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Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Trip and a Bluegrass Festival

We just got home last week from a trip to my high school class reunion in Indianapolis, Indiana, to a little visit with my family in the hills of eastern Tennessee and to the Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration in Rosine, Kentucky. It was an 11 day trip and I took a variety of knitting projects to work on. We had been to the bluegrass festival before and I knew there would be a lot, I mean A LOT, of sitting, so I wanted to be prepared.

The festival is adjacent to the home of Bill Monroe, who is said to be the "Father of Modern Bluegrass." I have always loved bluegrass and wish I had a picture of my paternal grandpa playing his banjo on his porch swing. I remember a few evenings where a couple of his friends came down to that porch with their instruments and they "made music," and occasionally my quiet grandpa would get up and do a sort of shuffling jig. So I do feel a connection to bluegrass, even though I play no instruments. My husband is a guitarist, bass player and drummer from wa-a-ay back and he has come to enjoy bluegrass along with me.

Anyway, I think I will just post a few pictures here of the trip and show the knitting projects that I finished. Enjoy the ride.

Look at all those old(er) people at
my class reunion.
The view from very near my parents' home
in eastern Tennessee

The lake we walk around when visiting them.

When you park at the foot of the hill at the bluegrass
festival, you will find a variety of modes
of transportation up to the festival itself.
Here is a tractor pulling a large "cart."

They also had an older school bus, labeled
"Bluegrass Shuttle."
They even had about 7 golf carts. And, let me tell you,
those cart drivers tore around like mad-men.

One of the many bands, Cumberland Highlanders.

Phillip Steinmetz and his Sunny Tennesseans

This is only a portion of the large crowd in attendance
at the 5 day festival

Ronnie Reno and the Reno Tradition

The first day I finished 4 knitting projects.

Then that night we had a good rain. Husband and I were cozy
warm under his very large golfing umbrella, raincoats on our
legs and hats and gloves.

The next day dawned clear and cold. I put the knitting
away to focus on keeping warm.

I finished these 2 fair isle hats for
Christmas presents

The knitting on that
green thing will be like this
when finished, featured here.

And I finished this black
dish cloth to match my kitchen, shown

 And before I end, I want to post a few videos of some of the bands at Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration. These videos are from You Tube and not from this year's festival. Bluegrass at its finest. Maybe.

We had a lot of fun on this trip and, as usual, were very glad to get back home.


  1. Tennessee looks a little like Wisconsin. :) The festival looks so cool!

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    1. Gillian, I got the handles on eBay, and I think it was from this seller: http://www.ebay.com/usr/handmadebymerrykae?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

      I have purchased several handles from her because I have several bags to finish, similar to these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-pair-2-pcs-Faux-PU-Leather-Bag-Handles-Purse-Straps-Handbag-Straps-26-/261274284018?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item3cd5292ff2

      Hers were the best prices I could find. I cannot find anything similar in our small town shops either. I'm not sure what shipping would cost you but maybe you could find something cheaper from a European seller on eBay.

    2. I had hoped the web addresses would become links but just copy & past the addresses in a browser - I'm sure you know that. :-)


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