The next morning, my goal for Rhinebeck was to take in the fun and wander to see some things that didn’t catch my eye the first time. So I checked out the Paw Stars — dogs who catch frisbees and are really quite fun to watch. Here’s a few photos of “Java” who is a world champion in the recent world championships, which I think happened in China, but I could have gotten that wrong:
Then it was off to wander to see things that I had missed the day before, like the garment and skein competition, which was amazing in terms of the quality – see that lovely shawl!
And I bought my second hot cider from this lovely group of 4-H kids – Golden Fleece is a terrific name. Talk about great, grounded young uns – they are lovely Their club was featured in the local paper. Their president, Taylor Harrison (not pictured here), is this year’s Sheep and Wool Ambassador. I don’t know about your county, but I don’t think we have such an ambassador here. They travel to regional festivals, learn fiber arts, and give back to their communities.
And my last purchase was because I was wandering through and saw some Trindles — a special kind of spindle that the Trindleman makes. You usually don’t see them “in the wild” but Gale’s Art was selling them for the Trindleman, who is a teacher and therefore busy with other things during the school year. These are modular in a completely different way than the KCL one I bought last spring. For these, the spokes detach and you can attach other ones (lighter or heavier as you please):
It is so much fun to spin – looks like a jeweled tinker toy, but spins very well. I think I’ll be buying some of the spokes to change in and out.
My last bit of adventure was to head to Val-Kill, the later in life home of Eleanor Roosevelt (ER), who was a great knitter. The peacefulness of this place is lovely — here is the creek for which the place is named (Kill means creek):
And as I walked in, one of the National Park Service rangers immediately noticed my shawlette, asked if I knitted, and off we went into a full discussion of knitting. She wore her handknit socks (out of a sturdy Regia), we talked about Eleanor, found out each other’s Ravatars, and poised for a photo (with Eleanor’s face peeking out between us):
Mary Anne (knittingranger on Rav) has taken her ranger-knitter identity pretty seriously, and was interviewed by Franklin Habit in a lovely article about ER and knitting in Knitty a while back – check it out. And because of Mary Anne, there’s a shelf of knitting books at the store at Val-Kill: