Thursday, October 31, 2013

Here's a Treat

source
Happy Halloween

No tricks here today.

If you want some cute desktop artwork for all seasons, Debbie Mumm's website has a nice selection.

Check out the free projects page, too, with a variety of craft projects: quilting, sewing, scrapbooking, cooking, home decor, etc.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Where's George?


This is the second "Where's George?" bill that I've found in my wallet. The first one came into my possession in 2009. The bill shown above was discovered this year. I got it in Dubois when Sue and I went to Jackson to meet Bev and her husband Brian for lunch.

This bill hasn't travelled very far.
Have you found a "Where's George?" bill in your wallet?

Update: January 10, 2014

Looks like the bill decided to go to Canada for Christmas!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Scraps No More


I used the last of Katheryn's scraps to make three additional hats. The body of these hats are knit with Lamb's Pride (Sandy Heather, shown top left, and Aran, shown top right. The bottom hat was knit with both colors). The stripes in the hats shown at the top were odd bits that were also used in the earlier hats, which can be found here and here. Pattern link was given in the earlier posts.



Monday, October 28, 2013

Did You Know?


Whenever I unwrap a Tootsie Pop I always look for the Indian shooting at a star. Do you look for him?

I grew up with the story that if I was lucky enough to find the icon on a wrapper that I would get a free sucker. This summer, I treated myself to a Tootsie Pop when I wanted something sweet, and a good number of the wrappers had the Indian shooting at a star on them. So I decided to check out the legend.

Here is what an online search at snopes.com revealed:

The rumor that Tootsie Pop wrappers featuring an Indian can be redeemed for free candy has dogged the Tootsie Roll company since shortly after the introduction of the chewy-centered lollipops in 1931. Although Tootsie Pops has never held any kind of promotion involving the collection or redemption of their wrappers, the "Indian wrapper" rumor has persisted for over sixty years. The story probably got its start because of the prevalence of contests and prizes connected with the packaging of children's products in the era when Tootsie Pops were first marketed.

The slightly different packaging of each Tootsie Pop (about 30% of the wrappers include the Indian figure) could easily lead to tales about certain wrappers being "special." (Similar rumors about various brands of candy bars have circulated for decades as well.)

Tootsie Roll Industries has received a steady stream of letters from consumers attempting to redeem their Indian wrappers since the 1930s (nearly all of the letter writers expect free Tootsie Pops in return), and they now process about 150 letters per week. The company originally sent special letters expressing their regret to prize-seekers, then in 1982 they created their "Legend of the Indian Wrapper" to accompany those letters "with the hope that children's liking for a good story would help to assuage their disappointment." (Some individual store managers took it upon themselves to redeem Indian-bearing wrappers for free Tootsie Pops, but the exchange was not sanctioned by the Tootsie Roll company itself.) Source 


Did you save the wrappers? Do you know anyone who received a free Tootsie Pop for finding the Indian shooting at a star? 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Foreign Friday

Nature Trail
Northern Japan
Autumn 1979

It was fun to explore the nature trails in the areas close to the base.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Scrap-knitting



I'm continuing to knit with scrap sock yarn. These short-cuffed socks are quick, easy, and a great way to bring the scraps under control. Clearly, these are fraternal twins, but they will make great house socks.

Update: October 24, 2013

My neighbor brought over some vegetable soup for me. I gave her the socks as a "thank you." I hope she enjoys them.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Quilt Show Original

Japan Revisited
by Char Dehnert & 7 Row Robin Friends
88 x 96 inches
For sale $750.00
Last month, I attended the Popo Agie Quilters show in Lander, WY. While several quilts in the show caught my eye, this one tugged at my heart.

Paper-pieced Origami cranes

I wish my photos of this beauty were better, but it was difficult to get clear photos of the dark fabric.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Susan's Woven Stripes Blanket


I finished knitting Susan's Woven Stripes blanket last week, and as promised and with Susan's permission, have the pattern ready to share with you. (see link below)


The edges of my blanket were quite ruffled (probably due to the acrylic yarn I used); however, I followed WoolWinder's tip to "kill" the acrylic. The blanket now has a nice drape and shape. Directions on how to kill acrylic can be found here.

