Let me start by saying that I didn’t take any pictures yesterday. I brought my camera, it was a beautiful day, and Rhinebeck had lots of picture opportunities. But I didn’t take one. In fact, I forgot about it and only remembered after we left. I think part of the reason was that I was overwhelmed. And cranky. But apparently my blogging skills need some work.
We left late (10:30) because of a confusion over plans for Cieara (we need to get Cieara to confirm a.m. or p.m. when she’s making plans – her friend expected her at 10 p.m. not a.m….sigh). The drive up to Rhinebeck took about 2.5 hours, and it was beautiful – lots of really nice fall colors. By the time we got there, I was hungry and starting to get cranky. It was packed – it seemed much more crowded than Maryland S&W. I went through the first two buildings, and it was terrible – most of the time you couldn’t get anywhere near what they were selling. By the time we got out of the second one, I was full blown cranky. So we decided to eat – Larry waited in line while I checked out some outdoor vendors, and then we waited together. It seemed to take hours, but we finally got something to eat, and I started to feel better.
I had written a list of what I wanted to buy – blocking wires, sock yarn for me and my mother, and then yarn for four shawls (two laceweight, two fingering). I ended up not buying much from the list. Couldn’t find any laceweight or fingering I liked; what I did find was very expensive – it sort of seemed much more expensive than Maryland. I’ve seen most laceweight come in skeins of 400-500 yds+….at Rhinebeck it was in skeins of around 200 yards. And the prices seemed consistent at $35-40/200 yds. That makes a shawl that needs 1200 yards a bit pricey. I guess I would have been ok totally blowing a lot of money for one if I had found something I liked, but it was all pretty just bleh – so either I wasn’t in the mood, or the crowd kept me from the perfect yarn.
I did find some great roving though….
And of course, some sock yarn….
Clockwise from left:
Left: Sock yarn from Ellen’s Half Pint Farm
Top: Shelridge Soft Touch Ultra Heather in Highland Mist
Middle: More sock yarn from Ellen’s Half Pint Farm
Bottom: More Shelridge Soft Touch
I also saw a Golding spinning wheel – it was beautiful. Someone there said she had one and loved it. They really do look great – maybe someday. I thought about buying a Golding spindle, but I really don’t know how to use one, so I decided to wait. But they are so beautiful, I just want one to look at! We also saw a Strauch drum carder – almost bought it but the people buying one in front of us took so long we wandered off. I am going to buy one though – I think I’d be much more open to buying fleeces if I didn’t have to hand card it.
Larry and I also checked out the food and wine building, and bought 4 great bottles of NY state wine. We left around 5, got home at 8, and went out to dinner at the restaurant near our house. All in all, it was a good day. We got to spend some time together, and it was really a beautiful fall day. I can see why people spend two days at these things, though – its just so much I wish I had a second day to go through again. Maybe I’d be less cranky this time!
I’m almost done the first diagonal cable sock, and have been working on some dishclothes too. I really want to finish all of my current projects and cast on for the next bunch. I am hoping to get some good knitting and spinning time today, so hopefully I can finish something! I want to start a new pair of socks with some of the new yarn, and also the Kimono shawl. I have so many projects to do….so little time to do them in, though.
Dave from Cabin Cove posted this yesterday….I crack up everytime I see it.
It was edited….more info here.