Thursday, February 28, 2013

Knitting Spring Violets

Spring Violet Vest
started January 16, 2013
I first saw the pattern for the Spring Violet Vest in the vendor's area at the Reno show. I don't know how many times I went back to the booth, drawn by the samples on display.
The booth had many varieties of the vest on display and kits available, but the pattern was not sold individually.

When I returned home, I contacted the company to see if the pattern was available and again was told it was not sold separately, only as a kit.

My friend Cheryl must have grown weary of me talking about the vest. Before Christmas she presented me with a wrapped box and said, "This is NOT a Christmas present." I was shocked and pleased when I opened the box to find the vest kit.

The vest is knit on size 6 needles, using three different weights and types of yarn: a superwash wool, a soft twist rayon, and a rayon loop. Specifics about the vest can be found on my Ravelry project page.

The photo on the kit, and on the pattern show the tunic-length vest, but the pattern itself is for the shorter version - not good marketing strategy in my opinion.

It is an easy pattern to follow, but the rayon loop yarn is difficult to knit.

Cheryl, I am still humbled by your generous gift. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Back in Time - 1950s

This week, the graduate composites for the 1950s are featured. Last week, the 1940 composites were posted.

According to Irene Jones' book, Pavillion City, very few changes were made in the school buildings during this decade.
  • 1950 the second addition was added to the Ag Shop. The seventeen graduates formed the largest classes in the history of the school to this year. (pages 62 - 63)
  • 1955 a class room addition was added to the high school. (page 65)
Click images to enlarge. Please email any name or spelling corrections or leave a comment.
Class of 1950
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Paul Herder, Kathryn Gordon, Kenneth Stultz, Mildred Schneider,
Morris Hill, Barbara Richardson. Center: Arlan Kintzler, Robert Jacox,
 Lila Hollenbeck, Bill Cox, Reta Wall, Dessie Honeycutt. Bottom: Ralph Starks,
Mrs. Merrial K. Clark (class sponsor) Harley K. Kittle (Supt.), Wanda Olson.
Class of 1951
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Marilyn Hollenberg, Gerald Herder, Shirley Reed, Stanley Gordon,
Esther ?, Leo Johnson. Row 2: Charles Adams, Velma Leonhardt,
Virgil Williams, Wilma Jones, Lynn Pickinpaugh, Bob Green.
Row 3: Betty Hackney, Judy Skjoldal, Carol Gordon, Evelyn Heath,
Ila Richardson. Bottom: W.J. Herly, Harley Kittle (Supt.)
Class of 1952
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Richard Clark, Wayne Dickman, Earlene Dodrill, Joe Andy Maxey,
Jeannine Morris, Calvin Olson. Center: Dora Olheiser, Robert Rohn,
Mrs. Stan Clark (class sponsor), Richard Stickney, James Starks.
Bottom: Ina Mae Schmuck, Buckley Petersen
Class of 1953
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Darrel Day, Francis Williams, Dean Weitzel, Geralyn Childers,
Bill Wempen, Arthur Leonhardt, Shirley Fike. Center: Luanne Davis,
John White, Mr. Delmar R. Warde (Supt.) Mr. Roy Reno (class sponsor),
Wanda Gordon, Maurice Davis. Bottom: Gehrig Gantenbein,
Alice Gordon, Gary Gantenbein, Wilma Olson.
Class of 1954
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Edward Watters, Bonnie Rohn, Alfred Presgrove, Alice Riggs,
Gene Wasson, Thelma Lund, Clinton Boss. Center: Donna Olson,
Charles Starks, Diane Becker, Bob Childers, George Wall, Edward Bowers,
Shirley Patton. Bottom: Delmar R Warde (Supt.), Merriel K. Clark (class sponsor)    
Class of 1955
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Dorothy Lyberger, Nils Gabrielsen, Sally Butler, Richard Stearns,
Patricia Geis, Andrew Hollenbeck, Jean Auty. Center: Patricia Pattison,
Harry Wolf (sponsor), Leslie N. Smith (Supt.), Gene Patch (sponsor),
David Pince. Bottom: Everett Dudley, Darrell Cooper.
Class of 1956
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Elaine Hobbs, Gay Sportsman, Francine Smith, Herb Bowers,
 LoRetta Williams, Leonna Riggs, Joyce Rolland. Center: Don Wempen,
Jerry Wasson, Shirley Ann Watters, Harold Rockney, Alvin Olson.
Bottom: Gordon Honeycutt, Helen Carroll (sponsor),
Mr. A. Hansen (Supt.) Sara Jo Maxey.
Class of 1957
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Donald Williams, Paul Childers, Larry Foster, Louise Dodrill,
Junior Fuller, Yvonne Morgan. Bottom: Alan Auty, Mrs. Carroll (sponsor),
Phyllis Newbrough, Mr. Hansen (Supt.), Eugene Butler.
Class of 1958
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Laverne Olheiser, David Boss, Sandra Boss, Ben Iturrian, 
Jim Burden, Marcella Brothwell. Bottom: Mr. James Burnett (sponsor), 
Mr. Hansen (Supt.).
Class of 1959
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Gary Manley, Jim Wasson, JoElla Leonhardt, Marie Gabrielsen,
Faye Knight, Kay Fike, Evelyn Stearns. Center: Marion Wempen,
Bill Crymble, Martha Yocum, Earl Starks. Bottom: Barbara Stearns,
Vernon Pickett, Mr. Jack Miller (sponsor) Wendell Hoshaw,
 Mr. Hansen (Supt.), Larry Pickett, Jeannie Knight.

