Fiesta yarns, based in Albuequerque, makes some really interesting stuff. We went to their outlet store, and I got several baby skeins of cashmere and silk (only $1.00 each!), but I didn't find anything else that I had to have. However, at Village Wools, that same day, this Fiesta Ballet (tencel/alpaca mix) was too soft and gorgeous to pass up.
In Santa Fe, I scored big time at Needle's Eye, purchasing the following:
Austermann Mosaico (cotton blend)
SWTC Karaoke, 2 skeins
Cherry Tree Hill, Serengeti
Universal Yarns Classic Shades
We also visited La Lana Wools in Taos, which was awesome. They do all-natural processing and dyeing in-house, and have some really unique fibers. It was hard making choices in such a luxurious setting, but I finally settled on these:
This yarn is comparable to Malabrigo or any other thick and thin worsted weight. It's really nice, and the color is so fun!
Tussah Silk, worsted weight, 2 skeins
I think the moral of this story is that I probably don't need to buy any more yarn for a year or so. That doesn't mean I WON'T, but I don't have to. I also got some neat pattern books and magazines, some of which I've never seen in person. Every shop had lovely people, and we even sat down with a group in Needle's Eye to knit for awhile.
I've never felt so relaxed coming home from a vacation.