Fake Rhinebeck was pretty great though

This past weekend was the annual New York Sheep and Wool Festival (“Rhinebeck”) weekend, and unlike the last 7 or 8 years or so, I was not in attendance this time. For a few reasons I decided to take a year off and let myself miss it – I’ve been fortunate enough to have made the Rhinebeck trip several times already, and this year I wanted to give myself the year off and put that travel money towards something else in 2018.


While I definitely missed seeing my American knitter friends who I always get to hug and hang with every other time at Rhinebeck, my sister and I made ourselves cozy in Toronto with some “Fake Rhinebeck” activities. We went out for tasty pizza dinner on Friday, knitted while hanging out in comfy pants, spent Saturday roaming Toronto for views of sheep (thanks, Riverdale farm!), tasty treats, and crafty supplies (thanks, Romni Wools and The Workroom!)



All in all it was a fun urban adventure day. Even though we could really do any of these things almost any time, it was fun to kind of ‘parallel program’ with all the knitterly folk doing the Rhinebeck fair at the same time. A sort of getaway without actually having a getaway. Makes me think of doing another day like this some time in the winter, too.



Anyway, turns out a weekend of knitting, craft community, and wine and cheese, is a great time even without having to travel far to get there. I fully endorse this message!

Have a great upcoming weekend my blog pals. Until next time!




  1. Looks like you’re getting into some sewing. I am too … although, so far,
    I’m only to the point of buying some fabric and patterns and waiting for
    the time I can dive in.
    Glad you had a fun weekend!

  2. Zen Knitter · ·

    One year I opted out of a class I desperately wanted to attend. It was fire season here in California, I couldn’t leave my brother all alone to avert potential disaster. So I did something to make all our lives safer. I used the money I would have spent, and bought goats to reduce the fire danger. One thing leads to another, so why not add Romeldale sheep to the mix. Now every creature is safer, and I have that spinners flock I swore I would never do. This staycation was fantastic.

  3. What a great idea, Glenna. Durham region had a Yarn Crawl, fun but not Rhinebeck. Maybe next year, I say every year.

  4. I love the idea of unplugging in a non-stressful venue!

  5. While I’m not at Rhinebeck (maybe one day), I am traveling and getting a lot of sock knitting in. Glad you & your sister are making the most of time together.

  6. twistedsticks · ·

    Looks and sounds good to me! Time spent with a sister is precious. Mine has moved quite a distance from me and I miss her so relish this weekend you had together.

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