It was so good to get out of the city this weekend and head upstate to Rhinebeck for the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. The weather was the most perfect October weather you could ask for, by turns dramatic, steel grey skies with the woods all orange and red and gold and the clearest blue sky and sunshine with cold air and chilly breeze. It was perfectly cold and that meant that the hand knits could be worn comfortably, but not so cold that you needed a jacket over them. Florrie finished her Aunt Fred and it looked so great on her, I would have lost my marbles knitting a whole sweater in that fiddly sport weight wool. Kudos to her. I wore my Astoria cowl, it was snug and perfectly warm.
Florrie had much more shopping restraint than I did, I bought two skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in a really pretty green/blue/grey colorway (Shaken Not Stirred), the line for Miss Babs wool was predictably long, a giant bag of Maple Cotton Candy, some Hot Maple Mustard (it’s seriously the best thing ever), a gorgeous cherry wood stirrer/spatula from Chester B. Basil’s stall, some beautiful grey/green ceramic buttons from Melissa Jean and on the way home when we stopped off in Tivoli at Fabulous Yarns I got a squishy red skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra. I’m not sure if it was because it’s the third or fourth year that we have gone, or if it was in fact smaller this year. Not sure, but it was fun and we got to scratch a few goats and sheep under their chins, and see so much beautiful wool.
Until next year Rhinebeck, maybe I’ll get my act together in 2015 and have my own sweater to wear. 😀
A couple of weekends back I took a roadtrip to Springfield Mass. They were hosting the 4th annual Fiber Festival of New England. There were plenty of vendors selling their gorgeous yarns and some even had their livestock with them. It was lovely meeting the source of the yarn I was about the purchase.
The yarn on the left is Reflections at Roclans, a 100% superwash merino from Roclans. It’s soft and cosy and will probably be turned into something for Cobra Commander. The yarn on the right is soooo deliously squishy and in person the colours are so stunning. The photograph doesn’t do justice to the subtle colour twists.
This is from Long Island Livestock Company, they offer limited quantities of their yarn. The one I bought is number 5 of just 18. Needless to say say this will be knitted up into something I’ll be keeping for myself. I’d eyed this at Rhinebeck but didn’t purchase it, so jumped on it in Springfield.
What I’m possibly the most excited about is this;
A 4 1/2 pound bag of Lincoln fleece. The natural colour variations remind me of the sky just before a thunderstorm.
It’s so soft, and the variations are just beautiful. This is the beginning of a new and hopefully exciting, no doubt stressful journey into Yarn Making. I’ll keep you up to date on Lincoln’s progress.
Maple cotton candy and fat squishy skeins of wool… It really doens’t get a lot better than this!
Llamas and Alpacas. I firmly believe that they are the silliest of farm animals.
Oh October. You are so beautiful.
I mean really… show off.
The incredibly gorgeous wool for our Leaf Kerchief giveaway.
Florrie reads the map, we must find Melissa and her gorgeous buttons!
Saturday evening walk in the woods. Dusky autumn beauty.
Our totes were over-flowing with wooly goodenss!
We had a great time at Rhinebeck this year. The weather was cool and the days were sunny. It did rain, but luckily it was just overnight on Saturday. But MAN, did I sleep well. We bought way too much wool and saw so many great vendors and so many silly llamas and alpacas and sheep. We were tempted by Melissa Jean’s button stash. We stood in line for the wonderful Miss Babs yarn and found the most gorgeous colorway for our Leaf Kerchief Giveaway. Make sure you comment on the post before Friday for a chance to win. You’ll get a FloMa canvas tote, knitting notions, the kerchief pattern and enough of Miss Babs beautiful yarn to make your own.
Spinning wheel, they always make me think of Rumplestiltskin…
wool, before being carded and spun.
Weighing a recently shaved angora rabbit.
I’ll take one of everything!
We are so excited to be gearing up for the annual Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in a few days at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. While we aren’t quite to the point where we’ll have a booth, (fingers crossed and working hard towards having a FloMa booth next year!!) we are planning on going to the fair both days.
There’s lots to see and buy so I always mean to start saving up months in advance, and yet I never seem to start early enough! I want to indulge in all of my impulse buys. Believe me, there is a lot to be tempted by. The gorgeous yarns (that means you, Miss Babs!), beautiful knitting patterns, eating the great food, taking in a lecture or two, not to mention the silly critters. Though I do not anticipate taking home any sheep… just wool. We are so fortunate to have this great event in our own backyard and would be crazy to miss it!
So in the spirit of woolly goodness we’re offering a FlorrieMarie coupon code! Starting tomorrow, Friday October 18th you can get 30% off of any one FlorrieMarie knitting pattern. We really hope you see something you like!
We’re going to be passing out these little cards at Sheep and Wool, and during the Ravlery Meetups. We don’t want our internet friends to be left out, so we’re sharing it here with you, too!
The Fine Print:The code,sheepwool, is valid starting at 12:01 am Friday October 18th through midnight Saturday November 30th. The code will give you 30% off any one pattern in the RavelryFlorrieMarie Pattern Store. It is good for one use per person. We’re sorry, but it is not valid for past purchases.