Monday, October 23, 2017

Thick & Thin Socks - revisited

Noro neutral socks
October 2017
I started knitting this pair before I went to Colorado (the cuffs, heel flaps, and gussets were finished), and I completed the foot and toe sections before the road trip to Durango. Even though the sock on the right looks larger, it is the same size as the sock on the left.

Knitting notes can be found here

Dee and Vera gave me the nudge I needed to revive my sock knitting mojo. Since beginning the  I ♥ Fall Knit-Along on October 1st, I've knit four pair of socks and have two more pair on the needles.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Changing Seasons

Autumn Quilt Block
October 2017
Most of the leaves fell from my Ash trees while I was in Colorado, and the young man who winterized my sprinkling system offered to rake the leaves (for free) because he wanted them for his dairy goats to munch. I gladly accepted his offer.

Saturday was a dreary and snowy day with no real accumulation because the ground is still warm, but soon that will change.

I love living in an area that has distinct seasons even though they do not always occur in a typical or predictable order.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Afghan Knitting Project

thirteen blocks for Afghan Knitting Project
October 2017
I learned about the Afghan Knitting Project to benefit families of students who are being sponsored by Project Amigo from Jeni V. (fiber guild member) and used wool scraps that another guild member (Katheryn E.) gave me for charity knitting.

The project accepts both 5 inch or 6 inch squares (knit or crochet). I chose to knit 5 inch squares from Katheryn's wool.

Some of the yarn that Ellen sent me will be used to knit more squares for the Afghan Knitting Project.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

I ♥ Fall Knit-Along - revisited

I ♥ Fall Knit-Along socks
October 2017
I finished the second sock at Marilyn's house on a snowy Monday afternoon, and two days later snapped the photo on the leaves that dropped off after the storm.

Knitting notes can be found here, here, and here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quilt of Valor UFO

blocks and fabric donated by Pat S.
October 2017
Pat S. from Virginia sent me a quilt UFO (unfinished object) that is destined to become a Quilt of Valor. The blocks are paper-pieced and all finished. Two rows are sashed and sewn, but I need to remove the paper from the back, add sashing to the rest of the blocks and add a border or two (Pat included extra yardage) to meet the QOV size requirements.

Thank you, Pat for allowing me to complete your project, which will bring comfort to a veteran.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Surprise Package

yarn from Ellen
October 2017
On Friday I picked up my accumulated mail at the post office and was surprised to find a package from Ellen (The Ellen Report). Tucked inside the box was a variety of worsted weight yarn (scraps and full skeins) and two skeins of sock yarn.

Ellen thought I could use the worsted weight yarn for charity knitting and included the sock weight as a special treat for me. The hank of brown and gold yarn (University of Wyoming colors) will be perfect for knitting a pair of Cowboy Joe socks! Knitting will commence very soon.

Ellen, thank you for sending a box filled with fiber goodies. Your kindness is beyond measure.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Knitting on the Road

I managed to do a lot of knitting on the road trip. The cuffs of the socks were knit on the way to Durango, the heel flaps and heel turns were knit at the motel in the evenings, and the foot on the trip back to my sister's house.

The weather was gorgeous on the trip, but we headed back a day early because snow was predicted and arrived on schedule.

Monday was a good day to stay inside . . .

in front of the fire . . .

fraternal twin socks
and finish knitting Marilyn's socks.

Match 100 socks finished

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Riding the Rails

narrow gauge train
Durango - Silverton line
October 2017
Last Friday,  my sister, my brother-in-law, and I boarded a narrow gauge, steam train for a forty-five mile trip from Durango, CO to Silverton, CO. The scenery was gorgeous.
The Brakeman warned the passengers at the beginning of the trip to be watchful of what was ahead as sometimes the rock walls were close to the train. We discovered that they were indeed close.
The train stopped twice on the way to Silverton to replenish the engine's water supply. 
old water tank 
Near the summit is a deep gorge (this photo does not begin to show the depth) and the track was mere inches away for the edge of the abyss.
Silverton, CO
The 45 mile ride from Durango to Silverton was nearly four hours. Some passengers opted to ride a bus back to Durango, but we purchased round-trip tickets on the train. We ate lunch in Silverton and reboarded the train for the four-hour ride back to Durango. It was a fun and memorable day on the vintage narrow gauge train.
Silverton, Colorado
October 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Colorful Colorado

Wolf Creek Pass
October 2017
I joined my sister and brother-in-law last week on a road trip through southern Colorado. In some areas the Aspen were at peak color, and the vistas were breath-taking.

October 2017
(click photo to enlarge)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Pioneer Plaza Sculptures

longhorn sculptures
Eagle Bronze Foundry
Lander, WY
September 2017
Two large longhorn sculptures stood behind the Eagle Bronze Foundry building. I noticed a large "D" brand on their left side, and remembered that the longhorns on display in Lander do not have the brand. I asked our guide if these two will become part of the small herd in Lander, shown in this earlier post. She said the two longhorns were originally made as part of herd on display in Pioneer Park in Dallas, Texas, but these two were never placed in the park. One their side is the large "D" brand, indicating they are part of the "Dallas" herd.

