It was a gorgeous fall day in Rhinebeck, NY, as you can see here:
I met some amazing sheep. Here are just a few of them. One breeder talked to me about Blue Faced Leicesters for a very long time, and meeting her (“pet me! pet me! do it now!”) lovable sheep convinced me I need some BFLs when I finally get to move to my very own sheep-friendly mini-farm in Maine.
The Ravelry party was awesome. Then again, how could a party full of drinking knitters that features a man in a kilt go wrong? A man who, I might, knit his own Aran, as seen below. Andi talked to him at the bar and reports he has wonderful stitch definition, cough cough.
And in case you couldn’t guess, setting knitters loose on a hotel room is bound to result in this:
While at the show, I bought a Moosie from Jonathan and Sheila, some yarn from Hope Spinnery (a wind-powered mill in Maine), recycled denim and plastic soda bottle roving (seriously!) and natural-colored green cotton top from Little Barn, Moth Beware and soap from Simpler Thyme (their Basil soap is the best thing you will smell all year, I guarantee), 1943 Australian shilling coins made into buttons, … oh, lots of stuff, really. I tried not to go too overboard.
It was fun spotting all the “hello, my name is” Ravelry pins on everyone, which made it easy to put names to faces. I didn’t get to see a few people I wanted to see (hi Lisa!) but I did see people I wasn’t expecting, and that was fantastic. All in all a fun time and well worth the long drive!
p.s. the funniest thing I saw all day? A t-shirt that said: “Do not sell me any yarn. (My husband made me wear this shirt).”