Friday, October 31, 2014

Foreign Friday

Miyajima, Japan
Spring 1980 
I posted other photos of the Miyajima area here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Watch Out

spotted on my neighborhood walk
October 2014

It's that time of year for Tricks and Treats, so keep your eyes open and be careful out there!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kathy's Socks

Kathy's socks
size 8
My sister's friend Kathy wanted to purchase a pair of hand-knit socks, so I selected some yarn from my stash and began knitting.

Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select (Spring Frost)

Needles: US 2 - two circulars

Stitches: 56

Cuffs: 1 x 1 rib (2 inches)

Cherry Tree Hill yarn is wonderful to knit, and I was pleased that the socks were mates even without trying: the yarn pooled nearly the same on each side.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wild and Free

Wild and Free
Quilt of Valor
59 x 72
I had originally planned to use green for the final border, but it made the quilt too dark. The green will be used for the binding instead and should tie it all together.

It was fun to sew with colors other than the traditional red, white, and blue. I'm sure a veteran who is an outdoorsman/woman will be drawn to this quilt.

Other posts about this quilt can be seen here and here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Socks with Bling

size 9 socks

Yarn: Berroco Sox Metallic (Color #1380) - a gift from Katherine

Needles: US 2

Stitches: 56

Yarn remaining: 1.3 ounces

Socks are the same size, but the blockers are not which is why the sock on the right is stretched more than the one on the left.

The yarn has a gold filament throughout which adds a bit of bling to the socks, but it is nearly impossible to capture in a photo.

Thanks, Katherine for surprising me with two skeins of this lovely yarn. I hope to cast on another pair soon.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Foreign Friday

unknown bus lady and bus driver
Southern Japan tour
Spring 1980
All of the bus tours that I took were amazing, mostly due to the professionalism of the bus lady (similar to a flight attendant on a plane) and the bus driver. Both wore uniforms, and they didn't differ much from company to company. The drivers always wore white gloves while driving and when assisting with bags.

I wonder if the buses still have bus ladies and if the drivers still wear the uniform and white gloves.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wild and Free's Progress

Framing the stars
Wild and Free is progressing nicely. I made strip sets with 2.5 inch strips and then cut them into 2.5 inch sections.
Adding the center panel
Once the star sections were framed with the strip sets, it was time to frame the center section with the brown and add strip sets to the side. If you look closely at the center panel, you will notice that I pieced two panels together, creating a longer (wider) panel. I tried to match the flow of the mountain range and hoped the caribou section would correspond as well. I am pleased with the result.

I plan to add another brown frame around the entire piece and then a wide green border.

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