Next week, the last decade of Pavillion High School graduates will be posted.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fence Line Philosophy

The present is the ever moving shadow
that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
 ~ Frank Lloyd Wright ~

Monday, February 25, 2013

Cyber Sewing Retreat

Fourteen Pillowcases
pressed and ready to become QOV presentation cases

Marilyn called a couple of weeks ago and asked if I wanted to sew and Skype. Since I had these cases ready, I joined her. We gabbed and sewed for nearly two hours via Skype.

The cases were made from odd bits of fabric and leftover binding (for the trim).


Friday, February 22, 2013

Foreign Friday

Hiroshima diorama illustrating the extent of damage
from the atomic bomb, dropped August 6, 1945
(red ball at top of photo depicts the atomic bomb)
Hiroshima Museum
Hiroshima, Japan
April 1980
Hiroshima following the denotation of the atomic bomb August 6, 1945
(photo taken from a museum display - April 1980)
Hiroshima following the denotation of the atomic bomb August 6, 1945
(photo taken from a museum display - April 1980)

According to Wikipedia, within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects of the bombs killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki, with roughly half of the deaths in each city occurring on the first day.

Those who survived the blast(s) suffered radiation illness, cancer, and disfigurement the remainder of their lives. Survivors' stories can be found here.

Like all wars, World War II changed the world in many ways, and individuals from all the countries involved suffered greatly, directly and/or indirectly. I am an idealist, but sadly an ideal world does not exist. I've studied history and understand why the United States bombed Japan; however, I saw things from a different perspective at the museums in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. My idealism was suddenly faced with reality, and my emotions covered the whole spectrum in the blink of an eye.

In 2011, I watched in horror as the tsunami surged ashore in Japan. To me, the destruction was eerily similar to the aftermath of the atomic blast.

I cannot imagine a country having to rebuild itself from something as devastating as not one, but two, atomic bombs (one was dropped on Hiroshima and another one was dropped on Nagasaki three days later) as well as a tsunami. I admire the tenacity, resilience, and grace of the Japanese people.

More photos of Hiroshima and its museums will be featured in future Foreign Friday posts.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies
Kona Coast
Kona, Hawaii
June 1976
These children were so happy and carefree the day I saw them on the beach. I wonder if they are still friends some 37 years later.

Are any of your childhood friends still a part of your life?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Heels & Toes


I had fun knitting these worsted weight socks: they were quick knits on large needles and will make great house socks.


The fun didn't stop when they were off the needles. I couldn't resist having a photo shoot with them, too.


Knitting details are on this previous post, entitled February Socks.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Back in Time - 1940s

I've written about the consolidation of the Pavillion and Morton school districts in a previous post. Even though the issue was an old one (talks started in 1938) it never got past the talking stage - a strong rivalry existed between the schools - until it came to fruition in 1969. The last class to graduate from Pavillion High School was 1969 (my class), and the Wind River School District was created.

In the mid 70s, I was approached by the Karen Gabrielsen who had organized the Pavillion Alumni Association. She said the large composite photos of the Pavillion graduates were being taken down by the consolidated Wind River school and possibly being discarded, so I agreed to photograph the images for the Alumni Association. We hurriedly propped the large composites outside against the side of the building, and I began snapping. In my haste, I did not notice that on some of my photos, the graduates names are not clearly visible.

Thankfully, the composites were never discarded, and several years later, the school decided to remount and preserve them. Today, the composites from Morton and Pavillion High Schools can be seen in the Commons of Wind River High School. 

