And it was delightful! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, I was able to meet many knitters who I’ve only known online until now, and there was no lack of inspirational yarn to browse and buy.
Many of my friends come back from Rhinebeck or other wool festivals without any yarn purchases. Most say that they have enough yarn to last a lifetime. Having a lifetime supply of yarn may or may not apply to me (probably not, at least not yet), but I cannot resist those unique purchases that only a wool festival offers. In fact, given enough time and money, I would surely walk away with much more. For now, here’s what I got:
From left to right:
- Spirit Trail Fiberworks Birte (75% superwash merino, 15% cashmere, 10% bombyx silk, 275 yards per 113 gram skein) in the Moonless Night colorway. Spirit Trail Fiberworks is a long time favorite. As before, I gravitated towards their darks: moody and beautiful. It’s going to be another shawl or scarf, similar to Toe The Line. They had beautiful colorways of Ariadne which would work fabulously for a Yulie.
- Creatively Dyed Yarn Calypso (100% superwash merino, 510 yards per 150 gram skein) in the Pitcairn colorway. The Creatively Dyed Yarn booth was an absolute explosion of color! I think I spent the most time in there of all the booths, browsing the hundreds of different colorways, yarn weights, etc. I hemmed and hawed and eventually got a single skein of sock yarn (but a big skein at that). Socks? Simple lace scarf? I’m not sure yet.
- Brooks Farm Yarn Ellie (50% wool/50% silk slub, 400 yards per 4 ounce skein) in a tomato red colorway. I really liked the thick ‘n thin texture of Ellie, and this shade of red is my favorite. The yarn is textured so it will look best in a very simple pattern – stockinette or garter. Maybe a scarf knit on the bias?
- Briar Rose Fibers Tuscany (80% wool/20% flax, 245 yards per 100 gram skein) in autumn- and forest-inspired colorways. Just like Brooks Farm, Briar Rose had some very interesting offerings, not just the same old familiar base yarns. Tuscany has a hardly, rustic feel, and I think it would be great for mittens or a hat (with a lining, of course). It would also be lovely for an outer baby jacket, but only for a baby whose mom would be okay with handwashing.
Of course I couldn’t write a Rhinebeck post without mentioning the animals! I love to wander through the animal areas.
I may be allergic to mohair, but the little mohair goats are adorable (and so much quieter than sheep!)
I wish I was able to get a better picture of this guy: he was spectacular! Such a gorgeous color, and look at how his horn wraps all the way around his ear!
alpacas llamas are so beautiful, with such expressive eyes. I really wanted to pet this guy, he seemed so friendly, but I chickened out. Maybe next year!
Gorgeous New England fall: