My husband calls Rhinebeck Woodstock for knitters. He left with the admonition, “Don’t take the brown acid,” but I really think he meant to watch the wallet. I didn’t do either.
Saturday began with a 6:00 am pickup from Exit 63 on the Long Island Expressway, where Sima, my Jersey knitting friend and Ethelrose collaborator, and Lee, Donna, Anne and Lucille, my Friday night knit buddies, boarded the Spinning Guild bus to Rhinebeck. By 9:15 we were there. It was a glorious Indian summer day and the trees were in their full glory.
It was crowded and spectacular and a little overwhelming. This was only the second time I was there and the last time, the weather was quite dreary.
I got to spend the day with my friends, ran into old friends, and found some fantastic yarn from dyers I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise.
First was Sliver Moon Farms (that’s sliver, not silver) where I picked up some worsted in Indigo for hats for the boys and some DK weight in Roasted Red for a sweater for me (yes, more orange!!!) The skeins are enormous. I got a chance to speak with dyer and owner, Kay, who told us that some of the skeins are marked 8 oz. but are more than that. She said she skeins as it comes and prices at the same rate. These Roasted Reds are both around 9.9 oz. (That’s almost 25% more than listed.) That means I’m getting almost 700 yards for the price of 560!
Next purchase was at Turose, a tiny, tiny dyer who works with the Waldorf School of the Hudson Valley. Her wool is all dyed with natural plant dyes. I just loved these two colors together. They’re destined for a hat and mitts.
My next spend was at Bittersweet Woolery. Here I bought two skeins of laceweight: Sweet Nothing Silken in Kraken (the darker color) and Afterglow in Very Iceling. There’s 850 yards of each and I’d love to make a shawl or two with these. Although they’re listed at laceweight, they seem to be a heavier, which is great for me. Sima also bought me a yarn bowl. I have been wanting one forever. She knows it. It’s so nice to have good friends!
My last purchase of the day was at Fiber Optic yarn. Kimber, the owner, and I have been in touch through emails. She’s bought a bunch of my Fried & Green patterns and knitted a beautiful sample, but we’ve never met and I’ve never tried her yarn.
She was so sweet and I absolutely adore the yarn, as it is soft and springy and full of body. I bought two skeins of worsted weight in complementary colors — Black Coffee Bean No. 9 and Porcini — to make my husband some fingerless mitts, perhaps.
The best part of Rhinebeck, though, is being with like-minded people. These people are serious about fiber. Along with getting to hang with my knitting friends from town (I shouldn’t call these women my knitting friends, they are my friends!!!!), and running into my old friend Denise, who I haven’t seen in forever, and making new friends on the bus — thanks to Ellen from the Spinning Study Group of Long Island who let us on their bus –I got to see Jess and Casey from Ravelry, Sarah from Cephalopod, Gryphon from Verdant Gryphon, Tavy from The Yarn Company, Anne Hanson from knitspot, and Teva Durham.
We tried to have a chicken pita, but the lines at lunchtime were incredible, so we “settled” for the best apple crisp a la mode ever! And I got a button that made my sons laugh. (I’m not sure if they think I’m serious or not — I’m not — they’re not for sale or trade, even on their worst days!)
It was one of those days that live on in your memory to recall on days when things aren’t going quite the way you think they should.
I had a wonderful time! Thanks, Rhinebeck.