One of my favorite things of becoming a part-time Upstate New York resident is getting to indulge in my wildest, craziest country-bumpkin fantasies and being able to live a bucolic lifestyle that was heretofore unattainable within the concrete confines of Brooklyn. This past weekend, my fiancé abandoned me in Kingston with our dogs to attend Camp Mighty in Palm Springs, so I took this as an opportunity to take a break from house-related chores and do a little autumnal galavanting. On Saturday, I joined a few friends on a leaf-peeping journey to the Catskills’ Ashokan Reservoir (which, fun fact, is where New York City gets its drinking water from!). The views were utterly breathtaking—and the perfect antidote to high-blood-pressure city life. There was fall foliage! There were mountains! And water! All that was missing was an epic Hogwarts castle in the distance.
The real highlight of this decadent Upstate weekend, however, was Sunday’s visit to The New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck’s fairgrounds. To anybody who doesn’t already know—I have a bit of a thing for wool. And yarn. And farm animals. So this event, filled with all of the above plus hot cider, fried dough, and crisp autumn air pretty much got my neurons firing like a rat on crystal meth. I was in a wooly ecstasy. Although I’ve been on a bit of a tight financial leash (what with renovating a huge fixer-upper house and all), I may have loosened my reigns a bit and splurged on a few woolen delights for my winter knitting projects. Check out more photos plus a few of my product selections from the festival below! —Max
Above: 1 & 2, un-dyed yarn from Ginger Hill Farm’s booth (phone orders only—518-943-6656) | 3. A crochet hook by Stephen Willett
Above image: I fell absolutely in love with these stunning crochet hooks by the woodworker Stephen Willett.