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High Fiber—Winter Keeps Coming...and Coming

Made it to Vintage Stitchers on Thursday, in spite of our blizzard.


Barbara had made this block using English Paper Piecing. It isn't a hard block to make with regular seaming, but she wanted to learn the technique.


She also had a top finished, using some puzzle piece blocks.



Carol had some of the same blocks in this quilt top, already quilted. She was working on the binding.



Why does it always snow on Thursday and Sunday? My trip to Salt Lake City for Vintage Stitchers was slow because of the snow, sleet and wind. On the way down, I saw a car off the road with highway patrol vehicles assisting, on westbound and then on the eastbound sides. I was glad I still had the snow tires on. I took this photo on Friday.



The snow coming off the roof meant the pups couldn't go out in the back. It's too dangerous. It's a two-story drop when the snow falls off.


The week was otherwise filled with sorting through belongings, making decisions about what to keep, give away or throw out, and packing stuff in boxes. While down in Salt Lake City, I picked up 15 book boxes and dropped off more donations.


I did have some fun, though. One of my Ravelry groups has started trying to reverse engineer a pattern for this doll dress found on a Russian website by way of Pinterest. The doll wearing it is a Götz Hannah, a doll slightly larger in the waist than the Happy Kidz/Classic Kidz dolls I've been dressing lately.


One of the participants wanted to try it using DK, which is a thicker yarn, although I think the original was knit with fingering/4-ply. It turned out cute.




It's hard to see the tulle petticoat underneath. I only have tulle in white and yellow, so mine will have to be white.


The bodice turned out a little big, so I'm making modifications to the design, but I'll finish this one.



I'm working on the skirt now, worked in the round, with panels of increasing stitches. This photo was about halfway, vertically. I should be able to post a photo next week.



I got some knitting done in the car on the way to the opera on Saturday. We were seeing Falstaff at Lyrical Opera Theater. Several cast members sing with our choir on special occasions or regularly on Sundays.




This was the best production they have done yet, and lots of fun.


For some added cuteness, someone posted a photo in the Facebook Götz group of a doll holding a small Pooh bear. Vroni says, "My Pooh is bigger."



At least something of Vroni's is bigger.


What's on my needles: Besides the Russian Dress, still the Coastal Skies, a little more progress made.


What's on my Featherweight: Still waiting.


What's in my hoop: Still the Spring Flowers quilt, but closing in on finishing.


What's on my wheel: Stanzi is waiting for Tour de Fleece. 


What's on my iPad/iPhone: Finished listening to The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz. Then listened to Refining Felicity by M. C. Beaton, not a long book, but fun. I'm not sure if I want to start another one yet. I have a book preordered that will be out tomorrow.


What's in my wine glass: Trader Joe's Coastal Zinfandel, nice with Mexican food.


What's my tip of the week: Not sure how much salad to make? Hate having to eat salad the next day that has been marinating in dressing? Tear up the lettuce and put it in a bowl that has a lid. Cut up the vegetables you want to add to it and let family members help themselves to however much lettuce they want and add their own dressing. Torn-up lettuce will stay crisp and nice for several days in the fridge without the dressing.



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 or dolls were harmed during the production of this blog post.

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 18, 2018 at 12:08pm

Thank you.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 18, 2018 at 12:05pm

I use long-tail CO most of the time, but sometimes the pattern will recommend a specific CO. I can CO loosely, but I recommend using a larger needle for both CO and BO to people who find their CO is too tight.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 18, 2018 at 11:53am

PS:  when you cast on for any given project, how do you know which technique is the best cast-on method for that project?

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 18, 2018 at 11:53am

Thanks, Peggy.  I like that each of these are completely reversible - brown with white on one side and the exact opposite - white with brown, on the other.  

I have never blocked anything before, so I'm going to have to read up on it.  I understand the concept and what it is for, I've just never actually done it.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 18, 2018 at 11:42am

Good work! I really don't like doing colorwork on the wrong side, which is why I love steeks. Good for you, managing to teach yourself to hold both strands of yarn in one hand. I love that there are different ways to do things, so we can find a way that works best for us. They look so even I'm surprised you haven't already blocked them. 

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on April 18, 2018 at 8:29am

I'm still trying to become proficient at basic knitting and reading patterns.  Can't even imagine "reverse engineering" a pattern!   I thought reading knitting patterns would be fairly simple, since I read crochet patterns all the time.  It's a whole 'nother language, it seems to me, but progress is being made.  

I double knitted a set of 4 coasters in brown and white cotton with a horse-shoe motif on it.  I figured I'd probably knitted each one twice by the time I worked, frogged, worked, frogged, found a way to manage 2 threads consistently, etc, until they were passable.  I admit to being somewhat of a perfectionist, so I really wanted to have them mistake-free with even tension.  I have not woven in the ends or blocked them yet.  This wasn't a written pattern, of course, but a charted one, which was new, too.  I ended up managing the two-handed method, but was making too many mistakes (apparently not being consistent in carrying the yarns forward and backward together each time), so I ended up carrying them both continental style with a strand over the first finger and a strand over the second.  That way both strands are carried naturally to the front and to the back (per Suzanne Bryan's tutorial).  That worked fairly well for me, resulting in fewer bars on the wrong side of the knitting.  

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 17, 2018 at 9:40pm

There are a lot of dog parks, and I’ve been told there are three quilt shops, not to mention The Stitchin' Post just up the road in Sisters. Maybe next time you pass through Bend we can get together.

Comment by Bonnie on April 17, 2018 at 8:06pm

I thought of you as we passed through Bend on our convoluted way home from a winter in south east Arizona.   It looks like a nice town with lots of trails, a dog park and at least 1 quilt store I saw from the road.  There is a lot of open land around! 

Comment by Peggy Stuart on April 16, 2018 at 1:09pm

Our snow is disappearing, too, but we’re supposed to get more tomorrow.

I would love to have a Hannah face with a Happy Kidz body!

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on April 16, 2018 at 9:20am

I'm constantly amazed at how beautiful the Gotz dolls are.  Hannah is lovely.  And so is her pretty dress. I really like Barbara's puzzle block quilt top.  Although we aren't suffering from blizzards as you are, we do still have a lot of snow in our yard although it is finally starting to retreat quite quickly.  It's been a very very long winter just about everywhere this year.

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