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Kicking off Rhinebeck the Indie way

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In the months that I spent organizing this past Friday’s Pre-Rhinebeck Trunk Show, I wasn’t quite sure exactly how to envision it. I of course expected tables, racks and baskets full of gorgeous yarn and fiber, along with sweater and shawl samples, but I didn’t expect such beautifully designed displays, and the crush of people angling to get at it all…

A line of people waiting to get in and browse is something that you’d expect at the Jennie the Potter or Miss Babs booths at the festival (and I experienced plenty of that over the weekend). Not that a crowd of knitters with money to spend is a bad problem to have, but I know it hampered the shopping experience for many people. We are definitely looking to make this an annual thing, and getting a bigger space is most definitely a priority.

Wil Waldon, who’s behind many of the gorgeous photos of Rochelle New at Lucky Lucille, took on the role of photographer. Wil’s shots in the slideshow give a great glimpse of the whole event and what was on offer. You can see some more images from the show, and the festival, on Instagram.

I would also like to thank the amazing vendors and volunteers, who helped draw this incredible crowd (and helped me not get too overwhelmed by it all).

For those of you who couldn’t make it on Friday, or who regret not picking up an Indie Untangled yarn ball bag, some skeins of Berry Colorful Yarnings or Buttonalia buttons, I’ll be selling the remaining stock through the website, so stay tuned.

PLY and Spark

I also have a few prizes that didn’t get to me in time for the show, so you’ll have the opportunity to win them! There are two copies of PLY Magazine that will go to two lucky spinners and a lovely set of stitch markers from A Bit of Spark for a knitter. To enter, comment on this post and share your Rhinebeck haul or, if you weren’t able to go, tell us which Trunk Show or New York Sheep & Wool vendor you would love to buy from. Please indicate whether you’re a spinner or a knitter. You have through the end of the day on Wednesday, Oct. 29, to comment, and then I’ll choose the winner via random number generator.


19 Responses

  1. THANK YOU for such a great event! I went a little wild and bought a ton of amazing things and I am absolutely in love with my Yarn Ball bag. It was such a treat to get to extend out Rhinebeck weekend into Friday and I can’t wait for next year’s trunk show!

  2. I’d like to thank you for an amazing event where I got to see old friends, meet new ones, and try new yarns, but I worry that while doing so I might inadvertently spend MORE MONEY which I certainly have no ability to do after this weekend 🙂 It was an amazing start to the weekend, Lisa, congrats!

  3. Great surprise to find you all at our hotel! This was a fun warmup for the weekend. The raffles were fun!
    Nice job all!

  4. I do so wish I’d been able to attend this year. The Indie Untangled Trunk Show was truly a highlight for many. Well done, everyone!

  5. I really wish I could have gone to Rhinebeck…I’ve been spinning a lot lately and would love to win the Ply magazine. Thank you!

  6. I attended Indie Untangled this year and would have loved to get near Astral Bath. I never heard of them before. I’m looking forward to a bigger event next year. It was a good start to Rhinebeck weekend…I’m a knitter.

  7. I’ve never been to Rhinebeck but would LOVE to go someday. I’d most definitely attend the Indie Untangled Trunk Show (of course!) and I’d (over)spend the rest of my money at Duck Duck Wool, Jennie the Potter and Bijou Basin. I’m a knitter.

  8. I would love to see Healing Hands (vendor) as her natural healing lotions and creams sound amazing! Just the thing to get my dry overworked hands ready to sit & knit with some lovely silk yarns. 🙂
    i’m a knitter and spinner, so any goody I win would be used with MUCH EXCITEMENT! 🙂

    Congrats on the big trunk show, I heard a LOT of good things all over the internets.

  9. It was so much fun seeing everyone shop and (finally) getting to meet Duck Duck Wool in person (so I could pet her yarn). I must have all the night boca (sp) now!!

    Lisa you did such an amazing job-you should be very proud of yourself!

  10. I so wanted to attend on Friday night but couldn’t. I am a knitter and a felter. I did make it on Sunday. It was a great day. I bought yarn for socks and chunky infinity scarves and Noni hardware for cute little bags.
    Carol b

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