Although I had my first taste of Rhinebeck last year, this is the first time Lisa and I made it to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival together and the experience was beautiful from beginning to end. Between the perfect weather and the positive vibe of the entire event, it was impossible not to enjoy every minute. As an added bonus, we were joined by our store manager, Francoise, who is not only great company, but also did sterling service as our driver for the entire weekend. Thank you Francoise! We plan to talk quite a lot about our Rhinebeck adventure on our next podcast but wanted to share some photo impressions of the trip here in the meantime. Unfortunately, we were so distracted by all the beautiful yarns and products on offer at Needles Up and Indie Untangled on the Friday night, we didn’t manage to snap any pictures :-(. Oh, well, there’s always next year!
The NY Sheep and Wool Festival is unique in that it brings together everyone with a passion for some, or all, aspects of this industry – from sheep to sweater [or, insert any finished fibre product / project you can imagine here :-)]. To see knitters, spinners, weavers, designers, farmers, hand-dyers, podcasters, and Ravelers all come together in happy community is something to behold, and we felt so lucky to be a part of it. And, if that wasn’t enough to put us on a high, we were completely overwhelmed and humbled by the love we were shown as we moved through the festival. To all those who approached us with kind and encouraging words (and thoughtful gifts) – thank you, it meant the world to us! You’ve inspired us to continue what we’re doing and to resume podcasting with renewed energy and enthusiasm. We returned home with full hearts and feeling grateful for this diverse and generous family of producers and makers.
Until next year!
– Melissa & Lisa
We set off…
Francoise at the wheel…
Car knitting… which had to wait until after I sewed in all the ends on my Rhinebeck sweater!
Lisa, in good spirits in the backseat surrounded by all her pillows 🙂
The drive up to Kristy Glass’s house – our hostess with the mostest for the weekend despite her crazy schedule!
Heading off the the festival on Saturday morning.
Spotted in the parking lot – oh-em-gee…!
Look who we found – Annie – @knittingitup and Sasha!
A dreamy coat at the Loopy Mango booth…
A sea of Sunset Highways at the Podcaster Meet-up :-). I’m in good company with Angie of Camel City Dyeworks, Debby Reece of the Periscoping Sisters, and Heather of Knothouse Yarns (photo credit: Knothouse Yarns).
Our new baskets to hold more stash.
Francoise resting after a good day of socializing and shopping…
So great to see Dina and Pam of The Knitting Place…
They crack us up… 🙂
Just an example of the sweet and thoughtful gifts and support we received.
Lisa trying her first stitches since breaking her arm. She was so happy that she could manage it, buying yarn for a “rehab project” the next day became imperative!
Back to the festival… These “sheep” roaming the grounds were very…odd.
The animals – to whom we owe everything!
Eric providing more sling-bling in the form of a “Rib” pin 🙂
Love seeing Gleeners out in the wild – an essential part of every fiber lover’s tool box!!
Alas, the time came to leave on Sunday…
Spotted as we left the parking lot 🙂
Ah, home again, home again – time to rest and reflect on the weekend.
Admiring a favourite Rhinebeck souvenir – Lisa and I treated ourselves to sterling silver needle gauge rings from Malojos Jewelry.
Lisa’s Rhinebeck haul…