This past weekend, my sisters and I attended the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival held annually in Rhinebeck.

We started driving up north at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning and arrived at Rhinebeck -pleasantly- way too early. We had decided to make this an educational visit. So, had registered for the Portuguese Style of Knitting Class taught by Andrea Wong. I was yearning to try my fingers at this style of knitting ever since I had read an article in the Piece Work Magazine by Andrea. Encouraging my sisters to take the course with me was not a difficult task. It was a small and well organized class. Andrea started with giving us a bit of history behind various styles of knitting which I found very interesting. What I loved most about Portuguese style -besides looking really cool wearing your yarn/s around your neck- is its efficiency in knitting Fair Isle.

Andrea Wong knitting Fair Isle

Once we finished with the class, we wondered around at the marketplace. It was quite busy and at times hard to navigate through the crowd.

My favorite tools of trade were the Pyrex glass needles [] and aluminum double pointed needles []- both very expensive and definitely at the top of my Christmas and birthday wish lists. I also liked the buttons and accessories made of glass and ceramic by Annies’s Sweet Handspun []. There were activities for kids as well, including frogs, bugs and animal show and petting zoo. 

Although the weather was playing all sorts or tricks on us; this was definitely a trip worth making.

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