Remember how I was trying to organize my Rhinebeck into a less breathless experience? That didn’t work out. My visit Saturday was as manic as ever, or at least it feels like that in retrospect. The seven hours flew by so fast that if my face wasn’t windburned, I’d wonder if it was all a dream.
When you start the day buying goat horns, you know it’s gon’ be off the chain. (Niece for scale.) This was at the Cashmere Goat Association‘s booth; it was their first time at Rhinebeck. Many knitters crossed “buy cashmere from a nun” off their bucket list this weekend.
The Signs of Rhinebeck could be a coffee table book. I would buy that coffee table book. This year my favorite was ALL THINGS LLAMA, needle-felted. But there were more:
It is hard — and perhaps pointless — to say what is the best thing about the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. But it might be the sweaters. Or, more precisely, the vision of a world in which sweaters really matter, and everybody has a good one. At Rhinebeck, sweaters are our flags and our jewels, our business cards and our conversation starters. How many people leave the Dutchess County Fairgrounds resolved to knit and wear more sweaters, better sweaters? How many walk the barns with a quiet inner smile, knowing that their sweater deserves to be in this place?
Or is it just me? Anyway, here’s a tiny sample. I’d take better pictures but then I would miss seeing so many other good sweaters.
Raise ’em Rhinebeck.
My friend and fellow Upper Westsider Sara Sprung and her elegant, citified poncho. She told me the pattern: “knit a top down raglan sweater but keep doing the increases and don’t do sleeves.” If you’d like that written out, Sara has generously posted the Modern Poncho on Ravelry as a free pattern. I like the shape so much better than a typical poncho. Flowy but structured.
These Shaker yarn boxes almost got me. It was a close thing. Beautifully made. If they’d had a milk-painted one, BOOM.
Smart shopper. Load it up.
The beautiful faces of Rhinebeck. That yellow and cream jacket is CROCHET. Nicole Lindner googled “how to make crochet flowers” and connected them into a jacket. Easy–!
Loved everything about this lady’s outfit. Poetry In Stitches meets Oilily. Handbasket AND backpack. Mix it up! Style is more than just the (beautiful) handknit.
More vibrant mixing from Karen @choochooknits.
Here’s a happy video diary of our day. (My niece Kristin made it; it’s kind of heavy on the sheep grooming and aunt-mocking.)
You have to come next year, Ann.