It was the Annual Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. Tara's in-laws live in Hyde Park, NY, and have a lake house in a town near Rhinebeck that she and I stayed in. We got in on Friday afternoon, got a great dinner of bread, cheese, salami and wine. Saturday, it was breakfast at a great coffee shop in town, meeting up with a friend of Tara's, then off to the festival!
We saw goats, sheep, alpacas, llamas (who have banana shaped ears, while alpacas do not), an alpaca parade, YARN, fleece, roving, books, hand-knit stuff, needles, oh my goodness, everything.
We came up with a scavenger hunt to try and find certain things (because knitting people can be WEIRD):
- a person wearing 3 or more homemade knits at one time
- a person walking while knitting (WWK)
- a person knitting the actual garment they were wearing
- a person spinning yarn on their portable spinner while walking
We definitely saw the first two, many times over, but did not see the last two. I'm sure they were out there, though...we will have to look harder next time!
Sunday we spent most the day at FDR's home in Hyde Park. The home was rather modest, considering he was President. The museum was just redone and amazing - so well done. It reminded me of the Newseum. Really worth the time to go, and I was really happy that Tara was up for doing it again!
We had a great dinner in Rhinebeck after FDRs house, and found a yarn shop. As if we hadn't been looking at yarn all weekend long.
It was a great weather weekend, great company, great places to go and see, and we just had the best time.
Lake house view - peak fall!
Gorgeous farm near the lake house
Cool clouds on the way home