I went to Rhinebeck yesterday – I had been undecided about it all week, but Larry finally convinced me that if I didn’t go I’d regret it afterwards. Its not that I don’t enjoy stuff like this, but I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately, and just wasn’t sure that I was in the right frame of mind for Rhinebeck. But I got ready, wore my obligatory piece of knitting (my Gust scarf), Larry had his Cobblestone, I charged my camera and off we went…
It was a beautiful fall day yesterday – just gorgeous. As we drove up the highway north, the leaves on the tress were beautiful – gorgeous shades of reds, golds, greens, oranges….fall is my favorite season – I love the colors, the way the air smells…
Ok, full disclosure – this is actually my backyard. I had the best of intentions to take pictures at Rhinebeck and didn’t take one. It was just so overwhelming – the people, the fiber, the animals, sounds – I get a bit overloaded and just didn’t think about taking pictures.
The yarn was gorgeous – but the festival was really crowded. And my funk followed me there because I just didn’t see anything I really wanted to buy. Yep – I had cash in my pocket and spent 4 hours there and didn’t buy anything. I saw pretty yarn everywhere, and looked at a lot. But I just didn’t like anything enough to buy it. Or I already had something similar (if not the same) in the stash. And the more time went by, and I didn’t have anything (unlike the other people that had bags and bags of stuff), I think it just became more difficult. I didn’t want to buy any spinning fiber because I have a bunch of fiber I haven’t spun yet (and I have something coming in the mail that is going to increase my fiber stash by a huge amount).
I know there are worse problems in the world than not being able to buy something at a fiber festival – but it really was sort of sad. Larry bought some goat cheese so the day wasn’t a complete waste! And we did have a good time walking around together, talking and just being out in the beautiful autumn day.
There was one stall that I kept on thinking about though – Ellen’s Half Pint Farm. I have some of her sock yarn, but I’ve always just drooled over her other yarn. She has gorgeous colorways, and I was looking at her merino/silk yarn. While I was thinking about it, I saw a sweater she had done up – I asked about it and it was done in an alpaca/silk blend. I loved the sweater so I found the yarn. It was a lot more than I’d normally pay for yarn for a sweater. So I walked away. At the end, of the four hours, right before we were leaving, I decided that since I hadn’t bought anything else, I’d go back for another look. I’ve wanted this yarn for years, and maybe this was the perfect year to splurge and buy it.
Isn’t that nice? 1600 yards of DK weight alpaca/silk. The colorway is Fall Leaves – how perfect! This yarn is so soft and so pretty. I was looking at this colorway in other yarns – and it was more vibrant – I think the alpaca must tone it down a bit – it reminds me of the end of fall when the colors aren’t as bright as they are in the beginning – but still beautiful.
The yarn is already in balls now, and I’m going to cast on for the sweater this morning (so much for project monogamy!). The pattern is for a cardi, and the yarn is used doubled so this should be a quick knit (once I get used to using needle sizes from 9 to 13!). I think its going to make a perfect sweater for the fall and winter. I’m so excited about it, and although I didn’t come home with bags of stuff, I’m very happy with my haul!
My cold finally went away, and I’m feeling much better. I’ve been working hard on my knitting projects, and hope to get them all done by the end of the month – we’ll see what the new sweater does to that plan! And then its time to use some of the other pretty yarn I’ve received lately…and time to start another sweater too!
OK, I’m off to cast on – have a great Sunday!