Friday, January 17, 2020


Rabbitbrush was in spectacular bloom last September in Capitol Reef when I was staying there. The yellow flowers are so beautiful next to the red rock. I knit this piece from a skein of hand spun and hand dyed alpaca that I bought at a shop in Torrey. It is locally grown at Circle Cliff Ranch from an alpaca named Probee and hand spun by Diena. I designed Rabbitbrush specifically for this local yarn. 

From the pattern:
Rabbitbrush is a member of the Aster family with yellow flower heads arranged in dense, rounded or flat-topped clusters at the ends of the branches. Rabbitbrush flowers bloom from August to October as other plants are fading, providing vivid fall color against the red rock canyon walls in Capitol Reef. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sandstone Cliff

The holidays were productive for getting artwork done for my artist-in-residence for Capitol Reef. First one finished was this marathon shawl inspired by the beautiful sandstone cliffs that surrounds the park. I really miss living in the park but luckily I can surround myself with the landscape with this beauty. 

From the pattern:

Nearly 10,000 feet of sedimentary strata were deposited in Capitol Reef National Park. This layer upon layer of sedimentary rock records nearly 200 million years of geologic history. Rock layers in Capitol Reef reveal ancient environments as varied as rivers, swamps, deserts, and shallow oceans. Fossils found in these rocks give clues that these sandstone layers were deposited when the region was at or near sea level, far below the current elevation. This artwork was produced under the Artist in Residence Program at Capitol Reef National Park.

Monday, September 30, 2019

What? Where did the month go?

I can’t believe the month is over at Capitol Reef. I know I didn’t blog at all while here at the park but hopefully you followed along with my almost daily Instagram posts. I leave tomorrow with a heavy heart but full of inspiration and ideas for projects.

I hope to be better at posting progress on my knitting inspiration for the next year or so. Here are some of the most beautiful landscapes I have seen during my month at this really spectacular national park.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

I’m here in Capitol Reef

I have finally arrived in Capitol Reef National Park. I am blown away by the beauty and inspiration already even though I have been here less than a day. The house that the park provides is amazing. Just look at the view out my back window!

I have already started knitting a Navajo sandstone inspired piece while sitting by Navajo sandstone.

And have already done all the touristy things including picking peaches at the historic orchards and buying an amazing pie at the Gifford House. The next month as artist-in-residence is going to be fantastic!