Friday, June 28, 2013

Foreign Friday

Hangar at Misawa AFB
Misawa, Japan
The planes outside the hangar are F-4 Phantoms, about which I have posted earlier. These aircrafts were very common on the base, and after awhile, I grew accustomed to the sound of their engines.

Two weeks ago about 6:30 AM, I heard that distinctive sound above my sister's home when several, low-flying planes buzzed the house a couple of times. Hearing them, brought back some vivid memories of the Misawa AFB flight-line. In an instant, I was transported back in time on the backwash of an F-4 fly-by.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Oddball Update

The Western Region Oddball Knitters have been busy. Below are the blankets that have been finished since March on which I had the honor to knit a section.

Old MacDonald's Farm
started February 2013
Jelly Beans
started January 2013
Four-leaf Clover
started February 2013
Apple of My Eye
started December 2012
Wee Willie Wonka
started December 2012
Sugar and Spice
started January 2013
Cherry Blossoms
started January 2013
Ribbon Candy
started November 2012
Indian Summer
started  November 2012

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fraternal Twins

56 stitches - knit on size 2 circulars
REGIA yarn (unknown color)
75% superwash new wool - 25% polyamid
Intentional fraternal-twin socks started in Denver and finished at home. I loved working with this yarn - nice even stitches and no splitting. I hope it wears and launders as well as it knit. 

Manufactured in Italy and Germany, REGIA is marketed in the US by Coats Crafts. I was surprised to find a guarantee on the label: 
the durability of REGIA is 4-fold
• dimensionally stable
• hard-wearing
• machine washable up to 40 degrees C, no felting
• dryer proof with 10 years REGIA - Garantie

Have you noticed a guarantee on any yarn label(s) in your stash?

The original sock yarn stash is decreasing slowly; however, yarn for two pairs of socks jumped into my shopping cart while I was in Denver. Sigh!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sounds of Summer

Band Gazebo
Edgemont, SD
June 2011
Nothing says "Summer" to me more than sitting in the park and listening to a live musical performance.
Next week, the "Hot Notes, Cool Nights" concerts will begin at Riverton and Lander's city parks: I can hardly wait. The community band opens the evening concerts, and guest performers bring the evening to a close.

On those nights, I grab my knitting bag and my folding chair and head to the park.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Lucky Stripe Socks

Lucky Stripe Socks
 56 stitches - knit on size 2 circular needles
This "pattern" has been in my Ravelry queue for a couple of years. Before I went to Denver, I grabbed two skeins of sock yarn from my stash and divided each skein into two balls. Before I started, I determined that the heels and toes would be knit with whichever yarn I was using at that point.

I didn't use the actual Lucky Stripe Socks pattern: I used my old stand-by and tossed the die to determine the number of rows to knit with each yarn. Even though one of the skeins was already a self-striping yarn, the stripes were clearly visible. Someday, I'll knit the socks with two solid or semi-solid yarns.

These Lucky Stripes Socks are going to be as much fun to wear as they were to knit.

Not a sock knitter? This method of striping can also be used for hats, sweaters, etc. I recommend grabbing a die to "shake up" your knitting. It's fun and unpredictable.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Foreign Friday

Urakami Cathedral pillar
left standing at epicenter of 1945 atomic bomb
Nagasaki, Japan
April 1980
According to Wikipedia, this area looks much different today.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Family Ties

June 2013
Maria (nephew's wife), Christian, Stephanie (great nephew and
 niece), Harold (brother-in-law), Marilyn (sister), Dwight (nephew),
Brenda (niece), Sabid (niece's husband).  Nephew, his wife and son
live in WY; his daughter, in NE. Niece, her husband, sister and
brother-in-law live in CO.
June 2013
Bruce (nephew from ND), Evelyn (sister), Paul (brother-in-law)
from ND,  Becky (niece from MN). My nephew's wife and daughter,
and my niece's daughter and son were unable to attend the celebration. 
Three sisters: Evelyn, Marilyn, Nancy
June 2013
It was wonderful that the family gathered to celebrate a happy occasion - Marilyn and Harold's 50th Anniversary.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Cupcakes vs. Muffins

Mini Cupcakes
 50th Anniversary Party
June 2013
 I admit to trying every flavor - they were yummy. My favorite: Sweet and Salty.

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Golden Anniversary + Two

Evelyn and Paul M.
June 18, 1961
Riverton, WY
Recently, my family gathered to celebrate a Golden Anniversary; however, my oldest sister and her husband actually reached that milestone two years ago. 

Today, Evelyn and Paul have been married 52 years. Since exchanging their vows, they have lived in Wyoming, Missouri, and North Dakota. They have two children and three grandchildren. 

Interesting facts (some shared two weeks ago):
   •  my sisters chose blue and white for their wedding colors
   •  rice was thrown at both couples as they left the church
   •  my sisters married brothers
   •  my sisters wore the same wedding gown and veil
   •  my sisters' bouquets were Bibles covered with red roses 
   •  both weddings were in the same church - Trinity Lutheran
   •  both receptions were held in the church basement
   •  the newlyweds opened their gifts at the reception

Congratulations to my "Golden" sisters and brothers-in-law. May they celebrate more years together.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Pitch and Stitch

Nancy, Marilyn, and Diane
Rockies game at Coors Field
June 2013
Yes, I took my knitting bag to the Rockies' game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and added some ribbing to a pair of socks while waiting for the game to begin.

It was a great game with several home runs - stitching and pitching went well together.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Foreign Friday

Nancy Stearns and Judith Kravetz
Southern Japan
April 1980

April 1980, I toured Southern Japan with a group of teachers from Misawa.

Judith (from Atlanta, GA) was also an English teacher at Robert D. Edgren High School: her classroom was next to mine. She taught me military lingo and acronyms and how to jump through the hoops of military regulations. You see, I was actually in two foreign areas at the time: Japan AND the military.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Spotted in Denver. . .

Denver suburb
June 2013
Now, I've seen everything: someone who cleans up after the family dog.

Everyone with a pet know that it can be a nasty chore to keep the yard clean. My sister said this pickup appears in her neighborhood on a weekly basis.

I was curious and checked the website: Poop911 has branches in many cities.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On the Links

My first Hole-in-One
June 2013
I'm not a golfer, but I do enjoy putt-putt. Before leaving Denver, I played a round with my sister and her daughter. On hole number 8, I surprised everyone by hitting a hole-in-one.
June 2013
Five holes later, my niece had an impressive hole-in-one through a water hazard.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Photo Booth Fun

My niece and nephew rented a photo booth for their parents' 50th anniversary party. Oh my, did we have fun being silly and serious.

Strip # 1 - party hosts (Dwight and Brenda)
Strip #2 - my brother-in-law and sister (Paul and Evelyn)
Strip #3 - my niece and me (Nancy and Brenda)
Strip #4 - my niece and me (Nancy and Becky)
(click any strip to enlarge)

A copy of the strips were mounted in a book for guests to leave their good wishes to Marilyn and Harold.

Here's a link to Traveling Photo Booth.

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Kismet

Kismet blocks
started June 2013
Marilyn and I saw a sample of this quilt in a Nebraska shop last May and decided to make one. Further down the road (in Fremont, NE), we found a great sale on Jenny Beyer fabric: it was kismet.

designed by Joe Wood
ThimbleCreek Quilts
Marilyn and I made the pumpkin blocks the week before her anniversary party. She is using the checkerboard sashing (shown in the photo from the ThimbleCreek Quilts site) for her quilt, but mine will have plain sashing with cornerstones.

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