I finally got my trip to La Lana Wools today. I've been thinking about coming here ever since I first heard of their lovely yarns. I had the shop to myself for the most part with the kids playing outside in the little courtyard. It was incredible to see the creativity in that shop. I'm so glad I finally made it to Taos! The only disappointment is that I can't stay in Taos until the Wool Festival in October. Now, that would be something!
The plant-dyed fibers are exquisite! There are lots of different fiber contents to choose from, so it was hard for me to decide.
I had intended to get some of the Forever Random blends, but they are only available in 100% Romney wool, or wool and mohair blends. They seemed a bit scratchy to me, so I hemmed and hawed and finally chose something quite different. Below you can see the Phat Silk (fine on left and phat on right). I chose the fine, which is 50% wool and 50% silk. The colors are amazing.
Here is what I chose. I didn't have any particular project in mind, but I think these would make lovely lace or entrelac scarves. The green just called my name and I had to have it even though there was only one skein. I'm not sure what I'll do with it, any suggestions? Each of these skeins is approximately 142 yds.
I didn't stop there, though. This ball of roving was in a clearance bin, probably because it's chemically dyed, but the colors are so pretty I couldn't pass it up. The scarf pattern was free (due to my incredibly expensive yarn purchase) and I also got a brochure explaining the dyes and fibers they use.
Lastly, I got a new friend. Meet Lana, my new Chiapas sheep. She will join my llama I already have gracing my studio. The llama I got as a very small child from a family friend who picked it up in South America. I guess if Lana has a name, the other one should too. I'll show of picture of him when I get home.