Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Every year I look forward to the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck.  I love the buzz and buildup among the sheep and fiber people, and the event never disappoints.

As the years go by, we find ourselves at different stages with the kids.  We are currently in the "how can you be in two places at one time" stage.  (The answer, by the way, is that you can't.)  With a XC Invitational in Saratoga for Alex and drama rehearsal for Alison, Saturday was out as far as making it to Rhinebeck.  That helped build the anticipation for Sunday.

On Sunday morning I got ready, picking out only one handknitted item to wear - a fabulous black cardigan with silver buttons, knit in a bulky weight yarn by my grandmother about 50 years ago.  I stole this sweater from my mom about 25 years ago...  It seemed fitting to wear this as a tribute to the person who taught me to knit (although my family now thinks of my knitting and fiber obsession as some sort of illness). 

I thought we were all just grabbing coffee and heading out the door, but someone decided food was in order -  bacon, in particular.  Then it became clear that I am the only one who knows how to cook bacon,  All was looking good and then Bob called me over to the computer to show me a very funny clip from the BBC.  In this brief span of time, the bacon went from being "at least 5 minutes from being done" to "burned to a cinder".  That's a new one for me.  We were successful on the second attempt...

As is typical around here, we never seem to get out the door when we think we will.  I'm almost over the sensation of building tension when I'm ready and no one else is.  Because in the end, we had a great day.  I ran into a lot of people I knew and was really excited that a neighbor won Supreme Grand Champion for one of her Wensleydale sheep!  The shot above is one from her flock - gorgeous, no? 

And so, another festival come and gone.  Can't wait for next year!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Rhinebeck Around the Bend

This is the lovely Deirdre DeSantis, new owner of The Spinning Room in Altamont, NY.  Deirdre will be at The NYS Sheep and Wool Festival this coming weekend, Oct. 15 & 16, in Building A, booth 25.  She is bringing along a selection of our handpainted yarns (which are hanging about right next to her in this photo).  I feel there is good karma in this shot, as the yarns are flanking "The Knitters Book of Yarn" by Clara Parkes.  This is an amazing book, and it has a brand new sibling, hot off the presses, entitled "The Knitters Book of Socks".  Clara will be at the festival along with many other esteemed authors, signing books and chatting with all of us wool junkies.

I hope those of you travelling to Rhinebeck this weekend will stop by and say hello to Deirdre.  Enjoy!