Monday, June 24, 2019

Wyoming Didn't Get the Memo . . .

high temperature on the 1st day of Summer
June 21, 2019
Laramie, WY
Wyoming has been downright chilly, rainy and snowy in some areas the last few days. Even though the calendar shows it's clearly summer, I'm still wearing sweaters and wool socks.

When I got home from church yesterday, the thermometer revealed it was 37 degrees. Hot tea and steaming soup took the chill off, and I settled in to do some knitting. Hopefully, warmer temperatures will arrive soon.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Assembly Line Sewing

ritzy cracker blocks in progress
June 2019
Another Prayers & Squares project using fabric from my scrap bin. I'm trying to decrease the stacks of 5 inch squares in my bin, and these blocks will help with that mission.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

It's Growing . . .

simply garter scarf
June 2019
The simply garter scarf is growing, albeit slowly. It's a good thing this project doesn't have a deadline. It's a relaxing knit and a good project for knitting at meetings and in the car, when I'm not driving, of course.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sculpture Update

shimming a model
Eagle Bronze Foundry
Lander, WY
September 2017
You may remember seeing the photo before in this post. I recently discovered some information about the finished bronze sculpture and thought you might be interested in where this sculpture now resides.

Google image
The following was written by Max Greiner Jr. : Apr 17, 2018 (full article can be found here

Jeff Anderson, president of Leadership Inc., announced that a massive 1,123 lbs., 11' long lion sculpture has now been completed by eagle bronze in Lander, Wyoming, and is ready to ship to Israel. The No. 1 life-size (105 percent) bronze statue called the Lion of Judah will be shipped by air to Jerusalem as a gift of love from American Christians to the Jewish people, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel, which is being celebrated this year. Anderson reports that sufficient funds have now been raised to make this historic gift possible, in collaboration with the sculptor.

Eagle Bronze, one of the largest art foundries in the world, also casts New York's Bull of Wall Street bronze sculpture. Monte and Beverly Paddleford, Christian owners of the famous art foundry, expect Greiner's Lion of Judah statue to become an instant tourist attraction like the iconic New York stock market bull.

The monumental Lion of Judah sculpture will be installed in the ancient City of David: Jerusalem.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Teaching Tool

June 2019
This sock is progressing slowly, but with purpose. I am teaching a friend how to knit socks and have been knitting along with her. I use my sock to show her the process, and Carol follows along with her project. She is working with worsted weight yarn on size 6 needles and is seeing quick progress. Carol has successfully completed the cuff, the heel flap, the heel turn, and is starting the gusset decreases. Soon, she will reach the toe and have a completed sock. Her family is already requesting socks for Christmas.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Bull's Eye

quarter log cabin blocks
May 2019
I've been working with more orphan blocks from the Prayers & Squares group. The P&S orphan bin contained ten quarter log cabin blocks, and I raided my 2.5 inch scrap bin to make enough blocks for a quilt. They worked up quickly because I sewed strip sets rather than work with individual pieces.
Bull's Eye
56 x 64 inches
Prayers & Squares quilt
I tried a few layouts for the blocks, but I liked this one the best. Brenda and Marilyn helped me arrange the blocks.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Absent w/o Leave

Spic and Span laundromat
Laramie, WY
May 2019
Sorry that I went AWOL last week. I don't have a good excuse other than a bad case of the blahs. Like other places in the US, the weather has been nasty and unpredictable. I have a NOAA weather radio and it has been alerting like crazy the last two weeks - severe thunder storms, hail storms, severe winds, and even snow.
approximately 3-4 inches of heavy, wet snow
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Laramie, WY
Thankfully snow this time of year doesn't stick around very long. Soon the streets and gutters were filled with thick slush.
exit 65 on I-25 (near Slater, WY)
four inches of hail
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Two days earlier, the hail storm that pounded I-25 from Wheatland to Cheyenne was causing my weather radio to alert every 20 minutes until the storm moved into central Nebraska. Reports on Facebook stated the hail stones were ping pong ball to tennis ball sized.

So what did I do through all this chaos? I cleaned the apartment and changed my bedding from Winter to Summer quilts and sheets. Because my washer and dryer are small, I took the comforter to a laundromat and watched it whirl around in the machines for the better part of an hour. Ironically, this is the same laundromat that I used when I was in college.

Today, the sun is shining (for the time being), so hopefully, it will be warmer and the sky clear. I spied flowering trees around town yesterday, so I'm going to stick my neck out and say that Spring has finally arrived in Laramie.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I Spy . . .

a glass full of reading glasses
Loveland, CO
May 2019
The first thing I noticed in the restaurant was the glass full of "cheaters" at the register.

I asked the hostess if they had been left by patrons, and she said, "Yes." However, no one has inquired about retrieving the reading glasses they've left behind. The cheaters are often loaned to customers who have difficulty reading the menu.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Road Trip

sipping and knitting
May 2019
Last week, a friend asked me to accompany her on a road trip. While she was at her appointment, I started a pair of socks and sipped on a cup of Earl Grey. Several people stopped at my table to inquire what I was making. I love how knitting in public is an ice breaker and a conversation starter.

