Monday, August 21, 2017


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 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

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?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Knitting with "Local" Wool

Mountain Meadow Wool
August 2017
I purchased two skeins of Mountain Meadow Wool at the 2016 Fiber Fest in Riverton, and in my recent knitting frenzy, I finished a cowl with one of the skeins.

The wool was milled and dyed in Buffalo, WY, and next month the Fremont Fiber Art Guild is going to take a trip to tour the mill.

I haven't decided if I am going to block the finished cowl.

Mountain Meadow Cowl
Pattern: Dailey Park Cowl (Ravelry link) by Sunne Meyer

Needles: US, size 7

Yarn: Mountain Meadow Wool - worsted weight - produced in Wyoming
          (color - Fall)  100% merino wool

Thursday, August 10, 2017

QOV Mystery A6 - Clue 4

QOV mystery - A6
Clue #4
August 2017
Clue 4 of the Mystery Quilts for Military (A6) used several of the previously prepared units to create what I assume to be half of the quilt. The bottom half will likely have the bottoms of the two stars as well as another large star made with the light fabric used for the small star shown in the upper left.

This is going to be a dynamic quilt when it's finished.

Previous clues for this quilt can be found here.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

What a Deal!

Rainbow Sherbet socks
July 2017
I enjoy browsing and shopping in thrift shops. A couple of weeks ago, I found a full skein of Berroco Sox yarn in the local shop for the bargain price of $1 - a great deal as it normally sells for $10+.

The colors in the skein are a bit funky, but they remind me of rainbow sherbet. The official name for the color way is "Sprinkles."

This yarn is a bit stiff to knit because it contains more nylon than normal - 25%, so I anticipate that the additional nylon will allow these socks to withstand a lot of wear and laundering.

a matching pair
Pattern: my standard ribbed cuff "recipe"

Needles: US size 2

just a few "sprinkles" in the yellow section
Yarn:  Berroco Sox (color 1411 - Sprinkles)
           75% superwash wool, 25% nylon

Have you found any great deals recently?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Only a Number. . .

new and old thermometer
July 2017
A couple of weeks ago, the daytime highs were close to 100, but my old thermometer (shown on the right) wouldn't budge above 80. I decided it was time to invest in a new model, and hung them side by side for several days. Oddly, the old thermometer was nearly 10 degrees off during the day, but was within one or two degrees of the new thermometer in the evenings.

Today's ponderable: 
If I didn't have another source of temperature (internet, apps, radio, etc.) would my mind accept the number on the old thermometer as fact; thus, thinking it was cooler than it actually was? Is heat (or cold) a matter of perspective? Is it only a number?

What's your "ideal" summer temperature?

(I am very comfortable with temperatures in the mid to high 70s and will tolerate temperatures in the low to mid-80s before I begin to get uncomfortable. Anything over 95 is nearly unbearable. Thankfully, Wyoming doesn't have a lot of humidity)

Monday, August 7, 2017

Anything But Yarn Swap

Swap box contents from Betsy
Fat quarters for quilting, double-point needle keeper, knit dishcloth,
removable stitch markers, needle gauge, yarn cozies, Japanese coin purse,
washi tape, note pad, tea, air freshener, and coaster
August 2017
KathyB hosted another swap this year, which I gladly joined. The theme was "Anything But Yarn." My swap partner was Betsy (you can see what I sent her on her blog: The Simple Life of a Queen), who was also my partner for the previous swap. Since Betsy and I started reading each other's blogs nearly two years ago, we have picked up a few details about each other's life, including likes and favorite colors and crafts. The items Betsy sent are perfect - things for quilting, knitting, and relaxing. Thanks for being a great swap partner, Betsy!

Thanks, KathyB for hosting another successful swap.

Friday, August 4, 2017

QOV Mystery A6 - Clue 3

Clue #3
July 2017
The directions for this clue had some errors, but they were easy to correct. This clue resulted in two saw tooth stars; whereas, one each were made in clues 1 and 2.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Here, There, and Back

sign made from old fence pickets
July 2017
Two summers ago, I had the privacy fence around my yard replaced. I saved some of the better pickets and took them to Brenda (my niece) for her painting projects. I thought she might want to turn the weathered pickets into snowmen or some other decoration.

When Brenda came to visit recently, she gave the "Freedom" sign, painted using two fence pickets, to me. I think it's fantastic that the pickets that served me well for over 20 years and that I took to Denver have come back home. They were here, there, and back.

Thanks Brenda - I love the sign!

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