Rhinebeck 2017

Rhinebeck 2017 did not disappoint! If you have never gotten the change to attend a fiber festival I highly recommend putting it on your to do list. If you get the opportunity to go to Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival don't miss it! It is the most wonderful place. I have been going to this festival for many years and unlike most things it gets better every year. It gets better because of the people I meet. The stories we share and the overwhelming sense of joy of being in one place with so many like minded people. The festival can be very overwhelming to first time visitors. Especially on Saturday, but Sunday is so much more relaxed. It almost feels like two completely different events from Saturday to Sunday. The crowds are crazy on Saturday, but it is totally worth being a part of that crowd to know how BIG this community of fiber artist is!

This year my sister organized renting a house and all together there were 10 of us staying in the house. We drove up on Friday and attended Needles Up (an event where some of our favorite vendors were selling their goods), then we went to our house. Our house was lovely! The views were spectacular and it was so nice to sit outside and knit. On Saturday and Sunday we attended the festival and now I'm trying to settle back into the real world. Sigh.

At needles up my friend Laura who's podcast is Knit Read Pray and I were VIP VIPs! We had VIP tickets and while we were waiting in line outside we got selected to come in early and shop before all the other people in the VIP line! We were so giddy. It was so much fun. We got to hang out with all the fancy famous people like Amy Beth from the Fat Squirrel Podcast, The Grocery Girls, Amanda from the Yarn Hoarder Podcast, Kristy Glass Knits, the list goes on and on. I was on a mission to get a Fat Squirrel Bag with sheep and not only did I get one bag I got two! The second bag was in impulse purchase and even funnier when we got back to the house three of us had bought the same bag!

We had so much fun in the house. My friend Debbie from It's All About Purple and Robin from Robin's Roost cooked dinner for us. It was delicious!!! I didn't do much cooking, but I did try to help clean up!

My favorite part of the festival is the Leaping Llamas. The festival can be overwhelming at times and I always enjoy getting to sit down and watch a show. One of the best parts of the Leaping Llamas is how we sit back and reflect on the animals that are providing us with the amazing fiber we are there all weekend to purchase! It gives us a chance to learn about each of the farms as well as see all the kids being involved with the animals. Watching goats, alpacas and llamas jump over a pole... and sometimes under a pole... is so entertaining. My face hurts from smiling so much after the show. If you go to Rhinebeck you have to go to the Leaping Llamas and you have to get there early for a seat!

I apologize for the out of order photos, but some were taken with my camera and some with my cell phone. Moving on.... I had purchased a Fat Squirrel bag at Needles Up and was instantly inspired to make a sweater to match the bag. I waited until Sunday before we left and I purchased yarn from Miss Babs to make one (Public Service Announcement: You don't have to wait on line for Miss Babs after all the bus trips leave on Saturday). I am happy to say I casted it on Sunday when I got home and it is looking amazing. I am making a green one to match the sweater in the bottom right hand of the picture below.

I had been on a mission to make a Plum sweater. I didn't find the exact yarn I wanted to I did talk to a vendor and she has the yarn I want to use back at her shop and can mail it to me.

The podcaster meet up was so much fun on Saturday! I got to say hello to so many people I usually only see online. I also got Bristol Ivy's new book Knitting Outside the Box and she signed it for me! I want to cast on every thing in that book! I also got the Making No. 4 book which is really inspiring me to try some new projects!

Once again I am sad Rhinebeck is over and I am already looking forward to next year!

Rhinebeck 2016

Oh my goodness Rhinebeck! If you haven't been to Rhinebeck before I am sorry.....you really should plan on going. Rhinebeck is code for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. The festival is a magical place. For me it is like my Instagram feed in real life! Instead of seeing a post by Mary Jane Mucklestone on IG, she is sitting right next to me watching the leaping llamas just like me! Taking the same pictures on her phone! It is a place that I get to meet my favorite pod casters in person and chat with them. It is a place where it is totally acceptable to act like a teenager at a boy band concert at the pod-caster meet up. You are even aloud to ooh and awe over what people are wearing, take pictures of complete strangers, take pictures of sheep goats and llamas, giggle, buy yarn, get stopped by lots of people that ask you what knitting pattern you are wearing, eat donuts guilt free, giggle, stalk people, giggle some more, have a few more donuts you were going to bring home as a souvenirs to your kids, buy more yarn, and be totally and utterly happy for two days.  Did I also say you get to talk to Amy Beth (aka the Fat Squirrel) and chat about how amazing her picture with Steven West was on Instagram. That seriously happened. Oh and I may have sat next to Sara from Yarns at Yin Hoo (you will see the blurry picture of her spinning yarn at the Leaping Llamas. Her brackets were fantastic!)

This year my sister, Leanne, rented a house and got a group of women together to stay at the house for the weekend. I had never met some of the people that stayed at the house, but wouldn't you know it if you put a group of knitters together in a house you all turn into instant friends! We all parted ways on Sunday with big hugs and saying we can't wait til next year! 

I am so grateful that there are festivals like this. I am also very grateful for Instagram!!! Also for my new cell phone that actually works so I could see on IG all the people that would be there and I could stalk :) I also was able to find Spunky Eclectic Fiber!! That was a huge bonus!!!! I met so many new people this weekend and my fiber community has grown in leaps and bounds. 

You have to swing by my sister's site for more pictures of the house we stayed at and pictures of us at the festival!!! Here is her link ArrowAcresFarm.

You can also check out my pictures on Instagram (since I haven't figured out how to link them to my computer yet).  Check me out at AndeeKF.

Joining with Ginny's Yarn Along!