My apologizes – I know I’ve been terribly lax in my blogging this summer, which bothers me, but it seems like I’ve had so little time to just sit down at my computer and type! So I’ve got
some (sorry, about half a million, evidently) pictures and other tidbits to share, including my super-belated post about our day trip down to Brooks, Oregon for the Antique Powerland Steam Up and Quilt Show that I promised in my last post. The quilt show was a bit disappointing – only about a dozen quilts – but the rest of it was a blast, and I managed to stay hydrated enough to avoid a repeat of last year’s migraine at the same location!
Luckily for us, the Steam Up actually ran two weekends – the first weekend was the Weekend of Family, and so the second weekend we were able to head down for the day! All of the old tractors and steam equipment were pretty cool – I love the chug-chug-chug sound.
There were also a ton of tractors that were gasoline or diesel, and we got to watch them fire one up that you start with a special shotgun shell blank – lots of prep to get it started, but it sure looked fun! My favorites were the old washing machines that were run with gasoline engines. I’m so glad that laundry is easier than that now, and that I can do my laundry indoors and without the clean laundry smelling of exhaust!
The entire Pacific Northwest has been having a much hotter than average summer, and it was 101 degrees by the truck thermometer when we rolled out of Brooks that afternoon, so the fresh ice cream (made with steam!) was especially welcome – and delicious!
We also got to watch a threshing and baling operation powered by belts that were being run by an old tractor – separating the wheat from the stalk in the first machine (and making a huge mess out the back end) and then using a second machine to bale the straw.
In other bits, I’ve been up to my eyeballs in gardening, sewing, and knitting. My garden is still doing beautifully – tomatoes and watermelons are ripening, we’ve already gotten to have some broccoli and green beans, and the corn and potatoes are looking promising! I even have two sugar pie pumpkins that were already ready to pick, and several more that will be ready very soon!
I played hooky from work on Tuesday last week (read: had requested the day off and had it approved) and headed to Wild Waves with a friend from work and her family for her daughter’s birthday. We had a blast – I hadn’t been to Wild Waves in 10 years or so – and I had fun sprucing up one of my canvas lunch-size bags for a gift for her daughter with an appliqued hexie flower.
I’ve also signed up for a mini quilt swap hosted by Schnitzel and Boo because it just sounded like too much fun, and I’ve also applied for a booth to share with my mom at the Milton Craft Bazaar this October to try selling my canvas bags, and her selling her wine rings. I’ve also found a lovely queen size quilt that I want to make after the chaos of the quilt swap and bazaar are over – the Moda Modern Building Blocks Quilt that I’ve fallen in love with the geometry and color scheme of.
And because I totally need another project on my plate, I bought some yarn and dug out some knitting needles for the Click for Babies campaign – making purple hats for newborns for awareness of infant abuse (namely Shaken Baby Syndrome) that hospitals will give to new parents and/or send babies home from the hospital wearing. One of the girls I work with sent me the information, and a few of us were happy to find an excuse to go yarn shopping and bring out the knitting needles or crochet hooks! One of the hospitals in my area – Seattle Children’s Hospital – is collecting hats, so I’m especially happy to have the hats we make get used locally! If anybody else is interested, check out the website – several states are collecting hats, and you can always deliver them via mail to whichever participating hospital you choose! I even found a new pattern to try that involved a few jumps to YouTube – I now know how to do a figure eight cast on for magic loop, and short row knitting – all skills also needed for knitting toe-up socks, which I would love to learn to do! We’ve got a vacation coming up, and I’m thinking that knitting on the dock is sounding like a pretty good deal!