Posted by: Mare F | October 23, 2018

Rhinebeck on an October day…

It was overcast and slightly damp when we set out on Saturday morning for the New York Sheep & Wool Festival at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY. The temperature was about 45F and just perfect in my estimation. Lindsey and Sharon, the two delightful women I was traveling with agreed. It had gotten rather warm last year and it didn’t really inspire one to purchase fiber in any form.

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We saw a few rather sassy animals. This love gave me a lovely pose after I commented on the handsomeness involved and the others batted their eyes a bit too. I actually thought to go into the auction before everything was gone and saw a very nice old double squirrel cage swift. I left immediately. It was charming, but I’m almost out of room. No bidding here although I will probably regret it.

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I managed to get home with only 2 hanks of yarn (alpaca/merino blend), a felted flower kit to use with the students, some beads, a shawl pin in the shape of a dagger, a spinning wheel threader to replace the one that Hobo has hidden on me, and a wonderful sense of relaxation and contentment. This was a brilliant, and sometimes sunny, trip that turned into a fabulous weekend. So glad that I know the people who I do know. Have you been to a fiber festival?

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