Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select (Spring Frost)
Needles: US 2 - two circulars
Cuffs: 1 x 1 rib (2 inches)
Cherry Tree Hill yarn is wonderful to knit, and I was pleased that the socks were mates even without trying: the yarn pooled nearly the same on each side.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
|Wild and Free|
Quilt of Valor
59 x 72
It was fun to sew with colors other than the traditional red, white, and blue. I'm sure a veteran who is an outdoorsman/woman will be drawn to this quilt.
Other posts about this quilt can be seen here and here.
Monday, October 27, 2014
|size 9 socks|
Yarn: Berroco Sox Metallic (Color #1380) - a gift from Katherine
Needles: US 2
Yarn remaining: 1.3 ounces
Socks are the same size, but the blockers are not which is why the sock on the right is stretched more than the one on the left.
The yarn has a gold filament throughout which adds a bit of bling to the socks, but it is nearly impossible to capture in a photo.
Thanks, Katherine for surprising me with two skeins of this lovely yarn. I hope to cast on another pair soon.
Friday, October 24, 2014
|unknown bus lady and bus driver|
Southern Japan tour
I wonder if the buses still have bus ladies and if the drivers still wear the uniform and white gloves.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
|Framing the stars|
|Adding the center panel|
I plan to add another brown frame around the entire piece and then a wide green border.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The food was excellent and the ATM in a door at the back of the bar was begging to be photographed.
A photo of another unique ATM that I saw in Hawaii can be seen in this post.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
|Mountain View Cemetery|
This stone made me smile at its simplicity and playfulness, but I also wonder. . .
How old was Baby Snook?
Did Baby Snook like to play with marbles or did an older sibling?
Did tiny hands push the marbles into the cement under the guidance of Mom and Dad?
What is the significance of the three marble holes at the top of the stone? Do they represent other family members?
Were family finances tight?
Do family members still visit Baby Snook's grave?
I wonder. . . Do you?
Monday, October 20, 2014
|Selection of fabrics for Wild and Free|
This summer, I pulled the fabrics and panels out and began dreaming, scheming and planning. Last week, I made the first cuts and turned the smaller segments into giant stars.
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Pendulum to antique clock|
purchased in Misawa, Japan in 1979
|Antique clock purchased in Misawa, Japan in 1979|
The clock has a lot of character and has kept accurate time in my house since I purchased it in 1979. It is a 7-day clock, and I wind it usually on Sunday and yearly give it a squirt of WD40.
The clock case measures 19 inches from top to bottom.
The steady ticking of the clock is soothing. I'm so accustomed to the hourly chime that I seldom hear it, even at night.
Another regulator, a 30-day clock (purchased new in 1982) that chimes the hour and half hour hangs in my family room.
Do you own any clocks that require winding?
Thursday, October 16, 2014
The photo of Rich shows the living room wall before it was covered with paneling. I remember helping my mother hang the beige and brown wallpaper shown in this photo.
The lamp shade was often turned like it is in the photo to hide the hole a parakeet nibbled near the top.
The desk, shown in the photo, was eventually moved into my bedroom. The top drawer on the right had a broken bottom piece, so it was tricky to open it without that section falling out.
Note the pole lamp with the three lights. My mother used that pole lamp for years. Each light had a three-way switch and could be controlled as a group or individually.
Note the toothpick tree on the corner of the desk. This was made by pushing hundreds of round toothpicks into several styrofoam balls and then stacking the toothpick balls into a tree shape. The "tree" was sprayed with "snow" and decorated with mini glass decorations.
The fiberglass TV tray in the lower left corner were used for years as was the leather footstool that my mother made at an Extension Club workshop.
My mother's stylish glasses seem to glow in this photo. Ironically, the frame design is popular again.
Did your family have a favorite chair for napping?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
|Loose tea from Murchies in Vancouver, BC, Canada|
Practically everyone in my family was/is a coffee drinker, so I have no idea why I prefer to drink tea. Perhaps, my paternal grandmother who grew up in England somehow willed at least one of her grandchildren share the love of a good cup of tea. That is the only explanation that makes any sense.
My mother sometimes drank tea, but I drink it almost exclusively. I'll take a hot, cup of unsweetened, black tea any day of the year and any time of day. I do not like herbal or green tea.
Several years ago, when my sisters and I visited Victoria Island and Vancouver, British Columbia, I discovered the Murchies Tea and Coffee shop. The variety of teas (and even coffees) they offer is impressive. On that trip, I purchased several types of tea and have continued to order online from Murchies.
