Estes Park Wool Market 2015

This past weekend was the always awesome Estes Park Wool Market held in one of the most beautiful parts of the state.  The drive there is gorgeous, the town itself is in a valley surrounded by mountains, the grass is green, the sky is blue and some of the peaks even had snow still. IMG_9571

We saw all the usual crew – llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep and bunnies and petted as much yarn and fiber as we could get our hands on.IMG_9572

This guy, he’s got awesome animal skills.  It must be that ‘stash.IMG_9605

Oh, and I can’t forget about the super tasty liquor we sampled!  Not *at* the fair, necessarily, but in Estes Park.  There’s a tasting room for the Dancing Pines Distillery and between the four of us, we sampled most everything they carried. My favorite was the Chai Liqueur but, really, all of them were superb.IMG_9634

I walked away with two skeins and Nick bought a set of dryer balls.IMG_9649

That’s 1700 yards of lime green goodness from Textiles A Mano that will likely become a sweater.IMG_9651

That is fingering weight merino in a colorway called Painted Desert by 3 Sisters Weaving and I’m envisioning something to go around my neck.IMG_9653

Have you been on any fiber adventures lately?

Estes Park Wool Market 2014

As you may have surmised from the title, this post is about this year’s Wool Market held in Estes Park, Colorado!  It was a Saturday/Sunday shindig and my Knitting Brew Crew ladies and I went on Sunday.  The drive to get there is absolutely gorgeous (even with the flood damage from last summer) and the town itself is just a cute little quintessential mountain town!IMG_3994

We spent a lot of time in the animal barns and got plenty of pets, goat kisses and bunny cuddles.  It smelled great (if you like the musky smell of barns and livestock, and we do), everyone was super nice and social and wanted to answer all of the questions we had and didn’t know we had!  We may have almost walked away with this lovely lady (the bunny, the human was already ours).IMG_4089 IMG_4093

The day was topped off having a drink and a snack at The Stanley Hotel (of The Shining and Dumb and Dumber fame).  The most unexpected part? (The beauty and creepiness and movie paraphernalia was expected) IMG_4096

They had their own little butterfly incubator chamber!IMG_4099

Did you do anything fun this weekend?  What’s your favorite part about festivals (wool related or not)?

Snowmass Chili Pepper and Brew Fest

Happy Monday!  My weekend was a very busy one, but it was a blast!  Friday and Saturday I spent in Snowmass (near Aspen, CO) at the Chili and Brew Fest.

The perfect size for sampling

There was plenty of delicious beer and all kinds of chili but, sadly, only two veggie chilis.  Although both were delicious, it would have been nice to see more of them around.

the drive was so pretty

With music playing constantly in the background and rotating DJs and bands, there was always something to dance to while waiting in line for the next brewery and plenty of good people-watching to partake in.

What did you do this weekend?  Fun things I hope!