Finally, over three weeks since the event, I’m writing this post about the Taos Wool Festival! I took so many pictures, it took forever to go through them and decide which ones to use.
The Wool Festival seemed a bit bigger and busier than last year, it seemed like there were more booths around the sides and more in the middle area, too. Of course, last year it was rainy and cool for the Wool Festival and this year the weather was gorgeous – sunny but not hot and just a hint of a breeze. The Ravelry Meetup was in the center area of the festival, there were quite a few people there – Mary Heather from Ravelry was there and I recognized a few others from the Ravelry Meetup in Santa Fe in September. The highlight of the Ravelry Meetup was meeting Stephanie Japel and Paula from the on-line class with Stephanie for the Fitted Raglan Shawl. You can read more about that in this post – Finished With Mirth .
It is always fun to look at the various fiber producing animals – alpacas, llamas, sheep and goats. Some of the goats are so tiny and cute.
This year there were also a lot of rabbits shown at the festival. Some of them were so soft, it was a treat to stroke them. Some of the rabbits looked like little, furry dogs.
There were many booths selling yarn – lots and lots of yarn in millions of yummy colors!
It was really wonderful to see all this beautiful wool. It looks like a cheerful yarn rainbow.
All this yarn for sale was just the tip of the iceberg. There were also many booths selling fleeces and roving for spinning and spinning equipment as well.
There were also booths selling finished goods made with wool – rugs, hats and many other unique things.
Some of the booths I enjoyed from previous years were back – I love the knitted animals that are for sale in this booth. The patterns are available, too.
Lots of interesting people were there, too. It was fun just to sit down and watch.
One of the nicest things was meeting up with three young women from our La Jara Knitting Group and looking around the festival with them!
Afterwards we went out to a late lunch and had a fun time looking around Taos.
My husband managed to maintain his patience while walking around the festival – he was even gracious enough to carry my lime green Namaste knitting bag for a while without getting (overly) embarrassed!
All in all, it was a very fun day. It would have been EASY to spend a lot of money on all that beautiful yarn but I managed to restrain myself and only bought three skeins – one worsted weight, one DK weight and one sock/fingering weight.
You can click on any of the pictures for a larger view.