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Our Common Threads group had a small attendance last week. 

This is the time of year many Park City residents leave town. The skiing is starting to decline, the snow is starting to melt and opportunities for recreation start to dry up...or wet up might be a better term. (We call it "Mud Season." I'll let you guess why.)

However, Lynda and I showed up at Karan's house, Lynda sporting her crocheted vest made from the yarn she spun from the Coopworth fiber she and I bought together a couple of years ago. If you remember, I made the Landscape Shawl out of mine and then gave Joanie enough for the same project for her birthday from what I had left.

Karan was explaining paper piecing to Lynda, who has never made a quilt. Here's the example Karan has been working on, which she brought out to show Lynda.

Lynda is currently working on two projects for Summer. This shrug can be worn as a long cardigan or as a short shrug with a big collar. The yarn is very lacy.

The other project she's working on is a short-sleeved pullover out of cotton.

I have been working on fingerless mitts using yarn from my stash.

Front row, from left, Semplice Mitts using Regia 6-fädig Mosaik sport weight Color 05565 (plain ribbing), Semplice Mitts using Stroll sport weight in Sarge (plain ribbing), Fetching Gloves in Ella Rae Classic worsted weight in color 112 (as written). Back row, first one of new pair of Midnight Sky Mitts using the same Elle Rae worsted weight (twisted 1X1 ribbing). 

These fingerless mitts are for "Mitts of Steal," a charity that provides these mitts to dialysis patients. Dialysis causes patients' hands to get cold during the hours they are having treatment. This condition is called Steal Syndrome. I have made 4 1/2 pairs so far, and am expecting more from friends in addition to the one another friend knitted. You can get more information here.

Over the weekend, I have been participating in a spin-in at the Knit Picks Knitting Community. I have been spinning fiber on my wheel and using my KP Turkish drop spindle. It started on Friday and continues until lunch time today. I plan on reporting on my progress and results in next week's blog post. You will be surprised to see where I have been spinning!

I have another quilt class next Saturday, so I hope to be able to report on that next week.

I have finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and We have also listened to Toys by James Patterson while driving. Both of these came from

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 Janice Aitkens on March 29, 2011 at 12:16am

Nice Quilt & the waistcoat is really nice as is the knitting on the needles i love the red one the pattern is really nice

Hugs Janice

Comment by Debra Phifer on March 28, 2011 at 6:55pm
oooh! I've been waiting to listen to Toys. I can't wait for the library to get it. Was it thrilling? Lynda's vest is so pretty , especially on her. Matches her perfect. The two projects she's working on are also lovely. Yes, of course, the RED one being my favorite. What do you do with the yarn you've spun when you were a beginner? Can you undo it to re-spin it? 
Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 28, 2011 at 6:06pm
You can see the shrug here:

I thought it was from the same book, but it was from "Urban Renewal" by Tahki Stacy Charles. The yarn is Ripple.
Comment by Buffy Joseph on March 28, 2011 at 4:51pm

Hm, I just tried paper piecing for the first time last week. I wanted to do letters to make a banner for the top of my Team in Training t-shirt quilt. It was slow at first, but then I really got into it! I will post some pictures at some point.

1 1/2 mitts done for Mitts of Steal. I'll send them once the 2 pairs are done.

I can't wait to hear about your trip in your next blog. But I'd guess you are glad to be home.

Comment by Blue Lake knitter's daughter on March 28, 2011 at 3:35pm
wonderful blog, love your fingerless mitts. The two tops are also very nice what publication did she get the pattern for the shrug? I think it's awesome and I love how versatile it is.
Comment by KnitterGirl39 on March 28, 2011 at 12:55pm
You are always so busy and get so much done in just one little week.  Amazing!  Love your blogs!  :)
Comment by norma on March 28, 2011 at 12:31pm

Peggy,  Great blog as usual I love all the new projects and the finished ones, they make a person want to get going.  Your mitts of steel are lovely and whoever gets them will warmer because of you.

Love the paper piecing I have to learn that yet , when I get home it is on my list of 2 do's.

Could you tell me where I would get, or the name of the magazine with the pattern for the white shrug that is so lovely  I would appreciate if you can tell me.. I do like the vest I love the colour, .

keep the blogs coming love them,,,,,,,,,,  thanks for sharing

Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 28, 2011 at 12:22pm
The pullover is Cotillion from Tahki Stacy Charles "Garden Variety" booklet, featured on Ravelry here:

I think the cardi/shrug pattern was from the same booklet.

Pillars if the Earth was great, but rather intense at times. I find these things especially affecting in an audiobook. Sometimes I had to turn it off and do something else for a while.

The Common Threads meeting was from before I went out of town. Next week's blog will talk about things that happened on vacation, the Spin In and the Mitts of Steal ready to ship.
Comment by cherylbwaters on March 28, 2011 at 12:12pm
It amazes me how you get so much done in one week! I'm so glad you mentioned Toys! I knew there was a book from Audible that I forgot to get. Oops, I saw this a bit ago and forgot to click "Add Comment".
Comment by KnitWhich? on March 28, 2011 at 10:44am

So, Peggy, how did you like Pillars of the Earth?

Where did Lynda get the pattern for the cotton short sleeve pullover.  It's lovely!

Great blog, as usual.  Thanks for sharing.

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