Llamas and Other Critters at the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival

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Well hello there!

In May I spent a Saturday morning checking out the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival. This was my second year for the festival and it’s a blast! There are lots of cool vendors, cute animals, and interesting demonstrations. It rained the day before and the herding dogs did their demo in mud, but luckily the rain held off on Saturday and the temperature was perfect.

Here are some highlights:

A New Yarnbomb by Zsa Zsa

For more than seven years my friend Zsa Zsa, aka Guerilla Knitter, worked a little on crocheting one of those old-school granny square throws. You know, the ones with the colorful centers surrounded by black borders?

Well, she went to visit her parents and saw a hideous phone company equipment cover in their otherwise beautiful backyard. Something had to be done!

The size of the piece was already very close to the size she needed for the cozy. She attached a couple more rows to the afghan and quickly crocheted up a circular piece for the top and sewed the whole thing together. It looks great! If the phone company needs access, they can just pull the cozy off. Goodbye hideous equipment, hello yarnbomb!

Granny square cozy - a new yarnbomb by Zsa Zsa

Granny square cozy - a new yarnbomb by Zsa Zsa

The installation coincided with this year’s International Yarnbombing Day. And Worldwide Knit in Public Day.

 

Wandering Around Stillwater, MN

I spent a day wandering around Stillwater, Minnesota, last fall. It’s a cute little town on the St. Croix River not far from the Twin Cities.

Stillwater is one of the oldest towns in Minnesota. It was incorporated as a city in 1854, and at that time it was the largest town in the state! The lumber industry is what put Stillwater on the map. Nowadays it’s a tourist destination.

Stillwater Lift Bridge

The Stillwater Lift Bridge is a vertical-lift bridge that crosses the St. Croix River and connects Stillwater to Wisconsin. There’s another lift bridge in Duluth. More on that one soon.

Stillwater Lift Bridge

Here are a few more photos from the day.

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Cute shop

When I got the film developed I realized that Stillwater has a gazillion power lines!

Through the Mists of Time

I mentioned before that I have two Kodak Brownie cameras, a Hawkeye and a Hawkeye Flash. I respooled some Kodak Portra 800 onto 620 spools and ran the film through the Brownies. This is my second roll.

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It’s also the final roll of my 2014 52-Rolls Project. I made it to 40 rolls in 2013, and this year I got to 41. Not quite 52, but still not too horrible.

I’ll see you again in 2015 for my next attempt at shooting 52 rolls of film!

Testing the Waters With La Sardina

I finally finished a roll of Lomo X-Pro Chrome film I had in La Sardina. I always enjoy using the camera. It’s got a nice wide-angle lens, you can easily experiment with multiple exposures, and it’s lightweight and unobtrusive.

This is Roll 40 of my 2014 52-Rolls Project.