Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blogging Again!

Deep into autumn -- travels over and shows done -- I'm ready to tackle blogging again.  Started out fall with a very relaxing trip to Northern New Mexico with my friend, Michelle.  This was our second year attending the Taos Wool Festival. It's hard not to go because we have such a great time. And we actually reserved rooms for next year. We started out with two nights at the Casa Escondida B&B in Chimayo, a very quaint weaving community about halfway between Santa Fe and Taos. We explored around the area, visited the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, ate good food, drank wine and spent some relaxing days knitting and stitching on our deck and the front porch.
The view from our deck was spectacular and we had perfect weather.

Can you imagine a more idyllic spot? Night time brought a million stars and even the Milky Way. 

The next stop on our adventure was The Old Taos Guesthouse in Taos, of course.  I have stayed here many times and Tim and Leslie, the owners, make this a more than special play to stay. One night, we even had a "camp fire" in the fire pit out back with many of the guests sitting around chatting and enjoying a glass of wine.

A nice cup of tea and knitting in the afternoon with a view out over Taos.

Onto the Taos Wool Festival for much shopping and visiting with people we have met along the way.  We bought fleeces at Black Pines Sheep booth.
We also bought fleeces from one of my favorite booths at the wool festival -- The Rocky Mountain Natural Colored Sheep Breeders -- three that we couldn't resist -- a cocoa brown, variegated gray and a black one.  We split those between us.  
The wool show is outside on the grass at Kit Carson Park in the heart of Taos.  
After four days in Taos and serious damage to our pocketbooks, we spent a night in Santa Fe -- much more commercial/touristy atmosphere than in the little town of Taos, but it was still fun and we had great New Mexican food.  Oh, I do miss those enchiladas.  

This week, I finally found time to start processing the fleeces I bought in Taos.  This one is a CVM/Wensleydale cross, and believe it or not, this fleece has all of these fabulous colors in it.  I can hardly wait to start spinning it so that I can knit with it.

Now that I actually posted something on my blog -- yes, I'm going to try to keep this up on a regular basis.  Fingers are crossed!


marta traughber said...

Oh boy! I love when you blog. I like to see all the cool things you're doing and making.

seashells said...

Oh, that fleece in the bottom 2 pictures is soooo lovely!Good thing I don't sit right over my keyboard, that way no drool hits it.

Sarah said...

Ditto Marta. I love it as much as you do and more. What a fiber-tastic way to spend your week! I am full of envy...fabulous backdrop and gorgeous fleece. I so look forward to seeing them spin and knit up :D

How did your big fiber fair go? Betcha make a ton of $$$$$.

Taos Sunflower said...

Glad you're back! Wish I'd known you were in Taos for WF, would have loved seeing you (I was there but didn't attend the festival). I love that's going to be just gorgeous spun up. Good score!