Click here to download a PDF of the pattern for Susan's Woven Stripes Blanket.

Thank you, Bonnie for helping me set up a Google Document page to share the pattern. Your directions worked perfectly.

Update: at WoolWinder's request, here is a view of the back.



Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Color


A surprise package arrived in the mail last week. Isn't this fabric pumpkin cute?

I don't have a lot of Fall decorations, so this cute pumpkin helps to bring some seasonal cheer into my house. Thanks, Doniene!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Foreign Friday

Nancy, Peggy Vaughn, Nancy VanDanberg, John Hedberg
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979


Last week's Foreign Friday photo, was taken following this traditional Thai meal.

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As shown in the photos above, most of the dinnerware in Asia is blue and white pottery. I purchased several pottery cups (without handles) in Japan and use them occasionally. In Japan and other countries, most of the cups for hot beverages did not have handles. In Japan, these tea cups are called yunomi.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue
Western Region Oddball Baby Blanket
started September 2013
Another boy-friendly blanket.

Stitch for my section: Checks and Ridges
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Light Country Blue)

Update: January 20,2014

Even though it looks purple in this photo, this is the
Rhapsody in Blue - completed


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall Swap Scarf


I love everything about this scarf - the yarn, the colors, the knitting, and the pattern. I was dreading all the 1x1 ribbing, but it actually went fairly quickly.

Pattern: Jared Flood's Noro Scarf
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (Color 349 - two skeins), (Color 381 - one skein), (Color 297 - one skein)
Needles: size 7 straight needles


I love this scarf so much, I may knit another one.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Back in Time - Childhood Friends

Cathy Rohn
Pavillion, WY
approx. 1968
Cathy and I went to all 12 years of school together and rode the same bus to and from school. Her house was about a mile and half to the east (near Ocean Lake), and sometimes I rode my bike or walked to her house to work on 4-H projects. This post has a photo of Cathy and me when we were about 5 years old.

Cathy got her driver's license long before I did, and she drove a bright red, Chevy pickup with a short box. We were both in the Pep Club, and Cathy would often pick me up and take me to games or to Pavillion to catch the bus for an out-of-town game. Besides Pep Club and 4-H, another activity we had in common was FHA (Future Homemakers of America): Cathy was a State Officer when we were seniors. She also played in the band and sang in the choir.

Mrs. Rohn was one of my 4-H leaders, so Cathy and I worked on a lot of our projects together. One summer, our club was canning cucumber relish at Cathy's house and somehow, I sliced my index finger on my right hand. It was a deep gash that required an unplanned trip to the doctor in Riverton (30+ miles distant) and three stitches. Even now, when something hits the scar at just the right angle, it sends jabs of electricity through the nerves in my finger.

Cathy married after high school graduation and helped raise her husband's two sisters because both their parents were deceased. Cathy and her husband now live in Alaska. We correspond at Christmas, but I haven't seen her in years.

(The photo above was taken in front of the high school building. Cathy is facing north, and the school's flag pole is just over her right shoulder. The two-story building past the flag post was one of the first churches in Pavillion. I think it was the Seventh Day Adventist church. At the time this photo was taken, the building was the Glasgow family home. Note some typical sights from the late 60s: the white anklets on the girl who is walking toward the school, the pleats in Cathy's skirt, and the long-bodied car.

Did you attend 12 years of school with one or more friend?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Scrapbuster Mitts


My scrapbuster mitts are finished and have already been put to use. The longer tops are going to be nice as the temperatures continue to dip. Last week, the overcast sky provided lighting that was perfect to capture the true colors of the Noro.

Yarn: Noro Sock scraps
Pattern: Fingerless Gloves (Ravelry link)
Needle: size 2 circulars
Cast on 55 stitches (45 for a small hand)

I adapted the pattern to suit my tastes: on my mitts the bottom 2 x 2 rib cuff is 3 inches long and has an inch of stockinette to the beginning of the thumb gusset. Top 2 x 2 ribbing is also 3 inches. Thumb from picked up stitches is 1.5 inches and a 1 x 1 half inch rib at the top.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Foreign Friday

Traditional Thai dancers perform for tourists
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
Our tour group was treated to a performance of traditional Thai dancers. The music, the dancing, and the long metal finger tips the dancers wore made an impression on me.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wooly Warmth


Katheryn's scrap yarn resulted in four more hats. Since this batch of yarn did not have labels, I am assuming it is wool from the texture. 


