KnitCrate at Rhinebeck

We had a blast attending the SHEEP & WOOL FESTIVAL at Rhinebeck last weekend! It was the perfect weekend to walk around exploring new yarns, notions, crafts and much more. We met with dozens of vendors about their fantastic products – some will make the cut for inclusion in future KnitCrates! In case you’ve never experienced this wonderful event here are a few pics of our experience…



Fall foliage surrounded us during our time perusing the different offerings. We hit practically ALL the food stands – so fun!



We met up with longtime KnitCrater Erin Kennedy! It was wonderful to meet another subscriber in person to talk yarn and more. Erin has been a steadfast supporter of KnitCrate and we truly appreciate the feedback she has provided this year. She picked up some awesome finds at Rhinebeck!



Something from KnitCrate’s present (and possibly future!) – we met up with Bijou Basin owners Carl and his lovely wife Eileen. As you know Bijou Basin’s yummy Bijou Bliss yarn was featured in October Baby, Beginner and Int/Adv KnitCrates – such a hit with all of our KnitCraters! Bijou Basin’s booth was hopping for the entire festival. Carl did Andrea justice by bending his knees for this photo op!


Something from KnitCrate’s future – Miss Babs was kind enough to tear herself away from her busy booth to talk about Jack and let us know how excited she is to be featured in a future KnitCrate! Wow!!


After spending time with fabulous people we decided to learn about the various animals on display at Rhinebeck – so much to learn about different types of fibers! We appreciated that all of the farm owners took time to give us detailed answers from raising animals to shearing, spinning and more. We’ve been debating between getting sheep or alpaca for our 26-acres and we’ve decided to go with…to be announced later!!


We were accompanied by our little KnitCrate helper Warren (he’s the youngest of our three children). You can see that Warren was partial to taking a few friends home!



It just went on and on and on and on…



Andrea did a lot of pointing out quickly followed with a purchase – overall she was VERY selective with her purchases. Lots of inspiration for future KnitCrates! You can see that Andrea wore her StevenBe Ponchellini Kit and carried her KnitCrate Boat Tote.


Some attendees couldn’t wait to get home to knit up their new lovelies – they just plopped down and had at it! Who can blame them?!


If you ever attend the festival at Rhinebeck make some time to visit the Antique Museum Village – it’s a well put together display of life in year’s past. Warren fell asleep…


Andrea was happy to pick up some goodies…here is a much obsessed over basket from Africa. These baskets are a staple at the Rhinebeck fair. Several vendors carry them one of which will water shape it for you! This basket became an obsession as Andrea spent the day stalking ladies to figure out where this vendor was located. Happily this basket came home with us!



Andrea loves buttons! There were many crafters with such a beautiful variety of buttons to choose from. Here is one of Andrea’s favorite button finds – a handmade porcelain button perfect for her Libby Summers Emily Scarf.


We had a very difficult time choosing from all the beautiful yarns available at Rhinebeck. Here are a few favorites that might be featured in a future KnitCrate so we’re not telling where they’re from!


Phew!! All done and excited for next year’s fair.


On the way home we stopped at historic Vanderbilt Mansion – such a wonderful 1.5 hour tour that the National Park Service puts on! Warren had LOTS of questions like “where are the ghosts?” (his favorite game is Luigi’s Mansion on his Nintendo DS).