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High Fiber—Annie Get Your Knitting Needles

It has NOT been a quiet week here. First, there were the Sundance shifts, but I had some knitting time during some of them, so here's my progress:

I'm on the first sleeve, but this photo was taken before the Super Bowl game, so it's a little further along now.

I had three shifts at the Sundance Film Festival, which is over, but I have one shift (today) left to work, "The Best of the Fest" for locals, to compensate them for having to put up with the Festival.

The piecing of the first quilt top of the new year, "Seeing Stars," is done.

The pattern is "Clara's Journey" from Connecting Threads.

As you can see, this quilt is too big for my design wall. The finished quilt is 91.5" square. Now I have to decide how I want to have it quilted.

The big news, though, is the addition to the family (at least those living in the house), DGD1, who has come to live with us. She made a great addition to the church choir, which was in need of altos. We sat where the altos and sopranos meet, and I took a selfie of us:

She went with me to Common Threads on Thursday, CO a scarf, and had several inches done by the time we left. We're going to have fun knitting together. I had to help her make room in the guest room for her clothes, which took some time. I think she's pretty well settled in, though. She's been here before, but just for a week at a time. 

We watched the Annie Awards Saturday night online. For your weekly cuteness, here are DS2 and DDIL2, sitting in the audience:

DS2 and his team were nominated for "Animated Effects in an Animated Production." They didn't win, but the film he was nominated for, The Boxtrolls, won two awards. There are five people on his team, and they would each have won an award. Too bad they didn't win, but not bad for first time out, and it was exciting that they got to go to the awards. Their boys were staying with the other grandparents. The lucky ones who live near them.

What's on my needles: Brick Cardigan, first sleeve started.

What's on my Featherweight: "Seeing Stars" quilt top done.

What's on my loom: Some warp for another scarf, but still folded up.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still listening to In the Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotsen. Finished And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander, paperback.  I've decided I want to read more by the same author. This was the first of the "Lady Emily" series. They are mysteries. I have several books from Book Bub on my iPad, but haven't started one yet.

What's my app of the week: iBooks, which allowed me to download and keep the Annies program.

What's in my wine glass: Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 vintage. Very nice.

What's my tip of the week: A quilt batt that stays together well (such as Warm & Natural) makes a great design wall. I sewed a hem at the top and bottom of time and ran a batten through each, to keep it flat. I have hooks at each side of the top of the closet in my fiber studio, so I can rest one of the battens on it. If I had to, I could roll up quilt blocks and all to store. I can put blocks and pieces on the design wall without using pins, but strips and bigger sections stay put better with pins. I think an old blanket would work, and I've heard of people using the back side of a plastic tablecloth, the kind with a flannel backing.

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 Peggy Stuart on February 3, 2015 at 7:26pm
The Boxtrolls is definitely worth watching. It might be a bit scary for very young children, though, especially if they're very sensitive.
Joanna, I'm using US 6 for most of the sweater and US 5 for the body ribbing. I'm a loose knitter and tend to need to go down one size to get gauge, but I wanted denser fabric than I could get with the proper gauge, so I went down an extra size on the needles and up a size on the sweater, making the next size up rather than the smallest. I will have to do some math when I start doing the raglan decreases, though. I need to make sure that the shoulders have enough ease to make it comfortable to wear. I have really narrow shoulders, though, so I don't expect to have too much trouble with it. (Stay tuned!)
Comment by Joanna liguz on February 3, 2015 at 1:55pm

Peggy.? What size needles are you knitting with? Nice work.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on February 3, 2015 at 1:35pm

I saw the DVD on the shelves and thought of you, Peggy.  I remembered you telling us about your son's involvement in this project.  Congrats on the nominations and awards.  Life will be hopping with DGD1 keeping you on your toes.  They are so much fun!  She's a cutie.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 2, 2015 at 10:56pm
Just got back from my LAST Sundance shift. Halfway through the first film, we had a medical emergency and had to call 911. The lady was OK. She had just taken some pain medication she had never used before and almost passed out. She looked green when they brought her out. She looked much better after the EMTs worked on her. A friend picked her up, and she walked out with help. They had to partially empty the theater. We reloaded and finished the film. Never a dull moment!
Comment by Barb/WI on February 2, 2015 at 6:51pm

Congrats to your son's team.  You must love having your beautiful granddaughter with you.  That sweater is going to be gorgeous!  I always enjoy reading your tips.

Comment by Roxann on February 2, 2015 at 2:10pm

The sweater has me anxious to see it finished, it's such a pretty color. Good job on finishing the quilt! I love the pattern! 

I'm excited for you that you have a knitting buddy! She's BEAUTIFUL! Treasured memories being made!

Congratulations to your son and his team, how exciting!

Good tip for a design wall. Many of the ladies I sew with use a tablecloth. 

Stay warm!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 2, 2015 at 12:31pm
Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on February 2, 2015 at 12:29pm

Peggy that brick sweater is going to be just lovely.  What a great colour you've chosen for it.  Love reading your blog every week - and so exciting that you get DGD1 to live with you. You live such a busy life, wherever do you get the energy for it all?

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 2, 2015 at 12:19pm
The pups are spending most of their time downstairs, where DGD1 sleeps. Usually they don't even go downstairs when I'm quilting down there.
Comment by Pam/NY on February 2, 2015 at 11:49am

Congrats to your son's team...sweater is coming along, will be beautiful. Having you GD with you will be so much company. She will learn a lot from her grammy!

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