Sunday, October 21, 2007

London vs. Rhinebeck

Pop Quiz!

Who noticed I was gone for about 2 weeks? Thought so. Where have I been, you might now be wondering. London! Business again and too much work me did. The best way to unwind after a marathon work session is to ... go to the NY Sheep and Wool Festival!

1. Yumminess
Shepherd's pie. Okay fine, I wouldn't know that yuminess since I gave up meat about 8 years ago but you wouldn't find those tasty treats at Rhinebeck. Instead, homemade fudge, organic wine and bufala mozzarella for $4! But but BUT! London has some of the most eclectic international cuisine [best Indian!] led by some of the world's best chefs. As much as I love kettle corn from the "farm," the British Isle might trump this one.

London = 1
Rhinebeck = 0

2. Pretty Factor
Oh come ON! Fall foliage abound on the Thruway as we drove up to the "yarn expo." London, keep your rain!

London = 1
Rhinebeck = 1

3. Smiling Faces
Getting lost in London, some nice locals pointed me in the right direction. While I groped lots of yarn, wool purveyors happily discussed any crazy topic I desired. This might be a draw

London = 1
Rhinebeck = 1

4. Financial Impact
$2 grilled cheese, $10 entrance fee, free sheep petting!
£3 oyster card [without the money on it!], £5 guinness, need I say more?

Okay... I'm ignoring the bank I dropped on yarns but ... let's ignore that for now.

London = 1
Rhinebeck = 2

5. Yarniness
Uh, yeah. Here's what I molested yesterday.

Liberty Ridge Farms had about 1000yds for $30 of some delish DK alpaca/merino/silk cream-colored yarn. Fingers crossed I have enough for a sweater. An amazing deal that I couldn't pass up.

Carodan Farm Wool Shop from VA had some amazing tie-dyed Araucania Yarns that I fell in love with! Patagonian-raised sheep and hand-dyed, who can resist this? About 750 yds, I'm not sure what to make but this. Ideas??

The cream of the crop. The splurge. The "buy it and love it." The edible 100% Alpaca from Nu Leafe Alpaca. As I type, I'm drooling over this. Some ultra-warm gloves/mittens this yarn will be. But it's too pretty!

So who do YOU think won this fight?

P.S. Go Sox!

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