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Sundance has taken up a lot of my time this week. We start each shift with a meeting. Here are some of my fellow volunteers at the meeting.

Sunday was especially time-consuming. The last film Sunday night was three hours long, which meant I got home at nearly 2:00 AM! I have seen three films so far, and they have all been good. When I'm not working in the theater, I often have time to knit, keeping an eye on the patrons who come and go during a film or during the meeting before my 8-hr. shift starts (or 9-hr. Sunday). 

However, I managed to fit in the Common Threads meeting at Georgette's. Margareth was working on a pullover that she was going to have to adjust to fit, so she and I did some math together. (It's always better to do math with a friend.) Several people were working on scarves. 

Georgette had to do some repairs to a couple of beautiful needlepoint pillows she had made. (Georgette is our needlepoint specialist. 

The purchased I-spy squares arrived. Here they are, ready to be cut to 4 1/2". 

Both sets of purchased I-spy squares appear to be identical, but it doesn't matter, since I'm making two. I suggest if you order two packages for the same quilt, you should let the vendor (in my case, Piecemaker Quilts) know that you need them all to be different. Now I've found more 4 1/2" I-spy squares at the bottom of a bin in my stash. However, some of those are not really worth using. I'll put aside any I can't use (I don't plan on making bed-size quilts!!!!) for a potential future baby. 

I managed to work on the Christmas Waffle sweater. I wasn't liking how the first sleeve was coming out, because it was constructed top-down, while the body was bottom-up. There's a slight difference in the top and the bottom of the pattern rounds, and that was bothering me.

I stuffed some tissue inside the sleeve and took this closeup, so you can see what I mean. The holes in the waffle pattern look like little hearts right-side-up. (They look like upside-down hearts upside-down.)

I also didn't like putting in decreases with the pattern. I think it's easier to make increases fit into a pattern of this type. There were some other things I was unhappy about, besides the fact that I was knitting more tightly, they mostly had to do with the confusion of jumping around in the pattern copy. I was hating the process. I decided to try making a sleeve bottom-up, without taking out the other sleeve, almost done. I also wrote out the instructions (sort of short-hand) to eliminate jumping around. I'm liking it better. 

Sooooo…I'm off to the frog pond for that first try on the sleeve. But looking at the bright side: I get to have that fun all over again, and this time I'll know I"m doing it right, so it will be more fun.

What's on my needles: "Green Tea" socks for me, second sock past the gusset.  Dogwood Blossoms holding, and Christmas Waffle sweater moving along, with the first sleeve almost done (second version).

What's on my loom: Belated Christmas present scarves, making progress. I have 24" done on the first scarf. 

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Just finished The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey, from Audible and ready to start something else. Dragonseye by Anne McCaffrey was deleted by the library so I'm back to reading Pemberly to Waterloo by Anna Elliot in iBooks, bought through Book Bub until the first book becomes available again. Also listening to the Fiber Hooligan podcast and the Knit Picks podcast, as usual.

What's my app of the week: It has to be the new Sundance Film Festival app. I can check information on films, answer questions for patrons about scheduling, etc. It also has the e-waitlist function built in. It has been useful for answering questions asked by patrons when I'm on duty. 

What's in my wine glass: Twisted Old Vine Zinfandel 2011 vintage, by Twisted Vinyards. One of my personal favorites. 

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 angelkarhu on January 21, 2014 at 11:26am
I know it was never in time out. I just cant wait to see it finished. I'm finding lots of ufos in packing for move. Found some Finnish linens in kitchen box. Assuming transfer to this center goes thru I'll be driving more than halfway to National City to dialyze from PB. Its the third center we're trying. Ucsd said no. fresenius said yes, but two days later gave spot to someone else so I've had it with Fresenius and all their foulups and there are many so switching to Davita. I'm tempted to just give up on dream of living in a warmer, sunnier place. Just waiting for the ball to drop totally messing up this plan/dream.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 21, 2014 at 8:06am

This one was never really in time out. It just got frogged and restarted with a new pattern.

Comment by angelkarhu on January 20, 2014 at 8:45pm
Perservere on sweater Peggy. I have one in eternal time out from last summer.
Comment by cherylbwaters on January 20, 2014 at 4:06pm

Well, I know Charlie will love it when it is finished. I think too many designers, male or female, are not very good at complete designing and many of them can't write a pattern worth a hoot. My sister, Kathy was dyslexic, so I'm used to taking patterns and interpreting them the way they should be written.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 20, 2014 at 10:45am

Himself, Cheryl. The designer is a guy. Jon Gilliam. The difference doesn't really show unless you look closely. I think he wanted to give options on lengths of sleeves. The Tunisian stripes are different, so if you have to have the pattern come out in just the right place to join the body. In retrospect, top-down would have been a better choice for the whole sweater. 

If I were making this for myself, I wouldn't finish it. It would languish in eternal "time out."

Comment by Dawn S. on January 20, 2014 at 10:06am

I am glad you are determined to get the sweater done at all cost to the pattern. I just completed a hat for hubby, and all 3 patterns were way off in size for a man's 22" head. On the last pattern I worked the math and discovered where it was wrong, corrected it and his hat fits perfect. Now the son wants one!

Comment by cherylbwaters on January 20, 2014 at 9:11am

Peggy, you were right to try the second sleeve before frogging the first. I'm certainly glad you are more pleased with it. I can't imagine a designer not realizing the difference and not correcting the pattern herself.

Comment by cherubhmm on January 20, 2014 at 9:06am
A+ for Perseverence with the sweater... I know I would have given up. I need some of your determination and patience!!:-)
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 20, 2014 at 9:00am

I'll keep working on this sweater until I finish it. Can't let a long-term project get me down! 

Yes, the film festival is interesting. I get to work with some great volunteers, see a few films in the line of duty and serve my community at a time it's full of visitors.

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 20, 2014 at 8:49am

Great blog!  Working Sundance each year must be a great experience.  So glad you are making the sweater work out...

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