Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I'm Confused


Mail Room Door
Local Community College
March 2011

I'm sure the missing "L" in "bell" was scratched off of this sign, but I'm not sure what to make of the phrase "located inside wall." Does it mean the bell is on the inside wall or does it mean the bell is actually inside the wall? 

How do you interpret this sign?


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Susie's Summer House

Susie's Summer House
March block
The Quilter's Neighborhood

House by house the neighborhood is growing. April's block will feature Fall and complete the neighborhood houses. I was told the following four blocks will be trees of the four seasons.

The previous houses can be found here:

February block - Anna's Spring House
January block - Mary's Winter House


Monday, March 28, 2011

Monster Socks


Even though the Monster Socks used a lot of scrap yarn, I am not completely pleased with them. I don't like the way I carried the yarn on the inside - a technique that I definitely need to improve.

Fair warning, if you make these socks with scrap yarn, be prepared to weave in a lot of loose ends.

Made with fingering weight, superwash wool scraps on size 2 needles, these socks will go into the donation box.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Foreign Friday

Feeding deer
Miyajimi Island, Japan
April 1980

Deer freely roamed the shrine grounds and definitely enjoyed being pampered by the visitors.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

An Omen?


An early morning dream prompted me to wake and look at my fire extinguisher in the hall closet. I am almost embarrassed to show you what I found.

Do you see the date on the tag? The last time I had my extinguisher checked and recharged was November 2002. Today, I am taking it to be recharged and creating a yearly reminder on my computer calendar to check the extinguisher when I change the batteries in my smoke detectors.

I have two extinguishers: one in the kitchen and one in the hall closet.

Do you have an extinguisher in your home? If you do, please check it today. If you don't, go out and purchase one. It's important!


In the Donation Box


This pair of wool socks was finished on Friday and will ultimately be donated with some other items (yet to be knit) to Wool-Aid.

These were knit using 100% wool and size 2 needles.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Winter Quilt Show


Here's another one of my favorites from the local guild's February show. I think this one was called Trading Places. The gorgeous floral fabric and the simple design drew me to this lap-sized quilt.
Isn't it a beauty?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monster Mania


The only thing to do when the scrap sock yarn begins accumulating is to knit some monster socks. Of course the socks won't be duplicates because I am using scraps, but I hope to have enough of the dark blue for the pair.

I am using this pattern for the stripe arrangement; however, be aware that the pattern may have a typo in the heel-turn directions. After knitting and frogging, I used my tried and true rib-cuffed pattern for the heel-turn.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Almost Ready

Slow but steady progress. 

I still need to prepare the backing and binding, but Jack and Jill is essentially complete. The final border fabric was included in the kit with two matching charm packs, but the sashing and corner stones were plucked from my collection. Now, I'm looking through my minuscule stash for some appropriate binding fabric.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Foreign Friday


Floating Torii Gate
Miyajima, Japan
April 1980


This was one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I visited in Southern Japan.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fund-raiser for Japan


Elizabeth Hartman has posted a fund-raiser for Japan (through the Red Cross) on her quilting blog. Those who make a donation to the Red Cross and then post a part of their tracking number on her blog will be entered in a drawing for her fabulous quilt, Tokyo Subway Map (pictured above). You only have until March 23, 2011, so don't delay.

Jump over to her blog and follow the directions. While you're there, check out some of her other beautiful quilts.


Mary Johnson is also offering a quilt (pictured above) for a donation to the Red Cross. Details are on her blog.

Grace Under Pressure

Courage is grace under pressure
 ~ Ernest Hemingway ~
photo from msnbc.com

Since last week, I've been glued to the TV and computer watching the news of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. I was horrified to see the tsunami rushing ashore, and indiscriminately destroying everything in its path. (Sendai is a mere 200 miles from Misawa where I lived in the late 70s.)

photo from msnbc.com

The images of the destruction are disturbing. The survivors have no idea if their family, neighbors or friends are even alive. They may never know. Yet, these grief-stricken people are patient. They patiently stand in lines for hours to use a phone, to purchase gasoline, to read the growing list of the deceased.

Have you noticed the grace of the Japanese victims?

We can learn a lot from these survivors. May God bless them today and in the difficult days, months, and years to come.

You may also find this CNN link on the same topic interesting. It was sent to me by Chris at Shared Creativity.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Winter Quilt Show


Several weeks ago I attended a quilt show, hosted by the local quilt guild. This quilt was one of my favorites because of the contrast between the bright fabrics and black sashing.

