Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY

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?

I did get a few pictures of Shirret rugs and did purchase the tool.  These are made from scrap materials, old clothing, etc.  A wonderful way to recycle as well as produce amazing rugs.

 I do believe that I am going to give my hand a try at rug hooking as well.  I did get a picture of the completed Santa  pattern that one of my friends bought.  After that the camera went into my purse and stayed there.  Just wasn't enough time and room for photos.

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.


  1. Sounds like a great time glor - glad you enjoyed yourself. :)

  2. Glad you had a nice time, Gloria. Sure does sound like a fun place to be! :)

  3. Sounds like you had sucn a great time. :)

    I think it's funny that you keep running into knitting things....pick up those needles woman! :)

    I love the rug hooking pictures. Hmmmm maybe I need to check that out, too.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful day spent with friends. The rugs are very pretty. Have a great Sunday Glor. :-)

  5. That sounds like great fun. Those rugs are amazing. The Salvation Army and another organization here teaches displaced ladies to crochet rugs from old clothes and material. I have a couple and love them. I've never heard of buttercup squash but I love all squash and will eat it just about anyone it's cooked up. Tonight hubby wanted to know why I wasn't making soup anymore. Last time I made it, he complained that all I made was soup. Men. Hope your day is great. Tammy

  6. If you ever come to Oz pop by my place, on any given day I have Kangaroos in my front yard. Its Spring her and the joey's have just started to get big enough to pop there little heads or legs, or both out of their Mother's pouch.