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Giving begins with family, so I have been working on Daphne's cardigan:
The pattern is The Bees' Knees from Mary Scott Huff's The New Stranded Colorwork. The yarn is Knit Picks' Stroll fingering weight in Golden Glow Tonal, Cocoa (actually some of the old EssentialSolid, probably closest to Fedora), Bare and Springtime Tonal.
This closeup shows where I had a boo-boo. The orange stitch marker is in the stitch below a brown stitch that was supposed to be yellow. I didn't notice until I had passed it by about 10 rounds. I went up to the stitch that was still on the needles but directly above the mistake, dropped down to the mistake, fixed it and then put all the sts back. I used a crochet hook. There was enough yarn in the float (the yarn that's stranded along the back) to make the st, so it worked out.
Sunny and I help others by serving as a therapy animal team. Research has shown that petting a dog or cat is relaxing and lowers blood pressure. Twice a month we go to a local nursing home. Friday Sunny and I went to Camp Hobe, a camp for kids whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Sunny really enjoyed the attention and gave lots of kisses. (She somehow knows which people want the kisses.)

 

You can just see the tip of her tongue in the photo above.

 

We do this work as a part of Therapy Animals of Utah, a Delta Society affiliate. There were 12 teams at Camp Hobe this year!
Buying things from a friend is kind of a service. When you find what you like, the service goes both ways! Last week I showed the fiber and spindle I got at a garage sale. Here's a closeup of the spindle by itself, so you can see how cute it is. DH thinks it's teak. It's designed to be used supported, on a table or countertop. I haven't tried it yet, but it spins nicely by itself.
Our dogs require food, grooming and exercise, which we have to provide for them. This giving also goes both ways, because not only do they provide us with company, but hiking with them gives us exercise, too. Saturday we took a hike with the pups. They had a good time, and it was nice for them to get to swim in the pond after the hike. Next time I'll take peanuts for treats, so they all know to pose for the camera! (DH isn't influenced by dog biscuits. Sunny and Rocky know how to pose for the camera, though! They will do almost anything for a treat!)
I worked on my applique project a bit this week. I'll try to get a photo of it for next week.
I'm hoping to CO another pair of Mitts of Steal for dialysis patients this week. This is one way to have the fun of knitting or crocheting while doing something nice for someone in need. I'm going to help deliver the next batch of Mitts while I'm in Oregon next month, so I want to add to what I'm going to deliver. This makes a great mindless knitting project, and they are very quick to finish, taking less than a 50 gm ball of yarn.

What's on my needles: DBIL's "Prayer" cardi, front and back finished, a good start on Daphne's Bees' Knees cardigan, and I'm working on my applique project again for a special quilt.

What's on my wheel: The Louet Olive Green Corriedale, bobbin #3. The bobbin is filling up. Soon I will be ready to ply!

What's on my iPad: I finished Dog Sense by John Bradshaw. Excellent book! Now I'm starting The Shelters of Stone by Jean Auel.

What's on my iPod: Various podcasts, still including The Sweater Quest by Adrienne Martini, read by the author. 

What's my app of the week: I'm using Skype in a new way. We got the service that allows us to call phone numbers with the iPad. It saves on long-distance, I don't have to use my minutes on my Tracfone, and my hands are free to knit or quilt!

What's in my wine glass: Crane Lake 2008 vintage Zinfandel, one of my favorites!

 

Note: This blog post was produced on the iPad and MacBook working together, but no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 27, 2011 at 10:04am
It's 77º at mine... and due to hit the 80s before the day is through.  Whew!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 27, 2011 at 10:01am
It's nearly lunchtime and it's up to 62° at my house...in the sun!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 27, 2011 at 9:59am
My bill is do any day... my fingers are crossed that it isn't too bad...yet. 
Comment by cherylbwaters on June 27, 2011 at 9:00am
But summer's been here for several months! My electric bill is already sky high!
Comment by Debra Phifer on June 27, 2011 at 8:50am
Oh shut your mouth. I still waiting for summer. haha
Comment by cherylbwaters on June 27, 2011 at 8:39am
I'll party just about anywhere! Thanks for lending us your place.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 27, 2011 at 6:29am
Looks like you two have been partying at my place!
Comment by cherylbwaters on June 26, 2011 at 11:25pm
Amen!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 26, 2011 at 11:07pm
Well... we have more than our fair share... I know we were ahead of the game a few weeks ago... and with what we've had lately, I'd say I could still pipe some down there, and we would still be good.  LOL  Sometimes Mother Nature is not at all funny!
Comment by cherylbwaters on June 26, 2011 at 10:51pm
I'm sure you are just as tired of the rain as we are the lack of it. Even though it's rained almost an inch this month, we are still more than 15½" behind. It would have to rain 6⅔" a month for the rest of the year for us to reach our average rainfall.

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