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My First Rhinebeck – Day 1

Wow. The NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY was amazing and overwhelming. We got there early on Saturday October 15, 2016 because our traveling companion signed up for a class. We found the Mulberry Street entrance and parked there. Bev got to go in because she had a class, but the rest of us waited in line for tickets (for a few extra bucks buying online would have saved the wait). However, we met a lovely couple behind us and they offered to take our picture. I spent most of my time eyeing everyone’s knitwear. Even though it was supposed to warm up, we all had it on for the festival.

14707935_10157443536945411_4108918085956204717_oFirst, I waded through the crowd to the books because Fiona Alice was at the Pom Pom table. She was busy selling stuff and there were at least ten in the line ahead of me. I felt beseiged by so many people I did not know so it was better seeing someone I knew, even if I was not sure I would find her again. I was then able to actually look at the all the yarn.

Even just going through buildings A, B, and C gave me so many choices. I got a kit from Dirty Water Dyeworks to make The Joker and the Thief shawl. The orange and purple combination sold it for me. I could not even get close to Miss Babs or some of the other places I wanted to see. People were so close together, only some were polite about getting through the crowd. Shopping for Karen was a bit stressful, I found some yarn in the colours she wanted and bought it because I was afraid I would not get to the front of a line again. The yarn popped out at me at the time. But I should have hit the barns and saw everything once before buying. However, other people had said to pick up what you wanted when you saw it as if you wait and go back it would most likely be gone.

By noon I was ready for a bit of a break, so went to the Ravelry meet up. It was good in that I found my friends,  but did not really meet any new people. The crowd was crazy so we went to get food. Aba’s Falafel line was too long for me. I got an apple from the orchard, and we (Heather, Heather, & I) walked through the food building. There were giant whoopie pies and many other yummy desserts but we thought lunch should come first. As I was waiting in line for Greek food nature called so I braved the bathroom line up. It was long but moved quickly. When I got out of there I was not really hungry anymore so I went to the podcasters meet-up.

I was so excited to meet Lynne and Selma from Two Tangled Skeins. I watch their podcast so I felt like I know them because they talk to me every week about their knitting. They have never met me and only know my name because I sent them some stitch markers. I was so excited not sure that Lynne got a word in edgewise. I left to allow others to meet them too, but I did not want to. I wandered around the booths and shops for an hour or so. In a crowded building, I saw the Yarn Harlot. It was kind of funny for people who know how much I talk, but I got so tongue-tied seeing Stephanie that all I could say was I like your sweater. Reading her blog I felt like I watched her make it. As I walked away from her, I realized she had no clue who I was. Thinking about that (probably over-thinking about that) I got overwhelmed, so I found a seat and started to knit. I am not sure how long I was there when I saw Stephen West walk by with his entourage. He had on knit pants. It was really warm, but who am I to talk I had on my alpaca and merino shawl. Earlier in the day I even had my Knitter’s Mitts on.

Met my crew around three, they grabbed a beer and we went back to our cottage to relax. I was so wired it took a long time to settle down and sleep.


NY Sheep & Wool Festival Preparation

I spend last Wednesday morning in Moncton on my own. I was supposed to be working on the completing the updates to a test bank for Introduction to Psychology but I took some time out to go to the London-Wul Fibre Arts. It was a beautiful fall day to take the back roads in to the shop. The trees are changing colours and it was so nice to get outside before buckling down to do work.img_1548Heidi convinced me that a Rhinebeck shawl was fine (especially since I have no time to make a sweater, see pictures below). I decided that I needed some knitter’s mitts for the NY Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend so I got her Heidi’s by Hand Leicester to make them. I have one finished.  Heidi’s wool is so soft and easy to work with. I absolutely love the rib pattern. It is really stretchy. My hands are going to be so warm and stylish this weekend.

Playing Hooky to Travel

My husband works for the government and sometimes has to travel for a day or two on short notice. In the past, this has created logistical issues for me. Now that my baby is in grade 12, I am taking advantage and tagging along.

It is so nice to spend the time together in the car. We chat, enjoy the radio, and shows like The Vinyl Cafe. His down time can be our time, but when he has to work I can knit, explore, or just work on my own writing. It is so nice to step away for the daily grind. Even a one night trip can give a much needed boost.

