Monthly Archives: July 2013

My Montana Adventure

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a real vacation with my husband.  I love traveling with him.  He’d been working hard on putting together a family reunion in his home state of Montana and there was no way I was going to miss it.  I asked if I could detour and plan one afternoon to see something that I have always wanted to see…and the answer was yes.  So in the middle of idyllic surroundings I feasted my eyes and fiber loving soul on the town of DuPuyer, Montana and the Dupuyer Cache.

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The town of DuPuyer has only one draw for me, it’s home to Beaverslide Dry Goods.  We headed straight for the DuPuyer Cache which sells a huge variety of items.  They even sell gasoline in 2 gallon cans.  While I was in the shop two separate men came in looking for assistance as they ran out of gas close to town and the DuPuyer Cache was able to help them out.  I was extremely delighted when I saw that Leanne the proprietor of Beaverslide Dry Goods was manning the shop when I stopped by for a visit!  We talked about her ranch, her sheep, her llamas, and her yarn. That’s Leanne there, watering the flowers.

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Once inside, I feasted my eyes on everything there was to see….but especially the yarn.

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I bought two pairs of the machine knit merino and kid mohair socks, one for me and one for Mike.  I bought a honey bear that is farmed at Leanne’s ranch and some yarn.  I bought 5 skeins of the DK/heavy sock weight in Wild Geranium for a yet undetermined sweater and 2 skeins of the sport/sock weight yarn in Mountain Lupine to knit the Flower Patrol Shawl pattern which I also had to pick up.  Yes, I also collect local knitting patterns when I travel.  I love the story behind this one, the designer, Samsara Chapman, is in the Montana forestry service in one of those tall towers where she spots for fires, knits and designs knitting patterns.

My Montana adventure did not end here but visiting the DuPuyer Cache and Leanne was a definitely a highlight and a dream come true.

Sparrowette

Sparrowette Shawl
Pattern: Sparrowette Shawl by Maja Jokanovic
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in African Gray

Monica: I made this shawl for someone at work who wanted a lacy shawl knit out of multi colored yarn. I wanted to be able to see the pattern so it took a while to find a pattern. I was happy to find this one as it was perfect and free! I screwed up the bind-off as it was a little tight so I couldn’t make the pretty points at the bottom like there should be. Hopefully the recipient will like it.

Oh mom not another shawl

Buddy is giving me his best “oh mom, not another shawl” look. And “do you know it’s 110 degrees out here and I’m already wearing a fur coat?”

Worn by another glamorous model Lou

Here is a shot of my friend Lou wearing it so glamorously.

Brynna

Brynna
Pattern: Brynna by Chic Knits
Yarn: Tahki Cotton Classic in Linen

Monica: I really wanted to knit Bonne Marie’s latest lace cardigan because I knew it would be perfect for air-conditioned indoors and cool summer mornings. Of course it meant I had to work on this sweater as much as possible so I could wear it this summer. I started it during Memorial Day weekend but had to rip what I had completed because I knit the wrong size and didn’t have enough yarn to finish it. So I started over and made a smaller size figuring that I wouldn’t wear it buttoned anyway. Although it looks really cute buttoned up.

Brynna back

The construction of the sweater is pretty neat – you knit one half of the sweater sideways and then make an armhole using 3-needle bind-off of some stitches. This allows the sweater to be seamless. Then you knit the sleeves in the round– the pattern has an option to make the sleeves and body of the sweater longer but I only had enough yarn for the short-sleeved version. I like it better than the longer-sleeved version.

Yarn leftover from Brynna

That is all the yarn I had left from this project. I love this sweater very much and have been wearing it often.

Temple Ceremony

Monica: One of the many things Mom and I discussed heatedly was getting a will set up for her. I pestered her repeatedly until she finally gave in. I’m glad I did because we discussed what to do with her remains and she wanted her ashes to be stored in the same temple where my grandmother’s ashes are located in Manila. Mom was Buddhist and Chinese so she was very superstitious. Before we could go to the Philippines we had to pick a good date for the ceremony based on the date and time of her birth and death, and her kids’ birth dates. One of my sisters wanted to wait until her kids were out of school so they could go with us so that delayed us for a few months. It was considered bad luck for us to store mom’s ashes in our house so we had to find a temporary place for her until we could take her to the temple.

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The temple ceremony lasted one hour and we listened to the monks chant the prayers. It took place in this room.

Where the ceremony took place

We alternated between sitting and kneeling and bowing several times.

My niece and nephew

Out of respect we chose not to wear any bright-colored clothing.

Standing in front of an Indian Tree

At the end of the ceremony we shared a vegetarian meal with our friends and family and the monks and then it was time to put mom in her resting place.

Where the ashes are stored

I was very sad to leave her because she’s so far away but I’m glad she’s finally at the temple.

Cat on a hot tin roof

One of the many cats living at the temple. I have a few more pictures of our visit in the Philippines but since it was short we spent most of the time catching up with family and eating. Lots and lots of eating.