It's definitely a scrap-buster.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Rescuing Musical Memories

On the first Wednesday of every month the Friends of the Library host a sale of donated books and related items. Most months, I don't remember about the sale until Thursday; however, when I do remember, I like to browse through the donated LPs.

This record caught my eye for three or four months until I decided it was time to be rescued. It is in really good condition considering its age and the distance it has traveled.

Patrick Henry Junior High (now named Patrick Henry Middle School) is located in Sioux Falls, SD. From my research, it appears this school has a strong music program for several decades.

The selections on the rescued album were directed by Mrs. Glenya Hanson (1969-70), Mrs. Phyllis Hoiseth (1969-71) and Mrs. Ellan Muyskens (1970-71). These women dedicated the album to Mr. Oyan, one of the school's principals.



Do you know someone who attended Patrick Henry at this time and who would like this album? Leave a comment or send me an email. It will be my pleasure to send it to someone who treasures these musical memories.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Jack and Jill


Sashing and corner blocks were added to the Jack in the Box blocks in order to increase the size of the quilt. Another border will finish the quilt top. Since the pattern has changed, I've decided to call this little quilt, Jack and Jill.

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.

Lily and Butterfly

In Christian art, the lily signifies purity, innocence, heavenly bliss. The Madonna Lily is the one most commonly employed in presenting this symbol, especially in connection with the Annunciation.

Perhaps, the most common understanding of the lily as a Christian symbol is its use as a symbol of Easter. The bulb decaying in the soil produces a new bulb, stem, leaves, and flowers, all rising in glory above the dark soil in which the process of death and the release of new life are inseparable; thus, signifying the attainment of immortal life through the body perish. The rainbow also has a deep meaning. After the flood, the Lord God made a Covenant, an agreement with His people that He would never again destroy the earth with water; thus, the rainbow has become a symbol of the faithfulness of God and His Word.

The Butterfly symbolizes the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and it also symbolizes our resurrection. From the larval stage, significant of the mortal life of mankind, it becomes a chrysalis, to all appearances without life, then suddenly it bursts the cocoon in which it was sealed and comes forth to soar into the sky with a new body and beautiful wings. So the human body, after death, is committed to the earth, but the spirit which once dwelt within it will return to God from whence it came and on the last day "all that are in the graves shall hear His voice and shall come forth, they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." (John 5:28-29) Then will come to pass as Paul says in Philippians 3:21, "Christ shall change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body." The Butterfly window reminds us of the deep meaning of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead - "Because He lives, we shall live also." (John 14:19)

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This concludes the Windows of Faith posts. Preparing these posts has created a renewed appreciation for the windows and the lessons they present; I hope the posts have been beneficial for you, too.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Foreign Friday

Fast Food Restaurants 
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979


Our tour guide advised us not to purchase the local fare from the sidewalk vendors, mostly because the water supply in 1979 was not that clean. However, many locals were giving these two ladies a lot of business. I am sure that a pole was inserted in the loops at the top of the baskets so they could transport their baskets to and from home.


These women and many others were selling food in front of the temple. I didn't see many men selling food on the streets.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Adding to My Sock Drawer


My knitting has slowed to a crawl, but I did manage to finish a pair of socks for myself. The size 10 socks have a 7-inch ribbed leg (cuff) for more coverage.

Knit with Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi-Solid (Slate) 100% superwash merino, using size 2 circular needles. The skein contained 420 yards, and the small ball is what remained.

Hopefully, this finish will motivate me to knit some other projects.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Is It Appropriate?

by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
displayed at Riverton High School

The mural-sized painting, mounted on the exterior of the local high school has been the topic of numerous Letters to the Editor in past weeks. Those who shared their views state this painting with wine bottles is not appropriate for a school that has zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol.

Who knew that a painting created in the 1800s would cause such a controversy in 2011.

Eventually, someone involved in the project wrote a response. She invited those who voiced their opinions to take a "Walk on the Art Side" and view the other works of art in the community, some of which I already featured here.

The project has exposed the community to a diverse collection of art. They include:

Pitcher with Bowl of Fruit
displayed at school district administrative office

 Painting by C.M. Russell 
displayed at Riverton City Hall


Bronc to Breakfast
displayed at Community Entry Services

Painting by C.M. Russell 
displayed at Riverton Tire and Oil

Fruit still-life
displayed at A.D. Martin Lumber

Do you think the committee should have selected a different painting to display on the high school building?

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