The Southwest is a beautiful part of America and has a distinct culture that is seen in its art, food, and clothing. Steve and I once traveled by motorcycle all through the Southwest beginning in Albuquerque, New Mexico traveling up to Sante Fe, New Mexico and back through Arizona and ending up in Palm Springs, California.
I see that landscape and the ring of fire in this shawl. It also see, incidentally, Candy Corn but that might just be because it's close to Halloween. I've included a few pictures from the trip we took (20 plus years ago) below and only wish I had taken some of the landscape.
Grade, a Twice Square Rectangular Shawl, design by Grace Anna Robbins, A Stitch to Wear. Modifications: For the main body of the shawl I reduced the needle size to US 7 on account of substituting yarn to silky merino by Malabrigo Yarns (cream, sand, camote, topaz). For the red border I used a heavier yarn (Noro cash iroha) and used US 7 needles for the first row and then US 8 needles until the i-cord bind off at which point I switched back to US 7 needles. I liked the slightly heavier gauge yarn for the border because it adds nice texture and some structure for the shawl which is largely knit in a soft yarn. Blocked (lightly) dimensions: 42" x 20." For more gorgeous modern interpretations of stripes see Veera Valimaki aka: Rain Knitwear Designs (blogs 100% Rain) who has designed several stunning striped shawls, including Stripe Study Shawl and Different Lines.
Motorcyle Trip to Southwest
Steve shipped his motorcyle to a Bed and Breakfast in Albuquerque, New Mexico which is where we began our trip. My favorite town was Santa Fe, New Mexico where we stayed at the famous La Fonda Hotel and below you can see we are in a square with various artist/vendors with booths. Even back then I loved handcrafts.
The MisAdventures of Simcha
All of the pumpkins will belong to me..... Muahahaa!
Until next time, be well and love well and may you approach life as an adventure with each season a time to celebrate.