It has been exactly one week since Rhinebeck and I have been recovering, re-living all the wonderful memories and enjoying my new yarn ever since.
Rhinebeck was INCREDIBLE!!!! I loved every second and it was everything I thought and heard it would be and more.
My Rhinebeck journey started at 3:30 a.m. Central Time on Friday morning as I rose to make my way to the airport to catch my 6:30 flight to St. Louis and then it was off to Newark! Upon arrival in Newark, I’m not gonna lie, I was giving myself a pep-talk. I was about to drive my rental car through the unfamiliar and busy city of Newark, I was a little scared. Of course my GPS had other plans, before I knew it I was driving over the George Washington Bridge and into The Bronx. I have always wanted to go to NYC but this was not how I wanted to do it and not a time to look around at the skyscrapers. I was SCARED!!! But I did good. Honestly, once I was over the bridge, traffic was fine. The traffic in The Bronx wasn’t that bad and once I got out of the city it was like I was a million miles away, surrounded by golden trees.
Ok, skip to that evening in Kingston, NY at the Indie Untangled Trunk Show. Wow! There was a line to get in! It was amazing, all the vendors were independent dyers and spinners. In fact, I think I will devote a whole other blog post just to the Indie Untangled show so stay tuned. There is just to much to say.
If you have never been to Rhinebeck, you need to go! Book your hotel now because they book up fast and go! If you have been to Rhinebeck, then you know everything I am about say. Rhinebeck, is like Comic Con for knitters. Everyone is wearing their Rhinebeck sweaters and other hand knits. Myself, in addition to my Gnarled Oak Cardigan, was also wearing my Maine Morning Mitts and my Greenery Beret in the morning to beat the morning chill. I have also never see so many crowds in my life. If you are not into crowds, go to Rhinebeck on Sunday. So many wonderful vendors, including of course, Miss Babs, Liza Souza and Bijou Basin Ranch but others that I just discovered, including Sweiters Fiber Mill, I swear I have purchased from them before. SinsAndNeedles89/Primrose Pottery, ( I got a beautiful hand dyed skein of sock yarn and a hand sewn project bag. She dyes and sews everything herself and also makes and handpaints yarn bowls with TV and movie characters) I also purchased some worsted weight yarn from Buckwheat Bridge Angoras who grow and make the yarn on their farm in the Hudson Valley using solar and wind energy. I got a skein of fingering yarn in Angora and Romney from Gravers Dream and some soft colorful yarn from The Periwinkle Sheep. I love the colors on this yarn, Bold grays and greens. Not sure yet what I will do with it, the color way is called “Grass in a Crack in the Sidewalk.”
I got so much yarn, I had to ship some home, most of the yarn was for me yes, but some I did get for Christmas knitting. I honestly can’t wait to cast on my Rhinebeck yarn. I had a wonderful time. The food was great (Artichokes French are everything they say they are) I bought a bottle of wine from the Finger Lakes region I have yet to open. I made some great new friends and even met some old friends up there and we walked around and explored Rhinebeck further. She just lives in the city and comes every year so she gave me some tips to remember for next time. Like Sunday’s are much quieter.
The town of Rhinebeck is also so cute. I left the fair at about 3 on Saturday and spent the rest of the evening walking around Market Street in Rhinebeck and had a lovely dinner at a restaurant called The Local. I thought about the Terrapin but The Local got great reviews from locals I talked to.
I left the fair on Sunday after giving half my haul to the UPS tent that was set up with nothing but wonderful memories of my weekend. I will definitely go again.
If you went to Rhinebeck let me know what you thought? Did you buy a ton of yarn? Have you never been but want to go? Let me know!
Talk to you all again soon.