Mission Possible: Rhinebeck 2012

It’s hard to believe …. it’s time for NYS Wool & Sheep Festival 2012!  I’m not exactly sure what happened to the year why this event has rolled around so quickly … but hey … I’m not complaining.

This Saturday, I’ll be making the trip from Brick City Brooklyn, to beautiful upstate Rhinebeck.  Since I have to get up before dawn then leave at the crack of dawn, might as well make the trip worthwhile eh!  😀  I want to utilise my time wisely since there’s so much to see and do.  So many goodies to side-track a woman on a mission.

This year, my needs are less.   Last year I was a newbie and wanted “errythang”!  This year … errr … no!   I want to venture into scary lace aka shawlette making and I’m going big!  I want decadent, luxurious, beautiful fibre to make the patterns I’ve been lusting at.  If I’m going to commit to scary lace, daggonnit … I’m gonna wear the finished piece.   Other than that, I’m hoping to catch up with crochet maven extraordinaire Edie Eckman to purchase and have her sign a copy of her latest crochet book.  Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd, I’m hoping to pick up a niddy noddy or two (small & large).  Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd since I’m also venturing into the very addictive world of spinning, I want to pick up some fibre too.   I heard “Into The Whirled” might be a booth I want to take a peek in. 

I’ve made my list, checked it twice, knowing with those fibre hungry crowds I can be naughty or nice, Dnali is going to Rhinebeck!   Okay, so the last line didn’t rhyme,  Santa’s didn’t either, so don’t shoot me 😛

The yarn recon mission that I’m going on will be for these patterns:


Mardi Gris: pattern & image source


Honey Cowl: pattern & image source


The Age of Brass & Steam: pattern & image source


Cedar Leaf Shawlette: pattern & image source


Garden View Shawlette: pattern & image source

I think that’s it for this mission!  My goal is to stay focus and accomplish what I need to! I’ll be back for de-briefing on Sunday (all being well)!  If you’re going to be there, have a blast and say hi if you see me!  If not, send me some money stretching mojo!  😀

12 thoughts on “Mission Possible: Rhinebeck 2012

  1. Creatively Motivated October 20, 2012 / 11:13 am

    Ahhh the infamous Rhinebeck! I am looking forward to your post about how you make out at the festival. I will definitely have to make some plans to go next year. Going with some patterns in mind is a good idea that I will keep in mind. Enjoy the trip!

    • Nicky October 20, 2012 / 10:06 pm

      I did enjoy the trip and I’ll be trying to do my loot post soon. 🙂 Keeping the patterns in mind when I purchased came in very handy. I would have been side-tracked without it. I did add a sweater’s worth of yarn (got it on sale, great price) to the stuff I needed to get but that was it! Everything else bought was on my list!

      You really should plan for next year’s event. It’s really something!

  2. autumngeisha October 20, 2012 / 12:13 am

    Oooo, great project list! Just remember to stay focused, don’t get sidetracked by any pretty but impractical yarns and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

    • Nicky October 20, 2012 / 10:26 pm

      Thanks Twin! 😀

      Honestly, I’m proud of myself. I stayed on target and got what I needed most — unspun fibre to practice my spinning and yarn for three of the projects. I figured three out of five wasn’t too bad. Like I told Nizzy, my only impulse was some yarn to make my first sweater!. I didn’t plan for that, but I got a great price and I have just the perfect pattern. I’ll post my loot soon. I just need to get to sleep now. LOLOL!! Getting up before dawn to catch that early train was something else. 😀

    • Nicky October 18, 2012 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you so much Hannah!!! I appreciate your readership and your support! 😀

      Have you decided yet which of the two you’re going to make?

      My mid-terms are done so I’m looking forward to burning up my needles from this weekend! I’m going to start with The Age of Brass and Steam since that’s an easier shawl for me as a lace beginner. And I have five spa packages to make for my co-workers for Christmas; each of them will include 3 washcloths. Aye! I can’t wait to get started! 😀

      • HannahDavis October 18, 2012 / 10:43 pm

        No I haven’t decided yet — they all look fun! A spa package is a great idea for Christmas presents! I might have to borrow that. What kind of yarn will you use for those washcloths? I’ve never made any before but I hear cotton is best, is that true?

        • Nicky October 18, 2012 / 10:52 pm

          Absolutely!!!! By all accounts, any yarn with high cotton content is the best option. Durable, reusable and has great stitch definition.

          I splurged and got some Knitpicks Dishie. That runs between $2.99 – $3.99 a pop! Not a bad price but I have yarn up the wazoo and I said I wasn’t gonna get anymore!!! That so did not happen! LOLOL! I haven’t worked with it yet and it feels so much softer than cotton I’ve tried in the past. I also hear that there’s a nice balance between durability and the softness factor the more you wash cotton.

          • HannahDavis October 19, 2012 / 1:47 pm

            Cool! I’ll definitely get something like that then if I start making washcloths. It really is a great idea.

  3. Nicky October 18, 2012 / 8:48 pm

    LOLOL!!! Nut! See you at the crack of dawn. Depending on how sleepy I am, I might bring my granny squares and try to get some in on the ride. 😀

  4. creative urbanista October 18, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    Yeah, and I’ll be right there making sure you stick to your goal of stretching the dollar to include a bit of mad purchases or two…….and maybe some sexy needles, lol

    • Nicky October 20, 2012 / 10:00 pm

      Ha!!!! We came, we saw, we conquered!!! 😀 I only bought the sweater yarn and the “moth’ away as extra so … 😛

      Awesome day … look forward to seeing what you do with your loot! Have a great vacay friend!!!

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