I Rhinebecked

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!


I think 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:


26 thoughts on “I Rhinebecked

  1. Elizabeth

    I would have to recommend the oscilloscope shawl from the fall 2010 knitscene for the Ellie – it is on the bias and mostly garter stitch, but gives a dynamic result. I am knitting it right now in pigeonroof merino/silk, and it is squishy and warm and only takes 400 yards of yarn! The pattern is also easy but fun, so it makes for great car/bus/train knitting.

  2. Ruth

    My first time at Rhinebeck and I loved it. Your pictures are beautiful. The animals were my favorite as well.

  3. Judy

    Sounds like a great trip with lots of yarn and great photos for memories. If only Rhinebeck weren’t so far away……..

  4. SallyT

    Now I want to go for a walk in the woods. Houston does not have the beautiful autumns of my youth.

  5. Jennifer

    Looks like you had a great time. Thanks for posting your pictures – I feel like I got to go along for the ride. Can’t wait to see what you make out of your souvenir yarn.

  6. Meg McG

    It was a great weekend, I loved it too! I spent a lot of time at Brooks Farm, their four play yarn is fantastic. I also like Creatively Dyed and the Briar Rose yarns too.

    Not to be a jerk, but that alpaca is a llama. Still very personable though! I saw the wooliest, whitest little lamb while I was there. I also saw a guy snuggling a mohair goat on his lap, adorable!!

  7. ponka

    I, too, love Creatively Dyed Yarn. I had a chance to meet Dianne at my LYS once and won a skein of yarn in a contest. It was way too amazing for socks, so I made a stockinette cowl out of it to really show off the color. I think, with the amount of variation in my skein, that any type of lace or texture pattern would have been lost. My skein was Luxury, which is merino and cashmere, and it’s the nicest yarn that these poor student hands have ever knit. Dianne herself is pretty awesome, too.

  8. Diane

    Looks like you had an AWESOME time – and YOU DESERVED IT!!! I love, love, love your yarn choices – WOW! I want to adopt that sheep with the cute curly bangs, and your photos of the autumn landscape scenes have so much peace and calmness showing through each of them. You really have a gift for capturing a moment – perfect timining on the lighting in each of them too!!! The top 3 would be awesome blown up and hung on a wall as a trptych. Thank you SO much for sharing your wonderful time and your treasures!

  9. Debi

    Your pictures of the sheepies look a lot like mine! I got home and realized just how many pictures I took of the dear souls… If you’d like one of the “Grand Ram”, as we called him, let me know. πŸ™‚

  10. Becky

    I also discovered Creatively Dyed Yarn at Wool Gathering in Ohio this fall and have yet to use mine. I got a green colorway of the Calypso and was blown away to realize that her skeins were 150g vs. the usual 100g. Depending on the pattern, that skein could yield socks and mitts…!

  11. Rachel

    I got the Creatively dyed yarn too! Its a worsted in the “Sash” colorway, similar to your Spirit Trail. Also love Ellen’s Half-Pint farm, they make beautiful sock yarn.

  12. Janet

    Rhinebeck & Briar Rose,

    Me Too! Sorry I didn’t see you to tell you how much I enjoy your blog!


  13. Laura H

    Looks amazing! I wish I could have made Rhinebeck this year, but schedules just weren’t working quite right.

    I grew up in upstate NY. Your scenic pictures are so beautiful they make me homesick.

  14. Linda

    I so wish I had been able to go to Rhinebeck this year. Thanks for sharing.

    I discovered Creatively Dyed at MD sheep and Wool and bought two skeins – the colors are great and the yargade is amazing. I used one skeing, still hoarding the other.


  15. Hillary

    Sorry I missed you there. It was such a great weekend. I hit Spirit Trail too. Didn’t get any Creatively Dyed this time but I got to know Diane a little at a Virginia Fibre fest years ago and she’s really great.

  16. mai

    i was so glad to see you, kathy! and walter, too. i imagine he was probably overwhelmed and thought it was strange that we all knew who he was! πŸ™‚

  17. Sarah

    I saw you at the Spirit Trail booth, but I was too shy to do more than smile awkwardly. Your Yulie looked even more amazing in person!

  18. Dawn

    I saw you with your husband and you looked so happy and in love! Not like a Grumperina at all. Was too shy to say hello as well.

  19. Laurie

    You hit the high points for yarn booths for sure. You were one of the few I didn’t see during the weekend. Sounds like it was good fun!

  20. Lolly

    Such a joy to meet you, Kathy – time was too short, but I am crossing my fingers for a visit to your area soon. Maybe we can chitty chat more than. Love your hair πŸ™‚

  21. Maritza

    Awesome haul! I think I spent the most time at the Creatively Dyed booth, yet I walked away empty-handed because I was overwhelmed by so many gorgeous choices.

  22. Heather

    SO GREAT to see you in Rhinebeck! I myself hit the Briar Rose booth mainly b/c of all the hype and WOW was I taken with her stuff. Your autumn tree shots here are beautiful, btw!

  23. mariah

    Ha HA! Just read your grumperina placemat needle holder project. THANK YOU for making another knitter/terribly grumpy seamstress laugh.

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