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I have been really busy. Lucille Reilly, a knitting teacher from Colorado, is coming to teach a class in the Moebius Scarf, based on Cat Bordhi's designs. She will be staying at the home of one of my knitting buddies. Friday we have the class. I had to get people to sign up, then I had to order the books and the needles for everyone and make sure they got here on time. They did. I got the books in time to take advantage of KP's 40% off sale. Here's Lucille's photo of the scarf:


Three of us will continue on on Sunday afternoon with the Mobius bowl. Here's what it looks like:


It's felted, and the instructions for both are in Cat's book, The Second Treasury of Magical Knitting.

I've been busy with my own knitting as well. I finally finished my Sipalu bag! Sitting in the truck while DH did the driving during our recent trip, I got a lot of knitting done! Here's what my bag looks like:

I'm looking for a different button, but this one works for now. I like to catch the stranded yarn every other st, which isn't too hard to do, because I hold one yarn in each hand. Here's what it looked like on the inside before lining:

I decided to put a different strap on it, because I find I-cord somewhat boring. I used the pattern for the upper border for the strap, adding an extra row of Merlot Heather on the top and bottom, then a purl row and a couple more more of stockinette st. I knit it in the round and then prepared for a steek, using the crochet method:

Here's what it looked like after I cut it:

It looked very nice, but I soon saw that it was going to come apart. The Palette isn't clingy enough for that method, so I sewed it. Then I picked up sts at each end and made a band to cover the cut sts. I lined the strap with iron-on interfacing, with the lining fabric on top. I sewed each end onto my bag. The interfacing also went into the upper border. I made a pillow-case-type bag out of the lining, sewed over each corner to make it more box-shaped, and put a little pocket onto it for my cell phone. I used applique st to sew the lining to the bag. Now I'm enjoying using it as a purse. It will probably become a knitting bag, but for now, I can't bear not to take it with me everywhere. (The socks I"m knitting are inside, as well as my wallet, cell phone and keys!)
My Oregon socks are moving along. I have about 3 1/2" of the cuff done on the second sock. (See my last blog entry for a photo.) I have also been swatching for both the scarf and the bowl. Not as much time to knit this week, with the preparations for the class and other things. I've been trying to clean up my workroom. Sunny and I visited the nursing home yesterday and saw 27 people! Some kind of record for us, I think. Today our elderly kitty had to go to the vet for a checkup.

Spinning: I've been doing a little spinning, although after I have my second thumb surgery, I will be able to spin but not knit, so it can wait. Here's my lastest hank of the hand-dyed Coopworth I've been working on:

Not as tidy as I'd like, but all of this was done post surgery. If I want to get this effect again, I may have to have another thumb operated on!

I'll try to take photos during the classes, so I can report on them during my blog next week. Happy knitting! --P

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 24, 2009 at 7:36am
Hi, Judith! My productivity is because I know I need the other surgery! I have some things I want to finish first. The operated on thumb is doing fine, thanks! It's a little hard cutting strips for quilting, though, because I put pressure on the thumb and the forefinger of the left hand. I may have to get someone else to cut my strips. Knives are my friends. I've had some issues with them, though. I do best with really good light, a sharp knife, and a non-skid cutting surface! Good luck. Hope your thumb gets better quickly! --P
Comment by parisribbons on August 23, 2009 at 1:35pm
I am overwhelmed by your productivity. All of your project are outstanding.
I'm still working on my cardi and the other sock. I thought I was slow before
but I have sunk to new lows with my left thumb in a metal splint. I tried to
cut the knuckle off in the kitchen. As with my last knife episode I was being
incredibly careless. The good news is that it's not as bad as last time and
last time was years ago. I guess you can call that progress. The splint is so
I don't keep pulling the skin apart. I'm going to take it off in a few more days.

How is the "operated on" thumb doing these days with all this activity? Well,
I hope. --- J
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 20, 2009 at 4:59pm
Cristi: New avatar photo! --P
Comment by Cristi-Lael on August 20, 2009 at 4:48pm
Peggy, no worries! I'm sure I'll have something else you can test for me if I don't need you for these. ;o)
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 20, 2009 at 4:25pm
Cristi: Can you wait until I recover from my next surgery? I would love to test knit your gloves, but I really have to finish up some things (including DD's quilt top) before I go under the knife. I'm thinking sometime late October, early November. If things clear up, though, I'll check back with you and see if you still need someone.
Susan: Go ahead and whine! Your stuff is gorgeous, too! --Peggy
Comment by NoKnitSherlock on August 20, 2009 at 4:05pm
drooooooool....... Wow Peggy - I love it ALL! Beautiful work and the bag is freak'in GoRgEoUs - Waaaaaaaaant ;) (yeah, I'm a little whiney)
Comment by Cristi-Lael on August 20, 2009 at 1:06pm
That bag is gorgeous!!!! Good job, lady! I've been wanting to get the kit and mike one up of these days...
Any chance you'd want to test knit my gloves? It's ok if you don't. ;o)
Comment by ruthmci on August 20, 2009 at 7:53am
Peggy, the Sipalu bag turned out so well. Great job and I love the handle modification. I think the yarn is beautiful, too. I hope you have fun with the classes.
Comment by Knit4Many on August 20, 2009 at 3:48am
Your class of the Moebius Scarf reminds me of an episode from the show Knitty Gritty (it use to be on the DIY) where Vickie Howell had Cat Bordhi on demonstrating the Moebius scarf. She did the cast on behind her back, it was was so wild to watch. I would like to learn that cast on one day. Sounds like a fun weekend ahead. Your bag looks so great. I love the inside, its so neat. Your handles are cool too. I haven't reach that level in my knitting yet. With stranded colorwork? Is that right? Anyway I've tempted by the vest kit shown in the new catalog, but still on a yarn diet. Though truth be told I was able to make a small purchase Monday, but those items were for gift giving. Hopefully next month I'll be off the diet. I really the colors of the hand dye in your Coopworth. Boy you really have been busy and have been getting a lot of knitting lately. Good Job!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 19, 2009 at 8:39pm
Yes, another thumb to do. Unless I'm all thumbs, that's it! Good thing I'm on a high-fiber diet! I'm going to be exhausted before the class even starts! But Lucille has been working hard, too. This will be the first time she has taught back-to-back Moebius Scarf/Bowl classes. I can't wait! --P

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