In the coming weeks, the photos will be posted here to preserve them online, as well. Please email me with any name or spelling corrections. As always, click on the images to enlarge. 
Class of 1942
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
(some graduates names are not legible and two photos were lost to the ages)
Top: Maxine Foster, Melvin Cooper, Gladys Starks, unknown,
 Molly Smith, Perle Groathouse. Center: Alfrieda Green, Dean Kennedy,
Louise Stubblefield, unknown, Ardetta Green, unknown.
Bottom: Nina Fink, Darlene Schmuck, Beatrice Brown, June Fike.
(Thanks, Laurin Leonhardt for helping identify these photos)

Class of 1943
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Robert Brandell, Laurena Wells, Jimmy Barquin, Artis Newberry,
Russell Jbcox, Ida Gallegos, Wayne L (?)   Center: Laverne Randolph,
Iris Cooper, George Kell, Dryle Niel, Novella Vermillion, Donald
Swenson  Bottom: William (?) Jimmy Fike
Although I couldn't find any information on the Class of 1944, I believe graduation was suspended due to World War II. Does anyone have information about this class?

Class of 1945
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Cecelia Olheiser, Roy Maxey, Jr., Robert Williams, Eva Fike.
Center: Gerald Wells, Lela Schneider. Bottom: Joe Turner, Ella Mae
Starks, Wesley Fink, Claudean Maxey, William Schwarz (Supt.)
Throughout her book Pavillion City, Irene Jones gives details about the history of the Pavillion School District #32. The following information was taken from Irene's book. 

March 13, 1909 the town of Pavillion created a school district and built the first school building, a 20 x 22 log structure. It was constructed with donated labor and materials. The school opened Oct 11, 1909 with 25 pupils. (page 10)

The teacher married in 1912, and the school closed until 1924 when it reopened with 23 pupils. (page 12) The lower grades attended school in the log building, and the upper grades met in a little tar-paper shack. A new school was being constructed on Cedar Ave. in 1924. (pg 19)

By 1928, the schools in Fremont County were being standardized. The new white school house on Cedar Ave. was used. The building was 90 x 30 and had cloak rooms at each end. First through Tenth grades had classes in this building. (page 30)

Enrollment grew greatly in the 1930s and 1940s

  • 1931 (32 pupils)
  • 1932 - 1934 (34 pupils)
  • 1935 (76 pupils and 20 more expected because of pending irrigation project.) The town petitioned the State for emergency funds to hire another teacher. The teacher's salary was funded by private individuals and loans. The teacher was paid with warrants that could only be cashed if money was available.
  • 1936 (157 pupils and more expected)
  • 1937 (first graduation - four graduates)
  • 1938 (Because of increased enrollment in both districts, the School Boards from Morton and Pavillion talk about consolidating schools – the idea was defeated) 
  • 1938 (252 students. Up to this time, the community funded the school, but the enrollment was growing so much teachers' salaries could not be adequately and consistently funded. The state came through with $5,500.00 relief funding since the the irrigation project was bringing families with children into the area. WPA funds began to pay teacher’s salaries of $125 a month. 
  • 1939 (300 pupils  Town of Pavillion was incorporated)
  • 1940 (300 pupils - 215 elementary and 85 high school)
  • 1948 (266 pupils - 200 elementary and 66 high school)
(enrollment information from pages 37, 39, 41, 42, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53)

In 1940, the Catholic church was used for Fourth and Fifth grades. High school students attended classes in the white school building. A two-story brick building to house the elementary was completed in 1940. The building contained three classrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor, and three classrooms and a workroom on the second floor. The white building continued to be used for high school classes. (page 53)

Pavillion High School as it appeared in 1948 or 1949

A new gym was built in 1948 (the arched portion of the photo above) and was the largest and best in this part of the State. The new high school, built around the gymnasium was also finished in 1948. Most of the materials for the gym and high school were brought from abandoned barracks and other buildings at the Japanese Internment Camp near Heart Mountain in northwest Wyoming. Most of the material and labor for the new school was donated. The Agriculture Shop behind the school was built in two portions: the first built with the new school. (pages 60 - 61)

Class of 1946
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Johanna Skjoldal, Claude Fike, Marguerite Barquin, Ross Pickinpaugh
Alta Randolph. Center: Delbert Adams, Bonnie Welty, Ida Olheiser, Donald
Davis. Bottom: Max Wall, William Schwarz (Supt.) Darlene Rockney

Class of 1947
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Richard Hill, Connie Fonda, Clifford Stickney
Bottom: Henry Kittle (Supt.)

