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Rhinebeck ’08

Ahhh, Rhinebeck. Those of us who go can’t get enough of the recaps and those of you who don’t go are probably sick of hearing about it. Too bad.

I left on Friday morning and drove out to upstate New York by myself as Blogless Sharon couldn’t go this year. It was strange to be on my own and driving that far (it’s about a 3.5 hour ride) since I don’t even drive myself to work these days. Anyway, I arrived at the hotel just before check in and bumped into Julia and Brandt. I settled into the room and started texting Cheryl and Kathy to see when my roomies would arrive. I also texted Terry to check on the status of her class and I texted Sandy to see if she was there yet. It wasn’t long before I had a roomful of friends and the real fun began.

The highlight of the weekend is spending time with all these wonderful friends but the festival is pretty good, too. The sheep are cute.

And the foliage is gorgeous.

There is oodles of fiber and yarn to shop. Of course, that assumes you can actually get near it! It was quite crowded on Saturday and I didn’t feel that Sunday was that much less crowded. It sure didn’t seem like the economy was tanking given the number of people shopping.

Really, though, it’s all about the friends. I did take a few snaps of people I was with but there were many many more who never got into any of my photos.

Here is Cheryl and Jennifer at the Spirit Trail booth.

And Jackie and Elisa, two blogging friends who now live way too far away, I feel.

Of course this is Scout, Kathy and Margene with me. I was so happy to meet Scout and having Margene there was just the frosting on the cake of the weekend.

I also shopped with Jessalu and Risa and Jean and Kim and bumped into lots of others, too.

All too soon it was time to head for home. Having Margene ride back with me was such a bonus, though, as it felt like the weekend wasn’t really over yet. We had a nice time Sunday night and Monday morning and then it was time to head to the airport so she could fly on back to Utah. Come back, soon, Margene!

It was a fabulous weekend and I’m already planning for next year!

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  1. It really was great. Thanks so much for being hostess central. Those hours were the some of the best parts of the festival.

    Margene is a fabulous traveling companion.

  2. It was so much fun to be with everyone! If there are any regrets its lack of time. You do a great job of party central and bringing people together! Thank you for your hospitality and friendship. It was a blast!

  3. I don’t tire of the Rhinebeck reports, thanks for posting yours. OMG – I had yet to see blonde Cheryl, seeing as she’s too busy to blog/flickr these days – crazy!

  4. I can’t get enough Rhinebeck posts! Love seeing everyone’s pictures since I didn’t take any.

    Um yeah – I didn’t see any signs of a recession did you? The line of people to buy Socks That Rock was incredible. People putting out over $300 on sock yarn. Yikes!

  5. Seeing that gorgeous smile of yours in person made me so damn happy. Getting to give you numerous hugs was even better! Now we have to work on how to hang out for more than 2 second intervals!


  6. So. Much. Fun. I can’t even believe how many people I ran in to. I’m glad you were one of them! When’s the next event? I’m in!

  7. Oh what fun! And spending time with good friends is what matters most…
    (Glad to hear spending was continuing!! Do you think knitters will be the ones to restart the economy???)

  8. It was fun! Thank you for entertaining us all Saturday night!! It is always fun to spend time with you 🙂

  9. Those are magic words – “next year”. I never tire of reading Rhinebeck reports. I just get a little wistful. Looks like a wonderful time was had by all.

  10. Cheryl cracks me up. Maybe I’ll go super blonde so I can feel so hot too. Or maybe it’ll just show off the wrinkles (which by the way I’ve had since I was 12, they’re just deeper now or something… isn’t that what happens, we age, and the important parts of us become deeper??). I got a picture of a sheep too, but it was the other end. I am still pc-less but have been resourceful and put all the (too many) rhinebeck pics in a flickr folder so I can pick and choose from them over the next couple of days. Mostly I was kinnearing people’s sweaters…

  11. I love getting to see that smile of yours. I’m so glad it was a good time and that you got to take Margene home with you.

  12. Wow – I am SHORT!

    In my mind I am much taller, of course.

    It was awesome to see you, and although I didn’t get nearly enough time with you (or anyone else, for that matter) it was a great weekend and awesome gathering, as always.


  13. It was great spending time with you this past weekend. Thanks again for the beer! Never mixed festival and beer before. Must definitely do it again 🙂

  14. I’m sure all the fiber and such at Rhinebeck is amazing, but honestly the best part of fiber festivals are the friends. It looks like you have some great ones. I sure hope the economy improves so I can attend next year. (fingers crossed)

  15. I love that last photo – you and Margene are just beaming 🙂
    thanks for sharing – and I don’t think we can ever have too much of Rhinebeck!

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