Hello New Jersey/New York!
(Statue of Liberty is a shadowy dot just to right of center.)
I had a wonderful return trip to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, aka Rhinebeck, again staying with my besties, Cara and Ann! One big highlight of the trip was meeting Cara's kiddos! The last time I visited, her eldest was 9m old -- now she's 8, and has a 6yo sister! They're gorgeous, sweet, and lovely. And, of course, it was lovely to see Poe again at Ann's, and to meet the girls -- Violet & Hyacinth -- at The Pugshack! They are adorable, funny, and playful!
And the merriment begins!
We headed north late Friday morning, checking into our Airbnb in Kerhonkson before going over to the Indie Untangled trunk show in Kingston. I met & hugged Lee Wittenstein there after many years of online friendship! I laughed when she said that she recognized me because of my shoes. Who knew? Those "foot selfies" could be just as important as those with your face!
Saturday dawned frosty...
...and so beautiful! This are views from the deck at our house.
It just kept getting prettier! There were deer out there both mornings (a couple of visible in the lower right-hand corner) -- I counted at least 8 on Sunday!
I didn't have a "Rhinebeck Sweater," per se, but I did have a quickly sewn top-length Alabama Chanin Sweater that I cut out and made by machine on Sunday afternoon!
I wore it on Saturday with my skirt, tights & ankle boots, and my "Rhinebeck Shawl." (No photos of that shawl yet!)
I was delighted to run into Beverly, organizer of the sew-along that prompted the making of that skirt, who was also wearing hers! I was really a bit surprised at how many people recognized my skirt for what it was -- some because they'd "watched" me make it via Facebook, Instagram and/or blog posts, but I think others just recognized it as "Alabama Chanin."
Documentation was not my thing, apparently; my one and only photo from the festival is above. It was crowded on Saturday but not overwhelming. I heard people talking about how it seemed a bit lighter compared to some of the previous years. There were certainly crowds and very long lines at some vendors' booths on both days, but I had zero interest in that kind of frenzy -- in terms of yarn, anyway. I did stand in line for food -- both days -- specifically, falafel -- both days. Yes, it was that good!! Had there been chicken pot pies, I'd have been there at least once; inexplicably, I skipped the artichokes french altogether. I did treat myself to a chocolate milkshake (or two).
Of interest to me, instead, were the people -- my people -- family! I was so happy to meet up with so many old friends & new: Bookish Wendy, Amy Herzog, Margaux Hufnagel (check out her new Etsy shop!), Thea Colman, Teresa, Brunilda, Caro Sheridan, Jennie The Potter (check out her new Kickstarter campaign!), Kay Gardiner, Ann Shayne, Kirsten Kapur, Gale Zucker, Angela Tong, Yarny Old Kim, Lisa Souza, JessaLu, Kathleen, Ruth, Leigh Spencer, My Sandy... even Rachel from Wisconsin, who I used to regularly knit with a few years ago before she moved... I am sure I've forgotten some!
Rhinebeck felt just like a family reunion! Everyone gathered in one place, run-ins and quick chats with bunches of lovely people, but always left feeling like you didn't get enough time together...
On Sunday morning, we stopped by Kelder's Farm to see Gnome Chomsky -- once THE largest garden gnome in the world (now, apparently, third-largest)!
That's a new Baggu tote bag from Mason-Dixon Knitting resting at the toe of that undeniably LARGE gnome...
Cara carried it all weekend, while also wearing some pretty spectacular sweaters -- but this bag garnered a ton of attention, comments and questions!!
Before we knew it, we were headed south again. Yes, I wore my Catamount Tunic (over an A-line Dress) on Sunday! Ann & Cara convinced me to wear it -- there are precious few times I can wear that around an appreciative audience! That's another Color Break Hat, this time for Junah.
I regrouped on Monday, sorted through stuff and packed my suitcase. Ann took Peggy and I to Swell Taco for crispy chicken tacos... and margaritas! Yum.
On Tuesday morning, I bid a fond farewell to the pugs and began my journey home.
LIRR > NJ Transit > Air Train > EWR-MKE > Shuttle to Parking > Find my Car > 2-hr Drive Home!
I'd finished Junah's hat on Monday night and started one for Kate. I had plenty of time at EWR, so had some lunch and even little knitting/phone-charging time.
Michigan's western shoreline.
Wisconsin's eastern shoreline.
It was a wonderful trip! I'm so happy I went. Not sure when, but I hope to return again...
What a fantastic trip! I applaud you for standing so close to that gnome, because that thing scares the crap out of me. But, other than that, the rest of it are things that I'd like to do (or do again)!
Posted by: Susan | 21 October 2016 at 10:45 AM
So great to finally meet in person! Even if briefly. Next time you come we will have to have more time together.
Posted by: Lee Wittenstein | 21 October 2016 at 11:07 AM
I'm so happy for you! Thank you for sharing your adventure. It would be a dream come true to see my buddies again. You saw so many people I've met and wish I could see again. You certainly have a way with AirBnB! Your place looks fantastic!
Posted by: margene | 21 October 2016 at 11:35 AM
What a wonderful trip! I've never been to Rhinebeck, and while I'd love to go some day, you've shown that it is so much more than yarn, with beautiful scenery, food, and friends. Hope you can return soon!
Posted by: Bonny | 21 October 2016 at 11:51 AM
I wish I could have been there this time to see you. I'm so glad you had such a fantastic trip, thanks for recapping it for us!
Posted by: Carole | 21 October 2016 at 12:18 PM
What a wonderful adventure! And really, bonus that the crowds were a little light. Welcome home and may the memories keep you smiling for a long time!
Posted by: Patty | 21 October 2016 at 12:37 PM
So glad you got to have a good yarny adventure, and with friends! Hope the glow of that time lasts a good long time for you.
Posted by: Robby | 21 October 2016 at 07:54 PM
sigh... it looks and sounds wonderful! getting to Rhinebeck is still on my bucket list. someday.
Posted by: Mary | 22 October 2016 at 06:32 AM
I am so thankful for the time I got to spend with you!
Posted by: Bookish Wendy | 22 October 2016 at 06:42 AM
What a fantastic trip! And, I love your Alabama Chanin style! xo
Posted by: AsKatKnits | 24 October 2016 at 06:52 AM
Altho you decline to describe yourself so, you take the BEST photos!
Posted by: kmkat | 30 October 2016 at 01:54 AM
Posted by: Vicki | 31 October 2016 at 12:49 PM