Obligatory Rhinebeck Post!
I have to admit, one of my favorite things about going to Rhinebeck was the actual drive down there. In general, I am not a fan of driving huge distances, plus I was expecting that with my lead foot we would get there a lot more quickly than we actually did. However, the foliage was beautiful, and the hills were rolling and lovely, and the sunlight on the leaves in all their fall colors was dazzling. Every time we would come to the top of a rise, I would be freaking out and demanding that Greg LOOK AT ALL THE LEAVES. He probably got a little sick of it after the first ten times or so 😛
We saw sheep:
(I forgot to write down the breeds. Duh! But I remember that last guy was a Jacob because he had the crazy horns! Four of them, eek!)
I got a selfie with a llama! I loved the llamas and alpacas. They were mostly totally down for pets, and they were super soft! Like great big clouds of soft cuddlyness.
I know the llama looks like he’s not into it, but he is.
My favorite thing that I saw at the festival though, (fiber related) was definitely the paco-vicuñas. They were so beautiful!!!
They had such slender faces and necks and such enormous eyes! I was petting one, and he made a buzzing noise like an enormous bee and I was ENCHANTED. I just fell in love with these beauties. The coolest thing about them is that they were originally bred from alpacas, attempting to imitate the form and qualities of wild vicuñas, which live in South America and have one of the finest, softest, rarest fibers in the world. These guys look a lot more like them than they do like alpacas. And they are so soft you just want to sit and pet them all day. The only thing I saw that was more exciting was the lemurs fighting. And that was partially because of Greg’s face. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen him look more thrilled.
I enjoyed Rhinebeck, but I think a few factors contributed to me not enjoying it as much as I expected to. I went on Sunday, so a lot of the really cool stuff in the market was gone already 😦 Everyone seemed kindof tired too. If I go again, I’ll definitely go on Saturday instead. I also felt a bit like some of the vendors didn’t take me seriously because I don’t have a spinning wheel. It seemed like, “OH, you just use a SPINDLE. How plebeian.” Honestly I feel like we who love the fiber arts need to stick together. Just because you have a certain preference (Like how I don’t particularly enjoy crochet) doesn’t mean that it’s any less valid that other people love it. People already think that we’re weird enough without us being hard on each other. I’m not necessarily a great spinner either, but I feel like that shouldn’t matter. I’ve had a lot of people who were really technically amazing give me great advice and make me feel very welcome despite my lack of a wheel, so I wondered what the deal was with this. It wasn’t overwhelmingly my experience, but I did get the feeling more than once. I also thought that there would be a bit more variety.. But I think I’ve gotten a bit spoiled by being able to shop on Etsy 😛 I thought it would basically be like that except you got to touch all the things!
I don’t mean to whine, I did really like Rhinebeck! I just was a bit surprised by some elements of it that I was certainly not expecting. There was a lot of shopping, and a fair number of sheep and other animals which I loved seeing. I also loved admiring (and also cringing at a few really flamboyant) outfit choices. Even the ones I personally considered hideous I liked seeing, because to me that means that Rhinebeck is a place where we can all be as weird as we want 😛
And because I know you all are wondering, yes, I finished the sweater! I finished it in the morning before we left, because Greg and I made a deal that he would not drive. So it was done, and here’s proof!
We did a proper photo shoot as well, but that will get its own post. I told Greg that we needed to get a picture of us together, and he immediately fluffed his hair, and carefully posed the one fiber braid that I bought, as well as our programs. I was just going to snap a quick selfie, and he was basically like “Psh, amateur.” Those photographers are so exacting 😛