Which one of you were assigned the duty of explaining Rhinebeck to me? *looks out in the cyber crowd* WHO was supposed to tell me to sit down and draw up a plan of attack? WHO I say? Who should have told me I would be completely overwhelmed? Somebody is in trouble.

The day started with a strikingly beautiful sunrise over the New York Skyline. I was eager and excited for my first Rhinebeck experience.
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I went by myself because my buddy had to work, so I jumped on the train from Penn Station all eager to experience all that is Rhinebeck. The hour and 45 minute ride was peaceful enough; so I decided to cast on the Hen Plaid Wrap.  More about that later, YES, I must knit at all times. 🙂 I arrive at the train station unsure as to how I will get to the actual fairgrounds. Welp, wouldn’t you know, 50% of the folks on the train were headed to Rhinebeck. Let me find out this is REALLY as big a deal as I thought. The cabs were lined up, waiting and even had a gentlemen directing the traffic. For a small fee ($8) they delivered you safe and sound to the entrance of the infamous NYS Sheep & Wool Festival.
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This map should have been my first clue. However, I am so very sure one of you were supposed to say “GG, make sure you have a plan” “make sure you know what is where and what you want”, “GG, go online and print the map so you know where you are going” or something…so I am mad at all of you! Because Rhinebeck blew my mind in such a way that I only purchased 2 things, yes you Read it properly. I, ME, the confessed yarnho, only purchased 2 things at one of the most popular Fiber festivals EVER.  Let that sink in for a moment…..Yup she was OVERWHELMED.

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I was completely OVERWHELMED, there was sooo much yarn and sooo many people. The lines though, I wasn’t prepared for that. I mean I have stood on line..but it was like a MOB scene. The lines forced me to say “excuse me, what is going on here?” I mean are they giving something away, wait I want some too. See I needed Teresa with me, she would have forced me to be organized vs. running around like…”oh look and wait, what is that?” “ooo that is pretty!” *feel, rub, squeeze*

IMG_2939.JPG Even when I wanted to get something I didn’t want to waste time in line, because there was so much to see.  The lines were like 30 minutes long or more! The Ms Babs section…I couldn’t even get close enough to see what all the hype was about. I mean I wanted to be hyped too! Man next year I am staying for the weekend!

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I mean don’t get me wrong, I had a blast! I will ABSOLUTELY go again. I met so many fiber friends from Instagram. They are all worthy of following. I will put their IG names below the picture.  I mean I have been talking Fiber with these beauties for over a year and it was so nice to hear someone say “GG? is that you?” “oh your cape looks nice!! YES people she wore the unfinished City Cape, yes she did! Quite a few folks that follow on IG said “I can’t even tell it’s not finished” Woot Woot, mission accomplished.

IMG_2936.JPGThat is the super talented Madgiddy on Instagram ^^^^^^^^

IMG_2938.JPGThese Two Knitting Divas ^^^^…I should have done a better shot, they made those sweaters JUST for Rhinebeck. I swear I want to be like them when I grow up! The extreme left is Trinikandy and the middle is Creativececi.

IMG_2934.JPGI didn’t get her IG name but she was like “GG I was up with you at 3am routing you on!” hahahahahaha kniting like I was INSANE you hear me?

IMG_2935.JPGThis is KnittingFever, don’t you love her face paint? She made me laugh, she said when you walked by I pulled up your picture and showed my daughter. “is that this lady?” LOL so very happy to meet my fiber friends

Speaking of friends, let me introduce you to a few new ones. 🙂 I was completely in love with the animals. OMG!! Super cute!!

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That is Sharon, the owner/creator of The Ablet. She came to hang out with me 🙂

So once Sharon arrived I had someone to hang out with and we ate more french fries than we should have, but they were soo good. Ravelry had a little meet up and everyone had on buttons but me ;/ I want a Ravelry button (I felt left out) hahahahahaahahahahaha. The fair grounds were gorgeous. I think everyone there took a picture of this tree.The Rhinebeck Tree….it was breathtaking!! Wait can we talk about the Apple crisp Sundae??? Good Lord I swear I had an outer body experience!!!! That thing was spiritual it was so good!

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I can hear you guys all like “Come on GG show us your Rhinebeck Haul” Well like I said, it wasn’t my usual Ihavenocontrolwhenitcomestoyarn purchase but a purchase none the less. I got a skein of Super Traveler from Dragonfly Fibers and I fell ALL the way in love with the Orient Express Collar kit. The kit includes the yarn, the fur, the leather closure and a metal label. Who is fancy? I am, I am! IMG_1030

Rhinebeck 1, GG 0 but watch me next year…just you watch!

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