Well I’m back from the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, aka Rhinebeck, and it was awesome!! …and crazy. I was warned that it would be overwhelming and that’s definitely the truth. It’s not necessarily overwhelming in a bad way, but even my friend Aegean commented on how many people were there, and she lives in NYC!
We didn’t get too many photos of our adventures since Wil left us to have a girls day and took the camera along with him. I’m actually glad he did since I wouldn’t have wanted to worry about lugging it around and trying to keep track of it in the chaos. He did manage to get some great pics in and around the Llama/Alpaca barn though, which if you ask me, was the best part of the show!
Check out the sea of cars already parked when we arrived just minutes after the fair officially opened. Crazy! You couldn’t walk five feet without saying “Excuse me, oh I’m sorry!” to the eight people you accidentally bumped into.
Aegean and I had the best time just walking around in circles, touching ALL the yarn but buying barely any of it (on account of being so overwhelmed), waiting in outrageously long food lines (only for a second before we abandoned them for pickles and cheese), finding prime lunching picnic tables (which I’m keeping a guarded secret lol), meeting Gertie!!!, and laughing until our faces hurt. Mostly we just watched baby animals eat, which was amazing in itself.
This Alpaca had THE BEST Page Boy haircut, which we laughed about for quite some time (in a loving “OMG I want an Alpaca” sort of way, of course). Wil named him Gregor…
…I think Gregor’s Llama friend next door thought we were being very mean to him with our laughter though. He looked over and gave us the most intense stink eye I’ve ever gotten, especially from a Camelid. *gulp*
Seriously, we weren’t picking on Gregor! We love him so much!! I mean, that hair! So dreamy.
Shortly after we wandered out of the Llama barn we parted ways with Wil, but not before he got these awesome shots of us wearing seriously adorable felted animal masks!
We left the show a little early so Aegean could catch her train home, and that was probably for the best since I’m sure the traffic is insane trying to leave the fair grounds! Driving through Rhinebeck and Rhinecliff was a real treat. Such adorable little towns, with an even more adorable little train station.
Everyone wears THE COOLEST hand knit stuff to Rhinebeck so I made sure to wear two of my hand knit items (the Jul Hat and the Sherwood Cowl), along with a Colette dress that I haven’t worn in ages. Aegean just learned how to knit in the round and was a little embarrassed to wear the hat she finished (which I thoroughly harassed her for because the hat looks amazing!!).
I definitely had a most excellent weekend (the Indie Untangled trunk show on Friday was a HUGE success, more on that later) and the crack-of-dawn drive home on Sunday was totally worth it. I’m definitely planning to go again next year, hopefully with some more friends who weren’t able to join me this time (you know who you are – wink wink).
Have you ever been to Rhinebeck or a similar festival? What did you think?