Post Rhinebeck

Knitting friends, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks! We had Thanksgiving, and I hosted a visiting knitting friend for a few days, and then we both drove down to Rhinebeck for a long weekend of knitter frivolity, and then after some extended visiting with another knitter friend in the Rhinebeck posse I finally made it home yesterday. I have so much to catch up on in non-knitting life (and, well, some in knitting life, too), I’m behind on television shows (my stories are important, yo), and probably I could use a bit more sleep, but I am also so glad I got to have this good chunk of knitterly vacation. It was totally worth it.


Being able to do this year after year is an incredibly lucky thing, and I am very glad to know so many knitter friends to spend this fabulous weekend getaway with every year. The time-space continuum is, sometimes, a complete jerk, and I have so many knitter friends who I would normally only get to “knit with” via digital interaction. But emails and Skype just aren’t enough all the time, so sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and go to a place where there are knitters you know in the same place.


Explaining this weekend to non-knitters is a bit of a trip. There are people in the world who don’t understand why thousands of people would spend their weekend at a state fair Sheep and Wool festival, I guess. I have described it to several people as, essentially, a cottage getaway/girls weekend, and I know others have used Comic Con as an analogy. I have come to look forward to the non-festival parts of the weekend just as much as the fair, if not more so. I can buy yarn in a lot of places but this group of my friends only comes together once a year.



Not everybody gets to do this. And people who do get to do it don’t necessarily get to do it several times. I am very lucky.


If you are without a Rhinebeck-style knitter gathering opportunity, and wish you had one, I’m going to enthusiastically encourage you too, take matters into your own hands and find the closest alternative you can manage. Find a knit night, make Saturday afternoon coffee-and-knitting plans or a weekly cocktails and knitting time with friends that live locally. Whoever the knitting friends are that you have in your life, make time for them, because they might just be some of the best ones you’ll find.

The knitting friends I have made, largely first through digital interactions to be followed by many worthwhile visits in person, have outlived many other friendships I have made through school or work relationships. I hit the jackpot with this group. I hope you can too.



Thanks for another great year of knitting and friendship time, Rhinebeck! Fall looks good so far if you’re any metric to go by.

Happy knitting this week, blog friends! I hope you are working on some great projects and I will be sure to catch up very soon with what’s on my needles, because I’ve got new yarns to hug and some stashed ones that will be ignored no longer. I might just try to knit all the things.

Happy Thursday!





  1. Love this post, loved my time with you. ❤

  2. I am so glad you commented on my blog a gazillion years ago.

  3. Love those beautiful Fall colors!!

  4. I’ve never made it to Rhinebeck and I don’t know when I will…late October is when my work life really starts ramping up, so taking a trip to ogle sheep and fondle yarn when I could be doing things to get paid instead just isn’t in the cards. We have Wisconsin S&W nearby in early September, though, and that’s fun. I’ve been twice.
    The other day, I was telling my husband how it feels like all the knitters I follow on IG are at Rhinebeck and it makes me want to pout a little, and he was like “Rhinebeck?! What’s that?” and I tried to explain and he just laughed like it’s this goofy thing and then he looked it up and saw that 12,000 people attended in 2007. Then he sort of got it. 🙂

  5. All these posts about Rhinebeck certainly make me jealous – of the friendships, not the festivals. What’s the best way to become part of the knitting community?

  6. I meant the online knitting community; you already gave good advice about the local community.

  7. I really, really want to know more about the day glo yellow sweater in the group photo. It’s pretty much amazing!

  8. I agree that knitting friends are best (you among them!). I’ve given up trying to figure out why that is and just accept it with joy and gratitude.

  9. It seems so many people made it to Rhinebeck this year…I’m seeing it all over the place! Glad you enjoyed it, maybe one year, I’ll be able to make it…hopefully without an infant in tow, so I might get some peaceful shopping in!

  10. Believe I have to plan a autumn US trip next year so I can pay Rhinebeck a visit – you and other bloggers have year after year mentioned this festival, and I have decided that it is a must to see as a knitter

  11. Diane Cooper · ·

    I do a scrapbooking retreat twice a year- first it started with a friend, then my mom started to come. I love the time I get to craft without interruption, but I love the time I get to spend with my mom even more…. As a new knitter, I am just learning about this new world of retreats and festivals- I totally get it!! Thanks for sharing your time with us!

  12. Pretty sure that dayglo yellow sweater is made of Madelinetosh yarn in Edison Bulb colorway, as I have a sweater from that same colorway. (see kayT on Ravelry) I’d love to know about the one pictured here too.

  13. I am lucky to have a weekly knitting group. We go to the Michigan Fiber Festival, do a Western Michigan shop hop, and go on yarny field trips together. When I lost my job, these ladies were my cheerleaders. I’m a much better knitter and person because of them. I’m going to read them your post.

  14. Glenna, thanks for sharing. I find myself grinning from ear to ear. Although it’s been a few years since I went to Rhinebeck, I still acutely remember all those wonderful vendors, the sheep smells and the love B&Bs with their food – one is better and yummier than the next. 🙂

    I’m hoping to get to the MD Sheep and Wool in early May16 and I can’t wait. Thank you so much again. Lynn

  15. Rhinebeck looks amazing! I can’t wait to go one day!

  16. It sounds like you had a lovely time at Rhinebeck! I went for the first time this year (only on Saturday) and had a blast myself. It was a super long day because of doing it as a day trip, but totally worth it. I’m hoping to return next year!

  17. I agree on all points! But mainly that knitters really are the best community whether at the festival or around home.

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