How to Rhinebeck: A Primer

By Kay Gardiner
October 1, 2016

“Before I got my MDK mug, my beard was wispy.”

Actual quote from Kurt Cruse



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  • Lol I still have the beautiful Boswell book charkha that I bought a few years ago in Rhinebeck (tiny spinning wheel of the type that Ghandi used). It sits on my bedside table. It has never been used and I often think of selling it but it is a work of art. Sometimes I contemplate hanging it on the wall.
    You cannot do that with a sheep.
    I will miss you all this year!!

  • Ha! I bought a Lucet at my first Rhinebeck last year. I’m likely to be footwear deficient as a Californian who is medically limited to sneakers but it looks like it is going to be milder than last year so fingers crossed.

  • Truth!

  • I have barely touched the needle felting supplies I bought last year, or was it the year before that? Sigh. I am looking forward to meeting you both this year!

  • Oh, I am also hoping for a chicken pot pie! Cara took me emergency shoe shopping prior to my first Rhinebeck. Haha. Lucetting… who me?

  • The best part of Rhinebeck, or Woodstock for Knitters as I tell my muggle friends, is other people’s sweaters. The one everybody and their dog knit to the one of a kind works of art. A feast for the eyes.

  • Is it ok that most of the yarn I bought last year is still stashed, and I want more?

  • BRB, just googling shirret…

    • ha! I did too. And I’m intrigued.

  • So excited!!! See you there!!

  • I learned one year it is key not to let your blood sugar crash. Food lines at lunch are long. Snack, eat early, snack more. I get apple crisp as I walk in and a hot cider. If I don’t have at least 3 ciders I’m doing it wrong. Hydrating is also key, and though the bathroom lines are long they move very fast.

  • Looks like SAFF on steroids. Enjoy every minute.

  • First and most important, thanks to you two for keeping us entertained for so many years. I hope this new endeavor surpasses all of your expectations. As a person who has caved in to trying other types of textile crafts (while still remaining very faithful to my knitting), I have to urge you to at least give handspinning a try. It doesn’t have to be perfect (you can use it for texture in your hooked rugs, Kay) but it is so ZEN. And so is handweaving, mmm. As for the egg beater rug punch, Karen of primitivespirit makes it work beautifully. I prefer using a hook (Zen again), but the Oxford punch needles are pleasant to use and eat up that pesky extra yarn, if you believe there is such a thing. With all that you have on your plates right now, this rant seems a bit of an overkill, but I always say, if it’s fiber, sign me up. Just an enthusiast who has no sense of proportion when it comes to pretty-colored strings. I try not to spend much time with anyone who does . . .

  • I confess, I gave in to needlepunch about 5 years ago. I find it is a marvelous way to channel aggression. Perhaps with the current state of US politics, I should have acquired a new kit.

  • This year was my first year at Rhinebeck…not my first sheep and wool fest. First off, it is HUGE and a little overwhelming! What truly saved me was a study of this year’s vendors before arriving. Next, I selected several patterns I wanted to knit…even though I had yarn in stash for them! Then I allowed for 2 skeins with no plan! Success…2 projects done and 2 more underway!

  • I love going to Rhinebeck! My friends and I make the trek every year! We have a plan before we go. Artichokes French are always the first stop ! Then the buildings on that level. Then we go to the upper level where the animals and vendors are. Check out the African baskets. Before we go home, we sample as many of the food and wine vendors in the building by the artichokes. Although I know I am at SABLE, I still buy:) I look forward to it every year!

  • Thanks for the tips Kay!
    Can I really buy a sheep at Rhinebeck? Maybe next year…
    You always keep me laughing. I hope I get to meet you, although it sounds like I’ll be the crazy woman going in circles.