Words cannot even begin to describe the awesomeness that took place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY last weekend…
Setup and stocking on Friday
When I first received the news that I had been accepted as a vendor I was dumbstruck. So much so that I replied to the show organizers and inquired if they had forgotten to add the word ‘Not’ in front of the word ‘Accepted’ when they notified me of the status of my application. Even after my entry fee check was cashed I waited for a message informing me that they had made a mistake and would be refunding my money! You may be wondering why I was so suspicious of an error – let me explain. Up until this year – it was darn near impossible to be accepted as a vendor (think “someone must die for another to gain access to a booth” kind of impossible) BUT with the opening of building C that all changed! Dozens of new vendors were given the opportunity to showcase their wares at this years festival, and what an opportunity it was!!
The entire booth – all 11×30′ of it
Even with months of preparation I wished I had more time. It is amazing how many “this is the best idea ever” ideas pop up in the eleventh hour! No worries, that is what the ‘ToDo’ list is for and those ideas will eventually be realized. Into the Whirled is in this for the long haul!!
The fiber wall
At this point, rather then ramble on endlessly I would like to take a moment and thank someone who endured (yep, properly chosen word) the past few months. Without photographic evidence you will just need to trust me when I say that ITW took over the house. Not a single room was spared. Be it dyed stained, littered with wool, re-tooled to hang wool on, resurfaced to hand-dye on, you name it – WOOL TOOK OVER the house. James, dear-sweet-supportive-unsuspecting James – Thank You.
The yarn wall
Those who attended the festival might have had the pleasure of meeting James, if not, perhaps you heard his infectious laughter. Expect to see more of him in the future. Into the Whirled is growing, be it festival or forum, James will be playing a larger role in its success!!
Packed and ready to roll on Sunday night
Having saved the best for last; I would like to sincerely thank each and everyone of you who supported ITW at the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival – be it in spirit or on site. It is an honor and privilege to be part of this community. Thank you for allowing me to add some colour to it!