Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summer Travels and Summer Knitting

I went to Austin this month for the CantoMundo workshop for Latino/a poets, which I went to last year in Albuquerque.  Like last year, it was an inspiring and informative experience, and most of last year's fellows returned, so that says a lot about how much everyone values the experience and the community of participants. 

I had a free day before the workshop, so Debra and Sophie came to visit, and we spent all day together, chatting, walking in the million degree Texas heat, and visiting the UT campus.  I only have two pictures to mark the visit: the one above, taken by a waiter, the the one below,  which Sophie took as we serendipitously passed by a mural of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  Debra says we have so few photos because we had such a good time visiting and I tend to agree.  There's nothing like talking quilts to a fellow quilter.  No one else understands exactly the feelings we have for the process and the products of our work, and this sharing forges profound friendships between kindred spirits.   

I needed some airplane knitting for the trip, so I cast on the Wraparoud Eyelet Shawlette by Tess Young, a pattern I bought on Ravelry.  This is a pattern I will make again: it combines mindless and mindful knitting in a balanced way, and the the finished shawl is very drapey and wearable.

I made mine out of some thrifted light blue wool, and some leftover Knit Picks Palette.  The designer includes specifications on the amount of yarn each plain stripe requires so that you can also make this shawl alternating scraps with a background color.

I cut my head out of this picture because I make funny faces when I try to model and take my own picture at the same time.  It's kind of like the face lots of people make while putting on mascara. 

Before I left for Texas I finished my Linen Stitch Shawl.  This was made out of scraps of different mostly red yarns and the pattern is from Sally Melville's book The Knitting Experience Book 3: Color.

I love the effect, but this shawl was slow to grow and I was really glad to bind it off.  It will be a warm shawl for winter.

I've got a few more weeks of vacation and I'll spend part of it continuing my shawl-knitting jag.  I also have a quilt in the works.  Pictures will be forthcoming.


Debra Spincic said...

Even though it was 1000º outside the 2 Texans have on sweaters! But, I shed mine once we got outside!

Such a lovely visit and I'm glad you came to Texas!

quiltmom said...

I love the photos of all your gorgeous knitting- especially the linen shawl. The colors are pretty and all look so wearable.
It would be fun to spend time with some like minded friends- it sounds like you all had a terrific time together.
Enjoy the rest of the time off- the fall is coming quickly enough.
In the meantime, I am trying to quilt, read and dream up new projects all at the same time. It is no wonder I am not very speedy at any of it!
Warmest regards,

Judy S. said...

Sounds like a nice trip; it must have been fun to meet up with blogging friendsw. Love your two shawls. The linen stitch is on my "to-learn" list. Is it difficult?

Kay said...

It's delightful to see these pictures. What a wonderful trip!

Magpie Sue said...

That photo op in front of the Virgin of G. was truly serendipitous! Meanwhile, I love the drape and curl of that circular shawl when it's on the body.

Bridget said...

I just discovered your blog after reading a comment on one of my blog posts. I am excited to be following you and look forward to much inspiration!