Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Down the rabbithole: Following the Hedges roots!

I'm trying to consolidate my genealogy information into one area of the house and specifically into a four drawer file cabinet. Slowly I'm going through papers. Not an easy task because I'd rather be on Ancestry winding my way through family trees looking for connecting branches of the family.

I haven't looked at the Hedges/Jamison Family Bible for many years. It's so fragile, that many years ago I copied the family information and carefully put it back in its place. I came across the copies this week and while looking at them I saw a name whose place in the family I'd never been able to discover:
Who was this Mary Shoemaker? I asked myself. This search necessitated me to really use my genealogy detective skills. If she was in this Bible she must have been a Hedges or Jamison so I went to Ancestry and began my sleuthing about the site. It didn't take long for me to hit pay dirt, using Find a Grave :
I quickly went back to the Family Bible and confirmed Mary's birthdate:
And almost at the bottom is the entry, Mary E. Hedges was born July the 1st 1842. The connection was made! Mary had married a Shoemaker and my next task was to find out more about Mr Shoemaker...
Mary E. Hedges and William F. Shoemaker were married on 12 Feb 1867 at Coles, Illinois, USA

The 1880 census placed them in Shelby, Prairie Co., Illinois:
William was a minister,  and they had two children: Loura Dona 11, Franklin Thomas 7.

Loura Dona grew up to have a daughter Loura who had a daughter Loura who is still living and has been identified through DNA as my third cousin!

Ancestry continues to amaze me!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Another set of twins!

While on our recent vacation, The Chick mentioned there is another set of twins coming soon. This time a girl and a boy. When we arrive home I dug through the stash and knit another twin set for the little ones. I'll get them in the mail later this week, after the newest eight inches of snow has melted!
Pattern: Five Pound Baby Cardigan by Carole Barnys
Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport
Colorway: Tiny Tulips and White
Needle Size: US Size 3 and 5

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hedges Family of Kansas

I have photos of three family photos taken in Lyndon, Kansas by a photography studio by the name of Ford. The families maybe Hedges but could be photos of Catherine Hedges's daughters or nieces which would have had different surnames...  I haven't been able to identify them - YET - please Ancestry, don't let me down!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ancestry does it again!

For over forty-five years I've had a photo album which I've come to believe belonged to my Great Grandmother Catherine Hedges Jamison. Most photos were labeled and I knew them as family members but there were several my mother did not know how they were connected to the family. One of these unknown photos was a beautiful toddler and on the back was the name, "Claude Nolan Harper, 2 years." From the moment I saw this photo I called him "Clod Hopper."  Mom would correct me but I always thought of him by the nickname I'd given him.
So imagine my surprise the other day while doing some research on Ancestry when I found Claude Harper among my Hedges family. I read and reread the name and started chuckling at the play on the name "Clod Hopper"...  and then I thought, "Wait a minute! This is my long lost Claude Harper!!!" He was my Great-grandmother's grandnephew and Mom's second cousin and she never knew it!

Also in the album was the beautiful Irma Leila Hedges. If Ancestry was going to help me out with Claude surely it could help me out with other questionable family members. With the name Hedges we knew Leila was related but the exact tie was unclear. Searching online I was able to find Leila's family and she was my Great Grandmother Hedges' niece. Catherine's brother, John, was Leila's father!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Retro Sundress

The first time I made this sundress I was in high school and it was for a darling little girl I often watched after school and in the summer. It's a wonderful pattern because if timed right, the baby can wear it as a dress the first year and then the second year it still fits and becomes an adorable little sunsuit. Years later, I made this for the three daughters and two granddaughters. They all looked just as adorable.
I whipped this up in an afternoon for our little grandniece who will be one year old soon. I was a little worried about putting in the buttonholes but considering I have my new sewing machine I decided I needed to at least try to make the buttonholes before calling in the troops. I knew Jo would help me out but they were a breeze, I love my sewing machine!
I thought this cute little bunny would be a nice addition. It called for button eyes but because this is going to a one year old I decided to just sew on whiskers and a pompom bunny tail on the back. A quick crochet!
Pattern: Cuddle Bunny Mini and Pillow by Emmy Faranda
Yarn Baby Bernat Sport
Colorway: Tiny Tulips
Needle: Size F - One size smaller than on pattern, because I wanted a tight fabric.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sock #7 for 2018

