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Halloween is over, and we wonder what to do with all the leftover candy.
It's a good thing we got Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, our favorite!
However, some knitting, spinning and quilting have been accomplished.



1) Knitting: The first sleeve of my La Boheme cardigan (new name) is about 3/4 finished. The new name is because I worked on the lower body
while watching La Boheme at Utah Opera. The cardi isn't likely to die of
consumption, but it is for Mimi (me, me)! It is so nice to have a
project you don't have to pay attention to, but just K around and around
while enjoying wonderful music, great sets and great performances! I
have a couple of inches more done on the sleeve since this photo was
taken.



2) Spinning: Finished the singles for Daphne's new jacket. It will probably be a BSJ (Baby Surprise Jacket), but it depends on the WPI
(wraps per inch, measure of thickness). I just need to ply it. Also I
did some spinning with the KP drop spindle. This photo shows that I have
three (count them!), three WooLee Winder bobbins full of singles, ready
to ply, with I will do with the fourth bobbin, recently purchased. The
lazy kate on my wheel only holds two bobbins, so I will have to make a
makeshift kate out of a shoebox and a straight knitting needle to hold
the third bobbin while I ply. Watch for updates on the plying....

3) Quilting: The quilt top I have been making for a Christmas gift is
finished. I used 1930s
reproduction fabrics in blue, red and yellow, and white for background.
It is a fox-and-geese block, with mock flying geese around the outside.
Here's the quilt on my design wall:



...and here is a sample of the border. I'll try to post photos of the completed top next week.


The border triangles point toward the center of the quilt. My friend Julie will quilt it for me, and then I'll put on a binding using the
same fabric as the dark blue inner border. She provides the 100% cotton
batting I like to use for most quilts--thus the "batty." I'll bet you
thought it was a reference to Halloween!

My order from Connecting Threads arrived with the fabrics for another Christmas gift quilt:



The 1930s fabrics are on the cover of a magazine, not part of the
collection. The fabrics I'm using are mostly batiks. The one in the
foreground that looks like a slab of rock will be the outer border. The
design is tricky, but I have about a week and a half to get it done in
time for quilting.

In other news, I received a WPI gauge from Spin Out, a company in the UK that makes really neat spinning and knitting tools, including spindles and knitting needles.



He even included some chocolates! The gauge was my reward for sending in
photos of myself spinning while camping and hiking (extreme spinning).
You can see the website and my photos here.

Vintage Stitchers met again on Thursday, and Diane showed off her applique...


...and Barbara had an "I Spy" quilt for her grandson:



She says he loves pickles!

We have had moose visits:



(Note: We don't have this much snow now.) The moose come and hang out
after the snowplow has been by. They like to lick the salt on the road.

I have been lax in providing gratuitous baby photos, so this is about as
gratuitous as it gets! Eat your hearts out, fellow grandmothers!



In the meantime, the Spin Along hit 100 members, and we have been having a party here.
If you spin or have thought about spinning and haven't joined yet, feel
free to visit. We would love to have you, and if you join, we would
love to read your thoughts and experiences. It gets chatty sometimes,
but there is a lot of spinning expertise dispensed! We have some
participants with a lot of experience, so you can get help with spinning
problems and get product reviews, too!

We took a hike on Saturday. I have no photos to show because it was all I could do to stay
on my feet in the snow. We could have used snowshoes or YakTrax
just for the traction. I was really sore the next day! It was good
exercise, though, and the pups got worn out. I didn't take my spindle
this time. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and I had to watch where I
was going.

While quilting and knitting, I have been enjoying a new (to me) podcast: The Knit Wits Podcast.
This couple is hilarious! I don't know when I've laughed so hard! They
talk about knitting, spinning and their lives, and it's very
entertaining. I'm almost caught up. That is a nice addition to the Knit
Picks Podcast, Sticks and String, Yarnspinners Tales and the Spin
Doctor, all mentioned in previous blogs, along with other great
podcasts!

I see I have new credits from Audible, so I'm rubbing my hands with
glee...and a little hand creme never hurts...in anticipation of my next
audiobook!

Happy spinning/quilting/knitting everyone!

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 1, 2010 at 9:09pm
She's wearing all the sweaters I made her before she was born. But she's growing! I'm hoping it will be for Christmas!
Comment by Terry F on November 1, 2010 at 9:02pm
Better get crackin' on Daphne's jacket, she's gonna freeze!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 1, 2010 at 8:48am
LOL! I don't do housework. I let the dust bunnies reproduce. Not good, but it frees up an amazing amount of time!
Comment by B J Elder/WA on November 1, 2010 at 8:27am
How you do all you do is amazing to me. What a great picture of Daphne - she's such a cutie. I'm trying to figure out how you can adopt me -- love your yarns and all you do.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on November 1, 2010 at 7:30am
The sweater is actually a dark chocolate, but I think it will be nice and warm! I'll post photos of my progress. Daphne is a doll, isn't she? I love the '30s fabrics, but for the recipients, I decided to limit the color palette to blue (their favorite color), red and yellow. I'm going to start collecting for an "I Spy" quilt for Daphne, too! She will be old enough for it before we know it!
Comment by Bonnie on November 1, 2010 at 7:10am
That gray sweater looks soooo nice!
Comment by Pam/NY on November 1, 2010 at 7:08am
Okay...Daphne is just the cutest!!! Your quilt is nice, bright colors. The I spy quilt is a great idea for my grandson for Christmas...thanks!

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