Archive | August 2004

Finished Lone Star Quilt

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Here’s the finished Lone Star baby quilt woven using the 7″ Quilt Weaver Diamond loom. I also used the 14″ triangle and square looms to finish this blanket. The white row inside the green border is a row of double crochet and the white edging is a row of reverse single crochet, which forms a “beaded” edge.
It is quite a large blanket, about 56″ square. This could be done with the Tiny set and the star could be built up of more rows of diamonds. It could be quite colorful this way. The size could also be adjusted using the different sized looms.

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Great grandson’s are so appreciative of good cooking! But he still had room for ice cream & birthday cake!

Happy 100th Birthday!

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Grandmother’s 100th birthday is today. Randy’s cousin and his family joined us in celebrating with her. Friday the rest of the family comes up and we’ll celebrate some more. Her church gave her a party after services last Sunday, too, and she got her birthday card from the Prez and Mrs. Bush. She wasn’t as impressed as she would have been 20 years ago.
But… what a woman it is! And she still does the dishes every night. Except on her birthday, of course! :laugh:

Furry diamond

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This doesn’t look like a diamond, but that’s because it was laying over my knee so you’re getting a distorted view. I wanted to show the texture of it. You can see at the bottom where the strands untwisted that it’s cabled of two different yarns. Of course, I don’t have the band with me but it’s a Caron (I think?) yarn. It has a wonderful texture and look but is a real (lady dog) to weave as you cannot see what you’re doing in all that texture! I may have many skips here which may or may not show up later.
I bought three skeins so I may try it on the 12″ for a hat… it should be ever so warm! But I don’t think I’m going to use it for the afghan project.

A nice Tuesday

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We worked all morning and late this afternoon Randy asked if I wanted to go with him to get water. We get water from a spring so we don’t have to drink this poisoned chlorinated stuff the state forced on us. It was so pretty. The creek is perfectly clear, the sky perfectly blue, the temperate was also perfect this time. I took this picture looking back toward Billy’s Peak. The only wildlife we saw was a family of Quail. That hen must have had a dozen or more half grown chicks. Randy stopped as they were all over the road, but they all got safely across at last and we went on our way. I hope you all have as pretty a view as we do here in Coffee Creek, CA.

A project for today

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Robin wouldn’t model the new tam but he didn’t object to sharing my chair with it. I tried taking my own photo (Randy’s gone for the evening) but… oh well! :hehe: I used the Tiny diamond and some Red Heart. I did crochet the band. I think it’s kind of cute.

It’s done

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It’s pretty and I like the yarn but I’m not entirely satisfied with it. The star buckles a bit in the center. I haven’t decided if it’s the bulky yarn or something else. One of our customers is making a double star quilt using some fine llama and hers appears to be laying nicely flat, so it may be a yarn problem here. I can see this is going to require some more “research”! 😀

Quilt Progress

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I was asked to post a progress picture. As you can see, I really have made some progress in spite of other excitments. 😉 I have just 14 squares to weave to finish the last side of the border. I think I might do a single row of reverse sc to finish, depending on what it looks like in this yarn. It dosen’t work with them all. It is gettig to be a lot bigger than I envisioned at the beginning, too! Harder to find a place to photgraph it! I was thinking of this as a crib blanket. Anybody have an idea of the measurments for one of those? This one is going to be square but I could plan better in the future.

Update on our fire

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Latest: The Official Report is that is is NOT our fire, after all. 😛 Now we get to feel guilty for being relived that it’s in someone elses town. 😦 It’s French Gulch and they are reportedly evacuating the town, which is not hard to believe as F.G. strings along a narrow canyon. The ash is still falling here and the smoke still high but thick. They are sending people to Weaverviille to the high school. The Searchlight says it’s 200 acres on one report and 2000 on another. I’d guess 200 at this time is more likely. Randy says we can unpack now, but I think I’ll just leave it like it is until we get a rain.
Early panic:
We have a fire here. I’m not sure what the situation is just yet because the power just came back on, but in case it goes off again I wanted you to know we may be leaving. And if we do leave we’ll be heading north. The rumor is that there is one Lewiston way and one up Swift Creek or Buckeye, nobody seems to know. Randy is in Trinity Center right now so hopefully he’ll have better news when he gets home. I took this photo just now, that’s the corner of my house looking south east. It’s ugly.
I’ve packed up a suit case and captured one cat. I’m making copies of my loom bookwork now before the power goes again. I’ll try to keep you informed.
But whatever happens, we’ll be safe. Cross you fingers for everyone’s homes, tho!

The fire

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We’re not getting a lot of smoke from this fire but it’s pretty awful in the valley. Poppa says it isn’t bad out in Happy Valley, he has a little elevation out there, about 1000′ I think. The mountains pretty well keep it away from us, but those people must really be suffering. Even if they aren’t among the 80 family’s who have lost their homes in this 8,000+ acre fire started by a guy’s lawnmower with, apparently, a bad spark arrester.