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Why I Love Knitting (It’s Not the Knitting) (But It Is)

Dear Kay,
I’ve got the worst case of the Rhinebeck blues. The best thing and worst thing is that Clara Parkes is coming to town in a minute on her book tour for The Yarn Whisperer. Tonight at Parnassus Books at 6:30–come one, come all!
Best thing: I get to hang out with her, which is great. The worst thing: tomorrow she is getting on a plane to go to Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. Without me.
On top of that, photographer Gale Zucker has just given us a movie for the ages. Set at Rhinebeck. It made me laugh, and it made me cry. At the same time: the most sublime emotion in the world.

If anybody ever asks me why it is that I love knitting so much, I now have the perfect answer. This movie. So many friends in there, including you, including Clara at about 6:00. And so many people giving Gale their best, hammy poses.
Love, and have fun at Rhinebeck (she said wistfully),



  1. I am excited about my first Rhinebeck, but (and should I whisper this?) more for the famed fried artichokes than any woolly stuff. And the possibility of a GOOD corndog. Although I am doubting such a thing exists, to be honest. B x x

  2. Incredibly wonderful video! I can’t make it to the festival this year, either–not that I need more yarn, but it’s great to see people I wouldn’t otherwise get to see.

  3. SO nice!

  4. Take heart, Ann – you’re not alone in missing Rhinebeck this year. So far, Stitches West is the closest I’ve come to it. Just three thousand more miles. . .

  5. So sorry I won’t get to stalk, I mean, see you this year!

  6. I want to be there!!

  7. How great is that video! I don’t have too much sympathy for you though since I haven’t ever been to Rhinebeck. But I certainly understand the desire to be there! I just wish there was a way to have that video show in half time! So many gorgeous knits.

  8. I’m missing it again this year, too, but it’s a beautiful New England day here, so that helps! Miss seeing some people, though…the folks I bought my first cashmere goat from are going to be there and I’d love to see them. Oh well.

  9. Actually, you know what I really, really wanted to go to this year? Yarndale. And then on to Shetland. And on the way back, I wanted to see Tennant at the RSC.
    What a trip that would have been!

  10. Okay, next year, Rhinebeck for sure. I’ve never been.

  11. I heard/met Clara last night in Chicago. What a lovely person/evening. and I even won a Claramel!
    Well worth the crappy 2h/less than 50 mi commute from Wisconsin.

  12. Lovely video, but it went by so fast! I want to study all of those beautiful handknits!

  13. Gale’s movie made me verklempt. (The best word my sister ever taught me!)
    I’m going to miss Rhinebeck, too. : (

  14. Before I clicked play, I thought this video won’t make me cry. But it did, and I enjoyed every second of it. Someday I will have one of those cute little black goats, a fave shot of Gale’s that I snagged for a screensaver.

  15. I was there in 2008 and would love to go back someday. The knitters in the video were so happy to be there and I know why!

  16. I’m so with you on being so sad on missing out on Rhinebeck this year. And Gale’s awesome video is just making it worse, especially since those 2 lovely spindling ladies that are featured in the pane for it are my Rhinebeck buddies, and partners in fiber crime, Kristin Husher and Heather Shelton! So, I’ll lift a glass to you, who will be sharing in my bereftness this weekend. Rhinebeck is magical, and I will be back next year!

  17. fantastic!

  18. Always top … I love your super amazing blog 🙂

  19. Watching the video gave me much joy. I knit because it makes me happy.

  20. Also not going, also never been. Do any of you remember the point where we signed up to prove there is life without Rhinebeck??

  21. Anyone have an email addy for Ann or Kay? I want to see if they ever would come to Rochester NY to the Rochester Knitting Guild to SPEAK! and or do Workshops!


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