Monday, May 6, 2013

Finished Timpanogos Scarf

Here is the finished scarf just in time for my sister’s birthday. It was epic and took quite a while to do, but I like it. I was recuperating from illness last week and had a lot of time on my hands and this was the perfect time-filler. I am not sure if anyone else would want to do a mountain scarf like this, especially of a mountain that does not have the same emotional connection as this does to me or my sister. But, I made a pattern anyway and it is on my pattern page. That is my youngest as the cutest model ever. It took a bit to get him smiling instead of crying but he was a trooper in the end. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Timpanogos Scarf

Graphing Timp was hard. In order to get the image on a scarf, I needed to graph the whole mountain, but the iconic features are very small when I do that. But if it were to do a close up, the elevation change is too large and the scarf becomes a shawl. So this is what I came up with

I am using some aran weight blue and brown to knit the scarf. I also want to distinguish the mountain from the sky and am doing the mountain in seed stitch and the sky in stockinette, all with a garter stitch edging. I hope it turns out and is not just a dorky looking scarf. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Mount Timpanogos

 I grew up in Utah County, south of the Great Salt Lake, along the Wasatch Front. The Wasatch Front is the westernmost edge of the Rocky Mountains and, in my opinion, they are the most beautiful mountains. One of the most iconic mountains in Utah County is Mount Timpanogos. It is a mountain that is so recognizable because of a legend that everyone is told (although is totally made up) about an Indian maiden.

The legend says that an Indian maiden, Utahna, committed suicide by throwing herself off the mountain in a Romeo and Juliet fashion after her true love, Red Eagle, died from injuries he suffered in a bear attack. Utahna then became part of the mountain and you can see her silhouette today as a maiden lying down.

If you look just right, you can see the shape of the woman on the mountain. And once you see it, you will never NOT see it.

 I grew up in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos. It is by far the most familiar landscape to me. My sister currently lives with a spectacular view of Timp in her backyard. She asked if I would design something with the silhouette of the mountain on it for her. So for her birthday, I am going to design a scarf that has this iconic silhouette.

Here is what I am thinking in a quick sketch:

It’s going to be epic and big but that is how the mountain is, so here goes.