Friday, February 27, 2015

My First

This is my first plied handspun skein. It is that Romney that I posted before. Now, what to knit with it?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Learning to Spin

I am learning to spin! Finally, after years of wanting to and with fits and starts, I realized that I needed to take a class in order to really learn how to spin. Now I am a few weeks in and it is going well. My first attempts (above in white) are very rustic but my later attempts (the brown wool on the spindle) are better. The latest yarn is even spun from wool I picked and carded myself: some beautiful Romney from a small town in Utah called Cornish. In the coming weeks, I will get to learn on a spinning wheel and then maybe my spinning wheel that I received as a birthday present from my parents 25 years ago will actually get some use.

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Measure of Salt

The Granary in Ephraim, Utah is hosting an exhibition called “A Measure of Salt: Contemporary Artists Engaging Great Salt Lake.” The exhibition is curated by my friend Hikmet Loe and has some amazing art, all inspired by or using salt. And I am lucky enough to have two pieces in the exhibition: the Halite Choker and Salt Bracelet. The opening reception is tonight if anyone is in Central Utah and wants to see an intriguing exhibition. Information about the exhibit is here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Bryce Canyon Inspiration

We took an impromptu but much-needed trip down to Bryce Canyon National Park over the weekend. I had been to Bryce Canyon before but it has been almost 20 years, and I had never been in the winter. But, oh my! The Beauty! It was so amazing and unbelievable, if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I would have guessed the views weren’t real.

As my oldest son exclaimed: “It looks like someone put icing on everything!” And it really did. Although many of the hikes were closed because of the snow, it didn’t matter because we felt incredibly lucky to just get to view the park in the winter.

Although we have taken many, many trips to the red rock country of southern Utah, this is the first time that I have been so inspired. I am thinking I need to knit something. I might just expand my artwork to encompass Southern Utah and the Colorado Plateau as well as the Great Basin!