Thursday, February 16, 2017

Addictive Knitting

four baby hats finished; two started
February 2017

Knitting these little hats is addictive! Kathy's scrap yarn is being knit into newborn hats for the Public Health nurses to distribute.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Forever, My Love

February 2017
I had a great time knitting this pair of socks with Ellen's gift yarn (Zombie BBQ). Since they were finished near Valentine's Day, it seems wrong to call them Zombie BBQ socks, so with a slight tweak of meaning, this pair will be called Forever, My Love.

Forever, My Love
February 2017
If I had been paying more attention when beginning the heel flap on sock #2, they would be a matching pair, but now they show a dark and light side on the cuffs.

    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (Zombie BBQ)
    Regia Silk (Burgundy)

    US size 2

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Year of Stitches #2

Year of Stitches

I don't work on this project as frequently as the original challenge requires, but I'm progressing at my own speed.

After the blue stitches were added (shown in this earlier post), I saw an "H" and an idea quickly came to mind. I like where this small piece is headed.

I have a lot of DMC floss on hand, so that's what I'm using for this Year of Stitches project.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mysterious Sewing

Mystery Quilts for Military
Clue #1
Mystery Quilts for Military challenge began the first week of February, and wanting to shake things up a bit, I joined. Four fabrics were required for this mystery: I chose navy, antique beige, red batik, and a cream with small gold stars from my stash.

Clue #1 resulted in 112 half-square triangles.

Mystery Quilts for Military
Clue #2
Clue #2 resulted in 224 strip sets

I'm eager to see and work on the next clue which will be released on Friday.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Back in Time - Cellar

John S.
collapsing cellar
approx. 1984
I don't know when my parents built the cellar on the farm, but I'm guessing it was in the late 1940s. The cellar walls were dirt and almost smooth. On the west side of the narrow path down the middle was an open area to store potatoes, hard-shelled squash (acorn and huge hubbard), gourds, onions, and other root vegetables from the field and garden. Other items were also stored in the northwest corner, like empty lard buckets and empty wicker baskets and wire potato baskets. The east wall had narrow shelves to store numerous Mason jars, filled with tomatoes, tomato juice, corn and creamed corn, green beans, apples and apple sauce, sauerkraut, pickles (sweet and dill), peaches, pears, cherries, jams and jellies, apple butter and other fruits and vegetables if they were available. What we didn't eat out the garden was canned and taken to the cellar.

The steps into the cellar were wide and deep and cut from the earth. In the spring, it was common to find salamanders on the steps or at the bottom of the steps. The cellar door (seen in the photo) was heavy and made from wood. The only light that reached the cellar was when the door was open.

It was possible to stand upright in the cellar. The ceiling was probably two foot higher than the shelves, and in the middle was a small air vent that looked like a birdhouse on the top of "cellar hill."

From the photo, you can see the wooden frame of the roof and the depth of the dirt mounded on the frame.
collapsing the cellar
approx 1984
Cellar hill was probably only three or four foot high, but it was a good place to get some air on a bicycle and for little kids to slide down on their sled. On the northeast side of cellar hill was a large anthill of red ants that my oldest nephews liked to torment with firecrackers. The ants remained until the cellar was collapsed.

I don't remember why my brother John decided it was necessary to collapse the cellar other than my Mom didn't use it much: her canning days were over and the grocery store provided her with preserved fruits and vegetables.

The mound of earth was not missed and the flatten area provided more parking for equipment and visitors.

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