Friday, March 14, 2008

camping with yarn

I spent a couple of days this week camping, hiking, and birdwatching with a dear friend. We were primarily in Madera Canyon, a birdwatching hotspot south of Tucson. It's at reasonably high elevation, so it's forested, cool, even a bit snowy in places. Such a breath of fresh air!

I mostly was just getting in a few rows by the campfire in the evenings (all my yarn has a woodsmoke aroma now!). The last morning, though, I let my friend go on a birding walk alone, and I took the hour by a pond to just listen to the morning birds and catch up on some fiber arts. Here's what my backpack looked like:

The pink is a new hat I'm working on in Nature's Palette organic worsted wool, colorway 'Owl's Clover.' The camel-colored fiber is a lovely, straight-off-the-animal alpaca fleece that I got from a local alpaca farm. I'm spinning it up into a fingering-weight 2 ply on that there spindle.

The hat was meditative. Stockinette stitch in the round. I don't even have to look at it while I knit, so it was the perfect accompaniment to bird-watching...


rockbridge said...

i loooove madera canyon! it's one of my favorite quick getaways. glad you had nice weather - i was there last march and hiked through a ton of snow getting to the top of wrightson. looking forward to seeing your finished hat!

keri said...

Ooh that sounds like such a lovely way to spend the day!

Kathy said...

WEll that was fun. I LOVED the entire backpack contents. Anything owl and I am a fan.
Glad you had a lovely time. Great images