This weekend I went to the annual Denver Creative Festival. There's lots of needlework, sewing, quilting, knitting and crochet, and other kinds of crafty things to see. It's always great to visit local companies and designers like Cheryl Oberle, Interlacements , and Textiles a Mano.
I especially look forward to making this event my annual pilgrimage to visit Canadian friends Anne and Eugene Bourgeois of Philosopher's Wool, who always have a magnificent exhibit of their extraordinarily beautiful fair isle designs and kits.
Here I am with Anne and Eugene, wearing the Philosopher's Wool Color Your Own cardigan I knit two years ago. The colorway is called Ilona. I love this colorway because it is such an artful blend of both warm and cool colors.
I bought this beautiful Moving Mud glass shawl pin they were featuring this year. Anne is also wearing one on her shawl in a gorgeous deep red color.
Mine absolutely looks custom made for my Garter Ridge vest I knit a couple of years ago from Cheryl Oberle's Folk Vests book. And it will enhance so many other pieces! I also bought some beautiful light and lace weight merino and alpaca hand dyed skeins from Textiles a Mano. I need to take a good picture of those, so will post them later when I get the projects planned. They are gorgeous.
Philosopher's Wool Kilim Cross Shawl update
While I'm on the subject, you may remember this latest PW project currently on my needles:
This is the Kilim Cross Shawl in the Hollyberry colorway (again, I love those warm and cool colors together--don't you?). I'm still working away on it. Spending so much time traveling really slowed progress once it reached that not so portable stage. But, I pick this lovely piece up at every opportunity when I'm home and always become newly inspired. It's in the knitting bag right next to the sofa, so never far from reach. I had hoped to finish by Thanksgiving -- yikes, ok so maybe before Spring arrives. With the weather we've had this year, I may just be able to wear it straight into July!
On the road again...
I'm headed out again for a week. I'll be leaving for the airport right around kickoff time. So, while you're enjoying your guacamole and the big game, I'll be knitting at 30 some thousand feet. A perfectly acceptable trade-off IMHO. I'm not really a football fan (even if it is the Superbowl) - but I do look forward to watching the halftime show on my DVR. I love the artist formerly known as Prince - conveniently known as Prince once again!
In lieu of Saturday Sky - since I totally missed it this week...
This pic is from the city of my destination today and was taken on my last visit there. Just never got it posted up then either, so I'll offer it now. It was bitterly cold after snowing the day before (what else would you expect - I was there). Just call me "Typhoid Cherry". You know, Mary's snow alter ego. I take snow with me and spread it around like an epidemic everywhere I go--lol. But the storm was clearing and a blue sky was peeking through. I had just time enough for a quick walk around Salt Lake City's Temple Square to take a few snaps and appreciate this magnificent architecture.
I'll try to check in from the road, and will be back home next weekend for a couple of days before heading off again. Hope you get some good knitting done during all those touchdowns today!