Can you stand it? I know everyone is going on and on and on about Rhinebeck. But hey, it is so worthy.
Sunday we were back at the fiber fest. It felt much more relaxed. I had been through all of the barns and I had gotten most of what I wanted. It was a day for socializing and checking out the rest of the fun.
The day started with a quick trip to the authors tent to get Stephanie to sign my bag. I also bought two books (I already own all of the Harlot books, they are sitting at home in California). The Secret Language of Knitters by Mary Beth Temple. I have talked with her a bit on Ravelry and she is very nice. It is good to support nice knitting authors, especially when they are funny. With that in mind, I also got the The Mason-Dixon Knitting Book with the impossibly long name by Ann & Kay. Yes, I am rather late to the party on that one, but I did get their faces stamped on the bag!
Speaking of my bag, you may have seen it as I am not the first person to blog it. I had a flash (or was it a flashback?) a couple of weeks ago about summer camp in the seventies. It was the rage to embroider denim work shirts and I was in the thick of the trend. At the end of camp, everyone signed the shirt. It was a keepsake I've never forgotten (obviously!).
Enter the Rhinebeck Blogger Bingo bag. I had everyone I met sign it and it was tremendous fun.
Eating Artichokes from Artichoke French was also a must (please note that I stayed clear of fried pickles and roasted garlic, they are the Brylcreem of fair food; a little dab'll do ya and I'd had more than a dab on Saturday). I had the ones that are fried on olive oil and garlic with mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. Yum! In line I met Claudia and Silvia. You never know who you'll bump into at Rhinebeck.
I spent a couple of hours bewitched by the animals again and watched the mid-grade and long wool judging. I have a serious love of luster wool. It isn't soft like Merino or squishy like Cormo; it is long and curly and shiny. Love me some Wensleydale, Lincoln, and Cotswald! Then there is the lovely Bluefaced Leicester. Oh how I love thee. BFL was the featured breed this year. It was wonderful to see so many of those patrician Roman noses.
Gotta love a sheep that can snooze in a crowd. It looks like a good life to me. There are more pictures of fiber animal cuteness on my Flickr.
The day ended with a gathering at the picnic tables. Aside from Brooke and Rachael, there was Alison, Veronik, Michelle, Sarah, Dr. Steph, (blog free) Keri and more people who I am failing to link to. I really must upgrade my memory chip. We went on to have a lovely dinner with the Dr. Steph and Keri in the town of Red Hook (not to be confused with the Brooklyn neighborhood).
There were many drive-by meetings and folks I didn't get to meet. I am very grateful for the time I did get to spend getting to know new fiber friends.
The Loot! You want to see the loot dontcha?
A big sheet of felt from A Twist of Fate Spinnery. I love the colors and textures. It is one pound of fiber about 4 feet tall by 3 feet wide. I don't know what I'll do with it. Yet. Meanwhile, I love it!
White Cormo roving (4 oz) from FoxFire. It is insanely soft and delicious. The yellow bump is corriedale dyed with osage. The green is Coopworth dyed with osage and logwood. Both are from Handspun by Stefania.
Luscious Wensleydale locks from Delly's Delights Farm. Mostly it is an unusually soft medium gray. I got a bit of white and a bit of charcoal for color variety. I will probably spin from the lock as it is wonderfully processed and make a 3-ply sock yarn.
Gorgeous Lincoln locks from Four Directions Weaving. It is silver locks naturally dyed with madder and cochineal. The true color is warmer and deeper than the picture shows. I'll probably spin this from the lock into a 3-ply sock yarn too. Look at that squiggly lock goodness!
Oh look! Sock yarn! What a surprise! The green is a DK weight superwash merino and silk yarn from Ancient Threads Farm. They naturally dyed it with henna, black walnut, tesu, and wattle. It is gorgeous.
The red yarn is from Green Mountain Spinnery. I love these folks so much. They have been a great company for a long time. I really respect their efforts to source locally, raise and process organic wool, and run their business in an environmentally friendly way. This yarn is not organic, but it is locally (to them) sourced and green spun.
And then there is the pile o' Morehouse Merino lace yarn. I have some fun ideas for this yarn. More on that later. I can't spoil all the surprises!
I still need to tell you about my NYC adventures. I leave for home today and it is a good thing. I am exhausted! I'll have a night's sleep and then prepare for our Thursday Spin & Knit group (I didn't plan this very well did I?).
This weekend is a two-day silk spinning workshop with Celia Quinn. Rest and recovery may not happen until November. Life is tough!