New York Sheep & Wool Festival Recap

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 afternoon celebratory wine, knitting, and hand knit socks.

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!).

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Set up begins! From left, Shelia, Amy, & Eva (not shown are Martha, Kelly, Diane, Heather, and two friends of Shelia’s who came to help)

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Getting there! (and there’s Martha under the STF sign, and Shelia, Diane and Heather to the right … Kelly must be hiding ;-D


Done! (samples shown on the right are: from left: LaJefa and Ravello

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!).

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My new blue boots are totally Amy Herzog‘s fault. She talked me into going back into Pegasus Footwear to try them on. I’m really happy she did, though, because they’re awesome, so comfortable, and I love them! (those are Amy’s awesome brown boots).

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).

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Vindur, still going …

Saturday morning dawned foggy and muted, but soon cleared into a beautiful day.


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Samples, bottom photos from left to right (and samples from left to right): Photo 1: Vendange, Photo 2: Puck, Alta, Sundottir, Photo 4: LaJefa, Ravello

Booth Babes Eva, Adrienne, & Martha getting ready to open

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Voila! I finished Vindur at around midnight on Friday night, but couldn’t block it because there was no iron at our rental house, and I’d forgotten to pack mine

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Short sleeved Sample at upper left: Datura

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!



Amy & Eva, Marvelous Booth Babes (and me, being serious, looking up yardage requirements on Stash Bot, which is an awesome app if you haven’t seen or tried it out yet)


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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.

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Ready to go again on Sunday!

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Martha and Shelia getting set for another day

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Found more Brigantia hiding under the table, but unfortunately no more Zalti (what a run on that I had! More is already on order!) (sample at left is North Shore)

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:

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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!

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Mary Annarella stopped in to show off her gorgeous Waikiki Wrap in STF Nona

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Got to visit with Bristol Ivy and Thea Colman for a bit on Sunday (and stay tuned for some fun things coming from these talented ladies in STF yarns, one of these days!)

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and my friend, Laura Nelkin (again, stay tuned! Cool stuff coming!) (that’s my Four Seasons shawl in the photos ~ I’m working on some gradient kits in these colors)


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The magic is packed away for another year 😦

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!

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using the telephoto creates a very painterly-looking photo, sort of cool

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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!





Pattern Highlight: Dark and Stormy

Dark and Stormy is a gorgeous pattern designed by Thea Colman of Baby Cocktails. I’ve loved this pattern ever since Thea published it in 2010 (good grief, I can’t believe it’s been in my queue that long without being knit yet!).

While not designed using a STF yarn, I thought this pattern might be perfect for my new yarn base, Zalti (100% Targhee worsted, 100% U.S. raised and processed), so I sent the pattern and yarn to one of my fabulous sample knitters. It arrived back to me this week, and it’s an absolutely perfect pairing!

I’ll have the sample of this gorgeous sweater in my booth at NYSW. Here are a couple of photos:

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Love so many details about this design! Thea Colman‘s Dark and Stormy, knit in STF Zalti, in “Vortex” (my new colorway, “Fog,” is very close and I’ll have lots of “Fog,” as well as loads of other colors, at NYSW)

Sort of a take on the Grandpa sweater, with it’s wide shawl color and details. As Thea says, it’s reminiscent of the sweaters worn by male movie stars in the 1940’s and 1950’s, or that favorite sweater of your granddad.

Thea, of course, takes it up a notch with some lovely details, like the details up the front:

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front cable and button detail (buttons are by Moving Mud, made just for this sweater from a yarn swatch I sent to Sarina)

and the cable up the center of the back:

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Back cable detail, so pretty!

This sweater is totally making it up to top of my queue in the very near future. It’s perfect in Zalti; come see it at NYSW ~ I know you’ll agree!