Friday, October 30, 2015
|contrast of seasons|
in front of BOQs
Misawa AFB, Misawa, Japan
Thursday, October 29, 2015
|Trailhead parking lot|
Do you remember my post about the driver that parked so close that I could not get into my car on the driver's side and could not safely maneuver my car out of the parking space?
My experience with challenged drivers
Another shopper's experienced with challenged drivers
Since my experience, I am cautious of where and how I park because clearly there are drivers who are "parking challenged."
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
|seven baby hats|
As I mentioned in this earlier post, I used the off-white yarn to stretch the scraps.
Thank you, Julie for sharing your scraps with me.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Pay phone sightings are becoming more and more rare, so when I see one, I take a photo. . .before they disappear completely in this age of cell phones.
Two years ago, I challenged my readers to look around their community for pay phones, and Tracy has been on the lookout. She recently spotted two phones in one day.
Tracy sent me some links on pay phones - it's fun to see just how many phones used to be in our communities and have gradually disappeared.
Pay phone directory
The Pay phone project
Posts of earlier sightings in my community and beyond:
Canadian park (Guest post)
Have you spotted any pay phones in your community? If you have, go take a photo before they disappear.
Monday, October 26, 2015
|Utilitarian Faroese Shawl in progress|
I knit a caplet and an eternity scarf from one of the skeins, but the other two have been waiting, not so patiently, in my sewing room for the perfect project to reveal itself.
Just for the record, these skeins contain over 800 yards of superwash wool, and there are no breaks in the yarn. Winding the wool into balls on my small ball winder is out of the question, so I had to wind the yarn by hand. At times the ball was too large to handle comfortably, but I persisted.
Presently, the shawl measures 14 inches at center back. The pattern recommends knitting 26 inches, so I'll keep knitting.
|measurement of yarn ball after knitting 14 inches, which is|
over half of the length required.
|circumference of an unused ball of the same size skein|
This shawl is knit entirely in garter stitch and will make a wonderful shawl to wear around the house or to the mailbox on chilly days. If you are unfamiliar with Faroese shawls, they are shaped to stay on the shoulders: they do not bunch up or gap at the neck.
click on the link to see other photos of this
beautiful, red Faroese Shawl
Pattern: Utilitarian Faroese Shawl by Melissa Hahn (Ravelry link)
Needles: US 11
Yarn: 100% superwash merino wool (800 yards) - pattern calls for 555 yards
Friday, October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
|Scissor cases on display|
Each case holds three pair of scissors, two on one side and one on the other. It was a fairly quick and fun project. My case is the fourth from the right, the purple fabric with yarn balls. I didn't follow the directions very well, so mine has a curved pocket on the inside.
The tutorial for the cases can be found here.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
|Marilyn & Brenda|
The wines have clever names like "Curl Your Stockings," "Surrender Dorothy," "Yellow Brix," "Drunken Munchkin," and my favorite - "Squished Witch."
I ordered two bottles of "Squished Witch," two of "Witch Gone Good," and one of "Auntie Em's Prairie Rose."
As I drink this wine, I will be reminded of the fun that we had sampling and of all the adventures of our trip.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
|ten baby hats knit from scraps|
Every bit of the purple and pink yarn was used by alternating with the off-white Pacific yarn, which was purchased at a thrift shop in August. It worked great for stretching the scraps to knit more hats.
Since the Encore and Pacific are considered worsted weight yarn, I had to change my usual pattern at bit.
Needle size - US 8
Pattern: cast on 54 sts, knit a 1x1 rib for an inch or an 1.5 inches for the brim, stockinette stitch for the body of the hat until it measures 3.5 inches from the cast on edge, begin decreases (k6, k2 tog for the first row, k all stitches on the second row, k5, k2 tog for the third row, k all stitches on the fourth row) continue in this manner through k1, k2 tog and then the final row is k2 tog, cut the yarn and thread the end through the remaining stitches. Pull yarn to the underside, secure and weave in ends.
Yarn required: each hat uses approximately 0.7 ounces
Pattern for a baby knit knit with fingering weight yarn can be found here.
Monday, October 19, 2015
|contents of the Take & Replace Swap box|
Last week the Take & Replace Swap box found its way back to me, so the swap is officially completed.
The box travelled from coast to coast and a lot of places in between. It started in Wyoming went east to Illinois, then further east to New Jersey, sent back west to Wisconsin, on to South Dakota, back to Wyoming, headed south to Colorado, journeyed further west to California, and returned home to Wyoming. The swap covered seven states and a little over 5,000 miles less than a month.
Thanks to the following participants for keeping the box moving and for placing some great items inside the box.
Grace (New Jersey)
Sylvia – no blog (South Dakota)
Kay – no blog (Wyoming)
I hope everyone had a good time switching up their stash.
Friday, October 16, 2015
|Chinese Pottery Factory|
Doesn't it make you wonder how many were broken before he mastered the technique.
Other posts about the Pottery Factory can be seen here.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
|east of Thermopiles, WY|
|Rusted, old vehicles used as riprap in a ravine|
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
|new movie poster|
Oz Museum, Wamego, KS
Most of the main characters were on display in separate areas:
|replica of Dorothy's ruby slippers|
It was fun to visit this museum and to relive some childhood memories. Do you have memories of watching The Wizard of Oz?
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
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Freshman Initiation Dress Requirements
Pavillion High School
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Initiations were usually held in the Fall during Homecoming Week, so I don't know why the informational sheet had a December date on it. As shown above, I crossed out the December date and wrote in October 25.
Here's the crazy speech we had to memorize and recite whenever we encountered a senior:
Almight and glorious seniors of ’66 we the lowest scum that have ever walked the face of the earth fall prostrate at they feet and beg for they gracious, glorified, and wise indulgence.
We comprehend that we, who are so wanton, grotesque, insulate, and lugubrious in our unscrupulous and invalid acts, are unwarrantable of they great and valuable insight.
But we in our infinitesimal insignificance ask that you overlook our suodilaepxecitsiligarficalrepus and allow us to lie prone in the light of thy insight and power.
|Karen H., Cathy R., Leslie D., and Janice R.|
Pavillion High School
This is the only photo I have of that crazy day: it was taken in Study Hall.
In addition to the crazy dress day and the speech, the seniors held a Kangaroo Court in the evening. It was a fun activity: no one got carried away, and no one was hurt.
Did your school allow Freshman Initiation?
Friday, October 9, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
|Windward side of wood snow fence|
near Casper, WY
|wooden snow fence near Casper, WY|
|Aluminum snow fence on South Pass|
note the rows of fencing in this high wind area
Along Interstate 25 in southeast Wyoming north of Chugwater and north of Cheyenne, the highway department, several years ago, planted trees near the wooden and aluminum snow fences. As the trees grew the regular fencing was removed and now the trees act as a "natural" snow fence.
|Rock snow fence|
Snow fences are useful and necessary during a windy Wyoming winter.