Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Friend Jean - revisited

My Friend Jean cowl
July 2017
My Friend Jean is off the needles and blocked. As predicted in an earlier post, I had enough yarn to knit 20 of the 32 lace pattern rows. The blocked cowl is 5 inches wide, and with the full pattern, it would probably be close to 7 or 8 inches.

The single skein that I used was only 50 grams: a 100 gram skein would result in a wider cowl. The pattern has directions for a small, medium, and large cowl (length), and I knit the large because even with a narrower cowl, I wanted it to be long enough to loop around the neck two times.

I think my first, chart knit project turned out pretty good.

felted needle case
July 2017
A squishy package arrived in Friday's mail - a felted zip bag from Kathyb. She drew my name from those who sent twiddle mitts in memory of her mother. Thanks, Kathyb

Monday, July 24, 2017

QOV Mystery - A6 - Clues 1 & 2

QOV Mystery A6
Clue #1
I managed to get the fabric cut and prepped for the first two clues of the Quilt of Valor mystery. The clues were similar and worked up quickly once I got the fabric cut.

QOV Mystery A6
Clue #2
It felt good to sit down at the sewing machine again. The third clue will be released on Wednesday.

This is the third mystery Quilt Along that I've participated in this year, and all have been fun.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Scrappy Baby Hats

four scrappy baby hats
July 2017

Sock yarn scraps were turned into baby hats while watching movies on Netflix. Pattern information can be found here.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


July 2017
I'm slowly picking up the project kits that I prepared earlier. Once I memorized the two-row pattern, I began to make more progress.  (The white yarn is the provisional cast-on edge. )

Pattern: Amerie by Lucy Hague (Ravelry link - free pattern)

Needles: US size 9
               (I started with one circular but soon transferred the project
                 to two straights for easier handling)

Yarn: YAK (Lang Yarns) 50% yak and 50% virgin wool
          50 grams (color #772.0074)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weekend Snaps

Aww, what a flirt!
he even waved to us as we stood watching
Humpty Dumpty
July 2017
Humpty Dumpty visited the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally again. He draws a crowd of admirers of all ages.

His previous visits can be seen here and here

the crowd enjoyed milling around the launch field on a near-perfect
morning for flying a hot-air balloon. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Painting & Detailing

Brenda brought her box of paints and supplies to help me paint the final "house quilt" blocks. On Friday afternoon, we applied the primer coat and that evening, we selected block patterns from Google images and drafted the designs on the primed blocks.

Saturday, after the Fiber Guild meeting, we settled in to paint the Spring, Autumn, and Winter quilt blocks.
Brenda begins by painting the individual tulips
July 2017
Brenda worked on the Spring block, and I worked on the Winter and Autumn blocks, painting the large design areas. Brenda later added stitching and fabric details to the blocks.
Spring and Winter blocks ready for finer details
Brenda asked me what kind(s) of details I wanted added to the individual blocks. I thought the Winter block needed to resemble plaid fabric.
Brenda begins to add lines to resemble plaid
to the Winter Bear Paw design 
Before she left on Sunday morning, Brenda added a clear protective coating to the three finished blocks.
Brenda adds a clear protective covering to the house "quilt blocks"
Spring Flower Basket
House Quilt Block - 16" square
July 2017
Autumn Maple Leaf
House Quilt Block - 16" square
July 2017
Winter Bear Paw
House Quilt Block - 16" square
July 2017
I love the blocks, and I'm thrilled that Brenda brought her paints and supplies because I doubt I would have finished them this quickly.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Whooo Was at the Balloon Rally?

July 2017
My niece made a trip from Denver on Thursday: she came to see the annual balloon rally in Riverton. This is the 37th year that the Riverton Rendezvous Rally has been held, and it didn't disappoint.
peeking over the Wyoming balloon "Steamboat"
The weather was gorgeous on Saturday morning - perfect for seeing the balloons up close and to see them fly, and fly, and fly. I've been to the rally numerous times, and this is the first time, that the weather (wind currents) allowed the balloons to circle the field and sometimes land and change riders. All of the balloons hovered in the area for over an hour.
Brenda (my niece)
It was Brenda's first time at the rally, but I have a feeling she'll be back.
owl balloon
July 2017
Riverton, WY
I think this was the first appearance for the owl balloon. We didn't get to see it inflated because it was hiding behind some other balloons.
owl balloon in flight
 However, we were near when the owl took flight and joined balloons in the air.
owl balloon
Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally
July 2017
Yes, I went to the balloon rally and walked among the
gentle giants. My physical therapist gave me the okay
to be more mobile and to use a cane. I had a good time, but
my ankles and legs were quite swollen Saturday night due to
the additional activity.
More balloon photos will be posted this week.

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