Rhinebeck is this week!!! Are you done with your sweater?
The years that I am lucky enough to go to Rhinebeck one of my first stops is always Jennie the Potter’s booth that she shares with Jill Draper.
I have many mugs by Jennie in my cabinet, they are even a unit of measure in my house, “How much chocolate milk do you want?” “Jennie the Potter size!”.
I have lots of smaller skeins of Jill Draper’s yarns, I love it. As a knitter, as a spinner, her yarns are so well done, from the initial fiber, to the spin and ply, to the gorgeous colors. I have been circling those huge skeins of Empire for a couple of years now, but have yet to buy one.
If you are looking for Jennie this year at Rhinebeck she’ll be in the same spot as usual and this year her booth guest star is Kim of Indigo Dragonfly for excellent shopping.
Where is Jill Draper you might ask? She now has her own studio across the river from Rhinebeck, and she’s having a party!
Everyone is invited, but she does ask that you RSVP, so she know what to expect.
She’ll have refreshments and lots of yarn, including the elusive huge skeins of Empire and Rifton, her new yarn for 2015.
Rifton was released originally in January. This Autumn Jill’s added Spring & Summer to the existing colors, Autumn & Winter. She says it feels great to have each season represented & she’s thrilled to share the new colors which will be available online at www.jilldraper.com on 10/17 for anyone not able to make it to the open studio. Rifton is 600yds of smooshy soft Merino wool, weighing in just over 6oz so plenty for a shawl! Jill dyes the fiber in the wool before having the yarn spun for her at Green Mountain Spinnery in VT.
So go visit Jill, buy some yarn, but don’t buy all of the Empire, I might need some.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com