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My first visit to Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

KnittingBrenda Reynoso Pena4 Comments

I just had to take a picture of this beautiful tree!

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Day 17-This year I decided to visit the 2015 NYS sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck NY with my cousin. The festival is celebrating 35 years in the colorful town of Rhinebeck at the Dutchess County located about 2 hours from Manhattan, NY. I was impressed with the beauty of this town and the architecture of the buildings and homes.

This was my first time visiting this festival. We took the metro north train from 42nd Grand Central station in NYC, then later a shuttle bus drove all knitters that were on the train to the Fairgrounds where the festival takes place every year. The entire trip was about 3 hours because we had to wait for the shuttle bus.

But no matter how long it takes to get to the festival, If you are serious about knitting, you are most likely well informed of the fiber festivals and yarn shows like Stitches and you probably want share your excitement with other fiber enthusiasts as soon as you know of these events. I was not sure of what to expect in terms of the weather or what type of clothes to wear other than the famous Rhinebeck Sweater. When you live in sunny Florida, you just don't have many opportunities to wear wool sweaters and Rhinebeck is the perfect place to wear one of sweaters. I didn't have a Rhinebeck sweater but I had a few sweaters to choose from. As I was going through my small knitted items box (yes I have one of those) I found a few accessories and the first sweater I knitted in grey wool and silk- the Capall Dubh designed by Carol Feller I also packed the very popular pattern 3 color cashmere cowl designed by Joji Locatelli that I blocked last week. To complement, I put on my boots and jeans and a leather jacket. The weather was beautiful around 50 degrees but it got colder as the day ended. There is no question about layering.

   There are so many things to see, sheep, alpacas, goats, a lamb in a roasting rack, cute little gifts and yarn that it could be overwhelming. It is also easy to start your Christmas shopping with so many vendors full of handmade items. The food was great and the pastries looked delicious. It was easy to eat with a wide selection of Italian, Mexican, American, and Greek food choices.

  

I finally had the opportunity to meet great fiber dyers, podcast hosts, designers, and knitters. I met Argentinian designer Joji Locatelli (she also signed the Pom Pom magazine I purchased). I had the pleasure to meet a few podcasters: Tonya from the knitting spring podcast, Kristin from the Yarngasm podcast , Jen from Commuter Knitter podcast and Maria from Subway Knits podcast.

  

  

In general, it was a very long day for us. At the end, my purchases included books, a few skeins of Miss Babs yarn and some souvenirs and knitting gadgets. It is extremely easy to spend a large amount of money  in one day if you are not very careful.There is a lot to see and the doors are only open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday so you have to make sure you plan accordingly if are only going to be there one of these days.

4 tips before going Rhinebeck:

1-Wear comfortable shoes/ boots for and layers. 2-Do not spend too much time in one place if you are not sure of your purchase. 3-Set up a budget and make a list of the things that you are interested the most. 4- Walk around each building and then later buy those items on your list first. I was actually very proud of myself , (I stayed within my budget)!

Have fun and enjoy because it only happens once a year. Happy knitting!

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