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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!! 

But Shipping Was Free

I needed a set of double pointed knitting needles to finish the sleeves on my sweater. I could only find the size I needed locally in bamboo, and I really prefer nickel. So I bought these from Knit Picks for $6.99.

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But shipping was going to cost me $3.99. So I added a back issue of Interweave Knits, four skeins of yellow Imagination fingering weight alpaca blend, three skeins of grayish Shadow merino lace weight and a Knit Happy sticky note pad. For a total of $44.67. So I could get free shipping.

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Don’t judge.

Everything Gets Finished. Eventually.

wavy cardi late startAccording to Ravelry, I queued the Drawstring Raglan from Interweave Knits, Summer 2008 on October 24, 2009. That’s not entirely accurate. I’m pretty sure I was on the lookout for yarn for it the previous summer. In any case, I’ve been eyeballing this pattern for a long time. Every spring, I would go back and look at it, do some internet yarn window shopping and then move on to other projects.

So did you know that Tuesday Morning carries yarn? They do! And it’s good yarn! Wool, alpaca, silk, cotton, some novelty but for the most part it’s good name brand yarns. Early this summer I had managed to run away from home for a couple of hours and popped into Tuesday Morning to see if they had anything new. That’s where I found at least a dozen colors of Louisa Harding Ianthe, a 50/50 cotton and extra fine merino wool blend. And at a price I couldn’t refuse. So nearly four years later, I finally cast on for my blue Wavy Cardi.

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It’s been slow going. I’ve abandoned it repeatedly for other smaller, faster projects. Even though the yarn was bouncy for a cotton blend, it still slowed me down. And lets be honest, once I got past the feather and fan skirt, it was a LOT of stockinette. Not the most thrilling knitting. But finally, Friday, in the school pick-up line, I finished the knitting. Just one thing I didn’t give a lot of thought to: that’s a lot of ends to weave in! I hate weaving in ends.

 

But I want to wear this, so I will finish it.

 

Eventually.

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