Spent the day in Rhinebeck, NY yesterday at the Sheep and Wool Festival. My first time there, but certainly will not be my last. We had a wonderful time. It was packed, wall to wall people, vendors ... too many to even try to count, yarns like I have never seen before and the most exquisite work, mostly in knitting giving me another tug to get out those needles and give another try! The two friends I was with are also into rug making and I think I've been bitten by the noodle bug (noodles are the strips of fabric used for rug making) and, keeping true to my love of crochet, Shirret which is crocheting rugs from fabric scrap.
The first stop on entering the fair grounds was ... would you believe ... Kangaroos! We were mesmerized by these darling animals. They are smaller then I thought and low and behold mama had her baby in her pouch. It was the cutest thing. Can you see the little one?
Most of the vendors are housed within buildings so I think other then the outdoor food vendors, weather is not too much of a concern. We saw that when a short lived rain shower hit. Everyone outside ran for shelter, waited for it to stop and resumed what they were doing. There's nothing there that could dampen the spirit. Most of where you went there were lines, there were throngs of people but I think that added to the excitement. People everywhere, vendors or visitors, were friendly and very accomodating. That's crafters for you, a wonderful group of people. We came away rejuventated and more then ever ready to craft.
On the way home we talked of next year's Festival. A good time was had by all.
Good times with good friends, that's a blessing.