October 22, 2007

Rhinebeck photo roundup

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.

Maia from Maia Spins had a kickass signed Blogger Bingo bag, held here by a creepy waiter statue on the outside deck:

Stariel of Fibercult, aka Lady of The Socks, knitting — what else? — socks at the Ravelry party.

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).”

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  • Lisa

    i know, i missed you! half of our group (the half with a tiny bit of energy left) of 8 made it to the ravelry party after a late dinner, and seemed to get there just as things were dispersing 🙁 so we stayed about 10 minutes.

    i totally saw that woman with the t-shirt. we asked her if it was working, and she said of course not. we knitters are nothing if not enablers.

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  • andi

    Honestly, Shannon, his stitch definition was “outstanding”!

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  • Felicia

    Looks like a fabulous time! Love the hay eating sheep 🙂

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  • Erica

    Oooo! I’m so jealous! I wanted to go and it looks like I missed out on a great time!

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  • Martha

    I love the picture of the beautiful tree with the colors of Autumn.

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