Friday, March 27, 2015

Foreign Friday

Temple grounds
Beppu, Japan
April 1980
The same scene as last week's Foreign Friday but from a different perspective.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Binding Handwork

In the last two weeks I received three Quilts of Valor (QOV) back from the volunteer machine quilters. Attaching the label and binding and hand-tacking the binding on the back is the last stage of the quilting process, and if I have something to occupy my mind, the handwork goes by quickly. While working on the latest bindings, I listened to another audiobook - Deeper Than The Dead by Tami Hoag.

Currently, two of my recent QOV are at volunteer longarm quilter in Utah, and three more are in Montana. The quilts in Utah will be delayed more than usual since the quilter had an unexpected back surgery.

I always enjoy seeing how the machine quilters add their personal touch to the quilts.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On and Off My Needles

Steppe Vest
reclaimed wool yarn
March 2015

The yarn for this vest was reclaimed several years ago from a thrift shop sweater, and I have enough yarn remaining to knit another vest.

•  Original Steppe Sweater (vest directions at the bottom of the pattern) - this link gives specific sizes and stitch counts

Steppe Ahead Sweater (vest directions at the bottom of the pattern) - this link is for the revised pattern, written with percentages rather than specific stitch counts

Size: Large (cast on 100 stitches)

Yarn: Reclaimed from thrift shop sweater  (70% wool 30% acrylic), knit double stranded - the finished vest weighs 6.9 ounces

Needles: Knit Picks interchangeable (size 10.5 for ribbing, size 11 for body)

Steppe Vest - off the needles
6.9 ounces of yarn used
Size: Large

Have you ever reclaimed yarn from a previous garment?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Local History - Chief Washakie

Saturday the Fiber Guild held its meeting in Ft. Washakie, WY, and after the meeting I took a side trip to the Washakie Cemetery where I hoped to find the grave of Sacajawea. The last time I visited the cemetery was probably in the 1960s.

 Unfortunately, I did not find her grave marker, but I did find that of Chief Washakie.

Chief Washakie
According to Wikipedia, Chief Washakie's prowess in battle, his efforts for peace, and his commitment to his people's welfare made him one of the most respected leaders in Native American history. In 1878 a U.S. army outpost located on the reservation was renamed Fort Washakie, which was the only U.S military outpost to be named after a Native American. Upon his death in 1900, he became the only known Native American to be given a full military funeral.

Chief Washakie gravesite
Washakie Cemetery
Ft. Washakie, WY
March 2015

I'll return to the area another day to find the Sacajawea Cemetery and marker which I discovered is several miles south of the Washakie Cemetery

Monday, March 23, 2015

Overwhelmed and Thankful

Fabric for Quilt of Valor backs
sent by Karin H.
March 2015
Last year, Karin (Lovin' Life at the End of the Dirt Road) shared that a quilt shop on the way to her Mother's home in Texas often had yardage on sale that would be ideal for QOV backings. She asked if I would be interested in some fabric the next time she stopped.

Karin contacted me a few weeks ago with the news the shop was going out of business and the fabrics were significantly reduced. She asked if I was still interested. At first, I told her that I wasn't since Marilyn had just sent me some yardage. Yet, when Karin told me the cost of the fabric, it was a deal that I couldn't resist. See the fabric that Karin brought home in this blog post.

Karin and I texted and emailed for several days, and I indicated the fabrics and the amounts that I wanted. I intended to send payment via PayPal, but Karin had other ideas: she wanted to donate the fabric to me for Quilts of Valor. I struggled with that for quite a while: it is hard for me to accept such a generous gift from someone I've never met in person. When nearly 40 yards of fabric arrived on my doorstep, I was overwhelmed by her generosity. Thank you so much, Karin!

I offered to knit Karin a pair of socks for the fabric. She shared her shoe size, and I began knitting. The temperatures in New Mexico are climbing now, and wool socks will not be useful until Fall and Winter.  These humble socks are the only way I knew to show Karin how much I appreciate her gift and her friendship.

Fraternal twins - size 9
Patons Kroy Socks
(Clover Colors)

Regia All Round Color and Angora Merino
size 9

Patons Kroy Socks
(Celestial Colors)
size 9 
I've "met" some wonderful ladies through my blog. Each one is a blessing, and I am delighted to call them "friends."

Friday, March 20, 2015

Foreign Friday

Torii gates
Beppu, Japan
April 1980

These torii gates were on the temple grounds of the Beppu Buddha, shown in a previous post. Food to feed the temple deer could be purchased from the red box in the lower right of the photo.

Torii gates were common on temple grounds as I explained in this previous post.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Back in Time - Pepper

Rich & Pepper
approx. 1982
Pepper was born about a mile from where he ultimately grew up - the offspring of my cousin Bob's dog. Pepper was the only long-haired pup in the litter.

While we had several dogs on the farm over the years (Rover, Ring, Muffin, Cocoa, Penny, Red), Pepper's personality made him unique and very special; he was friendly and not the least bit aggressive although he would playfully nibble at clothing when he wanted attention. He rode in the cab of the tractor with my brother (photo above), on the seat in the truck and pickup and car, on the four-wheeler. Pepper would even attempt to talk if prompted. He had a lot of personality.

One hot summer, my mother had Pepper groomed, and he looked handsome and completely different. A photo can be seen on this previous post.

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