Rhinebeck (aka New York Sheep & Wool) is nearly here!! Despite the horrible disaster of my Rhinebeck sweater and the fact that it’s very unlikely I’ll finish the Climbing Vines Pullover I started to replace it, though I may end up with a vest version done in time to wear Saturday, I’m still quite excited about going. I’m especially excited about joining in on the Rhinebeck Bingo fun!
What’s Rhinebeck Bingo? This will tell you everything you need to know. Short version is that it’s like bingo, but instead of getting numbers called to you, you have to find people who will be at Rhinebeck and mark them off your card (or have them sign it or check themselves off… whatever you prefer). There are prized awarded randomly and the fun is in getting to meet a people you may not have otherwise. 🙂
The great thing about the online knitting community (and the knitting community in general) is that you get to know lots of great folks, who you wouldn’t have got to know otherwise, and events like this is a great way to finally get to say hi to them in person. I don’t know if I ever would have made it to Rhinebeck last year or this year without getting to know so many fabulous knitter/crocheter/fibery people online through Ravelry, Plurk, and Twitter. I thought Rhinebeck Bingo would be a great way to interact with even more fiber folks, so I signed up to be a square and player this weekend at Rhinebeck. There’s still time to join in and be a player if you want to. Information on that can be found here.
If I’m a square on your bingo card (or if you just want to meet me and say hello), you can find me at the fairgrounds all day Saturday as well as the Ravelry meet-up mid-day and the Ravelry Party Saturday evening. Saturday is the only day I’ll be there! I’ll be wearing Iced and my Riverwalk scarf and whatever other handknits I may need to keep me warm.
I’ll be wearing my Iced sweater at Rhinebeck!
There’s also a small chance I’ll be wearing a vest version of the Climbing Vines Pullover, but who knows if I’ll get that much done!
I have just over 60 little treat bags put together, so if you find me at the fair or Ravelry meet-ups/party on Saturday and I still have them, I’ll give you one.
Will you be at Rhinebeck this weekend? If so, I’d love to meet you. Don’t be shy, come say hi! 🙂
I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH.
Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today!
I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts.
In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there.
I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)
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2 thoughts on “Rhinebeck!”
I so wish I could come but can’t get off work! Have a great time!
I’m so jealous! I’d love to go to Rhinebeck. I have to settle for SAFF, but that’s pretty good.