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October 7, 2008

Cat Bullet

Taos Weekend

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Travel — Cat @ 9:49 am

HI All,

Well, I had a super fantastic weekend.

I went down to Taos for the annual Taos Wool Festival. It was a lot of fun.

My hotel turned out to be within walking distance of the festival, which turned out to be a good thing (based on the limited amount of parking available). The festival was chock full of wooly goodness. There was a higher percentage of premade (knit and woven) items than I had expected, and hardly any animals, but still there were wonders to be seen. It was great to see tent after tent of exciting colors and textures. I did a LOT of fondling of various wools and other fibers, and I really enjoyed talking to many of the vendors.

While I was there, I got to meet Donna W of the comments – such a fun person (HI DONNA!). We really enjoyed the rest of the day together. We also met Joan Tapper and Gale Zucker, the author and photographer of Shear Spirit (you know… my absolute favorite knitting book of all time…). They were delightful to talk to, and didn’t seem to mind that I was stalking them…

    Why yes, I did get my copy autographed.

The weather was perfectly cool enough for me to wear my Alpaca shawl, which turned out to be a good idea. I got a lot of compliments on it. The coolest though, happened when I was waiting to meet up with Donna.

These two ladies in red shirts kept waving wildly – finally, one of them came running over to me and said “You have my shawl on!”.

Confused, I grabbed it closer to me and said “No, it is MY shawl” – but then they clarified and stated that they were the owners of Victory Ranch, and that she was the one who was modeling the shawl in the book. How cool was that??? They really liked the texture of the yarn in my shawl (and since they own alpacas themselves, that was quite the compliment).

The next morning, Donna and I met up early and then headed down to the Victory Ranch. When I die, I want to come back as one of their alpacas… it truly was a beautiful place. Wide open lush fields and beautiful scenery. We got to go into the “kindergarden” paddock (full of approximately 1 year olds…) and feed them – what fun!! All of the faces and necks and backs all swarmed up to get the food we were offering.

Did you know that Alpacas only have bottom teeth? I did not know that, but it made feeding to be a very enjoyable experience. Slobbery, but enjoyable. I got several hugs from babies as they were reaching around to get food – I guess those long necks are good for many things.

In addition to the alpacas, there were warm fuzzy (and very friendly) dogs and kitties to play with. Neither Donna nor I wanted to leave, but sadly we eventually had to depart and start the long drive home.

Pictures to follow, of course, as soon as I get them downloaded.

Why yes, now that you mention it, I may have bought some yarn. There will be pictures of that as well…

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  1. So glad you had a good time. We missed having you in Buena Vista but then it is hard to pass up a wool market!

    Comment by Judy — October 7, 2008 @ 11:07 am
  2. how cool! I think it would be neat to see someone wearing a pattern that I came up with. Im glad you had a great time and had good weather!

    Comment by kari s. — October 7, 2008 @ 1:16 pm
  3. I am so glad that you got to go to the Taos Wool Festival and had someone to hang out with! Sounds like you just loved it, I am so glad!

    Miss you girl!

    Comment by Nachaele Olson — October 7, 2008 @ 2:03 pm
  4. oh I am so jealous. I’m glad you had a great time, shawl stalkers and all!

    Comment by Nicole — October 7, 2008 @ 5:52 pm
  5. Grerat report, it was just like being here. Oh wait! I was there. Wonderful meeting you! I might join you in the alpaca next life plan btw

    Comment by gale (she shoots sheep shots) — October 8, 2008 @ 6:27 am
  6. Sounds like a wonderful time! I am quite envious.

    Comment by Claudia — October 8, 2008 @ 9:22 pm
  7. Fabulous post. Don’t know what I can do to top it. And it was great to meet you and spend some time together. Looking forward to future adventures.
    Have a great weekend. I hope to get my post finished this weekend. :-)

    Comment by Donna W — October 10, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

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