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High Fiber--Sisters, Spinning and Swimming


Today you will get to read more about our vacation in Oregon, including the quilt show at Sisters on July 9th.


This was my favorite, but there were a number of quilts that were close to beating this one out! On top of that, some of the ladies from Gees Bend were there, signing their book and occasionally breaking into song. Here are some of them in front of The Stitchin' Post, the quilt (and yarn) shop that sponsors the show.



The quilt show was a girls' bonding experience with my new DDIL, who is a knitter, but not a quilter. She enjoyed the quilts, though, and was impressed with the variety.

These two little girls proved that life doesn't have to hand you lemons before you could make "Lemon aid." I think they were giving away more photos than selling their product, though.



Haven't had enough? You can see all the photos I took at the quilt show here.


For you spinners, the Tour de Fleece started shortly after we left on our trip. Stanzi, my beloved Kromski Sonata spinning wheel went along. Together we completed 88 gms. of Stroll spinning fiber from Knit Picks.


It was some I had dyed recently using food coloring. Here's what my finished yarn looked like. My three-ply was 150 yds and 15 WPI, so close to the fingering weight I was aiming for.



Remember the little supported spindle I picked up at a friend's garage sale? I'm still looking for a good support for it, but a plate works fine, and I'm getting a very fine singles from it. I can even use it as a drop spindle once some twist has built up. This is some of the 100% merino I had left over from the Pacapoo I blended before Christmas.



Last week I mentioned my trip to the Beaverton Fresenius dialysis clinic to help Eevi Emminger, founder of Mitts of Steal, deliver fingerless mitts to patients. The pair I had just finished was snatched up by this patient, hot off the needles, and a hot colorway, too. This is the only photo I have of these mitts. I used Lorna's Laces sport weight superwash yarn.



Another knitting project, Daphne's Bees' Knees cardigan from Mary Scott Huff's The New Stranded Colorwork, is coming along. I'm using Knit Picks Stroll tonal and bare, and some old Knit Picks Essential from my stash. Since this photo was taken, I have finished the body and am ready to start on the sleeves, but I got sidetracked with some socks to work on during my trip to Portland for Sock Summit next week.



The pups go to the groomer tomorrow, thank Heaven! They are quite scraggly from all the fun while camping, as you can see from this photo taken at Suttle Lake, near Sisters.


For cuteness this week, though, I offer up this photo of the newlyweds in front of their new vacation home:


Yes, we went with them on their honeymoon. (Actually, they are planning a "Minimoon" to Crater Lake later on. This was sort of a dry run for setting up the tent.) They have no air mattresses, so they borrowed the seat cushions from our dining area in the trailer. Very comfy!

What's on my needles: A sock using an angora yarn I'll tell you about later.
What's on my wheel: Stanzi is presently empty, but awaiting a very special fiber for an unknown project.
What's in my hoop: Same old thing. I need to get a grip!
What's on my spindles: Same as last week. Ashford Mulberry on my Golding, the Louet Corriedale on my KP Turkish drop spindle and the merino I talked about above on my little support spindle.
What's on my iPad: From the Nook app, I'm reading Scandal on Rincon Hill: A Sarah Woolson Mystery by Shirley Tallman. From Audible, I'm still listening to The Shelters of Stone by Jean Auel.
What's my app of the week: Must be the photo app that came with my iPad. We just got the professional photos from the wedding taken by our niece, Amanda Howse Photography, and oh, my! (She lives in the Seattle area, but is willing to travel.
What's in my wine glass: Il Valore Marchese De Petri Sangiovese 2009. Tasty!

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad and its big brother, the MacBook. 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 July 25, 2011 at 6:57am
We'll see if it stays. I really don't like the sunshine much after a day or two. I don't like it to rain when I have an outdoor activity planned, either. There's no pleasing some people.
It has been cooler than usual this summer. I don't mind, but the biting flies have been bad. Usually I get one or two bites a summer, and they don't keep "bugging" me, but this year they think I'm yummy! With all the activities, this summer is going by really fast!
I think it must be getting hotter in the hotter parts of the country and colder up north.
We had Lily of the Valley in MA. I miss them. One of my favorite flowers.
I hope the convention center is air-conditioned!
Comment by angelkarhu on July 24, 2011 at 10:44pm
Paris, I dont think we've had the AC on all summer. Was still using gas fireplace a few weeks ago just to stay warm. Now it went from 60's and downpour to high 80's overnight. I guess we'll have normal end of July weather for sock summit. Peggy sent the sun ahead of her so it'd be here whenshe flies in to Portland.
Comment by parisribbons on July 24, 2011 at 10:31pm


I swear I made a post but must have forgotten to add the comment. DUH! It must be 

the heat and humidity. We're in our monsoon, such as it is. It certainly isn't the same

as it was 40 years ago. So glad there is no climate change! LOL. Golly, I just got my

electric bill for July. I've got to go a few degrees warmer with the air conditioning

even if it makes me miserable.


I got hot knitting so I switched to some beading. I'm making a gorgeous lariat

necklace with a large leaf and lilies of the valley on each end. Lilies of the valley

and peonies are two of the few things I miss about Ohio.


I love The Bees Knees and also the shot of the pups in the water. They look very

happy.  ♥♥♥ Judith

Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 24, 2011 at 8:44pm
Comment by angelkarhu on July 24, 2011 at 8:43pm
Tee hee heee!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 24, 2011 at 8:41pm
Comment by angelkarhu on July 24, 2011 at 8:31pm
No wonder I cant find it. You have it!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 24, 2011 at 8:29pm
Angel Bear, I have your phone. I'll be in touch after I get there.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on July 24, 2011 at 8:25pm
You can find out more about the singalong here:
It's Wednesday, July 27th. Cost is $10 at the door. I don't think there is any reservation needed.
Comment by angelkarhu on July 24, 2011 at 5:13pm
Jo, there usedto be a great place for roving in Yamhill, much closer than Sweet home but it went out of business. Thats nearly a 2 hrs drive there. We have alpaca farms near us but dont know if the public are allowed. Some yarn stores, like northwest ? In the portland, almost beaverton area might have some as they have spinning classes. A shop in Oregon City where I took a drop spindle class had some as does a yarn store where the name is escaping me right now has some, very little, but some and then you can walk a little ways and get the Best chocolate Oregon has unless you go to Canby for lady bug chocolates.

You get here tomorrow! Too bad I have dialysis tomorrow or we could meet up. Then again after that long flight I'd be exhausted. I'll be at SS thurs. For shopping, friday is dialysis and an all day class on Sat. Two years ago hopped the MAX rail across river for cheaper lunches in the food court of Pioneer Place Mall. Its free ride across the river unless they changed it again. Otherwise there are a few restaurants nearby and a short hop on the max east and theres the food court in Lloyd center, a mall. Have safe flights both of you.

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