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Fiber Festival of New England 2011

I always start out with such good intentions when I go to a fiber festival. I vow to take lots of pictures so that I can write a full and timely post about my experience. Well, you know what they say about good intentions, right?

That picture from yesterday was the first picture I took on Friday. I tried to take a few more on Friday evening but they look like crap. You’ll just have to take my word for it that we had an awesome dinner at Cal’s Wood Fired Grill and then had an even more awesome time hanging out in our hotel room. Blogless Sharon and Jo-Ann and I hosted everyone and we drank wine and beer and ate chocolate. We laughed and swapped stories and jokes and got yelled at by the hotel manager to quiet down. I’m always secretly proud when we get sushed by the management.

And see this picture? Well this is the first picture I took on Saturday. Much like Friday, it’s the only decent one of the lot – other than the one of our haul and you’ve already seen that one. I had my camera in my hand when we arrived at the  Big E and I snapped this one of Sharon and then a couple of others and then I put the camera in my bag and never hauled it out again. So, you will just have to take my word for it that we had a blast at the Fiber Festival of New England. We shopped and gabbed with friends. We had a yummy lunch (hello chili cheese fries) and did more shopping and  more gabbing. We finally left when the  wool and dust got to be too much for Jo-Ann’s lungs to handle but we left with lots of stuff and lots of memories. The three of us enjoyed another great meal at Cal’s and headed for home on Sunday morning.

I honestly feel like this event is a great alternative to Rhinebeck. The scenery is definitely lacking and I missed wandering outside to break up the shopping but it’s half the distance from home, the hotel is significantly cheaper, and the crowds are practically nonexistent. I’m not saying I’m  done with Rhinebeck but I am saying I am IN for next year at the  Fiber  Festival of New England!

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  1. I totally agree! I must admit I haven’t been to Rhinebeck in 4yrs. and would consider going again,but honestly the crowds… This festival had everything I was looking for. Very tempted to try needle punching. Just what I need a new hobby 🙂

  2. it was great, wasn’t it? I think it was just big enough, but I too missed the outdoors component.

    Sharon’s hysterical… i’m really surprised she didn’t leave with a goat.

  3. I always love the Michigan Fiber Festival for the same reasons. (And, as a bonus, it happens at the end of August — so no wool-wearing, new-sweater-knitting pressure!) I wouldn’t miss it! (But I never really take pictures, either.)

  4. How did I know that was Sharon? Because I KNEW that was Sharon! 😀

    So let me get this straight… After the drankin’ started, the photo quality began to decline? Who would have guessed? ;^)

  5. I’m not sure who’s more photogenic, Sharon or the alpaca?! Having never been to Rhinebeck, I can’t compare the two … but this was great fun! I’m thinking the outdoor component would help my lungs last longer, but I’m definitely in again for next year 🙂

  6. We had a great time as well. I bought, but not too much. I don’t feel like I was deprived that I didn’t go to Rhinebeck now myself. I love Rhinebeck and it is very different, but if I am into seriously shopping, I prefer NE Fiber – I can’t stand crowds!

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