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 those amazing Fair Isle skirts that seem to come out only for Rhinebeck (you know the ones). At the end of the day, I get in the car, follow the line of cars trying to exit the parking lot in the gloaming, and feel a vague sense of WHAT JUST HAPPENED. It has all flown by too quickly and I missed seeing people I wanted to see and I didn’t see one single skein of indigo-dyed wool, let alone buy any so that I could cast it on that night, 5 minutes after dropping my bags and jumping into my PJs.
I’d like this year to be different. To maximize seeing people, I am going to go to the Ravelry meet up “on the hill” at 1 o’clock. From there, I’ll go to the picnic tables by the food court, in the direction of the barn where the books are. There I’ll stay, among the People of Rhinebeck, and lap it all up for a while. Sitting still seems like a good strategy for seeing people.
Other items on my list:
–Saying hello to Cecilia Campochiaro, the bright star who wrote Sequence Knitting, who will be hanging out at Carolina Homespun (booth 14-17, Building 39) all day Saturday. (On Sunday she’ll be giving a lecture in the book hall, but alas I will not be there on Sunday.)
–Visiting the book hall (Building B) to catch a glimpse of Kristine Vejar, who will be signing her new book The Modern Natural Dyer, on both days, and giving a talk on Sunday at 1:30. (Alas. Again.) (I’ve seen this book. It’s exquisite and a must-have for anyone venturing into natural dying. Come for the indigo. Stay for the dead bugs.)
–Spending more time in the book hall (perilously close to the kettle corn stand) to lay a hug on Clara Parkes, who will be signing galleys of her forthcoming book of knitting-related travel adventures, Knitlandia. (I’ve read it. Every beautiful word. If you score a galley, you can read about Rhinebeck, while you’re at Rhinebeck.)
These things will all be fun and will anchor my day. But I need help. Dear people who follow me on Instagram and know what I like, please tell me where to go to find what I like. I mean it. I would love to buy a sweater’s worth of indigo or other naturally dyed, sturdy wool. DK-ish to worsted-ish. I could go as light as sockweight, as heavy as Aran. Where do you think I could find it? If you have an answer or idea, I’d be grateful if you would leave it in the comments. I’m hoping to find this elusive sweater’s worth of naturally dyed yarn before I fall into a deep hole at Heavens to Betsy, the rug hooking booth to which I have been susceptible on an annual basis. (Help. Me.)
(A successful Heavens to Betsy project from Rhinebeck 2009? 2012? — awaiting its destiny as a cushion or rug. I like the way the background radiates around the shapes of bird and flowers; this is one of my favorite things about hooked rugs. It puts me in mind of Keith Haring, Van Gogh, neon signs.)
To anybody who sees me there, I may have a look of desperate longing (for indigo) on my face, but I’d love to say hi. Have a great Rhinebeck. And to those not going in person, have a great armchair Rhinebeck. Layer on an improbable combination of handknits and follow along on Twitter and Instagram. While virtuously knitting the yarn you already have, instead of buying more.
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