Now that we're rested, let's rejoin Jackie and her friends (see picture - Jackie is second from the left) to finish up our visit to the Estes Park Wool Market. Her visit to the wool show is in progress ----- let's catch up!
"One of my favorite moments was strolling down the aisle and looking up to see the author of Cast On, Bet's Off, Jack Olesker and his wonderful wife, Kim. He caught my eye and I said "I LOVE YOUR BOOK!" and he had me come over and discuss it. Now, if you haven't read the book yet, BUY IT! It's not your grandmother's knitting novel! Pretty steamy, pretty cool! Kim and Jack are a delightful couple and he is one wild and crazy guy. He signed a bookmark and handed it to me and told me to bring more people...which I did...most of the morning!
There could be another whole blog in what we bought and the fabulous fibers we saw. Buffalo was a big discovery item and although you are limited in colors (light brown, medium brown, dark brown...can't mess with white buffalo - they're sacred!), they are pretty much hypoallergenic because buffalo have no lanolin or fat! Who knew?!? Also saw the Wild Fibers display - with the new Wild Fibers Magazine - new magazine with pretty luscious stuff in it! Check out the shawl picture [posted in Part 1] from here --- Yowee!
We toured the alpaca barn before ending our stay and the gals will tell you that I was pretty close to bringing home two red beauties from Arroyo Seco Alpacas in Cheyenne, WY. Yeah, I know. Arroyo Seco is in New Mexico and is one of my favorite spots (home of Taos Sunflower Yarns & Fibers....yum, yum...!). I was told that the town was a favorite of his daughter, who lived and worked there for four years, and she named the business. Who can argue with that. I think alpacas are the way to go. I have nothing against llamas or other fiber critters, but these alpacas cuties are just wonderful and they get to you with those big eyes...and you know about that fiber that comes off of them....
All in all, a successful trip and show. Highlight of the entire trip was staying at Sandee's lovely cabin on the river. It is serenity at its best. Her cabin is a whole other blog! How can you NOT like a place that dedicates the entire bottom level of the cabin to a craft room with Berninas and irons, and tables and wool and stuff!?!?! And, picture its setting --- along the side of a mountain with lush prairie grasses (compliments of the hard work of Sandee's devoted spouse, Mark), wildflowers in bloom, hummingbirds everywhere, jays, hawks, you name it, they've got it. Bears did not appear this trip, but I know they were keeping a close watch from somewhere!
Driving back home via Highway 7, I passed along the back side of Long's Peak, so final shot is of my favorite mountain...life is good here in Colorado...we are blessed with a landscape that takes your breath away and the freedom to enjoy it all."
WOW! Jackie makes me want to plan a trip west next year to attend the wool show. Also in attendance this year was Jane from South Carolina. You should definitely visit her blog. She has posted some amazing pictures.
I have to put a plug in for Wild Fibers Magazine. After buying individual issues over the last couple years, I subscribed to the magazine at their booth at Maryland Sheep & Wool Show in May. For those of you who may not be familiar with this magazine, it's the National Geographic for fiber fanatics. Great pictures, great articles, and always a few patterns for handspun fibers.
From Estes Park Wool Market to work! Bummer! Gotta run! Enjoy your day!