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High Fiber—Peggy Visits the Frog Pond

On the bright side, the first appliqué block of the First Ladies Quilt, the "Martha Washington Wreath," is finished.

There will be two of these, and I have started the second one. I'm using the needleturn method. My local quilt shop, Davidene's Quilt Shop, is having a class in Eleanor Burns' Tales of First Ladies. The next class is next month. (See last week's post for the first pieced blocks for this quilt.)

I've also made some progress on the paper-pieced Pine Burr quilt. Here's the second of 16 blocks. (I haven't removed the paper yet.)

The grey fabric in the big triangles will also be used in the borders. I had bought 1/2 yard of it on sale at Elaine's Quilt Block, a quilt shop in Salt Lake City. Then I decided I needed more, but they didn't have any. However, they were able to give me the name of the line of fabric. After an online search, I found some at an Easy shop, No Place Like Home Quilt Shop. In two days I had an extra three yards. I couldn't have found it without the help of the nice ladies at Elaine's!

The local quilt guild met Thursday evening, and we had a demo on paper piecing. Saturday I put into use what I had learned and finished the block in less than a day, about three times faster than the first one. (More about the quilt guild meeting later.)

There's a Spin-in in the Knit Picks Knitting Community scheduled for the end of this month. Here's what I'll be spinning:

There are two braids of hand-painted roving from Greenwood Fibers. The one on the left is Polwarth in "Lavender Hedgerow" and on the right is Heathered BFL in "Jingle Bells." I purchased both from Wasatch & Wool in Park City, our own Local Yarn Shop. The fiber in the package is a gift from a friend, a souvenir from New Zealand, from a small supplier. It's Merino sliver.

So far, so good. Now here's the part where Peggy dons her swim fins and walks slowly down to the frog pond....

The Brick Cardigan was coming along great. I had the decreases finished, the short rows turned out almost invisible. Then I tried it on. It was very loose in the neck, clearly too soon to start the ribbing, although that was next in the pattern. That would have been easy enough to fix, but it was also too snug at the armpits. 

If you've been following this project, you'll remember that I tightened the gauge to get a firmer fabric and went up a size in the pattern. I thought I had enough rows in the yoke based on my gauge, but clearly I didn't. (It's the math.)

So, off to the frog pond. (For anyone who is a nonknitter or new to knitting, frogging is where you rip out your knitting, as in "rippit, rippit," or what the frog says.)

I'm back on track, but planning on working the decreases every other right-side row until I have about three inches of yoke. Then I'll evaluate how it's going. At some point, I'll change my decreases to every right-side row if I need to, which is what I expect.

More on the bright side, as I was ripping it out, I noticed a mistake I had made in the pattern. One of my cables went over to the left instead of to the right. I could have fixed it later, but it's much easier this way. Here's my mistake, which I left behind in the frog pond:

Common Threads met at Georgette's on Thursday morning. Lynda picked me up. I had planned to walk, because Georgette lives right up the street, and DGD was using my car to take Joanie to the doctor, but Lynda offered to pick me up, because she was going right by my house.

Lynda was making a scarf to go with the hat she showed off last time.

Janet had some news: She has been asked to allow her baby blanket out of Weepaca to be on display at The Wool Cabin (a yarn shop in Salt Lake City)! She's working on another one now. She's a beautiful knitter, although she considers herself to be "a quilter," which she also does well.

Thursday evening was our monthly quilt guild meeting, where Dianne did her demo of paper piecing.

She had been working on a kit she bought several years ago at The Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon. (Unfortunately, the kit is no longer available.) She demonstrated how she does paper piecing using this kit. It depicts the Sisters mountains that give the town where The Stitching' Post quilt shop is located its name.

This part goes under the mountains:

The demonstration was followed by lots of show-and-tell. The group had watched a demonstration of Hawaiian appliqué last month, and several people brought their projects that resulted from the meeting.

It's great meeting in a quilt shop, where we can be inspired by the lovely fabrics.

Linda's heart quilt was great for a February meeting:

Besides the heart quilt, Linda was finishing up a churn dash quilt.

Jill is finishing up this Easter egg quilt.

This star quilt is almost a miniature.

