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 to purchase a sheep, or a sheep fence, or that stuff they dip sheep in.
Move on to the easier thought experiment of tracking down yarn that Rhinebeck vendors also sell online.
Four Yarns to Think Hard About
Harrisville Designs: Some of my favorite yarn in the world: tweedy, woolly, made in New Hampshire. We used Harrisville Highland for the Margaret sweater in our second book. (PS Harrisville is having an Autumn Potholder Loop special, in case you’re jonesing to make a Potholder Loop Rug. Their potholder loops are the best. )
Verdant Gryphon: One of the lushest dyers around. They’re not at literal Rhinebeck this year, but they are having a Virtual Rhinebeck. I get why they would skip the show. Last time I was there, their booth looked like a pack of hyenas had mistaken yarn for raw meat. Despite the complete lack of knittable quantities of yarn, the line was still twenty people long, completely willing to wait until they could breathe in the vapors of the departed yarns. One of the deals online is this four-pack of one-of-a-kind Bugga:
Green Mountain Spinnery: A worker-owned cooperative in Putney, Vermont. Is there a sentence more not Amazon.com than that? Cannot believe I am considering cream-colored yarn after just finishing that sweater, but c’mon—this deeply authentic stuff is a mix of Columbia, Rambouillet, Leichester and Coopworth sourced from Noone Farm. It’s from Maine. It’s special.
Tess’ Designer Yarns: Lost all touch with reality in this booth. Ended up making a brilliant Kate Davies pullover, Boreal, with Tess’s Grand Manan. (Read the tale of that project: Vote with Your Dollars, Holiday Greetings!, On Knitting Badly, Blizzard Conditions Challenge Photo Shoot of Finished Object.)
Finally, I am so nostalgic that I had to watch this Rhinebeck interview we did right there in front of the beer stand. I still have that indigo yarn. I think I have an idea.
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