The Estes Park Wool Market was last weekend, and so we headed to our favorite inn, the Taharaa Mountain Lodge, for a little R&R. We thought we’d get in a long hike along the Continental Divide and a lot of walking and some fun wool shopping.
We had a lovely Friday – warm and sunny and we walked and walked. We had coffee (for him) and tea (for me) and a cinnamon roll by a rushing stream and a pond with some sleepy ducks.
We bought rocks at this fabulous rock shop, Red Rose Rock Shop, which is situated next to the pond with the sleeping ducks. We love this place and have been buying rocks from them each time we visit Estes Park. They have the most beautiful rose quartz, which is my favorite.
Later, we took the aerial tram to the top and looked out over Estes Park, the town.
That night, however, the temperatures dropped into the extremely chilly and the heavy rain mixed with snow made our hike impossible as we’d brought summer hiking gear. Geez, it’s only the middle of June … you’d think we would know better. Hah!
That same rain made the fair grounds at the Wool Market a soggy swamp. The folks who were running the Wool Market (bless them) put down straw so we weren’t up to our knees in muck, and the folks on the sheep-to-shawl teams were cheerfully plugging away having moved to the drier and warm barn with this little guy to watch – isn’t he cute?
These poor dudes were outside of the barns …
But this guy was warm and toasty inside …
The rivers in town kept rising all weekend, but everyone was happy and friendly. We had a lovely time. Picked up a little yarn from the Plain & Fancy Sheep & Wool Company out of Henderson, Texas (I can’t find their website, so no link, sorry). It’s 100% wool and comes in lovely colors. I bought some of this in blue last year and it knits up very nicely. I have been warned against socks, but I think I’ll try them anyway after conferring with some folks on Ravelry. The skeins are a generous 400 yards, so I’ll get a good pair of warm, striped socks out of them, I think.
All while we were gone, however, I got a lot of knitting done on these great little socks in the Equinox pattern from Knit N’ Style magazine. I’m knitting with Madelintosh yarn in the Celadon colorway from The Loopy Ewe.