It wasn't supposed to snow until Saturday, so DH and I had planned to go on a hike on Friday, but it snowed. (Boo, Weatherman!) The planned hike had to be moved to a location that wouldn't be muddy and changed into more of a walk. At least the pups got to run off-leash for a while.

This is absolutely not normal snow for February, or even March, in the mountains of Utah. We usually need snowshoes to walk this trail this time of year, and there is no ground to be seen. I wonder where our snow went....

What's on my needles: Brick Cardigan, working on the yoke...again. Also the second Martha Washington's Wreath appliqué block for my First Ladies quilt.

What's on my Featherweight: Pine Burr, second block finished, third in the planning stage.

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

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished Threading the Needle by Marie Bostwick, from Audible. Now listening to A Second Chance, Vol 3: The Chronicles of St. Mary's by Jody Taylor. Also reading Charlotte Collins by Jennifer Becton on the Nook app.

What's in my wine glass: C K Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon wild reed Canyon 2012. A lovely wine.

What's my tip of the week: When frogging (see definition above), I like to rip until I get to the row/round before the one where I want to start, then take out the last row/round of stitches one at a time by inserting the needle into the middle of each stitch in that row/round, then pull the stitch above out of it. It's so much easier to pick up the sts and have them facing the right way on the needle while the yarn you're removing is still in them.

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 25, 2015 at 8:12pm
Rocky mostly needs the sweater indoors, where he gets cold sitting around. On the trail, he doesn't really need it. I'm in the process of repairing his spare sweater, so I can wash this one.
Comment by JB on February 25, 2015 at 1:03pm

Yes, big sewing needle indeed!  Also, I meant to comment on the pic of the pooches and how I love seeing Rocky sporting that sweater :)

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 25, 2015 at 8:24am
JB, then a big sewing needle is called for. Too bad! It's a nice trick to remember, though.
Carol Ann, like quilters, knitters have a whole lexicon of jargon. I can't speak Swahili, so it has to be knit-speak. LOL!
Comment by JB on February 25, 2015 at 6:19am
I had heard that but haven't tried it yet...Unfortunately I was using size 0 needles so not my knit picks interchangeables. :(
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on February 24, 2015 at 9:13pm

Uh...Since I don't understand "knit-speak", Peggy, you might as well be speaking Swahili here! LOL

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 24, 2015 at 7:16pm
Paper piecing can be intimidating, but I'm learning a lot from the challenge, and the results are great!
One nice thing about those interchangeable needles from Knit Picks is that they have those little holes for using a tool to hold it while you screw in the tip. That little hole can be threaded with dental floss (or quilting thread), and the lifeline threads itself as you knit.
Comment by JB on February 24, 2015 at 1:32pm

Peggy, Lovely blog.  The roving is gorgeous!  Can't wait to see what you make of it...as yarn and then as knitted object.  Your tip is a great one.  That's how I usually frog as well, although last time I sewed in a life line of dental floss and frogged back to that then picked up the stitches from the floss.  It was surprisingly an easy and fast process.  I have done one project with paper peicing...see my avatar - it is a Judy Neimeyer pattern.  Overwhelming at first until I got a few hours into it.  Then it came together in a breeze.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 23, 2015 at 7:20pm
Barb, knitting is just one stitch at a time, unless you design or alter designs for yourself. Then math is involved. Usually, though, you can just follow instructions and/or charts. I am exceedingly fortunate to have such talented friends. They inspire me. They turn to me with knitting issues, though, as they all knit as well as quilt. Paper-piecing has always been my Waterloo, so I'm pleased it's going well.
Comment by Barb/WI on February 23, 2015 at 6:52pm

What beautiful roving!  Your knitting amazes me.  I just don't seem to wrap my mind around it very well.  I'm never going to graduate to the beautiful sweaters you make.  And, every week I pour over the pictures of the quilts produced by you and your talented friends.  The foundation pieced pine burr quilt is destined to be gorgeous.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on February 23, 2015 at 4:29pm
Mary, I remember the winter of '47 in Jamaica Plain. My father had to dig a tunnel from our front door to his office next door. The ground floor was completely dark, we had to to upstairs to see the sky.
Just finished the third Pine Burr block:

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