Another year, another Rhinebeck. And again it was great.
My fabulous friend Keri secured the wheels (that's another story, but let's say that Keri discovered that oil caps are left off during oil changes far, far too often and her quick thinking and firm words had this particular garage averting the ire of knitters with a quick offer of a loaner car), and with Kim we hit the road in search of our kind.
The vistas were not quite as lovely as past years (must have to do with all the rain we had) but were still gorgeous.
We made record time to our accommodations in Woodstock--8 hours--and found ourselves at a lovely "summer home" that Laura had the smarts to get us organized to rent (for much less than hotel rooms).
Our friends in fibre-seeking--Laura
, Andrea and Cheryl--met us later that evening and we had some beers, knit, and sat by the fire (yes, we had a fireplace!).
Then it got smoky.
That wasn't a good thing.
I forgot to open the flue.
No real harm except to the pretty white brick chimney. Which meant we spent part of the evening washing off soot. Then part of Sunday night too, this time armed with toothbrushes, magic erasers and fantastik with bleach.
Soot doesn't come off painted brick so good.
Who the hell paints their fireplace white?
Well, apparently I do. I found some paint and spruced it up. All better. And a funny, minor glitch in an otherwise great trip.
Now back to the fibrey fun...
Saturday we hit the fairgrounds and it was PACKED. I've never seen it that busy. It was sorta hard to shop. But that didn't really stop us. I'll do a separate stash enhancement post because all my yarn looks crappy photographed at night in the house. It's so very nice it deserves better.
Kim was on a mission to find a new wheel. We started with the high-end stuff just to understand how a cadillac compares to all the rest. While none of us liked the Golding aesthetic, Kim's face says how she feels about spinning on this machine.
Keri gave it a whirl too.
I don't spin. I declined. Though that resolve fell a bit. You'll see next post when I show you what I bought.
I bought a spindle for Elizabeth. Kim and Keri got them too. They were later pronounced awesome.
We petted, fondled, ooooooo-ed and awwwwww-ed, hugged old friends, met new ones (I want to state that I LOVE it when someone comes and introduces themselves to me as one of my readers, it's always great to meet you), had some beer with pals I don't get to see often enough (Laura N., Jaya, Jo, Justine, Sarah), saw lots of Central Park Hoodies, Clapotis, Tilted Dusters, some Rogues, and just general knitted gorgeousness. It was all good. When we were back at our place, we did some show-and-tell over pizza and wine. We all had a lot to show and more fondling, oooooo-ing etc occurred.
Keri broke out her new ball winder while Kim assembled her new Lendrum. Laura gave Cheryl and Andrea drop spindle lessons and I relaxed with my knitting. Yes, Cheryl and Andrea are newbies to Rhinebeck and did what we all do when there; by a spindle and fibre and start making their own yarn!
Laura took some silly pictures of us. Really silly (it helped keep us warm--Rhinebeck was freezing).
Monday morning, Keri expertly packed our car. The wheel is even in there.
Our work in Rhinebeck was done.
I always say this will be my last year at Rhinebeck (so I can go to other fibrey things like Maryland or Madrona or Sock Camp) but now that I'm not in school, Rhinebeck is like the start of Autumn for me and Autumn is the start of hard-core knitting season. I'm already thinking of next year's trip.
(Thanks Laura, for a great happy photo of me!)