My latest order of tea included:
Government Street Blend
Earl Grey Cream
In the future I want to try:
Canadian Breakfast - a traditional breakfast tea, with a Canadian maple flavouring. The maple helps to draw out the natural malty caramel flavours of the teas.
Golden Monkey - the dried leaf is mixed black and gold, with a musky, fruity, slightly grassy aroma and produces a rich deep red-gold liquor, very round, full-bodied flavour with a slight briskness. The flavour and aroma notes for this complex tea include dried apricot or plum, honey or burnt sugar, and possibly a slight smokiness or light maltiness and it has a lingering, soft, ‘fuzzy’ finish.
As far as addictions go, tea-drinking is fairly harmless.
Do you prefer coffee or tea? Green tea or black tea?
(I have not been paid to write this post, I am just a satisfied Murchies' customer)
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Sybille Canyon near Wheatland, WY
Sybille Canyon near Wheatland, WY
Monday, October 13, 2014
Pattern: Lucy Cowl by Pepperberry Knits - free pattern (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock (color #S293)
Needles: 16 inch circular, size 4
Stitches: 70 sts
The pattern calls for 50 sts. on size 7 needles, using DK weight yarn. Since I was using sock yarn, I decreased the needle size and increased the stitch count. At 34 inches in circumference, the cowl is not long enough to wrap twice around my neck; however, it can be tucked flat to provide coverage under a coat.
Do you like to "kitchener"?
Friday, October 10, 2014
|Advertisement from a newspaper|
Update: my friend Sheila sent the image to a family member who said the following:
It's in Japanese, so I can only understand bits of it. Looks like an ad for Children's Day (national holiday that was Boy's Day). Mothers' Day is mentioned in one of the boxes on the right.
Oh, I just noticed the date, May 5, which is definitely Children's Day.
So that mystery is solved, partially.
Thursday, October 9, 2014
These two cowls will be donated to a group collecting items for the homeless in Minneapolis, MN. The cowls are knit (double stranded) from yarn reclaimed from a thrift shop sweater.
I raveled several wool sweaters in 2007 and have used the yarn for many donated items. One of the posts I wrote on the process can be seen here, but all the posts on the reclaimed yarn can be found by clicking on the "reclaimed wool" label in the list of posted topics to the right or by clicking here.
I find it very satisfying to repurpose or "upcycle" items from thrift shops. Many items can be used directly, but others can be "reclaimed" with a little effort and ingenuity.
Do you visit and/or shop at thrift stores?
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Quilt of Valor
59 x 69 inches
I was growing weary of making quilts from red, white, and blue fabric, so this Quilt of Valor was made from some 2.5 inch strips (typically called a Jelly Roll) that I had in my stash. The pattern was extremely easy.
Pattern: Stacked Books, design by Carrie Meth - featured in The Giving Quilt book
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
• my recent stash enhancement all started with the gorgeous Jawoll yarn. I won that skein from Ellen in September.
• my knitting buddy, Cheryl, gifted me the beautiful twisted hank of sock yarn - the color way is Christmas Cactus.
• blog buddy, Katherine surprised me by sending two skeins of the sparkling Berroco sock yarn. As you can see, I couldn't resist casting on.
• two balls of Crazy Zauberball sock yarns were purchased at the Fiber Fest. I think Cheryl's yarn spurred me to purchase yarn out of my usual comfort zone of blues and grays.
• two skeins of Woodlander worsted called out to me at the Fiber Fest, too. I don't have a plan for the skeins, but they will tell me someday what they want to become.
• I've been looking for a shawl pin, and I found a fabulous one at the Fiber Fest.
I've managed to enhance my stash considerably in the last two weeks, and it all started with Ellen and Cheryl. It must be their fault I've fallen off of the No Buy wagon, or at least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
Monday, October 6, 2014
|Fremont Fiber Arts Guild Fiber Fest|
|Bea R. and Sheri H. help assist two new knitters|
|Laura B. leads a demonstration in drop spindle|
|Several men attended the event and seemed to enjoy trying the drop|
spindle and rug twining as well as observing the wheel spinning demos.
Although the crowd seemed smaller this year, the event was well attended. County 10 published an online story and photos about the event here.
I had fun experimenting (let's just say I'll never be a spinner) with some new crafts, demonstrating twining to several interested individuals, visiting with old and new friends, and enhancing my stash a bit.