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We're still at home, since BS hasn't put in his appearance this early, but we'll be taking off soon, regardless.

One of my projects this week was to finish the baby hat DGD1 started when she was here. I used it to teach her how to knit in the round, and then I continued it, but it has been on the back burner, with all the other things going on.

I topped it off with a little I-cord tied in a knot. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Sport in Bare. It's 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, so it can be washed in the washing machine. Perfect for baby things.

I finally got back to my spinning and finished plying my Caramel Full Circle wool roving. It still needs to be washed, though. 


Spring has finally arrived at the higher altitudes, and friends are having parties on their decks. This party was at a neighbor's house. At this party, DH and I met a couple who own llamas. Guess what? They neither spin, nor do they reap the fiber from these lovely fiber beasties, but just give it away! Uncarded fleece, of course, but do I not own a hackle? Do I not own a drum carder? Yes, I do! We will be gone when the lovely creatures are shorn, but they will save me some. I can hardly wait! It will be a nice welcome-home present for moi!

On the baby front, little Zachary is gaining weight and doing well. Daphne is turning into a little mother, helping look after baby brother when he needs something.

Daphne is turning into a real little girl. She now (finally) has enough hair to have ponytails! Soon it will be time to teach her cat's cradle, and then knitting, spinning and quilting! What fun!

My next blog post will probably be from the road. I'll try to take lots of photos to share.

What's on my needles: BS's BSJ, Dogwood Blossoms Cardigan, Fiji socks. Some of these projects are already packed away for the trip.
What's at the quilter's: The Sparkling Gemstones quilt. It may be ready before we leave town!
What's on my iPad: Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson from Audible, and The Scarlet Pimpernell by Baroness Orczy from iBooks.
What's my app of the week: Trail Explorer, from the Sierra Club, in case we want to do some hiking during our trip.
What's in my wine glass: Roccalta Sangiovese 2010. Nice! (DH picks the wines. I have to say, I haven't had a bad one since about 1996.)

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 Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 10, 2012 at 7:21am

Glad you are making good progress. Can't wait to meet the new Stuart baby!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2012 at 6:55am

We've made it as far as Deschutes and are staying at Peach Beach campground, on the WA side. We should make it in fairly early in the day. Still no baby! Looks like we might get there before he's born! I finished a red baby hat yesterday, out of Swish Worsted Cranberry. Today I'm working on another one out of Swish Worsted Doe. I'll post a photo in tomorrow's blog.

Comment by cherylbwaters on June 5, 2012 at 3:24pm

Jo, you might also look at Stitch & Bitch. She has a pattern in there called Umbilical Cord Hat.

Comment by KnitWhich? on June 5, 2012 at 2:31pm

Thanks for the information on the hat pattern.  I'm going to try making some for charity.

Comment by Beverly Roberts on June 5, 2012 at 9:08am

The hat is just the cutest wee thing!  I've actually knit a couple of those myself, so I may be biased.  Your handspun is so even...but then it always is!  Daphne as the helpful big sister...such a sweet image.

And free llama fiber...woot!  Drive Safely, please and have lots of fun :))

Comment by cherylbwaters on June 5, 2012 at 7:47am

Barbara, we get the BBC America channel and they carried it. Though I didn't get to see much of it. Just a glimps here and there. Like Peggy, I'm not much of a TV watcher. It is on a lot because DH watches it. But he typically controls what is on since I don't care about it.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 5, 2012 at 5:36am

I wouldn't call either of those gold. The BSJ is closer to gold. The yarn I spun is brownish, color name "Caramel." The blanket is Tangerine, made by DDIL2. It must be your monitor or maybe your provider. Sometimes colors don't show up the way they really are. They look pretty true on my monitor, though.

One of the joys of this hat is that it will fit for a long time. 

I haven't seen any of the Jubilee events on TV. I don't watch a lot of TV, I'm afraid.

I think that was the series I saw. I'd love to get it on my iPad. It was well-done. I've read the book before, which makes for good bedtime reading. If I only read one chapter, I can still follow it.

Comment by Barbara Longley on June 5, 2012 at 3:18am

Is gold the 'in' colour at the moment? I noticed this with the lovely wool you have spun and the crochet babies blanket in the photo, as well as in all the latest knitting mags.

I love the little hat, and with the roll edge, it should grow with the baby and fit for quite a while. 

Just getting over all the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. An absolutely fantastic concert last night. I didn't go down to London but watched at home on big TV screen in comfort. Was it televised in America? If so, did anyone watch it? 

I see you are reading the Scarlet Pimpernell. I read that book over and over as a teenager, and then they serialised it for TV with Marius Goring as the Pimpernell. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Barbara

Comment by Janice Aitkens on June 5, 2012 at 1:22am

Nice hat & lovely blog 

Hugs Janice

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 4, 2012 at 6:07pm
It's a variation based on a pattern from a SLC LYS. Use sport weight yarn and an appropriate 16" needle or dpns or two circs, CO 80 sts, join careful not to twist, K about 6", then work dec rnd 1: (K1, K2tog), rep around. Dec. rnd 2: (K2tog) to end. Rep Dec rnd 2 until you have about 4-6 sts. Work I-cord for about 3". (K2tog) until you have 2 sts. Tie off and cut, leaving about 6". Thread needle and run it through the I-cord. Tie I-cord in a knot. I plan to decorate the topknot with some kind of button or something.

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