Rhinebeck Recap!!

Posted on | October 18, 2010 | 8 Comments

Rhinebeck was certainly fabulous this year, as always, and it was so nice to catch up with friends and meet a few new faces too! This was my first full Rhinebeck weekend and I am now convinced that it is the only way to go. My friends and I rented a fabulous house and it was nice having somewhere local to crash after a day full of yarny, sheepy, foodie goodness. (And no, I’m not telling where it is! We are so staying there next year!)

We had planned on going apple picking on Friday, but the weather didn’t really cooperate. So we spent the day cooking and knitting by the fire. Nothing wrong with that! On Saturday we got up early and headed over to the fair. We thought we’d be the first car in the parking lot. Ha! That was wishful thinking!

Since we were there both days, I really took my time looking at every little thing. It was much more relaxing that way! In between, I also ran into some friends and had some time to chat for a second or two: Jess, Mary-Heather and Sarah from Ravelry, Ysolda, Miriam Felton, Connie Chang-Chinchio, Gudrun and her friend Julia, Shannon Okey, Melissa LaBarre, Cecily Glowik-MacDonald, Cirilia Rose, Kate and Courtney from the Fibre Company, and I finally got to meet Kate Gilbert.


L to R: Me, Julia, and Gudrun. This is the only shot that I took with other knitter/designers the whole time. Julia is wearing a fabulous sweater from Gudrun’s soon to be published book and Gudrun has on one of her shawlette/scarves. It was photographed by Jared Flood and the designs are gorgeous. Still here? Go look, I’ll wait.

I almost walked away without buying any yarn, but finally on Sunday I picked up this beautiful natural brown heather alpaca – 660 yards for $20! I couldn’t pass that up. I tend to go for the smaller local farm yarn when I shop. Now I just need some time to knit up the past few years purchases!

Rhinebeck loot

I also picked up this super cute mug from Jennie the Potter. It’s a squirrel knitting and it’s awesome. I was glad that Mary-Heather gave me the heads up that they were going fast. My friend Kathryn and I got the last two. Last year I picked up a mug with leaves on it and think picking up a new design every year is going to become a nice tradition.

Rhinebeck loot

Some local food goodies also found their way into my bag. Here we have some cherry infused honey and maple syrup. Some apple cider donuts may have also been there at one point, but they didn’t survive the trip home.

Rhinebeck loot

I had a few design “in the wild” sightings. At one booth I came across the Double V Cardigan from the Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. Then on Sunday, when I was back at the Jennie the Potter’s booth, my friend pointed out that my name was on the cover of a book they had for sale. It was quite a nice surprise, especially considering the other names that were listed. I had a fan girl moment with Jennie on Saturday and she returned the favor on Sunday.

Sweater in the wild

I had no idea

Sanguine Gryphon had a booth this year (which was crazy busy!) and had this cute little guy just hanging out. Skein of yarn + hat + glasses = funny. I also finally got to meet Gryphon. We worked together in my Creative Director capacity at One Planet Yarn and Fiber.

And of course there were cute animals:

OMG cutness Tiny sheep Sheep talking

Finally, I leave you with some beautiful scenery with views from our front door.

Rhinebeck prettiness Pretty tree At Rhinebeck house

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  • http://www.stashknitrepeat.com Amy

    What a lovely recap! It was great to see you in person, however briefly.

  • Cirilia Rose

    AWESOME mug! I’m a squirrel person too:


    I love your pattern in that book! That’s the first one that caught my eye. Lovely to see you!

  • http://fridica.wordpress.com/ Ivana

    A squirrel knitting! Awesomeness! :)

  • http://knottybits.blogspot.com Maritza

    It was so great to see you & catch up for a bit at the ravelry party. Hope to see you again soon!

  • http://www.knititude.com Angela

    Sounds like so much fun, I wish I could have gone! Next year….

  • http://www.theshetlandtrader.com/ Gudrun

    lovely to see you again Melissa…thanks for the shout out!

  • http://virginiaknitting.blogspot.com/ Virginia

    I was standing near you when that photo was taken of you, Gudrun and Julia. Which was really funny, because right before it happened, my husband asked me if I had seen anyone who I recognized and I turned around and there you were.

    You were obviously busy being photographed, but hi!

    Glad you had a good time. I did actually manage to not buy any yarn, which was amazing, however food was a totally different story.

  • http://pauladrake.co.cc/ Paula Drake

    A squirrel knitting! Awesomeness! :)