Monday, October 22, 2007

Rhinebeck... yet another year of fiber and fun.

This was the fourth year I've been to Rhinebeck and, as always, it did not disappoint. Though, unlike other years, I actually had specific things in mind.

I went out there with Jill and Sarah. Just the car ride out there was a blast. I enjoyed every second of hanging out with these two lovely ladies. Many laughs were had for sure!Here's Sarah enjoying her Starbucks and knitting in the back seat. It's a three hour drive, we had to keep ourselves awake somehow!

I had made plans to meet up with a friend of mine that I met in Toronto. We met at the Harlot book signing and the yarn crawl in Toronto. Somehow she convinced her husband that bringing her two small children and him to a fiber festival for the weekend would be a great idea, all the while knowing that they'd be camping... she is a master negotiator!

So we arrived at Rhinebeck, is it just me, or was this year a madhouse? I know it's been busy before, but really? It was just crazy! I sometimes felt like I spent more time in line waiting to pay for my goods than actually fondling fiber (this may be an over exaggeration, but still.)

This is the t-shirt I wore, pretty much the best shirt ever for Rhinebeck. Of course, Jill's shirt wasn't so bad either!It's all about representing with the sheep!

A major highlight for me this year was getting to use the Golding spinning wheel.... drool...We won't mention how much this thing costs... *cough*$5,000*cough*.... It's like butta to spin with, like butta! I covet one, but honestly, I'm perfectly happy with my bottom of the line Kiwi.

Danielle, my friend from Canada, used it too...
And don't think that a fiber festival is all about fiber, on no. There's also this guy who held a wonderfully informed political debate with us.I already love him for his shirt.

I met some wonderful people, including Jess and Casey, the creators of Ravelry and Elisa whose blog I've been reading for years! I didn't even go to any sort of blogger meetup, I just left it all up to chance. Last year was a little overwhelming for me, so this year I decided to take it slow.

The weather was gorgeous (though oddly warm for mid-October) and I'd say that all-in-all, it was a wonderful day with wonderful people.




...what's that you say? You want to see the haul.... oh, alright...

Don't ever get between a girl and her fiber!

12 comments:

Meg said...

It looks like you had SUCH a great time! And what a great haul!

Laurie said...

You look happy with your haul. Ludo is saying "When's she getting off of MY yarn?"prnjefyf

Ashley said...

I have both of the shirts ya'll wore, and I love them. Looks like a fun trip. Good job on the fiber additions, that blue/purple is droolworthy!

Felicia said...

Looks like an awesome time. Love your new treasures!

Knittripps said...

I can't believe you got to spin on that lovely Golding! That would be a highlight for me for sure. I really like my Golding drop spindle.

Webbies said...

You scored some serious fiber! I can't wait to see how it spins up....and that golding wheel....wheeee!

Cathy said...

Wow look at your stash! So pretty.

$5,000 for a spinning wheel!!??

You can afford that ;)

Leigh said...

What a haul! So glad to see you've got good snoopervision too.

elisa said...

Looks like a great haul!

I tried the Golding wheel after I chatted with you on Saturday - I just couldn't stand it any longer!

It was fabulous to meet you, and I'm glad we had a few minutes to chat.

See you next year!

Michelle said...

Wow -- that looks like so much fun! You pulled in a great haul.

Love your blog! =)

ellie said...

Love the haul! Looks like a fabulous time!

JessaLu said...

Nice haul! Looks like you had a great time! :o) I'm sorry we didn't run into each other :o(