Monday, October 18, 2010

Weekend Wanderings: Rhinebeck, NY

Sorry to have been a bit absent last week, but between work-work picking up, trying to get my future life in order, writing more, and, oh yes, the incredible relaunch of Call & Response, I've been busy. So busy that after backing out of plans to attend a lecture of modern curating and bottle pumpkin beer on Friday, I fell asleep at approximately 9pm. Which was lovely, although possibly not quite as cool as learning about home-brewing.

Saturday, Roger and I both backed out of plans to go to another lecture and a friend's play, and did more of nothing (aka: me reading him every other line of The Commitment while he tried to apply for graduate school) before making pumpkin smoothies and boxed cake with Cece. I sort of feel bad about the lack of anything being accomplished this weekend, but let me just point out (to myself, for the umpteenth time) that I get really, really cranky when I don't sleep. And also, I accomplish a reasonable amount during the week. Including relaunching C&R. (Sorry. I'm still dying of happiness over it. If you haven't already, go submit something.) It felt like, despite the lovely, cool weather we were having, this would be another weekend that didn't quite feel autumnal enough for me. I worried that I would miss the entire season.

Sunday was a different story. On Sunday, I went with my family to Rhinebeck for the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival. I've been to the Dutchess County Fairgrounds plenty of times, and I've never seen it as busy as it was on Sunday, or been so happy to spend an entire day there. Every building was filled with animals, fiber, and some of the most beautiful yarn I've ever seen or touched. I purchased some lovely skeins to make a shawl and socks for my mother, a hat for Jillian, and enough for a shawl and mittens for myself! I also bought a ton of different roving, some to try felting, and some to practice more spinning (and maybe dyeing!). I'm definitely still in need of some major practice, so I can't offer any advice on how to get started, but my friend and fellow Oxonian, Christina, makes some beautiful yarn, and is sharing some of her adventures in fiber on her new blog, SoGentlyBefore, so that might be a good place to look around.

Better even than the barns filled with yarn, though, was the festival filled with people. My sister pointed out while we were still in the parking lot that everyone dressed like me, which wasn't entirely true, but when I overheard someone describe a lost person as "He has a beard and he's wearing a vest," it was pretty hilarious how many people did share a certain aesthetic. And it wasn't just youngish hippish knitter-bloggers. There we lots of families, older people, and, I was pleased to see, quite a few male spinners and knitters. I don't know what it was that made me feel so happy and warm there, but it was wonderful. Everything about it felt homey and like a little extension of the communities I've built for myself. I'd love to feel that way at least a little bit more everyday. And I do, in many ways. Each year seems to build on the others in fascinating and wonderful ways.

3 comments:

  1. tell me about the fiber you bought! you should definitely try dyeing (oddly enough, kool aid is an awesome place to start http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html)

    ALSO, check out this fabulous "shawl a month" group on ravelry that literally just started...you should totally join in! there are some really fun and supportive ladies involved. http://tinyurl.com/shawlmonth

    thanks so much for the shout out :oD

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  2. My mom has been bringing me to the westibal pretty much since I was tiny... I love that one can buy lamb kebabs right next to ther pens. Although it's been so crowded I hardly want to go anymore....

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  3. tell me about the fiber you bought! you should definitely try dyeing (oddly enough, kool aid is an awesome place to start http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEfall02/FEATdyedwool.html)

    ALSO, check out this fabulous "shawl a month" group on ravelry that literally just started...you should totally join in! there are some really fun and supportive ladies involved. http://tinyurl.com/shawlmonth

    thanks so much for the shout out :oD

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