My first visit to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool festival was a huge success. We arrived fairly late in the day, and dealt with some traffic getting to the fairground. We avoided major lines by bringing our own lunch. I had a wonderful time shopping and used the handy “print queue” feature on Ravelry to get myself a good shopping list. I’m thrilled with all of my purchases. There are a few places I wished I had visited. I had to skip anywhere that was too crowded. It definitely cleared out towards the end of the day.
Next year I would like to get there earlier to see some of the events and have time to sample the regional wine and cheeses. I think a wine-fueled yarn shopping day would be fun! I made it to the Ravelry after party for a free cupcake and goodie bag, but had to leave when I saw the line for food and drinks. Yikes! I was really tired of crowds by that point.
There was so much beautiful roving. As much as I would love to spin, I only have time for so many hobbies and must be content to admire it from afar. I loved identifying people’s knitwear – that was fun. For my part, I wore my cardiganized Rogue and my awesome pink felted scarf.
I am trying to finish up all of my WIPs before attacking this new yarn, but I doubt that will happen. It was wonderful to be able to purchase hand dyed or undyed wool from so many small farms. I am really trying to get to know the origins of my craft materials, and this was a great exercise in that regard. I photographed all of my yarn, with notes on where it is from and the pattern it is destined for, and tagged it here. addition to the beautiful yarn, I picked up the Fall 2008 Knitscene, which actually has two or three patterns I plan on working.
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