Returning from my first trip to Rhinebeck for the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival, it’s hard not to describe the trip without repeating "AMAZING!" over and over again, so I won’t bother – instead I’ll post some photos that should tell the woolly story!
First, my Rhinebeck Sweater. I combined my handspun skeins of "Wildflowers" (right) and "Electric Rose" (left) (dyed by Pigeonroof Studios) to knit:
a modified version of Kim Hargreave's Wisdom Cardigan. Ravelry link here.
It has pockets, and matching wildflower-themed buttons:
I finished it the the day before departure, along with a hat knit from some ultra (and I mean ULTRA) bulky handspun (dyed by Hello Yarn, Skaking Leaves colourway).
I included a pencil for scale. That`s some bulky 2-ply right there!
The pattern, Rikke by Sarah Yound, is a wonderful design - and it's free! Ravelry project link here
The weather for Rhinebeck was so balmy that I didn't wear the hat after all, but I did get to meet some of the kindest, loveliest knitters.
It's the beautiful Wry Punster!
There are so many other Rhinebeck meetup photos I'd like to post, but I haven't yet asked the subjects for permission and I'd rather wait to get the go-head. So instead I give you adorable goats and the lineup for entry early Saturday morning:
After trying to avoid the fleece sale on my first day, I could no longer stay away by Sunday and still managed to score a CVM Romeldale fleece, which weighed more than I could comfortably cart around and was larger than small child:
Ohhhhh I can't wait until I've gotten it clean to try my hand at combing this fine, springy fiber...