as well. That’s just the way it goes sometimes I guess. It is currently patiently waiting for a button band while I work on a sample that must be done by Friday.
My Mom went with me on Saturday and we were some of the crazy people that got there around 9am. I made a bee line for the Fold‘s booth where they were sold out of lightweight (!) Socks That Rock, but had plenty of medium. I bought enough for a pair for HWJF, two or three pairs for myself, and I even succumbed to the special merino/tencel blend that they had several skeins of for an unbelieveable $34! But how can you resist these colors?:
I’m insane. I know. I also ran into Knitty D and the City and spoke into the mic for them. You may hear my voice on the next podcast. Then it was off to Grafton Fibers because I figured if Stephanie mentioned them on the blog they had to be good and they would also be sold out quickly. I picked up one beautiful batt for a time when I am a much better spinner than I am now. Behold:
Yummy or what?
After that, I caught up with my Mom again (she told me to run ahead and she’d catch up) and we slowed down a bit and went through all that there was to see. And lord is there a lot to see! Fiber, yarn, tools, you name it, it was there. One of the greatest things about going to something like this is that you get to *feel* all of the things you’ve seen online but were too
cheap unsure about to order. Nothing like a hands-on experience to fuel the stash aquisition! Sadly, I was so involved in checking everything out on both days that the regular camera didn’t even make it out of the bag. Good thing the mobile blogging worked for the most part!
While we shopped, I’d hear the occasional chorus of “She’s a square!” and much meeting and greeting and looking for pens and either triumphantly marking off a square or sadly saying “Nice to meet you anyway” was done. HWJF was nice enough to make some buisness cards for me with the blog address on them (Did you get here because of a card? Please say hello in the comments!) so I handed all of them out throughout the weekend. I have to say, Stitchy, you are a genious! I never would have met all the awesome people I did without this game. It was such a great icebreaker and although I’m sure it was a ton of work to put together, I really hope it happens again next year!
So who did I meet? Well, from my bingo card there was Cygknit from CT, Claudia who most of you probably know, Hannah who had a T-shirt of her blog (so cool!), Ina from NJ (there *are* other knitters and spinners in the state beyond the local area!), and Ruth whose nickname became her blog, Bethe with a great blog name, one of the many Jennys, and Diane of IndigoDi. Off the bingo card I talked to Dawn, Cara, Margene, Stephanie, Chris, Karen, Anne, Risa (who I spent an hour or so with and bought a ton of fiber with on Sunday), and Missy B (who I met over lunch on Sat., hung out with at Morehouse that night and ran into again on Sun. She came all the way from California!), Katie, Jodi and probably a dozen others that I just can’t remember off the top of my head (please say hello if I forgot you!). You saw the picture from the blogger meet up. It was C-R-A-Z-Y, but in a totally good way. The only community that I’ve ever been a part of that even comes close to matching this knit/crochet blogging community is the one from bassoon camp. This whole blogging thing has put me in touch with so many amazing people now! I just regret that I didn’t get to spend more time with some of them, and that I completely missed some people that I really wanted to meet.
Obviously, the biggest purchase of the weekend was my new spinning wheel! After seeing all that there was to see I went back to the Misty Mountain Farm booth because of the price on this Lendrum wheel that just didn’t seem like it could really be that low. I asked to try it and a Louet and based on my trials with several other brands I totally fell in love with the Lendrum. I had a bit of difficulty getting it started (the rayon yarn might have had something to do with that) but after I got going it was like a dream. The price was right and the accessories were good, but I walked away for a little while. After talking to a friend of my Mom’s that we ran into, I realized that I should just do it, and I did. I even got cheered as I walked to the car with it (whoever you were, if you’re reading this, please leave a comment! I was high on wool fumes!)!
Sunday I went back, met up with Eklectica and Sunflowerfairy and bought a bunch more fiber to use with the wheel. I did pass up one thing that day. A local farmer had a sign out about having wool for sale, so I stopped on the way to the festival. She had three raw fleeces in a *huge* garbage bag for $20. If I wouldn’t have had to spend another $50 on hand cards or deal with shipping it out to be processed, I think I would have went for it. Maybe another time though.
One really bizzare happening: I ran into a friend of mine. From High School! That I hadn’t seen in probably close to 8 or 9 years! It was the most surreal thing but as soon as I saw her, her name just came flying out of my mouth and the next thing I know we’re hugging in the middle of a barn while people are trying to get past us! It was great to catch up for a few min. before I had to run off. I gave her my blog URL so I hope she stops by to say hello. It was great to see you Missy!
So here’s the pic of the rest of the purchases:
There’s the wheel with the lazy kate, three extra bobbins and 1 or 2 yard niddy noddy, a bag of natural moth repelant (I figured I want to protect all that fiber!), what remains of the pound of fiber that came with the wheel, 3 oz. of white from Morehouse Merino, three batts from Barneswallow Farm, and several packages from the Little Barn. Expect to see a lot more spinning around here for obvious reasons.
And now that I’ve done more links in one post than I probably have *ever*, I gotta go play with some of that fiber!