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The new normal

October 2012, up to now the year has shaped up to be full of change and transition.  Mom C., Eevee, and Mom are now gone, Ben graduated, etc...reviewing where I am right now I decided to go back to school (online).  Who would have thought that it was possible to do that!  I prefer the classroom and interaction, but it will be nice during the winter to work from home.  The three years we lived in Texas were profitable and fulfilling for me artistically.  It is time to explore options for this stage of my life.
Enough of that for now.  Time for some autumn photos.
Hosta changing color

Birch tree beauty

Fall fluff
A lot of stockinette and a bit of color

Wingspan progress (Opal Van Gogh's Sunflowers)

Halloween town has reappeared--BOO!

Upcoming events:  We have been in our home since 1999 and every couple of years we make improvements.  This year we will get new flooring on the main floor of the house (it will be nice to update the original floor from 1984), some new furniture (Ben is grown, no pets currently), and with those updates deep cleaning and sorting through things are part of the preparation.  We used to move often, which kept us from being pack-rats.  The past few months, many trips were made to Goodwill.  Also, with Ben looking for post-graduation employment he will be getting some household goods.  This is a good thing!
On the fiber front:  Sample knitting for the shop.  Love cardigan, soft yarn, knitting in the round, however it is all stockinette stitch in brown.  There is light at the end of the 14.5-inches with a lovely yoke of color.  I taught the polymer clay class at Creative Souls on Saturday. We had so much fun.  Despite the drizzly rain there were lots of people in Anoka that day, and we had lots of folks looking in the large windows and coming inside to see what we were making.  I popped in next door at the yarn shop and Kathy was busy, Rachel's knitting class was upstairs, and shoppers were milling about the yarn and products.
On Sunday at church, I spent all three services at the art show.  The chapel was a wonderful space for the small show of three-dimensional mixed media pieces.  We had a wonderful variety--wood turned bowls and pots, wood carving, blown glass, pottery, jewelry, drums, quilting, and my hand-spun, felting, and knitting.  The show was a success and our committee agreed that our second show (last year was painting) will lead to an annual fall art show.

Autumn show in the chapel (my fiber pieces are on the left)

17.10.12  Yesterday was a gorgeous day.  Ben and I took a walk around the neighborhood and lots of campaign signs were out and surprisingly there is still quite a bit of color left on the trees.  Today that is supposed to change and I can see from our maple trees in the back yard that when the wind dies down we will again be outside raking!


Experimental sample

I did some experimenting with steeked samples for class.  This motif from Color by Kristin was the perfect size for the samples at 20 stitches by 18 rows worked in worsted weight yarn and 3mm needles.  I am having problems with Iphoto not uploading all the images I chose...grrr...need to work on that today. 

These came out pretty good for a first try and will be decent samples for what I want.
I will work out new charts for the class pattern.  


Happy camper!

I must say I have been a happy camper over the last month!  A couple of weeks ago I was a participant in the Philmont Leadership Challenge in New Mexico.  It was an amazing course not to mention being held at Philmont Scout Ranch!
Pack line ready to go.  My pack is in the middle.
Big Agnes (my tent) is on the bottom, sleeping mat,
fleece jacket, camp shoes, and camp chair are on the
outside.  The pack weighed in at 28.5 pounds fully loaded.

Morning tour of Villa Philmonte

Deer on the lawn

Rocky Mountain Scout Camp in the area of that...

Igneous intrusion of dacite porphyry--the Tooth of Time!

Trail meals!

Entrance to camp--the parade field
where we met each morning.

Note two of the twelve points of the Scout Law.

Crew lead for my midweek birthday!

Hike on!

Lover's Leap

Morning "stampede"--it was more like a stroll.

Leaves changing

Urraca Crew in front of Urraca Mesa after our conservation project.

Our campsite at Lover's Leap Camp.

View from the Red Roof Inn.

Hike on!

Return hike to RMSC

Our last full day we went into Cimarron
and had lunch at the St. James Hotel.
There are bullet holes in the tin ceiling from the old days!

A trip to Cimarron is not complete without a
visit to the Art Gallery and some ice cream.

Leaving Philmont we stopped to take photos of the buffalo herd.

Last weekend, after being home a few days, I went through the Order of the Arrow Ordeal.  It is the BSA's honor society with a focus on brotherhood of cheerful service.  Camp Ajawah was glorious, as the trees were at peak color.  Our overnight under the stars did not disappoint--a full moon and clear skies.
Ben set up his old Voyageur tent at Conclave.

A splash of color on the maple leaves.

Mary and I take a break from cleaning
the basement of the mess hall.

We (Ordeal candidates) were in the no talking mode for a full day.

Since I am still on "Philmont time," it feels as though I am running a bit behind on some projects.  Coming up this week is my advanced technique class at The Shepherdess.  I came up with a quick to knit project that is easily adjusted to the student's preferred size for a cup cozy using advanced knitting techniques.  It can be knitted with multiple colors or in a solid color.  The checkerboard pattern can be done with knits and purls instead of stranding the color.  The second project has a steek and will be partially finished in time for class.  I am tweaking the pattern to make sure it is correct.
09.10.12  I finished the pattern for the other advanced technique project.
Cutting the steek

Camp Mug Sweater with buttons.

Make it Monkey hat.  This one is ready for winter!


Class Dates: Thursdays, October 11, 18, and 25

Class Times: 6 pm to 8 pm

Instructor: Deborah Coder

Difficulty: Advanced

Pattern Name or Location: Pattern provided

Class Price: $36.00 Class Location: Red Table

Class Size: 6

Other Information: This is a series of classes (3, 2-hour sessions) for advanced knitting techniques. The first session includes Project Planning and the last session includes Finishing Touches. In between planning and finishing, students will work on small projects that can be completed in a relatively short time period.  

The sample fits my Eagle camping mug perfectly!