This was a Rhinebeck of miracles. I lost 10% of my lung in a surgery two weeks earlier, but I was medically cleared and felt up to the trip. Our rental house that we have stayed at for 6 years was double booked and we managed to find other accommodations for 16 people on Friday afternoon. It felt amazing that we all managed to be together for a moment, stepping away from the stresses of everyday life.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend is my ritual of getting up early to walk our property alone. It’s a quiet moment to savor the chill in the air and the leaves on the trees. I was lucky enough to gaze across a misty pond to watch a family of deer scamper across a frost-covered field.
And another picture of the terrain, because I think that during the third weekend in October few places in the world are as beautiful as the Hudson Valley.
My time at the festival was mostly spent catching up with friends. For a long time I felt like a hanger-on of my coworkers friends, but this year it was clear that I have earned my own relationships with this community. It was a gift to be part of so many hugs with whispers of, “I am so glad you are here. I am so happy to see you.”
I did not spend very much time shopping but clearly I was efficient. The top row has my new copies of Comfort and Joy by Melynda Bernardi (gorgeous Christmas stocking patterns!) and the Winter 2016 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly. Next to those is an incredible skein of Rifton from Jill Draper Makes Stuff, a skein of Chamelon Sock from Indigodragonfly, and a skein of 3 ply sport weight cashmere from Springtide Farms. I plan to turn the cashmere into a cowl for my mother-in-law, and am still plotting what to do with the other yarn. The middle row has my gift for my daughter – a picture book called Brave Little Finn. My husband got his annual present from Chester T Basil. A little bit more yarn made it home with me – 2 skeins of Rifton Mono from Jill Draper Makes Stuff to coordinate with the megaskein of Rifton, and a skein of Ewe & Me Merinos 2 ply bulky. I got a skein of the bulky yarn last year for a pair of Cadeautjes and this year’s skein is to make a pair for my daughter. The bottom row has a beautiful paper card I got from my house swap partner, Sarah, the little pink heart from Melissa Jean is a necklace and the other half of my gorgeous present. The necklace is on my new handwoven dishtowel. I have wanted one for years and finally went for it! I also got myself a panflute. I attend a Music Together class with my daughter and the theme this semester is flute, so I plan to attend with my own instrument to jam on. Finally, my riches from the book tent – a signed copy of Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno, and a copy of On the Loom by Maryanne Moodie. You’ll definitely hear more about those books in future months of crafty reads.
And that’s a wrap on Rhinebeck 2016. It was such a restorative weekend, even though I came home physically exhausted. Before I left I made this pie chart of what I was excited about for the festival, and I think it’s an accurate reflection of my trip.