Highlights from Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival 2018

October 31, 2018

Wow...talk about impulsive...My friend and I decided at the last minute to venture out to the state of New York to attend the coveted fiber event of the year, "Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival." Attending this event has long been on my bucket list. So we booked our tickets, hotel, and rental car for a last minute fall fiber adventure.

 

 

 Google lead us through the scenic part of the country side. I had my doubts but when we happened upon this billboard, we could "smell" the yarns that were knitted into yumminess!!

 

Everyone talks about and plans out a Rhinebeck wardrobe which consist of beautiful hand knit items. I knew this would be an inspirational feast for the eyes, so with camera in hand I captured some inspirational pics to share with you.

 

I put the "very random" picks of knitted items into a slide show...so you won't be overwhelmed by absolute gorgeousness;)

 

 

 

 There was also plenty of needlework and rug hooking beauties...enough to tempt me to start...yet one more fiber related project. Click through the slideshow to be inspired...

 

 

 

 

 

 My eyes took in lots of beautiful things!! One major "take-away" was that colorwork design is "hot" right now. I saw it in hats, mitts, and gorgeous yoked sweaters. I am more inspired than have years to knit them all;) 

 

It was undeniable that the new popular color choices were not bright but rather muted or grayed palette.  A bit of mustard yellow was added as a pop of color to many items. 

 As soon as I returned to the shop, I started putting together color palettes for projects for the three most popularly modeled sweaters and came up with several good ones in Dk and worsted weight combos.

 

Excellent sweater choices for color work include: Woolstok by Blue Sky Fibers, Sueno Worsted by Hi Koo, Lark by Quince, Sweater by Spud and Chloe, and Shepherds Wool.

 

DK weight options that are suited for beautiful color work are: Silky Wool by Elizabeth Lavold, Kenzie by HiKoo, Sueno by HiKoo, and Chickadee by Quince.

 

 

For those who want to learn color work, I will be teaching a class on "Beginning Colorwork" on Sunday, Nov. 11 @ 1:30 pm. The project will be a simple cowl that provides the opportunity to become confident in your color work skills. No purling will be used in this design. We will touch on the basic rules of colorwork, yarn management, provisional cast-on, and reading a color chart. The price is $60 and includes your yarn. There will be 2 choices for this project (3 skeins of Sueno, 3 skeins of Silky Wool, or 6 skeins of Simplicity) and you will put together your favorite color combinations. 

 

 To sign up...go to www.theyarnstudiostore.com and select class and get sign up right away!!

 

 

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