Friday, June 29, 2018

Vegetable Popularity

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I thought this infograph on the most popular vegetable in each state was interesting. I have to agree that potatoes are definitely a popular vegetable in Wyoming - as in "Steak and Potatoes."

I can't believe that broccoli is popular in so many states and that only one state (Idaho) has peas as a popular veggie.

Do you think the vegetable selected to represent your state is correct?

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Baby Hat Package

twenty-one baby hats
June 2018
I finished two baby hats on Sunday and discovered that the box of completed hats was full. Time to mail the scrap sock yarn hats to Brenda A. for the Rankin Inlet babies. This morning, I bagged the 21 hats and sent them on their way to bring warmth to some sweet babies.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Kathyb's Swap

swap goodies
June 2018

I've participated in several of the swaps that Kathyb (Compassionknit) has organized, and this one did not disappoint. The swap requirements were specific:
              The Summer Swap will have a deadline of July3rd. This means
                    your pal should have their yarn by July 3rd.
             The contents must be able to fit in a large mailing 
                     envelope. (cheaper to mail this way)
             You need to send your swap pal : A lovely skein of yarn, 
                     something red, white  and blue, and ONE BUTTON.

Valerie (Wandering Cat Studio) sent a skein of luscious wool, cashmere, nylon sock yarn (Fruit Smoothie), three fat quarters and a vintage button. Thank you, Valerie! I love all the items.

Kathyb, thank you for hosting another fun swap.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A Question. . .

I go through two bottles of shampoo before I even finish one bottle of conditioner.

How about you?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Square Dance - complete

Square Dance
60 x 66 inches
Quilt of Valor #145
Square Dance was a fun mystery quilt along because I didn't have a clue how the units would come together. This was fun to make from my Tavern Blues' scraps.

The clues for this mystery are only available on Carole's site until June 30, 2018. If you want to make this quilt, download the clues before they disappear.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Please, Spell Check

near Parker, CO
June 2018
Brenda (my niece) snapped this photo on her daily walk. It appears that someone in the sign department failed spelling. . .

Other humorous things that Brenda has spotted:

         Stop sign with speed monitor

         Free parking sign

         Unusual drain spout

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Tavern Blues - nearing the end

attaching the binding to Tavern Blues
June 2018
Tavern Blues is one step closer to being finished. I attached the binding to the front side of the quilt and will begin hand stitching the binding to the back. The hand stitching is a task that I do not enjoy. This quilt is large (96 inches square), so I may have to bribe myself in order to get it done.

How do you motivate yourself to work on tasks that you dread?

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Blogger reported that the problems bloggers have been experienceing the last two weeks are now fixed. My fingers are crossed that they are correct.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Reclaiming Yarn

close-up of the knit sweater
Two afternoons last week, I sat on the deck while reclaiming yarn from a sweater I purchased for $1 at a garage sale last August. I forgot to take a photo of the turtleneck sweater before I started.

The sweater label states the fiber content: 85% silk and 15% cashmere.

the result of one afternoon's work:
the sweater front and back raveled
June 2018
The sweater pieces came apart very easily and the raveling proceeded without a hitch. I love my PVC niddy noddy for winding the yarn into a hank.

I was surprised that the three-needle bind off was used on the shoulder seams of this sweater. It's a technique rarely seen on commercially produced sweaters.

three hanks of yarn reclaimed
June 2018
The yarn still needs a bath to clean the fiber and to relax the kinks, but that will wait for another day. I have plans to knit a shawl with this yarn.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Binding Frenzy

cutting off excess backing and batting
June 2018
Saturday, my sewing machine was humming: I had four Quilts of Valor that needed binding. I prepare the binding when the quilt is sent to the longarmer, so when the quilts are returned, I trim off the excess backing and batting and sew the binding on both sides.

I always launder the quilts with a color catcher before sending them to the QOV coordinator for distribution.

four QOV bound and laundered

Monday, June 18, 2018

Square Dance - sneak peek

Square Dance mystery QAL
June 2018
The final clue for the Square Dance mystery QAL was revealed on Friday. I haven't had time to do any sewing on it yet, but I did lay out the units to get an idea of how it would look.

