Monday, April 20, 2015

Sin City Knits

My sister, Marilyn had a milestone birthday last week, so we went to Las Vegas to celebrate. Cheryl, a knitting buddy, and I caught a flight from Casper, WY and met my sister Marilyn and her daughter Brenda from Denver at the Vegas airport. After some confusion about where to meet the Denverites (who arrived at Terminal 3),  Cheryl and I (arriving at Terminal 1) caught a shuttle and found the baggage claim where Marilyn and Brenda were waiting.

The days blurred into long walks up and down the Strip, sightseeing, and gambling. More on those activities in future posts.

Of course, Cheryl and I had one other activity planned: a trip to a yarn shop that received raves on Yelp. Sin City Knit Shop was about a 10 minute taxi ride from our hotel.

It is a friendly place, and the variety of yarn was impressive for the size of the shop. Greetings and smiles were given the minute we walked in the door, and at the ladies were very helpful finding specific items for us.

Near the back of the store were large tables with several women knitting and chatting. While we were shopping, there was a steady flow of customers, and also some who wanted help with a project problem.

inside the Sin City Knit Shop
Las Vegas, NV
April 2015
By the time we left with our purchases, two hours had flown by.

I purchased some great sock yarn (I know, I don't need sock yarn, but these colors were just too pretty to pass), a sweater pattern, and some luscious sapphire blue Noro Silk Garden. I've never seen Noro in solid colors, but this shop had pink, green, blue. Since I didn't have a lot of extra space in my suitcase on the way home, I had to limit my purchases.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Foreign Friday

Thousands of Origami Cranes
Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial
Hiroshima, Japan
April 1980
I've posted about Hiroshima several times: those posts can be seen here

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shoshone Rose

Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
Across the street from the Fort Washakie post office is a full-size sculpture of Chief Washakie with many interesting details, for example, the beaded moccasins and belt. The rose is commonly seen in the beaded work of the Shoshone tribe.

Information on the beading designs of various tribes can be found in this document from the Wyoming State Museum.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Some Assembly Required. . .

Quilt of Valor kit
I picked up two Quilt of Valor kits at the recent sew-in. The fabric is marked and the pattern included. All that's needed is some time for assembly. Stay tuned for Quilt of Valor #63 and #64

Quilt of Valor kit

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Waste Not - Want Not

“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with
—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . 

When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, 
you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, 
whether it’s clutter in your cabinets
 or commitments on your calendar. (148)”  

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the Works

I have another Quilt of Valor in the works - #62. The blocks are ready to be sewn into rows.

As you can see, the pattern is called Skipping Stones, but I haven't decided on a name for this quilt that will be almost entirely black, white, and gray with a pop of red. Any suggestions?

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