Rhinebeck. Is there a word more magical to a New England knitter? I don’t think so. The New York Sheep and Wool festival is a yearly pilgrimage for me and thousands of other fiber enthusiasts. Everywhere, knitters are showing off their stuff and catching up on all things fiber artsy.

The setting couldn’t be more gorgeous, the food ranges from divine to divinely-perfect-for-fairgrounds (mmm, fried things dipped in fried), and there’s nothing more magical than being part of a giant fairgrounds full of our people.

Except maybe having a great sweater to show off to the hordes.

Which was why I was so excited to be part of The Rhinebeck Sweater Collection, a book of stories and sweaters orchestrated by the awesome Ysolda Teauge. She’s done a fantastic job of pulling together 12 patterns that capture the essence of this super-special festival.

My sweater is called Maple Cotton Candy, and is knit out of some great Fiber Optic yarn that I’d picked up at a festival past. Rhinebeck yarn, making a Rhinebeck sweater, for a book about Rhinebeck sweaters. How cool is that?

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I love this sweater. Scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves, some kicky notched cuffs, and a great texture. A perfect opportunity to show off some gorgeous and special buttons. It layers well over substantial or filmy shirts. So it can be warm enough that you can keep from freezing, but also cool enough if Rhinebeck turns out to be unusually warm. Sweater nirvana. Want to see some more peeks?

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And of course, I’m totally honored to be in such fantastic company in the collection. The Rhinebeck Sweater collection will be available on November 6, but you don’t have to wait until then. You can pre-order the book here, and if you’re going to be at the festival, I’d love to say hello!

Stay tuned this week, because I actually have a whole bucketload of sweater fun to share with you, pre-festival.