My visit to Phoenix

Just last week, I visited some college friends who have moved to Phoenix, AZ. Truth be told, they have invited me several times over the years to go and visit but I have always been wary of the hot temperatures in the city.

 

But finally, after a couple of years of stalling, I visited Phoenix. The drive was a bit eventful. On the way to the city, my car brakes broke down so my first experience was really to find a shop that specializes in Phoenix Brake Repair.

 

But aside from that one little hump which was actually fixed immediately, I was wonderfully surprised by the beauty of Phoenix. I never realized that there are lots of things to do in the city and the hot temperature will not detract from your enjoyment.

 

So just to give you some sort of a bird’s eye on what you can enjoy in Phoenix, see a list of the places I visited below:

 

  1. Phoenix zoo

 

I am not really a fan of zoos but my friends dragged me to the Phoenix zoo. As I have been saying, the city really has a lot of pleasant surprises and the zoo is one of them. It has more than 1,200 animals so it’s really a fun place to spend time especially if you have kids. As an added feature, the zoo also showcases light sculptures and music at night during the months of November to December.

 

  1. Las Noches de las Luminarias

 

I was very fortunate to experience the Arizona Botanical Gardens’ Las Noches de las Luminarias. The place was lighted by more than 8,000 lights all over the garden. This particular event only happens once a year, only for two months, from November to December.

 

  1. Dobbins Point

 

If you want to see a bird’s eye view of the magnificence of Phoenix, head on to Dobbins Point. It is the biggest municipal park in the United States with breathtaking views of the Valley of the Sun. Here you can observe the changing colors of Phoenix and the beautiful sunsets.

 

  1. Soleri Bridge

 

A nice landmark in the area is the Soleri Bridge and Plaza. It has been designed by Italian architect Paolo Soleri to mark the equinox and the summer solstice. Therefore, while it is beautiful to look at any time, I believe it would be better to see it during those times of the year.

 

  1. Hole in the Rock

Visit the Hole in the Rock at the Papago Park in Phoenix. This area offers beautiful views of the city, including scenes of the mountains. You can even bring a picnic hamper and spend some time just taking in the views.

 

  1. Petroglyph Plaza

 

Do you want to take in a wonderful view of downtown Phoenix? Head off to Waddell’s Waterfall Trail in White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Here, you can even see the Petroglyph Plaza, made up of Hohokam rock art which features ancient drawings of humans, animals and nature.

Welcome!

Hello! Hugs to you for visiting my blog 🙂

I would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you, to the people who read my blog and take time to comment on my posts here and on facebook, and twitter.

When I started blogging I really didn’t think anyone would read it, let alone reach out to me, or discuss this chosen craft. To say that each and every one of your comments inspires me is an understatement. I just want to say that you guys always encouraged me to think outside the box and I can never be thankful enough.

People were asking, when I do my knitting, where do I usually do this?

I know it is weird, but whenever I knit, I always find myself sitting in our garage. We have a little workplace there set at a corner. Usually, I’ll just find myself as if in a bubble sitting there and knitting. I’d be lost in my little world where my husband would find me later on. Oh. Don’t worry, I usually do this whenever my husband is at home and it is his turn to have our “kids’ time.”

Was it uncomfortable there? No! My husband had this nice insulated garage door installed by our local Tulsa garage door service a while back to stop the extreme heating especially during summer. The insulation had a good R-value, and is sound-proof. So you’d understand how it could be living in a different world in there can be. There, I can knit to my heart’s content.

HOW DID IT BEGIN?

I guess I should start from the start, my great nanna taught me how to knit a basic garter stitch when i was 6 years old, I made lots of scarves that summer 🙂

My mum, taught me how to sew, and have sewn on and off for years. I love sewing as it gives me instant gratification, as a teen I would modify my clothes to make them stand out and be different to my peers. At the moment I love making cloth dolls, or art dolls as they are also called.

I have also had a love of colour since I can remember!

When I left school, I went on to train as a make-up artist in London, I loved doing catwalk looks or high fashion because you get to play with colour and your imagination, I then went on to study crystal healing and other holistic Therapies including colour therapy.

I have recently rekindled my love with knitting, and as a consequence, my craft stash is getting out of hand, I love raw fibre especially pure wool, I love the smell, the feel, the softness. I love to needle felt and wet felt, it’s so satisfying to fuse the fibres together! Watch the shapes form and become dense.

Would love to learn spinning, and I am hopefully taking a workshop at knit nation this year, i have brought a drop spindle.. so watch this space for uneven creations.

So, that’s it. If you are interested in the same things as I am, then follow me in my journey here at my site!

Photography Challenge – APRIL 19

We discovered new species of Jellyfish while on Holiday in Egypt last week!

Did you know?

Jellyfish are very simple animals. They’re more water than anything; a typical jellyfish is 94-98% water. They also lack basic sensory organs and even a brain.

Jellyfish contract their fluid bodies to move, but are not very efficient swimmers, which is why they end up washed up on the beach.

They are older than sharks and dinosaurs, jellyfish have lived on earth for over 650 million years!

There are over 1,500 species of jellyfish in a myriad! (Well 1,5001 if you include ours 😉 )

A Knitter or Crocheter For All Seasons? – APRIL 26

Using the FO Friday label on the side of my blog, I just had look at some of my knitted and crochet projects from last year, and I have put together a little collection of pictures by colour, so please excuse the messy non-matching borders.

From this process, I have learnt two things! I hardly have any pink featured in my projects, but I use it A LOT when dyeing yarn and I don’t have any “summer” knits, in the summer months last year I was mainly crocheting toys or sewing dresses from vintage pillow cases and fabric scraps, and restoring furniture.

Looking at the pictures I would say Autumn/winter as a season and colours-wise is my favorite, to Knit because I wear a lot of mustard, browns rusty reds and burnt oranges.

This week I have learnt so much about myself! Because I would have said I was a knitter for all seasons! But clearly I am not lol, I would have also have thought that how I use colour would have changed with the seasons, but from looking at these pictures, I just use colours that take my fancy at any given time. 😀

This year I am going to add a “summer” knit to my list of goals!