So yesterday morning I met 3 friends at the car rental place (I was the last one there, as usual) to pick up my rental car to go to Rhinebeck. I had reserved the "economy" size car (read: cheapest) and what do they hand me? A gigantic Ford Explorer! I was really nervous about driving such a huge car since I'm used to driving what I affectionately refer to as "rollerskates" . . . but it turned out to be really easy and fun! Although you really can't tell if you're doing 60 or 80 in those things, which isn't always a good thing. But I digress.
We got a little lost finding Rhinebeck but actually made great time, arriving just around lunchtime. I was really hungry so we headed almost immediately to the food tents, and somehow managed (probably in our hungry daze) to completely miss the tent with lamb in it -- which is what we were all looking for. This was partially made up for by Stacey buying fried pickles, which I freaking love.
Anyway, after we were all stuffed with greasy food we went back to shopping and looked at literally every ball of yarn in the place. It's fairs like these when I wish I were a spinner, and in fact I almost bought some fiber just cuz it was gorgeous . . . but I had to talk myself out of it. The last thing I need is another hobby (and its required stash).
The other thing I kept really REALLY wanting was an angora bunny. There were several booths selling them, and some were HUGE -- like probably 15 pounds, bigger than my dog was! They were so cute, like one giant fuzz ball, and it was all I could do to slap myself back to reality. Adam would have killed me if I had come home with a bunny. Besides, I hate angora.
So what DID I buy, you ask? This:
Two measly balls of sock yarn. They are Sliver Moon Farms (thanks Elise!) in the color Orchid Blossom, which really is as bright as it looks in the picture. I freakin' love it. So much that I sat down before we even left the fair and hand-wound that skein just so I could look at it some more! Can't wait to knit it into eye-searing socks!
All in all it was a great day, although I really think that sheep & wool festivals are really not the best shopping for me (given my track record at 2 previous MDS&W and one previous Rhinebeck). The day was more about hanging out with fellow knitters and gossiping, meeting up with online friends and eating deliciously bad food. Considering how much we spent getting up there, getting in, and eating, the amount we actually bought (well, except for Stacey who made it worthwhile!) really doesn't justify the effort . . . but we had fun!