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This week I'm frantically finishing up some projects that have to be done for Christmas or before. Remember Rocky's sweater, started last week?

 I wanted him to have a nice one for the Christmas season to replace the old acrylic sweater he had been wearing around the house in the winter. This was a quick knit, using Swish worsted in "Hollyberry." You can find the yarn here. The pattern is Biscuits and Bones Dog Coat, a free pattern I found on Ravelry. It's from Patons.

I needed to make a knitted gift for a special person in my life, so I CO the Elis Cowl. It was a quick knit and fun to do.

It involves Indian cross stitch. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

I'm using the yarn I spun from the turquoise merino I bought at Twisted in Portland last summer. This is the best photo I have of the actual fiber.

The fiber is from Pico Accuardi Dyeworks

Having finished that, I picked up the Prayer Cardi  and made some progress.

If you missed the story, it's the sweater started by my DSIL, who passed away a year ago in October. Before she died, she gave it to me and asked me to finish it for her husband, who is my DH's brother, so it's a very special UFO. She had the back done and had started the two fronts. We (DBIL and I) couldn't find the rest of the yarn, which came from a little shop on Inish Mor, in Ireland, so I ordered some similar yarn for the sleeves, hoping the effect would be taken for a "design feature." Then the yarn turned up. I finished the fronts and one sleeve. Then the sweater was on hold while I waited for a sweater of his to use as a guide for sleeve length and body width. He brought me one this week, and I was able to finish the first sleeve. I'm past the ribbing and into the pattern on e second sleeve. Then there's sewing up and the front band to do. It should be finished in time for Christmas, which is my goal.

My Daisy Chain quilt is waiting to have the binding put on. I'm dying to see it on the bed!

It has been a great week. Besides finally finishing some projects, I learned that Miss Daphne's sibling will be a boy, so I will need to knit some boy things. For you Miss Daphne fans, here's a new photo of her:

And DDIL1 got a 94% on her final in her tax preparation class. Looks like a job for her soon!

What's on my needles: The Prayer Cardi. 
What's on my iPad: Anne McCaffrey's The Skies of Pern, from probably my favorite sci-fi series.
What's my app of the week: Sticks and String. It's a direct link to David Reidy's website and the Sticks and String podcast. (He's back, BTW.)
What's in my wine glass: Vola 2009 Sangiovese. This isn't my favorite variety of red wine, but Vola makes a nice one.

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad. (I used the Notes app to write it.) No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 7, 2011 at 5:00am
It's the booklet "Galway Heather Family Cardigans" by Lyric. It's a booklet. The pattern is "Family Cardigans." The yarn was purchased on the Island of Inish Mor, in Ireland. The blue Aran cardigan in my projects is the same pattern and yarn, but a different color.
Comment by wendy on December 6, 2011 at 11:40pm

This cardi is really beautiful.  Does it have a name (the pattern)?  Boy, oh boy, Miss Daphne is really looking grown up now.  What a cutie!  And a boy!  How exciting!

That picture of your handspun is gorgeous! 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 29, 2011 at 5:38pm
You're welcome. I'm always glad when people enjoy my photos, projects and activities.
Comment by Drew Roe on November 29, 2011 at 4:40pm

Great pictures!  Thanks for sharing everything, Peggy! :-)

Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 29, 2011 at 9:27am
Yes! The two grandfathers are ecstatic! One because this is the first grandson to carry on the family name, and the other because this is the first grandson at all.
Comment by Beverly Roberts on November 29, 2011 at 9:19am

OOOee!  Will this be your first grandson?  Rocky looks very handsome in his new sweater :))  Daphne is losing her baby looks...still adorable of course, but maturing.  You already know how much I love the cowl and the sweater.

Comment by Knit4Many on November 29, 2011 at 8:38am

What a great blog. A boy!! How exciting. I am so happy for all of you. Miss Daphne is such a doll. Love all the knitting. Rocky looks so handsome in his new sweater.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 28, 2011 at 8:25pm
Thanks, Beth! I love I when things go well.
Comment by Beth Pritchett on November 28, 2011 at 6:51pm

The Prayer Cardi is truly a labor of love. It is lovely and I know your DBIL will love it. Miss Daphne is growing up fast. She will be a wonderful BIG sister. Rocky looks so regal in his new sweater, love the color. The color for the cowl is also lovely.

Congrats to Patty on her final.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 28, 2011 at 2:38pm
Buffy, I did. I got yarn for several more BSJs, mostly. I got a good price. Not that I needed to spend more money....

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