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Knitting: Brooch
Utah has several thousand species of fungi, quite amazing for a high desert. From delicately edible to the most deadly, mushrooms grow in many places around the state. One of the most beautiful is also a poisoner, Russula emetica, commonly called the sickener. This red-capped beauty is found in Utah’s pine forests and can make you wish you never...
Knitting: Mittens
Sarah Turner was just 9 years old in 1840 England when she knit a sampler. After converting to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), she relocated to the Utah Territory in the US. Sarah and her sister left England alone, traveling by way of New Orleans and St. Louis. At the age of eighteen, Sarah walked from Missouri to the ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Jasmine Sidewinder #91 (1969) is a unique minimalist painting by Gene Davis in the collection of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Its long, 10-foot stripes have an ordered monotony as they march along; that is until the cacophony of color along the side breaks up the rhythm and adds a syncopation that is irresistible. It makes one want to wrap the ...
Knitting: Scarf
Quaking aspens are the ubiquitous tree in Utah. Seen as a scourge in the city because you can never, NEVER, get rid of them, they are nevertheless a beautiful tree. In the summer, their brilliant green leaves shimmer and shake and tremble with the slightest breeze. In the fall, they have a blazing yellow circle of a leaf and the bare white and b...
Knitting: Brooch
The Utah roundmouth snail is a species of freshwater snail first described by Richard Ellsworth Call in 1884 from specimens collected at Utah Lake. Despite having lived in Utah for over 4 million years, today the unfortunate snail is now extirpated in the state. Except for this cute version that you can knit and wear to try and reintroduce it to...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
An iconic landmark of the Great Salt Lake, Black Rock is one of the most reproduced images by local artists from the last 150 years. Historically, people flocked to the area to swim, picnic and enjoy the lake. But in the last couple decades, the area has declined, seeing graffiti along the base of the rock and rubbish everywhere. Despite its fal...
Knitting: Cowl
In the northeast corner of the Great Salt Lake is a remote stretch of land called Rozel Point. This wild part of Utah was chosen by Robert Smithson in 1970 as the sight of his iconic earthwork Spiral Jetty. To Smithson, its isolated setting was an important part of the work; viewing the art was a journey both physical and metaphysical. A winter ...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
In the northeast corner of Great Salt Lake is a remote stretch of land called Rozel Point. This wild part of Utah was chosen by Robert Smithson in 1970 as the sight of his iconic earthwork Spiral Jetty. To Smithson, its isolated setting was an important part of the work; viewing the art was a journey both physical and metaphysical. A winter jour...
Knitting: Gloves
The Great Salt Lake is surrounded by basalt. This black igneous rock is in stark contrast to the white salt fields created by the receding lake. Sharp geometric rock rises above the salt bed creating a study in contrasts. And creating the inspiration for these randomly geometric gloves made from wool and cotton/silver. They are knit with SilverS...
Knitting: Cape
Salt Lake City, near the shores of the Great Salt Lake is an urban environment of steel, stone, concrete, and glass. Its geometric lines and man-made structures are in sharp contrast to the organic profile of the Wasatch Front. Dwarfed by the mountains, the skyline still shines bright and beautiful among the breath-taking views of the valley. Th...
Knitting: Purse
Salt Lake City, near the shores of the Great Salt Lake is an urban environment of steel, stone, concrete, and glass. Its geometric lines and man-made structures are in sharp contrast to the organic profile of the Wasatch Front. The Urban Cape echoes the concrete and steel materials of the city in tension with the soft and draping fabric. But wit...
Knitting: Ring
Sodium Chloride (NaCl) or salt crystals are very rigid and structured but each salt crystal is shaped different as the crystals compound on one another. This random growth in a rigid form creates beautiful salt structures that, like snowflakes, are unique.
Knitting: Accessories - Other
Park City, East of Salt Lake City is a mining town with a rich history of booms and busts. One of the most interesting stories is Utah’s Silver Queen, Susanna Egera Bransford Emery Holmes Delitch Engalitcheff. She was a woman lucky enough to strike it rich after investing in the Silver King mine in Park City in the late 1800s. Over the years she...
Knitting: Scarf
Red Butte Creek, a beautiful stream that feeds the Great Salt Lake through the Jordan River, is surrounded by birch, cottonwood and chokecherry. It is a perennial stream that has created a narrow-based canyon with abruptly rising sides. The creek comes out of Red Butte Canyon, the smallest canyon of the seven canyons in eastern Salt Lake County....
Knitting: Bracelet
The Bingham (now Kennecott) Copper Mine in Salt Lake County, Utah is one of the largest open pit copper mines in the world. In the 1800s the small mine was worked by many residents of Lark, Utah, a small mining town in the Oquirrh Mountains. As the mine grew, it displaced both mountain and town. Since 1978 the town of Lark no longer exists havin...
Knitting: Cardigan
When the Mormon pioneers first came into the Salt Lake Valley in July of 1847 they immediately began homesteading. They made crude houses and foraged for food. Because the planting season had already passed, they would have to wait until the next year to plant wheat and other grains. So in 1848 when their first harvest was ripening, it was a joy...