I've got lots of sewing ahead of me, but I love how this one is going to look when it's done.

Friday, June 15, 2018

'Tis the Season. . .

Last week, I spotted a lemonade stand on a neighborhood sidewalk, but to Maxine's dismay,  I highly doubt the little ones manning the stand were spiking the drinks.

Some communities are requiring permits for the small stands because they've had complaints by local businesses. Country Time Lemonade's Legal-Ade program sounds interesting, but I wonder if it's more of a PR stunt than an actual program.

I rarely stop and purchase from the young entrepreneurs. Do you?

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Reading Report

June 2018
I just started listening to The Break Down by B. A. Paris. I hope that it will be a good book to listen to as I knit the Ombre Eyelet Infinity Scarf. (Ravelry link) It's too early to tell if the book and/or the pattern are keepers.

The books I've read since the end of May include:
            Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert  👍👍
            Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips  👍👍👍👍👍
            Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde  👍👍👍
            "F" is for Fugitive by Sue Grafton  👍👍👍

Fierce Kingdom is a believable and exciting book: if I read the actual book, I'd say it was a "page turner." The story lingered with me for days after I finished it, which doesn't happen often.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sprinkler Repair

sprinkler repair
June 2018
When the sprinklers were turned on a couple of weeks ago, two in the front yard were not working correctly, so I called Walt C. to come by and repair them. He assessed the area and discovered the ash tree roots had created a kink in the PVC pipe, resulting in limited water flow. Once the problem was discovered, Walt set to work and made the repair.

I am pleased with the work that Walt has done for me the last few years: repairs to an aging sprinkling system, winterization, and sprinkler adjustment. He is a pleasant young man, and his repairs are reasonably priced. If you need someone to maintain, repair, or install a sprinkling system, contact me for Walt's phone number: I highly recommend him.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Chameleon Socks

woman's size 10
June 2018
As I knit these socks, I was intrigued how the yarn seemed to change color depending on the lighting conditions. Under artificial light, it tends to be brown and gray, but under natural light it has more of a green tint. These are my chameleon socks -  pair #8 for the 2018 Box of Socks.

same socks - different lighting

Yarn:  Patons Kroy Socks FX (Camo Colors 1009)
            75% wool, 25% nylon

Needles: US size 2

Stitch Count: 64 stitiche - ribbed cuff, 60 stitches foot

Monday, June 11, 2018

Alfresco Knitting

June 2018
It's wonderful to sit on the deck in the afternoon to knit on small projects like socks and baby hats. Winter's cold is is distant memory, as the warmth of early summer makes itself at home.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Today. . .

Tiger Swallowtail
June 2, 2018
find something beautiful
in your surroundings 
and pause to admire it

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Lone Star II

Lone Star II
56 x 67 inches
Quilt of Valor #144
I intended to finish this QOV in May but got sidetracked and finished it on June 1, 2018.

The red gradient fabric was much different than any I've used before - mottled and almost batik-like. I told my niece the fabric looks like a tomato soup factory exploded. 

Note: As I stated in an earlier post, two vertical rows were added in order to meet the minimal size requirement for a Quilt of Valor.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Ready for Picking. . .

women's socks - size 10
June 2018
Pair #7 is ready to add to the 2018 Box of Socks.

I couldn't resist clipping this pair to the bough of my neighbor's apricot tree, cascading over the side fence.

Yarn information and knitting notes can be found here.

women's socks and a baby hat
A baby hat was also made from the remaining yarn, and another one is on the needles.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Company Coming?

I found the broom in front of the deck door on Friday after a strong wind knocked it over. Mom always said this meant that company was coming, and ironically, Marilyn and her husband arrived yesterday for a brief visit.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Blackbird Village - revisited

Blackbird Village
62 x 87 inches
May 2018
While the main section of this quilt was assembled at Marilyn's house when I visited in April, the top could not be finished until the border fabric (ordered from a Colorado quilt shop) arrived in the mail. On May 29, 2018, the quilt was measured, the fabric cut, and the outer border added to the top.

Once the backing is prepared, this UFO will be quilted and one step closer to being finished.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Technical Evolution

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Do you still have a telephone with a "tail"?

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