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I'm making progress on Zachary's quilt.

The pattern is the Chiloquilters Train Quilt. They placed the trains in strips, but in my version, there will be two trains, each going around two sides of the quilt, with a "tunnel" between each, so four blocks by four blocks. I designed the "tunnel." The other blocks are from the original quilt. I'll put something in the middle, I don't know what yet. It depends on what kind of fabric I can find for it. I still have to make the second caboose, the second tunnel and both locomotives. I'm going to be busy with this for a while! We learned this week that our other expected blessed event, BS, is also a boy, no name yet, though. BS's Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ), finished but for the buttons.

The pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmermann's The Opinionated Knitter, one of my favorite knitting books. Schoolhouse Press has a pamphlet that has row-by-row instructions, which is also nice. It has instructions for a collar, a hood, different methods for the CO, and making the increases and decreases, along with different sizes up to adult. My friends Joanie and Ellen accompanied me up to Ogden on Saturday to the antique fair. I didn't find any antiques to buy, but we stopped at The Needlepoint Joint, where I purchased some Targhee spinning fiber. I'm planning on doing a review of the shop next week, so stay tuned.

It's Mountain Colors "Crazy Woman." I got a little bit of spinning done during the week, but not much, after the Spin-in. I'm starting the second bobbin of Knit Picks Full Circle in "Caramel."

The Mary Scott Huff's Mystery "Flight Path" KAL is on hold until the people who bought kits get their extra yarn. That's OK. I have plenty of baby stuff to work on! Common Threads met this week. Ellen showed off her quilt, back from being quilted by Julie of Mountaintop Quilting (thorum@xmission.com). I'll try to get a photo soon. Lynda has been knitting a beaded shell:

It's "Evening Lace" from Ann Budd's book Knitted Gifts. The beads are Lynda's own idea. Barbara was working on the mate to this sock from Churro wool:

Kay is back from a vacation in Costa Rica studying Spanish. She's working on a scarf: 

Brenda is working on a sock. It's from a kit.

For Daphne fans, our little girl is growing up.

We really have been enjoying Skyping with her. She was trying to make her tummy look big, like Mommy's. I hope we get there in time for her brother's birth!

Speaking of babies, I want to take a moment to welcome Will, Susan the Blue Lake Knitter's new grandson, born Wednesday. I'm sure you'll see some photos of him, if you haven't already. We've decided it's a good year for boys! I also want to send birthday greetings to Susan, whose birthday was Saturday, and to MartyAZ, who has a birthday next Wednesday.

What's on my needles: "Dogwood Blossoms" sweater from Knit Picks. I got a few rounds done on sleeve #2. Ready to CO diaper bag for BS. What's on my wheel: Caramel Full Circle merino and Peruvian Highland Wool from Knit Picks. What's on my iPad: Finished Steve Jobs. It was good. I'm perusing my iPad audiobooks, trying to figure out which one to start next. I'm also reading Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's All Wound Up—The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin through the Kindle app. What's my app of the week: I have to toot the horn for QuiltCalc again. I keep using it to figure out how much fabric I need for different parts of quilts.
What's in my wine glass: Concannon Petit Sirah 2009. I think is would be even better with chocolate. Now where did I stash that chocolate?
Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad. 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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Tags: BSJ, Baby, knitting, quilting, spinning, train

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 25, 2012 at 5:33am
I'm adding Sheepish by Catherine Friend to my reading list! Thanks! I'm not a night person, so I usually have trouble staying awake, even if the book is funny!
Comment by wendy on February 24, 2012 at 9:42pm

Oooo, you are lucky!  I'd say that is a great book for bedtime reading, but then again, I may end up giggling too much to fall asleep.  I've had nights like that after reading some of the posts on here.  (Thinking of Maria here - lol).

I like the sound of a farm fabric, that will be very nice.  I like the dragon idea for the other baby. That will be very different, but so cute!

Another book you may enjoy reading is "sheepish" by Catherine Friend.  Very funny, thought provoking and educational too!  I must admit when I read the part where she talked about fiber fans being "freaks", I was a bit preturbed.  It has never bothered me before when people have told me I don't need to spin my own yarn, that there are yarn stores, or that I'm a bit obsessed, but that particular chapter really angered me.  I nearly didn't finish the book, but am so glad I read on.  Funny, funny, funny!  You were the first person I thought of when I started reading it.  Because I thought you'd enjoy it, that is - lol. 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 24, 2012 at 8:32pm
Wendy, I met SPM at Sock Summit and got my photo with her! Lucky me! I'm not done with the book, but it's interesting and fun, of course. It's my bedtime reading. I found a nice farm fabric for the middle of the quilt. A conductor would have been cute, but I'm working on a dragon design for BS's quilt, and I need to do something easy. I think the dragon will have to be appliquéd! Everything will be revealed in next week's blog! Well, some of it, at least!
Comment by wendy on February 24, 2012 at 1:50pm

Great blog Peggy!  I always enjoy reading what you've been up to.  The quilt is very cute.  How about a conductor for the middle?  The BSJ is really sharp, and I think the hood is not only a good idea, but adds just the right touch to the look of it.  You're going to love the Targhee.  I recently spun some of their's in the Meadow colorway.  I loved spinning it, and then could hardly put it down while knitting with it.  Definitely need to get some more.  Wasn't SPM's book a fun read?  It's such a joy reading her books.  Oh how I'd love to hear her speak in person.  You definitely would get your RDA of laughs listening to her. 

Miss Daphne is so darn cute in that picture.  Love the little impish look on her face!

Comment by Talisa K Tuggle on February 22, 2012 at 9:13am

Comment by christina | AlohaBlu on February 21, 2012 at 9:12pm

Wonderful blog as usual, Peggy! I just love all your work and what a cutie that Daphne is turning out to be ;)

Comment by parisribbons on February 21, 2012 at 3:17pm

Peggy,

I can hardly wait for next week's picture. Thanks for the PM. -- Judith

Comment by KnitWhich? on February 21, 2012 at 11:22am

Thanks Peggy.  Nutty, that is very helpful.  I will have to check the patterns and see what I can cook up.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 21, 2012 at 11:21am
Yes, Beverly! My head is swimming with the thought of TWO boys arriving within a couple of months of each other!
Comment by Beverly Roberts on February 21, 2012 at 9:09am

Targhee?  Review of Shop?  Temptation lurks!  Hope there is not an online shopping possibility....eeek!  The BSJ is so cute...I never get over how cute those are :))  Daphne is going to be a big sister...wish I could be there to see her reaction to that!  I'm sure it will be funny and charming.

Love the train quilt...very clever of you to add the bridges!

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