Rhinebeck 2011 was awesome and may have re-ignited knitting fever. It made me realize that not only do I enjoy actually knitting, I enjoy what knitting and Rhinebeck mean.
Rhinebeck means: Pride in your work.
There are the competitions, of course. I did not enter anything this year, but Jacie tore it up, as always.
It goes far beyond the competitions. My favorite Rhinebeck tradition is the Rhinebeck Sweater (or shawl, or socks, or whatever). What better place to debut an impressive finished object than with thousands of people who know what it means? On Friday I packed two almost-finished objects, and I finished them both in our hotel room. Sunday I wore my Deep V Argyle Vest (which really deserves its own FO post later this week). More importantly, on Saturday I kept my vow and wore last year’s fiber.
Rhinebeck means: Tradition
Of course, Rhinebeck is about the traditions of fiber craft. I also love how groups and individuals form their own traditions. We began Saturday morning with breakfast at Pete’s Famous with Kris, as she and her crew have apparently been doing for years. Last year I declared my own tradition, that every time I go to Rhinebeck I will wear something made with fiber purchased the previous time.
Rhinebeck means: Connecting
While I was wearing my 2011 Rhinebeck shrug, made from Spinners Hill fiber, I went to Spinners Hill to buy fiber for next year. I introduced myself to Lisa, the dyer, and told her that I would be back wearing her work next year.
Rhinebeck means: Sharing
I spent most of the weekend with Jenni, Tracy, and Jacie. Jenni and Jacie were spinning, and Tracy was working with DPNs. Even at Rhinebeck, a shocking number of people stared, commented, and asked them about what they were doing. And they shared.
Rhinebeck means: Friends
I had an awesome time with Jenni, Tracy, Jacie and Lillian. I needed some gal time.
Rhinebeck means: Loot
I’m not done with the stuff I bought last year, so I tried not to go too nuts. I needed the fiber for next year, so I have two pounds of that berry stuff. I also bought two braids of Fiber Optic fiber, a 2 oz purpleheart Bosworth spindle for Navajo plying, and a penannular shawl pin. I’m very pleased.
I’m so glad I went.