RHINEBECK 2006, the sheep and wool event Every October there's a mass exodus from New York and New Jersey, cars with yarn-specific license plates ("I'd rather be spinning!") and tour buses filled with excited knitters and crocheters all rumbling upstate. News flash: I purchased nothing! This was an exercise in self-discipline, much-needed as my yarn stash now shares space with Ron's roving. He bought more.
Just looking at stuff and meeting up with other yarn enthusiasts was the best way to spend a beautiful fall Saturday. Encountered a blogger known as HABETROT. Have no idea what that means but love the site, filled with vintage photos--a particularly oddball carte de viste featured today for Halloween. Where does she find these images? Once again talked politics with Carolyn Partridge, Vermont State legislator (majority leaderfor Democrats), AND shepherd/spinner under the name, The Good Shepherd.
Why is this woman smiling? Things are looking better for Democrats nationally in November! Ron bought roving from her at Maryland Sheep and Wool last spring. Her light yellow roving--75 wool/10 silk/15 angora--was a color unlike anything we saw that day. Did we buy enough; I really like it. Moving Mud was name for crafters of elegant glass buttons and closures. Also from Vermont; very tempting but have not found a place for two glass buttons purchased in Orgeon two years ago, so....
Of the several sheep and wool events we've attended, this one has a special place in our fiber history. At Rhinebeck 2002, Ron contracted the spinning bug. The under-appreciated Babe's spin wheel came into our home as a consequence. Invented by Nels Wiberg in the 1990s, it is PVC pipe, married to a wheelchair wheel. Plastic technology meets craft. Not pretty but it's cheap and a good way to begin. Questions? You call the amiable Nels himself in Whitewater, Wisconsin. Company motto: Function Before Form for Affordability.
We learned from another knit circle friend that excellent instruction was available from Claudia Krisniski at Countrywool, a fiber shop attached to her house in Hudson, New York. [Claudia disappointed us by not being a vendor at Rhinebeck this year. How come?] Ron would put his Babe's into the car, drive two hours upstate to Hudson, deterred by blizzard once in a while. My role was documentation. Essay and photos appeared in "For the Love of Knitting" , a book whose publicity put me in the same paragraph with truly famous knitters and writers like Elizabeth Zimmerman and Jamaica Kincaid.
Speaking of fiber stars, a number of them were signing books at the Morehouse Farm store near Rhinebeck. Stopped by--tempted by their their Schoolhouse Bus Scarf kit but resisted--I thanked Melanie Falick, once again, for giving a push to my collecting knit red wigglers when she was editor at Interweave Knits in 2000. Met Betty Christiansen, from Minnesota, another essayist in "For the Love of Knitting," who recently published her own timely book, "Knitting for Peace, Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at at Time." Would make a good gift, has patterns and links to organizations for charity knitting to meet needs in all corners of the. Read another blogger's review HERE.
Ron got to show off his first Button Hat (photo by Tina Eis, Medomak Camp Knit Retreat 2006) to admiring crowds. Positive promotion for men knitting. I chose my most frivolous knit object--the retro-inspired, Vegan Fox scarf --here's the pattern; go make one! Mine is gray to match my hair.
Shall I wear it to The Salon tonight, Halloween eve? Our topic is "Empowering Ourselves as We Age."