Hi my blogger friends! I have missed you. I feel like the last few months have been all about work and travel with limited time for creating in between. Although I’ve had less time to create I’ve certainly had a lot of time to ponder future projects. My family and I just returned from a trip to the Southern Caribbean island of Bonaire. It may be an island you have never heard of as it is less developed then the more popular islands and the land itself is pretty arid and desert-like. Those of us who go there however, go for the water and sea life. Bonaire never disappoints. My mind is spinning from all the variations of blue we came across in the sky and sea contrasted with the bright colors over the rest of the island. No sewing machine meant no quilt or bag making but I did find time to do some hand stitching and I finished a lace shawl that has been in the works for awhile.
The importance of blocking a knit garment is never as obvious as when making lace. The pre-blocked version is shown below. Considering the conditions I was knitting in (on the beach surrounded by sea and sand) this knit benefitted from the washing that took place with my blocking as well.
Before signing off I have to share some of the pictures from our trip. Expect to see a lot of blues, oranges and mustards in my future makings.
Lastly I have to share some amazing local paintings I discovered by the artist Alejandra Riquelme. Although I don’t think I would make these into quilts (though they are begging to be imagined that way) I would love to interpret some of my own pictures onto quilts in this fashion. Inspiring!!