Sunday, October 21, 2007

Weekend Wrap Up--Now 100% Rhinebeck Free!

Sick of reading about everyone's wonderful adventures at Rhinebeck?

This was the weekend I was going to go. But for less than a tank of gas, (which OK maybe isn't cheaper than most yarn--ha ha!) the Chunk and I headed up to Ashfield, MA (sorry, I thought it was Amherst at first..but they're still very close).

I am sooooo glad we did this instead of Rhinebeck. And I'll be honest with you, compared to the idea of standing in lines, pissing in portapotties, and dealing with crowds, I'm kind of thinking we'll go back to MA next October and skip Rhinebeck again.

I mean I had fiber:

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We went to Tregellys Fiber Farm where they had everything from chickens, to llamas, to navajo churro sheep, to angora goats, to yaks!

Then we hit Shelburne Falls.

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And even a yarn store! I refrained though and didn't buy a damn thing.

We went walking through the woods.

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And gazed at scenery you're not going to see at an overcrowded fiber festival.

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We didn't eat any fried (insert whatever it is they line up for at Rhinebeck). Instead we went apple picking.

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Chunky went a little overboard.

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And Chunky got to do something that might come in handy if we ever do go to Rhinebeck and need to plow through the crowds:

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Outta our way!!!!

And I even finished that piece of knitting that had you all stumped. Although I have to say the picture was a bit deceiving because the tip looked black, not the dark green it really was.

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What is it?

Why it's a...

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Cat Doobie!!!!

It's a felted blunt stuffed with catnippy goodness! Squeaky took two sniffs and was high as a kite. Springs on the other hand seems to be on a bad trip. He took a few sniffs and is now hissing at dustbunnies. Poor guy. I hope he comes down soon.

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35 Comments:

Blogger Donna Lee said...

I was feeling left out for not going to Rhinebeck but now I am jealous of your trip to MA. It looks like it was a perfect day. There are few of them when our children are small and they are wonderful and important. When my girls are famous and going on talk shows, I want them to have something good to say about their childhoods. Looks like you have got that covered.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I actually never miss Rhinebeck because I hate crowds. Great weekend!

6:52 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

I don't like crowds either. Looks like you made a good choice on how to spend the day. I bet Chunky had a much better time too.

I see lots of apple pie, apple crisp,, etc. in your future!

7:28 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Love the catnip toy! Maybe after I finish the Xmas knittingl IF I ever finish it. It seems endless....

7:35 PM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

Oh, I TOTALLY knew it was a cat doobie. Man, I've seen like a million of those before.

Sweet trip to MA! I'm jealous! Driving that tractor looks like fun.

-T.

8:09 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Hahahahahahaha! A cat doobie. That's so cool. I have some stuff I could felt and stuff right now...hmmm

8:09 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

~snort~ I never would have guessed a kitty blunt! ~snort~ Looks like you guys had a grand time!

8:22 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Hahaha!! That cat doobie is too funny!! Good looking apples too! Looks like you guys had a great time!

8:28 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! If you want some fantabulous fiber, you'll have to come way up here next year and check out the Common Ground Fair in Unity. You'd be in yarn heaven, and there'll lots of animals, too ;) ... and, of course, apples ;).

The cat toy is great :). I hope your kitty comes down soon, too. It must be very confusing for him :).

9:00 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Look at that fall gorgeousness!!! Makes me miss the east coast/midwest this time of year even more!!

So glad you had a fun time :)

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Connie said...

Looks like you guys had a great day! I live in MN so traveling for Rhineback is not even something in the cards. There are many other outlets here to purchase yarn and stand in lines. Love the pictures you took!

10:02 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

That's one happy kitty! My poor cats have to make do with the little balls of leftover yarn I let them play with.

It looks like you and Chunky had a fabulous time at the farm! Riding in a tractor must have been so much fun!

10:32 PM  
Anonymous birdie said...

I love the look of anticipation Squeaky has in the first Cat Doobie picture.
And is that the BogDog in the picture with Chunky?
Looks like a fun trip. It's so pretty and looks warm!
Trade you five inches of fresh snow?

1:59 AM  
Blogger Brena said...

Ooohhh... what lovely pictures. I'm a southerner so I'm amazed at the turning of the seasons! Everything here looks exactly the same year round!

4:30 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

A lot better than too much money spent on yarn.

I bet Chunky had a great time! Fun weekend!

I thought it was an ear of corn!

6:44 AM  
Blogger Macoco said...

Your trip looks like it was a lot of fun. You had a perfect weekend for hanging out in nature, apple picking etc. Did you get any cider donuts? For some reason that is what Fall is about to me. ;) I love that picture of the lake with the trees reflected in the water.

7:03 AM  
Blogger LilKnitter said...

I would never have guessed cat doobie. You're awesome!

Oh, and Bezzie, I will totally post your comment as soon as we've told our friends who know us in real life who occasionally read my blog!

7:41 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Oooh, looks like you had a fabulous time. I would be jealous of all the autumnal goodness, but I just got a heavy hit of fall foliage and cool temperatures on our vacation. Aaaaaah.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

That's why I don't read knitting blogs anymore. I don't have to hear all the gushing about Rhinebeck. ;)

Please tell me you saw the Bridge of Flowers. Maybe not so pretty this time of year, but I always love it.

A cat doobie! I thought it was a white eggplant!

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Miss T said...

Looks like a perfect weekend! No crowds!

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning pictures Bezzie. :) Cat doobie! Hee hee hee

Kay

9:26 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Churro sheep? Huh, here I thought those things were made of, like, fried dough and sugar.

GORGEOUS fun fall weekend pics!

Guess catnip is like shrooms to some kitties!

9:32 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Ah, you did better than me - I did nothing this weekend :) Cute pics - the lady next door has an apple tree and W wants to pick some. I keep on telling her all she has to do is ask.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

I never would have guessed "catnip toy" in any way shape or form.

Whenever I "cat-sit" for a particular friend that tends to go on mulitple-month long trips, I keep his cat(s) pretty well-stocked in the catnip arena...maybe too much. I figure they miss him less that way.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

Beautiful pictures! What a time Chunky had! What an excellent apple provider! It's all good.

Hey, I guess I'm not a real knitty because I just do not understand the appeal of fiber fests. If I want a fiber fest, all I have to do is open up the knitting cabinet and have at it. No porta potties needed. ;-)

10:58 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

cat doobie! yes!! I wish catnipworked on humans!! those fall colors are great ad who needs an overpriced trip to (really) a (fiber) tourist trap anyhow when you and Chunky could enjoy such a great day together!!

12:21 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

Awesome Doobie! I gave sally a bit of 'nip this weekend... she loves it.

And your trip looks awesome. I think it's time for apple sauce!

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! what fun that looks like!!! The colors are beautiful! As your YYS said she can trade you the 5" of snow I'll trade you the 20 degrees. That way she can have the colors and I can have some warmth!! Poor Springs hope he is feeling better and that no dust bunnies got him. Love, Mom

12:29 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Fabtabulosa pics and What a great weekend you all had, stuff of legend.
I also know three cats who would go ape for those drug filled woollens.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Andey Layne said...

A cat doobie is far better than a squash. I want one now... even though Her Royal Highness could care less about catnip.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Lol. I was pretty sure what it wasn't, but I never woulda guessed what it is.

What a great fall weekend. Those look like great orchard apples - kids have the most discerning eye!

Rhinebeck used to be a LOT calmer, but still has quirky charm. I hope you get the chance to try it sometime.

9:51 AM  
Blogger buttercup said...

Looks like you had a grand time! I think Chunky was way past the age he should've learned to drive a tractor. It's about time!

I'll be over for apple goodness! ;-)

6:49 PM  
Anonymous bufanditas said...

WOW!!! The scenery is just gorgeous. Must make it a point to visit someday.

2:46 AM  
Blogger Dame Wendy said...

Gorgeous, awesome pics! If you change your mind about Rhinebeck next year we should definitely meet up. :) Everyone's gushing about it, but it really was the best weekend I've had in years. :)

(The place is porta-potty free, there's huge bathrooms with attendants in each.)

8:38 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I read this post the other day and I just got the whole "doobie" thing.

I live a sheltered life LOL I also was thinking the other day after reading this that my cat is neglected and although he has store bought cat nip mice, I really must make he somethng special. Maybe for Christmas.

Great time away for you...looks like it was a blast.

I am sort of past crowds and would rather take my money and browse my local yarn shop alone (no kids) with a Tim Hortons tea.

9:29 AM  

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