When the Mormon pioneers first came into the Salt Lake Valley in July of 1847 they immediately began homesteading. They made crude houses and foraged for food. Because the planting season had already passed, they would have to wait until the next year to plant wheat and other grains. So in 1848 when their first harvest was ripening, it was a joyous time.
Then in May a swarm of crickets began devouring the all the crops. There were so many of them the ground looked black with their bodies. Then a miracle occurred, legions of seagulls came and began eating all the crickets. They gorged on the insects then flew to the Great Salt Lake to regurgitate in the water only to come back and eat some more. In this way, they eradicated the plague of crickets.
The crops were saved! Because of this miracle, the seagull became the state bird of Utah with a monument erected downtown to memorialize them.
This seamless, top-down baby cardigan tells the story of the Miracle of the Gulls through seagull and cricket motifs.
7 stitches to 1 inch in stockinette stitch
1000 yards of Fingering weight
I live and work in Salt Lake City yet I am woefully ignorant about the Great Salt Lake. I am attempting to learn more about the lake that has recently inspired me…and to knit that inspiration. I hope you like the patterns I am creating.