Last quick trip before the job – Arizona

Posted on | February 26, 2010 | 5 Comments

Last weekend, Maurizio and I took one last quick trip before I start work next week. We went to Arizona which, despite my having grown up in the next state, I’ve never been to. We spent one day in Scottsdale visiting my friends, Lisa and Jody, who I’ve only known over email and through my design work with their yarn company, One Planet Yarn and Fiber. They’re both great and we fell into easy conversation. It was like we’ve known each other for years – which, I guess in a way, we have. I first started working with them about three years ago when they put out an open call for design submissions for their exclusive yarn line, Lanas Puras. My Hexagon Bag came out of that call. Since then, I’ve done several more patterns with them.

Lisa showed me the room o’ yarn and in my overwhelmed state, I managed to forget to take a photo. But trust me guys, I had to be dragged out. My favorites were the Handmaiden Casbah (I think I’ll need to design a shawl with that yarn very very soon!) and the Handmaiden Lady Godiva – a more luxurious version of the Fleece Artist Woolie Silk that I knit the Varese Hoodie in.

We also spent one day in Sedona, a small (albeit touristy) town built among some of the most gorgeous geological structures I’ve ever seen – the Red Rocks. This was the view from our hotel window:

I love the layers of red sandstone. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Lisa also recommended that we go to Oak Creek Canyon, a mere 10 miles from Sedona. So, we drove up along the Canyon and saw this:
Yup, somehow just 10 minutes north a snow and hail storm was raging. It was almost like there was a curtain between the sandstones and the canyon with two very different climates on either side.

Needless to say, we very much enjoyed our trip out west and were sorry to leave. I’m sure we’ll be back soon!


5 Responses to “Last quick trip before the job – Arizona”

  1. Alli
    February 27th, 2010 @ 1:42 am

    I’m planning a trip with my bf to Arizona for next month. We heard Sedona was really cool and were maybe thinking of going there and also to Tucson. Any recommendations? Was it nice while you were there?

  2. Jenny
    February 27th, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

    Fabulous photos!! I want to see that! But I think I’ve missed something…what job? I hope this doesn’t mean you’ll have less time for designing. Your work is phenomenal, original and inspiring. Keep it up!!

    a devoted fan :)

  3. LauraSue
    March 1st, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    What Jenny said. I know you interviewed in DC–did that job materialize? Where? What? Physics? Something yarn-y? Tell! Tell!

  4. Susanne
    March 8th, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    We loved Sedona and surroundings. It is definitely worth a trip. Took in beautiful views and great food too. Susanne

  5. Lisa
    March 15th, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    I can’t believe we forgot to take some photos together!!!!! It was such a short visit. Come back, come back, come back.

    And how is the job?? I MISS HEARING FROM YOU!!!!

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