Happy Friday everyone! It's been a few weeks since I was last with you, owing to the chaos that has been my life these past few weeks. :-0 And it continues, in that I have taught 17 classes this week, and while next week is a bit better, chaos is still reigning! BUT, I am *so happy* to be back to teaching classes in-person, and I will definitely take a bit of happy busyness. It makes me feel useful. :-)
But last Friday I simply ran out of time, as I was traveling to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in the Hudson Valley, NY, and it was a *delight*. I thought I'd provide a little chronicle!
This festival is held every year (with the exception of last year, of course!) at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, in Rhinebec, NY:
I have to admit, I got a bit teared up when I arrived. The last time I was in Rhinebeck, it was October 2018. I didn't go in 2019 owing to some dance commitments that fall, and of course in 2020 it was held only virtually. I felt like it was something really special to be there again in person with a wonderful group of other crafters and their loved ones. *heart*
My first purchase of the day happened pretty quickly. 😂Some gorgeous fall colors from Cozy Color Works!
Besides yarn, I always love seeking out cute stuffies and other gifts at this festival!
|This guy simply insisted on hopping into my bag of purchases!|
I always get the kids alpaca fiber socks, and they LOVE them! This year, Anne got a cat design, and Henry got snow monsters:
|And seriously with these Christmas ornaments, how could you resist?|
There are also cute animal exhibts at the festival, including this dog frisbee show organized by a local animal rescue:
And of course, so many cute sheep and lambs 😍
|I'd like the lamb on the far right, please!|
Before the day was out, I also acquired this gorgeous yarn gradient set with beads, to make a cathedral inspired shawl:
And during breaks, I was working on my September National Parks Hat, inspired by Mesa Verde!
I had SUCH a lovely time! I was with my friend Stacy, and we just spent the entire trip enjoying each other's company, knitting, and watching Halloween baking shows in our down time. I cannot WAIT to go back!
How has your October been going, dear reader? I'm starting to plan for Advent, how about you?! 😎