Monday, August 31, 2009

First Day of School

Today is the first day of our school year for students and bus drivers. It's a week later this year with Labor Day being a later date in September.

Here's a very happy driver (nicknamed "Russ") of #27 (nicknamed "Dobbin") ready to leave on their afternoon runs.

Dobbin is the same bus as last year. He is a 2008 Freightliner on a Thomas body and a Saf-T-Liner C2 body style. A 72 passenger bus, #27 has a Mercedes diesel engine and automatic transmission. Isn't he beautiful? "The Girls" spent all summer at the bus barn cleaning and waxing and polishing the fleet. Wheels were also painted and paint nicks repaired. We (well, Moore School Bus, Inc.) do have one of the very best looking school bus fleets anywhere.

What do two skeins of yarn and an Anti-Viral Kleenex box have to do with this?

Well, Dobbin is still using the plastic canvas cover I made for #66 several years ago. This year Dobbin will be presented with a knitted Kleenex box in school bus colors -- school bus yellow and black. The pattern is developing in the Knitting Quadrant of my brain.

Yarn Elf and Yarn Vixen chose the perfect colors for this project. Yarn Elf sent Bernat Super Value skeins in color# 608 Bright Yellow and #741 Black. Russ wanted a 'school bus yellow' and I wanted this project to be acrylic for laundering purposes. YV told me that YE had great fun pulling all his yellow-golds at World Wide Hobbies in Willcox, AZ and that she just seconded his choice. Russ was thrilled when he saw the colors and this picture shows how very close to 'school bus yellow' this Bernat really is.

We'll leave you with a close up of Dobbin's chrome. Some of it was purchased in West Memphis, Arkansas last March and some of it was found at another chrome shop near Wheeling, WV in July.


L. said...

I can see kleenex box cover looking kind of like bus body, sans hood - the sides would be: yellow w/black stripe at top, 2 black strips thru center and 1 more black stripe along the bottom. And of course you could/should include bus # on it too. then it would be a perfect bus companion item...

yarn elf said...

School Days are here again with another reason to knit. Sounds like a plan is in the works. New sock being worked on for the good looking guy and a project in the works to deck out the bus. Somebaody is going to be busy for awhile.

Linda said...

I'm so far behind on blog reading. Sending safe, happy thoughts to Russ and Dobbin for the year!