My birthday falls on/near the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival every year. So, it makes for a nice treat for me to go and buy yarn-y, fiber-y birthday presents! We went down to Kingston (near Rhinebeck, where the festival is held at the Duchess County Fairgrounds) last Saturday afternoon and stayed overnight. A simply gorgeous view from our hotel room:
We went out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse. Never been. REALLY like the ribs and pulled pork. Our waiter informed us there will be one coming to our area.... Mmmmmm. Then we went to Shop Rite and got a birthday cake:
The next morning we got up early to go to breakfast and then the festival. Here is the only picture we took there:
I did make two purchases. My first purchase was a total impulse oh-my-gosh-i-have-to-have-this-since-it-is-so-cute purchase:
SoakBox Gift Set (Soakbox Celebration - Clark Cable)
) It is a skein of Lorna's Laces sport weight yarn and a fingerless mitt pattern, with matching nail polish (!!), lotion and Soak woolwash. I just had to have it. When I tried to add it all up to see if it was worth it ($50), I think it was. But to be honest I didn't try all that hard to figure it out because i had. to. have. it. Mine was the Clark Cable box which refers to the mitt pattern. I actually really liked the pattern in the teal box - there were 5 color sets in all (I think) - and the woman at the booth said that pattern for that was also in the KnitSimple Holiday issue, so that sealed the deal for me.
The other thing I bought?...
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