I'm back from the day trip up to Rhinebeck and I'm so tired. I really think it's as big as MDS&W, or at least close to it, it took several hours to walk through all the booths and pet all the balls of yarn.
The very first thing that happened when I walked in is I was looking to the side into a booth when Stephanie walked right up to me and went "HI!" all excited. It's really funny to have HER recognise ME! She was with Cassandra, whom I'd never met in person before. And nearby was Juno, buying a new spindle, and we caught up a bit while she paid for her new toy.
The next thing that happened, well, I still haven't recovered from it.
We walked into Grafton Fibers and I fell head over heels in love with the felted piece that Linda Diak made and had up in the booth (the top one in that link). It's absolutely amazing. I talked to her about it and I would have traded Tramonto for it but I couldn't afford it, so I resigned myself to staring at it in awe and telling Linda how amazing it is. I wish I had enough money to buy it and hang it over my couch! It's the best example of felting I've ever seen, hands down. Gorgeous. I'm haunted.
After leaving half my heart behind in that booth, we wandered around some more. I picked up two skeins of Koigu (big shock, I know) and nothing else other than a gift for someone. Laura walked up to me and introduced herself, then I spotted Cara and Claudia and a few people I know from String . . . while waiting in line to pay at one booth I met Heather, who had great new handwarmers on. And on the way out we ran into Laura again and Stephanie (I think it was her) who was wearing a gorgeous Koigu pullover. If I'd had a Blogger Bingo card I think I would have done very well!
It was a lot of fun and I'm glad I went, and I'm happy I got to say hi to so many cyber friends! Sorry if I missed anyone!
And a special thank you to Donna who was my ride!