What do you say about a thing so wonderful? It seems like we wait all year for this and in the blink of an eye, it’s over. I was quite sad leaving the grounds yesterday, but I have a lot of great memories and fiber to keep my consoled until next time.

Unfortunately it seems that I had a serious dose of camnesia during the majority of the festival so there aren’t many pics “during” but I definitely have several “after”. Kristy and I arrived just after 8am and went right in to find this glorious sight:

pristine str

Pristine wall ‘o STR. It didn’t stay that way for long. Trust me. Neither of us made a purchase there deciding that we had plenty sitting on the shelf at home. We then went over to the Little Barn booth and a Rhinebeck miracle happened. Remember the fiber that I was spinning and wanted to make a sweater out of? Remember how I ran out?

Rhinebeck Miracle!!


Much bouncing up and down and squeeing was the result. They were ready to take my money early so I once again was going back to the car before 9am. I guess I’m just a power shopper. ;) Besides the Toney Road fiber I bought mostly undyed stuff. That should keep me busy for a while.

After that we ended up meeting up with Ann and our trio did our leisurely turns through each barn while Kristy checked things off on her list and made notes for later. There were several purchases along the way of course. Before we knew it, we needed some nourishment and ended up having lunch with Jody and her friends. Then it was time for the blogger meet-up where I did manage a couple of pictures.

Me and Debby

I got to meet Debby and her photographer husband which was very nice. :)

Me and Julie

I caught up with Julie again. She was easy to find with the Steeler’s hat. :)

Jersey Girls

There was a chance for a Jersey girls group shot with Kim, Deb and Kristy.

Jess and Jess

And I just had to get a picture with Jess who presented me with the most beautiful pair of hand cranked socks (I won them in a blog contest she had. Yes, again. I am banned from contests on her blog for a while. ;) )! They couldn’t be a more perfect color and look:

They fit!

They fit like a dream! You should really check out the picot edge too. I will be treasuring these for some time to come. And she even included this:

Sheepy Pez

Too cute! Thanks again Jess!!

After the meet up I got to spend some time with my Mom while more wandering and more purchases were accomplished. Eventually Mom went home and Kristy and I made our way out of the festival for dinner and then headed over to Morehouse. I was shocked and saddened to learn that they will no longer be maintaining the brick and mortar store in the near future. Apparently the online business has made it too much for the staff to handle. That news sorely tempted me into snatching up some yarn, but I let Kristy do it instead. :)

We then made our way over to the Ravelry party (thank goodness I had enough brains to bring the GPS. I never would have found it otherwise) which was a ton of fun even if it was a bit crowded. While I was skeptical in the beginning, I’m very appreciative of what is going on with this amazing resource and what it has done for the fiber community. I was even gifted with this:

Gift Fiber

A beautiful wool/mohair/angora roving from PoMo Golightly. She sadly found out she was allergic to the angora the hard way and decided to just give it all away. Ann remembered I was a spinner and I became the lucky recipient! Thank you again!! At the end of the party we went out on the patio to cool down and did a little more knitting and talking fiber with Tina and her lovely sherpa husband before heading home. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

On Sunday I sadly said goodbye to Kristy, dropped her off at the train station and headed back over to the festival. I met up with Risa fairly early on and spent most of the day making sure that she didn’t loose her Crazy Fiber Lady reputation. I mean, she only had one skein of lace weight when I first saw her. Totally unacceptable!! ;) I briefly ran into Eklectica and Tina as well as Brooke and several others (sorry if I’m forgetting you!) who I had not had much chance to talk to or had missed during the first day and yet there are still people I didn’t get to see or meet! If it weren’t for the fact that I was nearly crippled from all the walking or standing, I would really wish there were a couple more days for this festival.

Monday I was lucky enough to be able to take the day off work, so my Mom drove me back to NJ and we had lunch outside with a certain new family member:

Sandy at lunch

ETA: That’s Sandy, my Mom’s Brussels Griffon.

Who also got to meet her “niece”.

Sandy meets Simba

Believe it or not, it was a very quiet and polite meeting (although the picture doesn’t quite capture it that way). I’m still shocked about that.

Re-entry will not be an easy task today, but I definitely have a wonderful weekend to look back on.

So what else did I buy you ask? From Cloverleaf Farm:

Merino-Silk and BFL

Merino/Silk (on the left in the reds and pinks) and BFL.

Ingeo for Mom

Ingeo (a corn fiber) to spin up into something nice for my Mom.

Bamboo for mom

Some bamboo, also intended to be used for my Mom. The color is much more brown and coppery than I could capture here.

I did buy one skein of yarn, but it is a gift for a friend, so I’m not going to post it here.

Grafton batts

Two grafton batts from Seaport Yarns. I snatched these up early and hope they’ll become enough for a nice shawl.

Merino for HWJF

I ended the festival purchases with this pumpkin colored merino for the boy I left at home. :)

Risa and I ended the day on Sunday with smoothies that I just had to snap a pic of:

Fruity drinks

All drinks are better when they come with umbrellas. :)

Oh yeah. And one other thing followed me home:



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33 Responses to “Rhinebeck 2007”
  1. Mama-E says:

    great to see you on Sat!

  2. Anne says:

    Yeah! I’m so glad you hooked up with the new wheel! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with it… :)

  3. Dee says:

    Well, it looks like SOMEONE had a good time!!!

    Is the pup yours or your mom’s. Cute puppy!!!! Aren’t pugs just the most adorable. We have one next door. She’s a bundle of energy!

