Monday, January 31, 2011

Blue Hawaii

Blue Hawaii is a West Coast Oddball Baby Blanket.

I had hoped to use some blue for my section, but I didn't have anything that matched the turquoise that the other knitters used. I decided to add some white foam to the waves.

Needle size: 8
Stitch count: 111
Yarn: Worsted (I used Caron Simply Soft)

Update: January 20, 2012


Started in December 2010, this blanket became hopelessly stalled with one knitter for over nine months. It was a struggle to get Blue Hawaii back into circulation. I am glad this beautiful blanket is finished and ready for a baby.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Windows of Faith

I've admired the windows in my church for years and decided to share them with my readers on Sunday. Each Sunday I will feature two stained-glass windows along with an explanation of each window. Previous windows can be viewed by typing "Windows of Faith" in the search box in the top left corner.

IHS and Pomegranate windows

The use of monograms to represent Jesus Christ our Lord is of very early origin. The monogram IHS stands for for the name Jesus: they are the first three letters of the word Jesus written in Greek capitals.

The monogram IHS should remind each of us of Jesus, and when we are reminded of the name Jesus, we are also reminded of the reason He came to be born of a virgin. The angel said it to Joseph when told to call His name Jesus - "for He shall save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)

The pomegranate is a popular symbol of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and also of the resurrection of His faithful followers. It, therefore, symbolizes the hope of new life because it is split by the pressure of its many seeds by which is signified the fruitfulness or the power to reproduce life. The Bible says, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5: 17) By the power of Christ's resurrection, we are raised to a new spiritual life in Christ and we have everlasting life now. So the symbol of the pomegranate should remind us of Christ's resurrection, our new spiritual life in Christ, and of our own bodily resurrection on the Last Day.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Foreign Friday

Sapporo, Japan
February 1981

Cinderella was one of my favorite snow sculptures. Notice the slide on the right side of the sculpture. You can see a close-up in last week's Foreign Friday.

Isn't the detail on this carriage wonderful? 

Even Cinderella's lost, ice slipper is on the step. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Slip, Sliding Away

I practically need ice skates cross the street and retrieve my mail. My mailbox (by the pine trees in this photo) is at the end of the dead-end street. Earlier this week, I thought I'd be smart and drive to the mailbox instead of attempting to cross the street. Well, that was a BIG mistake, as I nearly landed on my keister just trying to get out of the car. Yesterday, I sprinkled de-icer on the street near the mailbox so it will be a bit safer for me and others. I might do another application today.

Residential streets aren't plowed, and residents must fend for themselves until the thaw. Because my street doesn't get a lot of traffic, fluctuating temperatures have turned my street to a sheet of ice. It's even more treacherous at night.

Does anyone have ice skates or ice cleats that I can borrow?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dental Delight

Dental Office Building
Lander, WY
January 21, 2011

Last week I went to this office to have my teeth cleaned. Can you imagine sitting in a dental chair on the other side of those long vertical windows and looking out at this river scene? The view is calming in any season: the river, the trees, the birds, and the gorgeous blue sky make dental appointments more delightful than dreadful.  

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sharing a Secret

I'll admit that I was wary of eating at this establishment. How was I to know it was one of Hawaii's best kept secrets?

After all, it was only a van parked in front of a covered eating area, but my brother-in-law thought we should eat there before we left the island.

My sister and I waited at the table while her son and husband picked up our order from the van. As you can see, it was a busy place. I later learned that Giovanni's is the oldest and best known shrimp truck businesses in the area. (We saw other vans that sold shrimp, but based on appearances only, I would refuse to eat there.)

Giovanni's Shrimp is delicious! I ate every morsel of the garlic shrimp plate. I even licked my fingers!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Garter-ridge Hat



As of last night, I have a hat to wear with my scarf and mittens. This is one of my favorite hat patterns because the garter ridges allow the hat to vertically stretch and create a thick band to keep my ears warm.

Hat Pattern Update:

I didn't have a pattern for this hat, but here is how you can make one.

Find an existing hat pattern that you like. I knit my hat on a size 8 - (16-inch circular needle)

Cast on the desired number of stitches. Join in the round and begin the garter ridges/rings:

Purl five rounds
Knit five rounds

(Repeat as often as you like to achieve the number of ridges/rings you want. I repeated these rounds four times (resulting in four garter ridges) for the hat in the post, but three on one I made several years ago.)

