Aaaah what a whirlwind, crazy week! I flew out to New York Friday afternoon, took the train up to Rhinecliff Saturday morning, and then flew back to Colorado Sunday night—basically 48 hours of travel, in which I saw many people (though sadly did not get to visit with anyone as long as I would have liked) and bought a ridiculous amount of yarn (though not as much as last year, so maybe it’s a win?).
Fall in New England was it’s usual stunning self, with the beautiful colors in the trees. The weather was not quite what I’d expected—on Saturday it cycled through chilly and overcast, cold and raining, and warm and sunny. Sunday was just a wind tunnel.
As an added bonus to the fun, we took a side trip to Beacon, New York, to eat at the Pandorica, the Doctor Who–themed restaurant. It was fun in a kitschy way—and yes I ate fish fingers and custard, though mine were of the French toast variety.
Who am I kidding. You don’t care! You just want to see the yarn.
I’d mentioned on Twitter that my mom had asked me for an infinity cowl for Christmas (or her birthday, which is about a week after Christmas). So I went to the festival intending to look for some yarn for this cowl. I found some great colors at Into the Whirled, so I scooped up those skeins.
And then grabbed a skein for myself.
At that point I was done shopping. Or at least I should have been, but then I got it in my head that I neeeeeeeeed an orange sweater. So I was on the hunt for enough yarn in a good orangey color to knit a sweater.
I found said yarn in the Harrisville Designs booth. Fourteen skeins of WATERshed.
Please note that I haven’t yet knit the two sweaters for which I bought yarn at last year’s Rhinebeck, and yes, I am kicking myself.
BUT THE FUN DOESN’T STOP THERE. Oh no. I had mentioned to my friends that I’d love to get my hands on the new Woolfolk yarns and one of them mentioned seeing the yarn at a booth. I couldn’t believe it. I actually didn’t believe it at first. And then on Sunday, in the brief time that we were at the show before I had to catch my flight, another friend found the yarn and texted me its location.
I have no idea how these will knit up but they are THE SOFTEST YARNS EVER. Omg. They’re like puffy clouds in merino string.
So that’s my Rhinebeck haul. I need to do some pattern and yarn pairings, though in my head I’m designing projects for most of these yarns. So that will be interesting. Did you go to Rhinebeck? How did you fare?