Monday, October 19, 2009

It was such a whirlwind from Saturday morning at 5am till now, and about 20,000 things happened in Rhinebeck which are - of course, all blogworthy, since they are knitting related. But since I know there are about 10,000 other knitters with similar stories (I know because I saw them), I'll keep it brief. I took no fair photos - sorry. But you'll see others.

After all, you have those 10,000 blogs to read too, don't you?

There were tons of Ravelers - amazingly, I ran into only TWO Ravelers who I'd already known of. Really, 2. The rest of the buttons and faces were all new to me. Except the knitters we all recognize. I saw lots of them, which was fun, too.

After a shy start to the day, I decided to talk to anyone who would listen and ended up meeting tons of other knitters. Really nice people who I hope to see again in different times and places. I even surprised myself and chatted up a few famous faces, who were all amazingly nice and down to earth.

A high point of my day was at the Ravelry party when I was talking to Cirilla Rose, of Berocco fame, and just happened to be wearing Short Lucky. Which is made of Berroco Ultra Alpaca. She took a little look at my design and decided she liked it enough to twitter about it on the Berroco Design Blog! Which was a lovely little ego boost, and I felt like a knitting success for a bit. Yep, I thought I'd arrived... And the pattern's almost ready to release, so maybe some of you will dig it too?


With amazing restraint in the fair isle dept, I walked out with only these skeins.
Some lovely tweedy yarn and amazing eggplant merino.

I also found that bringing burbon in a flask and buying hot cider to pour it in is absolutely the way to go at a outdoor fair on a cold day. My travel partner agreed and we sipped and shopped for yarn happily.

I then picked up this little airline size nip before the Ravelry party. Since we didn't know what that bus ride would hold. It's GOOD. It's Wild Turkey American Honey. It's a mix of honey and burbon. And it's liqueur so it's not as harsh as the real stuff. Put that in your cider and tell me what you think.

Finally, this was the year of the amazing hat at the fair. You have to see this flickr page.

It made me want to cast on for one of my own! This is a double cabled slouch out of soft bulky wool -- or it should be if it turns out how I hope it does. :-)


At Home Mommy Knits said...

Sounds like a great trip!

Renee said...

Sounds like Rhinebeck was a success and super trip. :)

Kathy said...

Great to meet you on Saturday! I love my red button :-)

yoel said...

What a (short) lucky meeting! Love the link to all the hats too.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a ton of fun! What a super honor to have your Lucky mentioned and noticed! But then again, I am not surprised since your designs rock anyway!

Hope all the alcohol intake (I hope you and your friend weren't TOOOOO happy :) killed all present germs that were attacking you!

Hey, direct us to a few of those 10,000 sites that covered Rhinebeck. I have yet to see one, but then again, I don't know where to look.

Isn't it great to get out, go somewhere different and have a break from the same ole, same ole?!~Jan

Anonymous said...

Had an amazing cocktail last night and wished you lived closer so I could buy you one.

Lime juice and habanero-infused vodka with a generous amount of crushed mint. Tasted mojito-like on the front of the tongue, then seared the throat in this way that felt good, since my throat's been feeling scratchy for about a week now. I believe they called it a Chihuahua.

Kym said...

"Lucky" may be more aptly named than you ever guessed! Although, I'm not thinking it's really LUCK that's getting you noticed. No, I'm thinking it's TALENT! Congratulations to you, Thea! :-)

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