Monday, July 31, 2017

Purple Tweed Cowl

Purple Tweed Cowl
July 2017
Another single skein project that knit up quickly in two evenings.

Purple Tweed cowl
Because I had a single 50 gram skein of yarn, I heavily altered the Eternity Scarf neck warmer pattern. The cowl measures 7.5 inches by 22 inches - just enough to keep the neck warm under a coat collar.

Pattern: Eternity Scarf by Michel Wang (purchased pattern on Ravelry)

Needles: US size 9

Yarn: Blackstone Tweed - Berroco
          Color #2677
          50 grams - 130 yards
          65% wool, 25% mohair, 10% angora

Do you alter knitting patterns to accommodate for the lack of yardage?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Karna Cowl

Karna cowl
July 2017
It has been great fun to work on the kits that I prepared earlier this summer. My goal was two-fold: to have some diversions as my knee healed and to use single skeins of yarn from my stash.

The LANG Merino+ Color came from a Guild member who donated yarn for a fund-raiser. The vivid colors attracted me to this skein, and the resulting cowl is an amazing display of color. This superwash yarn was heavenly to knit. I'd purchase it again in a heartbeat.

I blocked the cowl, but it really didn't require it. The cowl measures 9.5 inches high and 22 inches in circumference.

Karna cowl
Pattern: Karna cowl (free pattern on Ravelry) by Almond Biscotti

Needles: US size 9

Yarn: Merino+ Color by LANG Yarn (color #926.0061)
          100% virgin merino wool - superwash
          100 grams (180 meters)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Amerie - revisited

Amerie cowl
July 2017
Amerie was a great project for evening TV viewing. The two-row pattern was very easy to memorize and to knit.

The photo doesn't show it clearly, but the cowl is doubled (50 inches in circumference) and 5 inches wide.  It would not have required blocking, but I did it anyway to open the stitches a bit. Knit flat, a three-needle bind off (pattern uses a provisional cast on) grafted the two ends together.

The Yak/wool blend is soft, but somewhat splitty. Yarn details can be found on this earlier post.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Little Free Library - Book & a Slice

Little Free Library
 in front of Pizza Hut
Riverton, WY
July 2017
I finally stopped to snap a photo of the Little Free Library in front of the Pizza Hut. Every other time I thought about stopping, there were cars parked in front of it, so I couldn't get a clear photo.

Other Little Free Libraries in Riverton can be seen here:
     •  Riverton High School
     •  Village Drive

Have you spotted any new Little Free Libraries in your community?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Friend Jean - revisited

My Friend Jean cowl
July 2017
My Friend Jean is off the needles and blocked. As predicted in an earlier post, I had enough yarn to knit 20 of the 32 lace pattern rows. The blocked cowl is 5 inches wide, and with the full pattern, it would probably be close to 7 or 8 inches.

The single skein that I used was only 50 grams: a 100 gram skein would result in a wider cowl. The pattern has directions for a small, medium, and large cowl (length), and I knit the large because even with a narrower cowl, I wanted it to be long enough to loop around the neck two times.

I think my first, chart knit project turned out pretty good.

felted needle case
July 2017
A squishy package arrived in Friday's mail - a felted zip bag from Kathyb. She drew my name from those who sent twiddle mitts in memory of her mother. Thanks, Kathyb

Monday, July 24, 2017

QOV Mystery - A6 - Clues 1 & 2

QOV Mystery A6
Clue #1
I managed to get the fabric cut and prepped for the first two clues of the Quilt of Valor mystery. The clues were similar and worked up quickly once I got the fabric cut.

QOV Mystery A6
Clue #2
It felt good to sit down at the sewing machine again. The third clue will be released on Wednesday.

This is the third mystery Quilt Along that I've participated in this year, and all have been fun.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Scrappy Baby Hats

four scrappy baby hats
July 2017

Sock yarn scraps were turned into baby hats while watching movies on Netflix. Pattern information can be found here.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


July 2017
I'm slowly picking up the project kits that I prepared earlier. Once I memorized the two-row pattern, I began to make more progress.  (The white yarn is the provisional cast-on edge. )

Pattern: Amerie by Lucy Hague (Ravelry link - free pattern)

Needles: US size 9
               (I started with one circular but soon transferred the project
                 to two straights for easier handling)

Yarn: YAK (Lang Yarns) 50% yak and 50% virgin wool
          50 grams (color #772.0074)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weekend Snaps

Aww, what a flirt!
he even waved to us as we stood watching
Humpty Dumpty
July 2017
Humpty Dumpty visited the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally again. He draws a crowd of admirers of all ages.