Knitting: Scarf
One of the most iconic mountains on the Wasatch Front, the westernmost edge of the Rocky Mountains, is Mount Timpanogos. It is a mountain that is so recognizable because of an American Indian legend that everyone knows, but is totally made up. The legend says that an Indian maiden, Utahna, committed suicide by throwing herself off the mountain i...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The Sugarhouse neighborhood in Salt Lake City is named after the sugar factory that was started in 1853 to process sugar beets. Although the endeavor was a failure, today everyone needs something to keep their wrists warm when digging for beets.
Knitting: Scarf
Oolitic sand is an unusual sediment found around the Great Salt Lake. The sand, instead of forming grains of minerals, is formed within the Lake and composed of tiny rounded oolites. An oolite has a shell of concentric layers of calcium carbonate around a central core. Oolites form in shallow, wave-agitated water, rolling along the lake bottom a...
Knitting: Cowl
The Stansbury Mountains lie south of the Great Salt Lake but are mostly overlooked by Salt Lakers because they can’t really be seen over the Oquirrhs. The mountain range is named for Howard Stansbury who was a major in the Army Corps of Topographical Engineers and led a two-year expedition in 1849 to survey the Great Salt Lake. With high peaks (...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The beautiful Oquirrh Mountains are the western border of Salt Lake County. The name, pronounced like “Ochre,” has nothing to do with the mineral or the color; it comes from a Goshute word meaning “Wooded Mountain.” Although, with canyon names like Yellow Fork Canyon and Butterfield Canyon, the idea of yellow has always been associated with the ...
Knitting: Scarf
Antelope Island is the largest island in Utah’s Great Salt Lake. It is a rugged landscape with some of the oldest rocks on earth, 1.7 billion year-old gneiss. It is also home to a unique herd of Bison not seen anywhere else. This scarf captures water, grass, mountain, and clouds – the beautiful progression of nature on the island.
Knitting: Food Cozy
Brown’s Fort is the first Mormon settlement in Ogden, Utah. The 160-year-old pear tree that is planted on the site does not bear fruit anymore. But you can still pick pears from a ten-year-old tree grafted from the historic pear nearby.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
In 1954, Dr. Eugene Cottam and graduate student Rudy Drobnick discovered a hybrid oak in the Oquirrh Mountains south of the Great Salt Lake. After years of research, the two scientists hybridized many species of oaks and planted them in Cottam’s Grove in Red Butte Garden near the University of Utah. These oaks are known for their large acorns.
Knitting: Food Cozy
When the Huber family settled near Wasatch Mountain in Northern Utah in the late 1800s, they planted 350 apple trees, 80 of which are still alive and producing. You can help harvest apples from these historical trees every fall and get rare apples like Wealthy, Yellow Transparent, or Red Astrakan.
Knitting: Cowl
Utah’s West Desert is full of insects, hardy plants, and great stretches of desolate wilderness. But the muted colors and stark landscape are beautifully serene. Dusty colors from natural dyes echo the colors from the West Desert and contrast with the tans and browns of the desert background.
Knitting: Cowl
Wildfires are abundant in Utah in the summer. They ravage mountains and sometimes homes. But in all that destruction, there is an elegance to the fire. The orange line of flames with the dark gray smoke above has its own fierce beauty.
Knitting: Headband
The shores of the Great Salt Lake in spring are inundated by brine flies, like big black clouds floating just off the ground. They are an important part of the Lake’s ecosystem, but darned annoying. A headband is called for on these spring outings to keep the flies at bay.
Knitting: Necklace
The Great Salt Lake can be up to 27% salt, while the world’s oceans average 3.5%. Called halite, the structure is an isometric crystal and therefore geometric, orderly, and stable.Yet the crystalline structure can only be seen through a microscope…or the Halite Choker.
Knitting: Bracelet
The Great Salt Lake can be up to 27% salt, while the world’s oceans average 3.5%. Large salt beds are created when vast areas of the shallow lake evaporate leaving the mineral behind. A carpet of crystals blanket the desert leaving the landscape caustic and white.
Knitting: Ankle Sock
In the West Desert by the Great Salt Lake stands a minimalist sculpture that is the only vertical element in a strictly horizontal landscape. Karl Momen’s sculpture The Tree of Utah (Metaphor) stands as an other-worldly waypoint for travelers to Nevada. Its funky balls atop a concrete trunk seem to be shedding their skin with giant seed po...
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
The Haloarchaea bacteria in the Great Salt Lake make the water pink and orange creating a beautiful and strange landscape. These mitts were inspired by the colorful, salty waters.
Knitting: Cowl
Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty in the Great Salt Lake is an awe-inspiring earthwork that can only sometimes be seen. Most often it is hidden under a sea of salt water with just the hint of waves rippling over the spiral basalt structure.
Knitting: Cowl
With its criss-crossing arms and pylons, the dynamic lines of the Lucin Cutoff Railroad Trestle in the Great Salt Lake evoke a man-made forest of topless trees. The trestle was in use from 1903 until 1959 and now the salt-soaked brown timbers are being reclaimed and recycled.
Knitting: Scarf
The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah are beautiful and terrible. The large flat expanse of white is rimmed by salt covered rocks at the near edge. They say that the salt desert is so flat you can see the curvature of the earth.