RHinebeck – Finally

I had planned to write this post within the first week after Rhinebeck, but as per usual life got in the way. In a way I’m glad it has taken me over two weeks to get around to posting about it as I can relive all the fun via the few photos I took.

The Canadian Contingent enroute

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We were all terribly confused by this piece of “art” in the ladies loo when we stopped at the Falls before crossing the border.

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A close up of whatever that is supposed to be on the stool.

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Yeah, we are still not sure what that was meant to be…So we had a peek at the falls & got back in the car.

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This year there were 8 of us who took over a house in Hudson, New York, about 40 minutes North of Rhinebeck. Hudson is a neat little town with some really great antique shops, restaurants & a few vintage shops. I was hoping to spend a bit more time exploring, but yarn was calling…

I loved this scrimshawed deer(?) skull in one of the antique stores.

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Tasty shrimp & chorizo tacos from Mexican Radio.

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Creepy abandoned, but well maintained house up the hill from where we stayed.

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Neat little VW Bug pick-up hack. I really want one of my own now!

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Overwhelmed by the yarn & people, I developed a slight case of camnesia while at Rhinebeck, but did manage to get in a few photos…

Saturday the Fair Grounds were packed with people,

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This was taken as we entered the grounds about 15 minutes after the gates opened, it just got busier after that!

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I think these are Shetlands, regardless I would really appreciate one of each colour under the Christmas tree this year.

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Rhinebeck is well known for it’s broad selection of fair food, but this year I was beyond thrilled to see there was a Flaumekuchen food truck! I was introduced to this Alsatian bit of yummyness by my friend Nat (she’s Alsation) a few years ago at a restaurant in Toronto called Elle Ma Dit (sadly now closed). Flaummkuchen (or Tarte Flambe) is a very thin crust “pizza” (think saltines thin) traditionally baked with creme fraishe and bits of smoked lardons toppings, although you can top it with pretty much anything. I would happily live off this stuff!

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I chose the basic version & would have worked my way through the menu but I was near hallucinogenic from all the rich dairyness. So tasty and the servings are large enough to be comfortable shared.

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At one point I found myself in the middle of the Llama Parade.

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Then the shopping started… I approach all fiber show/sales like a military strike, I make a list before hand of the vendors I want to see & what yarns weights & yardage I need for a few specific projects. This serves multiple purposes, but mainly it keeps me from becoming overwhelmed and buying ALL THE THINGS. I also kept a healthy distance from the Norm Hall booth  & only got close enough to take a picture of one of his beautiful custom wheels before running away.

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Last I heard a few years ago, he had a 10 year wait list to get on his 7 year wait list for one of his wheels! Dude makes very pretty wheels.

After everyone had assembled back at the house, we laid out our purchases for show & tell…

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There were some lovely yarns in that pile!

Then sooner than one would think it was time to pack it all up and head home…

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There are plans afoot to do it all over again next year, but am not sure at this point if I’ll make it as Chris’ birthday is the Saturday of Rhinebeck weekend. As it was this year, his birthday was on the Friday we left to drive down. Although he did say he would like to have a David Lynch Marathon weekend…hmmmm

Prep for Rhinebeck 2013

I figure I’ll have more success posting more often if I keep the posts short & photo heavy…or that’s the theory/delusion I’m working with.

Rhinebeck 2013 is fast approaching,  as of this typing – 6 days away! I am beyond thrilled with this impending short break from reality. It has been two years since I was last there & I had a blast, so the bar is set fairly high.

There are 8 of us who have rented a house in Hudson, New York. It’s roughly 30-40 (depending on your map) minutes North of Rhinebeck proper. Two of the house mates I haven’t seen since the last trip & 2 I have never met, but they come highly praised.

As time ticks closer to our departure, I’m working my way though the check list:

Passport is current.

Have actual grown-up luggage.

Completed Rhinebeck Sweater: Dressage from Twist Collective Yarn: Malabrigo Mecha in Solis colourway.

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Since taking this photo, I have ripped back the i-cord bind-off & added 3″ of rib as I kept feeling like the sweater was hikking up my backside.

Still to get:

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Hendricks Gin (will pick up at the Duty Free on way down) – Gin & Tonic has become the unofficial drink of whatever house we are staying at for Rhinebeck.

Finally narrow down my shopping list to keep to my budget.

