This year’s New York Sheep and Wool Festival is in the books, and it was a grand one.
For two October days—a crystalline Saturday and a foggy, be-drizzled Sunday—thousands of knitters and shepherds and yarnmakers came together, to experience their virtual knitting community in real life. We have never seen the Dutchess County Fairgrounds so packed with people, sweaters, and joy.
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. (Please let us know if we misidentify you!)
A high point: getting to talk to Melanie Falick about her fantastic new book, Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live.
A high-on-sugar point. Ann succumbs to the kettle corn (again).
A bottom line pullover party featuring Nashvillian Kelley Dew (and a bottom line cardigan.)
Mother and daughter lopi (and dimples).
The Air BNB might have had its issues (being on the grounds of a haunted motel), but it was perfectly styled for knitwear photography. here: cristina’s double-wide parallelogram scarf is not even scared.
all about the wellness: Co-bloggettes on a pre-festival hike in Tivoli.
Clip & save: bear instructions. (we totally would have run.)
at the fairgrounds: Sunne Meyer in Marie Wallin and bag of her own making (among other handmade wonders). Yer killin’ us, Sunne!
the delegation from Kay’s knitting group, the mighty balabustas. Their scarves are All You Need by heidi kirrmaier, in Jill Draper’s marvelous farm-to-skein yarn, Mohonk.
Visitors from the UK: Angela and Shirley. You can’t see Shirley McAlpine’s amazing Loopy Mango cardigan very well in this photo, but we couldn’t take our eyes off it.
Loopy Mango’s head designer, Oejung Kim, was at the table next door, and as always, her outfit was amazing and hi-vis.
What to wear to the falafel stand (if you’re Oejung). have you seen her new book?
MDK contributor meetup: Jen Arnall-Culliford AND Samantha Brunson.
Saturday saw many meetups on the hill, and perfect photo conditions. Here, proving the point: Kiki Hall and Stephen Hartley, all the way from Joshua Tree.
America’s got hugz: a moment on the hill with Gaye Glasspie aka @ggmadeit aka Icon of All that Is Orange.
Champion spinner @alexcreates created this stupendous pullover, which combines knitting and crochet and has a . . .
. . . party in the back.
Hatdana two ways: minutes before the epic Hatdana meetup with star designer Denise Bayron.
Three sweet shepherds: the family Prado de Lana.
The Mini Moebii + Cristina. We’re declaring this a win for #TeamColin, as he is wearing a brand-new Rhinebeck sweater.
Beloved wool warrior Clara Parkes signing her brand-new book, Vanishing Fleece.
Tiny! Goats! We could’ve watched these (literal) kids hopping around on their Little Tikes climber all day.
Thank you to everybody who braved the scrum in the book barn to say hi, told us that they are indeed in their pajamas when they read their Snippets every Saturday morning, let us take their pictures, and told us the details about the amazing sweaters they were wearing.
One thing we kept saying in response to kind words was, “That means a lot to us.”
It really does.
Ann and Kay