Once you have the number of ridges/rings you want, then continue working on the hat with only knit rounds. The hat in the picture above measures 6 or 6.5 inches from the cast-on edge. (Measure without stretching out the ridges) Once you have the desired length, then begin the decrease rounds. 




Sunday, January 23, 2011

Windows of Faith

I've admired the windows in my church for years and decided to share them with my readers on Sunday. Each Sunday I will feature two stained-glass windows along with an explanation of each window. Previous windows can be viewed by typing "Windows of Faith" in the search box in the top left corner.

Cross in Eternity 
and Fish

The symbol of the cross and circle, also known as the Cross in Eternity, depicts the suffering and the death of the Lord Jesus Christ for the sins of the world. The circle symbolizes eternity since its circumference is an endless line. The cross in eternity gives the concept of the completeness and the everlasting nature of Christ's work and Kingdom.

The cross is always a reminder of our Lord's saving work of redeeming mankind through His sacrifice for our sins, thereby bringing forgiveness and salvation.

The fish is one of the earliest and most complex symbols employed by Christians to represent the Savior. Reading the initial of the Greek acrostic phrase meaning "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior," one obtains the Greek work for "fish," Ichthus.

The fish symbol was probably used by the persecuted Christians as a means of avoiding unpleasant attention of the Roman police. The symbol of the fish is one of the most widely used symbols depicting the Lord Jesus Christ and the Christian belief that He is indeed the Son of God and Savior of the world.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Foreign Friday

Sapporo Snow Festival
Sapporo, Japan
February 1981

Every year Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, hosts a seven day Snow Festival. If you ever have the chance to attend, do not hesitate. Dress for the cold and plan to be awed by the detail of the nearly 400 snow sculptures.

I don't know how many people viewed the sculptures the year I attended, but it is estimated over 2 million people attended in 2007.

The larger sculptures like the one shown in the photo had attached ice slides. The kids were having a ball.

Soldiers offered assistance to the children and kept the lines moving efficiently. Everyone in my group tried the slides and discovered the reason why the children were able to zip down so easily: their snow suits. Trust me, blue jeans and wool pants do not work well for sliding.

In front of every sculpture is an area for photos. My friends and I stopped for a Kodak moment. Shown are fellow teachers Margo Harper, Rae White, me, and Wendy Barry.

More Snow Festival photos will be featured in future Foreign Fridays.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Easing Down the Road


When you see a cattle or horse drive approaching on the highway, the best thing to do is stop in your lane and wait for the animals to pass. The animals will move around a stopped vehicle, but if the vehicle is moving, they may bump into it and cause damage, so save yourself some frustration, but just stopping and admiring the animals that pass.


If you are behind this kind of drive, you can inch along with the animals or attempt to clear the animals from your path by "pushing" them aside. This technique will not earn you much cooperation with the hands working the drive and could result in damage to your vehicle if an animal is spooked. Sometimes, the riders at the rear of the herd may assist by moving the animals to one side of the road when the terrain allows, but don't count on their assistance if you have already spooked the herd by honking, etc.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Winter Wear

Winter has taken up residence, and new mittens were needed to keep my hands warm. These mittens were knit on size 2 needles, using 100% wool. The yarn is close to a DK weight and created a nice dense knit.

I used this pattern (Midge) from Berroco. The mitten has a long cuff, extending 3 or 4 inches past the wrist, so it will prevent cold or snow from slipping down the coat sleeve.

Does the yarn look familiar? It should: my Eternity Scarf was also knit from this yarn. Now, I have a matching set of Winter Wear.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Windows of Faith

I've admired the windows in my church for years and decided to share them with my readers on Sunday. Each Sunday I will feature two stained-glass windows along with an explanation of each window. Previous windows can be viewed by typing "Windows of Faith" in the search box in the top left corner.


Cross and Interlocking Rings and
 Crown, Palms, and Stars windows

The symbol for Holy Matrimony is the cross with the two interlocking rings. The cross, which is a symbol of the Savior, signifies God's blessing on the couple and the promise of His everlasting presence through Jesus Christ, His Son. The interlocking rings tell of man and woman made one in Him, a union living under the promise and the power of Almighty God. Blessed indeed is the Christian husband and wife whose marriage is centered in Jesus Christ as depicted by the symbol for Holy Matrimony.