The yarn for this pair of socks was given to me by my friend, Julie. She purchased the yarn (Elegantly Twisted Yarns) in Nova Scotia. Thanks, Julie!

Monday, May 20, 2019

"Let the Little Children Come to Me"

Zeke's Baptism
Ft. Collins, CO
May 19, 2019
Yesterday, I drove to Ft. Collins for a special occasion: my great-great nephew was baptized. He was born on St. Patrick's Day to my great niece and her husband - their first child, and my sister's first great-grandchild.

Friends and family came from three states (Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming) to celebrate. I love when families gather for happy occasions.

Welcome to God's family, Zeke

Friday, May 17, 2019

Oops . . .

photo from Facebook
Downtown Laramie, WY
May 16, 2019

photo from Facebook

Thursday, May 16, 2019

This cartoon brought back memories of the tricks students tried to play on my substitutes.  Over the years, I learned to be very specific in my lesson plans to reduce the shenanigans.

Did you or your classmates ever trick a substitute teacher?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Orphan Star Quilt #2

orphan star block
May 2019
The baggie of orphan star blocks and fabric that I brought home from Prayers & Squares contained five star blocks sewn together with sashing. It almost looked like the quilter wanted to make a table runner. Another completed star (shown above) was also in the bag, but it had a mitered frame. Do you see a problem with that block? Look at the middle section of the bottom row - do you see that it is upside down? A seam ripper and a bit of stitching quickly transformed the block.

Pieces of another star were also in the baggie, but the star was smaller than the other six. Thankfully, the baggie contained some extra strips of the pink paisley fabric, so I framed the smaller star to make it the same size as the other blocks. I sashed the two loose stars and used the extra fabric to create some four-patches and an outside border.

Orphan Star Quilt #2
52 x 76 inches
The local Prayers & Squares group makes baby - lap size quilts. Since the group uses 60" fleece on the back, they do not want the width to be larger than 58 inches, so this orphan quilt's measurement falls within the requirements.

It is fun to play with odd bits to see what I can create with them.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Guacamayo Socks - completed

Guacamayo Socks
May 2019
Isn't it fun how the yarn striped on this pair of socks.

The wind was blowing pretty good when I snapped the photo of the sock blockers hanging on the hedge; thus, the sock on the left looks smaller. I assure you, it is the same size as the sock on the right.
image from Google images
Yarn specifics are on this earlier post.

Gradually, the plants and trees are sprouting leaves, but I've yet to see any blooms.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Prayers & Squares

orphan block
May 2019
Nearly a month ago, I joined a woman in my apartment complex for lunch, and as we visited, she told me about a local group (Prayers and Squares) where she volunteers. The group meets weekly to make quilts for those who are going through difficult times - sickness, grief, personal or natural tragedy, etc. Volunteers begin each session with a devotion and prayer and frequently a local minister will stop by and pray with the group.

The ministry is housed in two basement rooms of a local church. Six or seven sewing machines are available as well as a cutting table, pressing station, and a large table for tying. The drawers of the tables are full of fabric squares of all sizes; bins on the shelves contain speciality/themed fabrics, bolts of fabric, spools of thread, orphan blocks and fabric strings. Nearly everything has been donated or was purchased with donated money.

Women, who do not feel comfortable sewing, prepare backings for the tops and then tie the layers together or press/cut fabric for those who are sewing. They say a prayer for the recipient with each knot they tie.

I decided to tackle the bin of orphan blocks. I found several pieced stars and a baggie filled with stars and extra fabric.  I framed the blocks during the work session and took them home to finish the quilt.

Orphan Star Quilt
58 x 74 inches
I enjoyed meeting and working with the other volunteers. Prayers & Squares is now on my calendar, and I will attend as often as I can.

Friday, May 10, 2019

A Reminder . . .

sign on the side of a package liquor store
Laramie, WY
May 2019
I had to smile when I saw this sign on the side of a local package liquor store. It's a humorous reminder for Mother's Day and also for those who don't know what to give their mothers for the holiday.

I'm sure there's some truth in the sign's message.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Enjoyable Day

Engineer for Big Boy #4014
Medicine Bow, WY
May 4, 2019
Workers on the ground, tossed "fobs" to the engineer, and he clipped them to the blue metal holder. No one seemed to know what these items were. Any ideas?

a railroad security guard answers questions from spectators.
Four uniformed Railroad Special Agents wandered around the area, and based on my observations, I think there were at least one/two plain clothed agents as well. I believe they were at this stop because it did not have barriers between the spectators and the tracks.

I visited with several people as we waited for the train, and some were from Maryland, New York, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado and northern Wyoming. Many other states were represented, based on the license plates I saw. One couple was staying the night at the historic Virginian Hotel, across the street from the depot.

The population of Medicine Bow is not quite 300, and the spectators stopping for the steam locomotives caused that number to clearly triple in a little over two hours. Two Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers and a couple of sheriff deputies directed traffic before the train arrived and when people started to leave.

I stayed in the area to watch the train depart and then headed home, happy but tired.

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