24 October 2006

My Little Slice of Rhinebeck

It was good. Really busy, but really good. The crowds made it a bit overwhelming at times, but from a vendor's perspective the crowds mean a more successful event. The downside to being there as a vendor, though, is that it severely limited my time to wander and visit with people (and buy stuff). Nonetheless, I did manage to get in a little visiting and even managed to document some of it.

I was hoping that there would be more photos with Dolores's image in them, but David hung the signs he printed for Blogger Bingo Headquarters too high for them to show up in most of the shots. As the hired help free labor loving, supportive partner, I wasn't really in a good position to argue the matter. Besides, it was a little more important to have products within reach of customers.

Stitchy (note pen at the ready), me, Lee Ann with Twinkletoes, & Cate

Me, David, Johanna (a dear friend of David's), Dena (who was Johanna's college roommate), and Amy (who works with Dena at Webs)at the Wild Fibers magazine dinner

What was given out at the Wild Fibers dinner (in addition to David's socks)- 1/2 oz. of laceweight qiviut/merino/silk

Ted, Lars, and me

me with Norma (you can see the kilt!)

me with what's-her-name

And especially for Franklin:

Stitchy & Ted and a certain iconic sheep (Dolores felt banner made by Woolybuns)

I have to say that hosting Blogger Bingo was a ton of fun and Stitchy, well, she was a hell of a hoot - and an excellent getter of small bills for the cash register. I met so many knitting bloggers, and I know I can't even begin to remember all of them (I'm seriously horrible at remembering people. When I met David last year, I didn't remember that we'd had a blind date 12 years earlier in Minneapolis. Fortunately, he hasn't held it against me.)I do know, though, that I met (in no particular order) my neighbor Cheryl, Carole, Kellee, Carol, fellow Utilikilter Dave, Amy (sans Jillian), Juno, Fuchsia Lucia, Jeni, Marcy, Paul, Jude, Ina, Mary Beth, Nishanna, and a lot of other people that I just can't remember. Even if I had been there as a civilian and hadn't had to fit in socializing in between ringing people up and restocking, there's just no way my brain could have processed it all.

David & I owe a very special thank you to Lars and Ted, who offered to help us take the booth down at the end of the day Sunday. It made that particular job take about half as long as it would have. It also gave us time to treat them to dinner and have a nice visit at the end of a very busy, very tiring weekend.

Oh, and Cheryl pointed out in the comments to yesterday's post that there was a purchase I didn't include with my yarn haul. I didn't include it because it wasn't from the yarn budget. I decided it needed to be a purchase independent of the vagaries of the cat toy market.


I brought it to work with me, along with the 5oz. of Shetland roving, and I think it's just about time to go play with it.

One Last Thing....

I'm dead.


I think anyone who knows me at all knows that I'm just not a fuchsia and teal kind of person. Not even remotely. I suppose, though, that they'll make a warm outer pair of socks for wearing around the house this winter.


Sean said...

Thanks for sharing pictures and stories of the event. Almost makes me feel like I was there. Let me know what you think about the Hitchhiker...I've been curious about that one!

Love the kilt by the way!

Carol said...

Next time we'll spend a wee bit more time together, I hope.

That wheel is making my mouth drool. How's it spin?

Anonymous said...

your booth was soo beautiful!
my only regret is i found it at the end of the day on saturday. i would have loved to have taken home some of your stunning alpaca roving!!

Anonymous said...

Another one follows the Hitchhiker trail...hehehe...

I love mine. It's a little workhorse of a wheel--not the smoothest running wheel in the world, but it does the job and it can go where I go.

It was so nice to meet you, Mel, and now, in addition to anything, anything at all, made with alpaca, my husband wants a kilt. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hey! It was great to meet you and finally put a face with the name! And yes, Stitchy IS a hoot! Wonderful weekend, and I hope to see you again next year!

Anonymous said...


That's it. At SPA the kilt had better be shorter.

Anonymous said...

Aw... sorry to hear about your de-feet. I thought you'd sock it to 'em for sure. Oh well... keep kicking. At least you'll have a good yarn to tell.

Anonymous said...



Here is just another example of why Dogs are better than Cats. In this case, a cat started a fire that burned down the owner's house, and the dog saved the owner's life, and died trying to save the cat.

The moral of this story is that if a person is foolish enough to acquire a cat, she should also get a dog... it might just save her life.

Anonymous said...

I love that picture of Ted and Debbie.

And nice socks! Ha!

noricum said...

Hello! I'm one of the many knitbloggers you bumped into on Sunday. :) (I took the photo of you and Norma.) Nice meeting you!

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Christine said...

Oh it sounds like fun was had by all! *jealous in the midwest*

Yeah, those socks? wow!

Loved the kilt!

Norma said...

WHAT in the world is Cate doing with short sleeves?! (funny the strange things we notice)

My expression in that photo makes me look exactly like my aunt (not a compliment). It's the best photo of my sweater I've seen, though. I'm glad I got to your booth Sunday, not Saturday. I can't imagine the kind of crowds there on Sat.!

Bev in TN said...

OMG! They GAVE out (as in free/gift?) Quviuk? If you perchance are allergic to it, I can take it off your hands for you. Just let me know :-).
thanks for sharing Rhinebeck with this knitter who didn't get to go.

knittingboykit said...

Next year! It was fun to ride down with you, in any case. Saturday was mayhem at my parents.

I think the socks will go quite nicely with that day glow ski jacket....

carrym said...

Oh dear, so I am NOT to be killed by family...???

Damn...here I thought you could kill me and put me out of my ribbing nightmare...guess I'll have to keep plugging along.

Great pics and great kilt! :)

Sheepish Annie said...

Rhinebeck. Let me state this clearly and for the record: next year I am going. Period. I don't care what else is going on or how responsible I'm supposed to be. I. Am. Going.

Thanks for sharing the pictures. It helps with the imagining that I was actually able to make it.

Sorry about you're being dead and all...

Anonymous said...

It was great meeting you and David. After Joe, Mar, Ted and Lars all told me to get my first spinning fiber from you, I left, fondling it non-stop, until I got to the Golding booth to buy a spindle. Uh-oh...I think I'm in trouble.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great time. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

Maybe the socks will grow on you?

Franklin said...

Eeeek! I love it! Dolores banner! Dolores buttons! Oh wow!

And could you possibly be any cuter?

No, you could not.

Chris said...

Wow, it looks like a total blast! And you do look awfully familiar, now that I've seen the pictures, so I probably did run into you back in the day, eh?