Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rhinebeck Part One: The Yarn

So I went to Rhinebeck, NY this weekend for the Sheep and wool festival. I can only say that it was an amazing time. Not only were there tons of amazing vendors and products, there were a ton of like minded people who were extremely friendly. I met so many people, those I knew only online, and those that I'd never met before at all. Everyone was nice (with the exception of one of the people at one of the booths, but I digress...) and I had such an amazing time. I have tons of pictures to share with you all. Since today was my day off I wanted to make a point to take some pictures of the haul to share with you all, I also have several pictures of the people that I hung out with, mostly people from the VLT in the CPaAG on Ravelry.

Since I did get a lot of fiber as well as yarn (and OMGSOMETHINGELSEAWESOME) I'm going to stick to yarn for this post.

I give you... Yarn Pr0n:


Two 750 yd skeins of worsted weight yarn from Briar Rose.


Blue Moon had a booth and I got some much coveted Socks That Rock. I got it in both Mediumweight:



The Mediumweight will be a pair of socks for my dad for Christmas (I think this pattern [Ravel it!] would be great. I'm not sure about the lightweight, though. It was really interesting, they had several colorways that were black with the purple in the skein and another color, one had a goldish color another was just purple and I think one other had blue in it.


Gorgeous Alpaca Laceweight from Burgis Brook Alpaca farm. The tweedy look comes from silk nepps.


This lovely yarn is from Hope Spinnery. The actual color of it is a little softer than in this picture. It's probably my favorite skein, though. It was dyed using all natural dyes and it was spun using wind energy. It's smooshy and wonderful. I adore it. I'm planning on using it for the Snap Dragon Tam and Mittens, but we'll see if there's enough for both as it is a little lighter weight than the pattern calls for. I do have about 40 extra yards and that should be plenty, but we'll see.


Last but not least we have the yak yarn! It's from Bijou Bison Spinnery. At the Ravelry party on Saturday night we got coupons in the goodie bags for buy one get one on all the yarn in their booth, which is amazing. This sock yarn was $65/skein and so out of my price range earlier in the day. I just couldn't pass up the buy one get one, though. They had many lovely choices but the sock samples are what got me. This yarn knits up beautifully and I can't wait to play with it. ;-)

As you can see in the photo, the brown yarn is fluffier than the white yarn. The lady at the booth told me that the cream colored yarn was the first one that they spun and so it was spun fairly tightly (It is sock yarn after all) but the second they wanted a big squooshier and so that's what they got. They're both awesome.

Okay, so that concludes the yarn portion of our program. Stay tuned for the fiber and people portions!


Emily said...

oh man, i'm sooo in love with every bit of that yarn you picked up! can't wait to see what you di with it all!

Candice said...

I *love* Briar Rose's colorways. And I'm super jealous you got to go to Rhinebeck. Hopefully one of these years I'll be able to go.

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