Last weekend, we – that is my knitting friends and I – drove down to New Mexico for the Taos Wool Festival. It was our first visit to this festival, but not our first visit to Taos. The drive was so beautiful. The leaves are turning here in Colorado and New Mexico.
The sunsets in New Mexico are legendary and we weren’t disappointed.
There were little tiny goats.
And Angora bunnies.
And sheep of course!
And shearing of the sheep
A funny story. When this guy was let back into the pen with the other sheep, the unshorn sheep were all baa-ing. When he/she got back in the pen, they immediately surrounded him/her and sniffing and cuddling. Honestly, the brown sheep felt a lot cooler after the shearing and everyone calmed down in just a minute, but it was so cute to see their concern.
The Taos Wool Festival was lovely. It’s smaller and outdoors, so the grass and the sunshine were perfect. There was plenty of room to walk around, but the tents themselves were small. There were a lot of people, but several tents set up for relaxing. This is where the guys went with their iPads and their newspapers and e-readers. They relaxed and had good food while their partners ran around and enjoyed the wool. There was music all the time and fun contests and it was relaxing and enjoyable. It was not crowded, but it was lively.
We stayed at the San Geronimo Lodge just outside Taos proper and I highly recommend it. Unique setting. Fabulous breakfast with live classical guitar and piano! There is a meditative walk around the property and this was the Patience bench, which I thought appropriate with respect to knitting where patience is required.
There was knitting, of course, and because we were lucky enough to have our knitting teacher with us, we learned how to do two socks at a time from the toe up on one long circular needle. I’ve typically knit my socks two-at-a-time on double points, so this was a new technique for me and I definitely liked it.
These are my starter baby socks for practice.
It was an amazing, relaxing, and perfect weekend. Now, I just need a little time to cast on my next socks – adult size this time!