A Knitter's Weekend
Postcards from Rhinebeck—and Wool & Folk!
Dear fiber friends near and far,
On Monday, we returned to our respective homes after a whirlwind of a long weekend in the Hudson Valley, where we attended two amazing fiber festivals. It was three days of nonstop sunshine, both literal and spiritual, and often both at the same time. So many beautiful people, wearing beautiful smiles and beautiful sweaters, made for a massive infusion of Vitamin C for the knitter’s soul.
These are our hastily scribbled postcards, with apologies for not being able to identify all of the people and knits we enjoyed so much. The time flew by, and we’re counting the days until next year. In the meantime, we’ll look for other ways, virtually and in real life, to gather together and enjoy the company of fiber folks.
Friday: Wool & Folk in Kingston, New York
Congratulations to Felicia Eve and Catherine Clark, founders of the amazing Wool & Folk festival at Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, now in its second year. We are proud to be a sponsor of this bighearted, uplifting event in a unique setting on the literal banks of the Hudson River.
A highlight of the day was the Podcast Patio. This was a mellow hillside that was filled all day with knitters—knitting, watching and listening to their fave podcasters record live from the Wool & Folk festival.
Such a brilliant way to relax on a brilliant day. Thank you, Felicia and Catherine, for bringing us knitters something new and wonderful.
Booth Sweet Booth
At Wool & Folk we even had a booth, where we were slinging skeins of Atlas like we knew what we were doing. (Narrator: They didn’t know what they were doing.)
Well, Cristina knew what she was doing.
Having never had a booth of our own, we enjoyed the heck out of our home in the airy, sunny Wool & Folk marketplace. (Please note that Kay is wearing her Old Friend Pullover. Kay needs you to note that. She’s also wearing her Honeycomb Scarf.)
Styling courtesy of Ikea bags.
Lots of fun people came through, including faithful MDK contributors Jen Geigley and Nell Ziroli. (Edited to add: Lots of folks are wondering about Nell’s beautiful vest. Guess what! She’s working on the pattern right now, so stay tuned. It has pockets!)
If you want to be where the fun is, follow this lady: Gaye Glasspie aka @ggmadeit aka the Iconic Orange Lady, shown here modeling a Rowan duster that was so hot off the needles you could toast a marshmallow on it.
Shakerag Mini Reunion (Sonya Philip, Jen Geigley, and Angela Tong + Kim Anderson—who really needs to get to Shakerag one of these Junes). Kim’s orange cardigan with magenta cuffs is the Barn Sweater by Carrie Bostick Hoge. (It would be great in Atlas, just saying…)
It was a thrill to lock arms again with Jeanette Sloan, for the first time since 2020. She came all the way from the UK for her first Rhinebeck weekend. (That’s Jeanette’s Dionne Shawl in yellow.)
And then there was the moment when Kay started screaming like she’d seen Harry Styles. It was better than that: it was the appearance of Roxy, the model for Haute Dogue‘s stunning canine handknits. They are besties in real life now.
Saturday and Sunday in Rhinebeck
The next morning, we motored across a mist-shrouded Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, where the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival was waiting.
We got there early enough to see the very beginning of the line at the Mulberry Street gate. That’s Katherine Dashner wearing Thea Colman’s Bee’s Knees cardigan, and on the right is Easy V by Caitlin Hunter.
If you look closely you can see Cristina lugging our bookstands over to Building B, where we had our traditional table in the Merritt Books bookstore.
Last-minute load-in. When you think of all the work that goes into a festival of this scale, it’s really something. All for the love of wool and the things we can do with it.
We always marvel at the sweaters of Rhinebeck, but this year seemed extra sweatery.
Here’s our annual portrait of Mr. & Mrs. @minimoebius, Christine and Colin. In a huge win for #teamColin, Mr. Moebius got a brand-new Rhinebeck sweater this year. No repeat/no surrender!
And just a few more:
Imagine Esther, in 1951, 18 years old, in Germany, knitting this tiny-gauge, embroidered tabard thingie. What would she think of it appearing on her daughter, 71 years later, at a giant fiber festival in New York? Amazing story.
We can identify the Daytripper Cardigan—bonus points for mismatched bands. What’s that gorgeous gold pullover?
Xandy Peters and his amazing handknit QR code that really works!
We have rarely fangirled as hard as we did when we saw The Twigs: The Twins. These two friends are half of the 2018 quartet of Papa pullovers that started Ann on her own Papa journey.
Ann in her Papa pullover, thrilled to run into Pittsburgh Mercantile‘s Susy Korb, who writes one of our favorite newsletters. [A hearty thank you to reader Kristen for letting us know that Susy’s red and blue pullover is Badger and Bloom by Anne Ventzel.]
Ann totally lost it when she saw Carole Foster’s plant-dyed yarns at the Foster Sheep Farm booth. Made with their own flock’s fleeces. That’s Carole on the left, with her wonderful friend whose name has blown out of Ann’s memory.
Back in Building B, we followed the first rule of book barn, which is that you barely get to say hi to your table neighbor in book barn, because she’s Safiyyah Talley and she’s busy signing her book and wearing a cute cardigan.
Adella Colvin of Lolabean Yarn Co., a proud sponsor of Wool & Folk, stopped by for a quick hello.
A peek at the fleece sale, which is always at our backs, just behind the curtain. What is that tub of golden goodness?
It’s a generous serving of piping hot mac & cheese, topped with crispy tater tots, dusted with parmesan—because too much is never enough. We had to keep our strength up!
A Cider Mill meetup, across from the apple cider doughnut line! The pattern has only been out for a hot minute, so how did all these Cider Mills get knit up? Look carefully and you’ll spot the cardigan mod—that didn’t take long.
No FOMO for this flat friend, who was there in spirit, and in cardboard.
Name that cardigan! We went all heart eyes for these two. (This just in: thanks to Marion, we now know that this cardigan is Gammel Sandvik Kofte from Kofteboken 3. And thanks to Nina, we know that this is Val and Sarah from NYC.)
On Sunday, we wandered to where these folks were keeping the sheep in sheep & wool festival. Mother Katherine on parade here.
On Sunday night, we once again managed to get this fine group to feed us. Cristina is wearing her magnificent Sojourner Shawl in Atlas (shade Peat), which was admired all weekend. Many Pittsburghers in this crew, including Ana of Wren + Rita, and Jennifer, who will forever be the hero who brought a Santa Cruz lamb to dinner in 2018—Mac is doing fine, by the way.
Thank you, thank you, to everyone who crossed our path. It was a joy.
Ann and Kay