Sunday, October 22, 2006

Rhinebeck

I think I'm going through Rhinebeck withdrawal. Maybe I should play an episode of Lime & Violet or Cast-On and sniff my new yarn. In the meantime I'll just have to try to remember it all and share it with you. We arrived before 10am and left just a few minutes before 5pm. It didn't even feel as though the entire day had gone by (well, except for the achy back, aggravated blister and empty wallet). Almost instantly I started recognizing people from their blogs which is beyond weird. Nothing makes you feel like a freshman faster than being surrounded by people you "know" who all seem to know each other but don't even know you're alive. If only I commented more! If only I posted on the Knitty boards more! I could be one of them! The blogger/Knitty meet-up was downright scary. From a distance they generated a noise like a hive of sorority girls turned up to 11. (You know I'm just jealous). It wasn't just the people I recognized, I knew the names of their clothes too (how perverted does that sound?). There were at least three Klaralunds, even more Rogues and who knows how many Clapotis. The festival itself lived up to everything I had heard. To keep it short beautiful yarn was everywhere and the number of booths selling things I could get elsewhere or crap were minimal. Here's what followed me home;
By far the craziest thing I bought was the skein of laceweight by Skaska Designs. See that little ball with the yellow band? That is 1,200 yards of yarn. I am so not ready to use it but the colors are just so me that I couldn't not buy it. (Trying to get an accurate picture of those colors on this dreary day is what made me sack my plans for more detailed photos of my haul.) There is also Sock Candy in Lapis and Socks that Rock in Blue Brick Wall, Lagoon & Spinel. Two gigantic (1/2 lb each!) skeins of Duet from Brooks Farm. Moving Mud has beautiful buttons. Hopefully I'll get a better pick of the three I bought up here soon. The pale silver/yellow and dark purple 100% silk yarn in the center of the pic and the rainbow* skein are from Ellen's 1/2 Pint. There is a distinct eau d' sheep to both of those skeins which makes me wonder where she stores them. Her yarn was lovely though and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more. My last purchase was the kumihimo kit and the freeze-dried indigo from Carolina Homespun.

Not everyone was as impressed with the show as I was. To quote Trek "MD S&W was much better" Did I say I was going through Rhinebeck withdrawal? What I meant was I can't wait for MD! It's just 6 mos & 10 days away!

*What can I say? Too many of my formative years were in the 80s.

7 comments:

TheAmpuT said...

Dang, I'm beyond envy.

Devorah said...

I've never been to MDSW but I find Rhinebeck quite satisfying. It was nice meeting you!

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Anonymous said...

I second the achy feet! My toes long for that socks that rock :)

Cari said...

Nice to meet you. And nice haul!

FemiKnitMafia said...

Yes, I feel the same way at fiber fests. It's a very strange phenomenon indeed.

maryse said...

i don't know what MDSW is like but if it's bigger, it could possibly be more than i can handle. phew.