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High Fiber—Across the Snowy Wasteland...

...And onto the frozen trundra! That's how I feel after my first week back from Death Valley! We've had snow almost every day this week!

I don't mind, except when I have to drive someplace. Like taking Sunny to see Dr. Rick, who discovered bladder stones! He managed to remove them leaving a tiny bikini scar. 

Sunny was bossing everyone at the clinic, so they were happy to see us come to pick her up. We'll find out sometime this week about treatment, after the stones are analyzed. (Anyone lose some marbles?)

In some ways it was almost like my birthday this week, aside from worrying about Sunny. I finally got a printer to use with my iPad. Here you can see it set up in my fiber studio:

 My plan is not to have to bother DH at all with, "Sweetie, print this for me, would you please?" He has always been willing, but he has his things to do. I like to print off patterns from the Internet and copy patterns from books, so I don't have to lug the book around. (I'm careful to abide by copyright laws, though.)

A surprise came in the mail this week! Lookie, lookie! Spinning fiber from a very, very special friend. What an unexpected joy! It's mohair and baby mohair. I plan on blending it with merino (I have a bunch of that already) and dyeing it. Or maybe dyeing it and then blending it! It should be fun to spin!

I'll report back on what I end up doing with it.

Thursday, Common Threads met at Kay's. She brought photos of her stay in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she goes every year to learn Spanish. I brought some fliers for "Mitts of Steal" and some free patterns for several different types of mitts for the group members to choose from.

Lynda (shown above, right) made me some mitts to send. She even embellished them with flowers from 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield, available here:

Lynda always does beautiful work, so it was a pleasure to get these. For more information about "Mitts of Steal," go to

Karan, who is first and foremost a quilter who knits, demonstrated how she avoids neck, back and shoulder pain while doing hand work. She puts a small pillow in her lap.

She was working on an appliqué project.

I have been looking for a place big enough to photograph my latest finished quilt top. The ladies gave it a shot, and this was the result.

I may have to spread it out in the backyard during the summer and take a photo from a helicopter! Actually, it's barely queen size! (It's the Floral Bouquet quilt from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott.) I'm working on one more quilt from the book and should have some photos next time. This has been a busy week!

Kay had this quilt on her wall. It was made for her by a good friend. A very, very good friend. (What would be do without our very, very good friends?)

Besides the quilt I'm working on, I spend some time working on a second iPad Tote Bag. This one will be lined with the fabric in the photo, which shows the bag nearing completion of the knitting, before felting.

As you might notice, I'm using my needle tips without the cable to make the I-Cord. (I-Cord, for you non-knitters, is a tube of knitting made by knitting a few stitches on a double pointed needle, sliding the work to the other end of the needle and knitting another row, repeating until the tube is long enough. The name is short for "Idiot Cord.") Not my favorite activity, but it makes a nice strap for a bag.

My bag just came out of the washer, and it's the right size. Another way this bag is different from my previous iPad Tote is, the iPad will slide in with the short edge up, so the ear buds can be plugged in without taking the device out of the bag.

The snow didn't slow down the FedEx delivery man, who brought me something special. I have to pause now and take a breath.

OK. Some of you may know that I don't deal with PCs or Windows very well. I confess I'm not very patient! That may surprise some of you who know me as a knitter and hand-quilter. I do these things to keep patient, among other things. Well, it's true.

I have been planning and hoping to free myself of all PCs and Windows interaction for about 15 years, ever since my Mac IIE died a horrible death in the tropics. That was what led me to use my income tax refund last year partly for my iPad. However, I was still stuck having to interact with Windows to sync my magical new device, using a netbook that:
a) Didn't belong to me, and
b) Couldn't hold the amount of data I could have on my iPad. 

Thanks to my impending income tax refund, Sunny's surgery will be paid for, and thanks to the "Bill Me Later" plan, which allows me to pay it off within six months with 0% interest, I was able to order my new refurbished MacBook, iPad's big brother, which arrived mid-blizzard on Saturday morning. No dog sleds needed!

I have been busy downloading a lot of my music CDs today. It will be nice to be able to listen to them on my iPad!

Little iPad has no need to be jealous, though! Big brother will mostly be used for storage and Skyping. I'm free! I'm free! I will have to be careful with money for a few months, but it will be worth it! 