The heavenly Zion, the final abode of the Redeemed in heaven promised to all of God's children through faith in the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, is symbolized by the crown of glory, the palms of victory, and the stars of heaven. Every time we see this symbol, our hearts should leap for joy and our lips should break forth and shout - "Jerusalem, thou city fair and high, would God I were in thee! My longing heart fain, fain to thee would fly; It will not stay with me. Far over vale and mountain, Far over field and plain, It hastens to seeks its Fountain, And leave this world of pain."

Friday, January 14, 2011

Foreign Friday

Marble Temple roof tops
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979


I loved the tips on the roof tops. They look like the long fingertips of traditional Thai dancers.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ribbons of Hope


Last Friday, Sue and I picked up Ribbons of Hope from the machine quilter, and on Saturday, I added a hanging sleeve and label, before tacking down the binding. Sue is donating the finished quilt/wall hanging to the oncology clinic in town.

The machine quilter (Quilting from Sheep Camp) used an awareness ribbon pantograph over the entire quilt.

You can see previous post about the quilt here and here.


What the colors mean:

Pink                 Breast Cancer
White               Lung Cancer
Gold                 All Childhood Cancers
Teal                  Lymphedema/Ovarian Cancer
Orange             Leukemia
Blue                 Prostate Cancer
Peach               Uterine Cancer
Lime Green       Lymphoma
Purple              Pancreatic Cancer
Lavender         General Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Square Stitching


To eliminate some small balls of yarn, I knit garter-stitch squares for Sandy's Give a Square project. Bridge and Beyond is where she documents all of the donations received for the homeless. Sandy accepts: hats, scarves, mittens, and squares.

My squares are 7-inches, knit on size 8 needles, using 30 stitches.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Wishing I Was Still There


Turtle Bay, Hawaii
Originally uploaded by pinnut3200
During these cold, cold days of January, I wish I was still in Hawaii, watching the never-ending waves rush to shore.
Feel free to join me . . .

Rabbits Rule

2011 is the Year of the Rabbit, and for me it is a special event because I was born in 1951, also the Year of the Rabbit. In addition, 1951 and 2011 were both Metal Rabbits (based on the elemental signs of the Chinese Zodiac), so this could be a significant year for me. 
I purchased a small book, Japanese Fortune Calendar, by Reiko Chiba when I was in Japan in 1979-80. The description of those born in the Year of the Rabbit is pretty close to my personality, albeit good and bad. 


THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT 
by Reiko Chiba

People born in the year of the rabbit are the most fortunate. They are smooth talkers, talented, and ambitious. Virtuous and reserved, they have exceedingly fine tastes, and other people regard them with admiration and deeply trust them. (Hmmm, the jury is still out on this one.) Rabbit people are always financially lucky. (Really?) They have a fondness for mild gossip, (Yes, I do) but they are tactful and do not speak out willingly if they have to say something bad about someone. (Well, usually) They are very affectionate to those they love but are curiously detached from their families, regarding the other members as little better than strangers. (Sadly, this is sometimes true.) Rabbit people have to be goaded for quite a while before they lose their tempers, for by temperament they are placid. (Mostly true.) They are clever at business, and if someone signs a contract with a rabbit person, there can be no backing out of it. (Yes, I'm stubborn that way.)


Rabbit people are temperamentally melancholy and are able to weep at the slightest provocation. (Not always visible, but yes, that's true.) They are somewhat pedantic and not very well informed, so that, although what they know they know well, they will not seek out further information on other subjects. (I love to research, but I don't often speak to others about what I've found.) Rabbit people would make good gamblers, for they have the uncanny gift of picking the sure thing. (Maybe, I should go to the casino more.) They are a bit conservative and do not plunge into anything without first thinking it over carefully. (Definitely) Some Japanese regard rabbits with suspicion, for there is a belief that witches sometimes take the form of a rabbit. (I'm sure that's why I like black and have a good broom.) Rabbit people will have a placid existence throughout all three phases of their lives, provided they do not become involved with unmanageable elements. (I wonder what those could be?)


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That told, I'm a definitely a Rabbit in the Chinese and Japanese zodiac calendar. If you want to know what animal you are, use this calculator. Care to share? Leave a comment.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Mossy Delight


Named for its moss stitch border, Mossy Delight, a preemie blanket is nearly finished. It is being knit on size 8 needles. I used the single chevron stitch and Caron Simply Soft (Soft Sage) for my section.


Update: February 5, 2011


Mossy Delight is finished and ready for a newborn.
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