Rhinebeck 2013 Mischief Managed

Written by Sarah on October 22nd, 2013 Posted in holiday, instagram, knits, life, Rhinebeck, travel

At the end of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (in the film, at least, it’s been ages since I’ve read the book!), as the three heroes board the Hogwarts Express after defeating evil for the first time, winning the House Cup, and hugging Hagrid goodbye, Hermione says, “Feels strange to be going home, doesn’t it?” With a bit of schmaltz, Harry replies, “I’m not going home. Not really, anyway.” When I headed for the parking lot at Rhinebeck, after it had been announced that the fair grounds were closed, that’s exactly how I felt. Although I could only come out for one day (I’m not sure if I have the stamina for the whole shebang but I’d love to stay the weekend next year), I was really touched by the magic of the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival this time around.

rhinebeck 2013

I always get butterflies before arriving at shows like this. I get really overwhelmed (Sorry if we talked about meeting up but it didn’t happen! I literally ate two apple cider doughnuts for lunch I was so busy!) and shy (Sorry if we made eye contact and then I didn’t say hello. I’m awful at these things!) and I never know where to start (Sorry if you’re an alpaca! I started with the sheep). I hardly took any photos, a combination of forgetting the memory card for the camera I schlepped all the way up there and being too frantic to stop for pictures. After wandering around the sheep and goats, I went to the Ravelry meet up to try and find some familiar faces. It always amazes me the shear amount of people that show up to the festival. I found myself creeping around the edges of the crowd, sheepishly looking for my friends until the lovely Bristol Ivy saved me from complete awkwardness. I got to have a solid chat with her, Maria of Subway Knits, Dana, AshleyThreadpanda, Redhead Knits, and even Amy Christoffers (I’m probably forgetting some wonderful ladies, too!) Later I had a meeting with Roman Hills and Vo0lenvine (we have big semi-secret plans).

rhinebeck alpaca

I bought some yarn (that’s for another post) but this year was really about connecting with my friends. It really felt magical being surrounded by people that are all so talented and supportive of eachother. It’s not to say that my non-knitter friends aren’t those things, it’s just that after long stretches of time surrounded by muggles, it’s really invigorating to talk with people that know what you’re saying. On top of everything else, I got to meet some readers (Hello! You know who you are!) which just basically made my whole life. I feel like Saturday was just full of love!

Over the past year, I’ve been trying out a lot of new things and it really feels like it’s paid off. But I know I wouldn’t have even dared to try stepping out of my comfort zone if it weren’t for the amazing ladies that have encouraged me all along and helped me in so many ways. It’s crazy to think that last year at Rhinebeck I met Amy Christoffers for the first time and just a few days ago she was fluffing the shoulders on my first published sweater pattern.

I’ve probably babbled enough but, long story short, I’m still dreaming of sheep and yarn and hanging out with my fantastic friends. I’m already ready to get back to Rhinebeck because there’s a little piece of us there all year round, isn’t there?

What was your favorite part of Rhinebeck this year? How often do you get to hug your knitting friends?

Promise a post with my spoils soon!

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Comments (11)

  • October 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm |

    My favorite part of Rhinebeck is always meeting up with friends and meeting new knitters. It would have been nice to meet you! I now realize I did see you on the hill at the Ravelry meetup in your sweater, which I recognized, but I didn’t realize it was you. Maybe next year!

    • October 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm |

      It’s overwhelming. I definitely didn’t say hi to as many people as I would’ve liked! But in would’ve loved to meet you! Maybe we can meet in the city one of these days?

  • October 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm |

    I love being surrounded by all those fiber folks in their homemade goodies, and I love when people dive in to touch each other’s knits or yarn without asking (because we all completely completely understand). I also love the goats. 🙂

    • October 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm |

      Haha! You are so right! I got touched a lot 🙂

  • October 23, 2013 at 7:54 am |

    Yarn and apple cider donuts and people who are as excited as I am about one of both of those things is the making of the perfect festival. Thanks for sharing your trip!

    • October 23, 2013 at 8:56 am |


  • October 24, 2013 at 9:28 am |

    someday i’ll get to rhinebeck! looks like so much fun!!!

  • October 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm |

    I got really overwhelmed too…and then I felt guilty for being overwhelmed when I was supposed to be having an amazing time. I totally get it. But don’t you just love the alpacas??

    • October 28, 2013 at 2:21 pm |

      Ugh! Exactly! I’m all, “Why didnt you take more pictures!?” But I was busy just trying not to have a panic attack. Alpacas definitely help calm me down though 🙂

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