Rhinebeck & Back Again

Not surprisingly, the weekend flew by – even more so because of Rhinebeck! I drove up on Saturday morning to pick up my sister-in-law and off we went to the festival. We had some goals in mind, and she was way more specific that I was. One of my goals was that I was actually going to speak up and say “Hi” to knitters that I know online – in each previous year I have chickened out and been shy.

I am quite proud of myself – I said “Hi” to quite a lot of people, old friends and new friends – it does seem so strange to feel like you know all these people, but I only really identify them with their username! We were on our way to get a lamb sandwich when we walked by the Rhinebeck Style spot Gale Zucker set up – and I saw a group of gals wearing a hat, just like mine! It was the Thursday night SnB crew – Wife, Mom, Knitter, Anphoe, jennsquared, Costumechick, BackstageKnits, Hedwigbc, & Alaina-Jane! I joined them for the group photos and I really am excited to see how they came out!

I also managed to run into and actually say hey to several people I’ve knit for – Laura (Schaefer Yarn), Amallen (Lorna’s Laces) & Knitgrrl – so that was really cool. On top of that, when I spotted Amallen, she was walking around with Ysolda – so I got to gush about her work and admire the new pieces for a bit. I also managed to find TammyG, Jesh, Librarysarie & baby, and The Painted Sheep!

After all that people watching and yarn fondling, what was my part of the haul? I surprised even myself.
One skein of Socks that Rock Silkie – Tlingit.
After carefully looking at all there was – I found that my favorite items were at vendors I bought from in the past, and still have not yet used that yarn. So I resisted. I was almost swayed by Sanguine Gryphon (OMG, that Bugga is amazing!) but I didn’t want to wait in a 45 minute line. I was also almost swayed by a beautiful raspberry-merlot lace (1200+yds for $20!) but I’m not planning to knit lace anytime soon. I’m blessed to have a pretty decent yarn stash, and I’ve got yarn “payment” headed my way. So I decided on the STR – there wasn’t a line really and it’s not something I can just pick up at the LYS. Likely this will be a shawl or scarf – I have another skein of silkie from when I was in the Rockin Sock Club – so maybe they will work together for something or just by itself like a Clapotis, Simple Things, or Trinity Shawlette

This is the start of a great several weeks of fiber that is somewhat local – Stitches East is next week (not sure if I’m going), the New England Fiber Festival is in a few weeks (very curious to check that out!) and then I’m going on the Knitter’s Review Retreat!

Representing at Rhinebeck

I am so excited for the weekend – it time for NY Sheep & Wool a.k.a. Rhinebeck! I am going to be going with my favorite sister-in-law (how awesome is it that she is a knitter?! AND we discovered last year that we have similar shopping strategies!) – she and my brother live not too far, so I will be able to hang out with her, and then see my brother and stay with them (so nice not to have to think about driving back the same day or figuring hotels!). A mini-vacation for me!

Several of the gals at my SnB are planning to be there and they made hats so they can find each other easily. I want to be one of the cool kids too, so I made a hat. Seriously, why do people stress out over a “Rhinebeck Sweater”? Make a hat, your friends can find you! I might wear a handknit sweater, but I’m not sure of the weather yet and I think it will be easier to dress in layers (including my Ravelry shirt).
Tassled Hat
When I was making this hat (using Farmhouse Yarn’s “Mary’s Little Lamb Light Worsted” held doubled) I had more than one moment of panic – I really thought that it was going to be a Lorax sized hat, but thankfully it does stretch!
Tassled Hat
I did knit it flat, but did a three needle bind off to seam the top and quickly seamed up the side. I think I might have to wear pigtails to match to top tassles, though with the state of my hair now, when I do pig tails they look like cocker spaniel ears! This yarn is leftover from my Chickadee Cowl, and I still have 25grams left. I think this is the first time I have a matching set – hat & cowl! If it’s chilly enough, I’ll be wearing both!

If you’re at Rhinebeck, you can spot me in the hat, or my knitting bag:
My knitting bag
I would love to say “Hi!” I’ll be keeping my eye out for several fellow knitters as well!

Of course, I can’t have a finished object post without Jackson modeling!
Dachshund & Tassled Hat
Maybe I’ll use the leftover yarn to make Jackson a new neckwarmer….