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As always after a trip, there's lots of laundry and cleaning to do. I managed to make some progress on my appliqué project, though.

There was a lot of laundry to do when we got back, especially with the extra towels for the kids. Our ancient Maytag washer has taken to only liking to run one load within several hours. The motor heats up if I do the back-to-back, so I was doing laundry almost all week, one or two loads a day.
Wednesday, Ellen and I took Joanie to Salt Lake City to get her hair done and run some errands. Common Threads met at my house on Thursday. Joanie's making her third Mother Bear bear:
The one with the tutu "netted" her a personal note from Mother Bear. I was upset with her that she sent it off before I could get a photo of the finished bear. She promises not to do that again. I will get a photo of this one before she sends it off. Carol (from Vintage Stitchers) is also working on her second bear. She isn't really a knitter, but she's really enjoying it, and catching on to how to knit one.
Joanie also made a needle-felted bear as a present for a friend. Here's the front:
(The photo isn't blurry; the bear is just fuzzy.)
Here's a view of the bear from the back, showing off his tail:
Margareth is working on a petitpoint piece:
I think it might be a Grandma Moses work, but I'm not sure. It looks like her style.
I finished the "Fenway Pahk Sox." Now if my team can get into the World Series, I'll have something special to wear while I watch.
The yarn is Fortissima Socka 6-fach, color 2210, dye lot 35611. Pattern “Embossed Stitch” from Charlene Schurch’s More Sensational Knitted Socks. I picked the pattern because it looks like little diamonds. I used eye-of-partridge heel, my favorite.
Thinking about the World Series and seeing Margareth's petitpoint scene reminded me that it's getting close to the end of the summer. The leaves are starting to change, as usual toward the end of August up here at 7200', but the big surprise is how beautiful the rose hips look:
I may actually be able to make some rose hip jam this year!
We had several exciting events this week. The first one was the arrival of Soren's first tooth...then his second one. He may have a full set of choppers by next week! Another item of excitement was not so happy: our wildfire. Fortunately, it never got near us, but a number of very nice homes were destroyed. Then yesterday we discovered a leak in the drain pipe under our sink. It apparently has been leaking for some time, and could have damaged the subfloor. (We didn't do this on purpose to protect ourselves from wildfires.)
I also got a sneak peek at the projects from a new knitting book: Wrapped In Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century by Deborah Tomasello. The projects look really interesting!
What's on my needles: Dogwood Blossoms, finishing up, and have been swatching for the Waffle sweater, now ready to CO.
What's on my loom: Haven't warped yet. I'm still trying to find out if we can move it to my fiber studio, but probably not. Look for Christmas gifts to be on it soon.
What's on my Featherweight: Still working on the second panel of hand appliqué, but my machine is waiting to finish the Delectable Mountains block panels. Also will be helping Joanie piece her pine tree quilt this week.
What's on my wheel: Full Circle "Fawn." Second bobbin, for a woven blanket.
What's on my iPad/iPhone: Enjoyed Mercedes Lackey's Reserved for the Cat from Audible.com. I'm happy to have discovered this author. Still listening to The Mists of Avalon by Marion Bradley, Book Two. Also just finished Birds of a Feather by Jacqueline Winspear, from the library via the OverDrive app. Now I'm Listening to The Black Sheep by Georgette Heyer, another one from Audible.com.
What's my app of the week: At Bat Lite, for keeping track of my team's progress.
What's in my wine glass: Cocannon Cabernet Sauvignon. Unique in a good way.
Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the MacBook, using the iPad for photo processing and the iPhone for a camera and some processing. 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 August 22, 2013 at 2:47pm
I'm glad I wasn't in the fire zone also. Today we got a lot of rain, so I don't think we have to worry…until tomorrow.
Comment by Barbara Graham on August 22, 2013 at 9:48am

Your applique project is lovely. There is just something so wonderful about vines and leaves. Glad you're not in the fire zone.

Comment by Barb/WI on August 20, 2013 at 1:28pm

So glad you are not near the wildfire.  The felted bear is too cute, love your applique work, and those socks.  Can't wait to see what Christmas gifts you put on that loom!  So much talent...

Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 19, 2013 at 5:34pm

I hate all the plastic on the new appliances, too. So hard to keep clean.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on August 19, 2013 at 5:29pm

I hear you, Peggy!  My old dishwasher did the dishes so much better than my brand-new one.  If I get 10 years out of it, I will be surprised!  My Kenmore washer/dryer, however, arrived with the birth of my son in 1986.  He's almost 27 years old now, and they are still going strong!  4 to 5 loads a week, but no diapers.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 19, 2013 at 11:23am

Carol Ann, my Maytag washer and dryer are nearly 30 years old. The new ones are not only expensive but only last an average of 10 years. I think the cost of a new motor...when it gives out entirely...will be a good investment! Also will add some excitement to the life of the Maytag repair man!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on August 19, 2013 at 10:31am

Glad to hear the Park City fire was not near you.  We are holding our breath here in the Sierra's this week because of predicted lightening storms.  It's very dry here and ripe for a fire.  There's a lot of smoke in the valley from a fire near Oroville this weekend.  Us asthmatics hate that!

Love the white needle-felted bear--I am a bear fan anyway.

It may be time to think about retiring your Maytag?  An overheating motor doesn't sound good.

Well, (she said glumly) I hope you are able to enjoy the red socks at the World Series this year.  Our pitiful Giants will be sweeping up the popcorn in the stadium they way they are going.  Humph!

Comment by Pam/NY on August 19, 2013 at 9:23am

The fires are just terrible...so glad you're not involved in them. All the projects are great. We have a new laundromat that has WiFi and a lounge...so when I have a lot of company at the lake, I take everything and it's done in an hour!

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