Rhinebeck Recap 2017

Visiting the NY Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY is one of the highlights of my year, without fail. This year was no exception. In the midst of a tough year, it was so wonderful to be surrounded by friends and taken care of.

My favorite thing I saw at the festival was this map, where festival go-ers could mark where they are from and how long they have been attending with a pin. I put my white pin in Austin and was happy to see I’m not the only one. Around the edge of the cork board international visitors left notes with where they were visiting from. I saw Scotland, the Netherlands, Israel and Saudi Arabia!

Here’s what came home with me this year from the festival. Top row: a skein of DK Matter as a gift from the ever generous Indigodragonfly, a country ladle from the spoon man, a copy of Clara Parkes’ A Stash of One’s Own, a gnome needle felting kit for my daughter and I to do together from Going Gnome, and a skein of Green Mountain Spinnery sock weight in a very Christina color from my lovely house swap partner, Jessica. Bottom row: a bundle of Windham mini-skeins from Jill Draper Makes Stuff, Bristol Ivy’s Knitting Outside the Box, and Hannah Thiessen’s Slow Knitting.

Thanks for the warm welcome, Rhinebeck! Until next year! I’d love to hear about your favorite part of the festival, or what you hope to see there someday.

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