Thursday, November 20, 2014

Foo-Whee Fun in Idaho!

While in Idaho ...
I attended a "Quilt Camp" and was asked to teach a Foo-Whee Mitten class.  Yep, there were a few who wanted to add knitting to their quilting retreat!  The location was fabulous ... I plan to do a post just about the lodge in the near future!
Thirty years ago, The Net Loft (our local yarn store), began as a box of fiber goodies in the back of Dotty's Subaru wagon!  While making arrangements to bring supplies to Idaho, we giggled about the store returning to its original roots! ;-) Here is The Net Loft's temporary annex ... too fun!
Five quilters decided to take the plunge ... and devoted some of their quilting time to knitting!
We began by learning the technique while making our gauge swatches.  Just like us ... knitting comes in many shapes and sizes!
What a beautiful location to knit ...
... gentle sounds of needles and wool ...
... done in the comfort of pajamas.
This knitter was so fast the picture is a blur ... or maybe ... it might have been the silly photographer on spin cycle?
I always end my mitten classes with an "all hands in" ...
... and a pledge to finish the pair! :-) We met over three days for an hour or two at a time once or twice a day.  A lovely and leisurely pace ... it was a wonderful way to teach.  Lots of learning and conversation that lead to new knitting friendships.    
On Monday, I repeated the class in the city of Orofino at The Material Girl's Quilt Shop!
These amazing women took the one day crash course in Foo-Whee mittens!  They were troopers and did an amazing job!  I was so impressed at how much they accomplished and it was a pleasure to spend the day with them!
At the end of the day ... these two beautiful furbabies arrived to pick up their human mama.  My heart melted ... and if there had been any litter mates left, one would have come home with me!  Seriously, I'm ready to add a furbaby to the DillyDally family!
I am so appreciative of the opportunity to travel to Idaho ... to make new friends ... to share my knitting journey!  I am blessed ... and love my dillydally life!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally


Monday, November 10, 2014

More Travels

Mr. DD returned to Cordova while my Mother-In-Law and I traveled to Chicago.  There we spent two nights with Mr. DD's brother and family.
It was so nice to spend time catching up with family members that I am unable to visit very often!  This is Copper, a furry family member I hadn't met before ...she is a sweetie!
We looked up the childhood home of Mr. DillyDally in Downer's Grove, Illinois.
A view of the backyard ... very different from when his family lived here.
Hard to believe that this home was originally a kit from Sears!
It was fun to see all the changes that had taken place since his family sold this home 19 years ago.
On Friday we worked our way downtown ...
... in search of Grand Central Station!
My first long distance train travel experience!  I was very excited!  The trip from Chicago to Albuquerque takes 26 hours.
We each got a "roomette".  Small, but very comfortable for one ... a bit crowded for two.  I'm happy my MIL insisted we reserve two!  She has traveled by train multiple times ... her experiences were very valuable.  We slept reasonably well while the train gently (mostly) rocked us while traveling through Missouri and into Colorado during the night.  We watched the scenery pass by, I knit and read and we talked.  So enjoyable.  Train travel is very conducive to dillydallying!
Three meals a day are included free when you reserve a berth!  We had fun meeting others who were traveling as they filled every booth in the dining car.
Most of the next day was spent traveling through northeast New Mexico.  It is such beautiful country!
All of these photos are taken through the window of our berths.  Even though it is a poor picture, I wanted to share one that showed the front of the train.
Memories of the westerns I watched as a child, came flooding back!  I envisioned the cast from The High Chaparral riding by!
It is impossible to travel a train through the southwest and not remember The Wild West !
I must admit ... I did daydream about meeting John Wayne on a trail somewhere in this beautiful country.  Gosh ... I miss watching westerns! ;-)  Yep ... my silliness knows no boundaries!
I loved my introduction to train travel ... and highly recommend it!
The day passed quickly and before we knew it ... we were near our destination ... Albuquerque!

