Sunday, September 7, 2008

Burnt Timber Trail and a Flurry of Finishes

On August 27, Marcia, Kim, Robin and I hiked the Burnt Timber Trail, accessible by driving past Lemon Reservoir and up a bit. The trail was a steady, long climb through Pine and Aspen trees. It was a good hike, lower in elevation than Highland Mary Lakes, but very nice.

At the top, there was a large cluster of Aspen trees that had lots of carvings in them. The earliest date we found was 1949. I like the eye carved into the tree on the right.

Over the long holiday weekend, we tried to go camping, but it just started POURING on Saturday afternoon and did not let up all night, so we packed up the car Sunday morning and headed home. It's just not that fun to hang out in a tent for more than 16 hours. It rained all day Sunday, so it was a good weekend for finishing stuff. I put the binding on this gigantic quilt:

This is the infamous nine patch I made from all of my batiks as of July 1, 2007, which is when I started the quilt. I cut a 6" square from every batik I owned, then cut the squares into 2" strips, then joined the strips into little strip sets and cut them up again to sew into nine patches. There are 580 different fabrics in this 108" square quilt, and it brightens up our bedroom nicely. Here's a little close-up shot:

Then I finished these cute socks last week. They are the Coquette pattern from 2-at-a-time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. The yarn is Tofutsies and feels very nice and light against my feet. My friend, Jeannette, gave me the yarn after she decided she didn't want to knit socks on US size 1 needles (thanks Jeannette!). I didn't mind - they went really fast.

That's not my leg, by the way. I bought a "foot model" on eBay so I could take pictures of the socks without contorting my body at odd angles to get photos of my feet!

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