Sunday, May 1, 2011

Another Taos Weekend?

Yes, I like to go to Taos. It's a great place to go when you need to slooooow down, get inspired, eat good food, and get a little romantic. And it's certainly a great place for yarn and fiber. 

One of the awesome things about New Mexico is the state government's commitment to the creative economy. They publish gallery guides, collector's guides, and a even a fiber arts guide. You can pick them up in most of the fiber shops. Here's a quote from it that communicates their attitude toward the fiber arts:

"Why fiber arts? Universal, they also are local, democratic and accessible. They encompass age-old traditions and cutting edge advances. No matter the artistic form, they require structure but demand innovation and freedom, often of both artist and admirer. Why trails? Creativity flourishes on the back roads, for both artists and travelers. The trails celebrate New Mexico’s diverse communities, lifestyles, and landscapes. The trails traverse an integrated cycle - from raw materials through a medley of techniques and creative processes to hand-crafted works of art – and heart."

My husband and I needed the getaway more than we realized when we made our reservations. We decided to splurge and stayed at the Old Taos Guesthouse. Talk about a great place to just kick back and relax!

We had decided to go to celebrate honey's birthday, but we both got sick a couple weeks before and were still recovering. So staying here was great for rest and recovery. Nothing to distract us.

The weather was wonderfully sweet with the flowering trees blooming in full glory.

And we had A LOT of great food. We decided to try a few new places rather than just rely on our old favorites. So we ended up at Graham's Grill for lunch on Saturday. Oh, WOW! Definitely an addition to the "old favorites" list.

Naturally, one of the things I did was visit the yarn and fiber shops. In other posts I've talked about La Lana...

...and Red Willow...

...I got so excited that I forgot to take pictures inside.

This time I also paid a visit to The Yarn Shop and Weaving Southwest. Both of them are part of the John Dunn shops just off the plaza. 

The Yarn Shop is a small little place that I haven't visited much in the past due to most of the yarn being or containing sheep's wool. This time I found a little more variety. Nothing I had to have this time, but definitely worth a visit in future.

Weaving Southwest is geared toward weavers, but also carries spinning supplies, and a marvelous array of hand dyed yarns available in large batches in coordinating colors and fibers. You can buy bouclé and worsted dyed in the same batch making it easy to mix and match textures while keeping your colors the same.

The photos here are from the back of the store. The front of the store is full of wonderful handwoven rugs for sale.

When you consider that the Taos area only has a population of about 35,000, it's pretty phenomenal that they have 4 shops catering to the fiber arts.

It's been too long!

It's been awhile since my last post. Gosh!

Well, let's see. Between a trip to Los Angeles for the Arts Council of the Africa Studies Association Triennial Conference (pleasure) and a trip to Las Vegas for the Exhibitor 2011 conference (work), working to get ahead before and working to catch up after...I did manage to get some crocheting and other things done.

• I finished my Rain Wrap and am very pleased with it.

• My jeans are 2" longer and it even looks like they came from the store that way. Mostly.

• The lacy scarf turned into a couple of lacy vests which I'm going to publish as soon as I get the technical stuff figured out. Sizing, testing, photographic, writing, editing...Making them was the easy part.
• I've got a pattern with my marvelous tech editor. So, soon to be published.
• I'm finishing a tapestry crochet purse pattern. So that should be published sometime in the next month.

• I'm spinning all the silk fiber I have in the house. I tend to spin in fiber batches since it allows me to focus on the style needed for that fiber instead of changing all the time.

• I went to Taos for a long weekend over Easter, but I'll save that for another post.
• Finally, I'm cleaning house and getting ready to host the new Crochet Study Group of the Front Range Fiber Artisans at my house tomorrow night. Most of them are beginning level, so it should be fun. They've got the gist of it, but would love to learn to do more. I'm excited about it.