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So, it was my first time up at Estes Park Wool market- I had a great time visiting with all the woolies!  Can’t wait to go again next year!

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Llamas and alpacas everywhere!

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There was a handful of little Vicuna running around… adorbz!

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I don’t know why you would cut an alpaca to look like a teddy bear this way, but it was a funny sight to see!

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Meanwhile this lady lamb probably really wants a haircut!  Such beautiful color in her locks!  If I were adept at spinning, I’d be all over that!

The other half of the Wool Market is a yarn-lover’s paradise to be sure.  Lots of fun and magical yarns and roving being sold!  I found a booth that sold Qiviut yarn- made from Northern Musk Oxen (See Wikipedia for more crazy info on this animal)  I couldn’t afford the $90 for 100% Qivuit, so I went for the 15% blended with Merino which was a mere $30.  It’s still ridiculously soft, and the sagey color is right up my alley.  It’s becoming a scarf based on the Purl Bee Bamboo Wedding Shawl pattern.  Heart!

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When we last stayed in Verona for the last wine expo, we stayed at a Bed and Breakfast called Casa Guilia.  It was a lovely place- full of soft greys and feathery blues.

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The most magical thing about it was that a lot of the furniture seemed to be from Ikea- and yet the owner of this inn seemed to have better taste than those designers who put the Ikea display homes together in their stores.

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or maybe Guilia just happened to have 3 things Ikea didn’t.

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A very old house, very good taste…

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…and an eye for beauty.

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I’m so proud of Team Georgia Peaches!  They are halfway from San Fran to L.A. in their fight against AIDS!   To all who helped me raise money for them with the gift tags- thank you!!!  Here they are doing all the hard work!