Posts Tagged ‘New Mexico’

Taos or Bust

Somewhere, somehow, I convinced my entire family that yarn related activities are fun. Well, they are fun for me, but most 14 year old boys don’t think so. Since work started in earnest for my husband here in New Mexico, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for us to spend together as a family. Opening a new restaurant isn’t 9-5 work. So when I realized he would be off for one day of The Wool Festival at Taos, I jumped at the opportunity for a quick overnight getaway – no laptops, no Playstation, almost no cell reception, and a killer deal on an off-season ski resort loft. The family was an easy sell, and in the words of little Jack, “we havin’ a sleepover!!” It was just what we needed.

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Even if I haven’t fallen in love with Albuquerque yet, I am completely smitten with Taos. The drive was beautiful. There is a dramatic change in landscape between Albuquerque and Taos. Mark said “it’s like a Southwest Outer Banks.” High praise, as the Outer Banks of North Carolina is one of our family’s favorite places on Earth. Our hotel was a haul from town; it was right at the base of the ski slopes in Taos Ski Valley. Nobody noticed the extra drive with the amazing scenery. The wildlife was out – we saw a goat moseying across the road, deer, a skunk, a chupacabra… Okay, it wasn’t a chupacabra, but we couldn’t tell what it was! That was our best guess.

The wool festival on Sunday was a treat. The weather was perfect, sunny and a little cool. Zoe did some hands on weaving and is hooked. She was a natural and picked up the process quickly.  Guess we’ll be fixing up that loom I acquired a few months ago. I see a mass stash reduction in my future. And maybe some placemats.

taos wool fest 3The yarns and fibers were beautiful. There was some overlap from the Estes Park Sheep and Wool Festival, which we had gone to in June, but plenty I had not seen before. There weren’t a lot of animals, it really was about the fiber, but I still managed to track down a friendly alpaca or two. Ultimately I came home with a couple of lovely skeins of cormo wool from Elsawool in pale gray and white. I also brought back a skein of MJ Yarns Simple Sock super wash corriedale and nylon in the Midnight Orchid colorway. The color is just amazing, and it’s hand dyed in Lafayette, Colorado for a little taste of home.

We had such a good time, we were all a little sad to come home. If we could change one thing, we would have stayed longer. Much longer!! 

And, Moving On

Goodbye COOne day in early summer, 1998, my brand new husband came home from work and announced “we’re moving.” We had planned on leaving Upstate New York for Colorado somewhere down the road, but a conversation with a co-worker, who had planned to get out and never did, had lit the fire. He was ready to go NOW!

Less than a month later we were in Denver planting roots that reached deeper and deeper over the following 16 years. It was home from the moment we arrived. It’s where we truly started our marriage, and had all of our babies, and made friends that became family. It’s where I found my passion for fiber arts and the friends that would push me completely out of my comfort zone to learn and do even more.

In early 2013 my husband changed jobs, taking a step down in position to be in a better job situation. It was the best move possible for our entire family, and the promise was to put him back in the position he had worked so hard for as soon as possible. Early this year, that position became available.

In Albuquerque.

Hello NMThere were tears. Yelling. Stomping. Arguments. Doors slamming. Then we told the kids. They were just fine. As gut wrenching as it was to leave, we packed up the family and arrived in Albuquerque in early August. I like it here, I really do! But it’s just not Home. Our master plan is to get back to Denver as soon as we can. In the mean time, I’ll be doing my best to enjoy my time in exile New Mexico.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do some Market Research. In other words, I’m gonna go find the yarn shops!