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  • The Taos Wool Festival is the first weekend in October and now that I am retired, we got to go last fall. There was fiber and yarn, demonstrations and contests (among them were blindfolded knitting and spinning!), and food and music, in beautiful Kit Carson Park. We already have reservations to go earlier in the week next year so I can take a class or two. Love Taos!!

    • I hope the blindfolded knitting works out a little better than when I fall asleep while knitting a row or two. I know it happens to others—Ann mentioned it in a recent post.

  • Many thanks for a great article! As a yogini, I’ve followed Cyndi for years. Taos is on my bucket list. Nice to learn about the fiber stores and local sites. (The skeleton at Vortex must be still working to get through her stash.) Are there yoga studios or annual fiber getaways that include knitting and yoga? Combining knitting and yoga is the ultimate zen experience!

    • Hello Barbara! The retreat that I led last year and which will happen again this coming October in Taos is a yoga retreat but most all of us are also knitters so we knit around the kiva fireplace every night with wine. Soooo good.

  • SO beautiful! Let’s all make a plan to meet at the wool festival this year! And so happy to see Cyndi here; what a fabulous addition to MDK <3

  • Taos is one of my favorite places in the US. I taught myself to knit after visiting the late, lamented La Lana Wools in the early 90’s and wishing I knew how to use this wonderful palette. I finally got to go back about 10 years ago, just before the shop closed. SO happy to see that the wonderful textile tradition continues to flourish there.

  • I’m a newly transplanted New Mexican, living south of Santa Fe. Can’t wait to get to Taos to really explore like this!! Drove by the Espanola Fiber center recently, but it was closed…Thanks for all the great tips!! (I’lll look for your yoga retreat too!)

  • What no picture of Willie? I’m extremely disappointed…

  • I live in Espanola, but like most folks, we never really see our own state. My path has run pretty much between here and Chama ( not on the same path that leads to Taos). I get inspiration from the red rocks around Ghost Ranch and the beautiful mountains between Chama and Antonito, CO. But this article has made me add Taos to my future wanderings. Thank you!

  • One of my favorite destinations. Thanks for the return visit!

  • Wonderful post! I’ve never been to the Southwest and now feel Taos needs to be on my bucket list. Thank you, hope you write more for MDK!

  • Loved the the article!
    I you are going to the Taos Wool Festival be sure to check and see if the feast day at Taos Pueblo is the same weekend. San Geronimo Day with a
    special vespers mass the night before at the Pueblo.
    Another great place after all the sightseeing is Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, about 30 miles across the Rio Grande Gorge( another site to see)
    where you can soak you ur cares away in several different types of spring water, get a massage or have a gourmet, organic meal. A no miss trip!

  • Sitting in snowy Canada at the moment, I really enjoyed this interlude.

  • Great article! Would love to visit….

  • I love this post! I’ve been fascinated by New Mexico for years now, but have never managed a visit, though the Taos Wool Festival is at the top of my list. The bookstore sounds wonderful, too. Two tiny points, both bookstore-specific: 1) I would also have liked to see a photo of Willie the cat. 2) The Cather book is Death Comes FOR the Archbishop, not to the Archbishop.

  • I enjoy Taos. I like it much better in the summer and found it quite stark in the winter and many shops were closed.

    • Late winter to early spring is great! Low hotel rates, almost no tourists, gallery owners making you a deal – highly recommended. Great to hear there are two new fiber shops. I shopped at La Lana’s just before it closed as well (someone else mentioned this). It had seemed such a permanent part of the town that I was shocked to hear it had closed.

  • What a wonderful article about one of my favorite places! And I can’t read an article about fiber in Taos without remembering Luisa Gelenter of LaLana Wools. Her store was a long-time fixture in town, and she in many ways pioneered the current small-batch dyers and spinners we take for granted now. We all owe her a debt of gratitude.

    • Same here, Charlotte. Remembering Luisa. I think of her whenever I see plant-dyed yarns.

      • Add me to the list of people who love and miss La Lana and Luisa–she was a true visionary and I do believe the knitting community will always owe her a debt of gratitude. I live on the east coast but would stock up on her yarn during every trip to Taos–we go about every other year. I still have a little bit left in my stash. I can’t bear the thought of using it up. There is nothing else like it.

  • Wonderful visit ! Having pangs of wanting to be there NOW! I love Taos. Cyndi hit so many of my favorite stops.
    I’d add a side trip around the mountain ( not too far) to Victory Ranch in Mora NM, a beautiful large alpaca ranch that welcomes visitors and has a shop selling their delicious yarn and alpaca-y wares.

    • Thank you! I will definitely make a visit to Victory Ranch in the next few months!

  • Taos is my favorite get away in the world ! And the photos don’t begin to show the beauty of this treasure

  • Love these Knitter’s Weekend essays and particularly enjoyed this one, probably because of all the gorgeous Southwest colors in the photos. But then I’m the type of person who bets on a football team because of its team colors:).

  • Wonderful post! This gives me a few ideas when we visit in June. The photo of the natural dyed yarn samples is fabulous. Where was that taken? The Taos Wool Festival sounds great too. I will have to add it to my bucket list and hope I can attend some yoga classs too. Thank youfo sharing!

    • Hi Wendy, Thanks! The naturally dyed yarns are from the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center. It’s about halfway between Taos and Santa Fe. The bright yarn on the looms is also from EVFAC. It is very fun and inspiring to visit there. Cyndi