Monday, October 16, 2017

Still Knitting Great Basin

Although my residency is over at Great Basin National Park, I have a few more pieces inspired by the park that I want to finish before I have an exhibit next year on all my inspiration. I had to go to Southern Utah to teach a workshop last weekend and took some time out to go up the canyon in Leeds and knit among the juniper. As luck would have it, I was knitting a piece inspired by juniper! This one is now my new favorite. Stay tuned for finished photos soon.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pinyon Nuts

I missed the Pinyon nut harvest when I was in Great Basin National Park last week but I remember the work last year that was involved just to harvest a small bag. The park allows visitors to harvest pine nuts up to 25 lbs. I wanted to create something inspired by my tiny nut harvest that was maybe not as much work to knit as the nuts were to get. Hence this neck warmer of piney textures (and pine wood buttons!).

From the pattern: Gathering pinyon pine nuts is a great way to experience the fall bounty of Great Basin National Park. The single-leaf pinyon, Pinus monophylla, is an abundant tree found between 6,000 and 9,000 feet. The nuts produced by these pines have been important to Native Americans and animals for millennia. Gathering pine nuts within Great Basin National Park is allowed in the fall only and is limited to 25 lbs per household. The goal is to ensure that plenty of nuts remain for Clark's nutcrackers, pinyon jays, and ground squirrels. This artwork was produced under the Darwin Lambert Artist in Residence Program at Great Basin National Park.