I Survived Rhinebeck 2007
Wow! What a blast that was… as expected I’m exhausted. Since this was my second time there I had a feeling this would be the case and I decided to take today off, which ended up being a good decision.
I headed out on Thursday to Julie’s house, where we spent the evening mapping our next few days out. We were up early on Friday and headed out to Minisoup’s house and then we were off for a nice lunch and a trip to Webs. I have to say, I must’ve got overwhelmed or something because there wasn’t much stash enhancement at Webs. I took lots of pictures, but bought a booklet and a magazine. I looked at a lot of yarn. There back room is everything people say… it’s packed full of yarn. However, I wasn’t so much in the yarn mood, I was more in the spinning mood this weekend and the rest of the purchases show.
So after making it to the hotel, which I booked and found out by one of those happy accidents that it is on one of the most scenic roadways in NY – the Taconic State Parkway, I don’t think I could’ve picked better on a better weekend. It was definitely peak leaf peeping season and there were lots of deer along the route to set us in a wonderful mood.
The weather was wonderful and the festival was really great. I went two years ago and this year it was definitely larger with more vendors, food vendors, and people.
I asked the owner to snap a few pictures on me. It was dreamy.
Our first stop was the fleece barn and there were about 500 fleeces which was up from their high last year. It was wonderful fleece goodness, but similar to a wedding gown rush as Filene’s Basement. I don’t think anyone got knocked down, but I did hear a few “please walk” by the staff. I pulled out 3 wonderful fleeces – 1 black for me and 2 for Julie (a white and gray).
After that I headed over to a favorite stop – The Sheep Shed – where I got several samples of fiber. Some are hand-dyed and some are commercially blended – all very fun.
Across from The Sheep Shed was the Robin Wheels where they Gilbert had some beautiful hand turned spindles. This is by far the most beautiful spindle I have ever bought. His spindles are called Lily Spindles. It is made of Spalted Birdeye Maple and Holly. 23 grams and 3″ in diameter.
Well that was it for the pre-Rhinebeck and day one. After that we headed back to the hotel where everyone was exhausted. Julie, Mini, Mary, Debbi and I just all went to dinner and headed back for knitting and hanging out.