Tuesday, October 19, 2010
rhinebeck or the hugfest
The hugfest, otherwise known as The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck is over. I'm fully in recovery from the yarn fumes and all the good cheer. I met and re-met so many folks and was really terrible about taking pictures. What photos I did get are on flickr. Give me a good festival and my head goes out the window. Next year I'm going to wear a camera around my neck.
Ann Weaver (she sold me a copy of her new book in person!), Mary Jane Mucklestone, Ellen, Kim (why must you live so far away?), Deborah, Mary Beth, Yvonne, Steven Hot Pants, Gale Zucker (I got to pose for her!), Rebecca, Angela (she gave me my blog prize! Thank you, I'm a lucky winner of a nice book), Tomo, Karen, Adrian, Gaby, and countless others were among those I got to see. Please forgive me if I haven't added you to the list, my mind is a sieve. And of course, there is my awesome road trip pal and roommate Meganne. Why oh why didn't I get a picture of the two of us in front of the rundown Days Inn sprawled across the hood of the Camry Thelma and Louise style?
As for the fair itself, it was pretty much mobbed on Saturday. Anything we did involved waiting in lines, I definitely got sick of that. The "it" yarn seemed to be anything that Sanguine Gryphon was selling. They were selling their yarn in Elizabethan costume. I managed to score some Bugga, perhaps to make Ann Weaver's Albers Cowl. There didn't seem to be an "it" sweater this year. Perhaps the "it" garment was a slouchy cabled beret? Went to the Ravelry party but didn't stay long, that was also mobbed. It's a great place to see people though. Sunday was nicer since it was less crowded. Overall, the weather was fabulous, the people were smiling, the yarn was glorious, and Rhinebeck really is the highlight of my fibery year.