Here's what I brought home from the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival today.
I didn't buy much, really. I didn't have the money to. And even if I did, after walking around all day, things started to look the same from one vendor to the next. I ended up making my purchases based mostly on feel.
The first was that sport weight brown alpaca. The color is called chocolate and the stuff feels as smooth and sweet as one would expect chocolate to. I picked up one hank of that (about 660 yards) along with a lovely leaf lace shawl pattern to make with it. Before I left I had to go back and get another one to make something for myself with.
I found myself drawn to the lace weight mohair all day but was just so indecisive about color. A lot of it felt rather coarse to me though, until a woman put this white stuff in my hands and it just stuck there and I swear the stuff just wouldn't let me put it down! It's about 1000 yards and was a great buy and it spoke to me immediately about who it wanted to be a gift for. I couldn't resist.
The sock yarn from Dorchester Farms has now become a regular buy for me at Rhinebeck. Jim's friend Ken who runs the booth is a great guy, and the hand spun and hand painted yarn is just fantastic. I had a hard time deciding on colors. Check them out at www.dorchesterfarms.com
The wine is from a New York winery. It's a cranberry wine and as soon as I tasted it, I knew a bottle just HAD to come home with me. We have some REALLY good wineries in New York and many of them have tables in the specialty food and wine building. I did a fair bit of tasting there today. I probably would have spent more money there if I'd had it.
I had a fantastic time hanging out with Jim (Knipper) all day. We saw Joe (QueerJoe), Mel and his partner Dave at their booth, and many other people we knew along the way. I have to agree with Jim that the social aspect of going to Rhinebeck every year is just great, and the fact that there's so much yummy fiber to see and feel (and buy) all day is what brings us all together.