23 October 2006

What They* Don't Tell You About Rhinebeck

* "They" are the people who have gone before, who tell you that you *must* go, but not really why.

What have I learned about Rhinebeck:

I learned that it's not the festival, its not the bloggers, its not the weather or the lamb burgers or the vendors or the h(m)otel that makes Rhinebeck. It really is all of it, all mushed together.

I learned that there are far far more knit bloggers out there than I could have imagined, and that though I saw a huge number (see pictures here and here, for starters) I only saw a wee fraction.

I learned that Socks that Rock are worthy of a looooong line. A long long long long line, the length of Building A in fact, and all the really super stuff was already claimed by the people in front of me in line. Which didn't stop me from standing in a long line to buy sock yarn for someone I promised I would.

I learned that there is a finite amount of blithering idiocy that can fall out of my mouth when talking to people whose work I admire. Not that it doesn't happen, but that I can control it. A little.

I learned that after you meet a few bloggers--no matter how terrified of crowds you are--you're happy to talk to someone just as freaky on fiber as you are.

I learned that bunnies are like crack. Everyone stops to look, and those that stop to coo at them *all* talk in baby talk.

I learned that it is very important to get a recommendation on a hotel/motel and not just take what you can find. Trust that this is the best picture of the room:

(I'm in the room, facing out.)

I learned that friends can be really good to you. Lisa bought this for me, a Grafton Fibers batt and spindle:

And this is my haul:

(Except for the spinning stool I bought. Oh, and the fleece.)


At 3:15 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Nice haul! Sorry I missed you- only made to the meetup for about 15 minutes and then had to dash again. Perhaps the next local event :)

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

It was a great day and I'm so glad to that I got to see you again!

Nice haul, love that grafton fibers batt!

At 3:48 PM, Blogger KnitterBunny said...

Fleece, please. (batts eyelahses) May we have a picture of the fleece soon? (begs slightly)

At 5:14 PM, Anonymous JessaLu said...

You bought a FLEECE? Where the f*ck was I?!?!

At 7:26 PM, Blogger NeedleTart said...

So where was the picture of you in the (olympic) Rhinebeck picture? Huh? Huh? Glad you had a good time. Maybe next year I can plan ahead enough to get there (any one who needs a reason for the spouse should know that there is a (supposedly) famous air show in the area).

At 8:12 PM, Blogger swan/dragon said...

Don't forget to tell everyone the fleece's name. It really is gorgeous, y'all.
And thanks again for showing me a wonderful time. You are the best friend ever.
*Warcry inappropriate for young audiences, but you get it*

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Sarahfish said...

It was so great to meet you! The Hourglass was lovely, and fit you perfectly! At least *your* armpit seams were completely finished... (cough, cough...)Pictures and stories coming soon!

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Zarzuela said...

So nice to meet you this weekend! Looks like you brought back and nice haul too. :) Love the grafton batt.


At 10:40 PM, Blogger Katy said...

I totally want that spinning stool. It's gorgeous!!!
Nice to meet you, albeit briefly!


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