This past weekend I had the absolute pleasure of going to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival that’s held in Rhinebeck NY. I went in search of new yarns and inspiration for the store and boy did I find it. I’ve never seen so many crafters in one place! I thought Vogue Knitting Live was a big deal but it’s small peanuts compared to this.
Held on the Dutchess Country Fairgrounds, the festival is all about fibers. Every building was full of yarn related things, from the sheep it starts on to the beautiful pieces it’s made in to. There were spinners, dyers, weavers, sheerers, rearers, and more. It was incredible! The only thing that didn’t cooperate was the weather. It was a gorgeous 75 degrees all weekend which was wonderful for a festival but sad for knitwear. But don’t get it twisted, the knitwear was still in it’s full glory regardless! I ran into people I only see a few times a year at yarn events, customers who I see often, and yarn celebs I follow on instagram or ravelry. Everywhere I looked there were knitted pieces I’ve made, have been dying to make or have now decided that I need to make. I fell in love over and over again with one beautiful yarn after another. I was helpless. Floating through a sea of my favorite things. I may or may not have considered smuggling a sheep, or three. They’re just so cute!
So, needless to say, best weekend ever. The leaves were changing, the air was fresh and the smell of sheep was in the air. I had an incredible time and I can’t wait to attend this festival next year!
Now, enjoy the sheepy overload (featuring my gal pal, Lauren!)