Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Rhinebeck 2013: The Stuff

 I came home pretty empty handed this year. I had taken $100 to spend and for a while I thought I may come back home with most of it. As I said yesterday, the vendor barns were too hot and crowded to do any meaningful shopping. There was nothing I needed that much. Then I saw the crowd gathered around the outdoor basket vendor and I knew I found the thing I had to have. It was harder than I thought to get one, though. As soon as they hit the ground they were snatched up. People had armfuls of them but I did manage to get this one. I carried it around for the rest of the day filling it up with stuff and I loved it. I can see why they are so popular. I won't be attending anymore festivals without it.

I also found some lovely Cormo/Silk roving at Cottages on the Hudson. I let The Mister help me pick the color out and now that I look at it, I see the Miami Dolphin team colors which happen to be his favorite team. Hmmm....

 As usual, I walked my legs off to find some sock yarn to bring home. There was tons of it there to choose from but when you only want one skein of the coolest stuff you can find it becomes hard to make up your mind. I found this Merino Piggy Toes at Persimmon Tree Farms.

I also brought home a small sampling of local apples.

 One of my favorite things about Rhinebeck is the way it smells. The food choices are amazing but the lines are ridiculous. All I had to eat all day was this dried out pretzel and some maple candy. I also had a few sips of The Mister's beer. If I ever go again, I am hitting the beer tent first. That way I just may have a better time. 

The day wasn't a total bust. I did put a lot of mileage on the socks I brought along to knit but I've decided that this particular fest is too overwhelming for me. I think I'll be sticking to those below the Mason Dixon Line from now on. If you are looking for inspiration, Rhinebeck is the place to be but if you are looking to shop, come to Maryland in May. See you there!


  1. I'll keep that in mind in case I ever get to a fiber festival. It's right up there at the top of my bucket list. :-)

  2. ooohhhs and ahhhs for the new Piggy toes yarn.
    Please show me all your socks lined up that way again. I LOVE to compare.

  3. just the name Piggy toes makes it perfect but I love the colors too.
    Ditto the basket.