Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Read a Road Map Day April 5, 2016

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Read a Road Map Day

“The road goes every onward”, but where does the road in fact go? We could always ask our handy-dandy GPS, but Read A Road Map Day a day dedicated to going back before the time of such handy little devices. Instead it heralds back to a time when it was actually possible to hold a road map upside down, or stand over the hood of your car on the side of the road with it spread out. The map represented adventure, it represented places unseen and roads untraveled, and was the ultimate guide back to where we started. If we could find out where we were on it.
So on this day, it’s time to bust out an old paper map, it doesn’t even have to be a recent one, and discover the wonders that these maps hold. 

silkroad outline map

Word of the Day


Definition:(verb) To oppose, especially by contradiction.
Usage:In vain did the poor old father weep and implore her pity; she was firm, and he dared not gainsay her.

Heart O' the Hills map, showing the campground and trails located along the Hurricane Ridge Road south of Port Angeles.

Idiom of the Day

corporate ladder

 — The hierarchy of authority and earning power within a large business or corporation, likened to the rungs of a ladder. Usually used with some variable verb or phrase referring to ascension

roman roads


Pocahontas Marries English Colonist John Rolfe (1614)

Pocahontas, daughter of the powerful Native American chief Powhatan, helped maintain peace between English colonists and her own people by befriending the settlers at Jamestown, Virginia, and allegedly saving the life of colonial leader John Smith after he was captured by her father's men. She later married colonist John Rolfe, which furthered efforts toward peace, and the two traveled to England, where she was received at court.

Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856)

Born into slavery, Washington was freed following the US Civil War and went on to become one of the nation's most prominent leaders and educators. He built Alabama's Tuskegee Institute into a leading African-American educational institution, with programs emphasizing vocational training. His teaching, writing, and lecturing—particularly a famous address in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1895—established him as America's foremost black leader.

Masters Golf Tournament

Known to golf fans everywhere as The Masters, this annual tournament has been held at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia since it was first started there in 1934. The qualifying rounds are held on Thursday and Friday of the four-day tournament, and the top 44 finishers participate in the final round. In addition to the cash prize, the winner receives a trophy and a green blazer. On the Tuesday night before the tournament, the defending champion hosts a Champions Dinner attended by past winners—all wearing their distinctive green jackets. 

Bad News for Bats: Lethal White-Nose Fungus Is Now in the Pacific Northwest

A hiker who noticed a little brown bat dying on a trail near the slopes of the Cascade Mountains in western Washington did what he could to save it. He took it to an animal health center, but within two days it was gone.


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1792U.S. President George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states

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James H Hackett as Falstaff

1827 - James H. Hackett became the first American actor to appear abroad as he performed at Covent Garden in London, England. 

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1869 - Daniel Bakeman, the last surviving soldier of the U.S. Revolutionary War, died at the age of 109. 

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1887 - Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word "water" as spelled out in the manual alphabet. 

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1933 - The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO. 

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1998 - The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan opened becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world. It links Shikoku and Honshu. The bridge cost about $3.8 billion. 


If You Were Born Today, April 5

Multi-talented and artistic, you are wonderfully expressive, direct, and straightforward. You have little patience for people beating around the bush, as this is not part of your own nature. While you do say it like it is, and you can be surprisingly blunt, you might frequently change your convictions and goals when you are inspired and enthused about something new. Discontent with the status quo can lead you to seek unconventional and exciting adventures.Famous people born today: Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Colin Powell, Gregory Peck.

Picture of the day
Wadi Bani Khalid
A view of the Wadi Bani Khalid from above. This wadi, located some 203 kilometres (126 mi) from MuscatOman, is the best-known of the Sharqiyah region. Its stream maintains a constant flow of water throughout the year, and large pools of water and boulders are scattered along the course of the wadi.

Picture of a white pelican in Bern, Switzerland

Prim Pelican

Photograph by Marco Schaffner, National Geographic 
This white pelican casts a demure, sidelong glance in the direction of Marco Schaffner’s lens. The ungainly bird is not known for its beauty, but with its average nine-foot wingspan, it is graceful in flight. White pelicans soar and glide, rather than flap their wings, making it easier for them to travel often long distances to catch enough fish to feed their chicks.

“In The Heat Of The Moment"
In this crazy capture, we see photographer Kawika Singson getting up close and personal
with lava as his shoes and tripod begin to catch fire.The photo went viral ...


