Friday, October 26, 2007

The trip I didn't take to Rhinebeck

It has been great fun reading everyone's blog entries over the past week to hear about, and see, the fun that occurred at Rhinebeck this year. I've seen some pretty fantastic photos at both Betharoopie's and Michelle's.

This year, like all previous years, I did not attend Rhinebeck and I had a great time not doing it.
Instead, I stayed at home, drank tea, did a little knitting, and watched a few fires.

Not going to Rhinebeck, I also scored no new yarn or fiber! Wanna see what I didn't buy this weekend (but rather the fibery goodness that is in my stash)?

Just look at that selection! And the best thing... I didn't have to fight any crowds, watch a guy show off by riding around on two horses, or eat any deep-fried 1000-calorie-per-serving fried artichokes to get it!

Even without shopping with all my blogger friends, I still have a full sweater's worth of this Lana Grossa Royal Tweed. I've been thinking about the textured tunic from Fitted Knits for this stuff.

Even though I didn't get to see all those cute little alpaca, sheep, and bunny faces in person, I still have another sweater's worth of this Bam Boo from Classic Elite Yarns.

Just like all those fanatic sock knitters who were at Rhinebeck, I do have a lovely assortment of sock yarn to show.

This is some yummy Lorna's Laces in Amethyst Stripes I got in Monrovia at Unraveled.

I also have this Lorna's Laces in Shadow that I purchased from Cookie A in one of her de-stashing exercises.

This yarn, Wick from Knit One Crochet Too in color 467, I'm definitely looking forward to trying out... 53% soy, 47% polypropylene. This I found at Two Old Divas, just a few short blocks from my home. Should knit up into some fine socks.

And this Cascade Fixation (from Knitwitz, home of my local SnB) should also make some great socks, maybe something from Knitting Lingerie Style.

And last in the sock yarn division, Trekking. You know, as I look at this yarn again I can easily see why I thought it would make good socks. Maybe it needs to come off that in progress pile and into serious knitting rotation.

Of course, not going to Rhinebeck also let me take a look at all the other fiber goodness I've acquired recently.

There are the basic wools that came with my Louet drop spindle starter kit (the brown, black, and cream at the top left of the photo).

And of course there is this great 50% BFL, 50% Alpaca blend (BlissFul) from Knitifacts that I got at the Santa Monica Fiber Fest in August.

And last but not least, there's this fabulous natural color Bluefaced Leicester and a dark brown Corriedale that I got at Stick & Stone Fiberarts when I purchased Joy.

Wow! What a sight it is!

I have great yarn and fiber to show for not travelling and I saved myself a bucket of money! I will miss not having met all the blogger during Blogger Bingo and hope that another time we'll meet in person, but at least we'll all have the memories of not being together at Rhinebeck 2007!

Thanks to Karrie for suggesting we all share our non-Rhinebeck related weekend.


Michelle said...

Hey! I have a single skein of Lorna's Laces in black and white that looks like it would coordinate with your Shadow. It's just sitting here not doing anything, so if you want it let me know.

Octopus Knits said...

Your non-Rhinebeck extravaganza was awesome! (Oh, and your fingerless gloves are looking great, too!)

karrie said...

Wow! you really have a great fake-rhinebeck haul!