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.
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.