Rendevous with Rhinebeck – the third part

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:
Paw Stars 3
Paw Stars 4

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!

Wool Wearables

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.
Golden Fleece 4-H Club

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):

My Trindle Spindle

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):
Val Kill Stream

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):
Me, ER, and the Knitting Ranger

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:

Knitting books

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