Rhinebeck 2010

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We’ve been busy busy around here! Charlie is eight and a half months old and really wanting to stand. and play. and stand some more. and maybe use his Bumbo chair for a walker and walk around some. eek! It’s so crazy how much he’s changed from five months old – he’s totally on the go now. It’s amazing and terrifying all at the same time. ha. He’s also started saying “dada” and “mama” – I’m not sure he knows what it means, but it’s still pretty nice to hear.

This slide whistle is awesome!
hi mama and dada!

And our most recent adventure was a trip to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, better known as Rhinebeck! It was Charlie’s first flight and our first trip together. Jacob just started an awesome new job so he couldn’t take any time off to join us (and I’m not sure I could’ve convinced him that he would have fun at a fiber festival anyways), so it was just me and C. I was a little nervous about flying to NY, renting a car and driving up to Rhinebeck with Charlie, but we did it and it was really, really great.  It was way easier than I thought it would be to travel with an infant. Stroller + infant = head of the security line and pre-boarding on the plane.  and he was so interested in all the new things to see!

Looking out.
Charlie loved to look out the plane window.

We stayed at a quirky rental house with some of the best roomies ever, and had so so much fun. We spent all day Saturday at the festival, and it was definitely a different experience that I’ve had in the past – I carried Charlie the entire day in our Ergo, and I was TIRED by the end of the day.  Charlie seemed a little overwhelmed by all the activity, but I think he had a good time – there was so much to look at! I didn’t actually get to do very much shopping (I bought one skein of sock yarn and some buttons) but the real reason I went is to see friends, so that’s okay. and of course Jacob was happy about my lack of shopping, hahaha.

Carrie and Charlie
photo by fig and plum Jess.Charlie's hat by Stacey, and sweater by Mai!

I was really overwhelmed, in a good way, by all the help I got with C. My roommates were particularly understanding about his one big meltdown at 3am on Sunday morning. I had a couple of moments where I thought, wow, am I a bad mom for bringing my poor 8 month old son to this crazy festival? But I think it’s good to introduce Charlie to things that I love, and I lovelovelove fiber festivals and awesome friends that I never get to see. It was so much fun to see old friends, and meet old friends for the first time, and to introduce my son to everyone. yay!

The Zardozians
Housemates, L to R: Lolly, me and C, Kate, Emily, Mai, Anne, Kelly borrowed from Anne's photostream. hee.

Of course I tried to finish a sweater in time for the festival and totally failed. But I’m almost finished with it now! It’s a Garter Yoke Cardigan in some yummy Brooks Farm Mas Acero. I’m about a sleeve and a half away from finishing! I also have some Quince and Co. Osprey on its way to me. My housemate Emily made a beautiful Idlewood with some, and I am so copying her. hee. I’m also test-knitting a lovely shawl for Kirsten Kapur and it’s going super fast.

So hooray for old and new friends, and adventures with Charlie!


  1. says

    Yay for traveling with Charlie! You are awesome for bringing him along :). I’m sad we missed each other, but I know we’ll have another opportunity soon enough. He is teh super cute.

  2. says

    dang I just saw a color I would just really really love in that yarn and that pattern. :( sad girl can’t buy yarn.
    but OH HAI CUTE CHARLIE. he is such a little lovebug.

  3. says

    The first trip is always a little scary, but sounds like he is a good little traveler! Sounds like you had a great time. Super jealous… everyone is posting about how fantastic is was :)

  4. says

    Charlie is such a cutie! I am super impressed by the fact that you traveled and went to a fiber festival with him all by yourself. We just took our daughter on her first flight last weekend (not to Rhinebeck, sadly), and I had my husband, parents, and brother with me, and it was still a challenge!

  5. says

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one Ergoing a baby! It was so much easier to use the carrier than the stroller.

    Hope to meet you one of these years!

  6. says

    Looks like such a nice time. Love your pictures. Charlie is sooooo cute. It’s great that you have him traveling at a young age. The sooner he gets used to it, the easier it all becomes.

  7. says

    you have a beautiful family, beautiful new born and i wish the best for you, love your knitting blog, will return to read up on some ideas for this winter :)

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