Letter from Taos

In the interest of full disclosure, I’m not really in Taos now, but sitting at my desk trying to keep the kitten-on-cat violence to a minimum. The devil doesn’t wear sheep’s clothing, but comes in the guise of a sweet-faced, orange kitty. It’s beyond me how “no” translates into kitten-speak as, “Snookems, do whatever your little kitten heart desires.”

But back to Taos. There are many reasons to love Taos, among them the sage-scented air, the slanted New Mexican light and the soft-edges of the adobe buildings. With faded hollyhocks leaning against the town’s brown, undulating walls, it’s like walking from one painted landscape into another.

There are also four yarn shops serving a county population of about 32,000. And, baby, we hit them all.

First stop, Weaving Southwest. Breathless in the face of all the color, I completely forgot to take pictures. Take it on my recommendation, run and order one of their yarn cards, now! We also made a short visit to the aptly named, The Yarn Shop. The smallest retailer of the bunch, The Yarn Shop offers pretty standard knitting fare and is worth a look if for no other reason than its close proximity to this fabulous shoe store.

A bit woozy from the long drive and impeding excitement, we dined early on Thursday and then retired for an evening of knitting and catching up on the new TV season.

Dia Dos (Day Two):

Off to Taos Sunflower in the charming village of Arroyo Seco. Lauren recommended it as a must-see, saying that the first time she went, she had a religious experience. (Mom and I felt similar stirrings when our credit cards wriggled out of our wallets.) This is a particularly inspirational yarn shop; staff members have knit countless tempting garments—Noro jackets and pullies, a Debbie Bliss ruffle cardie in cashmerino I was mad for, Terri Ranck multi-yarn confections, simple, ingenious scarves. On top of everything, the sales team members are smart, funny and as much in love with fiber as the customers. They don’t allow photos inside, but here’s an exterior view:

Taos Sunflower

That’s commercial yarn hanging outside. You’ve got to go in to see the nifty handspun.

After a restorative lunch at Taos Cow, we went back to town for the requisite tour of La Lana. For the first two weeks of the month, La Lana is hosting a fiber arts exhibit called Fiber Frolics. Though the shop is known for displaying its proprietary patterns knit up into sumptuous samples, the art show was stunning. We loved Katherine Maxwell’s pieces; check out this cropped, drop-sleeve pullover:

Katherine Maxwell1

And this stunner:

Katherine Maxwell2

The needle-felted folk to the right and left of Maxwell’s tunic are by Ayala Talpai

We also got to intrude on Ayala Talpai’s needlefelting class, where participants were busy making dragons. Here’s the artist making a baby:

Ayala1

A student dragon:

Studentdragon

Some rose corsages by Ayala:

Ayalasroses

A fun chapeau:

Ayalahat

And a jacket by unofficial exhibitor, Dorothy Lake:

Jacket

Last but not least, a little La Lana yarn porn:

Lalanayarn

Read Letter from Taos, part II tomorrow!

Comments (5) -

October 9. 2006 07:57

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the first part of your Taos trip sounds fabulous...would have loved to be a fly on your shoulder.  Taos is truly wonderous.

John |

October 9. 2006 10:12

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In re kitten: Invest in several small water pistols. I can scatter cats to the ends of the earth with a squirt or two.

Catherine D. |

October 11. 2006 07:42

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YUM.  La Lana's.  I always stop by on my way thru Taos.  I love Taos.  (heart beating).  I want to move there.  Sooner than later.  Glad you had a good trip.

KIm |

June 29. 2007 14:32

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staff members have knit countless tempting garments—Noro jackets and pullies, a Debbie Bliss ruffle cardie in cashmerino I was mad for, Terri Ranck multi-yarn confections, simple, ingenious scarves

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June 29. 2007 14:51

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staff members have knit countless tempting garments—Noro jackets and pullies, a Debbie Bliss ruffle cardie in cashmerino I was mad for, Terri Ranck multi-yarn confections, simple, ingenious scarves

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