For centuries, upstate New York has been the refuge of artists, writers, crafters and city-dwellers—the close proximity to one of the world’s most enticing cities enhances the quiet, sleepy charm of the Hudson Valley region just a few hours north. Here, meet makers with fascinating backstories and unusual past lives, now exploring their crafts fully amidst cozy, pastoral landscapes. It’s no wonder that this area is also home to one of the largest wool festivals each year: the Dutchess County Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, regularly welcomes tens of thousands of visitors in a single weekend for a fiber celebration. We took advantage of this year’s festival cancellation to visit the area without the crowds and hustle, exploring it in-depth so that future travelers can see the best of what the Hudson Valley has to offer.
Lookbook #14 includes a collection of new knitting patterns, as well. Sloane Rosenthal has created a scholarly, cabled sweater in heathery dark tones, and cables take new, botanical shapes in an elegant crescent shawl, designed by Katerina Rieckel. A chic, vintage-inspired cable top by Andrea Hungerford adds a bit of casual flair, while Hannah Thiessen’s chunky, large-scale scarf is a dramatic statement piece.
The fourteenth issue of By Hand travels to London and features:
- The Highlands Foundry
- Salt + Still
- Cal Patch
- Murky Depths Dyeworks
- Sawkill Farm
- Hudson Valley Shop Talk
- Hudson Valley Excursions and Day Trips