NYS Sheep & Wool Festival (aka… the knitter’s pilgrimage!)

OK, I’m saying this in a tongue-in-cheek manner, but this really is one of the most talked-about yarn-related events in the Knitting community. It’s like (dare I say it) Mecca for knitters!

As a resident in Britain, very few of us have heard of the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, USA. I first heard about it when I subscribed to a great knitting video podcast called “Lets Knit2gether”. Cat, the presenter would go to this event every October and report back her findings. It looked and sounded so exciting, filled with independent yarn artisans, crafts people – and of course, sheep! There were plenty of things to see and do for the whole family. On the strength of that, I decided that I wanted to go too! The podcast hasn’t had any entries for a while, but you can still visit the website and check out past videos: http://letsknit2gether.com/?s=rhinebeck

No need to say too much, I think the pictures speak for themselves! Suffice it to say, I had a ball!

Surprisingly, I didn’t go out on a major yarn-bender and blow my life savings on a ton of yarn. I very carefully selected my yarn purchases, based on the following criteria:

  1. Do I have a project in mind for it?
  2. Is it something I cannot buy in the UK, nor easily ship to the UK?
  3. Is it rare or unusual?
  4. Can I get it in my suitcase?!

A big thank you to my husband and daughter for letting me have the time of my life! 🙂