28 July 2015

The Day I Lost...

Now I suppose I'll have to knit a pair, darn it.

... my socks...

Dear Thief:

I wish you much warmth and comfort from the pair of 2014 Elephant Rock socks you removed from the fence where they were drying at Colorado Mesa University on Day 1 of the 30th anniversary Ride the Rockies. I know how irresistible they must have appeared, dripping wet but white as new because I'd just washed them, the snazziest socks in all of Grand Junction, just waiting to be worn. I hope the reason you made off with them is because you really need a pair of socks. A gorgeous pair of socks. A pair of socks you did not earn. The socks I'd planned to wear again for the Dirty Thirty three days later.

I hope the beauty of those used socks inspires you to get on your bike and ride. And do something good in the world, because what you did when you took my socks wasn't a very warm welcome to Grand Junction for me. It didn't leave a pleasant taste in the mouths of all the nearby cyclists who witnessed my emotions bubbling over when I realized my socks were missing.

And if you're sitting around, giggling because you pulled off something you think grand, I hope those magnetic socks you couldn't resist shock the evil out of you and make your toenails fall off. After they turn purple.

Sincerely,
Barefoot in Bike Land

PS: Thank you for not taking my wet and drying shorts, jersey and towel or my sleeping bag, tent and water bottles. The rest of the tour would not have been fun without them.

I don't think I can knit one of these.

... my shirt...

Dear Hotel Hospitality:

Thank you for cleaning the room I rented after Day 1 of the 30th anniversary MS-150. Thank you for cleaning it so well, the concierge couldn't find the 30th anniversary Ride the Rockies training T-shirt I accidentally left behind. I hope it fits you well, and I hope the reason you decided it had to be yours, even though you did not earn it, is because you needed a moisture-wicking T-shirt more than I did. I hope the memories it holds will keep you warm when you wear it, and I hope you get as many years out of it as I've gotten from my 10-year-old 2005 RtR training T-shirt, because I had intended to still be wearing the shirt you took 10 years from now. Because, you know, I earned it.

Not Naked in the North

Revenge Comes With a Roar

27 July 2015

Spiderwort Monday

Spiderwort

While stopping to breathe on Hardscrabble Pass during this year's Ride the Rockies, I noticed a tri-petaled blue flower I was determined to crochet once I got home. But first I had to figure out what kind of flower I had seen.

I perused the blue and purple specimens on Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, a wonderful and informative free website managed by Al Schneider of the San Juan/Four Corners Native Plant Society and hosted by mydurango.net. What a marvelous service Al and mydurango.net provide! Al's been doing this for 14 years and still updates the site almost daily.

I love exploring the blue and purple flower photographs on Al's site because, as you probably know, blue is my favorite color, and I grow many of the drought-tolerant blue wildflower in my own garden. When I find a new (to me) blue wildflower such as the spiderwort, I order seeds from wherever I can find them, if I can find them, and try my green thumb at growing them.

So, I've planted both the purple and blue versions of the spiderwort, but no flowers yet. (Just looking up Al's photos again as I write this post, I see the grasslike blades growing both indoors in a pot and outdoors may indeed be spiderwort! I won't pull them up as weeds!) So no flower pictures of my own yet, darn it! (What do you bet my newest blue flowers become a Wordless Wednesday in the next month or two?) Mrs. Micawber has a simply gorgeous spiderwort photo here, and Google helped me find the seeds as well as more photos.

This flower works up lovely for greeting cards and gift tags! I might include one on my next gift of homemade soap, too, just because!

After I finished writing this pattern, Dave's Garden's weekly email featured prairie spiderwort!

You may do whatever you'd like with flowers and/or snowflakes you make from this pattern, but you may not sell or republish the pattern. Thanks, and enjoy!

Other flower flakes in this series include:

Mother's Day Snowflake Motif
Sunflake III
Daisyflake
Picotee Snowflake
Chamomile Snowflake
Lobelia Snowflake
Hoyaflake
Daffodil Snowflake
Windflower Snowflake
Blue Flax Snowflake

Spiderwort, unbeaded

Finished Size: flower, 1.5 inches across; snowflake, 5 inches across from point to point
Materials: Size 10 crochet thread in 2 or 3 colors, size 7 crochet hook, 3 to 6 optional yellow seed beads, empty pizza box, wax paper or plastic wrap, cellophane tape, water soluble school glue or desired stiffener, water, glitter, small container for glue/water mixture, paintbrush, stick pins that won't be used later for sewing, clear thread or fishing line

NOTE: Optional bead stamens may be crocheted into petals on Round 1, sewed in place after the flower is complete, or glued on during stiffening. The spiderworts I saw on Hardscrabble Pass displayed random stamens, so I have not included specific placement instructions. You may choose to place them differently. I also think the crocheted flower looks fine without the beads, so beads are required only if you want stamens.

Spiderwort Instructions

With blue or petal color, make magic ring.

Round 1: * 1 sc in ring, ch 2, 3 dc in ring; repeat from * around 2 times for a total of 3 petals; 1 sc in ring. Do not pull magic ring too tight yet; leave opening big enough to crochet Round 2 sc stitches into it.
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 2: * Ch 3, 1 sc in next dc, 1 hdc in same dc, 2 dc in next (middle) dc, ch 2, sl st in top of dc just worked (picot made), 2 dc in same middle dc, 1 hdc in next dc, 1 sc in next dc, 1 sc in ring over next sc; repeat from * around 2 times, omitting last sc of final repeat; sl st in next sc; bind off. Weave in ends. Pull magic ring tight.

