There I am! At Rhinebeck for the very first time. This picture belongs to Maria (standing next to me) of the Subway Knits Podcast, she is wearing her first sweater project and its so beautiful I’m not sure I can believe her, it looks far too good for a first.
The trip was entirely unscheduled and very last minute. The plan was to get up at 4, drive to NY, stay all day at the festival then crash the party in BeckyinVT’s hotel room for the night. Leaving early was brilliant, no traffic, easy drive, got to park a few yards away from the main gate and wander around the vendors by myself for awhile before everything got too crowded. I saw A LOT of amazing and inspiring hand knits. I didn’t buy anything other then lunch and a tub of Woodbeams from the Bosworths. The best part is the people:
Found out that Ann Shayne is tall, (which totally blew my mind and I love her even more after getting to talk with her) and Kay is not (She is even sassier in person though, I like that). Becky took an adorable picture of the 3 of us together and then (damn me) I erased it by mistake (oops 2x).
There is a long list of people who were there but that I did NOT see, I am especially disappointed to have missed Teva Durham, Knitting Dropout Melissa, and Winged Knits Cecily who were there for book signings.
There were a whole heck-of-a-LOT more people that I recognized from ravelry or from their blogs, and frankly it was a little too much, by 1 my head was really starting to hurt, despite lots of water and apples and an artichoke french, by 2 it was turning into an ugly mess of a migraine. By 4 I had slipped away ahead of the traffic and was admiring the vinyards on rte 9 on my way back north. I am sincerely sorry that I didn’t stay to hang out after with Becky and her friends because I thoroughly enjoyed walking around with them and would have loved getting to talk more. But the migraine thing is no joke and I wasn’t feeling good. It was better to get and not spoil their awesome weekend. I really want to meet up with them again sometime, since we all live in the same state, hopefully that won’t be too hard to plan.
Best for last? I saw one of my own patterns ‘in the wild’. The beautiful Mollie and her Larch knit in Wollemeise, came up to me because she saw we were wearing the same sweater. She even let me take her picture so I could prove someone actually knit this stuff.
Thank you Mollie!