Rhinebeck Recap

Phew! I have been home nearly a week, but it has taken that long for me to find a few minutes to sit down and talk about how wonderful Rhinebeck was this year. I was so in need of restoration and I got it.

Saturday was such a blur that I didn’t take any photos at the festival. It felt really crowded that day – more than usual – so in the morning we took our time visiting with friends and didn’t do too much shopping. In the afternoon there was a lovely Ravelry meetup and time to squeeze into the barns. Then I went back to our rented house to meet up with my family who had driven down to visit.

That’s my grandmother and I together, perusing my new copy of The Modern Natural Dyer. My grandmother taught me to knit, and she is an accomplished rug hooker. She teaches classes in her home and at retreats as well as dyeing and selling wool and her own books on dyeing. It was really wonderful to be able to share with her my experience as a maker.

Sunday morning I was thrilled to wake up to a frost and couldn’t resist a walk around our place.

I grew up in upstate NY and those moments I felt so at home. Everything had the right smell and sound and look to it. It filled up all my reservoirs that have gotten low.

I, uh, also failed to really take many photos at the festival on Sunday. I did catch a video of some of the snow, though!

And a single good photo of the merriment at the house. I know not everyone is lucky enough to like their coworkers, but mine are my best friends and it’s such a treat to be able to spend a weekend together.

Finally, I did manage to get in some shopping. This is the best I have ever felt about Rhinebeck purchases – I am so pleased with each item and cannot wait to use them all.

The top row has my yarn. I lost my mind in the Foxhill Farms booth – I came home with 2 skeins of their DK cormo/silk to make a Snowshoe and 4 skeins of their DK Moorit to make a Jean. I also treated myself a a skein of 2-ply bulk merino from Ewe & Me Merinos which I have earmarked for a set of Cadeautje.

The middle row has my books. I am so pleased to have a signed copy of The Modern Natural Dyer. This book is just gorgeous and I look forward to reading it. I grabbed a copy of The Knitter’s Book of Socks because I am on a quest to find my perfect sock. I also got Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style which is a great book about creating a handmade wardrobe of pieces you can wear together and includes sewing patterns for several basic wardrobe items. I hope to work out of it a ton in 2016. And fun fact: I love the author’s last name, Jansdotter, because I am a Jan’s daughter – that’s my Dad’s name,

The bottom row is all my little treasures. I got myself a little Christmas tree candle for my holiday shelf. The gnome was supposed to be for my daughter, but she handed it back to me and told me she didn’t want it, so I think he’s going to live next to my tree. The last three are from our house swap – on Friday night in our house we draw names and buy our partner a gift at the festival, which we exchange on Sunday night. By coincidence, Laura and I drew each other – you can check out what I got her in her Rhinebeck blog post. I am so excited about my silver buttons, adorable wee pouch and odds n ends spinning fiber from Into The Whirled. I’m pretty sure I’m going to use that fiber in my Cadeautjes to make some special Rhinebeck slippers.

And that’s it. I am sad it is a full year until I am back at Rhinebeck. I am working hard at finding ways of bringing that Rhinebeck spirit into my everyday life – making more time for making beautiful things and finding inspiration.

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