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Tips for Rhinebeck

Written by Sarah on October 15th, 2014 Posted in Rhinebeck

It’s fiber festival season! Everything feels like it’s ramping up and we’ve got a few months of meet-ups, shopping, and drooling over yarn ahead of us. Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival is this weekend and it always gives me a mix of excitement and stress! I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of my friends from all corners of the country as well as all of the adorable sheep! But these big events can be exhausting.

rhinebeck alpaca

If it’s your first time at a big festival, it can be intimidating. Aside from the obvious recommendations of wearing comfortable shoes and your most impressive knits, here are some tips for a successful Rhinebeck trip!

1. Bring a list

Rhinebeck is a great time for city-dwellers like myself to get up close and personal with some adorable sheep as well as facetime with our knitting friends that live far away. But, let’s be serious, we’re here to buy yarn. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the choices with hundreds of vendors so it’s good to go in with a list of projects and their yarn requirements so you know what you’re looking for. I also like to keep my phone’s notes app handy so I can jot down companies that are new to me if I’m not necessarily buying just yet.

2. Make meet-up plans

Service at Rhinebeck is spotty. I haven’t tried out any peer-to-peer apps like Firechat but it’s tough to get a text up there. You’ll have to save your instagrams for later! It’s good to make some plans ahead of time. Don’t forget to mention what you’re wearing so you’re easy to spot!

3. Pack a snack

Yes, the apple cider doughnuts are to die for but those funnel cake lines are out of control. (And I can’t listen to that pan flute band for more than two minutes if I want to keep my sanity.) Bringing your own food means less time waiting around and more time petting alpacas!

4. Bags in bags

You’re going to be filling your bags with yarn pretty quickly. You wouldn’t want to let schlepping to your car stop you from purchasing, would you? Keep a small totes folded up inside one another. Once one is full, you can whip out the next one! (It doesn’t hurt to bring your significant other along to help carry bags, either.)

5. Don’t panic

While some of the other pieces of advice have been handed down from other experienced festival-goers, this gem is something I’ve told myself. Fiber festivals are really overwhelming (have I mentioned that already?). In the best way possible, but, still. I always go into these days with a list of vendors to hit and people to meet. I want to talk to everyone, even people I don’t know. I can’t say most knitters are introverts but for those of us who are, it’s important to give ourselves some breathing room. I remind myself that I’m not the only one that’s totally spinning. Sometimes I find myself taking a trip to the bathroom or just sitting away from the action to catch up, recharge, and get my head back in the game.

And, of course, don’t forget your knitting!

What are your tips for first time fiber festival attendees?

ps. Twas The Night Before Rhinebeck

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Comments (4)

  • October 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm |

    I’m going to Rhinebeck for the first time this year and I’m SO excited!! Thanks for these awesome tips!

    • October 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm |

      That’s great! I hope they help you. Have fun!

  • October 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm |

    Bring cash. The atms can have long lines and have run out….and sometimes vendors internet doesn’t work for charges….two years ago it was terrible…

    • October 15, 2014 at 8:49 pm |

      Excellent advice! Last year wasn’t so bad but I always get nervous when I have that perfect yarn and I’m hearing, “We’ve been having issues with it today.” Reminds me, I need to stop at the ATM!

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