What a great weekend NYSW is, every year!
I managed to get some photos of set up, take down, evening festivities and some on Sunday. My friend Amy was with me this year as one of my Booth Babes, and she managed to get quite a few great photos over the course of the weekend, too. Sunday I was also able to hold onto my phone and take some photos of the handknits people brought to show me (I love this part of doing shows SO MUCH, but usually don’t have my phone as it’s on check-out duty, processing credit card transactions).
So, here’s a recap, in photos:
Leaving Virginia, there’s barely any color on the trees yet. This is one of my favorite things about heading to NYSW, because I get Autumn twice! The trees are still barely changing color here, but will soon since it will be down into the 50’s by this coming weekend (which is hard to believe, since it’s in the mid 80’s today: just one of the joys of Virginia weather).
Thursday evening we had dinner at The Local, a fantastic, small restaurant in Rhinebeck. It’s one of my favorites (the craft cocktails are always fabulous!).
We start setting up at 8 am, and this year were finished a little after 2 pm (which is a bit longer than usual, but I had a lot of new yarns to arrange and fit into the booth). There is no way I could do this show (or MD) without the help of all my friends who travel and take time out of their lives to come with me. I can’t express how much I appreciate them, and look forward to these weekends when we all get to stay together, knit, laugh, and have a blast.
We went to lunch at Aroi Thai, another fabulous restaurant in Rhinebeck. And then did a little shopping (of course! ha!).
Friday night we had dinner at Terrapin, another Rhinebeck staple. And then home to relax and do a bit of knitting (I was still working on my Vindur, hoping to finish in time to display it on Saturday).
Saturday morning dawned foggy and muted, but soon cleared into a beautiful day.
Booth Babes Eva, Adrienne, & Martha getting ready to open
The very first group into the Spirit Trail booth was this awesome flock of Baa-ble hatted knitters. Who made a quick beeline to the Zalti and snagged sweater quantities for all!
A couple of years ago, after the craziness of Saturday, we decided to try getting take out from Aroi and going back to our house. What a great idea that was, and we’ve been doing it ever since. This year, Greg & Deirdre from Still River Mill joined us, as well as our friends Kelly, Diane, Heather, and Elizabeth. It was tons of fun and we howled with laughter for hours.
Ready to go again on Sunday!
All weekend, knitters brought me their projects knit with STF yarn. I love this part of doing Festivals so much! Unfortunately, I got NO photos on Saturday, or even Sunday morning, but here’s a smattering of the folks who came by later on Sunday:
To everyone else who brought their beautiful projects to show off, I’m so sorry I didn’t get photos! I’ll try harder next year to get a photo of everyone who stops by!
All too soon, the Festival was over for another year, and we were packed up and heading out to dinner at Flatiron in Red Hook, our Sunday night tradition (Hendricks! Brussel Sprout salad (seriously, amazing!) soufflé! ).
On my way home, I stopped at the scenic overlook on 84 somewhere between Newburgh and Scranton, and snapped my last 2016 Autumn in NY shots. So pretty!
I’m so grateful that I get to do this show every year. It’s so much fun. I really appreciate all the knitters who come by my booth, show me their projects, purchase my yarns and fibers. Because, seriously, without you guys I wouldn’t be able to be there, and I wouldn’t be able to do what I do for a living. And it’s such a joy, and such a gift. So, thank you, so very much!
I’m already counting the days to NYSW 2017!
And, I forgot to draw the random winners of the gradients from last week’s post, so I’ll do that tomorrow!