It's the most wonderful time of the year, friends -- fiber festival season! It's the week of the New York Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck, and I'm frantically finishing a properly down-to-the-wire "Rhinebeck Sweater," tying up loose ends at work, and getting ready to make the planes-trains-and-automobiles journey from Northern California to the Hudson Valley. Though the forecast is looking distressingly and unseasonably warm, I can't wait for fall foliage, new and exciting yarns, and seeing old friends I only catch once or twice a year.
Rhinebeck is always special -- as Clara Parkes put it, it's a kind of "homecoming" for the yarn world. My favorite part of the weekend is getting a chance to see new yarns, and to meet the amazing people who make them, and to see knitters wearing the things they've made that make them happiest. If you haven't seen Kristy Glass's great "Tell Me About Your Rhinebeck Sweater" video from last year, it's worth a watch -- it's an incredibly charming collection of knitters talking about the things they made and wore to Rhinebeck (Emily and I show up at around minute 20, and Nora Gaughan makes an amazing appearance at round minute 53).
This is a particularly special Rhinebeck year for me, since my dear friends at Cornwall Yarn Shop/Hudson Valley Fibers and Battenkill Fibers, who designed and spun some of the yarns from my new book, have invited me to do a trunk show at their booth! I'll be at the Battenkill booth -- Building 27A, Booth 14 -- from 2-4 pm on Saturday, October 21. I'll have all of the samples from Independent Fabrication, Volume 2, print copies of the book and codes for digital downloads, as well as a selection of my print and digital patterns. We'll also have Moodna, one of the Hudson Valley Fibers yarns I used in the book, and some brand new colors of Hudson, their gorgeous Corriedale/Alpaca blend that I used for the Tangled Up in Gray pullover from the Fall 2017 issue of Interweave Knits.
I met many of the producers whose yarns I used in the book at Rhinebeck in 2015 and 2016, and many of them are back this year. If you'll be there this weekend, I can't commend them to you enough, and I hope you'll take a moment to stop by and see some of these wonderful yarns for yourself. Here's where to find them:
- Bare Naked Wools' Chebris Worsted, used in the String Lake Cowl: at the Indie Untangled trunk show (5-8pm Friday at the Best Western in Kingston), and at the Bare Naked Wools pop-up shop (2-7pm Sunday at the Marriott in Kingston)
- Jill Draper Makes Stuff'sMohonk, used in the Cloudveil Dome Hat: at Jill's Open Studio party (6-9 pm Saturday in Kingston; details at Jilldraper.com)
- Hudson Valley Fibers' Moodna, used in the Phelps Lake Mitts: Building 27A, Booth 14
- Elemental Affects' Civility Worsted, used in the Teewinot Hat and Volume 1's Kingston Beanie: Carolina Homespun, Building 39, Booths 14-17
- Sincere Sheep's Cormo Worsted, used in the Buck Mountain Hat and Mitts, Volume 1's Yountville Slouch, and the Silverado Trail pullover: Carolina Homespun, Building 39, Booths 14-17
- Brooks Farm's Trio, used in the Mount Woodring Cowl: Building A, Booths 33-35
- White Barn Farm's Heaven Aran, used in the Taggart Lake Mitts: Building 39, Booth 18
If you'll be at Rhinebeck this weekend, I'd love to see you, either at our trunk show or elsewhere. Can't make it Saturday? Send me an e-mail, Ravelry message, or instagram DM and we'll find each other. Have a great week -- and keep your fingers crossed for cool weather!