Spiderwort Snowflake

Spiderwort Snowflake Instructions

Work Rounds 1 and 2 as above.

Round 3: With white, or green if making leaves, * 1 dc in any magic ring sc (or next magic ring sc, skipping over petal, in repeats), ch 5; repeat from * around 2 times, omitting last 3 ch of final repeat; 1 tr in starting dc to form 3rd ch 5 sp of Round.

Round 4: Ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and ch 3), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, ch 3, [1 dc in next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, ch 3] 2 times; sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 5.

Round 5: * 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp; 2 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 5 times

Round 6: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of tr directly below, 2 hdc in same sp, 1 sc in same sp, * 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, 2 hdc in same sp; 1 sc in same sp; repeat from * around 4 times; 1 sc in next ch 5 sp, 2 hdc in same sp, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 sp of Round. (If making leaves, bind off green here and work remainder of Rounds in white.)
If you're not reading this pattern on Snowcatcher, you're not reading the designer's blog. Please go here to see the original.

Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 2 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 dc in gap between next 2 sc, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 8: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 3 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 9: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, 4 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 2 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 4 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 1, 1 dc in 2nd ch of starting ch 2 to form 6th ch 3 tip of Round.

Round 10: Ch 2 (counts as 1 dc), 4 dc over post of dc directly below, * ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), 5 dc in same tip; repeat from * around 4 times; ch 3, [1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 5] 3 times, 1 sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch 3 tip, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot made), sl st in 2nd ch of starting ch 2; bind off. Weave in ends.

Finish: Tape wax paper or plastic wrap to top of empty pizza box. Pin snowflake to box on top of wax paper or plastic wrap.

If using glue, mix a few drops of water with a teaspoon of glue in small washable container. Paint snowflake with glue mixture or desired stiffener. Sprinkle lightly with glitter. Wash paintbrush and container thoroughly. Allow snowflake to dry at least 24 hours. Remove pins. Gently peel snowflake from wax paper or plastic wrap. Attach 10-inch clear thread to one spoke, weaving in end. Wrap fishing line around tree branch (or tape to ceiling or any overhead surface) and watch the snowflake twirl freely whenever you walk by! Snowflake also may be taped to window or tied to doorknob or cabinet handle.

Spiderwort Snowflake

25 July 2015

Silly Saturday


I have 75 more unpublished blog posts, and most of them are Friday Funnies. While trying to set up Friday Funnies in advance for the month of June while I was too busy pedaling to pay tons of attention to my blog, I found a lot of dead Friday Funny links. Perhaps it's time to use up some of those remaining unpublished Friday Funnies before all the links go dead.

Oh, my gosh, these bike drawings are awesome!!!

This could be addictive.

This goes harmoniously right along with the above.

Art installations made with sewing thread.

The Death Star.

All of these are phenomenal, but most especially the last two videos...

Incredible.

Plein air painting atop the 14ers.

Perfect for Halloween!

Some creative thinking went into this.

The artist does some other great maps, too.

The bag is better than the lunch inside it!

Legography

I could never justify spending this much for an umbrella, but I'm in love with this.

Nature's Frozen Artwork

I'd LOVE to try many of these lighting projects!

How's this for creative?

Knitted intarsia gloves to fit grains of rice?!? Incredible!

Scrolling heaven!!! Oooooh, oooooh, oooooh!!!!!

Breathtaking!

A creative way to pictorialize vacations.

Wow, a business that creates lace fence installations!

This talented artist plays with ice AND rocks!

I think they look even more attractive with realistic waistlines...

Say it isn't so!!! PLEASE!!!

24 July 2015

Friday Funny

You may laugh at the deer crossing lady, but apparently the elk in Evergreen, Co are trained to cross only at the light. These are some pretty smart elk. Thank you to Kevin Hunt for the photo.

Posted by Outdoor Channel on Tuesday, November 19, 2013

23 July 2015

Thrilling Thursday

I have 77 more unpublished blog posts, and most of them are Friday Funnies. While trying to set up Friday Funnies in advance for the month of June while I was too busy pedaling to pay tons of attention to my blog, I found a lot of dead Friday Funny links. Perhaps it's time to use up some of those remaining unpublished Friday Funnies before all the links go dead.

Makes me think of me on my bike...

22 July 2015

Witty Wednesday

I have 78 more unpublished blog posts, and most of them are Friday Funnies. While trying to set up Friday Funnies in advance for the month of June while I was too busy pedaling to pay tons of attention to my blog, I found a lot of dead Friday Funny links. Perhaps it's time to use up some of those remaining unpublished Friday Funnies before all the links go dead.

This video really made me laugh because these are the kinds of things people really do say to a professional photographer.

21 July 2015

Teasing Tuesday

I have 79 more unpublished blog posts, and most of them are Friday Funnies. While trying to set up Friday Funnies in advance for the month of June while I was too busy pedaling to pay tons of attention to my blog, I found a lot of dead Friday Funny links. Perhaps it's time to use up some of those remaining unpublished Friday Funnies before all the links go dead.

My favorite part of this video when she downloads from the old (Brownie or TLR) camera...

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