Of course, the downside of not posting about Rhinebeck immediately following the event is that so many other bloggers beat you to all the good stuff. Nevertheless, I have stuff to say, even if you have heard it all before.
There are loads of things I could tell you about why the weekend was so special. Here are just a few:
Most important, it was FUN. Frankly, I have a hangover from all the fun. Shut up. It’s not from the wine.
Blogless Sharon is a wonderful traveling companion. She drives through rain without complaint. She stops for coffee at a moment’s notice. And she doesn’t even get mad when the co-pilot screws up the directions. I wouldn’t want to travel to a fiber festival without her!
I also want to say that Manise makes a great roommate. She sleeps on a sofa bed and doesn’t whine about it. She cleans up after a mega-party and still manages to crack jokes and smile. And she’s always ready to hold your bags or give you a hug. Or both.
I got to meet my “ring sister” Vicki. See, Vicki hooked me up with Dixie so I could get one of these oh-so-special-cable-knit-rings as a birthday present from Dale. I was so excited to simply sit at Vicki’s feet on Friday night in the hotel lobby. We chatted and gabbed like old friends. Must be the power of the ring.
There was hanging with my peeps – all Rhinebeck first-timers like me. Despite our lack of knowledge about the festival we still managed to find our way around.
We visited Norm Hall’s booth. No, Cheryl didn’t buy this wheel. Touching it had to be enough.
The blogger meet up was out-of-control! There were bloggers everywhere. Cara organized and Stitchy facilitated with the ingenious Blogger Bingo. I was a bit of a Blogger Bingo Slacker as I left my bingo card in the hotel room. But I wore my “I’m A Square” button proudly and did have a few people check me off on their cards.
We also had a mini-Estes-Park-reunion while at the Blogger Meet Up. This is a lousy picture of me but I had to post it just because it’s cool to see Bakerina and Ann and Margene and me all together in New York instead of Colorado.
Manise is holding just some of the haul. And that’s Linda, sister of Judy, hiding behind her. Linda is just as fun and charming and smart as her sister and really needs to get a blog. Just sayin’.
After the close of the festival, there was a bit of a, errrr, gathering in my room. Laurie and I hosted this and we affectionately termed it “Winebeck” because there was a bit of wine.
And quite a few guests, as well. And cheese and crackers and snacks. Eventually there was even pizza, thanks to the organizational skills of Beth. We talked and laughed and knit and spun until quite late. I was completely flattered that so many people took time out to hang with us. And I was over-the-moon to meet Lee Ann and her family and the darling Julia of Vesper Sock Yarn fame as well as the eternally clever Anne, designer of Wing of the Moth. Of course I can’t list everyone but I am really glad all of you were there.
Had enough for today? Tomorrow I’ll show you the haul.