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Vintage Stichers met at my house this week, so I could get my turn in while there was little chance of snow and soon after my spring cleaning.

As always, they had some quilts in various stages of completion to show off. Carol took the Easy Bake pattern and added sashing.

Brenda made this Radio Way quilt for a relative injured in an accident.

Janet is working on this Bertie's Spring appliqué.

Barbara has done the preparation for this block for Kim McLean's Flower Pots from Glorious Color.

I finished my Kai-Mei Socks. The pattern is easier than it looks. I discovered the easiest way to P the four dropped YO strands was to come up under all four with the right needle wyif, put that needle through the sl st from he back, and then P them together. It's a well-written pattern, from Sock Innovation by Cookie A. The yarn is Stroll in "navy."

I may have mentioned this before, but I had bought the first printing of Cookie A's book, and there were a lot of errata. I found the corrections on the publisher's website, printed them all off, and stored them in the book. I was planning on having the book spiral-bound with an envelope bound in the book for the errata pages to take with me on our trip this summer, when I plan on knitting socks. Then I found this Kindle edition, with all the corrections, for not much more than the spiral-binding would have cost. The best part is, it doesn't add any weight to my iPad, which I was planning on taking with me anyway.

I moved on to my Snow Crystals Socks and quickly finished the first sock.

To get the beads into your knitting, you take the stitch off the needle and pull it up through the bead. Then you put the stitch back on the needle and knit it. I didn't have a crochet hook small enough to go through the hole in the bead; even my size 11 was too big, so I used a threaded needle. I put the needle through the bead, then through the stitch and back through the bead in the direction it came out. Then pulled on the needle and thread, pulling the stitch through the bead. (There are no beads on the foot. Ouch!)

The second sock went fast. I wore them on Sunday:

You may have to zoom in to see the beads, but they show up in the sunlight, like the sun shining on snow.

The Multi-scrap Scarf is coming along. Here it is with 30" completed:

The series of rain storms has finally stopped, and the weather has warmed up a bit. It has been good for walking the pups, and on Saturday, we took a hike in Toll Canyon.

What's on my needles: The Snow Crystals Socks are finished. CO another pair of socks. Ready to CO the "March of the Fibres" cardi when I get a chance. Maybe this week. I'm also working on another pair of socks, because I needed to visit my friend Joanie on Sunday and needed something to work on there. 

What's on my Featherweight: Ready to start next month's blocks from First Ladies.

What's on my wheel: Still Full Circle spinning fiber in "Pigeon." No progress there.

What's on my loom: Still the Multi Scrap scarf, 30" completed.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished The Back Road by Rachel Abbott. Then read Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen, a "Daily Deal" from Audible. Then listened to A Murderous Yarn by Monica Ferris from the library on the Overdrive app. Now listening to Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson from Audible. Reading Death by Cashmere in iBooks. 

What's in my wine glass: Lindeman's Cawarra Shiraz-Cabernet 2014. The big bottle.

What's my tip of the week: On socks, or other projects that require regular decreases until a certain stitch count, I always hate to keep counting sts, so I put a st marker at the point where the decreases have to stop. In the photo, I needed 32 sts, divided over two needles, so I just counted 16 sts and put a marker. You have to move the marker for the last two decreases, but I just take the it out, make the dec and put it back again. This works for sweaters or other projects as well.

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 Donna Sykes on June 3, 2015 at 7:03pm

Peggy, love your snow crystal socks! I really like Bertie's applique. They are so cute and fun.

Comment by JB on June 3, 2015 at 2:44pm

Peggy, Love everything as always.  The yellow quilt is very nice, and I really like the Bertie's applique with the bird sitting on the bunny's head...Too Cute!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 3, 2015 at 10:25am
If you're used to metal ones already, they will probably be fine.
Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on June 3, 2015 at 9:36am

I've always used metal dpns for socks.  And mine are getting old and worn,(and a little bent) so I just ordered some new ones from KnitPicks...sure hope they aren't too slippery.  I thought about getting the wooden ones, but I've never worked with those and I worried I'd find them hard to get used to.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 3, 2015 at 5:55am
Metal dpns are hard to work with, for me, at least. They keep wanting to fall out of my work. I often knit socks with two circular needles, though, and the metal ones work fine for that.
Comment by LKC on June 3, 2015 at 5:08am

I need to get the needles out. I too want the some socks. My knitting, zip little. I am sure the wood needles help.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 2, 2015 at 8:57am
Roxann, tell her it's a free pattern on Ravelry. My project page is here:
They are very easy to knit, and the cuff is the only complicated part. They went fast, too.
Comment by Roxann on June 2, 2015 at 8:50am

The yellow quilt is beautiful, and I so love bertie quilts! I am so happy they are doing so many versions! 

THE SOCKS!!!!! I am obsessed with the snow crystal ones! I don't knit but my mom does! They will be on my Christmas list!

Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Pam/NY on June 2, 2015 at 7:31am

Lovely projects...love your socks. Reminds me of the ones I wore as a little girl. They look so warm and soft.

Comment by Barb/WI on June 1, 2015 at 4:14pm

That scarf on your loom is going to be gorgeous!  What beautiful socks, too.  The applique is so pretty, hopefully we'll see more as those quilts progress.  Thanks for the inspiration.

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