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Since my last blog post, I have had two new COs and a start on a new quilt, Daphne's "I-spy" quilt.

If you aren't familiar with this quilting tradition, the idea is to use lots of fabrics that depict objects a child might be familiar with: animals, foods, toys, flowers, etc. You tell the child, "I spy a (name of object)" and let them find it in the quilt. It's a game, but it's also a way for a small child to increase his or her vocabulary. I will be looking for a fabric for an outer border and backing for this quilt, and then get my friend Julie to quilt it for me. I plan to take it with me when I go to meet Daphne's baby brother in April.
A new order from Knit Picks brought the yarn for several new projects.

For the other new baby, arriving in June, I purchased yarn for a Baby Surprise Jacket (AKA "BSJ.") It's like the one I made for Daphne's brother. Here's what I have done so far:

The yarn is Knit Picks' Stroll Sport in "Winter Night" and "Mink."
The expectant mommy is making one for the new baby herself. She has made good progress.

The yarn is also Stroll Sport, which can be washed in the washing machine and makes a sweater a good size for the first few months for all but a preemie.
Also in the order is some Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes Sport and Wool of the Andes Bulky.

The sport-weight yarn is in "Wonderland Heather," "Baltic Heather," "Saffron," "Fairytale" and "Avocado." I purchased it for Mary Scott Huff's mystery KAL, which starts January 30th.

I've made a swatch:

I was able to get gauge using the size 4 needles, so I'm set to go. (Our swatch could be any pattern of stranded colorwork, so I just played.)
The bulky-weight yarn is for a felted diaper bag like the one I made a couple of years ago for Daphne's use, but this one will be for her new cousin. The BSJ I'm making for this new baby will coordinate with the bag, although it won't match exactly. The colors for the bag are "Porcini" and "Navy."

The book was added to my order for my friend Joanie.

In spinning news, I'm well into the second bobbin of the "Autumn in Park City" fiber I purchased from AlohaBlu. Here's what the first bobbin looks like:

It's Superwash Blue-faced Leicester. Christina, owner of AlohaBlu, dyed it to match the photo I took of the lovely colors during a hike in the fall. Being Superwash wool, it will be good for baby knitting if I choose.
The Sundance Film Festival has started here in Park City. I had my first shift Saturday afternoon and evening, when the weatherman decided to favor us with a blizzard...finally! I live in a mountainous area far from town, which usually gets the most snow. They let me go early, but it still took me an hour to get home. DH was almost done plowing the drive when I arrived at 11:30 PM. Perfect timing! This is what greeted me Sunday morning:

Between noon and midnight, we got 20" but 8" in four hours was the worst of it. Happy, happy ski areas! Not-so-happy Festival-goers, some of whom missed their films because of snow, traffic and accidents.

What's on my needles: BSJ for Baby Stuart and "Dogwood Blossoms" sweater, second sleeve.
What's on my wheel: Bobbin 2 of "Autumn in Park City."
What's on my iPad: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson from Audible. Knit Picks Podcast. 
What's my app of the week: QuiltCalc, which I used to figure out how much fabric I needed for the sashing and borders for the "I-spy" quilt for Daphne.
What's in my wine glass: Charles Shaw Chardonnay 2008. I don't usually go for Chardonnay, but this one I like.

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 Peggy Stuart on January 24, 2012 at 7:36am
The weather is really screwy this year! You should see my yard now! We got more yesterday. Debbie, I think we get our storms from you, although by the time they get here in the mountains of UT, there's usually no rain, only snow, this time of year.
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on January 24, 2012 at 7:18am

Always love seeing what's on your needles.  You amaze me. 

Your yard looks a little like ours.

Comment by betweens on January 24, 2012 at 3:02am

love the eye spy quilt I am sure it will be enjoyed and totally entertaining.

and I want it to snow so much that I am home bound and quilting! all we are getting is rain, rain, rain in Ontario, What`s up with that!!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 23, 2012 at 8:21pm
June, always read the fine print, LOL! I belong to several quilting or knitting groups. I try to get photos of any of members' projects that I think will inside. The almost-completed BSJ is the work of our DDIL2, for instance. My big project for this past week was the "I-spy" quilt.
MaryAnn, I love Connecting Threads' fabrics. My nearest "quilt shop" is Walmart. The closest one after that is 40 min. away! I have to add the cost of gas and, this time of year, the risk to life and limb. Online keeps me off the road, when I can find what I want!
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on January 23, 2012 at 7:46pm

Wow!  I can't believe how fast you can complete projects all of which are beautiful.  Seems like you post several new projects every week.  Wish I could be so fast as you are. 

Comment by MaryAnn on January 23, 2012 at 4:24pm

Love Barb's idea. I buy fabric from fabric.com and have been very pleased with the fabric and delivery time...don't tell my local quilt shop.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 23, 2012 at 3:50pm
What a great idea! I don't have more of some of the fabrics, but I could scan the blocks, print on paper and laminate them!
Comment by Pam/NY on January 23, 2012 at 2:12pm

Great idea Barb...where were you when I made one for the kids??? lol

Comment by Barbara Blackwell on January 23, 2012 at 1:48pm

Love the quilt. In addition to the quilt, if you have some of each fabric left over, you can make a set of squares to match so the child can learn to make pairs.  Sandwich squares of the top fabric, stiff interfacing and plain felt.  Sew around the edge about 1/2 cm inside the raw edge and then cut with pinking sheers.  If you make 2 of each fabric they can then be used independantly of the quilt too as a pairs/memory game. Finish it up by making a calico draw string bag for the 'cards'.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 23, 2012 at 1:23pm
I've never bought from eBay. My friend Ellen will want to go to SLC soon anyway. She lives here part time, and she always wants to check out the quilt shops.

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