Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

We had a great time at Rhinebeck!!! The leaves were gorgeous on the way. Both sides of the Hudson were alive with color. The day was beautiful. There were a lot of people there. First we dropped off wool to be processed at Zeilinger's. Then we went to building A and said hi to Dave Paul.

In another booth was a signed Borduas Canadian Production Wheel identical to the one Fred is currently restoring. Building A was completely mobbed, so much so that it was hard to actually see anything.

A team of beautiful grey Percherons pulled a wagon giving folks a ride while musicians in brilliant handwoven garb played Andean inspired music.

We bought some spinning wheels from Lewis White and I wandered around admiring fiber on the hoof. There were beautiful natural colored Angora goats.
I got to see a Soay sheep in real life and even got a sample of the wool which is rued rather than shorn.

There were Teeswater sheep and colored Lincoln Longwool.
And then I caught a glimpse of a familiar fiber. I swear I am not stalking Stephanie . I snapped a photo of the back of her head at the SOAR vendor market, but didn't have the nerve to say hi.

This time I jumped right in there! Hi Stephanie!!!

Fred had been in line all this time to get something to eat, while I ran around looking at sheep and shaking hands with Stephanie, but started feeling faint after I had come back several times to see how far he had inched along in the line. So a mere few folks from the front of the line he gave up and we left.

Did I mention how crowded it was????

We had a lovely meal at the Beekman Inn in Rhinebeck.

The Inn is the oldest in the United States and dates from 1766.


Blogger cayswann said...

Heh heh heh, you "kinneared" the Yarn Harlot herself!

6:21 PM  
Blogger Judy said...

Sounds like you had a good time. Foliage, wool, wheels and the Yarn Harlot...can't ask for a better day.

9:14 PM  
Blogger ~ Phyllis ~ said...

I've always wanted to go to Rhinebeck. Thanks for posting the pictures.
Really enjoyed your blog.
Wished we had some of your snow here in Alabama.

5:53 PM  

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