I know you're all probably tired of hearing about Rhinebeck but it's the only fibery thing I've done in a while so ..... It was amazing. I didn't even shop. Not really. I bought one skein of white alpaca yarn (to dye later) from Times Remembered and two patterns from Green Mountain Spinnery. It just wasn't about the shopping. It was about the people. And dear Lord.... there were a LOT of people. There were a few buildings that I got to that I looked inside and knew I'd be smushed alive if I went in so I'd turn around and walked back out.
Knitters are a rare and wonderful breed. We laughed that Rhinebeck is about the only place you can go and feel someone's clothes admiringly and not get smacked. Carol and I were standing in the beer line (yes... beer... that was the only short line... really.... it was....) laughing because we were all talking about who's yarn we were wearing in our knitwear, "I'm wearing Kim." Like we were on the Red Carpet at the Oscars.
This was a much needed break for me. Girl time is important. In a house full of men, I forget that sometimes. I got to meet old friends and new friends and friends that I knew for years on the net but never met in person. That is SO much fun.
After many attempts foiled by weather, I finally got to meet my good Elann buddy, Theresa. She lives an hour and a half from me and this was the first time we could get together. The last minute suprise meeting of Daryl (another Elann pal) made my day. Here's the only picture on my camera from Rhinebeck. T's son, Timothy (tuckered out), T, me and Daryl. The picture was taken by Daryl's friend Eleanor who came up on the LYS bus from Philly with her. Our time together was way too short:
For fear of forgetting someone's name (I'm horrible with names) so I'll keep it to those that I spent the most time with. If you only knew how bad I am at remembering names... Kim and hubby were supposed to come stay at our house for the weekend but she ended up coming alone and we made a "girl" thing out of it. There was dinner at the Eveready with Laurie, Leigh, Margene, Sandy, Terry, and then off to see a special movie. I also got to meet Laurie and Mishaele. The cherry on top was getting to meet Kathy and others at the hotel later. I *really* needed that girl time.
And all that woolly goodness got my fingers itching. The thing that did me in was Monica's handspun in a gorgeous blue. I can't wait to see her finished project. I can't even remember what she was knitting because I was so in love with the yarn. She could have just worn the skein around her neck and have been done with it. Kathy showed me Cheryl's February Lady. Gorgeous. When I first saw it I thought, "I KNOW that sweater.... what is it?" Pfft. That's how out of the loop I've been in blogging and Ravelry. I've knit that sweater more times than I can count in the baby version.
Lots of personal stuff is happening and I'll fill you in next post. It's all good.
Have you all seen this video? I'm so behind the times, it's probably been all over blogland since July. It's awesome. My heart stopped when the lamb is being born: