Saturday, October 24, 2015

Virginia Creeper

I love Virginia creeper. I know that many people see it as a scourge because it grows so fast and covers everything. But I love how it does cover and drape. I love the color in the spring when it is bright green. I love the deep reds and oranges it turns in the fall contrasting the purple berries. I even love the skeleton of sticks that it leaves behind in the winter adding texture to the monochromatic landscape.

Right now my Virginia creeper is turning red, a sure sign of fall. I have been wanting to create something for years inspired by it and this year I finally put pencil to paper and created a stole that echoes the five pointed leaves.

It was a very quick design and knit mainly because I did most of it during the Utah Museums Association conference sessions and my trip to Reno for my artist’s reception.

I finished it last week and finally have time to post the pattern. I love how it drapes and can be a stole or a scarf. I also like the graduated pentagons that mimic the varying sizes of leaves on the plant. I plan on making a slightly different version in spring green, maybe a shrug. You can see the pattern on its Ravelry page. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Black Rock Desert Artist-in-Residency Exhibition

The closing reception for the Black Rock Desert Artist-in-Residency exhibition was last week in Reno at the Sierra Arts Foundation Gallery. The exhibit was beautiful and the turnout was great! I took a bunch of pictures before people showed up and then was too busy to take any with people in it. So all you get is pictures of the installation.

The gallery said that a lot of people who have never been to the space before had come to see the exhibit, which is great. A lot of knitting groups that know what’s what so it made me a bit nervous that they probably saw all my mistakes. It is a little bittersweet to see this project come to an end. I had such an amazing time in Black Rock Desert and creating art inspired by it this summer. I am definitely applying for other artist-in-residence programs around the west because I want to do it again!

We took a side trip to Lake Tahoe while we were there and it was a beaut! The day was gorgeous, the lake was gorgeous, a wonderful trip all around.

And I finished a new pattern on the trip that I will publish soon. This one inspired by Virginia Creeper.