Sunday, October 21, 2007

Rhinebeck Report

The NY Sheep & Wool Festival - aka Rhinebeck - was a lot of fun. I got up at the crack of dawn which for those of you who know me is not something I do with any zeal. It better be something pretty damn good to get me out of bed before the sun rises! And it was...

I took the bus up with the Big Apple Knitters Guild. We got there around 11am and the festival was in full swing. I suspect quite a lot had already been sold out!

I managed to do a bit of damage although I wasn't quite as crazy as I was at Maryland Sheep & Wool fest. I found myself both overwhelmed and underwhelmed at Rhinebeck. There was so much stuff that I had a hard time deciding what to buy but on the other hand, I didn't really see a whole lot of stuff that I hadn't seen before so there wasn't that "I better buy this or I'll never see it again" feeeling.

Here's what I managed to stuff in my bag...

A much needed large niddy noddy. Now that I'm wheel spinning, my one yard niddy noddy isn't big enough for the large skeins I get from the wheel. This one is a basic Ashford. I'd hoped to find something a bit more interesting but couldn't find anything else that I liked. This one wasn't expensive so it will do until I can find something groovier.

Some spinning fiber:

From Cloverleaf Farms:
Merino-Tussah in "Red"

Merino-Tussah in "Purple"

Merino-Tussah in "McKenzie"

From Foxfire Fiber & Designs:
Really heavenly baby camel tussah silk - this stuff is to die for. It was expensive so I only bought 2oz. Yummy!

From Brooks Farm:
Acero (superwash wool/silk/viscose)

From Golding:
A .45 oz purpleheart pinwheel spindle. I didn't have any really lightweight spindles so now I can attempt some real laceweight.

And, of course, the obligatory critter sightings...

And don't ask me what this Roo was doing there but he sure was cute! Anyone ever spun Kangaroo fiber???


Blogger Eve said...

How did I miss that roo? And all that stuff fit into your little (relatively) messenger bag?

10/21/2007 10:40 PM  
Blogger Fall Cruise to Alaska said...

Oooh, nice haul! I like the camel/tussah batt. You may want to experiment with spinning from the fold for that one because camel is much shorter than the silk. How much are you loving your new wheel? I just saw Gord Lendrum at SOAR, there were more lendrums than any other single wheel there I think.

Can't wait to see your yarn!

10/22/2007 3:10 AM  

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