Tuesday, October 20, 2009

scenes from a wooly festival

This year, my cousin Colette joined Aunt Deb and I at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. Despite the chilly temps and rain, we had another amazing visit--we chatted with farmers, learned about different sheep breeds, checked out the hundreds of vendor booths, and squeezed many a skein and fleece. I was particularly thrilled to find a beautiful black fleece from an alpaca named James Brown and a bag of washed Leicester Longwool locks, the featured breed this year. We were only an hour out of Rhinebeck when talk turned to attending next year's festival... Or, maybe we'll try the one in Vermont... Or, maybe the one in Maryland...

giant knitting needles

These canine rescue dogs were amazing frisbee athletes.

The Red Hook Spinners group competed in the Fleece to Shawl competition--carding, spinning, and weaving a shawl in just three hours!

rhinebeck yurt

inside yurt

rhinebeck ride


jroth777 said...

Wouldn't you love that Yurt in your back yard???

eight feet said...

A yurt would be cool--I could see some cold weather camping in the backyard! This one had two tables piled high with large felt wall hangings and rugs and there was only room for about six people at a time.