  4. Ina says:

    Ooh, thanks, I’ve always wondered what the pristine wall o’ STR looked like – by the time I see it, it’s quite bare. It was good to see you Sunday. I look forward to seeing production from the new wheel.

  5. Nicole says:

    ANOTHER wheel? Man. I really need to get spinning on mine before it decides to move to your house instead.

  6. Barb says:

    What a great haul. It appears you had a great time and made a lot of sellers happy. I’m so glad you found your yarn, too.

  7. Kathy says:

    I can’t believe I didn’t meet you at the Ravelry party! I’m so sorry! I didn’t do the Morehouse party, and now I’m sad, but I took a few hours to take care of my kid and get her settled before I went out to find the Ravelry party. Hideaway indeed!

    You certainly had fun! I concentrated on fiber myself this year, what a weekend!

  8. Eklectika says:

    Damned wheels followin’ you home… ;-)

  9. jody says:

    you know what i love about this post? not only did you just toss in that you bought a wheel in the very last pic. but that it already has yarn — blue yarn — in it. *so* you :)

  10. Sacha says:

    Sounds like an intense weekend. :) Good to hear you had a great time!

  11. michelle says:

    We were at all the same places – but sadly our paths never crossed. I’m so sorry I missed meeting you! Although it could be that I was never able to make it to one of the blogger meet ups, and I left the Ravelry party right before the raffle. Little man had been so good during the long, long day and I had to get out of dodge before melt down :)

    That pumpkin colored merino is gorgeous! Details please. And the wheel…envy :)

  12. JessaLu says:

    They FIT!! Wooooo!! *happy dance*

    You have no idea how happy that makes me. Seriously.

    You have some great fiber there – and a wheel! AND a new puppy?!? Cool!

    That puppy is seriously cute.

  13. Kim says:

    And you said you weren’t going to buy a wheel! I think you may take the prize for most Rhinebeck stuff. The picture of the empty Fold booth is just amazing. I’m glad I got to see it in person. It’s always fun to see you and I’m glad we got to spend some time! I’m having difficulty with re-entry into the working world.

  14. stacey says:

    oooh – a wheel!!!!!! it’s beautiful! it will be great to spin all that fiber you got! I love the bamboo – that color looks amazing!

  15. Cetta says:

    Careful – those pugs are addictive!

    I want a wheel (whine!)

  16. Katy says:

    What a lovely wheel! Can’t wait to see all that new fiber spun up.

  17. Marlena says:

    So sad we didn’t cross paths! It looks like you had a great time, as I did. I think next year I’ll follow your lead and take Monday off, though!

  18. ann says:

    I totally remember seeing your sweater on Saturday! It was gorgeous – I should have said hi. Next year!
    Also – hooray for Rhinebeck miracles!

  19. Lizzy B says:

    Dude! Are you on a wheel a year plan? Seriously though, it’s a lovely choice for a second wheel. You’ll love it! Now, maybe Risa and I can talk you into a Russo at MDS&W in May! :)

  20. juno says:

    The tide swept you by me several times, but fast. Glad you had a great time and a Miracle.

  21. juno says:

    also – new wheel? well done.

  22. Risa says:

    Once again you were a fabulous festival buddy. I seriously enjoyed our day of wandering the festival. I appreciate your defending my crazy reputation by encouraging further purchases. I do hope you enjoy the new wheel, she is a beauty and as I said before, if you didn’t get it, I would have ;)

  23. --Deb says:

    Congratulations! I had a feeling it was a new wheel when Risa hinted the other day, and those are so, so lovely . . . I’m so happy for you! Beautiful fiber you got, too, to break it in with!

  24. laura says:

    that wall is wonderful! i clicked on it to blow it up! YUM!! I just ordered a boat load of str too and can’t wait for it. i’m surprised that wall wasn’t full of people!

  25. Julie says:

    Somewhere on Jordana’s camera is my picture of the two of us – this is the hassle of having the big camera with me, people are afraid to use it! I’m very glad we got to run into each other on Saturday – have to meet up again sometime soon!

    Also, I bought the same Ingeo from Cloverleaf at MDSW in addition to the Sapphires BFL I bought this time. We are obviously channeling each other on these purchases. And dammit, I didn’t realize that the Grafton batts were at Seaport! Grrr. Might have to go down there sometime soon and hope they have it in stock at the bricks and mortar store. And congrats on the wheel – it’s lovely, even if it isn’t a Lendrum. ;)

  26. Marisol says:

    What a fabulous time! I almost feel inspired to learn how to spin:) Its probablya a good thing that I haven’t caught this bug yet!

    Really nice post – thanks I get to see all the wonderful things from the festival and the great people you met there.

  27. heather says:

    naughty naughty girl! i wish we’d had a minivan to handle a bigger haul. congrats on the new wheel!!!!

  28. You have truly been blessed by the spinning Goddesses. Perhaps you should light a candle tonight and pray for all of us to be so blessed as to experience a miracle…

    Blessings (form a non-”spinning goddess”)

  29. Elinor says:

    OMG WHEEL. It’s so beautiful! I covet it. And the fiber you bought is beautiful and shiny. Jealous! I’m glad you had a good time. And thank you for the pr0n!

  30. beverly says:

    It was so great to meet you, and I’m glad you’re giving my wedding stole fiber a happy home!! What a lovely new wheel!

  31. Heather says:

    What a blast! Glad you had fun.

  32. Karen says:

    Ok, I so didn’t see that beautiful new wheel coming! That’s awesome. I can’t wait to hear all about it. You got lot of gorgeous fiber too!

  33. Debby says:

    It was so nice to meet you! I hope to stay longer next year.

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