U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

James has been in Nome for a bit over a week helping to coordinate the delivery of a Russian fuel barge that was led by a Coast Guard ice breaker. You may have heard about this story because it’s been in the news almost as much as the snow in Cordova, the town we left this summer. James’s project in Nome is exciting and cold work–he had a near injury when he absentmindedly stuck his keys in his mouth in 30-below temperatures! Yesterday, this picture of James smashing ice with a sledge was run by the Associated Press and his picture ended up in a little under 500 newspapers! In what to most of the world is a side note, he’s wearing a hat I made him!

Here’s the hat close-up on a warmer day:

I’m glad to be present and helping to keep him warm in some small way while he’s up there in the frozen north. Speaking of frozen, it’s quite cold here in Juneau this week, 5-10 degrees, so I’m glad to be making a pair of fingerless mitts for the class I’m teaching this Thursday night. When I’m sitting still at home, despite the heater and my cup of tea, my hands get cold. The mitts are a big help.

My crocheting hits the wires…

10 thoughts on “My crocheting hits the wires…

  • January 16, 2012 at 10:52 pm
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    this is all around awesome!

  • January 17, 2012 at 6:06 am
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    Glad you mentioned the snow in Cordova as I had been hearing about it on NPR and thought how good that you and your family have moved (though your friends are suffering through it). Also I misinterpreted the word “wires” in your heading and thought it had something to do with electricity:) Beautiful hat! Keep warm, and missing you in Maryland.

  • January 17, 2012 at 6:54 am
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    Great story!  Stay warm!

  • January 17, 2012 at 11:20 am
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    Miss you too, Barbara! I hope you’re having a mild winter.

  • January 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm
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    How cool! That’s a great hat and a great picture.

  • January 20, 2012 at 8:39 am
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    Glad to see you and Ice Boss are keeping warm.  Always a warm spot when I think of you-

  • January 20, 2012 at 10:33 am
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    Been thinking of you lots! Hope you are well…

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