We stepped outside and although it was not as busy here, it was certainly picking up. Happy people were scurrying in all directions.
A lovely band played us on our way to the next 3 or 4 halls.
I wanted to dance to the music with the Saint but was afraid I would look like this. Aren't they great?
I loved these pumpkins too.
The inside of the halls were starting to look like this but what I like best about the whole experience was that people were kind and polite.
A lady spinning on an electric wheel. It is the first time I have seen one being used. It looks all wrong.
There was still fleece everywhere. YAY. The back of these halls are clear plastic stapled to the supports so there will be a lot of backlit shots from now on.
Did I tell you I have a thing about sheep.....
These entralac colours were very tempting. The colours are very pretty.
At last, the Sanguine Gryphon Booth. Can you see all the heads at the bottom, hence no shot of the yarn, just a little sneak preview in the corner above the heads on the left.
Now I will tell you why the Saint is call the Saint. This is the line of people waiting to pay for their purchases from this booth and he offered to join the queue for me and buy what I chose so I could go and look at other halls. I did not have the patience for this stall even though I believe the yarn is outstanding. We moved on rather swiftly.
Finally we managed to wander pass some animals who were gorgeous. I love their colours and 'curls'.
The next hall had woven wares hanging around waiting for new homes
and a spinning wheel lamp.
Don't you just want to reach into this photograph and stroke these. They were so luscious
along with all the other goods on the stall.
A lovely lady was taking a photo of these three beautiful lasses modelling the hats and I asked if I could take one too. They look like they are having a great time.
Further along this lady was spinning to the accompaniment of the banjo
and my heart went out to this beautiful angora rabbit who had everyone touching it as they walked passed.
At this stall, Swift River Farm, Shetland breeding stock with UK genetics. I made one of my few impulse buys. This roving was so beautiful to the touch that I had to bring some home.
A yarn stall that had gentle solid colours.
These were the most intriguing drop spindles that I saw. I wanted to talk to the creator but she was so busy at the time. I did wonder about their balance but they must be great fun to use.
Monster hats all hanging in a row.
I chatted to a wonderful weaver who was weaving on a tiny loom at her stall. She had some beautiful pieces for sale and shared her knowledge with me freely. I spent quite some time admiring her work.
This piece was my favourite. She had converted an overshot pattern into a twill pattern so that there were no floats at the back. I really want to try this.
Here is a real farm stall with plants, preserves, fleece, yarn, fruit and books among some of the goods on offer.
A pretty little sheep throw that caught my eye. It's the sheep thing again...
We escaped outside to the tented stalls to browse around them
where I found the stall that Periwinkle Sheep was sharing and went to purchase some of her lovely yarn to give to my friends as gifts.
Looking back towards the fair, people were starting to sit down to eat their lunches
as we made our way back to a much fuller parking lot.
I had a fabulous morning at Rhinebeck and but was happily ready to leave after the four hours we spent there. It was an experience that I will never forget.
The Saint, being the saint that he is, admitted that he actually enjoyed it too. He liked the colours and all the different products. Then he asked me if I would like to go again next year....