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High Fiber—Adventures in Colorado and Other Stuff

Progress on the Fiji sock!


I just returned from a weekend trip to Grand Junction, Colorado, to help register voters. It was about five hours each way, so there was lots of knitting time in the car. (It's amazing how much you can get done cooped up in the car.) The yarn is 
Knit Picks Glimmer in Fiji. The pattern is the "Scrolls" design under "Eight-stitch Patterns" in Charlene Schurch's

More Sensational Knitted Socks. It's a fairly easy pattern, just YOs, SSKs and K2Togs. I'm using an "Eye of Partridge" heel.

The visit in Grand Junction was a lot of fun. My friend Liana and I stayed in the home of a nice lady who turned out to be a quilter. She was doing some square-foot gardening in her backyard and had a grape arbor that was decades old.

All day Saturday, we called on people who didn't vote in the last election. According to new Colorado law, they would not receive a ballot in the mail unless they re-registered. For the four of us in our car, this meant driving around looking for addresses. We received maps and well-organized materials before we set out, but finding your way around Grand Junction isn't very easy for people who don't live there! We found that out when we tried to find the home of our hostess. It was like Mr. Toad's wild ride, and the GPS wasn't much help! During the day, it was easier, but still challenging. This photo says it all, I think:

Who ever heard of streets with fractions? Actually, it makes sense, as we found out. The numbers are miles from the border. We never found out what the letters with fractions were for. And so many streets didn't go anywhere at all! We had great weather, though, great food and great companionship! Best of all, people seemed genuinely happy to be able to register to get their ballots in the mail. I hope I can go back again this summer.

Earlier in the week I got the dragon quilt back from Julie:

The binding is on, and it's ready to give to our new grandson when he arrives next month. Also in the works for him is a larger
 Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ):

I didn't take it to Colorado because I was trying to just take something small, because other people were sharing the car. I was sure I would have finished it, so needed another project. The sock took up almost no room. This BSJ doesn't need to be finished very soon. I'm using 
Swish DK and larger needles, so it should fit at 6-9 months, quite a bit bigger than the earlier one. One of the neat things about the pattern is that you can vary the size by changing the size of the yarn and needles.

We Skyped with Daphne on her birthday, and got to see Zachary with his eyes open. Here's a shot of the screen:

Stay tuned for more babies, knitting, quilting, travel and dogs. Have a happy week!

What's on my needles:Fiji sock, BSJ and Dogwood Blossoms

What's on my iPad: Just started
 Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson, one of my favorite authors. It's from Audible.

What's my app of the week:Flipboard. Great for news summaries on the go.

What's in my wine glass:Crane Lake Petit Sirah 2010. Very nice with a relaxing evening meal.

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the MacBook. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 25, 2012 at 8:07pm

Buffty, that's a great idea!

We're a great support group here, too, but people who are going through the same thing you are have a special insight. 

Comment by cherylbwaters on May 25, 2012 at 7:58pm

Judith, we will all be with you in spirit.

Comment by Buffy Joseph on May 25, 2012 at 5:32pm

Judith, I'm sorry to hear this. Is there a support group (either locally or online) that you could join? I find it very helpful to be able to talk to people who know what I am going through, and who understand what I am feeling. I will be thinking positive thoughts for you. {{{{HUGS}}}}

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 25, 2012 at 11:55am

Judith, it sounds like they have an idea of what's wrong. That's progress! You're on my short list, so don't worry. [[[Cyberhugs!]]]

Comment by KnitWhich? on May 25, 2012 at 8:48am

Judith, keep your spirits up.  Remember that we are all praying for you, and He is holding you in his hands.


Comment by Beverly Roberts on May 25, 2012 at 8:05am

Judith, I am sorry to hear that.  I will include you in my prayers.  (((hugs)))

Comment by parisribbons on May 24, 2012 at 10:04pm


Where to start! The sock is gorgeous and that dragon quilt is the cutest thing I

have seen in a long time - not counting Miss Daphne & Zachary.

I have bad news - I am getting worse. My physical therapist thinks I will have 

to have neck surgery with a couple of weeks in a rehab facility. I have a

neck MRI June 6. Everyone who's praying, please don't stop. Now I'm 

really scared.   --- Judith

Comment by Beverly Roberts on May 23, 2012 at 7:23am

Peggy, the flames are sizzlingly awesome :))

Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 22, 2012 at 8:40pm

Great job! Yes, I noticed you posted. Love that you all did it as a group! It's fun to see how different they can be.

Comment by wendy on May 22, 2012 at 8:38pm

Love the quilt!  It's just too cute.  Zachary is adorable.  So, are you knitting the BSJs in your sleep now?  lol

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