When I gave up on the Tofutsies Yarn I was lucky to have some Opal Yarn stashed in the suitcase (for an emergency). This yarn is the usual 80% wool/ 20% nylon blend I love. So I started these Vanilla socks toward the end of our stay, continuing knitting on the plane and just them finished at home.
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with Fish Lip Kiss Heels
Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Illusion
Colorway: Bodybuilder
Needle Size: US Size 1.5

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Paradise knitting

I take knitting with me everywhere, even on vacations. I had been saving several skiens of Tofutsies Sock Yarn for the trip. This yarn is 40% wool, 25% soysilk fibers, 22.5% cotton and 2.5% chitin (shrimp and crab shells) and I thought it would be a very comfortable knit on the beach with much less than the usual wool I knit for socks.

However, the knitting was painful. It was like knitting with thin string and the strand stuck to my hands not wanting to be knit into socks. I seriously doubt the socks will last any length of time, the fabric is limp and thin. I struggled through two pairs and then gave up. This is unusual for me, my standard is to knit four pairs of socks while in Hawaii.
 Pattern: Salis Socks
Yarn: TOFUtsies
Colorway: Multi Lavender White Gray
Needle Size: US Size 1
Pattern: Lichen and Moss Socks
Yarn: TOFUtsies
Colorway: 733
Needle Size: US Size 1

I still have one skein and bits left but think I'll pass it on to one of my daring knitting buddies.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

A very well timed vacation!

Three weeks of sun, sand, and beach was wonderful. We had the added pleasure of family spending time with us too! The Chick and NorDak Family spend over a week lounging in the sand. Our daily schedule was tough: up and out the door by 8:00 each morning, settled on the beach by 8:20, back to the condo by 5:15, dinner at 6:00, and in bed by 8:00, then repeat!

When we arrived in Hawaii we immediately went to our favorite beach, Hapuna. The waves were incredible! We spent most of the day in our beach chairs and shelter, it was definitely not the time to renew our love for boogie boarding.
I was happy my hair went into the expected immediate curly/wavy mode!
Several years ago I pick up several bulbs from this plant and they are now growing on the deck in the summer and in the house in the winter. The plant has never bloomed and Jo wanted to know what the blooms looked like. It can grow to a height of 7 feet and is called a White Spider Lily.
 And a photo by hubby.....
At Hapuna the waves were so high, and the undertow so strong, we decided to head to Turtle Beach the second day. It was a great day!
I've seen these birds around the beached of Hawaii for years and this is the first time I've done a little research on them. They are called the Kolea and flies from Alaska to Hawaii, 2,500 miles, non stop in two days to enjoy the mild winters. Around the end of April they return to Alaska
Hubby spent several hours taking shots of the Cattle Egrets, a type of Heron. They had quite a rookery at Turtle Beach and weren't wanting any pictures taken of their babies!

Hubby spent several afternoons doing a little whale watching and had a great time.
The Chick and NorDak family arrived and wanted to hit the beach right away. They wanted the same thing Hubby and I love to do when we visit: Play in the sand and sun!
We spent a morning at Turtle Beach getting the obligatory photos on the driftwood before the rain started and we had to cut our stay there short.
I think The Tiger had been dreaming ofvdigging in the sand back home. It is the second thing he did when they hit the beach. The hole he dug got so deep at first kiddos would walk up and peak in, then older adults, and finally a man in his twenties walked over and said,"Hey Dude, you're halfway to China!"
Hubby always had his technology close at hand,,,,
This is my favorite whale photo. A small boat sneaking up on a sleeping whale. Surprising how close they got!
I have never seen Maui so clearly from Hapuna! If you look closely there is just a bit of snow on the tip of the mountain. I love this picture because I recognize the lady in the chair. She has been coming to the Hapuna for years. When I first noticed her, six or eight chairs would be lined up each morning, now there are only two or three each day. She has been slowly losing her swimming/beach partners over the years..
 On the last day at the beach we thought a couple more photos were in order...

While we were enjoying the sun our poor little house/cat sitter was dealing with record snow!