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, cleaned or broken. In fact, no photos or documents used for this blog post were stored on any PC.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 16, 2011 at 10:46am
We'll get you spinning yet!
Comment by Mrs. K on April 16, 2011 at 1:36am
Peggy, maybe I should save Ben's hair. He's letting it grow for Help for Heroes - which is a charity in support of our troops here who come back wounded and need rehab. He's said he's letting his hair grow until Armistace Day this year. It will be a right sight. He's got LOTS of hair and real curly. His granddad used to call him "sheep's head". To me, he's simply "bah bah". LOL It's quite long already, and EVER so curly. Still, we're not sure it'll get long enough to give to Locks of Love who make wigs for cancer patients who lose their hair during chemo.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 15, 2011 at 5:48am
Wendy, the snow is OVER the fence. DH says he saw moose tracks in the back yard. That's why we don't let the pups out in back in the winter.
My Apples don't fall! I'm very careful with them. Technically, the iPad isn't a Mac, but it can do almost everything, and much faster even than the MacBook!
The vet saved Sunny's hair. She had been groomed about three weeks before, and it hadn't grown much, but the groomer also saved me some from both pups, so I will have enough to mix with something.
Comment by wendy on April 14, 2011 at 8:43pm

Peggy what a great blog! Gorgeous winter snow scene picture. It looks like it is up to the top of your fence. Is it? I'm jealous of your fiber studio. It looks quite handy. Your bag and quilt are very nice, as is Kay's.  Now that you have two Macs, you can honestly say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree - lol. 

I'm glad to hear Sunny is doing so well.  It doesn't sound like a fun procedure.  I am curious to know though, did you save her hair for future spinning?  Maybe it could go in with the mohair and baby mohair.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 14, 2011 at 4:51am
I hear you!
Comment by Janice Aitkens on April 14, 2011 at 12:32am

Hi Peggy

I know some would swap but most of mine won't it says windows anyway no chance of a new laptop not with the way everything is going up here except what you get coming in lol

Hugs Janice

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 13, 2011 at 6:45pm
Janice: Many programs will run on the Mac, but there are some that don't.
Beverly: Too bad I can't move some of my cold air your way!
Maria: Sunny sends doggie kisses to Jerry! She's just about back to normal. Maybe all the good thoughts she has been receiving from human and canine friends!
Judith: They all have their personalities, don't they? I have one of the original iPods. The kind with what I think is an LCD screen where the titles scroll across. DS2 got it for us for Christmas one year. I would love to see your shrug when you finish it!
Comment by parisribbons on April 13, 2011 at 4:41pm
Great blog as usual. Poor Sunny! Tell her i'm so sorry that she had to have
those nasty stones removed. I've lost most of my marbles, wonder if that
could be the problem? Give her a pat from me.
Honey is regressing from some of her newly acquired behaviors. What a little
pig-head! If she isn't careful, I'll take down her graduation picture.
Right now I'm a little over 1/2 way through a lavender shrug with lacy ruffled
cuffs. I' really happy with the way it's coming along. I keep my home pretty
cool in the winter both to save money and the environment.
I haven't done Windows for years. I now have a 3 year-old Macbook and an
iPod touch 4th gen. I'm happy as a bug with both of them. I nearly lost what's
left of my mind the other day trying to use Midge's PC. I finally gave up and
had a tantrum.
That quilt is luscious! Too bad I have a twin size bed ; )
♥♥♥ Judith
Comment by Mrs. K on April 12, 2011 at 12:19pm

Jerry just nudged me. Please say "get well soon" to Sunny from him. xx :)

Comment by Beverly Roberts on April 12, 2011 at 8:55am

Peggy, as always, I am blown away by your photos!  And your productivity!  What will you do with your awesome quilt (hint:  I could use one of those...LOL)?  I do hope Sunny will be alright, I know how much he means to you.  I look forward to hearing about your dyeing/blending the mohair with merino.  Karen's sweater is awesome...all my favorite colors!  Inquiring minds want to know:  what yarn did you use for your bag (I love it); looks like Felici?  One last thought:  The snow photo, another awesome shot!  I'm almost envious...I've had to use my window A/C for two nights already!


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