Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Love these ladies!
Rhinebeck is such a huge and vast festival, but it felt almost cozy being surrounded by so many blissed out people, all happily dressed in their hand knit woolens. My experience was completely shaped by my company. I hadn't had any time with My Laura in so long, plus I got the gift of deepening my connection with her incredible friend, Caitlin. Don't you love when friends share friends!?  Spending 36 uninterrupted hours with lovely women: new friends, old friends, virtual-friends-now-made-real-friends...it's food for the soul. An added treat was a pub evening with lots of fun fiber women including my Squammie sisters: Jill and Cal. Big thanks to Julibeth and Peter, the most gracious hosts ever!
And then there were the sweet and delightful creatures...
laura's black sheep soul mate
The wool inspiration was wonderful, as you can imagine. There were thousands of dazzling and beautiful jewel-toned skeins of yarn as far as the eye could see. However, my lens was utterly faithful to the constant palette of undyed and plant dyed fibers that I find so delicious.
natural colored skeinsplant dyes
Two of the booths that whispered to me the most insistently were the above: Fiber Craft Studio and Fromm.Christine Fromm (below) is hands down one of the most skilled, clever and artful refashioners I have ever met. She has an absolute gift! Each of her one of a kind pieces is stunning. I didn't take any photos of them, just lovely Christine! But you must check out her incredible capes/shrugs, dresses, and hats on the top left portion of her site. She uses the details of deconstructed sweaters in the most brilliant way. Be prepared to have your breath taken away.
christine fromm
Thanks Rhinebeck... dreaming of next year! Pin It


  1. Looks like a spectacular time. I hear that show is HUGE, so much to see and sweet sheep faces too....xox Corrine

  2. ¡Que bonito todo! me ha gustado mucho, y te quería preguntar como has hecho ese felpa de lana que llevas en la cabeza? tienes el patrón?

    How nice it all! I liked it, and I wanted to ask as you have done this plush wool that's in your head? have the pattern?

  3. Hi Espe- the hat is called Quest and it's a free pattern right here:
    The designer and knitter is my best friend right next to me in the photo.I love that hat and her!

  4. I'm having Maya withdrawal... what a fabulously fun weekend with you!!!! Can't wait to see what all the inspiration we got this weekend brings! xoxoxo

  5. Wonderful! We raise sheep and I love wool. This looks like it was quite a celebration of wool.


  6. Thanks for sharing - Rhinebeck summers were where I spent my childhood. This looks like a cool fiber festival!!!

  7. what a lovely time! the images you've shared are wonderful. food for the soul indeed.

  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  9. Looks like the 3 of you had a great time!
    I love Christina's dresses!
    ~ joey ~

  10. Oh these booths are so beautiful. I love the tones and textures.
    Glad you had such a great time.

  11. The Fiber Craft Studio booth is so beautiful and serene looking, it draws me in every year and has sparked my interest in natural dyeing. Boy, would I love to take their natural dye workshop on the 29th. Unfortunately, I had to miss Rhinebeck this year and I'm still not over it! Already making plans for next year.

  12. I have become quite the wool fan myself lately, though when the sheep are dirty and you get their fleece and have to sort through all the veggie matter and poop and stink it's not as fun. But the end resulting yarn is amazing! Oh, I love to spin my local fleece. Thank you for this look into the festival. I hope to get to go to fiber festival someday. Someday.

  13. Wow. Those textiles look amazing! xo.

  14. Oh so lovely and warm and wooly - our Black Sheep Gathering is kind of similar, but smaller...come visit sometime!

  15. such a sweet treat to get a little Maya time this weekend! and you picked two of my favorite booths. i loved your whole posse and how you were all a vision in woolly neutrals ;n)