Thursday, August 31, 2017

On the Needles

neck warmer on the needles
August 2017
The final cowl for the gift box from yarn dyed at the Guild Spring Retreat and reclaimed from an off-white, thrift shop sweater.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wash Day Blues

smoke coming from the inside of the washer
August 2017
One morning put a batch of pillow cases into the washer and went to check some blogs. After a bit, I noticed an odd smell - part smoke and part rubber. I opened the lid of the washer and literally saw smoke roiling out - not good. I knew it wasn't a fire, so I unplugged the machine and moved the pillowcases to the kitchen sink for a hand wash.

The Amana washer and dryer were purchased in 2001 and in the last year, I noticed little signs they were getting close to the end of their lifespan. The latch on the dryer door was broken, so I kept it closed with strong magnets. The washer had been filling the drum at odd times during the wash cycle. Little things tend to add up until it's time to replace.

I went shopping for a washer and dryer and found that many of the new "bells and whistles" on the machines weren't to my liking. I wanted a washer that I could open mid-cycle. I don't do a lot of felting, but I didn't want to limit my possibilities. I wanted a washer that would allow me to manually adjust the water level, that had an agitator, and that had a non-digital control panel. It seems that these features are not the norm anymore; however, I did find a Speed Queen set that met all of my requirements.
knitting at the laundromat
The store delivers to Riverton two days a week, but due to my schedule of commitments, I needed to wait two weeks.  I managed without the washer and dryer for a week, and then caved and went to one of the local laundromats. It's been years since I did laundry outside of my home (I remember Marilyn and I took our post camping clothes to the laundromat in 1999), and the only thing that's changed is the number of quarters required - it's now $2 a load.

While waiting, I knit.
delivery - August 23, 2017
The delivery truck arrived on time, and these two gentlemen removed the old and installed the new in short order.

new laundry set
Speed Queen - commercial heavy duty machines
August 2017
My "wash day blues" have disappeared, hopefully, for more than a decade.

What brand of washer and dryer do you have?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Gift Knitting

neck warmer knit with Kool-aid dyed yarn
August 2017
All of the cowls I've knit this summer are destined to be gifts, and I needed to finish a couple more to round out the gift box. A skein of yarn, dyed at the Spring Retreat, made a nice addition to the box.

the middle skein is the one used for the cowl pictured in this post.
I was surprised how the mix of colors in the skein complemented each other once the yarn was knit. The yarn was reclaimed from an off-white, thrift shop sweater: 90% wool and 10% mohair.

Yarn: reclaimed wool that was dyed with Kool-aid and food coloring.

Pattern: Eternity Scarf by Michele Wang (Ravelry link)
               pattern was adjusted to ensure I would have enough yarn
               The pattern has directions for three sizes and has a
                       rolled bottom edge
               To limit the roll of the edge, I knit three rows of the
                       middle section ten rows from the bottom.

Needle:  US, size 8

care tag attached to the gift cowl
Do you add care tags to your hand-knits?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Any Ideas?

It's fun to come across unusual scenes on my neighborhood walks. Recently, I discovered two rubber ducks contemplating the gutter filled with rain water.

Do you have a clever caption for this photo?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Stash Reduction

thirty-one pillowcases
August 2017
A couple of years ago Marilyn gave me several yards of calico fabric from her stash. Before my surgery, I cut some of Marilyn's yardage and added some yardage from my own stash to prepare pillowcase kits. The kits were good rehab sewing projects. I worked on ten cases at a time over the course of several days.

The cases are laundered and pressed and ready to be donated. Some will be donated to the local hospice home; the rest, as presentation cases for Quilts of Valor.

Marilyn, thank you for much of the fabric for these cases. Since each case uses a yard of fabric, the fabric stash is now 31 yards lighter.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Colorful Cousin

colorful 28's Cousin 53
August 2017

Previously, this yarn was cast-on for a cowl, but I wasn't happy with how it looked. The cowl was frogged, and I cast on another 28's Cousin 53 shawl. This pattern showcases the yarn much better than the cowl pattern.

Pattern 28's Cousin 53! by Lynne Ashton (Ravelry link) free pattern

Needle:  US, size 7

Yarn:  Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn 
           Color S102
           70% Wool, 30% Nylon

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Additional Murals

I had the opportunity to snap photos of the murals that have recently been hung around town, and thanks to the recent edition of Wind River Country, they can be properly identified.
Riva San Biagio Venice
by Maurice Prendergast
100 W. Main, Riverton, WY
Man with Crossed Arms
by Paul Cezanne
between N. 2nd E. & N. 3rd E.
Riverton, WY
The Mounties Always Get Their Man
by Charles M. Russell
2441 Peck Ave. - C.E.S. Building

Saddlestring Cavvy by Bruce Graham
Broadway at Main St., Riverton, WY
Contemporary Sioux Indian by James Bama
Broadway at Main St., Riverton, WY
murals hanging at Broadway and Main
Riverton, WY
There are a couple more murals that I need to photograph. Hopefully, I will be able to do that soon while it's still on my mind.

