For knitters, I don’t really need to say more than that. This year I am going to Rhinebeck. This past week I realized that it’s only a few short weeks away. I sent my money last year with some friends. I’m thrilled that this year I’m going to be one of the many heading to what I’ve heard described as “Mecca for knitters.”

The realization that there are only a few weeks until the trip kicked in a sort of weird panic about what I could knit in time to wear there. There are entirely too many folks on the Rhinebeck Ravelry group talking about this kind of thing. Perhaps they don’t have the time commitments I do, but I have (for the moment) squashed the desire to make a Rhinebeck sweater for my first time there. Mind you, I do have the pattern for Kristen Rengren’s Harlow downloaded as well as perfectly appropriate wool in the stash. The extra 20 pounds I’ve put back on since our house has been on the market are my excuse for not starting it just yet.

Well, enough unpleasant thoughts. Here are some more reminders of the lovely wool haul of July. These are also the reasons that I should be restrained at Rhinebeck. I went to the annual janie h. knits warehouse sale and kind of fell into the Tilli Tomas/Artyarns area. I have 4 skeins of Tilli Tomas Beaded Superwash in Atlantic, 2 skeins of Tilli Tomas Symphony in Jade, and 3 skeins of Artyarns Silk Mohair in a lovely glowing yellow.

I then had another stumble next to a table full of Rowan products and came up with 10 skeins of Calmer (blue) and 3 skeins of Kidsilk Haze in a greeny kind of colour that I just love. I was sad to read that its official name is “Drab”.

I was done. I was finished in almost record time. The place had been empty when Shaela and I had rolled up just prior to opening, and now it was full of happy knitters. It felt like a big party. The party mood must have got into me, because just at the checkout a couple more items jumped into my bag. I ended up with 2 delightful little bundles of Windy Valley Muskox Golden Crown Suri Alpaca – now that’s a mouthful!

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