Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beki's Afghan

After making my first Around the Bases Afghan, my daughter, Beki, messages..."Make me one."  Well, I always take note when someone says they want me to make something.  So I decided for her wedding I'd put together a really special version of this afghan.  It started with the popular Sophie's Garden square in the center and then Around the Bases was worked to the end.  Click on the links to go to the free patterns.  It took me almost six months to complete and then had to sit as a surprise until May as their wedding gift.

Her and her new husband love the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, so I was trying to work the theme into it by using red and white.  Of course, I had to add additional colors to make it prettier.  Needless to say, it was a "homerun."  They loved it. 

My yarn choice was Drops Muskat which comes in 50 gram skeins and cost about $1.86 each.  Below are the amounts I used.

9 -- Red #12 
7 -- Bordeaux #41
6 -- Black #17
9 -- White #18
6 -- Light Grey #19
7 -- Medium Grey #24

G hook for most stitches
H hook for chain and single crochet rounds

I did not get a final measurement before flying it across The Pond to Missouri, but you can see here how big it got.  Here I was working on the final borders.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Auschwitz-Birkenau Poland

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  George Santayana

Our trip to Poland included a day trip and tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration camps located about an hour and a half from Krakow, Poland.  We rented a car on this trip so we drove ourselves to the camp.  We were shuttled between the two camps as part of the tour.

It'll be hard to put into words the feelings I had while touring Auschwitz.  The horrors that people endured is incomprehensible.  As much as I didn't want to be there, I did want to be there.  I've tried to explain it to a few people who have said to me that they didn't think they could do it...go to a place of such tragedy.  And, yes, there were moments when emotions were overwhelming and tears came to my eyes, but as I stood there taking it all in, I knew I had to be there.  It was a way to show respect to all those who lost so much...generations of families that would never exist because of the atrocities of evil men and women.  We saw so much, the places they lived and slept and ate, the bombed out buildings of where the exterminations occurred, the roads they walked everyday trying to work in order to survive.  May we never forget.

Auschwitz Entrance...original gate.

Commander giving a thumbs up for someone to live.

Personal items that were taken from prisoners.

The loss of so many children...breaks my heart.

Father and son both died...whole families lost.


At this point we were shuttled to the Birkenau camp.
Here you can see the railway they were brought in on.

 Bedding area.

Wildflowers now grow in the fields, betting the people kept here didn't get such a treasure to view.

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