After a crazy September, I am looking forward to playing hooky with my hubby tonight and tomorrow.

Lunch at the Market

I love our summer routine of going to the Charlottetown Farmer’s Market for lunch. It is great to go for a walk in the middle of the day and to see so many familiar faces. The market makes me happy. My only issue is choosing what to have. Everything is so good that I have trouble choosing.

Coffee comes first at the Caledonia House/Coffee Corner. They have wonderful double lattes. I can even get my almond milk. If you just need regular coffee you can get that too. If it is a really warm day I will go for a lemonade at the Hand Popped Kettle Corn booth (as I can get it without sugar). Alternatively, I will grab an ice tea lemonade mix from Lady’s Baker’s Tea Trolley.

Food choices always depend on my mood. Out of Africa has my favourite samosas because I absolutely love the green sauce. Everything is good so I let Makena decide when I am hungry enough for a full meal. La Sazon de Mexico is amazing, but I love their Mexican breakfast which I get on Saturday. Wednesday is my day to try something else. If I decide to have bread then I have to choose between: Chef Ross’ smoked salmon on a bagel (he has many other great things including a lobster roll but I crave the smoked salmon if I get anything else); or The Hearth’s cheese, sprouts and tomato sandwich on homemade bread. Finally, I will go to Shaddy’s for a falafel. That does not even begin to cover all the other great things. These are my repeated choices.

Nurturing Essence Raw Chocolate is always my dessert. Any time I host an event I get Katlin to choose some treats for me to share. I love chocolate but this raw chocolate is my favourite by far.

The Charlottetown Farmers Market is open on Saturday and Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm in the summer. In the winter, it goes back to a Saturday only market. If you are in Charlottetown any of those days you have to check it out.

Biking and Knitting on a summer Sunday

I am trying to bike more. The last three weekends I did 5K, 12K, and yesterday 16K. I had hoped to do 20K but I got a little too brave going through a gate on the trail near Morell, PE. The bike went through no scratches but my leg is bruised. Great time of the year to get a Florida shaped bruise covering most of my thigh. We got a great picture before the accident, and went to Rick’s Fish and Chips in St. Peters after. Nothing like the best Fish ‘n Chips in PEI to make you forget the pain.


I did make it to Beanz for knitting afterwards. There’s nothing like the knitting crew to help you forget pain by focusing on fun conversation. The staff at Beanz was so friendly even after being slammed all day. They all make me smile.

I even got a special delivery at knitting. My uncle, Peter, made me a knitting table. It has three dowels at the back that I can put the yarn cakes on so they do not roll around the floor. I absolutely love it (and all that I sent him was a picture from Pinterest). Here it is:


I am in the process of varnishing it. I hope to have it done for knitting on Tuesday at my place. Such a great day.


Making Hay… even in the dark

I missed an amazing picture last night because my camera battery was not charged. It was dark and the farmer behind us was wrapping silage in the dark. It was supposed to rain today so I guess they wanted to get it as much done as possible. I love having a farm in my back yard and watching the whole process.

This morning I got the following shot. I love the view from our backyard.IMG_7082

Here is to getting the hay in.

The Four Tellers at the Kings Playhouse

The Four Tellers are performing on Monday nights (June 20 to September 5) this summer at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown. My aunt Joan and I went last night. What a wonderful time! I might have been a bit loud laughing and enjoying the show. I had tears running down my face at times. I love stories as you know from my last post. These guys are great.

Last night they started with a song, then David Weale came out. Eventually, he called out the rest of the tellers (Alan Buchanan, Gary Evans, & Dennis King) asking each in turn the usual PEI question “Who’s yer Father?” Each told a story about their father except for Dennis who talked about his mother in his first story (He did get to his father later in the night). They all told great stories and we sang along to some songs. Had a brief intermission and then did it over again. The show went until 10:30 pm, but the time flew by.

If you get there make sure you buy Dennis King’s book “The Day They Shot Raveen“. He tells a couple of the stories from the book in the show. I would start giggling as soon as I recognized the story and was laughing loudly way before he got to the punch line.

If you are looking for something to do on a Monday night, then you must go.