* you can also find us signing books and petting yarn with Wool Goddess Nanney Kennedy at the Seacolors booth 26 V, and then we'll be hanging around before & after our talk at the authors' tent, making googly eyes at other authors.
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Days 3 & 4 of the Shear Spirit Romp Around New Mexico: Taos Wool Festival.
Seriously wonderful fiber festival. I admit, I'm not so discerning when it comes to fiber festivals, I pretty much rave about them all. However. Taos is special- it's totally outdoors, right in town, so you can stroll over for an espresso and be back at your booth a few minutes later. The weather was perfect- warm enough to be outside all day but crisp enough to wear a handknit sweater while showing your tatts. All that and history- Kit Carson was buried right behind the booth.
We blabbed, we signed books, we browsed, we met young knitters with style to spare, we shmoozed with the Ravelry Royalty ( that's me doing my characteristic hand flap , do you think Casey looks frightened?), we had the huge pleasure of hanging with Lisa & Randy Shell from Kai Ranch , our goat farming subjects from Blue Texas. This is Lisa's dyed locks salad bar. Imagine the temptation of standing by that all day. Yeah, I succumbed. I'll show in another post.
There was the brilliant knit animal designer, Ellen Sibelius of Wooly Wonders who made this guy (go check out that link, she is amazing). I was pressed into duty transporting him across the mountain back to the ranch where we were staying, when an alpaca fleece trade was made for some knitted beasts. The thrill of walking around the show with huge fleece bags over one shoulder and a sizable knit monkey on my hip was worth the trip alone.
OK you might feel done with New Mexico-but we weren't. Still to come- alpaca & new friends up on the mesa.