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Yes, we're traveling again. We had a nice visit with DS1 and DDIL1 before heading back to Utah.

DDIL1 and I visited the Little Scrap Quilt Shop, in Kokomo, Indiana. We found a nice selection of fabrics and notions, and learned that they will arrange classes of your choice if you line up two or more friends to take the class with you.

They have a nice space for the classes:

The owners of the shop were busy rearranging things when we were there, but they had things together enough that we could get some photos.

Of course, some FQs threw themselves at us before we could escape out the door. It helped that the special of the month was: buy one FQ, get the second one at 50% off, and the color-of-the-day 15% discount was orange, which was present in some of the ones we bought, especially in the one I bought a whole yard of! Not to mention the 5% discount for cash or check...they were practically free!

Marie Bostwick will be there to sign her books (available at the store) on May 4th, from 4:00-6:00 PM. Here's their nice display of her books:

DDIL1 and I have been listening to the first of a series of Bostwick's books, which I bought from Audible. 

DDIL1 has a neat way to display the blocks from the quilts she's currently working on on her workroom wall:

We both got a lot done while listening to the book. Here's the progress on my Dogwood Blossoms (link below) sweater:

I'm using Knit Picks' Palette , which is one of my favorite yarns. I changed some of the colors, and I'm altering the pattern, making it a boxy cardigan with dropped shoulders. It's fun to play with patterns and designs!

Before leaving Kokomo to return home, Patty and I had lunch with Beth, one of my online friends from the Knitting Community and Quilt With Us.

As you read this, we will be on the road again, heading home. Lots of knitting time makes the miles fly by!

What's on my needles: Still the Dogwood Blossoms sweater, second sleeve almost done, and the Fiji socks.
What's on my iPad: On The iPod app, still A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin from the library. We'll resume listening on the road. I've finished reading Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's book All Wound Up: The Yarn Harlot Writes for a Spin. Loved the ending!
What's my app of the week: USA Today, one way we have kept in touch with the world on our trip.
What's in my wine glass:  Block Red Wine in a Box from Australia, Shiraz, from Trader Joe's. Usually I don't like boxed wine, but this one was a delightful surprise.

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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Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 2, 2012 at 3:32pm

We Skyped from Tim's house (DS1) and again after we got home. Hope to Skype again this weekend! See my this-week's blog for more gratuitous baby/toddler photos!

Comment by parisribbons on May 2, 2012 at 12:30pm


I'm so glad you've had such an enjoyable trip. I'm praying for a totally safe trip

home for you, DH and the pups. Please give the pups a rub and a hug from me.

I too like your quilt fabrics and I usually avoid orange like the plague. I think it's

the other colors with the orange. That sweater is going to be so very gorgeous!

Isn't it about time for a few more gratuitous  grandchildren pictures? Have you

spoken with Miss Daphne since you left her house?

Hugs, Judith 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 25, 2012 at 5:59am

Yes, the colors are similar, aren't they? I think looking at the Dogwood Blossoms sweater drew me to similar colors in the shop. I was trying to stay away from the '30s reproduction fabrics. In the past 1 1/2 years, I have made three bed-size quilts out of the '30s fabrics in my stash, and I still have lots!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 25, 2012 at 5:56am

Heather, I think of it as "play!"

Nutty, that sounds like a perfect goal!

I got about an inch of pattern done on the Dogwood Blossoms sweater during the long ride yesterday. I'll have something to show for next week's blog.

Beth, it was delightful seeing you again, and love your quilts and rug-in-progress!

Comment by cherubhmm on April 24, 2012 at 1:50pm
I love the fabric with the rosehips on. Lots of choice for you! Love the Dogwood Blossoms sweater too. It looks like hard work but worth it. Very pretty.
Comment by Nutty4Knitting on April 24, 2012 at 1:04pm

That shop was a quilter's dream stop!  Of cours eany quilt shop is.  Especially one you don't frequent! lol  Love the fabrics you chose.

Do you find it kind of funny that you've gotten to meet/visit with so many KP friends from far away but as close as we are we haven't met up yet?  Maybe when I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off I'll have the time to bop down to UT for a visit! lol

Loving that Dogwood Sweater!  Got my Palette sampler in the mail today.  I'm going to be dreaming of/planning a similar project as my 'need to lose after the baby' motivational goal.  Thanks for the eye candy inspiration! =)

Comment by Elaine Wenger on April 24, 2012 at 9:39am

I like that fabric you got, especially the branchy one. Dogwood sweater looking spectacular!

Comment by wendy on April 24, 2012 at 9:31am

Ok Bev, share the link to Sheep Street Fibers, please. 

Comment by Beverly Roberts on April 24, 2012 at 8:56am

Pretty fibers, especially like the one on the top!  but i don't quilt...neverthelss when I read "Indiana" I immediately thought of Sheep Street Fibers in Martinsville, Indiana.  Have you ever been there?  Got an email from them the other day about all their upcoming classes and immediately wanted to move there...LOL.  Among their many offerings was a 3 dates, 3-hours each class on basic spinning for only $65.00!  Just what I to dream :))

I lurve the vest you are wearing!  Did you knit that?  Details?  Still get a thrill every time I see the progress on your Dogwood Blossoms sweater :D)

Comment by KnitWhich? on April 24, 2012 at 8:15am

Looks like you wire in a quilting paradise!  Love the fabricyou got, especially the one with the bittersweet, and I don't usually like orange. 

Your sweater is looking good!  Your colors are blending nicely. 

And that was a lovely bonus, having lunch with Beth and your DDIL1.

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