Snippets: Armchair Rhinebeck


Dear Kay, Today, a virtual Rhinebeck for those of us who are not among the 40,000 lamb-huggin’, lamb-shearin’, lamb-eatin’ wool maniacs in upstate New York this weekend. Time for some sweet, sweet armchair knitting. Hold on—how can knitting be any more armchair based than it already is? Flip up the leg thing on your Barcalounger, and sit back. Consider Animal Husbandry Begin with the full vendor list. Contemplate your need...

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Sheeple Get Ready: Rhinebeck 2015


Dear Ann and Everybody, So, I get one day at Rhinebeck this year: Saturday. I want to make the most of it. In Rhinebecks Past, I have run around for 7 hours in a fevered state of excitement (which I enjoy). Sometimes I find myself in the same barn, looking at the same beeswax Santas, two or three times. I know I am looking for Something Special, but I get blown off course by running into a friend, or getting starstruck, or gazing into one of...

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The Fog of Wool

Dear Ann, It’s Wednesday and I’ve just finished hooking a small rug and I’m still floating on the fumes of my Saturday at Rhinebeck, aka the New York Sheep & Wool Festival, aka my annual renewal of my vows to knitting. I know that, for people who don’t (a) live in the Northeast and/or (b) organize their personal, family and religious calendars around knitting, Rhinebeck is a kind of Emerald City that they read about...

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Let’s Look At Some Pictures of Rhinebeck, Shall We?

Let's Look At Some Pictures of Rhinebeck, Shall We? - 1

Dear Ann, First, a brief update on ME. We are fine, thank you to everybody who has asked after us. Our lights flickered but never failed. From inside a 12th-floor apartment, it did not seem like a particularly bad storm–not a lot of noise but a terrible sense of pressure against the windows– but we knew what was happening, and it happened. I have not ventured out of our relatively unscathed Upper West Side neighborhood yet. ...

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Rhinebeck Dos and Don’ts

Dear Ann, Not to rub your nose in it, but I’ll be heading up to Rhinebeck, on Sunday this year. It makes me laugh to remember that when I first heard about the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, maybe 15 years ago, I thought to myself, “Phew–at least I’m not so deep into this knitting thing that I’ll ever even THINK of going to a sheep festival. Those people must be NUTS.” And now, Rhinebeck is right up...

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What What

What What - 1

Dear Ann, It seems that I’ve taken an unscheduled holiday from our beloved blog. The truth is, Real Life has been hopping. Hopping I tell you! The Dead Sea Highlighters have been excavated again, as somebody in our house will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah next month. The 6-8 weeks leading up to a bar mitzvah can really explode a person’s schedule. In fairness, they should throw in ordination at the end of the process,...

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