Perfect Match

A beautiful display of umbrellas.
A beautiful display of umbrellas.
Yes this is Asian yarn, although it is Japanese, not Chinese, like the photo that inspired the pairing.
Yes this is Asian yarn, although it is Japanese, not Chinese, like the photo that inspired the pairing.

I just finished a big project for a friend over the weekend, plus a sock. My reward to myself was to go through my yarn, magazines, photos, etc., and find inspiration for a new design. I didn’t have to look very long or hard before I realized that I just posted LA County Fair inspiration a few days ago, and have yarn that relates perfectly to one of my favorite photos from the fair. What better day to begin work on a new design project than Monday!

By the way, if you find yourself in the same position of finishing up projects and not quite sure what to work on next, I highly recommend taking a few hours to pull out your stash, look at photos or magazines, and see if you find yourself making a match you might not have thought of otherwise! Just make sure you are in a relaxed state of mind and give yourself a little time to play. Have fun!

LA County Fair Surprises

Typical SoCal view: mountains, pine trees AND palm trees.
Typical SoCal view: mountains, pine trees AND palm trees.

Whenever a famous designer or artist is interviewed, it seems like the interviewer always asks them where they find their inspiration, and they always say the same thing: “Everywhere!” I went to the LA County Fair last week on a field trip with my son’s class. I am not really a fair person, especially not on a week when Los Angeles was having 105+ degree weather. I don’t particularly enjoy walking around eating junk food in the heat, and I always think of fairs as dirty places with lousy food and rides where the safety is in question. So with that mindset, you will appreciate from these photos my pleasant surprise at finding quite a bit of inspiration! Plus, even when it’s obscenely hot, can you ever really have too many photos of baby animals? I think not!

We walked through the barn so the kids could pet the animals and I could take photos of sheep and baby calves to add to my collection. :)
We walked through the barn so the kids could pet the animals and I could take photos of sheep and baby calves to add to my collection. 🙂

The Chinese Flower Garden, Pavilion, and Atrium would have been worth the drive to the fair all by themselves. I could have stayed there all day long taking photos. Asian art has always been a fascination of mine. I love the style, the use of color and of course, Westerners have spent lots of time trying to capture the distinct look of it.

Painting of a peony - these flowers are so lush!
Painting of a peony – these flowers are so lush!
I tried to capture the overall view of the atrium when you walk in.
I tried to capture the overall view of the atrium when you walk in.
Another view of the atrium. I love the dragon. Dragons are used alot in Chinese art, and I love the way their artists depict them.
Another view of the atrium. I love the dragon. Dragons are used frequently in Chinese art, and I love the way their artists depict them.
I loved the textures of this engraving.
I loved the textures of this engraving.
This atrium was filled with so much lush color and foliage, artwork, etc, I had to keep taking photos!
This atrium was filled with so much lush color and foliage, artwork, etc, I had to keep taking photos!
A beautiful display of umbrellas.
A beautiful display of umbrellas.
This 3-week old calf had the most beautiful face I've ever seen. I hope my photo does it justice.
This 3-week old calf had the most beautiful face I’ve ever seen. I hope my photo does it justice.

And last, but not least, for all my fellow fiber enthusiasts, yes, just for you, I took a photo of the sheep! I love sheep and alpaca, and if there had been alpaca there, I would have taken photos of them too.

These sheep were friendly - maybe since it was so hot, they were hoping one of us was there to shear them? :)
These sheep were friendly – maybe since it was so hot, they were hoping one of us was there to shear them? 🙂

Little side note to anyone who is in the LA area – if you are interested in going, the fair closes this weekend, but you will have GREAT weather! Whatever you do and wherever you are, enjoy your weekend!