Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool Festival) is an amazing fiber fest held in October. I'd visited once while I was at Hartwick, and had to go back last year. I took a class last year, which was a bit of a waste of money, but the festival is always worth the trip.
|Disc dog exhibit at Rhinebeck last year.|
Last year I entered 2 skeins and 2 finished projects. One skein got disqualified because I didn't have the fiber labeled (the website didn't tell you to do that!), and one project got disqualified because it contained bamboo (which apparently isn't a natural fiber). But of the remaining 2 items, I got a 3rd with the skein (2-ply Polwarth) and a 2nd with the felted bag.
|My disqualified cowl and the Polwarth skein that got judged.|
|My Rhinebeck winnings!|
I'm still not going to go crazy this year, but I wanted to do a few more projects and skeins to enter.
Luckily one project is already done! I made my sister a pair of socks for her birthday, which isn't until November, so they're going to Rhinebeck first!
Next up is a surprise project, as it is another gift that the recipient doesn't know about!
The third project is going to be a pair of gorgeous color work mittens. I'm hoping that I have some Knit Picks Palette at home in suitable colors, so I don't have to buy 8 balls of yarn!
And last but not least is a gorgeous cowl. It will be knit with handspun camel/silk.
I may or may not enter my handspun sweater as well...can't decide!
|My handspun sweater.|