When I travel, I try to find and visit local yarn shops to see what is being manufactured (or dyed) locally. On our December trip to Sedona, AZ (one of my favorite spots for hiking!) I visited Sedona Knit Wits and was not disappointed.
The store is typical of most LYS I visit when traveling – a small shop in a strip mall. Like most, it had a “knitting table” where knitting groups or classes can congregate. This table was right inside the front door and was full of ladies knitting and chatting. The store is well stocked and very welcoming, with a knowledgable sales person ready to answer any questions. If you are ever in Sedona – don’t miss this stop!
The yarn is Desert Bloom Yarn, an Arizona-dyed yarn that is named for the local flora and culture. The colors are Indian Blanket (the brown with red tones) and Ironwood (the grey). Unfortunately, the day the picture was taken was dark and cloudy, so the artificial light makes the brown look more orange, and the dark grey looks more brown. The yarn is fingering and works up to a very soft and drapey fabric. I look forward to the blocked finished project.
The pattern is Palatki Wrap, by Sandra Butler, available for purchase from Ravelry. Not only was there a sample in the store which immediately caught my eye, but the designer herself was knitting with the group at the table! Talk about your local culture!
This wrap is knit in mosaic style, with the pattern color changes made with slipped stitches. It is a very easy, fast, and enjoyable technique, and this particular pattern is soothing and rhythmic to knit. I’m enjoying this so much that I regret not trying this technique earlier.
Come to Sedona for the view – stay for the knitting!