My 2nd annual pilrimage to Rhinebeck was thouroughly enjoyable. I saw friends, including Steven, Yvonne, Laura, Anne & Beckie, and Susan & Jess, and I made some new friends, some of whom qualify for “Awesome Famous Knitter” designation.
I bought cool stuff–just a few things–I’ll make sure to get more glamour shots later.
I ate delicious food. We want to Yobo right near our hotel, in kind-of-far-away Newburgh. Pretty good local places for bagels and pizza in and around Rhinebeck. I also ate a few nice lamb dishes at the festival, tasted and bought cheese, and I summoned up the courage to try the hottest hot sauce ever from Wild Coyote Sauces, yogurt smoothie antidote at the ready. I did not buy that one to take home, but got the next one down the spice insanity scale. Buggy has been putting it on everything.
I saw sheep and goats, and even took more pictures than usual.
And there were lemurs! I love lemurs.
And a baby kangaroo, which I had never seen before. I also love things I have never seen before.
And I saw Yoda. I love Yoda. And I’d never seen him in person before. He looked tired, although still in complete unity with The Force.
I hung out and did fibery things with a group of incredibly talented, impressively smart people at an amazing rented house. I was part of Steven’s photo essay “Nips With Steven.” ART. He does not edit photos, unfortunately. His shots are all good, but I could do without some of the realism. My hair is fine (okay, fabulous!) but the belly…
Best Rhinebeck Sweater: This by Misa Erder.
Most irresistable booth: For me anyway. There were long lines and crowds at the Usual Suspects, but I fell in love with the colors at Into the Whirled. Kim told us to go there, and she always knows what’s cool.
Best Sample: In the Fiber Optic booth. Steven said she dyed and handspun the fiber, then knitted this. Are you kidding me?
And, I did not buy a fleece. I even gave some of mine away. Can’t wait for wool festival season to come around again!