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

It was AWESOME!

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 Socks

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

Awesome!
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?


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Star Struck

Star Struck
Quilt of Valor
63 x 81 inches
Star Struck (the Quilt of Valor Mystery QAL - A6) was finished over the weekend. I loved and appreciated working with the large pieces/blocks for the weeks my knee was somewhat achy and tender. Working the foot pedal of my sewing machine was excellent rehab.

This pattern has a lot of possible adaptations - pinwheels in the center of the big stars, star points one color and the centers another color, and maybe a couple of smaller stars in the large white areas.

Thanks, Alycia for hosting this Quilt of Valor Mystery.

Star Struck is #119 on my QOV roster.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Eclipse Fever

Eclipse "Pop" art
Safeway store - Riverton, WY
August 2017
The total eclipse has been in the news in my community for well over a year. Preparation has been made on the city, county and state level - extensive preparation, with predictions that the state's population could double during the event. Locally, my area could see close to 10,000 - 20,000 visitors. If that prediction is correct, Riverton could more than double in population in a three-day period.

My town is nearly smack dab in the middle of the totality band, and the tiny town of Pavillion (pop. less than 200) where I taught for 25 years is THE place to be in Fremont County with an eclipse duration time of 2 minutes and 23 seconds.


Residents are being urged to purchase their groceries, gas, etc. the week BEFORE the event and also warned that the hordes coming to witness the eclipse will put a strain on cell towers and local utilities, clog the roads, and create delays in travel.


I purchased a pair of eclipse glasses several weeks ago and plan to stay home and hopefully watch the eclipse from my own driveway or backyard; however, I have a strong suspicion that the eclipse will not be visible due to all the wildfire smoke that has settled in this area.

Community officials have done everything possible to prepare, but Nature is holding all the cards in this game of chance.

Are you traveling anywhere to view the total solar eclipse?


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