On Saturday, April 23rd, 2011, Crafty Girl and I braved the elements and went to the Clermont State Historic Site, where I had signed up as a vendor to attend the Annual Chancellor's Sheep and Wool Showcase. It's a small festival with about 35-40 vendors, in its 10th year.
The weather was cold and rainy, about 47 degrees all day, and it poured buckets when it didn't just drizzle. About half the vendors didn't show up.
It was a lovely setting, right by the Hudson River.
Oh but the mud. Cars were sliding all over the place.
We set up with lots of room all around us, because our neighbors forfeited their space.
Crafty Girl sported the latest fashion in blanket skirts.
Our lovely neighbor, Jessica of Stitched by JessaLu. Love her project bags!!
All pictures from here on down are by Crafty Girl. My dear sweet girl was having some stomach problems that day and yet she was a tropper and nothing but great company and a wonderful helper.
See those wet - and needlefelted nests and chicks? A set of those came home with us...
A customer came by to show me a scarf she was working on for her husband - they had picked out the yarn from me at Rhinebeck last year!! I am always thrilled to see what people are making from my yarn.
In fact if you have Periwinkle Sheep projects you'd like to share, please stop by the Periwinkle Sheep Fan Forum on ravelry and tell us what you are working on!
This colorway was a very limited edition, unfortunately I can't remember its name!
Our neighbor across the way had beautiful pansies and other plants. We went home with some red onion, for our new veggie garden.
See the Hudson River through the trees?
Thank you so much to all the people who ventured out on that day, gruesome as the weather was. You can't stop hardcore knitters from getting their dose of fiber, that's for sure!!!
(Please note that for visitors, there is a beautiful big parking lot with NO MUD at all! This was just the access road for the vendors.)
And thanks to the lovely sheep who keep providing us with said fiber.
Now. At the end of the day, I had a visitor who owns a very special store in Rhinebeck, NY. She is Leah Stickle of Go Monkey Design. She and her husband own a vintage variety store in Rhinebeck, Al Stickle 5 & dime. She recently opened a Knitting Garage right next door. You can guess where this is going?
Well, some of my yarn is now part of Knitting Garage! I can't wait to go down and see the store for myself.
And in even more news, the Clermont State Historic Site has invited vendors back to their next event on May 14th. As a little bonus because the weather (which wasn't even their fault!!) was so bad, they are offering those of us who did show up in April another opportunity to showcase our wares.
So if you couldn't make it, or if you want to come down again, I hope to see you there on May 14th, 12-4.
I just KNOW that the weather is going to be beautiful.