Friday, March 10, 2017

Taos Wool Festival

I miss blogging but I don't miss the large amount it takes to post and the very low amount of response compared to Instagram.  But, I do miss it enough that I've been wanting to do it again.  In fact, I've been feeling that way for a while.  For example....this set of pics has been sitting in draft mode since October!  I think it's about time I add some words to it and get it out there.  Here it goes...

I was lucky to finally go to the Taos Wool Festival in Taos, New Mexico this last October.  I was so excited that I made a special project just to wear to the event.  It's a huge, colorful vest that was perfect for the event.  So perfect, in fact, that I was stopped by people all day long at the festival and in town to take photos, ask questions, and give me compliments.  Wow!  I certainly didn't expect that response.  In fact, I almost chickened out on wearing it that day for fear that it was a little too far out there and definitely more out there than I would normally wear.  It ended up adding more fun to my day because of all the wonderful people I met.

The festival was so much fun!

I finally got to see Navajo Churro sheep.  They were beautiful!  Especially the jet black ones.  I've never seen a sheep that black.  Gorgeous!

There were cute little pygora goats...

There were also bunnies, alpacca, and more!

Of course, there were gorgeous yarns!  Here's a set I reminds me of the southwest that I love.  I haven't found the perfect project for it yet.

Besides the festival in the park that's right in town, the town itself has several yarn shops!  How cool is that?!!  I bought stuff there too!  Mooncat Fiber is my favorite!  They have so many gorgeous indie dyed yarns that I felt my heart racing just standing in the store amongst all the the beauty.  I bought these two skeins or gorgeousness...

I also bought this beautiful roving (much, much prettier in person).  And, I met the dyer...she is super cool!  Can't wait to see how this spins up.  I just got my broken wheel fixed.  Time to get started!

And, Taos!  I LOVE Taos!  Such a charming, pretty, fun, and interesting town!  There's so much to see in every direction and everywhere you look.  Here are a few examples...

Decorated posts outside cute!

I love these strung marigolds outside of another shop.  I think they're used to keep bugs away.  They sure are pretty!

Taos was one of the first stops on a two week trip hubby and I took with our RV.  We went to Kingman, Flagstaff, Taos, a couple stops in Kansas (including the famous Yarn Barn!) on our way to Missouri to see family, Colorado Springs, back to Flagstaff because it was so gorgeous in it's fall color, and ending in Sedona, Arizona.  I cozied up our trailer with a little lamp on the table and some fall decorations.  It's our little home away from home!

There was a lot of time on the road...aka knitting time.  I got really good at knitting without looking as I worked on a hat project.  I started it on the trip and had it almost finished by the time I got home.

My sweet Penelope was a great little traveler and I loved having her with us, as always.  She even helped us catch a mouse that got in our trailer in Missouri!  Good Penelope!

Salsa was a good girl too.  Although, she had some intestinal issue going on that wasn't fun for her or us but she's better now.

It's been so long since I put these photos in this draft that I'm not sure where this was taken but I'm thinking it was probably a sunset shot on our way home.

I have so many things I could post that have happened, places I've been, and things I've made.  I'm planning to try again to get back to blogging.  We'll see how it goes.  I've just been enjoying Instagram so much more for it's ease, speed,  so much more feedback.  But, blogging is great as a journal to look back on experiences and stuff.


Connie said...

Oh my goodness, you look stunning in that first photo. I have always wanted to visit Taos. too. It is such an amazing artistic venture.
Nice to see you back in blog-land :)
Connie :)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Glad to see your post. Instagram is quick and easy. But I do still enjoy blogging. Certainly get to share so much more here. I'm trying to get in the habit of posting a photo or two to Instagram and then making a blog post about the same thing, but doesn't always work out that way. And I'm kinda all over the place with my thoughts and plans and ideas. Loved Taos when we visited there a couple of years ago, but found the yarns to be very expensive in one of the shops I visited. Your shawl is absolutely gorgeous. And a yarn festival is definitely the right place to wear it. :)

Sandy O' said...

Great to read your blog again! Your pictures are always so interesting. The vest is beautiful! I am looking forward to more travel tales and pictures.

Cindie said...

I have missed your posts. Glad you'll be posting again here.

Love your shawl - perfect colors for Taos!

Delighted Hands said...

Your shawl/vest is a show stopper for sure!!! Amazing work. I would've stopped you, so you know! lol I love my blogging for the record it keeps for all of us! I love your southwest colored yarn-my second fav color combination after olive green!

Mereknits said...

I am happy you are back. Love your trip, it sounds fantastic and your vest is totally gorgeous. I am not surprised people stopped you to comment on it. I have been the YArn Barn, it is amazing. Welcome back.

Judith C said...

I've missed you! Love New Mexico, now that my sister has moved to Ruidoso, I hope to see more of it in the future. The vest is awesome, is it crochet or knit? What type of yarn did you use?