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Lynda has finished her Dogwood Blossoms!

She's the first one in our group of four or so to finish it. She wore it to our Common Threads meeting on Thursday. Mine is close to finished (has been for a long time), and I plan to get it done during the Ravellenic Games. 

Here is the sweater Margareth and I were trying to resize to fit her at our meeting two weeks ago. She says that she has tried it on, and it fits perfectly.

The pattern is the Bayside Pullover from Hannah Fettig's Coastal Knits

Margareth is adding subtle stripes, because she didn't have enough of the main color yarn. I love her color choices. It's going to be worth all the math we had to do. 

Now Lynda's working on this great shawl. It's called "Dream Bird," and was designed by Nadita Swings.

Lone is working on felting and paper projects. 

Here's Ellen's garage-sale find from several years ago. The circles are yoyos, appliquéd down. She's thinking of using this piece as the center medallion of a quilt.

My first I-spy quilt top is finished. This one is for Zachary's second birthday in April. I have another one virtually the same to make for Soren, who will be two in July. I picked up the border fabric for both quilts on Tuesday at our local quilt shop after a sewing session at Ellen's. Because I'm using the same fabric for both quilts' borders, I have enough fabric to get the length of all borders without piecing them.

And...the endless Christmas Waffle Sweater is coming along. The second sleeve is finished. 

You may remember that I wasn't happy with the top-down sleeves. These were much easier to make, and I like the way they look better. Starting on the yoke.

I've been enjoying the new slow-cooker book I bought when I was in SLC with Ellen and Brenda. (Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You by Kathy Hester.) I made the "Pumpkin Polenta" overnight for breakfast, and it turned out great. I used water instead of nondairy milk and real cheese instead of the faux cheese. (I don't eat meat, but I'm not vegan.)

The other "excitement" for the week was Rocky's injury. We think he did it playing Frisbee in the snow a week ago Saturday with some other dogs. We didn't notice anything until Monday, when he got up unable to turn his head to the left. Our vet had us try aspirin for several days, but it was taking a long time to get better, so we took him in on Friday. Pulled muscle was the diagnosis. Now he's on two different medications to relax the muscle and reduce the pain, and seems to be recovering significantly. Never a dull moment with the pups!

Finally, the local groundhog saw his shadow on Sunday. Six more weeks of winter. I wish it were only six more weeks. That would be unusual for us. 

What's on my needles: "Green Tea" socks for me, second sock, and Dogwood Blossoms holding, and Christmas Waffle sweater moving along, with the second sleeve (second version) finished. Starting the raglan decreases for the yoke. 

What's on my loom: Christmas present scarves, a few more inches done.

What's on my Featherweight: Piecing the second I-spy quilt, this one for Soren. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Phantoms by Dean Koontz, from Audible and started Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey. Still reading Pemberly to Waterloo by Anna Elliot in iBooks, bought through Book Bub. Also listening to the Fiber Hooligan podcast and the Knit Picks podcast, as usual.

What's my app of the week: I'm really getting a lot of use out of The Recipe Box.  I'm adding my favorite recipes, so I can find them easily. It even let's you include a photo.

What's in my wine glass: Proximo by Marqués de Riscal Rioja, 2009, from Spain. Nice! It says "Alc. 135% on the bottle. No wonder it tastes so good! (No, that has to be a mistake.)

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and the MacBook, using the iPhone for some photos and some photo processing. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for, cleaned or broken. No animals were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 10, 2014 at 12:05pm

Beverly, I'm not vegan, just vegetarian. I insist on humane treatment of the chickens and cows that provide my eggs, milk and cheese, though. (Still trying to figure out how to do that for the bees.)

Comment by Beverly Roberts on February 10, 2014 at 10:09am

Loving the colors in Lynda's Dogwood Blossom sweater :) And that Dreambird shawl is awesome!  I don't know where you get the energy to do all you do...must be your vegan diet.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 8, 2014 at 8:06am
Good about the WiFi! We need sweaters in the summer, too, at 7200'. Yes, Moab can get hot. They're much lower.
Comment by angelkarhu on February 7, 2014 at 10:38pm
You need sweaters in Utah! At least in winter. Moab gets pretty dang hot in Aug. Years and years and years ago (almost 20 now) with a church group van broke down and we were stuck there for several hours. Ugh. Never drove with a group again. Drove myself with a co-pilot. We were on our way back from Glorrietta,NM. A tiny place up in the mountains near Santa Fe, NM.

Anyways wifi up and running again.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 6, 2014 at 5:19am
I got enough for a sweater. Not that I need more sweater yarn....
Comment by angelkarhu on February 6, 2014 at 12:20am
Thats ok Peggy. We understand. I ordered fabric in the fat quarter shop sale. Got some dog printed fabric for a dog bed out of one yard wonders book. Pappy is officially a working dog. He's a service/companion pet.
Comment by Buffy Joseph on February 5, 2014 at 9:27pm

Ha, Peggy! Well, now you have weaving to use it up. 

Besides, KP is always such a good deal, you can never have too much of it. :)

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 5, 2014 at 8:10pm
I just ordered more in the big sale. Shame on me!
Comment by angelkarhu on February 5, 2014 at 4:33pm
Always wanted to go to stitches west but maybe next year. Can almost drive there in a day but thats pushing it. Maybe next year we can meet up there if you are in the bay area. After moving realized OMG I gotta lot of yarn!
Comment by Buffy Joseph on February 5, 2014 at 1:49pm

Angel - I know. I've been "freezing" here lately, and it's in the 50's! But for the San Francisco Bay Area, that is cold! (And in San Diego too!)

Peggy - I love that I live near Stitches! The Marketplace is HUGE. I don't remember seeing much spinning stuff last year, but then I wasn't looking for it! Besides yarn, I've bought some really cute knitting bags in the past and some fun tools. But I really do love to get new-to-me yarns or yarn from a specific animal straight from it's farm! :)

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