~A few weeks ago, we met our daughter Darcey and s-i-l Todd in Las Vegas for a couple of nights. He had a conference there and we just wanted to see them! Had a marvelous time. The bizarre part of the trip were the two HORRIFIC storms we had to drive through both coming and going. As we were driving towards Vegas, it was 109 degrees in Baker, Ca. We watched the temperature slowly drop during the next 30 minutes until it was 68 degrees! The sky opened up and HUGE chunks of hail started falling. OMG! In the desert? During the summer? We have driven to and through Vegas a lot since my in-laws moved to Montana in 1976. Never have we encountered this.
During the 6 hour drive, I got antsy and started looking for great iPhone apps. Found Pro HDR. As we were leaving the storm area, on the way home, I decided to try the app even though the car was moving. It is really a fun app! I like the way the pics turned out, even though there are movement shadows. What fun! For those of you that don’t know about HDR, to put it simply, you take two pictures of an scene/object/etc; one where it looks washed out and one where it is darker. The two pictures are then combined into one. The HDR pictures show a greater depth of color. Hubs wants to get a camera which will do this. Using the app, you are instructed to hold the camera steady and tap the screen when ready. You can watch the app quickly scan to brightest point, snap, and then darkest point, snap. Takes about a second. If you don’t have the app get it! There is a free version and one that you pay for. If you want before and after shots, make sure you save the before.
~I’m sure all of us have knit our share of warm, serviceable scarves. Every so often it’s fun to knit something totally outrageous to wear as neck candy. While visiting the Acorn Street Yarn shop they had an extremely fun exhibit of yarns made specifically to “knit” into ruffled, wild, scarves/neck candy. It took me at least half and hour to decide which one to purchase. The directions were on the package. It took a couple of hours to make while on the road to Missoula. Finished it at my sister’s house. Sad to say that I did not keep the label so I cannot remember what the yarn is. It is really long so this picture shows the scarf doubled. Isn’t it fabulous?
Barbara is such a fast knitter that she made two scarves during our journey. It really was cold! The yarn is Cascade’s Alpaca and is softer-than-soft (my favorite yarn to knit with). She knit both in a straight garter stitch. After she got home, she decided she did not like the plain look on hers and wanted to “punch” the color of the yarn better. So she tore out the entire scarf and reknit using the Fisherman’s Rib, a type of Brioche stitch, found at one of our favorite online sites, The PurlBee. It is so pretty and SOFT. She lives in our San Diego mountains where it gets cold and this scarf is wonderful!
I have a totally off-the-wall “neck candy” that is almost finished, I’ll try and share that with you tomorrow. Today is spinning day, at least for a bit. It is still cold, drizzly, gray here and the arthritic hands do complain. I do see spots of blue poking through here and there. I’m wearing my new Maja shawlette, with the perfect stick pin, to keep warm.
I’ll leave you with a stunning picture taken during sunset at Carlsbad State Park in San Diego County, California. It was taken by daughter Emily while we were camping there a few weeks ago. She fancied it up with the iPhone app Histamatic. Cool!