Today was my first time attending the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival – affectionately known as “Rhinebeck” in the knitting world – the location of the Dutchess County Fairgrounds where the Festival is held.
Never, never again will I go there alone.
There is so much, it is just overwhelming.
I thought I was prepared. I had my map, bought my ticket in advance, and even had a list of the vendors I wanted to see and where they were so I could be efficient. I even had my knitted attire – a sweater Gram made me, my socks that my sister Danielle made me, the Gaptastic Cowl I made and my blue bunny fur fingerless mitts.
Chip took this picture and then said “you look ridiculous”. I did – but who cared.
I left at 8:00. It started at 9:00 and is only 45 minutes from our house. The traffic slowed to a crawl about 2 miles before the entrance and it was well after 9 when I got in. I fast dashed to building 39 and the very last vendor booth in the back of the entire show. The Sanguine Gryphon booth.
I had to remember how to do my best rock concert crawl to the front of the stage to maneuver my way into the booth and to the back corner – where the Skinny Bugga was on the racks. Originally there was a group of us on the outside literally putting our hands in through the back to pull the yarn off the hooks. Then, after you had finally found your yarns (and there was no time to dilly dally or ponder, it was grab and run baby) you got in line to pay.
It was a very big line.
It took over an hour and a half before I reached the register.
It really is just overwhelming – the sheer quantity of vendors. And colors!!! There were colors everywhere.
And booths with spinning wheels and supplies – lots of them!!
The Ravelry folks met behind the bounce house between 12-1. There were lots of us.
Is that Ysolda Teague?
My sister talked me down in the Fleece Sale – I somehow managed to leave the fair without a bag of Fleece from the Fleece Sale itself (note the qualifier).
It was mammoth. Everything Knitty was there – and then some. By the time I left I felt totally spent – exhausted, hungry, sore (from carrying the bags) and sure there were things I still missed. Next year Danielle WILL be with me, if I have to go to her house to get her kicking and screaming. This is just toooo much for one knitter alone.
I will post again later with everything I bought. Now I have to run to Markus’s football game. I’m bringing the mascot after all. 🙂