Sunday, July 26, 2015

A 2015 3k finisher!

And it's... over the finish line! 

I might not be the first finisher in the 2015 3k Stash Dash but please remember I've already completed the 5k. I've shown real endurance perhaps perseverance to complete two finish lines and declare, "Next year, 10K or bust."

I made this blanket for several reasons, it's a simple pattern, fast (crochet), and it's a yarn hog! I call it The Unknown Baby Blanket in Blue because I have no idea what beautiful little baby boy is going to end up wrapped up it it. So into the giftbox it goes.
Pattern: Precious Square Baby Blanket by Mary Jane Protus
Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport Solid
Colorway: Baby Blue, White
Needle Size: Hook G

I also knit another pair of socks. A fun and comfy pattern.
Pattern: Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tweed
Colorway: Sequoia heather
Needle Size:US Size 1

5,108 meters  (Finished 5k - June 19)
3,828.35 meters (Finished 3K - July 26)

8,936.35 meters knit/crocheted for 2015 Stash Dash!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sock numbers twenty fourth and twenty fifth for year 2015!

The Year of the Sock continues! Easter weekend he dyed his socks with the rest of the family and I finished Troy's hand dyed birthday socks in time for him to actually wear them ON his birthday! 
Troy was one happy man during the dying session - and will be wearing his favorite things in life, golfing, scuba diving, firefighting, BEER!
Pattern:Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
Yarn:Knit Picks Bare Stroll Single Strand Sock Blank
Colorway: Drunk, Scuba Diving, Golfing Firefighter
Needle size: US Size 1

Also finished in time for a nephew's July birthday are another pair of socks. Patrick just happens to like his socks shorter than the average bear and so they are a bit of a faster knit! Sadly, he will be receiving LAST years socks and this years at the same time!
Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
Yarn: Patons North America Kroy Socks Ragg Shades
Colorway: Brown Striped Ragg
Needle size: US Size 1

The sock knitting continues and look for pair number twenty six to be posted soon...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Gramma Kit

“But a man is not forgotten, as long as there are two people left under the sky. One, to tell the story; the other, to hear it.” - Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn

Katherine Jamison
In many ways my mother's aunt, Katherine Jamison, was a mother to her. She provided physical and emotional support to Mom throughout her high school years. She also filled the Gramma niche for me, and it is easy to call and remember her as Gramma Kit.

On March 1, 1917 she married the love of her life, Lonnie Parker. Throwing caution to the wind, the couple were often seen riding a motorcycle with a side car up and down the dirt roads on the Colorado mountainside.
Alonzo (Lon/Lonnie/Lawnie) Grant Parker
Born: October 7, 1893 at Good Hope, Illinois
Married: March 1, 1917, Katherine Jamison
Died: October  30, 1918
Father: Ellsworth Parker, born January 1862, in Illinois (his father was born in Wisconsin and mother in Ohio)
Mother: Amy L.  born, December 1870, in Illinois (her parents were born in Canada)
Parents Married: 1887
Siblings: Rena, born April 30, 1887
              Charles, born August 11, 1889
              Earl L., born November 9, 1891
(1900 and 1910 US Census) 

Kit's mother-in-law, Amy, gave her this quilt:
Amy stitched this schoolhouse quilt in 1882 when she was 12 years old. My aunt used all her handmade quilts as they were intended, on beds keeping the user warm so this quilt is the worse for wear but perhaps not in such terrible shape for being 133 years old!

In 1917-1918 Lon and his brother Earl registered for the draft in Boulder Co., Colorado. Lon's brother, 2 years older, also worked for the Welch Farm at Big Elk, Colorado. (Colorado Draft Registration 1917-18)
A short year and a half after the couple were married Lonnie became seriously ill, Kit sent a message for my Grandfather to come.  Lonnie was so ill, my grandfather would not let his sister-in-law, Aunt Kit, continue to care for her husband in the mountain cabin but cared for his brother-in-law himself. As a young child my Great Aunt Kit had contracted scarlet fever. This left her with a heart that was three times the size of a normal heart. Grandfather was afraid if Kit spent time with Lonnie she would catch the disease and with her weak heart she would surely die. Lonnie did not recover and died leaving them childless.

My Aunt never remarried and loved her Lonnie with all her heart for the rest of her life.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gift for an unknown baby

Okay, I'll admit it, I've started creating projects for the meters they produce! I've completed this baby blanket because it is double sided and THICK! ( 1,380 meters!!) for a total of 1,836.6 toward the 3k Stash Dash.
Pattern: 2 Sided Baby Afghan by Janet David
Yarn: Bernat Baby Sport
Colorway: Tiny Tulips and White
Needle Size: F Hook