Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I ♥ Fall Knit-Along - revisited

I ♥ Fall Knit-Along socks
October 2017
I finished the second sock at Marilyn's house on a snowy Monday afternoon, and two days later snapped the photo on the leaves that dropped off after the storm.

Knitting notes can be found here, here, and here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quilt of Valor UFO

blocks and fabric donated by Pat S.
October 2017
Pat S. from Virginia sent me a quilt UFO (unfinished object) that is destined to become a Quilt of Valor. The blocks are paper-pieced and all finished. Two rows are sashed and sewn, but I need to remove the paper from the back, add sashing to the rest of the blocks and add a border or two (Pat included extra yardage) to meet the QOV size requirements.

Thank you, Pat for allowing me to complete your project, which will bring comfort to a veteran.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Surprise Package

yarn from Ellen
October 2017
On Friday I picked up my accumulated mail at the post office and was surprised to find a package from Ellen (The Ellen Report). Tucked inside the box was a variety of worsted weight yarn (scraps and full skeins) and two skeins of sock yarn.

Ellen thought I could use the worsted weight yarn for charity knitting and included the sock weight as a special treat for me. The hank of brown and gold yarn (University of Wyoming colors) will be perfect for knitting a pair of Cowboy Joe socks! Knitting will commence very soon.

Ellen, thank you for sending a box filled with fiber goodies. Your kindness is beyond measure.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Knitting on the Road

I managed to do a lot of knitting on the road trip. The cuffs of the socks were knit on the way to Durango, the heel flaps and heel turns were knit at the motel in the evenings, and the foot on the trip back to my sister's house.

The weather was gorgeous on the trip, but we headed back a day early because snow was predicted and arrived on schedule.

Monday was a good day to stay inside . . .

in front of the fire . . .

fraternal twin socks
and finish knitting Marilyn's socks.

Match 100 socks finished

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Riding the Rails

narrow gauge train
Durango - Silverton line
October 2017
Last Friday,  my sister, my brother-in-law, and I boarded a narrow gauge, steam train for a forty-five mile trip from Durango, CO to Silverton, CO. The scenery was gorgeous.
The Brakeman warned the passengers at the beginning of the trip to be watchful of what was ahead as sometimes the rock walls were close to the train. We discovered that they were indeed close.
The train stopped twice on the way to Silverton to replenish the engine's water supply. 
old water tank 
Near the summit is a deep gorge (this photo does not begin to show the depth) and the track was mere inches away for the edge of the abyss.
Silverton, CO
The 45 mile ride from Durango to Silverton was nearly four hours. Some passengers opted to ride a bus back to Durango, but we purchased round-trip tickets on the train. We ate lunch in Silverton and reboarded the train for the four-hour ride back to Durango. It was a fun and memorable day on the vintage narrow gauge train.
Silverton, Colorado
October 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Colorful Colorado

Wolf Creek Pass
October 2017
I joined my sister and brother-in-law last week on a road trip through southern Colorado. In some areas the Aspen were at peak color, and the vistas were breath-taking.

October 2017
(click photo to enlarge)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pioneer Plaza Sculptures

longhorn sculptures
Eagle Bronze Foundry
Lander, WY
September 2017
Two large longhorn sculptures stood behind the Eagle Bronze Foundry building. I noticed a large "D" brand on their left side, and remembered that the longhorns on display in Lander do not have the brand. I asked our guide if these two will become part of the small herd in Lander, shown in this earlier post. She said the two longhorns were originally made as part of herd on display in Pioneer Park in Dallas, Texas, but these two were never placed in the park. One their side is the large "D" brand, indicating they are part of the "Dallas" herd.

I'd love to see the trail drive display in Dallas, where more than 49 longhorns and three horseback riders are on display in Pioneer Park. All of the bronze sculptures in the park were cast at Eagle Bronze Foundry.  More information on the Pioneer Park display can be found here.

Note the small sheep sculpture in front of the longhorns. It was one of several at the foundry for repair. Our guide told us the sheep were from a display in Utah or Idaho (sorry I don't remember which) and a gentleman who was upset about his divorce ran his pickup into the herd of sheep on the courthouse lawn.
sheep sculptures to be repaired
Some of the sheep were scraped, but others had broken legs. The workers at the foundry will repair all of the sculptures to their original condition.

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