Lynette: I’ll start by saying that once you’ve experienced Rhinebeck, you’ll want to go every year. With that being said, I couldn’t go this year, but still wanted the wonderful experience. Seeing beautiful foliage, leaves crunching, meeting other fiber enthusiasts wearing their Rhinebeck sweaters and buying yarn. Here are my pictures from Rhinebeck 2012, and I called it that because I knew there’d be a Rhinebeck 2013. Ahhh, oh well.
Instead, a few friends and I went to The Fold. Toni was at Rhinebeck (and so was all the Socks that Rock yarn), but her husband was very helpful. Monica mentioned to me that Eric, their German Shepherd, had died and they’d gotten a new dog. I wasn’t prepared to meet Eric’s ghost. His name is Storm, and he was a wonderful host. I almost forgot why I trekked to the store.
On this trip, I went with fresh eyes since I began spinning. I wanted fiber. Their wheels, drop spindles and fiber were all so great. I was a bit overwhelmed seeing all the goodies in person, but was pretty good and happy with what I walked away with.
I bought 2lbs of Merino to one day spin up for a sweater. I also bought a 4oz braid of Malabrigo Nube. The colorway looked great.
I also bought a skein of Donegal Tweed to make a newsboy hat. If you know my history with these hats you’d think I’d have hundreds at home, but I only have one. Lastly I bought yarn called Tahki Charly to make the He Said She Said hat/cowl set by Bonne Marie Burns. There was a sample hat in the store, and when I tried it on, it fit over my big curly hair. Score!
We ended the day at Cracker Barrel eating and reminiscing because we did go to Rhinebeck last year, but decided that a day at The Fold was just as nice. And I got to meet Storm. He wouldn’t fit in my bag, but he did follow me to the car. 🙂