I have returned from another year of adventures at the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in the beautiful Hudson Valley, and as ever, I had an inspiring time! I love being surrounded by a community of kind, creative people, with our fiber stimuli right at our fingertips. ;-) And being in Rhinebeck, NY in mid-October, is well...it's an inspiration unto itself:
|The infamous Rhinebeck tree, which I photograph every year|
This year, I actually stumbled onto the animal parade! Can you handle the cuteness?!
|Don't they look *so soft*?|
|They are also super regal :-)|
|My new best friend 😍|
Rhinebeck provides project inspiration for me for the rest of the year, so I always make sure to photograph finished items that I love when I see them set up in a booth, as inevitably they have a tag indicating their pattern and yarn source. I photographed these 2 early on Saturday:
|"Hogwarts Express" by Susan Ashcroft|
|"Silverleaf" by Lisa Hannes|
In fact, here is that yarn, along with an autumnal variegated in sport weight that I simply could NOT pass over:
|The colorway is called "Cider." I mean, for REAL.|
A kit to make a beaded cowl is on the left. Alpaca socks for the kids, and fleece-lined glittens for myself are in the center. On the right are 2 hanks of a medium orange fingering weight yarn to make a leaf lace poncho, and a bottle of bourbon for Mike. 😂Yes, there is a predominance of orange and brown in my choices. I am a true autumn girl. Speaking of orange:
|My Rhinebeck hat!|
This year, I was determined to partake of a few Rhinebeck traditions I had not tried yet, such as the falafel booth:
|It was spectacular|
Most of all, I just enjoyed being a part of all of these wonderful moments:
Life is short, yes? And though we may not enjoy every moment, we can savor the really precious ones. And it was that in droves. Wonderful memories of shopping yarn, walking amongst the fall leaves, people-watching for the handknits, eating dinner with friends, and taking in the gorgeous Hudson Valley scenery on the drive over. Life really is beautiful.
How was your weekend, friends? I'd love to hear all about it!