I'd love to see the trail drive display in Dallas, where more than 49 longhorns and three horseback riders are on display in Pioneer Park. All of the bronze sculptures in the park were cast at Eagle Bronze Foundry.  More information on the Pioneer Park display can be found here.

Note the small sheep sculpture in front of the longhorns. It was one of several at the foundry for repair. Our guide told us the sheep were from a display in Utah or Idaho (sorry I don't remember which) and a gentleman who was upset about his divorce ran his pickup into the herd of sheep on the courthouse lawn.
sheep sculptures to be repaired
Some of the sheep were scraped, but others had broken legs. The workers at the foundry will repair all of the sculptures to their original condition.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thick & Thin Socks

Noro socks
October 2017
I originally purchased this yarn to knit a shawl, but I thought a pair of neutral-colored socks would be a good addition to my sock drawer.

Yarn:  Noro Silk Garden Sock Solo
          40% wool, 25% silk, 25% nylon, 10% mohair
          Color #S1

Needles: US size 2

Stitch count: 60 stitches

Note: I wound the skein of yarn into two balls. The ball for the sock shown on the left has more "thick" plied sections (typical for Noro yarn) than the one of the right. The left sock is visibly thicker and the knitting is heavier. I am curious if the socks will feel different as I wear them.

Do you like knitting with a yarn that has an uneven ply?

Friday, October 6, 2017

School Murals

artwork on the side of Ashgrove Elementary School
Riverton, WY
September 2017
Three cheerful murals hang on the south side of Ashgrove Elementary school. The sunflowers in the foreground were planted by the students last spring. The seed heads should attract some birds or squirrels this winter.

Do the schools in your area have gardens?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Soup Weather

chicken noodle soup
October 2017
As the temperatures decrease, my desire for hot soup increases. Recently I made a batch of chicken noodle soup in the crock pot. I love adding big chunks of carrots and celery.

What's your favorite Fall or Winter soup?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pedestrian Obstacles

September 2017
Since my knee surgery, I've been walking in the surrounding neighborhood(s), and I've found a number of camper trailers blocking most of the sidewalk which makes walking difficult.  Pedestrians are forced to walk on the lawns or over rocky and uneven ground, which for my recovering knee can be challenging. Sometimes it's easier to just walk in the street: not an entirely safe solution.

I know the campers are parked this way to make them level. Unfortunately, this is not a temporary situation as the trailers tend to remain in this position for weeks at a time. To add another level of frustration, most of the campers have electrical cords leading to the house or garage, causing an additional hazard.

One of the biggest complaints I have about my community is that it is not very pedestrian friendly.

Does your community have safe places to walk?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Gift Sock Knitting

October 2017
One of the Lucky Seven skeins of sock yarn from this post is being turned into a pair of gift socks.

Yarn: Match 100 (75% superwash wool and 25% nylon)
          Color #55188

Needles: US size 2

Stitch count: 60 stitches

The Match 100 yarn feels good in my hands and is knitting well. I am pleased with this brand and will order it again.

Have you discovered a "new to you" sock yarn that you like to knit?

Monday, October 2, 2017

I ♥ Fall KAL Progress

I ♥ Fall KAL socks
October 2017
Update on the socks I'm knitting for Dee and Vera's I ♥ Fall Knit-Along. The finished sock doesn't look as dark as it looked as I was knitting.

Earlier posts on the socks can be seen here and here.

Gladly, the KAL has renewed my interested in sock knitting.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Lucky Seven

four skeins of sock yarn
September 2017
The main reason I did not purchase a lot of yarn last weekend on the Guild road trip, was that I had already ordered some sock yarn online from Mary Maxim. It's difficult for me to pass up a great deal, and the four skeins shown (100 grams each) were only $4.99 each. I haven't knit with this brand before, but it's 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon - a good blend for sock yarn.

sock yarn "grab bag"
enough yarn for three pair of socks
I also ordered a "grab bag" of sock yarn for $18.99, which is enough for three pair of socks for $6.33 per pair. The bag also contained four sock yarn patterns. I like Heart and Sole yarn, but the other brands are new to me. The Serenity yarn in the upper left is wool, bamboo and nylon blend.

This yarn will make seven pair of socks for an average of $6.27 per pair - a great deal. Many brands of sock yarn range from $15 - 25.00 each.

I don't usually purchase "grab bags," but I'm happy with this selection, the colors, and the price.

Have you every purchased a "grab bag"?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Scrappy Mountain Majesties

block detail
September 2017
Scrappy Mountain Majesties is a free pattern by Bonnie Hunter. I made this quilt out of a batik layer cake I purchased on Craftsy: Tonga Treats - City Lights. Some random yardage of other batiks was used to make additional the blocks and to add the border.
Scrappy Mountain Majesties
59 x 72 inches
Quilt of Valor
Scrappy Mountain Majesties is Quilt of Valor #122

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