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High Fiber—Getting out of Dodge

Another crazy week! However, the next week should be calmer. More on that later. The BSJ for BS2 is almost finished. 

Just the shoulder/sleeve seams and buttons to go. That won't take long, so I'm putting it off for a bit, since BS2 isn't due to put in an appearance until August.

In the meantime, I've been swatching for the Mary Tudor cardigan. The blue and he black aren't included in my planned colors. I just used them to get gauge.

However, my KP order came quickly. Here it is, the rest of the yarn I need, two Starmore books and a cable I've been needing.

Now that I know I can get the gauge I need to make the sweater small enough for me, I'm ready to start it. I've finished some UFOs, so I feel smugly justified in starting a new project.

Among the projects I've finished are the doll bed and bedding. I covered the bed bases with plastic shelf liner. Here's the bed, disassembled and ready to pack for shipping, along with the bedding and instructions for assembly.

The Green Tea Socks are finished. The second sock was almost entirely knit during the 15-minute trip to Silver Sneakers and back, which goes to show what you can get done in those few minutes here and there.

The quilt magazine I recently subscribed to, Missouri Star Block, arrived. 

This magazine is book quality, and a great value.

Besides all the fun of projects to work on and finish, I had an unpleasant procedure to get through, one that has a prep that isn't fun. Added to that unpleasantness was missing Vintage Stitchers this week. I would rather have been there. However, my gastroenterologist looks like a young Michael Douglas, and has a great "bedside manner." Not that I want to do it again soon....

After several weeks of being busier than usual, I'm ready for a nice vacation. Guess what? I get one! We're leaving tomorrow to go camping in southern Utah, first Moab for hiking with DH's brother, and then a couple of days at Capitol Reef National Park.

I've cooked up and frozen some nice dishes to thaw and heat up, so I don't have to cook too much, selected some DVDs we can watch on my MacBook, and picked out my projects to work on. I'm taking my Mary Tudor, and I hope to CO and. Get a few rows done. Also ready to take is my Delectable Pathways, which I want to finish soon. I'll throw in yarn and needles for more socks, in case I need something mindless and small. Also going along is my poodle cross-stitch project, representing Rocky and Sunny, which I stared a few days ago. I won't be bored! I wish I could take my wheel along, but we're still getting snow, so taking the trailer up to the house isn't an option, so everything will have to be schlepped by car to the trailer, with space at a premium, time.

What's on my needles: Swatch for Mary Tudor Cardigan, soon to CO.

What's on my Featherweight: Still waiting for Delectable Pathways to be ready to put together. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Lightning by Dean Koontz. Started The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen. Still watching "Stranded Colorwork, Basics and Beyond" from Craftsy.

What's my app of the week: Craftsy. I know I've promoted the Craftsy app before, but I have to talk about my recent experience. I updated the iOS on my iPhone this past week, and all of a sudden the video screen for the classes were tiny. I mean, TINY! There was no way to get rid of the comments at the bottom to make room for a bigger screen. I sent an email to the developer and got an immediate reply. The woman said they were aware that the new update had caused problems, and she would get back to me as soon as they had a fix. The next day I opened the Craftsy platform, and it was working again the way it was supposed to. Then in my inbox was an email from the developer's rep who had emailed me originally. Great service!

What's in my wine glass: Frontera Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot by Concha y Toro, Chile, the big bottle. Also Charles Shaw's Pinot Grigio. Both nice, but the Pinot Grigio is outstanding.

What's my tip of the week: A seam ripper, short knitting needle or awl is a great tool for guiding fabric past your sewing machine's presser foot.

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 April 28, 2014 at 11:14am

Cheryl, at my age, they like to do them more frequently. Ten years sounds good to me!

Angel Bear, the movies are for the evening, after the sun has gone down and it's too cold to sit outside, even with a campfire. I still have some Zauberball yarn left over. Maybe some booties. Sounds like a wonderful machine!

Susan, our sofa folds out into a bed, if you want to get away. I'm trying very hard to give a priority to my UFOs!

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on April 28, 2014 at 10:30am

Sounds like you are in for a fun get away... I wish I could tag along!  Sigh.

No harm seeing a movie while camping... you might get rain or some other bad weather, and who wouldn't like to relax with a movie. 

You have gotten SO much finished lately, and it all looks great.  The BSJ is adorable! 

Comment by angelkarhu on April 28, 2014 at 10:11am
Um, in my experience camping doesnt involve movies. Thats the point to be with nature! BSJ looks great and you knit it up and that second sock. Super fast compared to me. How did it work with the zauberballs?

Got new sewing machine up and working and finished first curtain. Boy is it easy to pick up bobbin thread. Just a push of a button. Gotta read manual on how to change stitches as its all computerized.
Comment by cherylbwaters on April 28, 2014 at 10:10am

I love the colors you have chosen for your Mary Tudor. I'm so excited that you are ready to start it. Have fun camping! I had the same procedure done last month. They also did an upper GI because I have had horrible and frequent indigestion. Everything went fine on mine as well, but they want to do an upper GI next year to keep an eye on things. At least the other end doesn't need to be done for another 10 years.

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