Class of 1948
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Gene Schneider, Leslie Wolfe, Steve Wilson, Roy Kessinger,
Charles Jager, Louise Petersen, Center: Edith Brown, Dean Pickinpaugh,
H.K. Kittle (Supt.) Eileen Cox, Lucile Wolfe.

Class of 1949
Pavillion High School
Pavillion, WY
Top: Arlene Clark, Philip Wilson, Marjorie Day.
Center: Neal Pickinpaugh, Carl Peterson.
Bottom: Raymond Harman (Sponsor) H.K. Kittle (Supt.)  

Composite photos of Pavillion High School graduates from the 1950s and 1960s will be posted soon.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Old MacDonald's Farm

Old MacDonald's Farm
Western Region Oddball Baby Blanket
started February 2013
I had the privilege of starting an Oddball baby blanket for the group and decided to begin a "boy-friendly" blanket since the group tends to knit more blankets for girls.

Stitch count: 106 sts
Needles: size 9
Stitch pattern: Garter stitch on the ends and Box stitch in the center.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Cedar and Bone)
         Red Heart (Mexicali)

Update:
June 8, 2013
June 15, 2013
June 15, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Foreign Friday

Hiroshima Peace Memorial
(A-bomb Dome)
Hiroshima, Japan
April 1980
One of the most emotional tours I took while in Japan was in Hiroshima, the site where the first atomic bomb was dropped; thus, ending World War II. Photos from those tours will be posted in the weeks ahead.

According to Wikipedia:
    At 8:15 on August 6, 1945, Little Boy — the first atomic bomb to be used in war — detonated almost directly above the dome (shown the the photo above). The building's vertical columns were able to resist the nearly vertical downward force of the blast, and parts of the concrete and brick outer walls remained intact. The center of the blast was displaced 490 feet (150 m) horizontally and 1,968 feet (600 m) vertically from the dome, having slightly missed the original target, the distinctive "T"-shaped Aioi Bridge. Everyone inside the building was killed instantly.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Guardians and Defenders

Guardians of Freedom
Quilt of Valor
57 x 65
Defenders of Freedom
Quilt of Valor
57 x 65
During the Superbowl, I worked on these two Quilts of Valor: the eagle panels were purchased at Country Traditions in Fremont, NE. The shop has a great selection of fabrics and a very friendly staff: Marilyn and I had a lot of fun shopping there.

These two quilts were sent yesterday to Donna S. in Longmont, CO to be quilted. After I attach the label and the binding, they will be sent to Alycia C. for distribution.

I made a quilt from this panel last year, too. It was called Eagle's Flight.

Update: May 15, 2013

Alycia, Colorado's QOV coordinator, showed these two quilts in today's blog post.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

February Socks

February Socks
started January 31, 2013
finished February 8, 2013


  • Plymouth Encore Worsted Weight - Colorspun (Raspberry) 200 yards
  • Plymouth Encore Worsted Weight - (#241) 200 yards
  • Needles - Knit Picks 16" circulars (2) size 6
  • Pattern - adapted from Warm Worsted Weight Socks
  • 44 stitchesWomen's size 10, short cuff and leg (5.5 inches from cuff to beginning of heel flap)
Remaining yarn for another pair with reversed color placement.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Winter Quilt Show

Miss Piggy
pieced and quilted by Vicky Lechner
displayed at Wyoming Star Quilt Guild Show
February 2013
The first weekend of February, the Wyoming Star Quilt Guild held their winter show in Riverton. It was fun to see all the quilts (many more than years past) on display. I got so absorbed in the displays that I didn't take too many photos, but posted here are the ones that I did photograph.
Birds in Flight 
pieced by Nancy Wright
Birds in Flight - block detail
It was the embroidered birds that caught my eye. Notice that none of the birds are embroidered on solid fabric - a fun twist on a traditional redwork quilt.
This block intrigued me. Does anyone know its name?
A great sampler quilt and a stunner. I love the border.
Evidently I was star-struck because I didn't get the
quilter's information. 
Study the borders on this quilt and notice the top and bottom
(shown on the left and right in the photo) are totally different.
Again, I missed catching the quilter's name. 
Fairy Flowers 
created by Beverly Hall
This quilt was stunning, and I am kicking myself for not taking a photo of the complete quilt. There were twelve cross-stitch fairies. Look close to see the extensive beading on the dress and wings.
 Note how the sashing fabric subtly frames the piece with bits of gold along with the teal.

Of course, I wandered through the vendor and silent auction area and found a few items. I was the winning bid on a quilt kit that will become a Quilt of Valor.

Kudos to the Wyoming Star Quilt Guild for another successful winter show.

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