knit, 2 - 6 yrs
Rainbow Sherbet Slip Dress
Knit this colorful garment for your princess! Every little girl looks adorable in a slip dress. Size: Child's 2(4)(6). Skill Level: Intermediate
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Dandelion Lace Shawldesigned by Kavita Sleight
Skill Level: Intermediate
SIZESS (M, L) Shown in S.
Approx 34 (44, 54)” wide at top x 13
(17¼, 21½)” deep at center point, blocked
Silky Alpaca Laceby Classic Elite (70% alpaca, 30% silk; 50 g = approx 440 yards)
1 ball each:
MC – 2416 French Vanilla
CC – 2420 Beach Glass
Circular knitting needle (24” or longer) in size US 6 (4 mm) or size to obtain gauge.lace knitted shawl
Crochet hook in size US D/3 (3.25 mm)
24 sts and 36 rows = 4” in St st.
Take time to save time, check your gauge
approx: approximately
BO: bind off
CC: contrast color
CO: cast on
est: establish(ed)
g: grams
inc’d: increase(d)
k: knit
k3tog: knit 3 sts together (2 sts decreased)
m1: (make 1) Insert LH needle under horizontal strand between st just worked and next st, from the front to the back, knit through the back loop (1 st inc’d).
MC: main color
p: purl
pc: piece
patt: pattern
pm: place marker
rem: remaining
rep: repeat
RH: right hand
RS: right side
sl m: slip marker
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over (1 st inc’d)
Chain: Wrap the yarn around the crochet hook (yarn over) and draw it through the loop on the hook to form the first chain. Rep this step as many times as instructed. (The loop on the hook is never included when counting the number of chains.)
Backward Loop Cast-on method: Wrap yarn around left thumb from front to back and secure in palm with other fingers. Insert needle upwards through strand on thumb. Slip loop from thumb onto RH needle, pulling yarn to tighten.
Drop: Drop next stitch and unrave it down to m1, use Backward Loop method to CO 1 st.
MB (make bobble): In next st, (k1, yo) twice, k1, turn; p5, turn; slip 2 sts, k3tog, pass slipped sts over – 1 st rem on RH needle.
Stockinette Stitch (St st): Knit on RS, purl on WS.
Garter Stitch (Gtr st): Knit all sts, every row.
Stripe Pattern: *In St st, work 2 rows MC; work 2 rows CC; rep from *. Note: Do not break yarn, carry unused color up the side of piece.
Dandelion Lace
(multiple of 3 sts + 6)
(also, see chart)
Row 1 (RS): K3, m1, *p1, k1, p1, m1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 (WS): K3, *k2, p1, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
Rows 3, 5, 7 and 9: K3, p1, *p1, k1, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 11: K3, p1, *p1, MB, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 12: Knit.
Row 13: K3, drop, *p3, drop; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Work rows 1–13 for Dandelion Lace patt
With CC, CO 3 sts. Knit 6 rows and do not turn work. Rotate pc 90º clockwise and pick up and knit 3 sts (1 st in each Gtr st ridge) along side; rotate pc 90º clockwise once more and pick up and knit 3 sts along CO edge – 9 sts.
Setup body patt: Setup Row 1 (WS): K3 (edge sts, keep in Gtr st throughout), p3, k3 (edge sts, keep in Gtr st throughout) – 9 sts.
Setup Row 2 (RS): K3, yo, (k1, pm) twice, k1, yo, k3 – 11 sts.
Setup Row 3: K3, yo, purl to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 13 sts.
Est stripe patt: Join MC.
Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, knit to marker, yo, sl m, k1, sl m, yo, knit to 3 sts before end, yo, k3 – 4 sts inc’d.
Row 2 (WS): K3, yo, purl to last 3 sts, yo, k3 – 2 sts inc’d.
Rep rows 1 and 2 until there are 217 (307, 397) sts – 34 (49, 64) reps of body patt worked.
Shape shawl with short rows:
Note: Short rows are not wrapped. Maintain stripe patt while working short rows.
First half
knit lace shawlShort Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, knit to 3 (6, 12) sts before first marker, turn.
Short Row 2 and all WS rows: Slip 1 st, work to end as est.
Short Rows 3, 5 and 7: K3, yo, knit to 6 (9, 15) sts before last turning point, turn.
Short Rows 9, 11 and 13: K3, yo, knit to 9 (12, 18) sts before last turning point, turn.
Short Rows 15 and 17: K3, yo, knit to 12 (15, 21) sts before last turning point, turn.
Short Rows 19 and 21: K3, yo, knit to 15 (24, 21) sts before last turning point, turn.
Short Row 22: Slip 1 st, work to end as est.
RS: Knit across all sts – 239 (329, 419) sts.
Second half
Short Row 1 (WS): K3, yo, purl to 3 (6, 12) sts before first marker, turn.
Short Row 2 and all RS rows: Slip 1 st, work to end as est.
Short Rows 3, 5 and 7: K3, yo, purl to 6 (9, 15) sts before last turning point, turn.
Lace Knit ShawlShort Rows 9, 11 and 13: K3, yo, purl to 9 (12, 18) sts before last turning point, turn.
Short Rows 15 and 17: K3, yo, purl to 12 (15, 21) sts before last turning point, turn.
Short Rows 19 and 21: K3, yo, purl to 15 (24, 21) sts before last turning point, turn.
Short Row 22: Slip 1 st, work to end as est.
Row 23 (WS): With MC, k3, purl to last 3 sts, k3, removing all markers – 261 (351,
441) sts.
With MC, work rows 1 – 13 of Dandelion Lace Patt.
BO all sts as follows:
BO 3 sts, *slip st from RH needle to crochet hook, chain 5, drop CO st above the drop stitch column, slip st from crochet hook back to RH needle, BO 3 sts; rep from * across. Fasten off. Add button, if desired.

silkroad outline map


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