So I went to Rhinebeck today and it was awesome as was to be expected. JF and I got off the day to a bad start with horrendous traffic (& sleeping in didn't help.) We ended up splitting up for most of the time with JF going off with his parents (a whole knitting family, isn't that cute?) and I went yarn shopping with Monica. We had fun checking out all the vendors.
When it was time for her to go home with her ride I ended up running into Melody who had just arrived. It was yarn kismet! So we walked around together for awhile. She was a sheep and wool festival virgin so it was fun "showing her the ropes." It didn't take much convincing for me to get her to pose for a pic:
Afterwards JF and I grabbed some dinner with his parents at The Daily Planet diner in Poughkeepsie then hit up Grandma's Pies in Yorktown for dessert (The peach pie is highly recommended).
Here's my makeshift Rhinebeck Blogger Bingo bag:
I barely got in on the game as I emailed to be a square a few days after the deadline. Fortunately someone else had dropped out so I got to take their slot. Since I didn't have time to order any of the Cafe Press merchandise I printed out the logo, enlargened it on a copier (is that the right word?), colored it in with colored pencils, and pinned it to my tote bag. It got the job done though. Six or so people came up to me but unfortunately I didn't seem to be on anyone's cards. Oh well, it was fun all the same.
Now on to the loot:
Despite my best intentions to make only non-yarn related purchases I bought this Silk Seductions Yarn at the Seaport Yarns booth. I had actually seen it in their store last week but it seemed more enticing at the festival as they had many skeins of it (there was only one in the store as they had the rest on hold for the festival) and it was discounted. Yarn enabler Melody put me over the edge but at least she bought some in white so I was not alone! I'm going to use it to make silk flowers-can't wait to see how they come out!
This is some handpainted alpaca that was a Show Special. I can't remember the name of the booth. It doesn't look all that great in this pic but the violet handpainted color looks really beautiful in the sunlight. Not sure exactly what I'm gonna make with it but probably something along the line of hat/scarf/mitts.
My official 2007 New Sheep and Wool Festival Sweatshirt. For the second year in a row they were out of t-shirts by the time I got to the souvenirs booth. Last year rather than settle for a sweatshirt I filled out a mail order form to have one delivered to my house. After three months and no t-shirt I received a check in the mail for the $$ I had paid. Guess they realized they had no more in stock and figured they would refund the money which was cool but alas no shirt. Anyway, I learned my lesson this time!
I found this adorable stuffed lamb simply irresistible. "Dutchess County Fairgrounds" is embroidered on her tummy and she has an ear tag that says Dutchess County Fair. I suppose it's the generic toy they sell at other events but I thought it seemed fitting not to mention that she could join my stuffed animal sheep collection (wow can't believe I just admitted that on the air!)
This is a really pretty sterling silver charm bracelet I purchased from one of the jewelry vendors called Millpoint Emporium. I was wearing a green sweater and the bracelet matched so perfectly I couldn't resist. While the lambs with bells on are super cute the kicker for me was the sexy little shepherdess in the middle.
Finally I picked up some handmade saps from Barrytown Soap Works. One is Annandale Apple and the other is simply called Violet. The Chocolate Mint lip balm smells incredible and makes my lips feel so soft.
I'm passing on Sunday's festival as I have plans to go up to CT to see my sis and the new baby. Since JF isn't much of a baby person he decided to keep himself busy cooking a week's worth of meals for the new parents to eat during the week. Isn't that sweet? How did I luck out with a fiancee that both knits and cooks?!