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"It's that igneous intrusion of dacite porphyry...it's that molar in the sky that just won't let you be."

I finished Dacite and it now greets you when you come into the shop.  This pattern by Carol Feller was a joy to knit.  It was a well-planned and well-written pattern.  The cardigan shape is simple, but subtle shaping with short rows in the collar, small darts in the back, garter and stockinette stitching throughout, come together beautifully in this classic cardigan.

Dacite knitted in Kenzie by HiKoo

As you must know by now our family has a love of Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  It is the BSA's largest national High Adventure Base covering 137,000 acres in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains.  The high mountains and rugged terrain range in elevation from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.  The iconic mountain is called the Tooth of Time, which is an igneous intrusion of dacite porphyry formed in the Tertiary period of the Cenozoic era around 12 to 20 million years ago.  Now I think it is pretty cool that this design is named Dacite--even the color (Pavlova) I chose is fitting!

Our son was a Philmont Ranger for two summers.  (Although this photo was taken in Colorado.  The Rangers would hike and climb on their days off.)
RMSC was the location of Philmont Leadership Challenge in September 2012.  The new location for NAYLE--National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience, and PLC--Philmont Leadership Challenge is Rayado Leadership Mesa, in the foothills view of Urraca Mesa and Crater Peak. 
The Tooth of Time as seen from Rocky Mountain Scout Camp.
As a PLC participant I was in the Urraca Patrol, because
I like the fact that the Urraca Mesa is said to be haunted.

Look for Urraca on the left and you will see the shape of a skull, which is visible from the air. 
Philmont is a working ranch and has a herd of Bison.  We were fortunate to see the herd grazing near the side of the road.  They are massive creatures.  Did you know that Bison down
is a luxury spinning fiber.  I had a friend give me just a bit to spin--very nice!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Revisiting the Rock of Cashel--St. Patrick's Cross and the Round Tower.

St. Patrick's Cross (front) in the museum.
St. Patrick's Cross (back) looking out over the landscape.  
The Round Tower is the oldest surviving building and is thought to date from the 1100s.

Graceful carvings with a touch of green.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day here are some more photos of the Emerald Isle...

This was our first sheep encounter of the trip.  We ended up turning around because it started to sleet.  The road was very narrow, steep and no room to turn around easily.  

Kerry Woolen Mill

Millie and I made friends while waiting for the mill to open.


Pretty wool on the carding machine.

Debbie explains how everything worked.  Jim enjoyed the machines.

This is the wool before it went through the carding machine.

A very windy day--Jim is leaning into the wind. (Ring of Kerry)

The waves were crashing on the rocks.  It was a great day!

There is so much beauty in the rock formations.

A pretty church window.

We saw lots of bike shops and places to rent them.

A brief break in the weather allowed us to see the distant rocks. 
A tuft of sheep's wool caught on the grass.  (No sheep jumped off the cliff.)

A variety of green.

Yes, that is snow.  

I was so happy I brought my (Aranmor) sweater, as I wore it every day!


Back to Ireland

I can see a bit of the patio and roof shingles!  There is a break in winter's grip today.  The sun is shining and I see water drops from the deck.  The snow is still deep, but I am sure with the mild temperature today and in the coming days that will change.  There is a squirrel outside  the door and he is searching for his long-buried acorns he stashed away in the fall.  He was smart to hide them in the rocks under the deck.

Jim and I recently took a trip back to Ireland.  Although it was windy and rainy, seeing the green landscape and wild surf was nice for a change.  Minnesota received six more inches of snow while we were gone.  From Dublin we drove to Kilkenny, Killarney, Limerick, and then back to Dublin.  On the way we visited Jim's colleagues, we were able to meet Margie and Mr. Margie, and then Angelika (our German daughter).  It was a delightful trip made even better by visiting friends!

Posing with Elwood and Jake in Chicago before we leave for Ireland.

This was before we found out the Renault Clio had GPS.  Our first stop was Kilkenny.

Rock of Cashel was an impressive sight on top of the hill.


The carved and painted faces greeted us inside.

The crows were flying all around and took roost in the openings.
Part of the castle is under renovation, but there was still quite a bit to see.

I took the photo as close as I could to where the rope to the bell came through.
Quite a bit of water was dripping.

Cormac's Chapel

The library--I love the colors of the stone, wood, and metal.
We did not eat here, but the name is funny.
Walking up to the castle.  There were hurricane-force winds along with flooding
the week before.  So many trees were down everywhere we went.  Part of the park
pathway was blocked by workers clearing out the damaged trees.
Kilkenny castle.  It was beautiful inside, no photos allowed.
The long gallery was very impressive featuring the wood ceiling.

Kilkenny town.

It never ceases to amaze me the age of some of the establishments!
If those walls could talk...

We picked up clementines and bananas here and then found a
bakery for coffee and fresh scones for breakfast.  I reverted back
to tea during the trip.  Delicious!

Jim got a kick out of this place.
I will post more photos soon.  Back to knitting...I am just about finished with Dacite.  I made progress to the garter stitch on the sleeve since the photo was taken.

Almost there!  HiKoo Kenzie is amazingly soft yarn and has springiness that shows off the stitches beautifully.  I will be happy to see the finished piece when it is blocked.