Research the requirements for transporting a sheep across the border… Have already promised my car mates that I will not buy a sheep (or as I like to call them: Proto Sweaters) to bring home (although I am not new to transporting sheep in cars) but I will be looking at sheep for my future plan to sell up in the city, buy a plot of land, have a Hobbit Hole/cob house built and to keep a spinners flock & some chickens (I shall name them ALL Lola!). Other than the Hobbit Hole, my Dad is on board with my idea, the kids are all over this plan. Chris & my Mum think I’m a bit daft, but that’s really just par for the course.

And then we got to the Fair Grounds…

Saturday morning saw the lot of us up and at’em. After some breakie,an incident with the coffee geysering out of the bodum to scorch me and a subsequent shower we were off…

 

 

 

 

 

(Robin on the left, Tonya on the right & I’m the shadow in the middle)

There was a 2 mile long queue to get into the fair grounds. If you look closely at the photo from the previous post, you can just see the line of cars to the right of the intersection way off in the distance…That line of cars was moving surprisingly fast and we were on the fair grounds far sooner than I expected. Parking located, weekend passes purchased, we scatered like buck shot into the barns & stalls! I will make another post about the shopping so this does not become a mammoth post! Suffice it to day trying to do Rhinebeck in one day is overwhelming, I strongly suggest purchasing the weekend pass so you don’t feel like you are under the gun and can wander aimlessely.

         
         After about 5 hours of wandering, we were ready to head back to the house for a bit of a rest before dinner, we made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up provisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were greeted to a nice roaring fire that Robin & Audrey had started as they arrived back at Casa Del Rhinebeck before us.

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases were shown off, dinner reservations were made at Luna 61 and I introduced the beauty of Hendrick’s Gin. As it got close to the time of our reservation, we trundled off on foot to Fab Yarns which was conviently located across the road-ish from the restaurant! It’s a lovely little shop with lovely owners who carry Indigodragonfly and a pink leopard print fun fur carpet bag that may have had me squealing with glee….but I put it down and bought a skein of yarn instead…

Dinner was great, company was beyond wonderful and we found a local hard cider that made us all swoon, and it wasn’t because most of us had a few G&Ts on board and were possibly high on yarn fumes…

Back at the house after dinner we restoked the fire and compared notes on the day. Sunday was a bit of wash, rinse repeat of Saturday but sadly Robin & Audrey left us to return to Pennsylvania and work on Monday morning. Tonya, Emily and I enjoyed some Republican pizza & beer (unsure of the beer’s political alignment) for dinner and spent the rest of the night knitting in front of the fire.

Monday, we packed up, sorted out our travel knitting, made a pit stop in Woodstock for tie dyed shirts & found some amazing sandwiches at a cheese shop and a few bits of yarn bombing, then headed for home.

       

        

We are already planning for next year…

 

Cheaper than therapy

I discovered this weekend that it is REALLY IMPORTANT for me to get away for a little while. I need to go someplace where I’m not Mummy or Wife, my responsibilities are few and I can use the bathroom knowing that I won’t have someone banging on the door just as my butt hits the seat…

That place is here:

 

 

 

 

 

This wonderful little house in Tivoli, New York became my therapist this past weekend. I hadn’t realized just how badly I needed a weekend away with a band of Righteous Chicks for some fun and fiber frolicking until I got up this morning with a case of abundant patience when the Get Your Ass to School routine started to go off the rails.

The tale of my mental salvation goes a little something like this:

Friday morning, Emily, Tonya & I packed up Emily’s little Matrix (the nerd/geek level of this weekend was getting up to Con porportions and it was all good!), queued up Shatner’s new album on the Iphone and were off to the Hudson Valley for Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool! I would have taken a photo of the look on the border guards face when we told him where we were going and why, but seeing as non of us wanted a body caviety search, I restrained myself.

After nine hours of driving through what we came to call the Apocalypse we arrived safely at that little house pictured above, an added bonus was I had finished my Rhinebeck sweater by the time we passed Albany! Sadly, I don’t think any of us thought to get a photo of me wearing said sweater at Rhinebeck, so you will just have to take my word for it!

Robin & Audrey were already at the house waiting for us. After a quick pee break and unloading of the Matrix, the lot of us headed to Santa Fe for yummy dins. The Fish Tacos (hehehehe) were quite good, but I would have liked more salsa, but I’m a condiment junkie that way…back at the house we made plans for the next day then headed to bed after a 10pm trek to locate some breakfast stuffs for the next day.

There was an incident with the coffee the following morning that I will not be discussing other than to say: medium grind coffee + Bodum = ouchy me.

