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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

National Museum of USAF & Flea Market Trip

Last weekend we took a little road trip to the Cincinnati, Ohio area. We toured two huge flea markets where I found these beautiful doilies. (Somebody's not appreciating their grannie's talent, but that's okay; I do.) I got these beauties for a quarter each at Turtle Creek flea market. See link below. Another great find at the same market is Mama's basket. The young man who sold this to me for $3 said his mama wasn't there so he would make me a deal. He did, and we were both happy.
We found the local Michael's craft store after the flea marketing was finished. I found these 12 skeins of Moda Dea yarn for $1 each. It's 75% wool/22%acrylique/3% polyester. I was thinking of making a felted tote, but I'm not sure it'll work well with the unfeltable gold thread in there. Any ideas what I could make with them?
The entrance to the USAF Museum.

We took in two very large flea markets, Turtle Creek and Traders' World and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Really, I wasn't a huge fan of either the markets or this type of museum, but I did find some nifty things at the flea markets, and I have to say the four hours we spent at the museum were very interesting. I could easily have stayed much longer, surprisingly. The planes are exhibited in a very interesting manner. They span the aviation era of the Air Force from the early bi-planes to the near present.

An early bi-plane used during WWI.How's this for a little color? There were USAF "personnel" (mannequins, of course) on hand servicing the retired planes.
And "officers"barking out orders to get it done right!At the entrance to the WWII exhibit hangs a quilt commemorating the determination of the Holocaust survivors to "never forget." The NASA exhibit is big, very big. This should give you an idea how huge the buildings are for real. If you go; allow yourself a day or even two to see and do everything there. We didn't get to see the films because they were full already. I have a ton of pictures that I took while we were visiting the museum, but they don't hold a candle to being there, really. It was very impressive.


  1. What terrific bargains you found! The doilies are so beautiful, and for a quarter! Your basket was also a very good buy. The Museum looks quite interesting...I am glad you end up enjoying it. We have one here very similar, but as you said you end up finding something interesting about it once you start to look around. :o) So glad you had a good day. I would love to see just what you make with your new yarn. Enjoy...



  2. Wow. Looking at that biplane, I'm sitting here thinking, my great uncle actually got IN one of those? Brave soul.

  3. Oh, sorry, that's AlisonH at

  4. Wow, sounds like you had a great trip, with some great finds! I love it when that happens. :)

  5. Hope Mama was o.k. with deal when she got back! That's one wonderful basket! You got lots of great things at such fantastic prices! Sounds like you had lots of fun!

    I'd love the knitting links. I can do two very basic stiches (is that what they're called :0)? So nothing too complicated just yet. Thanks, you're a dear!


  6. Great deals, That looks like the perfect basket for your yarn. Nice and big!!!
    I love your pictures of the planes. You keep getting closer to Indy, If you finally get this way, you'll have to let me know so we can meet up.

  7. That Museum is right up my DH's alley. He loves to go to museums that have to do with flying machines.

    About your new yarn, since its at least 75% wool, I bet you could felt it. Just work up a test swatch and throw it into your next hot water load of laundry. I'm curious now!

  8. No-one but knitters and crocheters like us appreciate handmade items. Isn't it sad to see them sell for ony a quarter. You certainly got a good buy and I know you appreciate them so they did find the right home ;)

    I felted yarn made by the same company (cartwheel) and it was wonderful. For the heck of it I goodled cache and came up with this pattern:

    I doubt the company would publish a pattern if the yarn didn't felt well. The skys the limit as far as felting goes's so much fun :)

    Enjoy...that's a great buy you got there!!


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