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New York Sheep and Wool Festival Recap


The leaves are turning in New York which means it is the perfect time to think knitting. The New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York, is one of our favorite knitting and crochet events. Who can resist all the gorgeous yarn on display, the lamb cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, dog herding races, and (our personal favorite) the pumpkin chucking contest? Despite a few passing showers on Saturday, the festival was in full effect!

Three of our authors greeted fans and signed copies of their books in the pavilion: the incredibly witty yarn aficionado Clara Parkes, whose new book, The Knitterā€™s Book of Socks, sold out under two hours; the very clever Anna Hrachovec of Knitting Mochimochi and Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi fame; and the inspiring Gale Zucker, co-author of the brand new Craft Activism. The book is all about the power of the craft community so it was only fitting that several of the activists and contributors featured in it showed up to raise awareness for their causes. We even bumped into Mary Heather Cogar from (also profiled in Craft Activism) and snapped a picture of her pretty nails which were decorated with itty-bitty sheep. Check out the slideshow below for a peek!

While wandering by the food vendors selling delicious treats from apple pie to fried ravioli to lamb sausage, we happened upon a parade of llamas en route to a competition. Curious, we followed the procession to the tournament area and discovered numerous sheep (and sheep shearers) ready to rumble. With thoughts of Wilbur the pig dancing in our heads, we watched as the best sheep were awarded their prizes and got a chance to get up close and personal with the cuddly sheep.

Get a taste of the festival by clicking through our slideshow!

Check out more awesome content from our authors, Anna Hrachovec, Clara Parkes, and Gale Zucker (and Joan Tapper), only at!



Melissa December 8th, 2011

Aloha! Just a note of thanks for posting this slideshow! My family and I had our day brightened as we ate lunch together—thousands of miles away in Hawaii. What I love so dearly about the knitting community is how great everyone is at sharing! I hope to attend in 2012…but I better get knitting on my Ella coat! Nothing I have in my closet looks remotely warm enough! Thanks again! Or as we say here on Kauai “Mahalo Nui Loa”



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