Tuesday, September 30, 2014

EnchantingTaos - Part I, the Wool Festival

Full of rich history and rugged natural beauty, Taos, New Mexico, is truly one of the most intriguing and wonderful towns in the US. Because even a short visit to Taos can result in sensory and inspirational overload, I've decided to divide this year's Taos post into a two-part series, beginning with the famous Wool Festival at Taos, and ending next time with more about the beauty of Taos itself.

A day spent in the country enjoying the animals, demonstrations, workshops, yarn, fiber and inspiration to be found at fiber festivals throughout the US is near heaven to me and one of my favorite events is the Wool Festival at Taos, to be held this year this coming weekend, October 4-5. 

Although I can't attend the festival this year, I thought I'd share a little of what you might expect to see if you are lucky enough to be in the Southwest US and can hop on up to Taos this weekend. A few of the photos here have appeared in previous posts, but most are new in just the last year or two.

The festival is held on the tree-shaded grounds of Kit Carson Park in central Taos. 


Fiber vendors come from all over but the majority are from western states and the colors and textures of their wares delight the eye.



Other vendors offer sheep, southwest and fiber-related artwork, pottery and jewelry, as well as felted, woven, sewn and knitted items like rugs, blankets, garments, slippers, coats and socks. 


Then there are the animals!


I'm sure there must be some tough competition in the best-dressed dog contest.

Albuquerque resident and Ravelry staffer Mary-Heather Cogar (aka rainydaygoods on Ravelry) is known to sometimes bring a tent and treats for a Ravelry meet-up. That's her taking the photo, perhaps you might even recognize a few others in the crowd? 

Taos is an easy drive from Santa Fe or Albuquerque, and the festival nicely coincides with the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, another spectacular event, making the trip a lot of fun. 

Stay tuned for the next installment of Enchanting Taos, and thanks for stopping by my studio today!

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