Monday, August 7, 2017

Camping and Knitting and Camping Some More

I have been furiously knitting all summer for Great Basin National Park as I need to donate a piece to them by September. Most of my knitting has been while camping because this was the summer of camping for us.

We were able to knock one place off our bucket list and camped for 4 days on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park.

Not only did we manage to get out as we usually do, but I started a new program at the Museum in collaboration with the National Forests. I called it “UMFA in the Wild” and I take art workshops around to different campsites in the National Forests to teach about nature and art. It’s been very fun and successful but also meant lots more camping for me and my family!

I do have lots of finished pieces to post here but I am waiting to get them modeled because they really do need to be worn to see them in the best light.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Knitting Oxymoron

Knitting inspired by the cool September evenings in Great Basin National Park with the incredible colorful leaves. But I am sitting in the hot sun at a park in Salt Lake watching my son learn Soo Bahk Do.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Finished the Epic Shawl

Finished my circular shawl for my artist-in-residency and will get better pictures soon but wanted to document that I finally finished!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Yarn Chicken

Gah! Played yarn chicken with one of the pieces I am making for Great Basin and lost. This is “Dropping a Stone in Stella Lake” and is inspired by a hike I took last September to the Alpine Lakes in Great Basin National Park. It will be beautiful once I can figure out my yarn problem. Frogging is not an option as it is a pi shawl with almost 700 stitches at the edges with an edging of 1400 rows. So, I am ordering new yarn and hoping for a color match!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I’m Back!

It’s been awhile, but I haven’t meant to be gone from the blog so long. I had a sort of knitting slump and creative block, which happens often in late winter and early spring with me. I slowed down and took a breather from the break-neck knitting I have been doing for so long so I haven’t much to show. But I have been knitting slowly, inconsistently, and with less stress than in the past. Which I guess is a healthy hiatus to have.

The picture above is me knitting on a break during a workshop I was presenting with the Humanities Council on Museum interpretation. We were in Leeds at the Silver Reef Museum – such a lovely invigorating spot.

I hope to post more as I pick up my knitting pace as well as show some more pieces from Great Basin Artist in Residency. I only have a few more months to create before choosing a piece to give to the Park.

In the meantime, enjoy a piece I have posted before but has recently been accepted in a local exhibition. Great Basin Sky is in the Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art. If you are in the area, you can drop in and see it!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tundra Swan

I took a break from doing the many pieces I have in the works for my Great Basin Artist in Residency to create a lacy shawl patterned after tundra swans. They are beginning to migrate again through northern Utah and are so beautiful soaring in the sky that I had to stop and create something. I have put the pattern in my Ravelry store if anyone else wants to create one. Now back to knitting and remembering the beautiful Great Basin National Park!

Caption from pattern:

Tundra swans migrate through the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in Utah twice each year. In the fall, about 40,000 swans fly through on their way to California where they spend the winter. Then in the spring, they fly back to the Arctic tundra. With a massive wingspan of up to six feet a wedge of Tundra Swans can dominate the skies during migration. A bevy of these birds create a graceful dance in the sky.