Other murals can be seen here: (some are grouped together in the posts)
    Carson's Men
    The Wind River
    Still Life - Plate of Peaches
    Luncheon of the Boating Party
    Madame Subercasseaux
    Portrait of a Young Man
    Dancer with a Bouquet of Flowers
    Van Gogh - Self Portrait
    Pitcher and Bowl of Fruit (two photos - one hung correctly; one not)
    A Street in Venice
    Post Office Mural (indoor mural)
    Meat's Not Meat till It's in the Pan
    The Red Checkered Table Cloth (located in Hudson, WY)
    Running from the Storm (located in Hudson, WY)
I am happy Riverton has a variety of murals/art banners hung on buildings throughout town.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Lucky Day

pre-loved quilt from Wedding Dress Blue
August 2017
I was notified on August 6, 2017 that my name had been drawn for the Pre-loved Quilt Giveaway on the Wedding Dress Blue blog.

The quilt arrived last week, and I am beyond thrilled with how it looks on my sofa. It's the perfect size for napping, reading or knitting on a chilly day. Deanna included three pillow covers (I don't have that size of pillow forms yet) that match the quilt.

This and That was made by Deanna Treadway in 2012

This and That
by Deanna Treadway
made in 2012
Deanna, I love this quilt: thank you for allowing me to adopt it.

Monday, August 21, 2017


I settled in my chair just as the moon began to take a bite out of the sun
August 21, 2017
Riverton, WY
I snapped a before photo of the corner of my deck
and house for comparison as the eclipse proceeded.
Dark in the middle of the day - totality in Riverton, WY
11:39 AM August 21, 2017
looking southeast
It was noticeably cooler as the moon covered the sun. At the second of totality, I heard honking horns from around my neighborhood.
Totality - the moon had totally covered the sun
looking to the north during totality
Totality was just over 2 minutes, and it flew by so quickly. 
The sunlight following totality had an eerie bronze tone. 

immediately following totality - sunlight was a bronze color
I didn't venture out on the streets after Saturday afternoon, but from these photos posted on Facebook this afternoon, it looks like predictions were not too far off. Federal Blvd. is normally not this busy. I doubt it has ever had so much traffic on it at one time.

WYDOT posted some statistics on the increased number of vehicles in Wyoming this weekend.

North Federal in Riverton, WY following the eclipse
a line of cars headed south
I checked the WYDOT webcams and discovered that Lander, WY (approximately 35 miles to the south of Riverton) had traffic jams, too. Law Enforcement requested that locals avoid traveling this afternoon. 

Lander, WY, looking west
Lander, WY, looking east
I hope all these people had a good experience in Wind River Country and that they will be safe driving home.

The eclipse did not disappoint: it was AWESOME!

PAIRFECT Socks - revisited

finished PAIRFECT Socks
August 2017
The PAIRFECT socks were finished last week, and they are nearly identical.

I recommend the PAIRFECT yarn for those who desire matching socks. I usually do not have difficulty knitting matching socks with self-striping yarn, but those who struggle with the technique might enjoy working with this practically fool-proof yarn. (p.s. PAIRFECT comes in many color ways)

Information about the yarn can be found in this earlier post.

Do you have a favorite sock yarn?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Night Glow

inflating a hot-air balloon for the Night Glow
Riverton, WY
July 2017
 During the Rendezvous Balloon Rally in July, Brenda and I went to the launch field just before sundown to see the Night Glow. Four hot-air balloons were selected to inflate and "glow." Other balloonists simply surrounded the field and "candle-sticked" which is just igniting their burners without the balloon attached.
Cloud Kisser glows on the launch field
It was difficult to "time" when to snap photos. When the burners were turned off, the "glow" disappeared.
As dusk approaches a small crowd gathered on the field. Many more
spectators stayed in the vehicles that lined the perimeter of the launch field.
The huge Humpty Dumpty balloon required a lot of
people to anchor the gondola so Humpty wouldn't take
off. He was also anchored to a nearby pickup. 
This was the first time I had attended the Night Glow portion of the rally. I will definitely go again.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


PairFect sock in progress
August 2017
I was intrigued with the PAIRFECT yarn in a Denver shop. It's possible to knit a matching pair of socks with this yarn because the skein is clearly marked where to begin. See the yellow strands on the skein - cast on after the yellow strand and knit the first sock. The center of the skein has another yellow strand of yarn, so it's easy to know exactly where to begin the second sock; thus, making it easy peasy to knit a matching pair.

I'm following the recommendations for stitch count, given on the yarn band - 64 stitches

The yarn is  a delight to knit, and like all Regia yarn, it is guaranteed - 10 years

Pattern: Happy Feet Splash (Basic Socks) - free pattern link

Needles:  US size 2

Yarn: Schachenmayr REGIA - PAIRFECT design line
         Color 09090
          75% superwash wool and 25% nylon

Yarn cozies:  courtesy of Betsy in the Anything But Yarn Swap package  I love them! Thanks, Betsy

Have you tried a "new to you" notion or product lately?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Eclipse Art Exhibit

by Joan Dillon
A diverse selection of eclipse art is currently on display at the Lander Art Center. If you're in the area, I urge you to see the complete exhibit, as I am only sharing a fraction of the items on display. The show closes August 26, 2017.

"Silent Shadow"
by J. C. Dye
"Collaboration of Inspiration"
by Willie Cunningham and Stacy Wells
"Time Cycles"
Karyne Dunbar
"Freeform Dream"
by Samantha Gale
"Oh Wow!"
by Joan Dillon

Is there an eclipse themed art exhibit in your area?

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