Our next stop was the competition barn. Sharon took home a few ribbons for her photos! And Kate got a 4th for her Evenstar shawl! And Emilee got a second in Novice Skein for her handspun! As for myself, I got a few ribbons, too, like this 6th for my Gail shawl!
Jenni was totally a knitting rockstar. She knit a whole pair of Malabrigo fetchings while we walked around.
The Artichokes French were all I had hoped for. Delish! (Also tried the apple crisp this year, with ice cream, and chowed a fabulous beef gyro while watching some pumpkin chuckin' on Sunday. I love food.)
We stumbled across the Windy Valley booth, where Tracy and Jenni may have molested this quivit scarf for a little while.
It was gorgeous, but just slightly out of our budgets...
Around 2:00 on Saturday, we made our way back to the competition barn. Jenni and I had entered the drop spindle competiton. Here we are, psyching ourselves up.
Mary handed out chunks of wool for us to spin. This wool sucked. Seriously. Full of lanolin, coarse and super sticky, making the competition all the more difficult.
And we're off! Quite a crowd gathered around us. I was kind of surprised at how big the crowd was.
We all spun for 15 minutes. The most yardage won. The wheels were in a different competition, but we all spun at the same time.
Jenni spun on her little Two Tails purpleheart top whorl...
...while I used my Two Tails laminate. Team Two Tails represented!! Jenni won third place in the contest...
...and I won first!! Woot!! I spun 40 yards in 15 minutes. I got a pretty blue ribbon, the 2011 Spin-off calendar and a gift certificate to Amazing Threads...
...which I cashed in at their booth at the festival for this pretty skein of Cat's Paw Yarn Hand-dyed sock, in "Green with Envy." Score!
Next up was the chopstick knitting contest. Aaron competed (damn, squirrel)...
...as did Tracy...
...and Jenni. The winners did an impressive job; just a couple stitches seperated 1st place and 2nd place. I think our crew will be back with a vengance next year!
Saturday night, we went to the Rav party. No pics of that, though. Instead, enjoy this shot of pygora on the hoof.
That pygora was a nice little goat, as Jenni and Tracy found out.
Emilee looked smashing in her handspun Shalom in the Orenburg lace booth.
And, of course, Tracy went home with some new alpaca yarn for her stash.
The theme for the whole weekend was "Do whatever you want (within reason)." And what I wanted was a fun time with great friends. That's exactly what I got!
But I wanted pretties, too. Which I got. Like this Into the Whirled polwarth in "Minotaur."
And these amazingly soft merino/tencel/angora batts.
And this merino/tencel from Ellen's 1/2 Pint Farm.
And this sunny, happy BFL from Fiber Optic.
And this dk-weight organic merino from The Sanguine Gryphon.
And, finally, perhaps my yarn-snobbiest purchase of the weekend, this skein of fingering cashmere/silk from Sanguine Gryphon. Gorgeous.
Thanks, Rhinebeck!! See you next year!!