Once again, I had a great time at Rhinebeck this year. My friend C and I drove up on Friday and stayed at a great little place near some fantastic restaurants. It was really chilly on Saturday morning when we got to the festival, but it warmed up a little bit when we were walking around.
I saw Caro and Stitchy, the authors of the book my dress is from, about 10 minutes after we walked into the gate. It was so fun to see them! I also got my book signed in the afternoon during their scheduled signing time.
We avoided the long deep-fried artichokes line because we got them around 10:00, when the booth first opened. I think that was the way to do it. I can't believe I waited an hour last year!
Pam was one of the first people I saw at the meetup, and I was so excited to show her the dress she designed!
The color was a little off in this photo. Here are some better photos of my Rhinebeck dress.
Pattern: Rally! by Pamela Wynne from Knitting It Old School I knit the 10 degree angle for the skirt.
Yarn: Ella Rae Classic Solids, 4 skeins of brown, 2 of cream, and 1 of green.
Needles: US 8 and 9
Time to Knit: August 26 - October 9
Yay, what a great dress :) I love the skirt. The torso stretched out longer than I expected because of the weight of the dress, but I think the waist looks good in this position. I think the sleeves are a little big, and I might re-do them with some green ribbing.
I had a fun time at the meetup, especially because I got to meet in person several people I'd only known online before. I think it's a little strange to see someone you've only known through pictures before. I kind of don't know what to say. But I still like it :)
C and I were pretty much done with the festival around 2. It's an exhausting experience. There's such a sensory overload with the yarn, the food, the smells, and all the handknits. And there are so many people that it's hard to get anywhere. We hung out in our hotel room and knit with some of the yarn we'd bought that day.
This is what I got. I'm really happy with my purchases. I got enough to feel satisfied, but I showed a lot more restraint than I have in years past. There were a couple of times where I was in line to buy something and then changed my mind, and I'm glad that I did.
The top grey yarn is Brooks Farm Mas Acero in a great charcoal color. I'm going to use it to knit a skirt from this book, which I do not yet own. However, it is on my wish list and my birthday is on Wednesday. My friend C has guaranteed that I'll get it one way or another :) The skirt pattern isn't in Ravelry yet. Perhaps I'll add it soon!
Also on the top row is a kit to make a hedgehog puppet. I thought it would be great for school, and also my husband loves hedgehogs. Maybe I'll make two. I also got a kit to make a sheep marionette, but it isn't pictured because I already knit it up. More on that in another post.
The green and the purple yarns are from Maple Creek Farms. I'm already using them to knit Kirigami. The bottom is a skein of Creatively Dyed sock yarn. I really like the yarn and her dyeing process.
C and I went back to the festival on Sunday. We picked up some soap from GotSoap.com (I get it every year and I love it), and I got a broom from a man who makes them by hand. It's really awesome.
So that was Rhinebeck. I was tired, but happy and full of food. I can't wait 'til next year :)