There and Back Again: Rhinebeck 2012

Oct 21

The PoMoGolightly Express left Connecticut at about 8:20. Destination: NY Sheep and Wool Festival. Rhinebeck. Bright colors on the trees, fog lifting to reveal sunshine and puffy clouds, and no traffic made for a pleasant drive. Once there, Rae and I visited Gale’s Rhinebeck Shoot and enjoyed the critters and vendors.

I didn’t purchase much, but I love what I brought home. Nancy from Long Ridge Farm is one of my favorite vendors and a delightful woman, and she now carries awesome leather bags from Maiwa. The prices are affordable, and the craftsmanship is excellent.

Spring Tide Farm Cashmere

I’ve wanted to knit a pair of dressier fingerless mitts, and I found the perfect match up of pattern and yarn at the Springtide Farm
booth. That’s 1 oz. of 2-ply cashmere. I can’t begin to describe how soft it is!

At the Cooperative Press booth, I got to meet M.K. Carroll, the editor for the forthcoming Fresh Design Crochet series (I have two patterns in the series!), pet a fleece (Shannon doesn’t know how it got in her booth), take a peek at Knit Companion (a must-have, iPad knitters!), and acquire a copy of Anna Dalvi’s Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color. My interest in knitting lace has been renewed. Every pattern in the book is one I want to knit and wear!

There were a few other acquisitions for far-flung friends, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises.

Rae and I left a little early to meet up with one of my besties from my New York days. She lives across the river from Rhinebeck and schlepped over to have dinner with us. We had a fabulous meal at Market St, then wended our way home, dodging deer and mice.  Only one thing could have made it a better day: a magic transporter that enabled Sara to take a quick day-trip with us!

The best parts of the day? Visiting with friends old and new…seeing people I only get to see at Rhinebeck, meeting people who feel like old chums because of Twitter chats, remembering yet again what an amazing community we have.  At the risk of sounding sappy, I can’t imagine life without you, my knitblog/Rav/Twitter pals!



  1. Jealous. So jealous. Sounds like a great day.

  2. You are a shining star and lit up our day!

  3. What a delightful day, thank you for letting me live vicariously through you this year. I’m thankful you dodged the deer and mice!

    I look forward to seeing your crochet contributions. CP does great work.

  4. I’m so glad you had such a wonderful day. I’ll be curious to see what you think of that lace book.

  5. It was lovely to finally meet you in person as well!

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