His previous visits can be seen here and here

the crowd enjoyed milling around the launch field on a near-perfect
morning for flying a hot-air balloon. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Painting & Detailing

Brenda brought her box of paints and supplies to help me paint the final "house quilt" blocks. On Friday afternoon, we applied the primer coat and that evening, we selected block patterns from Google images and drafted the designs on the primed blocks.

Saturday, after the Fiber Guild meeting, we settled in to paint the Spring, Autumn, and Winter quilt blocks.
Brenda begins by painting the individual tulips
July 2017
Brenda worked on the Spring block, and I worked on the Winter and Autumn blocks, painting the large design areas. Brenda later added stitching and fabric details to the blocks.
Spring and Winter blocks ready for finer details
Brenda asked me what kind(s) of details I wanted added to the individual blocks. I thought the Winter block needed to resemble plaid fabric.
Brenda begins to add lines to resemble plaid
to the Winter Bear Paw design 
Before she left on Sunday morning, Brenda added a clear protective coating to the three finished blocks.
Brenda adds a clear protective covering to the house "quilt blocks"
Spring Flower Basket
House Quilt Block - 16" square
July 2017
Autumn Maple Leaf
House Quilt Block - 16" square
July 2017
Winter Bear Paw
House Quilt Block - 16" square
July 2017
I love the blocks, and I'm thrilled that Brenda brought her paints and supplies because I doubt I would have finished them this quickly.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Whooo Was at the Balloon Rally?

July 2017
My niece made a trip from Denver on Thursday: she came to see the annual balloon rally in Riverton. This is the 37th year that the Riverton Rendezvous Rally has been held, and it didn't disappoint.
peeking over the Wyoming balloon "Steamboat"
The weather was gorgeous on Saturday morning - perfect for seeing the balloons up close and to see them fly, and fly, and fly. I've been to the rally numerous times, and this is the first time, that the weather (wind currents) allowed the balloons to circle the field and sometimes land and change riders. All of the balloons hovered in the area for over an hour.
Brenda (my niece)
It was Brenda's first time at the rally, but I have a feeling she'll be back.
owl balloon
July 2017
Riverton, WY
I think this was the first appearance for the owl balloon. We didn't get to see it inflated because it was hiding behind some other balloons.
owl balloon in flight
 However, we were near when the owl took flight and joined balloons in the air.
owl balloon
Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally
July 2017
Yes, I went to the balloon rally and walked among the
gentle giants. My physical therapist gave me the okay
to be more mobile and to use a cane. I had a good time, but
my ankles and legs were quite swollen Saturday night due to
the additional activity.
More balloon photos will be posted this week.

Friday, July 14, 2017

QOV Mystery - A6

July 2017
 Alycia C. (aka as Quiltygirl) is hosting a Quilt of Valor mystery - A6.

She posted the fabric requirements last week, so I "shopped by stash" for appropriate fabrics. I rarely make QOV from yardage, so finding the quantity required for this mystery was a challenge. I had some other color choices, but sadly, I did not have enough of the fabric.

fabric selection for the A6 Quilt of Valor mystery
July 2017
I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep up with the weekly clues, but I'm going to attempt it.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Comforts of Home

Family room
Ivinson Hospital Guest House
Laramie, WY
My surgery was in Laramie, WY (a four-hour drive from my home). Marilyn and Brenda met me in Laramie the day before my surgery. I had made arrangements for the three of us to stay at the hospital Guest House. It was an amazing facility, built with private funds.

The single-story 4000 square foot facility, a home away from home, has six guest rooms.

guests had use of the full kitchen 
a large dining area next to a patio
computer and printer and free WiFi

rooms with king-size beds and bath
rooms were well lit and cheery
Not only was the Guest House attractive, clean and modern, but it was extremely affordable - $40.00 a night.

More information about the Guest House can be found on the hospital website.

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