Monday, October 11, 2010

An Afternoon in 1836

The pressure of finding something suitable to do on 10/10/10 was too much for us, so we spent yesterday afternoon in 1836.

We went to Conner Prairie, an interactive history museum, with Andrew's brother, sister-in-law, and our extremely adorable niece.*

As this old journal states, we had beautiful weather, warm and sunny.

There were fiber arts everywhere.  Those are giant mittens that were hanging up in the hotel in Prairietown.  They were probably 12" long.  I dig knitting as art.

A basket of yarn and some knitting needles were on a table in one of the bedrooms...

...along with a basket of fleece. Again, I say how thankful I am that I don't have to clean fleece in order to knit.

In the weaving shop, a woman was working on a new carpet for the Conner House. She said it took her about four hours to weave one yard of fabric. She had skeins of naturally-dyed yarn hanging up in the weaving area.

Inside the Conner House, you can see the woven carpet along with a basket of crafty goodness.

Inside the modern exhibit hall, there was an exhibit where kids could design quilt squares on a computer.  Beside it hung a very cool quilt.  The four pictures below are squares on that quilt.

After we were finished, we went to the Apple Store, which has nothing to do with Steve Jobs, and had a carmel apple and a cider slushy.  Andrew humored me when I saw this...

It was a really beautiful day, even if it was in the high-80s in October.  More pictures (of non-yarn-related nature) to come!

*This is She of the Lava Lamp hat.  Her parents said they'd send me a photo of the hat on the proper head.  Apparently it's much cuter on a baby than it is on a lava lamp.


  1. What cool fiber arts! thanks for sharing. I've wanted to go there for a long time.
    But not since 1836.


  2. I like that quilt...I wish I could quilt easily and quickly, but I must admit that I have an unfinished quilt hanging around my house. Also, I had to cheat and sew it with a sewing machine in order to finish the top piece in time for class! Confessions are good for the soul.

    Looks like you had a wonderful time!

    PS: Your comment had my dying laughing!

  3. Love it! Glad you guys were able to relax and enjoy and day together. Your niece IS very adorable! Can't wait to see the hat on her!