I went to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY for the first time this year. For years, I’ve listened to the buzz: “Rhinebeck!” “Rhinebeck!” “Rhinebeck!” The sheep, the yarn, the fiber, upstate New York in the fall, the food, the wonder! So this year, when my local yarn shop, The Tangled Web, announced that they were running a bus trip, I jumped at the chance.
We ended up only having 4 hours, and I wished I could have had twice (or three times!) that time, but it was amazing! And completely overwhelming. So much yarny and fibery goodness, you couldn’t take it all in. I ended up buying a mug, some soap, and a braid of roving and that was it.
I really wished I had bought one of these:
O, alpaca, most adorable animal ever created! Your Seuss-ical looks and your magical trilling capture my heart!
I didn’t want to lug my camera around so I don’t have many pictures, but next year I will. Next year I will strongarm my husband and son into going because it’s a perfect event for families (even without a fiber-crazed mom). I know they will have a great time. And next year, by hook or by crook I’m going for both days! If you have the chance to go, I can’t recommend the experience highly enough!
Here’s a listing of all 2011 fiber festivals – maybe there’s one in your area!!