I remember hearing the name invoked by other knitters and being sort of blase about it. I'd gone to Maryland Sheep & Wool, I'd been going to Stitches, so what was the big deal about one more fiber festival?
But there is something about Rhinebeck.
I suspected it was the crisp fall weather (the thing I hate about Maryland S&W is that it's usually hot and summer-like) but this weekend was pretty warm and sunny, and it was still something special. Maybe it's a slightly different mix of vendors -- more farms and less novelty yarn -- or maybe it's a slightly different mix of attendees -- more intense knitters? more spinners? -- but whatever the reason, there is something about Rhinebeck.
Maybe it's the barfing pumpkins.
Full report tomorrow...
*My oldest kid sent me the cutest email asking how I liked "Rheinbech." Pretty good spelling guess for a 9 year-old.