Since the hats are a quick knit, I've been casting on whenever I need a break from my other knitting projects.


I've discovered my Japanese vase makes a great "head" for photographing the hats. 


Needle: size 8
Pattern: Simplest Cap of All
Yarn: assorted wool scraps



What have you recently made out of scraps?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Back in Time - Muncie, IN

Name Badges
International Thespian Society Conference
Ball State University
Muncie, IN
June 1976
Theater education was my college major; English and Speech education, my minor. Eventually, I would become certified in Journalism as well, but theater was my passion. I taught theater and directed plays for 8 years. When I returned from Japan, the school where I was hired already had a theater and speech instructor, and that is when I became the yearbook advisor; thus, resulting in becoming certified in journalism.

During my six years of teaching in Wheatland, I directed four or five three-act plays yearly, and a musical every other year. The three musicals I directed were: Oklahoma, South Pacific, Godspell, and each production presented a unique challenge. I was blessed to work with two strong music teachers who handled that part of the productions.

My theater students were dedicated and talented, and the Thespian Society was a vibrant organization at the school. I became the State Director and eventually a Regional Director for the Society.

In 1976, I chaperoned three of my own students and a bus load of students from other Wyoming schools on a trip to Muncie, IN. Lois Sackman the International Director of the Thespian Society was from Riverton. She had to be in Muncie early and requested I chaperone the chartered bus from Wyoming to Muncie. Lois stated the bus would be traveling straight-thru with only stops for gas. I agreed, thinking it was something I could easily manage.

The trip went well, until the driver decided to take a detour to Chicago. We were supposed to come back through Chicago and spend a couple of nights, so I thought it was odd, but who was I to argue with the driver. We pulled into the Chicago bus station, and the driver told us to stay on the bus while he was gone.

Okay. . .

The station manager arrived about 20 minutes later and demanded that the bus be moved because he had other buses scheduled to arrive and didn't need this "junk heap" in the station. I told him our driver had brought us there unexpectedly and then left.

He asked where we were headed, and when I told him, he shook his head and said he would not allow us to continue in the "junk heap."

The students and I must have looked pretty pathetic because he scrounged up a new driver and a bus so we could continue on the trip. I never did find out what happened to our original driver or the "junk heap," but I was certainly happy when we arrived at Ball State for the conference because once there, I was only responsible for my three students and not the entire Wyoming contingent.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Over the Rainbow


In an effort to bring the scrap sock yarn under control, I began knitting another pair of rainbow socks: this will be the third pair knit with the kit I purchased from Simply Socks Yarn Company. I knit the first pair for myself and the second pair for a friend.

Note: The first two pair began with red and progressed to the blue, resulting in more green, purple, and blue yarn remnants. By casting on with the green, I should have enough for final pair of rainbow socks, albeit a backwards rainbow.


Thanks to a snowy weekend, these socks are finished and ready to be gifted.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Seasons Come and Seasons Go

Friday, October 4, 2013
Late afternoon
This is the second snow storm to hit this area in as many weeks. If these two storms are any indication of what's ahead, it could be a looooong Winter. The first storm dropped about 5 inches, and last week's storm about 8 inches of snow and even more moisture fell on Thursday in the form of rain. Each drop and flake makes a tiny dent in the drought that has plagued Wyoming the last decade.

The green tomatoes were purchased Wednesday at the area's final Farmer's Market. They will eventually turn red and be my last taste of local produce for another year. Throughout the growing season, I purchased fresh lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, green beans, turnips, kohlrabi, cabbage, squash, raspberries, jam, kettle corn, and baked goods - all from local producers. What item(s) do you typically purchase at a Farmer's Market?

Seasons Come and Season Go
Amazing how quickly 8 inches of snow melts when the sun shines!
Late afternoon
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Seasons come and seasons go, and in Wyoming they are sometimes skipped altogether.


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