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Rhinebeck 2014

Posted by mobarger on Oct-21-2014


Annual trip to Rhinebeck, now in the books.
I didn’t take too many pictures this year. Clockwise, from top left: The most photographed tree in NY State; Llamas on parade with nun in habit with her cashmere goats bringing up the rear; a sheep is sheared; traditional lunch of Wegman’s sub and fizzy blood orange soda (seriously, I get this every year over waiting in line for hours for something at the Fairgrounds); fiberglass cashmere knitting goat on display at SpringTide Farm booth.

I knew a lot of people would be going on Saturday — people I really wanted to see — yet I didn’t make firm plans to meet up with anyone. Instead I thought, “Oh, I’ll just run into them. It’ll just happen and it will be great.” I was wrong. I didn’t really see anyone and now I am sad. Saturday was very very crowded. Despite the weather, or maybe because of the promised weather. It was supposed to be a pretty day, 30% chance of rain, high of 70. It rained for the first 90 minutes of my drive and a quick cloudburst at the Fairgrounds announced my arrival. It was chilly, certainly not 70 (although in some buildings it got pretty warm due to crowds). Did I mention how crowded it was?

I was glad I had a sweater. I wore Joji Knits Worsted Boxy in Miss Babs Yowza. I finished weaving in all the ends and blocked it Friday evening. It was still damp when I left Saturday morning so once I drove through the bad weather, I threw it up in my dash and turned on the heat and the fan. Worked like a charm although it made the interior of my truck smell like a wet sheep for a while.

I did buy yarn although I have no business buying yarn. I was tempted by Verdant Gryphon but the line scared me so I passed. Same with Miss Babs. And Lisa Souza. And Brooks Farm and The Fold. That was ok, I found plenty else to choose from. My first stop as every other year recently, was Briar Rose. And yes that booth was packed. And surrounded by the line for Jenny the Potter. But I picked up 2 skeins of a nice blue for a sweater. O-Wool was there and I picked up a nice load of Local for a multicolored sweater.

Watch for this yarn to be prevalent in garments next year! Harrisville Designs had a huge crate of this color on sale for $5 each. I picked up enough for a sweater and ran into a group of women in line who originally were from Ithaca (their Ithaca Bakery bag gave them away).

rug bump
Hard to get a good picture of this but it is a “rug bump.” It’s alpaca fiber bound to a cotton core and although some people knit with it, I bought it to weave a small rug. I love the oceanic colors. It’s from Still River Mill.

Picked up 2 skeins of sock yarn (from Gale’s Art and Into the Whirled) and some buttons from Kokonoelle. And some lovely cheese from Sprout Creek Farm. Love their cheese.

And a project bag big enough for my tab if I want to carry it around. This is from Three Bags Full. I may have gushed a little bit about how much I loved her bags. I think she hears that a lot.

There was a ton of fabulous knitwear on display – and some not so fabulous. There were too many people wearing capelets knit from super bulky yarn in my opinion! But some lovely lovely sweaters including a lot of entrelac, some incredible shawls and hats, and I bet a lot of socks no one saw. I spotted the fox sweater in the wild and it was amazing in person. I was pleased to hear people comment on my sweater and even recognize the pattern.

I think the biggest trends this year were gradient yarn kits. They seemed to be everywhere. And homemade soap.

It was a great time this year and I can’t wait for next October. Until then I want to knit all the things because I am now inspired.
And also may have too much yarn.

Slow Going

Posted by mobarger on Oct-4-2014


Working on a Worsted Boxy. Wow is it ever slow-going. I can’t imagine doing the original using fingering. It’s over 200 stitches at this point and while straight stockinette, it just seems like it takes forever to do a round.


The yarn is Miss Babs Yowza Whatta skein! that I purchased at Rhinebeck in 2012. Apparently I never even blogged that trip. But I went and I have the yarn to prove it! So this yarn – I’m on the fence about how it’s knitting up. It reminds me of camo, definitely reminds me of fall. The colorway is “Timberline.”

Speaking of fall, the leaves are changing for sure. It’s noticeable every day. While this year seems a lot colder than years past, we still haven’t had a frost yet. In previous years we’ve had frost by now.

Hopefully my next post will be of me getting ready for Rhinebeck wearing my Worsted Boxy. But at this point I am not optimistic about the sweater!

Rhinebeck 2010

Posted by mobarger on Oct-17-2010

The Colors and the crowd

Once again, I joined friend Mary on a trip down to Rhinbeck this year. I could have sworn that last time we went it was 2008, but she reminded me it was 2009. She was right. How could I forget? This year, Mary’s neighbor Julie joined us, and the crowds seemed bigger and the trees seemed oranger.


This year our focus was patterns. I couldn’t keep my eyes off hats like the Hexed pictured here, as well as other Knitty hats like this and this. And shawls like this.
For Mary, the focus was baby. She has a new grandson and wants to knit him a sweater. Julie already had patterns, she just wanted yarn!


So many things to see! At Rhinebeck you can buy anything from fiber to yarn, tools and toys of the trade, and finished products.

And fiber-related critters of all sorts. I didn’t see any rabbits this year but I know they were there. Also we did not catch any of the breed judging. It’s hard to see everything in just one day!

We did manage to see a lot though! And chat and snack and enjoy a great fall day, just like the million other people who did at the Festival yesterday! No doubt the crowds will be just as big – or bigger – today as the weather and the foliage is holding up nicely.

If you manage to go, and I encourage you to go if you are interested in fiber arts or animals, here are a few tips I learned this year:

  1. Don’t stress the traffic. You’ll move soon.
  2. Bring food! Not only will you save time by eating your own lunch instead of waiting on line, you will have something to do while waiting for traffic! We had quite a spread between the three of us.
  3. Planning out your stops is good but not always necessary unless you know the item you want is sure to sell out quickly. Better to go with the flow.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. The weather changes throughout the fairgrounds!
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask people what they are wearing. We all love to talk about our handknits etc don’t we?
  6. And finally, bags of yarn make wonderful pillows. I think I slept 2 out of 4 hours on the way home as Mary and Julie chatted in the front seat. Comfy!

Next up, what I bought (but don’t tell my husband!). You can view all of the pictures I took in my Flickr photostream.