Conference/Festival Recaps, Teaching

My first Rhinebeck!

Warning: Long post with lots of pictures ahead!!

My first Rhinebeck experience was AMAZING. If I had to describe it in just one word I would use the word “Community”. As much as the sights, sounds, food, yarn, and everything else was wonderful, it was the PEOPLE who made my Rhinebeck phenomenal. So many lovely people all in one place. The love and joy was palpable in the air.

So, I drove up partway on Tuesday night and stayed with a friend, then drove the rest of the way Wednesday. My AirBnB was simply the quaintest spot ever. A 1750s house with a private room with bath attached. And sheep just outside the window, too.

My room key. 🙂

My classes were all day Thursday and Friday. (All 4 of them sold out, I was blown away!) I really lucked out and my classroom was inside in the Foster’s building – which was really nice on the Thursday when it was so wet and rainy.

On Thursday I taught Double Knitting and then Mosaic Knitting. My students were fantastic.

 

 

 

On Friday I taught A Sampling of Short Rows and Estonian Decorative Stitches. Again, my students were fantastic. (I forgot to take a picture of my short row class, oops.)

Friday night I splurged and had dinner alone at Reginato Ristorante on the other side of the river closer to my BnB. The food was so good. It’s a lovely spot. I felt a little out of place among all the romantic couples dining, but my waitress took good care of me and I had a wonderful meal.

Saturday was the festival. I only had one day to take it in, since I needed to drive back home to NC on Sunday in order to be home for Monday. Let me tell you, I had heard that the festival is huge. I had NO IDEA. Wow. Huge is an understatement. You need two days to see everything, really. I was wishing I could stay another day. I met so many wonderful people, and ran into so many of my students – who now all felt like good friends. (A bonus benefit of having taught leading up to Saturday!) I got such lovely feedback and compliments from my students, they really made me feel special. ❤

My Saturday outfit: Rhinebeck sweater vest and vintage style blouse and jeans and boots.

I met Kristy Glass for the first time (she’s so sweet!) and she filmed me for her Rhinebeck sweater video – and even gave me a prize! How cool is that!?

Kristy Glass
Prize from Kristy!

I accosted Stephanie Pearl-McPhee for a photo, I met my vintage knitter crush, Sydney, and got a photo with her, and ran into Alison and Julia and got photos with them to! (We’re totally plotting a pre-planned vintage girl meetup for next time!) And I ran into a student from my Estonian lace class at Galina’s booth, and saw her Orenburg shawl (so gorgeous!!)

I tried to wait in line for cider donuts, but couldn’t do the long line – so I got an apple crisp instead. I had a lovely corned beef rueben for lunch, got some hot apple cider, and bought way more wares than I planned to. (But I have no regrets!)

Yarn: Neighborhood Fiber Co Rhinebeck colorway and White Birch self-striping sock in colorway “Nothing Says Screw You like a Rainbow”.

Buttons from Dusty’s Vintage Buttons (I love Michelle! Have to buy buttons from her whenever I see she is vending!)

Shearling slippers from Shepherd’s Flock, since I heard his stuff was wonderful, and he was retiring on Sunday after the show and was selling out. I snagged the next to last pair of Women’s slippers in my size.

And of course, festival souvenirs. (I was smart and pre-ordered these! The line for the souvenir tent never got short on Saturday!! It was a sight to see.)

I also watched some of the herding dog demo, and the agility course dogs too. And I saw lots of cute animals!

I drove partway home on Saturday night (that was an adventure, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen.) And came the rest of the way home on Sunday. And now I’m prepping to leave tomorrow for SAFF to teach for 4 straight days. Whew.

I will be back to Rhinebeck – hopefully as a teacher again (I do so love teaching knitters!), but if not, certainly as a participant. It was an amazing experience.

Until next time (probably this time next week with a SAFF recap!), Happy Knitting!!

 

Teaching

Who’s ready for Rhinebeck?

Registration for Rhinebeck (NY Sheep and Wool Festival) begins this Saturday! Do you have your classes picked out?

They are doing a staggered registration process to try to mitigate any website issues – so Saturday at 12:01am you can register for Thursday classes, Sunday at 12:01am you can register for Friday classes, and so on.

I am teaching four classes at Rhinebeck this year (my first year attending – I am SO EXCITED!) and I thought maybe you’d like a little more info on each of these classes so you can decide if you’d like to take one. 🙂

For all of my classes, I like to provide robust handouts so that you have something to take away with you to jog your memory after the class is over. I use a projector and camera so everyone can see my hands, and I walk around to everyone to show techniques up close. I try to target the multiple ways in which people learn, so that everyone can understand the techniques I am teaching. My classes are all about you, and adding tools to your knitter’s toolbox!

Thursday I am teaching Double Knitting in the a.m. This is a fun class where we learn the basics of double knitting while making a trivet/pad. I provide several patterns/designs for you to choose from – one of the most popular choices is the sheep (it’s so cute):

In the afternoon I am teaching Mosaic Knitting. This is a super fun color technique, and I provide you with several patterns/designs for a dishcloth to make while learning the technique.

On Friday morning, I am teaching my ever popular ‘A Sampling of Short Rows’ class. This class sells out whenever I teach it! We don’t really go over the absolute basics of short rows, instead we go over a whole bunch of ways in which you can make short rows — and the pros and cons of each method (because they all have pros and cons!) We also cover how to substitute one for another. We don’t make a project here, but work on a swatch to try out the techniques. It’s a great learning class!

Then Friday afternoon I am teaching Estonian Decorative Stitches. In this class we make a small lace rectangle that you can easily continue knitting to make a scarf. We will learn several stitches and techniques that are unique to Estonian lace, and that can show up in lots of modern lace patterns. I’ll show you several ways to make nupps and star stitches, so that you can find a method that works best for you.

I hope to see you at one of these classes this fall! Or on Saturday, when I will be soaking in the NY Sheep and Wool experience! ❤

(I’m currently in Cleveland at TNNA, so stay tuned for a post recapping my experience here!)

Until next time, Happy Knitting!!!