Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hoping for a Full Circle

My friend Sue gave me this old photo on Saturday because she thought I might know some of the soldiers pictured and help return the photo to a family member - I didn't, but I thought that Far Side of Fifty could help.

Far Side of Fifty has been successful in returning old photos to family members through her blog Forgotten Old Photographs. When Far Side returns the photos, they are considered a Full Circle: as of today there have been 116 Full Circle photographs. I'm hoping this group photo will become a Full Circle.

Update - May 25, 2015

The photo was featured on Forgotten Old Photograhs today as Photo 1912. Far Side also included all the names that were printed on the back of the photo.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nymphalidea - a Beginning

April 2015
This shawl was on display at Sin City Knit Shop, and Brenda asked if I would knit it for her if she purchased the yarn.

Pattern: Nymphalidea (free on Ravelry OR  Knitty - Deep Fall 2013)

Charcoal Tonal by (100% extra fine merino wool)
Dune - Petite Madison by prism (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk)

Needles: size 6 US

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Beautiful Details

architectural detail
Paris Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
April 2015

I am drawn to unique perspectives, shadows, and details and love to capture them in photos. This photo was snapped at the Paris Hotel taxi stand.

Paris Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
April 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Unique Sock Yarn

Sock blank by Gale's Art
April 2015
I'm a sucker for unique and pretty sock yarn, so when I read Susan B. Anderson's post about Gale's Art sock blanks, I immediately checked it out and made a purchase. Soon this gorgeous yarn is going to become socks.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Foreign Friday

Steam from hot spring and torii gate
Southern Japan
April 1980
Japan has a lot of hot springs, so steam is as common as Torii gates on temple grounds.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Making Progress

I'm making progress on the scrap sock yarn hats. Two sets of needles accompanied me to Vegas last week, but most of these were knit before I left on the trip. Not much knitting was done in Vegas, but I did knit a bit on the flight home and at the Fiber Guild meeting on Saturday.

Compare the finished hats to the scrap yarn balls from this earlier post.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Using Strings and Strips

String and strip sets ready for future projects
April 2015
Bonnie is challenging her readers to participate in a 15 minute Studio Spiff-up, and I am making progress. Thanks to her prompting, I have organized fabric, patterns, rulers, scraps, and strings.

My "string bin" is now empty. I don't have a specific plan for these string and strip sets, but they might become a border on a future Quilt of Valor.  Note: information about strings and string quilts can be found here.

Thanks, Bonnie for the motivation.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Twin Vests

vests knit with reclaimed wool
April 2015
I'm still working on finishing projects and using yarn from my stash. An earlier post gives the specifics of these vests that are going in the donation box.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sin City Knits

My sister, Marilyn had a milestone birthday last week, so we went to Las Vegas to celebrate. Cheryl, a knitting buddy, and I caught a flight from Casper, WY and met my sister Marilyn and her daughter Brenda from Denver at the Vegas airport. After some confusion about where to meet the Denverites (who arrived at Terminal 3),  Cheryl and I (arriving at Terminal 1) caught a shuttle and found the baggage claim where Marilyn and Brenda were waiting.

The days blurred into long walks up and down the Strip, sightseeing, and gambling. More on those activities in future posts.

Of course, Cheryl and I had one other activity planned: a trip to a yarn shop that received raves on Yelp. Sin City Knit Shop was about a 10 minute taxi ride from our hotel.

It is a friendly place, and the variety of yarn was impressive for the size of the shop. Greetings and smiles were given the minute we walked in the door, and at the ladies were very helpful finding specific items for us.

Near the back of the store were large tables with several women knitting and chatting. While we were shopping, there was a steady flow of customers, and also some who wanted help with a project problem.

inside the Sin City Knit Shop
Las Vegas, NV
April 2015
By the time we left with our purchases, two hours had flown by.

I purchased some great sock yarn (I know, I don't need sock yarn, but these colors were just too pretty to pass), a sweater pattern, and some luscious sapphire blue Noro Silk Garden. I've never seen Noro in solid colors, but this shop had pink, green, blue. Since I didn't have a lot of extra space in my suitcase on the way home, I had to limit my purchases.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Foreign Friday

Thousands of Origami Cranes
Hiroshima Peace Park Memorial
Hiroshima, Japan
April 1980
I've posted about Hiroshima several times: those posts can be seen here

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shoshone Rose

Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
Across the street from the Fort Washakie post office is a full-size sculpture of Chief Washakie with many interesting details, for example, the beaded moccasins and belt. The rose is commonly seen in the beaded work of the Shoshone tribe.

Information on the beading designs of various tribes can be found in this document from the Wyoming State Museum.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Some Assembly Required. . .

Quilt of Valor kit
I picked up two Quilt of Valor kits at the recent sew-in. The fabric is marked and the pattern included. All that's needed is some time for assembly. Stay tuned for Quilt of Valor #63 and #64

Quilt of Valor kit

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Waste Not - Want Not

“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with
—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . 

When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, 
you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, 
whether it’s clutter in your cabinets
 or commitments on your calendar. (148)”  

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the Works

I have another Quilt of Valor in the works - #62. The blocks are ready to be sewn into rows.

As you can see, the pattern is called Skipping Stones, but I haven't decided on a name for this quilt that will be almost entirely black, white, and gray with a pop of red. Any suggestions?

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Working on Scraps

Scrap sock yarn
April 2015
Sock yarn scraps are beginning to get the upper hand again, so it's time to knit some baby hats. Why do I have three sets of needles in the works? It's easier to sneak in some knitting time if a small project is within reach in the various places I end up during the day.

Do you keep several projects in the works or are you a one project at a time person?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Yarn with a 'Tude

published in local paper April 2, 2015
I always knew that yarn could develop an attitude. . .

Have you worked some surly yarn lately?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Squares

Spring Squares
12 x 15 inches
Yes, the binding on this mini is being held in place by pins, but that will be remedied soon.

For some reason this mini challenged me more than the others that I've made. The white squares shown in this photo are 1 inch squares - that's tiny compared to the pieces I normally work with on the Quilts of Valor. Small pieces require near accuracy.

January - Simple Stripe
February - Sweet Valentine
March - Lucky Little Clover

Monday, April 6, 2015

Local History - Sacajawea

Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
Several days ago, I shared some information about Chief Washakie, an Eastern Shoshone chief whose grave is located near Fort Washakie, WY.

I returned to the area last week to locate the gravesite of Sacajawea, the young Shoshone woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their journey to the Pacific Ocean.

Sacajawea and her two sons' gravesites
Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
Controversy surrounds Sacajawea and her death, but I feel strongly that she is indeed buried in Wyoming for two reasons: her sons. Their graves are adjacent to hers on this windswept hillside on the Wind River Indian Reservation where the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes reside.

Baptiste Charbonneau
Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015
The mystery surrounding Sacajawea, her death, and her burial are what make history intriguing.

Sacajawea Cemetery
near Fort Washakie, WY
March 2015

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