Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rhinebeck, of course!

OK, I’ll say it…Rhinebeck was absolutely and totally….magical. I don’t even know if I can find words to describe just how much fun this whole thing was. The drive to the festival was lovely, my companions, Yankee Lagniappe, CostumeChick, Knelley Knits and Wife, Mom, Knitter were such a riot, and the best traveling companions ever, the late October day was oddly summer-like, and the smorgasbord of yarn, fiber, animals, food, and friendly people was unbelievable.

Of course, it’s me, so I didn’t take a camera and have no photos to show of the day :(. But I did buy things! First, the yarn:

My first ever Socks That Rock, and I’m so excited to use it! I was very happy to see that The Fold still had STR on Sunday morning, and I had to grab some. The colorway is called Amethyst. Meaning, purple. Meaning, not the blue that seems to be all over this skein. Purple. Trust me.

Next up:

A 50/50 wool and bamboo blend…it's pretty, it’s bamboo, and best of all, it's machine washable and dryable! How can you beat that???? And again, it's also much more purple than my old camera, or my abilities in that department (which we all know are poor) seem able to convey.

And last, but certainly not least, a little surprise I got at the end of the trip when my friends gifted me with this in return for my chauffeur services:

It’s Aussie Sock yarn, a brand that I’d been eyeing earlier in the day, but that I ultimately found I hadn’t enough money for. No problem now! This wild colorway, named Spanish Fiesta, is way cool. Thanks, guys!!

And look at this :) :

I bought Mason-Dixon Knitting, and Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner were there to sign it!!! And Kay gave me some tips on finishing for the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket that I talk about incessantly and someday will start! Ooops, that's right, I meant to post pics of the post!

Did you see their cute-as-all-get-out stamp heads????

What *nice* people!

And that was not the only celebrity sighting...we met Jess and Casey of Ravelry on a couple of occasions that day, and, while doing some last minute shopping as the festival closed, we ran into the Yarn Harlot too! Woo hoo! A very heady day in terms of celebrity viewing, and meeting!

It was, put simply, amazing. I still can’t quite put the whole experience into words, though I’ve taken up a page trying :). But I will say one more thing: I can’t thank my friends enough for joining me, they made it so much fun!


anphoe said...

Beside "I am jealous", I have nothing else to say...

JennM said...

I had a lot of fun with all of you too! Beautiful yarn!

KnelleyBelley said...

What a great day it was. Your yarn looks beautiful. Can't wait to see what it becomes.

The MDK book is such a treasure. I love the way they signed and stamped it. Lucky duck!

Sarah said...

wow, sounds like you had an amazing day! Good for you!
I remember seeing that book at your house, I think you had picked it up form the library. It is a beautiful book, one I have my eye on as well- Still hoping to get back to knitting!!!

lilachica said...

I almost bought that skein of STR. It's good that I decided to leave it there so you could have it :)

I told my friends I wasn't buying sock yarn at rhinebeck, but still came home with some.

Erin said...

I'm glad you guys had such a good time. It looks like everyone brought home a nice haul of wool-y goodness.

yarnmaniac said...

Sounds great. Hope to go someday.