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Yeah, it's been an eternity. Life seems to get busier every year, usually with the wrong kind of stuff. But another year in Rhinebeck at the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival happened this past weekend and, as always, it made me wish I had more time with my amazing friends and doing the things I love.

I got to spend the Thursday before Rhinebeck with my favorite Canadian and Rhinewife, Erica, gallivanting around Salem. We shopped, we bought rocks, we hunted miniature crabs by the water, and, best of all, we sat and did nothing while chatting and drinking good lattes. Later that evening we met up with Stacie & Dale for insane amounts of sushi and a scorpion bowl. The weekend was off to a great start!

Erica and I ❤

Erica with Samantha

Rhinebeck itself was the usual blur of awesome people, more laughter than can possibly be legal, lots of crazy knitwear (good and bad), and beautiful upstate New York fall weather and scenery.

A Catskills sighting on the drive out

The wolfpack!

Heather and dapper Dan

Heather spinning into her sweater, I think that's a new technique

Sheep selfie!

And our new sheepskins

Always an amazing weekend and always tough saying goodbye. But there's always next year and we've already got the house booked (thanks, Heather)!

 

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Rhinebeck! Saturday was spent at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds for the New York Sheep & Wool festival, my 4th year now and it gets better every year. I saw so many good friends, met a few new people, and fondled a shit ton of fantastic fiber and yarn.

Here’s Stacie and Elizabeth getting snuggly, David being famous in the background, and Amy making a fantastic face. I’m already looking forward to next year!


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Catching up on posts after an excellent Rhinebeck weekend. This year I took the Friday off and headed out early to get in as much fun as possible. Heather was a saint and coordinated getting the house for the weekend, and a great house it was! Much fun was had, many laughs were literally chortled, and it was truly a wonderful weekend I wish we could replicate more often. I love each and every member of our fibery wolf pack!

Here’s the wonderful view we enjoyed all weekend.


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It’s that time of year! The temperature is starting to fall, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are starting to change. This can only mean one thing to us knitters and spinners…Rhinebeck! For those of you not in the know, Rhinebeck is the location of one of the country’s largest sheep & wool festivals, the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival to be exact.

Nestled between the Berkshires and the Catskills, it is the perfect location for an amazing fall festival. There’s wool, yarn, beer, wine, cheese, artichokes, fried stuff, quality people watching, great friends, and loads of fun and laughter to be had. I’m working tomorrow and leaving early Friday, so figured I’d better get down to business and start picking out what hand knits to bring along! On a sour note, this process has made me aware that my seasick socks are missing…the hunt is on.


Rhinebeck!

So, if you live under a rock and didn’t already know, the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck was this past weekend. I decided fairly last minute that I would go, so of course all the hotels were booked, which meant I got to go camping! Usually not my first choice of fun ways to spend a weekend away, especially this time of year in New England (It was FREEZING!), but I survived and had a really good time!

If you’ve never been to the festival, it’s CRAZY! HUGE! CROWDED! And SOOOOO MUCH FIBER!!! It was heaven. Any fiber, yarn, tools, accessories you could ever imagine…beer…good food…great people…I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend!

I got to meet some Spunquistadors in person…


Spunky Group

David flew all the way from Australia to go…


David and me

And I made it into the photo set on the front page of Ravelry!


I’m in the 3rd row down, center picture, spindling

Here is the actual photo…


Me spindling at the Ravelry party

I made a couple fantastic purchases while there, but I didn’t go crazy. I went in with some strict rules so as not to really go too nuts (because that would have been very easy!). I decided I would only buy something if I didn’t already have any of it and it was something I would have a hard time finding elsewhere. I knew ahead of time that finding some nice Cormo top was mission #1 and I was able to accomplish that mission day one, so I was pretty happy. I can never find any prepped Cormo top online, only raw fleece which I don’t have the time or interest for. After that, I really had no mission. I did end up buying some “Mystery Bump” roving thanks to a bunch of peer pressure 😉 Everyone else bought one so I had to. It’s 7 oz of dyed roving and apparently the color changes as you spin your way into the center of the bump. Should be pretty fun! Day 2 purchases included some of the most AMAZINGLY SOFT Superfine Merino/Angora/Cashmere blend top (60/20/20)…it’s so soft you can barely even feel it! I can’t wait to get working on that. Haven’t yet decided if I’m going to dye it or leave it white, I’m almost afraid to do anything with it! Last purchases was a metal swift, nothing too exciting, but something I’ve been needing.

So that’s it, it’s over, I can’t believe it. Already looking foward to next year!