A last minute trip plan, made it possible for me to attend this year’s New York State Sheep & Wool Festival which is held annually in the beautiful Rhinebeck. Driving through the winding country roads of the Hudson Valley in early Fall is as good a reason to make this trip as it is to attend the festival. The wonderful sunshine and mild weather made the drive even more enjoyable.
Since we arrived late, the ticket booths and entrance were line-free. At the very first glance, we could see how much fun the kids were having.
Like all other Wool/Knitting events, there are classes to take, animals to watch and adore and yarns and accessories to be had. There are also sheepdog competitions, activities for kids and wonderful regional food and wine to sample and buy.
Although the festival was very crowded; I thought the marketplace was a bit smaller than last year’s. I didn’t get to buy any wool to add to my ever growing treasure chest of yarns. Of course, it would be so very wrong -not to mention unnatural- to return home empty handed. So, instead of having a project in mind or at hand and then proceed to purchase the necessary notions; I decided to start at the cast-off end and work my way back to the cast-on row. I bought accessories for a bag that only exists in my dreams without a definite shape, size or even a colorway. Now, I know the hand made handles and trimmings would be a gorgeous red.
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