Rhinebeck 2011

The New York Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck) is pretty much a guarantee of a good time. There are people and yarn, and if you’re not finding much of one you can usually find some of the other, and even if by the end of it my introverted self has had so much sensory overload that I am on the verge of becoming feral and clutching said yarn in the middle of an airport waiting on my (delayed) flight home, it’s never not worth it.


This time around a bit of an odd thing happened to me – I made a list of things I wanted, and stuck to it. Rather than filling up on appetizer yarns one or two skeins at a time and having no room for an entree of awesome sweater yarn purchases, I went right for some lovely sweater quantities of yarn at Briar Rose and then Miss Babs (pics tomorrow), and then finished off with an aperitif of two more pairs of Signature circular needles (I’m so sunk. I’m just going to keep filling in the collection, I can tell), and a Jennie the Potter mug, and then I was done. And it wasn’t even lunchtime yet.


So after that it was just about wandering – which is nice because there were a whole lot of people to wander with. It is a good and strange thing to converse with knitters mostly through Ravelry and the blogosphere and then suddenly get to see them live in 3D all in one go. And reaffirming to have so many people to wave to across the crowds and hug when you get to them. Knitters are great.


Gretchen (maplemom) was there with her mum and she was showing off her lovely, lovely Royale, and they were great to say hi to.


I saw Kristin, Angela, and Elinor, and for some reason did not manage to snap a picture of Elinor with her eyes open.


I played Rhinebeck bingo again (and did not get bingo, again, but still met some more knitters)…


I showed Elspeth the progress on my Longbottom cardigan, which is destined to be modelled (and then kept) by her husband, and got a pretty great reaction…


And I even got my own Rhinebeck sweater done in the nick of time, and got photographed in it by Melissa, and I love the pictures so much that I need to wait to post them in a post of themselves. Preferably accompanied by a finished pattern, I think.

And I petted some sheep, and ate a lot of food, and got some decent transit knitting done, and when i finally got home I fell into the best coma sleep on the planet.


Thanks for being awesome, knitters! Let’s do it again next year.


  1. I really kind of love that picture of Steph and I a whole lot. I think I will yoink it, actually, I love it that much.


  2. I love Elspeth’s reaction to the sweater! It’s what every knitter dreams of! 🙂

  3. I’m about to die of the jealous, over here. Don’t mind me. 😀

  4. I can’t wait until I’m able to go!!! I know what you mean about filling up with appetizer yarns, and no entree!

  5. Oooh, I was so determine dot go this year, but a work conference in St. John’s go tin the way (same dates). It looks like you had an awesome time!! Can’t wait to see further photos of the goodies.

  6. How fun! I wish I lived closer so I could attend! Can’t wait to see your new yarn!

  7. Looks like a fun time. I really need to get over to Rhinebeck one of these years.

    The Longbottom Cardigan looks amazing. Can’t wait to see it finished.

  8. Would you believe I went and didn’t buy ANY yarn? It was a last minute decision Sunday, and a 2.5 hour drive. Once there, it was so overwhelming because I hadn’t planned any projects for which I needed yarn, that I just couldn’t. I mean, yes, I could have gotten yet another skein of sock yarn, but I have to increase my sock knitting speed before I do that.

    But I still had fun and hope to squeeze it in next year (it’s never a good weekend for us).

  9. I’ve been reading a lot about Rhinebeck joy on others’ blogs and yours was just as joyful. Knitters are a wonderful breed and it’s so nice to know that we can be as wonderful in person as we are online! Kudos on finishing your Rhinebeck cardi — can’t wait to see it and to see your pattern.

  10. That looks like so much fun! Hopefully one day I will be able to join fellow knitters at Rhinebeck! Can’t wait to see the new yarn goodies!

  11. So fun to find myself on your blog! It was great to see you and I can’t begin to tell you how many wonderful comments I got on my Royale. Can’t wait until Rhinebeck 2012!

  12. The Longbottom sweater looks fabulous! I can’t wait for the finished pattern. 🙂

  13. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many beautiful pieces of knitwear all in one place. It’s so cool that everyone was showing off their superb knitting. Sigh. Happy Knitting Nirvana. Maybe I’ll even get to go one day (she says wishfully).

  14. It’s great when you go in with a plan and actually stick to it! I did the same.

  15. After we chatted, I realized that you were a square on my Bingo card! Duh! It was fun meeting you. Thanks for the photo. It’s always funny to see yourself on someone else’s blog.

  16. I had a great year at Rhinebeck this year…sorry I didn’t run into you…I did buy appetizer yarns, because yarns just make me happy…I posted about it too…and have tomorrow’s ready to go…..this week I’ll be at Stitches and I plan to browse more than buy…but looking forward to some String Theory which is very, very yummy…

  17. I have to tell you….the first pic you posted of Rhinebeck contains my husband and son!!!! My son happily rode in the backpack and my husband happily strolled while my mom and I shopped! It’s so funny to see this pic on your blog!

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