Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Tale of Rhinebeck and Stitches!

Well, the sign of a really pathetic blogger is one who can't even locate her own blog. That's how long it's been. 45 minutes later, I decide to just start over, and what should pop up out of nowhere? The fact that I'm on my IPad is not much help either.
So, here we are at the end of a long weekend spent at Stitches East at the Hartford Convention in Hartford, Connecticut. This odyssey of yarn and fiber actually started last weekend at The New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. My daughter Alexis and I made the treck up to Rhinebeck to see what all the buzz was about. Well.....we found out!! We were totally overwhelmed at the sheer size of the festival, not to mention the volume of yarns and fibers! How in the world do you choose from all the fabulous different varieties, colors and textures? Well, we managed!! And then some!
But what truly made the trip worthwhile, was the new friends we made both at the Ravelry meetup, and just wandering the festival. We met Lisa, the genius behind Fibernymph Dyeworks yarns, and Carin of the Round the Twist vlog, and one of the co hosts of next summers SSK getaway! We had a chance to see Casey, Jess and the adorable Ravbaby, Eloise, and to meet the charming Mary Heather all from Ravelry. We were lucky enough to find ourselves in line behind none other than Tammy, The Proverbial Knitter, and her best friend Karen. What a treat to meet them both, and they are both sweethearts!
So, we shopped until we dropped, but our yarn odyssey continued. The next Tuesday, we found ourselves at The Yarn Company in NYC, for Stacy of Tempted Yarns trunk show. First, I gotta tell ya, that if you never met Stacy, you should!! She is an amazingly talented and wonderful bundle of energy!! And if you've never experienced Tempted yarns, run to and get yourself some!! You'll be glad you did! Of course, I had to try some of her new Golden Grrl base, exclusive to The Yarn Company!
So everything was going swimmingly, but there had to be a hitch in the git along somewhere, right? We arrive back at the train staion, and car. That parking garage is huge!!! Ask me how I know??? We walked and we looked and we walked and we looked some more. It took three geniuses 20 minutes to realize that A: there were 2 garages and B: the levels were not flat and, most importantly C: we parked in a really stupid place!! Live and learn as I always say.
And now, we're at Stitches East, a huge celebration of fiber, pattern designs, yarns and all things sticks and string! After Rhinebeck, we came here on a yarn diet, of course. It lasted 1 hour. C'est la vie! It has been the most awesome mother/daughter weekend sharing a passion for knitting with lots of new ( and some old) friends! We are already planning for next year!
So, I suppose we are set for projects and yarn....for now. But I have to share this: knitters are the best group of people!! And I will gladly sign on for the next meet up, just to meet more fabulously talented, generous and kind people! I think I learned just as much from fellow knitters as I did from the classes! Knitters seem always willing to share! And can't the world use waaayyyyyyy more of that????