Every knitter on the east coast looks forward to the thrill and fun of the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. This was my second trip to Rhinebeck, and I couldn’t wait to shop the vendors and pet some fiber friends. My trip to Rhinebeck was overwhelming as a first time knitter, and I had a plan of attack for the second time around. I went into Rhinebeck with 10 Ravelry patters queued to keep my shopping mindful. I also researched the vendors ahead of time and chose 5 vendors I had to hit. This way I wouldn’t get distracted or stuck in a building and forget to make to a vendor.
The vendors on my must hit list this year were Miss Babs and Primerose Yarn. I’ve been lusting after them on Instagram and online, but have always been afraid to purchase online without being able to see or feel the yarn in person. Both booths were INSANE!!! There were lines OUT THE DOOR!! Apparently Miss Babs and Primerose were on many knitters must hit lists! And they wanted to the hit these booths first before they sold out. Turns out those that went to both booths in the afternoon missed the chaotic lines and both booths were still well stocked.
I love Rhinebeck because it’s great for yarn shoppers and for your non-yarn-obsessed friends and family. There are tons of demonstrations included sheep herding and shearing. We always watch the sheep showing, choose our favorite sheep, and cheer loudly for them during the judging.
There are always new fiber friends to make a Rhinebeck!!
My haul from Rhinebeck ended with some scrap roving for my first attempts at drop spindle spinning, a drop spindle, 3 skeins of alpaca for a poncho, and two skeins of Primerose because it called to me. Already counting down the days to Rhinebeck next year!!