This is my twelfth and latest design for my Black Rock Desert Artist-in-Residency and I can see the end of the tunnel. I have three more to finish in a few weeks and I am knitting as fast as I can. This Saltgrass Stole is one of my favorites because it is a light and subtle piece that quietly echoes some of the more serene times I spent on the edges of the playa thinking, knitting, and creating.
Although saltgrass thrives on the edges of the playa in Black Rock Desert, it is rarely noticed by visitors who are awed by the vast space of the dry lakebed. It quietly grows in the alkaline soil expelling salts from its leaves through salt glands. This unassuming plant is vital in stitching together the edges of the playa and maintaining the ecosystem of this beautiful desert.
Saltgrass drew me in and made me notice it when I was forced to sit on the outskirts of the lakebed because all the May rain made the playa unsafe for any vehicles. I would sit and watch the rain wash over the flats, the grand vistas of a big desert. And then shift my view to the immediate and small right in front of me. I am grateful that I was forced to narrow my focus, it helped me see the trees for the forest.