The next morning found us here:

 

 

 

 

 

That’s us, in the car, stopped, waiting to get to the Dutchess County Fair grounds that were 2 miles away! Eventually we did get there…

 

 

 

 

 

What happened next will have to wait till the next post because I have a Birthday Boy in the house who has requested tostadas & a chocolate mousse cake for dinner.

 

And then it was all over

After the loom in the Audi antics of the morning we settled down to learn all sorts of cool stuff that can be done with a Rigid Heddle Loom and here is where I developed some camnesia.

Although I did take this photo of my lunch.

That is a loose meat sandwich, topped with chilim onions, mustard and cheese. It was interesting and the whole time I was eating it all I could think of was when Roseanne opened a loose meat restaurant on the Rosanne.

After the class was over I asked Jane to sign my Cricket

We went for some dinner and then it was time to go home…

As sad as it was that my little trip was over, four days was a nice little break from Chris and the kids and I was ready to come home by Sunday morning. It was a really great trip, I learned a lot and have decided that I would like to take a trip like this every year, SOAR, John C. Campbell Folk School and Golden Gate Fiber Institute are now in my crosshairs. Although 2010 may be tripless due to the procurement of my very own Baby Wolf.

Will that loom fit in the Audi?

Saturday morning was pretty uneventfull, we all woke up, had some yummy pasteries and coffee. Ezara bought a Baby Wolf…then it was a question of wether or not it would fit in her car.

Turns out Audi’s are made for hauling a Baby Wolf

with room to spare for say a Wolf Pup

The loom was brought back into the shop so that heddles could be added. Ezara chose the Inserted Eye style for her heddles.

Jane gave us a mini lesson on how to remove the shafts

and insert the heddles

This is about the point that part of my brain that really loves tinkering, good design and all thing engineering swooned and I may have said that I will be placing an order for an 8 shaft Wold Pup loom of my own as soon as I get home and work out the household budget to make it mine.

That night…

When the class was over on Friday night, some of us stayed behind for the super cool sleepover with Jane Patrick! Apparently when Beth has a multi-day class she likes to have a sleep over IN THE STORE!!!!! How cool is that?!

We had some birthday cake from Cold Stone Creamery, as it turns out me, Chelsea and Denny have our birthdays in a row. We also sent good thoughts to Rachel H who had her birthday on Friday. Happy Belated Birthday Rachel H!

There was some spinning

An autograph session

and then we all went to bed…

Weaving with Jane Patrick

I wasn’t sure when I would get the time to make this post but two little people with a case of the Upchucks have made it happen sooner.

So we left off with me warping my new Cricket Loom on Thursday night in the hotel room.

Friday morning dawned bright and sunny, Denny and I were off on a small road trip with Beth and Jane Patrick to Heritage Spinning and Weaving, a neat little shop in Lake Orion. We had some lunch at a cafe, I got to see a Rivendell Saluki in the wild (I have some deep love for those bikes) then we were back on the road to The Spinning Loft where I met the Wall of Fleece.

Le sigh, the smell of raw fleece brought back all my memories of the sheep we kept on the Farm.

If you ever want/need to do a fleece study Beth is so your lady! She has got all sorts of fleece and man is she ever knowledgeable! I could have harassed her all weekend about the diffrent breeds and the finer points of specific breeds. If she ever teaches a breed class I’m so there!

We helped Beth rearrange the shop for the class, and Jane showed me how easily the Baby Wolf folds up…

While we were waiting for the rest of the class mates to show up, Denny helped Jane Patrick out with her colour work knitting.

And then we were off to the races…

Learning all sorts of warp and weft float techniques.

Germs make for crummy souvenirs

I haz a cold. Typhoid Denny is responsable.

That is my only complaint about my trip to Michigan.

It was a very well timed (I was in desperate need of a nice little getaway, and now feel way less squirrly) and so very cool!

The train ride down had Denny spindeling away (too tight a shot to get her all in but trust me, she is spindeling!), me fighting with a lace pattern that was frogged on the ride home.

There was some mini brie with our afternoon Tea.

The rest of the train ride down was pretty uneventful, we looked out the windows, saw some deer and other pretty wildlife and got our geography royally confused (okay maybe that was just me). We were picked up in Windsor by the Lovely Beth`s man LouSmith who drove us over the boarder and onwards to Howell.

On the way to the Airport with Beth to pick up Jane Patrick there was pit stop for Cold Stone Creamery which clearly pleased Denny.

After we picked up Jane, we had some dinner and were dropped back at the Hotel where at midnight I was warping my new Cricket so as to be ready for class the next day…

Tomorrow we weave…