I put the year in the post title because I think I say every year is the Best. Rhinebeck. Ever. But this time it's true!
The first best thing was I didn't bring either of my kids with me. Don't get me wrong, I love & adore my boys but they have managed, every year, to eat through half my yarn budget. A hot dog or two isn't good enough for them. Oh no. They have to have the $20 lamb chop plate! And that's just for starters. But I digress. Ok no kids that was the first best thing.
The next best thing was that my friend Lisa came with us! She's not much of a knitter but she seemed to enjoy the festivities. She's always a lot of fun & I'm trying to coerce her to work a bit harder on her knitting so by next year's Rhinebeck, she will be proficient enough to make a few purchases.
Third best thing was I met up with three of my knitting friends! Linda, Sharee & Liz all contacted me and I got to spend a bit of time with each of them. We chatted, ate, talked and shopped. It was great fun.
Next best thing was I got to see Steven! I felt like a dufus fangirl but had to say hello. If you don't know him, click the link and you'll see why I love him. He even took a photo of me for his Nips With Steven. So fun!
Ok and of course the yarn. The multi colored, variegated, solid colored, fluffy, tightly twisted, merino, silk, cashmere, blended yarns in all their delicious varieties. Here's a photo of the whole haul:
Is that the most gorgeous pile of sheep fur you've ever seen? Amongst the pile is Tess's Designer Yarn, Lisa Souza, Into The Whirled & Blue Ridge Yarns. If you'd like to know about any of them just email me and I'll give you the information or you can check my Ravelry stash where I've got it all listed. There was so much gorgeous yarn and I bought stuff I don't normally buy, multi-colored yarns, because it was just too beautiful to resist.
Now the best best thing. I saved the best best for last. Glenn. He brought me up there and handed me a wad of bills for me to spend. I won't divulge how much he gave me but I'll tell you this - he gave me enough to buy everything, and I do mean everything, I wanted. And I had money left over. He carried packages. He sat and listened and was interested (or appeared to be) in all our conversations. He made sure Lisa and I ate and drank enough. He bought me a gorgeous sheep lithograph which didn't come out of my yarn budget. AND. And he bought a spindle and fiber and took a quick lesson on how to spin. He's had a bit of an interest and I've asked him to learn and he's going to! He really is the reason that each and every trip to Rhinebeck is the best. Rhinebeck. Ever.