Knitting in the Desert

It’s been a bit of a road trip, 5,000 kms, living out of our truck and sleeping in our tent for the duration. Our favourite kind of vacation really. We spent time hiking in Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, and in the Sawtooths and Wallowa – Whitman National Forests in Oregon as well. This blog is devoted to craft however, so I thought I’d best ramble a bit about it.  This shot was taken on a rest day not far from Moab and maybe shows just how nuts I am, it’s about 30 degrees celcius (but the wool doesn’t get too sticky in the shade…) I am working on a handspun wrap, a combination of alpaca two ply yarn, contrasted with a pygora/angora two ply – needless to say, both are very soft. I am finished the wrap, essentially a big textured square but it needs a wooden pin to complete it, and I am waiting for serendipity to work for that.

Speaking of serendipity, I wandered into a great little yarn shop in Moab, Desert Thread, www.desertthread.com and was extremely  pleased to find a bump of churro/california red from a local provider, Red Stone Fiber out of Utah. (The sheep’s name is Mervyn. Yup.) I haven’t spun it yet but this is my kind of travel souvenir, something I am unlikely to easily get at home, tied to the culture of where I travel. The shop was great and  I had a yak with the young woman in the shop who is also a spinner, a nice bit of connection in daily life. I am like a lot of knitters and always have a wee project on the go when I travel, but given our space considerations it has to be small and easy to do. Socks, scarves, and the project must be able to tolerate dirt!
And as for the hiking….words fail. We are so lucky to be able to do this.

3 thoughts on “Knitting in the Desert

  1. Carole September 22, 2011 / 4:01 pm

    Wonderful pictures!!!! Also sounds like your kind of holiday x 2, hiking and yarn shops. What could be better?

  2. Terry September 26, 2011 / 1:21 am

    The land looks so amazing. What a great blog- it’s inspiring to hear about your creativity! Thanks for sharing this.

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