Do what you love.  Seek adventure.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally


Friday, November 7, 2014

Travels

I've been traveling for over a week ...
... we had a long layover in Anchorage, so rented a car and did a lot of browsing.  Mr. DD and I made our first visit to the new Cabela's store.  I cannot go into a Cabela's without thinking about my abduction in a Cabela's restroom by the Southern Minnesota QBees!  Wonderful memories of a wonderful day!
All night ... super red-eye flight ... to Fargo!  We truly are getting too old for those flights.  While waiting to get into our hotel, we walked the campus of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.  Many fond memories of our time there as students.
After a long nap and a good night sleep ... it was time to hit the road for South Dakota.  A stop at a "real world" grocery store for supplies ended up being a trip to our version of Disneyland!  I didn't know that egg nog was available for Halloween, let alone came in multiple flavors!  Wowser!
Marshmallows come in multiple flavors as well!  Who knew?  I bought a bag of the pumpkin spice ... and later in the week used them in rice krispie treats.  They were a hit!

I know what you're thinking ... yep ... people stared at me while I enthusiastically expressed my thrill at finding such treasure!  Yep ... people gawked at me while I took pictures of common everyday items!  And of course my antics embarrassed Mr. DillyDally ... but he's used to it. ;-)
We came to help my mother-in-law move to a New Mexico.  It was nice to visit South Dakota this late in the year.
In 2006, I had made my in-laws two quilts to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary.  This one done in shades of pink, red, brown, blue and purple.
The second one done in every color for a more masculine look.  I was not blogging at the time, so it's fun to share them now.
We racked leaves ... a ton of leaves!  What fun!  Haven't done that since the 70's!
We were saved by a neighbor and his manure spreader!  When he saw how many leaves we had to dispose of ... he brought it over, helped us fill it and took it to the fields!  Love the idea of reusing Mother Natures resources!
The movers came ... what a blessing the moving business is!  It was a very large job!
And then it was time to say good-bye to family and friends ... both the human and furry variety.

We have been in Chicago for a few days visiting family and today take the train to New Mexico.  I have never traveled by train before ... so am looking forward to the adventure!

Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Catching Up!

I have been traveling ... internet has been limited and most of the time unavailable.  Makes me giggle when I think about how the word "remote" has different connotations!  Technology keeps me from feeling isolated from the world while living in a remote corner of the planet.  When technology isn't available to me in the "real world", I often find myself feeling very isolated!  See?  Too funny!
 It was a busy dillydally weekend before I left home!  Barb and I squeezed in one last dillydally playdate before she leaves for the winter!  I refer to her as my Snowbird Buddy!  I will miss our weekly gatherings ... but am so excited about her plans for the winter!
We also celebrated a QBee Birthday!  Always fun to catch up on everyone's life!  I treasure the time I spend with this crew!  We showered Diane with gifts and affection!  We also celebrated that her first grandson will be arriving any day!
A lot of the weekend was spent with Her Majesty as I finished up auction items for our Guild's annual fundraiser!
"Surely she won't interrupt my supervisory nap and apply the binding to this project?"
"I'm going to stand my ground."
"Supervisors must remain firm!"  I swear, I live with the silliest kitty!  But I was leaving in a few days ...
... and projects had to be finished!  Table runner?  Check!
While working on this wall quilt ... the song, Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah was spinning around in my head!  "Mr. Bluebird's on my shoulder, ...."!  Love that song!
Flicka favored the blue bird too!  "My oh my, what a wonderful day!"
My furry task master checking to make sure the quilting lines are straight!
"Plenty of sunshine coming my way!  Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, Zip-a-Dee-Ay"!  I had great fun making this happy quilt!  Wall quilt?  Check!
I found three wine-themed fat quarters, and a couple of tea towels in my stash.  Used the fat quarters to decorate the towels and made two over-sized potholders.  Simple household items that would make a nice gift!  Third auction item?  Check!  I missed attending the Tea & Auction, but hope those who purchased these items will enjoy them!
Prepared the samples for my Foo-Whee class in Idaho!
Made progress on another pair on mittens!  It is mitten season!  Am looking forward to the first snow fall!
Oh ... how I miss ...
... my fur babies!
There ... now you're caught up on what took place in DillyDallydom before I left!  I've enjoyed a busy week in South Dakota and arrived in Chicago today!
Until next time ...
Do what you love.  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally