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As always, I find it difficult to put Rhinebeck weekend into words. It’s a glut of fibery goodness and stash acquisition what with all the fantastic vendors and things to see, pet and buy, but it’s also so much more for me. It’s a home coming since I get to stay with my folks, spend a bit of time with them and visit the area where all my childhood memories were made. It’s officially fall for me as I discovered again this year and we traveled over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge Saturday morning for the first time and got to take in the breathtaking early morning view of the Hudson River and the fall foliage in full display. And this year, it was even more special since I got to share my love of everything this weekend offers me with HWJF and got to see him experience his first Rhinebeck.

My first stop of Saturday was the Golding Spindle booth. It was a little early and they were still setting up, but once I was able to get in I started trying to make a decision. HWJF had told me in advance that this would be my Christmas present.

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(When the heck did my hair get so long?)

It wasn’t an easy decision and I probably drove Kristy, Sharon and Sairy crazy as they waited for me to make up my mind. Once I finally made my selections, it was on to the rest of the show.

We got to meet up with Anne and her son and watch him start to experience his first Rhinebeck. He got to pet some Alpacas! Lucky kid.

After that things become a blur of intermittently meeting up with friends and drooling over the good stuff with the occasional infusion of a hot cider or some other fair food (I finally tried the artichokes. They are as good as reported. HWJF even had some.) to keep us going. As you can see from the picture of me in the Goldings booth, the weather was rather cool which sadly kept my sweater, despite it’s alpaca content, hidden under my coat for the majority of the festival. I was asked by fellow NJ FiberFanatics Laurie, Marilyn and Linda to show the sweater at one point and HWJF comment at how wrong it looked for me to be opening my coat in that manner. ;)

At one point rather early on Saturday I sent two new spinners off to find their perfect wheels. Lucky for them Carolina Homespun and brought two lady bugs with them for the festival or there may have been a fight. ;)

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I think those smiles say it all. Yay for new addicts spinners!! :-D

Speaking of gateway drugs, I hear fleece is one of them.

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Not that I would know anything about that. ;) While I waited in the line to get into the fleece sale HWJF brought me food and ran some of my stuff and Kristy’s to the car. The women behind me on line commented that “He’s good.” and “You better hang on to him!”. Yes. Yes I plan to. :)

We even got to see friends from a different context at this festival.

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That’s our friend Will from Bassoon Camp in the lovely green and white sweater with some of his friends and relatives. The sweater was made by the very nice woman to his immediate right. Yay for knitters and bassoon appreciators!

When we were all shopped out and quite tired of the cold on Saturday we made our way out of the fairgrounds (in record time. Yay for knowing back roads!) and across the river to Panera to have dinner and get the new spinners set up on their new wheels. It’s not every day you see three ladybugs in Panera!

three bugs at panera

I also got to try out my new high speed whorl. Now I don’t have to treadle like a mofo to get the laceweight I’m making for shop orders done! Whee!!

spinning with sairy and sharon

We made our way over to the Ravelry party later on only to find a scene of chaos as far as parking when. Sairy and Sharon decided to skip it but Kristy, HWJF and I stayed for about an hour, during which time the cops were called and HWJF had to move the car. Fun times. At least there was beer and food. We also got to see Sarah, Chris and Carolyn as well as run into Kim for a second time (we saw her and Yvonne at the Fold in the morning).

After a long day we headed home only to stop in our tracks about two miles from home when we found a loose horse on the side of the road at 10pm. I jumped out of the car to secure it before it got hit only to find myself standing on the side of the road freezing my ass off with a strange horses’ halter in my hand and no clue what door to bang on to find the owner. Luckily, one of the locals who knew where he belonged came along and woke up a neighbor who took him off my hands. I still can’t believe how many people kept driving and didn’t stop. As my Dad would say “The country ain’t what it used to be!”

Sunday found me driving to the train station to send Kristy on her way fairly early and then back to the festival on my own while HWJF and my Mom dealt with the car trouble that could have made this a very short weekend for us (luckily it was just a bum battery and was replaced without issue, but getting it jumped twice on Friday was looking dubious for a while). I met up with Sharon and Sairy again.

I observed a weak moment.

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And a funny one.

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And many others before they had to head back to NJ. HWJF, my Mom and I continued on for a while. I finally made HWJF pose with his Cobblestone next to another.

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I definitely like my model better. ;)

Mom and I indulged in a little fried dough before she left. HWJF and I finally got to see some animals.

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We also finally got to see Kris at the Coopworth breed display and watch a future spinner get their first lesson.

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And there might have been another fleece purchase. ;)

By that time the festival had wound down and I made one more purchase before we headed home. Tired, cold and happy. When asked if he would ever come with me again, HWJF’s response was the title of this post. I think I got a little teary. :)

If all that wasn’t enough, on our way home on Monday we decided to go for a “little” walk at Mohonk.

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You’re going to want to clicky to biggie those pictures! Trust me!

I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. HWJF did not complain once and kept us all in stitches (ha!) most of the time. Yep. I think I’ll keep him.

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(Sorry for the lack of linky love but I’ll never get this posted if I don’t do it now. More on the stash acquisitions in the next post. Thanks for reading if you actually got this far!)

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25 Responses to “I’d go back in a heartbeat.”
  1. Megan S says:

    It looks like you had one amazing time!! It must have been hard to pry yourself away from Fiber Heaven!

  2. Sharon says:

    It was really a lot of fun. Thanks for meeting up with us and being the tour guides! And BTW, an addict is born. I woke up this morning realizing I had been dreaming about spinning all last night. hmmmmm.

  3. koto-chan says:

    It sounds like a great time! I was admiring all the spinners while I was there, and I decided that I will have to learn how to spin before next year’s Rhinebeck. It looked like a whole lot of fun that I was missing out on!

  4. MsLindz says:

    Looks like you had a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to seeing your next post about what you purchased while there :)

    So many great pictures! You and HWJF look great in the last two pictures.

  5. Kim says:

    You captured the wonderfullness that is Rhinebeck. I have got to get my ass to Mohonk. It looks great! In the battle of the Cobblestones HWJF’s would win. You are so daring to stop and capture that horse. Holy Crap!! I would be scared to pieces. Glad the owner was found quickly.

  6. Nancy says:

    Great post! DH has been to Mohonk for business meetings and I *definitely* am going to ask him to take me there! It’s absolutely beautiful. Sorry I missed you, I was there with Ina on Sunday, it was a beautiful day and I loved every minute of being there!

  7. Tina M. says:

    It was great to meet your honey in person, even if I was mostly high on wool fumes. Your hon and my hon can keep each other company if you bring him to the Knit & Spin next year. Apparently a good man isn’t as rare as some would have us believe, not that I appreciate mine any less! :P

    Beautiful photos… I’m glad you both had such a great time.

  8. Barb says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure! Sounds like such a lot of fun. You are soo lucky to have firends and family to share the experience with!

  9. beverly says:

    It was nice to see you there–and nice to see what you did with the fiber from last year. I love Mohonk–that’s where Neal and I spent our honeymoon!

  10. Opal says:

    Oh the Goldings! Oh the Ladybugs! What a grand time! :-)

  11. Ceci says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I keep promising myself that one day I will get to Rhinebeck for the fair. In the meantime, it is great to see your pictures of (my neck of the woods too) that beautiful area and also catch a glimpse of HWJF. I miss seeing him at oboe camp and hope to meet you face to face one of these days :-)

    Have a wonderful week.

    ps – my Mom said the fall foliage was spectacular this year! And from your Mohonk pictures, I must agree.

  12. Jennifer says:

    It looks like you had a great time! The weather was perfect for the festival.

  13. Debby says:

    I’m sorry I missed you! Looks like you and HWJF had an awesome time. But how scary for the horse! Glad he made it home safely.

  14. Anne says:

    Great recap, but sadly lacking any references to TMBG! ;)

  15. Cookie says:

    I’m so glad you both had a good time. I was a little worried that he might not enjoy the event. Forget keeping, him! You need to marry that boy before someone steals him from you.

  16. JessaLu says:

    It was great to sit and visit with you guys for a few minutes on Sunday – I’m sorry I didn’t pet your sweater. :o ( Thanks again to your mom for saving my pants with her extra napkin!

    It looks like you managed to do some major wallet damage over the weekend, can’t wait to see the details! ;o)

  17. --Deb says:

    Great post, Jessica! I know we only saw each other for a minute, but it was good to see you … and you got some lovely loot, there! (And yes, he’s definitely a keeper.)

  18. Ina says:

    I’m glad a grand time was had by *all*! Love the three Ladybugs (two in action, one in repose) photo. Your Cobblestone model is definitely better company.

  19. lauragayle says:

    Lovely photos! Looks like you all had a wonderful time!!!!

  20. michelle says:

    Lol…just the thought of you going door to door with a horse makes me giggle. It was so nice seeing you and meeting HWJF. H’e so much cuter in person :)

  21. Kristy says:

    I’m so glad HWJF had a good time! It was great to hang out with both of you this weekend, and I’m glad the car got fixed :)

  22. stacey says:

    I have to get there one of these years!!!!! It’s so close, yet I’ve never been! Looks like you guys had a blast – i’m sure we’ll be seeing all that fiber again soon!

    Mohonk is amazing!!!!! How far was that from Rhinebeck??

  23. Daniele says:

    Your post was wonderful. I have so much to comment on, but I’ll have to make due with a few sentences.

    It was like I was there at Rhinebeck with you. How much fun. Everyone seemed so happy. And your acquisitions! Great. You’ll have to show us the spindles that you bought too.

    Thank you so much for the foilage shots. I love the trees when they are the deepest red, and I haven’t seen too many of them around here.

    The patterning on the green and white sweater is great. Love it. He must have been proud to wear her handiwork.

    And the boy in his Cobblestone. Yep…. I like your model better too. ;)

  24. Risa says:

    HWJF is definitely a keeper! Glad you guys had a good time.

  25. Vikky says:

    I was looking at your pictures of Reinbeck and realized my guy’s sweater could be twins with your guy’s. I used one of toni’s shetland/cheviots. It turned out a nice warm brown heathery varigated. I showed the pictures to Jim. Unlike girls who are so upset when someone is wearing what someone else is wearing, guys go, cool great taste , give me five, type thing. Vikky

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