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This was a week for finishing things. While waiting for the dentist, I finished this sock and took a picture of it on the waiting room floor:

I told them they had kept me waiting so long, I finished a sock. Fortunately, they all have a sense of humor. The yarn is KP's Stroll Lullaby Hand-Painted. I'm using a pattern of K2, P2 one rnd, K all sts in second rnd. These two rnds are repeated to make the pattern. This pattern breaks up the color a bit and reduces pooling (places where there are globs of all the same color). I'm ready to turn the heel of the second sock now.
I'm almost done with the little bee pattern on the sleeves of Daphne's Bees' Knees Cardi. I need to have it finished by mid October, so I can deliver it to her in person when we visit.

I also CO a dish cloth in Dishie Pomegranite. The first one is finished and the second one is about half done. It will be done by the time you read this. I can make three of these out of a ball of Dishie. 

One thing I have learned about dishcloths: Don't use a color like beige that can look dirty even before you use it. Very unappetizing! This red should always look good, though, and it goes with my kitchen!
Speaking of red, Julie (Mountaintop Quilting, finished the machine quilting on DGD1's quilt. Here it is on her long-arm quilting machine:

As soon as I got it back, I put the binding on and washed it in hot water. I had tested the fabric ahead of time to see if it would run, but I threw in three Color Catchers®, just in case, because I wasn't sure if the Chinese red backing fabric would run. The color-magnet sheets did turn pink, so it was probably good I used them. Nothing ran on the quilt though.
To show off the quilting, I laid out the quilt on the dining room table when the sun was shining in. Here's a closeup.

The fabrics for the top are all batiks from Connecting Threads. A fairly complete list of the actual fabrics used in the top is in my blog post from two weeks ago.
Here's what it looks like on a bed:

Here's a look at the binding and backing. (I took lots of photos of this quilt, because I'm giving this one up soon!)

As I write this, the label fabric is drying. I soak white quilting fabric in Bubble Jet Set 2000. When it's dry, I iron it to the shiny side of freezer paper, then cut it to 8 1/2 x 11". DH will print it for me using his printer.
We expect to be leaving Thursday to drive to San Diego for DH's high school's party for everyone who is turning 70 this year. Next week's blog may be nonexistent. However, I'm planning a blog post to explain how I add photos to comments, blog posts and PMs on the Ning websites using my iPad, so readers from Knit Picks Knitting Community and Connecting Threads Quilt With Us who are posting from mobile devices will know how to do it. Maybe that will run instead of my usual blog post.

What's on my needles: Dishcloth (probably #3 by now), Bees' Knees Cardi and Lullaby Sock 2.
What's on my wheel: Plying the sapphire blue merino singles.
What's on my iPad: Beethoven's opera, Fidelio; Alexander McCall Smith's Morality for Beautiful Girls; various podcasts.
What's my app of the week: Geo Walk, a geography app from the makers of Star Walk. If you hurry it's free through September 16th.
What's in my wine glass: Crane Lake's Zinfandel 2008, one of my favorites!

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, not even my MacBook, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 13, 2011 at 1:59pm
Just finished sewing on the label and thought you would like to have a look:

Beverly, yes. It took a week to piece, it was at Mountaintop Quilting for a week, and since Thursday, I've been sewing on the binding, washing the quilt and making the label. And knitting, of course! Coming down the home stretch on the second Lullaby Sock!

Comment by PurlGirl on September 13, 2011 at 12:16pm

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.  Love how you combatted the pooling problem on the sock, too!

Comment by Beverly Roberts on September 13, 2011 at 9:29am
P.S. I used that same yarn (as your sock) for a small shawl...I think it is positively lovely!
Comment by Beverly Roberts on September 13, 2011 at 9:28am
Great photos as always!  Hard to believe that quilt is already done!  Didn't you just start that a few weeks ago?  In any event, it is gorgeous...truly love it!  I'm not much for knitting with cotton, but it occurs to me I might want to knit some Swiffer covers...more environmentally responsible than the disposable ones and I lurve that Pomagranite colorway.  And, last but not least, as a charter member of the Daphne fan club, thanks for the photo of the little dear. Your family, especially your grandchildren, are so very lucky to be the recipients of your fibery artistic endeavors :-)
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 12, 2011 at 5:49pm
Maria, I see much knitting in your future! LOL!
Good idea to make them for the shower, EV! Thanks for the suggestion! I have a Christmas list!
Comment by EmilyVictoria on September 12, 2011 at 5:31pm
The sock looks great, I used that same color a couple of years ago and it pooled, but I liked it, but then it felted in the washer (laundromat washer).  I still can't get over how good that quilt looks, typically I don't like too much color in one item but it just works so beautifully.  The dish cloths are so cute (that is one of my favorite patterns too, it also makes a fantastic baby blanket!)  I keep knitting them but I use them in the shower, I just don't feel like ruining them in the sink!
Comment by Mrs. K on September 12, 2011 at 2:31pm
Peggy, that'll be a LONG way off :( But that's okay. My job is now also a new source of "income". Just delivered my first ordered sweater & have two more ordered already.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on September 12, 2011 at 1:39pm

Let's see if I can answer all these questions.

Annette, the pattern is Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth, a free pattern I accessed from Ravelry. There are 44 sts at the point where you start decreasing again. It calls for size 6 or 7. I knit loosely, so I used 6. (This should also answer Christina, the needles are Zephyr, but interchangeable, not fixed. I have the whole set. Love them!) The quilt top is all batiks from CT. The backing was purchased 110" wide from Quilts Etc. in SLC.

Angel Bear, I sent you a PM with special info on posting photos for next time you try it. Maybe in a comment first before you try a whole blog. I'll let you know about the weather in San Diego. It's cool here, but nice. In the 60s.

Camilla, the hand-painted yarns really need a pattern that breaks them up. If you really want to break them up, though, you can knit one rnd from the inside of the ball and one rnd from the outside. Alternating usually breaks up pooling. Some people love the pooling, though. It's all just about what you like.

Frances, I will take more photos. I should be finishing it up in the next couple of weeks.

Knit, I've submitted the tutorial, and if the powers that be OK it, it will be up next Monday.

Maria, you need to quit your job as soon as you can afford to live without it!


Comment by Mrs. K on September 12, 2011 at 1:15pm

Oh, how gorgeous is Daphne! Are you sure she's not a good match for Sam? ;)

Can't think of anything to say other than what's been said before. Lovely blog as always, Peggy. One day - ONE day - I'll have just as much time as you do and get more knitting done.

Comment by Knit4Many on September 12, 2011 at 1:02pm
What a fun blog. A tutorial would be awesome.Miss Daphne is getting so big!!

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