Inspired by the rich colors and textural landscape of Taos, NM, I started this wrap at the Jane Thornley knitting retreat I attended there last September. If you’d like to read about my journey there, I wrote about it here, here and here.
Fully intending to complete my creation once I returned home to New England, I found that life kept pulling me away from this particular set of circular needles. It was only after I moved into my new home permanently and life settled around me that I could wrap myself into this project once again.
Worked from wrist to wrist with a series of increases and then decreases, I felt like I was climbing a mountain – up, up, up, resting for a bit on the peak and enjoying the view, and then down the other side. In my case, I made the descent side of the “mountain” symmetrical yarn-wise to the ascent. Where I started out intuitively reaching for the next ball of yarn, I retraced those color choices for the second half of the wrap, a balance of right brain and then left brain thinking. After completing my descent and binding off, I sewed small sleeves starting at each wrist.
As you can see, my wrap can be worn quite long. Alternately, I can always bunch it up for a shorter, bulkier wrap. I prefer wearing it in its full length glory. And with a flower sprouting from my head!
In wearing it a couple of times already, I have discovered that a shawl pin would help it stay on my shoulders more securely. I’m still considering whether I’d like to make one of polymer clay or bead embroidery. What do you think?
I’ve already started another free-range knitting project – a Winter Woods vest, inspired by Jane Thornley’s Winter Forest Evocative Guide and my Sunday hikes in a nearby wood. Here’s a peek at what’s on my needles.
There’s something so magical about blending colors with yarn. Mmmm…
What project are you working on?
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I discovered your blog through Jane Thornley or through Ravelry – not sure which – but I so love your Taos wrap and look forward to seeing your winter woods vest. I am currently knitting my first Jane Thornley pattern – the Indonesian Teak Scarf but I am doing it in greens-blues-purples. I really relate to your Maya Angelou quotation – thank you for sharing it.
I discovered Jane by accident too. Gorgeous colors. Take time to pat youself on the back.
Currently working on cashmere/merino ribbed handwarmers in the round. So soft.
Thank you, ladies, for visiting and leaving your kind comments!
Chris, your scarf sound fabulous. Enjoy it as it unfolds from your needles.
Lynn, your handwarmers sound so cozy.
Karen… this reallly is a beauty. I am in awe of your talents here. I love the flower coming out of your head. It’s like the Dr. Suess story.. Is it “Cindy Who”? I think the shawl pin is a great idea, but it would have to be simple, as the wrap has so many beautiful colors. Would you agree? I loved seeing this in person too.. amazing!
I just love the wrap. The colors are magnificent! I think a polimer clay pin would be perfect.
Thanks Judy! Yes, good idea about a simple pin. I was thinking solid color with some texture, possibly carved?
Thanks Susan! My thoughts are leaning towards a polymer pin, too.
This wrap is stunning, Karen! I’m sure the vest will be too. I’m very into the Taos colors. Thought the flower was a nice touch. LOL
Thanks so much, Arline!