Monday, October 29, 2012

Rhinebeck look back

Hurricane Sandy is barreling in tonight and this could be the view
in a few hours if driving. But rather it was the view
last weekend while Faith and I drove down to the
Rhinebeck show in New York to sell my wares.
It was a miserable, rainy Friday but promised to be
a gorgeous weekend regaling peak foliage along the Hudson River.
We set up the booth Friday afternoon which is always
a space challenge. How to get 4 times as much into a
pint-sized booth. Faith and I work well together
and after a few dress rehearsals we were ready for the show.
Rhinebeck is a monster of a fiber show, more than
250 vendors and record crowds every year. This was
the aisle by our booth Sunday morning just after opening.
Saturday was double the people. It is so busy
there isn't time to get to the bathroom with two of us working!
Mind over matter wins.
There is something about the maples on the fairground,
every year they are just perfect reds, oranges and golds.
And there are always the cutest babies
donning woolen knitwear...
and faces to die for. This is Oliver.
Faith captured a little Chihuahua mix.
A special friend, Nutmeg Owl,
created this beautiful shawl for me to display to showcase
my lace weight silk yarns. You can read more in the link 
above. She also wrote a great post about the show here.
Needless to say the yarns flew off the shelf!
Loved backing into our parking space Saturday night only to find
an easy-to-collect stash of black walnuts to take home. Perfect!
Saturday night dinner with Faith at Terrapin.
It's become a mother/daughter tradition to do the
shows together and a treat for us both.
I don't get a chance to shop this show as there
isn't enough time to get out and about but our booth
is fortunate to be very near the book signing area
so I swung through late Sunday afternoon.
There was one lone star author sitting with her new book.
Instantly I was drawn to the story she shared and the tale of her great-great-grandfather
"a nineteenth-century millionaire, William Skinner, a leading founder of the 
American silk industry, who lost everything in a devastating flood and his
improbably, inspiring comeback to the pinnacle of the business world."
From the first page this is a gripping story. Her writing style is
easy and captivating and it all took place
just south of here in Massachusetts in the late 1800's.
Put this one on your reading list and Rhinebeck
a destination next year!


  1. some day i shall get to rhinebeck!

  2. and if you do, we have a dinner date!

  3. You are far too kind, Nancy. Since I was so obnoxiously pushy about dyeing semi-solids, the least I could do was help you show off the ones you created. (Cobweb Silk in Pewter, BTW.) It flew off the needles practically by itself.

  4. It was so great to see you and chat a bit! xxx

  5. So sorry to have missed it. Glad you did well. 4th photo down you caught Anne Hanson (Knitspot) and her friend Kim in the background. Can't wait to see you this weekend at NEFF!

    1. you sleuth! it was just a sea of faces at that moment...

  6. Well, glad you all made it back okay! The book has been added to my wish list. Sounds great. Glad it was a good show and am always sorry I am not in New England during the fall. Maybe some day I'll get there. That bucket list gets longer every year!

    1. And being in New England in the fall is an excellent want for the bucket, Theresa!