For the last few years I’ve heard from my knitting friends, you HAVE to go to Rhinebeck. I didn’t want to rent a house, I knew this year I wouldn’t have a ton of time because of school but in August I decided I would make this the year that I went. I only went for the day. I’ll be honest, crowds and lots of people aren’t my thing but I’m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone.
Kendell, Jellybean and I drove to Brooklyn Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning Jessica and I took a 2 hour train ride to Rhinecliff, NY. The train station was only 5 minutes from the fairgrounds (although taxis and Ubers were scarce). As you can see from the above photo, Jellybean was NOT happy about being left at the hotel in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, she just wasn’t allowed to come although I think she would’ve loved people watching from the comfort of her carrier on my back. LOL But back to Rhinebeck…Jessica has come to Maryland Sheep and Wool with me every year and we both recognized that Rhinebeck was on another level the moment we walked through the gates. There is an entire building with food, wine and whiskey! I know we missed at least a third of the buildings. Once we got there, grabbed some cash and got a snack it was time to meet on the hill for a Ravelry photo and I stayed on that hill for about 2 hours giving hugs, meeting people and taking pics. Here are some of a few that were on my camera roll (click to expand them).
One of the reasons I wanted to go was to meet some of my online fiber friends in person and I was THRILLED that I finally got to meet the Crafty Hong sisters! They’re faster with their creations than I am and their pug sweaters are the best things on the internet.
Oh and if you’re curious about my tote bag, it’s from Mrs. Browns Bags! The tote was roomy and perfect for a day surrounded by yarn. Another sweet moment was a women who introduced herself to me on the hill and gave me two skeins of the Patons Metallic yarn I love because it’s discontinued and she thought I’d put it to good use! I don’t remember her name (I met so many people) but I’m so appreciative. Honestly, I loved all the people who came up to me and told me that I inspired them to knit their first sweater, or knit with cotton or knit with more color! I blog for fun, so realizing that things I write/say have some kind of impact on your day is always astonishing to me.
I met more people as I walked through the barns looking at yarn. Often it started because someone recognized my sweater. LOL But it was such a great day full of friendship and yarn. I also stopped by the Pom Pom booth to meet the ladies in person (when we did our podcast interview it was via Skype, so we’d never met in person). They were lovely and I adore British accents. And Bristol Ivy was in the next booth and I wanted to introduce myself to her because I think her designs are just magical and to my surprise she knew me. And we had a lovely chat about yarn, feminism and social media. I ended my day having dinner with Ann and Kay of MDK and then back on the train that evening to Brooklyn. Jessica and I both passed out on the train ride home.
And a very special shout out to Jessica.
She isn’t as deeply immersed in the yarn world as I am but she dove right on into the deep end with me on Saturday. She gave hugs, took pics and helped me move through crowds. When I was chatting with people and someone wanted to know what my sweater was she had all the details down. She even showed off her own sweater I made her. Oh and she’s already declared we’re coming back to Rhinebeck next year! So if I missed you this time, hopefully I’ll see you at another event or at Rhinebeck next year.