Thursday, January 17, 2019

Special Request

Alegria (A9089 Huarache)
Manos Del Uruguay
In early December, my great-niece asked me to knit her a pair of low-cut slippers. To make sure I knew what she wanted, I did a quick search on Ravelry, and soon I understood that she wanted some "footie" slippers.

I found a lot of patterns on Ravelry, but liked the Travel Slippers the best. The i-cord edging should keep the slipper snug on the foot. I borrowed the book through the inter-library loan program. I was impressed with the variety of slipper patterns in the book.

The Travel Slippers are knit with sock weight yarn of which I seem to have an abundance. I asked Stephanie if she liked the colors in the Alegria yarn, and her response was, "Yes!!!"  The slippers are knit flat and seamed at the heel and toe. An i-cord is then knit on the foot opening.

Travel Slipper in progress
January 2019
I'm disappointed that the bright-colored yarn looks somewhat muddy in the knit fabric.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bits & Pieces

making plans
January 2019
Over the weekend, I started making a list of potential projects to work on in 2019. As I looked through the bins and baskets in the sewing room, I found parts of previous projects, panels, and orphan blocks. Hopefully, I'll be able to find a use for the assorted bits and pieces.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Third Time's the Charm

January 2019
The yarn that fooled me twice is getting yet another chance to become a finished object. Maybe, the third attempt is the charm.

I decided to knit a simple garter stitch scarf with the lace weight yarn and randomly add some eyelet lace. I began with a provisional cast on, so the two ends can be grafted easily into an eternity scarf.

Sky Scarf
finished January 2013
Since the Sky Scarf, knit in 2013, is one of my favorite accessories, I thought a similar scarf would be worn a lot. So far, the yarn is behaving itself: it must be happy with my plan.

Monday, January 14, 2019


68 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor #151
January 2019
The first Quilt of Valor finish for 2019 is the UFO I received from LeAnn H. Previous posts about the UFO gift can be seen herehere, here, and here.

LeAnn, thank you for trusting me to finish your project and for making this Quilt of Valor possible.
stained glass effect
I love how it looks like stained glass hanging in front of my patio door.

Pattern: Fireworks #155, designed by Camille Roskelley (Thimble Blossoms)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Back in Time - Fort Laramie

display at Ft. Laramie
Fort Laramie, WY
approximately 1979
previous posts about Ft. Laramie can be seen here and here

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Choosing a Layout

sixteen completed quilt blocks
January 2019
The final red and blue blocks were completed Saturday afternoon. LeAnn's UFO package contained five of the lighter blocks and fabric cut for the remaining ten blocks. I added some red and blue fabrics to brighten the quilt and to make it more of a Quilt of Valor.

The blocks were moved around a bit to find a good layout. Brenda, Marilyn and I decided the arrangement in the photo showcased all the blocks the best. After the blocks are sewn together, I'll add a border to complete the quilt.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Back on Track

working on a Bible study
January 2019

Soon after I moved to Laramie, I began looking for a place to worship and discovered a Lutheran church that was friendly and welcoming. I felt very comfortable with members of the congregation. The pastor stopped by my apartment one evening, and after visiting with him and asking some specific questions, I felt that the church would be a good fit. I asked for my membership to be transferred, and I officially became a member of the Laramie church in October.

To be honest, I hadn't attended church the last four/five years I lived in Riverton. I missed the worship and fellowship and the opportunity to expand my faith, but I didn't feel like the congregation or the pastor shared my idea of a supportive Christian community.

Now, in addition to Sunday worship, I participate in a weekly Woman's Bible Study. Having finished part one of Isaiah before Christmas, we started part two the beginning of the new year. I typically work on the weekly lessons on Sunday afternoon.

Since finding this church and congregation, I feel like my spiritual life is back on track.

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