Letter from Taos, part II

The skies were glowering and spitting rain, but Kit Carson Park was jammed with fiber fiends looking for a fix. Unfortunately, I over exposed almost every shot I took on Saturday—golly gosh and double darn—so you will have to believe me when I say it was a riot of colorful hanks and rovings and knitters decked out in full battle array beautiful sweaters.

Here’s a shot of the park in the afternoon after most of the fiberati had been sated.

Kitcarson

Renoir

Now it looks like Renoir’s Boat Party!

Starting at Booth I, we made the rounds. I didn’t get very far before I found a kindred spirit who also loved Wendy “Luna” Clarke’s headbands.

Medusaheadband

The Medusae

I also loved Clarke’s hirsute little shoulder bag:

Hairybag

The Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Co. sucked in Mom like a black hole. But she emerged smiling with a large bag. From Henderson, Texas, they have no web site, alas, but are regulars at Estes and other Western fiber events. Brooks Farm showed up with this drapey new silk-viscose-and-I-don’t-know-what-all yarn that had knitters abuzz. Mercy Mitchell’s Pure Felt creations were very cool. See?

Skull

I ain’t got no body, but Mitchell is from El Prado, NM

This seemed like the ultimate luxury—natural, wool-filled bedding by Pastores Collections. With winter approaching at El Rancho, an organic wool mattress pad seems like just the tickent. Heading into the home stretch, I thought I was home free until I was coopted by Lisa Joyce Designs wacky handspun. Weighing my first take, Lisa informed me I was looking at $100-plus. Dispirited, I returned the funky green and a bit of the natural black, but still emerged with a nice pile of fluff:

Wackypacky

A bit shaky from all the excitement, we needed some refreshment, which Taos Pizza Out Back cheerfully provided. I bought some wine—Mitch and I sampled it upon my return, we found the Santa Fe Vineyards’ Tinto Del Sol was a bit sweet for our palettes, but a nice accompaniment to spicey foods—and then I returned to the Wool Fest to do my serious shopping and meet Lauren of Knitting in the Desert fame.

In other news, our friend Cheri Paxson of PaxKnits, a Colorado machine and handknitting designer, swept the garment competition and also earned a blue ribbon for her cashmere drop-spindle spinning. She is an amazingly talented and resourceful fiber artist with the kind of fiber skills most of us dream of. Congratulations, my dear, you deserve the accolades!

Stash enhancement report, tommorow. (Don’t you hate it when bloggers do that?)

 

 

 

 

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In other news, our friend Cheri Paxson of PaxKnits, a Colorado machine and handknitting designer, swept the garment competition and also earned a blue ribbon for her cashmere drop-spindle spinning. She is an amazingly talented and resourceful fiber artist with the

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