This year Nancy and I decided to arrive Friday night instead of Saturday morning. It was a good thing too because it literally took us an hour to go the 11 miles from our hotel to the fairgrounds! The traffic was unbelievable.
When we finally were in the fairgrounds we learned that some of the parking fields were too water-logged to use. Not long after we got into the parking lot, they stopped admitting cars and began stopping cars about 2 miles back, parking them off-site, and shuttling people to the fair.
Nancy made a very interesting observation that served us well when we were slipping over the edge over a skein and couldn’t make up our minds. She said that some yarns were pretty as a painting and that you could appreciate them for their color and move on. When there was doubt over a yarn purchase we would ask that question – it really helped.
Since I had yarn left over, I designed a pair of fingerless gloves to bring out the most of this fabulous hand-dyed yarn.
We loved the yarns at Fiber Optic Yarn’s booth. Kimber has incredibly vivid colors as the name suggests. We were drawn to this booth as if by gravitational pull.
Nancy and I both bought a skein of this heavy lace weight yarn that is a blend of merino, silk, and cashmere with 625 yards.
I did not go after my usual hues of purple and blues. Instead I was drawn to greens, pinks, and plum (not purple in my book). This yarn was from a vendor new to Rhinebeck, Dancing Leaf Farm. They had awesome colorways and fibers. We visited this booth both days.
Miss Babs had a booth, and I shared my Ishbel shawl with them, knit in their “yummy sock yarn”.
She had these absolutely adorable 82 yard skeins of fingering weight yarn. This was the answer to my Rambling Ruffle dilemma. Now I can restart this project and work it in three colors. The purple is the same color I knit my Ishbel shawl in and I have leftover. I am totally psyched about this.
Miss Babs gave away a cute little stitch marker as a gift with purchase. That was a nice surprise.
I found a few vendors selling Claudia Handpaints. I’m on a mission collecting Koigu and/or Claudia Handpaints for 2 different projects: the Koigu Linen Scarf and
Ann buys very happy colors of yarn, that make her very happy.
Nancy had a blast. She found richly dyed yarn in all her favorite colors. In the past she has shied away from variegated yarns. This year she was inspired by what she found and really took a step out of her normal “go to” colors and vendors.
Tomorrow…designs and patterns.