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High Fiber—Done With Sundance, Back to Fiber Fun!

The official Sundance Film Festival is over for this year.

DH and I still have one volunteer shift to do tonight. After the festival is over, Sundance puts on two free screenings of one or two of the best films. We're working that. Then it's all over for another year. While watching the lobby during a film or guarding the door to the Green Room, I managed to get some knitting done. The first sleeve (second version) is finished, and I have several inches done on the second sleeve.

The one thing I didn't do much of last week was sleep.

Vintage Stitchers met on schedule. Janet brought several items for show-and-tell, like this cute machine appliqué. 

Janet also worked on this appliqué project, using a machine buttonhole stitch. 

While not working on it, she pieced this B&W and purple quilt top...

...and this modern quilt top. 

She says she's entered a new "modern" stage. She has been using modern fabrics and traditional patterns, but has recently become drawn to more modern patterns. It will be interesting to see what she does.

Ellen came back Tuesday night. I picked her and Brenda up at Ellen's daughter's house so we could drive to the meeting together. She had this hand appliqué to show off. 

I worked on appliquéing some leaves on the last panel of my Delectable Pathways quilt. 

After the meeting, we stopped at Barnes & Noble so Brenda could pick up a book she had ordered. I had bought a 2-qt. slow cooker and had been looking for a vegetarian cookbook for it. The one I was considering was Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just for You by Kathy Hester. They had it at B&N, so I was able to look at it. It looked pretty good, so I bought it.

From there, we went to Elaine's Quilt Block, so Ellen could pick up some light, neutral fabric for background for blocks for her "Home Sweet Home" quilt. It's the book I used for the quilt over my mantle. Remember this?

I had given my book to Ellen, along with the templates I had made. Now she's making the full-size quilt with all nine blocks. 

While Ellen and Brenda were looking, I thought I would see if they had any fabric that would be good for the I-spy quilts I'm working on. In the sale room, I found this great fabric:

I'm cutting the squares at 4 1/2", and they will be 4" finished. If I cut a 4 1/2 square from these, the cut includes all of the light blue border around each image. This makes alternate images unusable at this size, but I was able to get enough to finish what I needed. Here are all my I-spy squares cut out. 

The piles on the right are for Zachary, and the ones on the left are for Soren. Many are the same fabrics, but where I only had one of a kind, I tried to pick what would be most relevant to each boy.

I went stash-diving and came up with some fabric for sashing and cornerstones for Zachary's quilt. I hope to start piecing it this week.

On a different note, DH bought us participation in the National Geographic Genographic Project.

My results have come back, and we're still waiting for his, although we mailed them at the same time. 

It turns out I'm 43% Northern European, 37% Mediterranean and 17% Southwest Asian (today's India, Tajikistan, Iran, etc.; most Europeans have this). The populations I'm most like are British Isles and German. No surprise there, but I have quite a bit more Mediterranean than typical for British and slightly more than typical for German populations. My percentage of Southwest Asian is typical for both groups. The real surprise came when it was broken down into haplogroups. My first branch (about 30,000 yrs. ago) is U5, which is almost exclusively Scandinavian, primarily Finnish. (!) This is especially interesting because DH is half Finnish. It means that our kids carry more Finnish-type genes than we thought. Somewhere between 22,000 and 4,000 yrs. ago, people from this group migrated either to Europe or South Asia. The next branch is U5A. The largest population with this lineage is Slovenia, although it is found in Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Lebanon and India. I'm specifically U5a1b. All of this is on my mother's side. Women don't get results from the paternal side, because it's carried on the Y chromosome. However, it means I'm more German than I thought. The only German ancestors I knew about already were on my father's side. I'm providing the project with information that might help them with continuing studies. I read some of the comments made by people in the U5a1b group, and they are mostly from the British Isles and Germany, but some of them mentioned coming from the US's deep south, as my parents did. I was a little disappointed that I didn't seem to have any race other than Caucasian in me. That would have been even more interesting. Maybe there's something more exotic on my father's side.

Maybe you skipped over my little dissertation, and that's OK. To reward you for tuning in, though, here's some cuteness: Soren was riding the monorail during a recent trip to Seattle. Clearly he prefers his book to really drinking in the experience. Maybe he's going to be a proofreader when he grows up!

One more thing: CherylBWaters and I are two people here on the Knitting Community who have lost loved ones to cancer. Cat Bordhi has written a new eBook, The Art of Felfs. It's loaded with felted (filled) footwear for all of your special friends and relatives who may or may not ever get cancer. All proceeds from this book go to cancer research. All I ask is that you have a look. Thanks!

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

What's on my loom: Belated Christmas present scarves, holding. I hope to make some progress this week. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Listing to Phantoms by Dean Koontz, from Audible. 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: It has to be the Messages app. I've found I'm using it more all the time, as I get used to a phone service that doesn't charge for texting. It really came in handy during the film festival.

What's in my wine glass: Bogle Vineyards Petite Sirah, 2011. Very nice. (My wine steward doesn't buy bad wine.)

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 2, 2014 at 7:14am
The puppies picked the Broncos. (Not my pups; the ones on TV. My pups are baseball fans, as am I.) I have friends rooting for both teams, but my niece and her DH are avid Seahawks fans. They go to the games when they can. Baby Finn is on my list. 24 weeks is pretty early. Still, he's a good size to be that early, and they can do a lot these days.
Comment by angelkarhu on February 1, 2014 at 10:15pm
No news on baby boy. A little hesitant yet to knit a premie sized BSJ still. On the upside in new apartment in SD. Pappy's a bit nervous but thats to be expected. Must be confused as heck. Long drive, a week at sisters now here. We go couch shopping mon or tues. Only watching Super bowl tomorrow since its the Seahawks aka Seattle. Not a huge fan but always root for them. Baseball is more my thing.
Comment by angelkarhu on January 31, 2014 at 1:45pm
Baby was actually at 24 weeks and his name is Finn.
Comment by cherylbwaters on January 31, 2014 at 9:46am

That is such a tough go of it. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 31, 2014 at 8:32am

They're both on my list. I'll do what I can.

Comment by angelkarhu on January 31, 2014 at 7:22am
Hey guys can I ask for your prayers. My cousin up in OR went into very premature labor. She was pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl was on bed rest, lost the girl but at 26 weeks her water broke and her son was born weighing just a little over a pound, ( I think, maybe more). He survived the first critical 72hrs. But it could still go either way. She already had one miscarriage. I dont know anymore details than that. Dont know if they have named him yet but cousins name is Stacy. Thanks.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 29, 2014 at 4:07pm
So true!
Comment by cherylbwaters on January 29, 2014 at 2:11pm

And as your kids would say, those cockroaches made the best eggs ever!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 29, 2014 at 6:38am
I like snakes, but I also like rats. I know predators are made that way, but it's difficult to deal with. I was always happy when our ducks ate cockroaches or snails, though.
Comment by angelkarhu on January 28, 2014 at 8:14pm
Today was a very slow day. Slept almost all day but still beat. Only went out to get a dead rat for nieces pet snake and a new dog bed as we forgot it back home along with all his toys. He needed a new toy anyways. So new dog bed and new dog toy for Pappy. Niece is feeding that snake far far far away from me. Terrified of snakes.

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