We heard more than one person say this was their favorite Rhinebeck of all. For a couple of chilly October days, thousands of knitters and shepherds and yarnmakers came together and let it all hang out.
We don’t recall more perfect sweater weather. It was incredible, the plenitude of gorgeous, wacky, elegant and—in a trend that seems to be growing—matching sweaters.
It was great. It was a feeling we hope you can see in this pile of photos that we snapped along the way. Be sure to click through the gallery up top as well as below.
Thank you to everybody who stopped to say hi, who let us take their pictures, who let us peek into their purchases.
We’re trying to think of the moment that best captures the heart and love of this weekend. It had to be the moment that our friend Jenn Reimels opened the back of her SUV to introduce us to Mac, the Santa Cruz lamb that she was bringing home to join her other three sheep down in Pennsylvania.
Needless to say, this was the ultimate in stash enhancement.
Jenn’s friend Amanda Barcenas (the proprietor of Prado de Lana Sheep Farm) gently brought Mac out from the car. (Her own flock is more than 40 sheep, so she had an easy hand with him.) Cristina and Nell and Maura and Ana and we just went all woogly.
Mac is magnificent, six months old and maybe 20 pounds. He is serene. He is glad to be here. He is one of the rarest sheep breeds on earth (maybe 150 in existence at the moment), so we hope he will live long and prosper.
That’s Mac up top, beaming at Jenn.
Ann and Kay
Many hands do Kay’s work: @Nellknits and @Dianeknits sewing in ends on the Kaffe Fassett Big Flower Jacket.
Diane was awfully cheerful about it. Git ‘r’ done!
Our fancy sign at Indie Untangled. Thank you Lisa!
@KathleenDames pitching in at the Backyard Fiber Works booth at Indie Untangled on Friday.
Ann yapping with Alice O’Reilly of @backyardfiberworks at Indie Untangled.
Look who’s wearing what she made? Sonya Philip pairs sheepy trousers with a fresh-off-the-needles Carbeth Cardigan. (Everybody wished they had a bulky weight sweater, especially on Sunday.)
The Humuli Club was ever-present. The one on the left was in yellow Cascade 220 with a gorgeous hand-spun yoke; its wearer is colleen, sewdelighted on Ravelry.
Savage Heart Cardigan meet-up: Kay and @Vicki.knitorious.
Sheila, proud in the crowd in her Humulus.
Michale with her amazing felted log cabin bag. (We shrieked!) On the one hand, it’s her own pattern. On the other hand, you can count the log cabin patches (16) and see how she arranged them in bag formation.
Such a lovely autumnal version of The Throwback! (lynn is also rocking a GGmadeit tee, which pairs well with any handknit.)
@indigonightowl Laura in a symphony of woolens that includes a Leif Cowl. The cardigan is a Freyja Lopapeysa and I believe it was a first-time steek for Laura.
The Moebiuses: Christine (@minimoebius) and Colin. Mr. Moebius has a sad because he had to wear last year’s Rhinebeck sweater, but he put on a brave face. christine is wearing marilyn’s cowl by Carolyn Bloom and wolf river pullover.
Our ladies of the Papa pullover by Junko Okamoto; their Instagram handles are @cherylcosta_price @seaofstring and @sophievf.lewing.
A Joji Locatelli and Kate Davies sandwich. The bread is Maggy Wolf and Carol Timmers in Mint Leaves pullovers and the filling is Marti Lindstrom in Strathendrick.
A wooly bear neighbor at our Air Bnb. we’ve got conflicting theories as to whether the width of his stripe portends a long or short winter.