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This past Saturday morning we left bright dark and early to hit the road to Rhinebeck for the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival!  Foggy fields and a cloudy sky made the drive a little ominous, but things brightened up once we arrived.

Our timing was just perfect.  Close parking, no lines, and happy people!  The fairgrounds were ringed with gorgeous trees, bursting with all of the bright colors of autumn.  This one had a particularly stunning golden glow!

We were ready for anything in our cozy handknits. . . except the 78 degree temperatures.  We held out as long as we could, but this photo was taken just before the sweaters had to come off!  John (Celeste’s husband) was a trooper in his Cobblestone pullover, Celeste wore her Ene’s Scarf, and Jen (appropriately, or so she thought!) was sporting her gorgeous October Frost cardigan.  We spied many in the crowd wearing some of our favorite designs – it was so inspiring to see stunning handknits in the wild!

We ran to Building A to check out Weston Hill Farm’s booth.  Celeste (right) designed three accessory patterns for Weston Hill Farm, and debuted them at Rhinebeck!  Check out Eileen (left) & Chris Testo on their farm’s website, and meet their amazing cast of animal characters! And. . . be sure to hop into Sage to pick up the patterns for yourself!  Celeste will be teaching the Rocky Peak Ridge hat at Sage on Sunday, Nov. 11.  Details and registration information to come!

We had a fantastic time catching up with old friends, spotting knitting celebrities, and supplementing our yarn & fiber stashes!  Check out the haul. . . clockwise from lower left: bluejay sock yarn from Sliver Moon Farm Fiber Arts, hand dyed DK weight Blue Face Leicester yarn from Jan Marek Raczkowski Studio, Show Special Corriedale Mix fiber from Gale’s Art, and a skein of Rhinebeck 2012 exclusive blue/black Wink sock yarn from Periwinkle Sheep!

Until next year… happy knitting, crocheting & spinning, everyone!