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My friends and I have been finishing things this past week. Here's Janet's latest quilt top:

She brought it to Common Threads for show-and-tell. The pattern is "Bars of Gold" from Pam and Nicky Lintott's Jelly Roll Quilts. She says she's going to make every quilt in the book. She has already done several, as have I. I'm not sure I'd want to make every one, but there are several I would like to make, especially "Starlight Express" and "Both Sides of the Pond."
Joanie finished her poncho. I had blocked it for her and picked up the sts around the neck after she sewed the shoulder seam. The color is pretty dark, and even though I'm younger than she is, it was even hard for me to see the sts. I had to sit in the window to do it. It looks great, though!
The pattern is this one from Rowan, and the yarn is Rowan's Felted Tweed DK. Several people in the group want to make it or something similar. I suggested City Tweed as a good alternative, if you can't get the yarn it called for. Lynda agreed. She made a lovely sweater from City Tweed a year or so ago. This is a very simple pattern, but versatile and effective. It's basically a rectangle, the shoulder seam sewn and then the cowl sts picked up. Nice!
Joanie also brought what is probably her last weaving project ever (because her loom now belongs to me):
You may have seen this blanket before, but now she has blocked it. Margareth helped her finish it and get it off the loom, because Joanie has trouble with her shoulders, which is why she was willing to part with her loom. She's happy she can still knit without pain.
This was the warp that was left on the loom when I received it, and I practiced on it with the same weft before starting the afghan that was my first weaving project. Now that I've seen Joanie's project blocked, I may have to finish the edges of the piece I made with the same weft and block it.
Speaking of Margareth, here's Karan admiring Margareth's latest FO, a tapestry sheep:
I'm lucky to have access to Margareth, Joanie and Karan for weaving tips and help! Margareth and I are going to take a rug class with Jason Collingwood in November. In the meantime, though, I'm having a go on my own, with the help of the books that came with my loom. I just finished Bathroom Rug #2:
I think it has a Southwestern feel. This one is for the master bath. Here it is on the bathroom floor:
The yarn is mostly Wool of the Andes Bulky, although I used some Wool of the Andes Worsted held double when I ran out of a color and there's some Ella Rae Worsted in there, too. I haven't wet-finished it yet. I had to see it on the floor! There was still some warp left on the loom, so I'm continuing to weave with my leftovers from this project. I might get a big enough piece out of it to make a bag, but we'll see.
The rug wasn't the only item I finished this week. I wore my finished Fiji Socks to Common Threads:
The yarn is Stroll Glimmer in "Fiji," but the sparkles hardly show up. The pattern is "Scrolls" from Charlene Schurch's More Sensational Knitted Socks. You may remember that I started these socks back in April of 2012, when we were awaiting Zachary's arrival. They got shoved aside to make time to knit baby things, but now they're finished and in use.
AND...I finished the first appliqué panel for my Delectable Pathways quilt, including the embroidery. Some of the embroidered stems just sort of stop, but that's because leaves that will cross a seam will go there.
Hiking season has begun. Sunny and Rocky really enjoy getting out in the sunshine. Here's Sunny on a recent hike:
The wildflowers are going crazy, like these Forget-me-nots. It's unusual to have so many of this flower here. They're really prolific this year for some reason.
Even the lowly dandelion is beautiful if you look closely:
I wonder if you can spin this stuff?
For those of you seeking some baby cuteness, here's Soren:
Daddy is reading to him. This evening ritual started long before Soren was born.
Well, I still have lots of UFOs and WIPs to finish up, and I'm ready to start the project for my Craftsy Floor Loom Weaving class, so check back with me next week. This has been a week of finishing things. Next week will probably see at least one new beginning.
What's on my needles: Bunny Suit and Dogwood Blossoms Cardigan.
What's on my loom: The rest of the warp with more weft-faced weaving for a bag or ?
What's on my Featherweight: Delectable Pathways, piecing the Delectable Mountain blocks with the setting triangles.
What's on my wheel: Full Circle Roving, Espresso, second bobbin almost finished.
What's on my iPad: Marie Bostwick's A Thread of Truth, from Audible, various podcasts.
What's my app of the week: Gaugefy Free. Because you know you should always knit a gauge swatch!
What's in my wine glass: Alice White Shiraz 2011, from Australia. Just a hint of gum tree! Nice!
Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the MacBook, using the iPad for photo 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 June 12, 2013 at 6:41am

Thanks, Debbie! I'm on a roll now! I started the second panel yesterday. I have the whole thing marked and have a couple of stems, a big leaf and a bud already appliquéd on. Now that it's warm enough on the deck, I'm enjoying sitting outside and working on it.

Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on June 12, 2013 at 6:39am

Another wonderful post.   Is your applique project is wonderful.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2013 at 7:43pm

Thanks, Rebecca! Sometimes I wonder if there is anybody out there. It's good to know there are people who don't post comments, but nonetheless read and enjoy my blog. The blog is sort of a diary for me, and when I'm working on projects, sometimes I push myself to get a little more done so I can put it in my blog. As to how I have time: I'm retired and I have fairly flexible standards when it comes to housekeeping and even personal hygiene (although I do shower daily). Also, I'm a member of several groups that contain talented ladies who inspire me. 

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on June 10, 2013 at 5:49pm

Long time lurker  - who absolutely has to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog posts every Monday and seeing photos of all the things you've done during the week.  I am in awe.  Your weaving is absolutely beautiful - I love the rug and the socks too.  And the applique. That's going to be a stunning quilt!  How do you find the time to accomplish so much beautiful work?    

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2013 at 4:10pm

I will be able to do a review soon of Mary Sorensen's DVD, "Learn to Love Needleturn," which I sent to DDIL1 for her birthday in May. She has raved about it, so I decided I needed one for myself, even though I had the beginning class with Mary.

Comment by Barb/WI on June 10, 2013 at 1:13pm

Love, love that rug!  I am going to have to find that Jelly Roll book.  Sounds irresistible, and it's always nice to hear recommendations.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 10, 2013 at 12:41pm

Thanks, ladies! Love the Jelly Roll book. Hoping to start the second appliqué panel this week.

Comment by Pam/NY on June 10, 2013 at 11:20am

Beautiful as always!

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