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Common Threads met at Wasatch & Wool on Thursday.

It was inspiring, sitting with our knitting while surrounded by lovely yarns of all types. Margaux provided us with some delicious munchies.

Lynda wore the hat she just finished:


I wore my Sandy Beach Scarf, which took one skein of Manos del Uruguay Lace alpaca, silk and cashmere. (Yum!)


I finished my hat during the meeting. The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Maxima, 100% merino.


Then I swatched for my new cardigan, using the yarn I bought on my birthday. I'm calling it Brick because of the color. Here's the project page. The ladies at Common Threads helped me decide which pattern to use. This is the one I'm using.

I cut the bottom ribbing in half, because I'm so short-waisted, and I'm using a tighter gauge to get a size that will fit me the way I like.


My other choice of pattern was thisI probably will use Andes Del Campo for this second pattern. I have enough in "Brass Heather" to make it. Here's the project page for that, although I haven't started it yet.

I'm making good progress on the cardigan, now that I've settled on the pattern:


In the meantime, quilters, I'm playing around with these fabrics:


I'm starting to have more energy again, so I should be back to quilting soon. (I find quilting to take more energy than knitting.)

What's on my needles: Sandy Beach Scarf finished, then Wasatch Cap done. Now working on my Brick Cardigan.

What's on my Featherweight: Still put away in its case, but calling to me. ("Let me out! I want to play....")

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

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Listening to The President's Pilot by Robert Gandt, a recent Daily Deal from Audible. Also reading And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander, not on the iPad for once but a paperback version I picked up at a rummage sale.

What's my app of the week: Sundance 2015, which should come in handy this week as I help patrons of the Sundance Film Festival get information and wait-list tickets.

What's in my wine glass: Big House Cardinal Zin Zinfandel 2012, 3 L Premium Wine Cask (basically a octagon box). Shockingly good!

What's my tip of the week: When piecing pieced strips, run them through the sewing machine with the seam allowance of the top strip toward the presser foot, if possible, so the seam will nest automatically.


If one side is bigger than the other, though, put the bigger side on the bottom, so the feed dogs will grab it and ease it in. (In the photo, you can see my little stack of sticky notes that guide the fabric through to the needle to give me that 1/4" seam allowance I need.


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 January 24, 2015 at 12:59pm
They keep me in stitches, all right! It's so nice to have weekly inspiration sessions!
Comment by Joanna liguz on January 24, 2015 at 12:39pm

The projects are really pretty,,such a great group of people to keep you in stitches...!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 21, 2015 at 6:40pm

I broke down and started my new quilt. (The cries of my Featherweight reached me from inside the case, and I caved!) Here's one block with the sashing on all four sides:

Comment by Donna Sykes on January 21, 2015 at 5:47pm

Love the color for your sweater. Will look forward to your progress. Pretty quilt you are contemplating for your fabrics.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 20, 2015 at 11:51am
Yes! I've always said, it my dogs aren't waiting for me there, it won't be Heaven!
Comment by Barbara Graham on January 20, 2015 at 9:54am

All those beautiful knitted items! I love the Brick yarn!

I will add dogs to the requirement of knitting and quilting in Heaven.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 19, 2015 at 1:21pm
Janet, if there is no knitting or quilting in Heaven, I don't want to go!
Comment by Janet/MO on January 19, 2015 at 1:08pm

Oh, that yarn for the sweater is yummy.  I put those patterns in my Ravelry library too.  Between the quilts I still want to make & the sweaters, etc. I still want to knit, I need to find out where the fountain of youth is as I just can't die for another 300+ yrs!   I like that pattern too.  It would look great done as a scrappy quilt.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 19, 2015 at 12:03pm

I hear you about the house. The pups got some balls for Christmas that have some plush right under the outer rubber part, which has holes in it, so they can access what's inside. A real hit with the pups, but I've been picking up the bits of stuffing they've pulled out. It's all over the rugs!

Comment by Roxann on January 19, 2015 at 11:55am

I love all the knitting projects! One of the ladies at our monthly sew brought a knitted hat she made for her niece and I fell in love with it. I'm not a knitter but luckily my mom is and she offered to make it for me! She ROCKS! :)

I love the pattern you are thinking about using for the fabrics! I hope you are able to let the featherweight out of the case soon! I just finished up a customer quilt today and have a bit of free time before a lot of the ladies get back from quilt retreat! Hopefully I will find time to sew but unfortunately my house is going to be condemned if I don't pay some attention to it.......SOON! 

Thanks for sharing! Happy you are feeling better! 

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