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I found time to knit this week. 

I have about 2” to go before I have to start the armhole steeks on my “So-not-my-palette Cardigan.” It’s fun playing with the colors, and the palette is growing on me. The pattern for the construction is the “Palette Fair Isle Cardigan” by Kathleen Taylor, but I’m using motif patterns from Alice Starmore’s book, Charts for Color Knitting. I’m using some single 50g balls of yarn as accents and was worried about having enough yarn to do what I want, so I weighed the ball after I used each color to work several rounds. I divided the amount used by the number of rounds worked in that color. All of the rounds seemed to use less than 1g, so I will use that as a guide as I knit. All of the yarn is Knit Picks Palette.

Common Threads met at my house (since I can only host when it’s unlikely to snow). Janet just needs the pompom for this hat:

She's using one of the Noro yarns. I'll try to get the name of the pattern next time. It's almost as colorful as my cardigan, only the yarn does all the colorwork.

Someone from Habitat for Humanity has asked me to dress this doll:

She is Lauren from Modern Girls, sold at Michael’s. The patterns for clothes for 18” dolls should fit her with little trouble, but we will be doing "fittings." The person from Habitat also bought a trunk to hold her and her clothes. They want her to have some overalls for the Overall Ball, but the rest is my decision. I’ll Probably make her one or more of my knitted patterns. Of course, she will need a nightie or PJs and a jacket or coat.

Pollen took over my world for a good part of the week. By Wednesday, when we got home from the Farmers' Market after working our shift registering voters, I could hardly stand to be around Rocky, because his coat was full of dust and pollen from visiting the back yard wilderness and lying in the shade under the back of the car at the Farmers' Market. He went right into the sink for a bath, and stood in the solar dog dryer until he was dry enough to come back inside.

For a couple of days after his bath, I didn't let him play in our "forest." To do his business, we took him out to the road on the leash and kept him out of bushes. Saturday it rained hard, taking most of the pollen with it, so he can go out in the back again.

Sunday DH and I participated in a “renewal of vows” celebration at church. One couple had decided to do it and then they opened it up to any other couples who wanted to participate. We had wonderful music (with the addition of some “pro” singers) and coffee hour was catered. The best part was that DH surprised me by wearing his wedding. When he had surgery, they made him take it off, and he couldn't get it back on. Sunday it fit. It must be a sign.

For this week’s cuteness, here are Soren and Johan getting in touch with their Scandinavian roots by checking out the Finnish flag at the Scandinavian Festival. They get Finnish from our side and Swedish and Norwegian from the other side.

Dusty is six weeks old as of Sunday. We will be driving to Nevada in three weeks to pick him up. Here's what he looks like now:

What's on my needles: Still hand-quilting the “Delectable Pathways” quilt. Progress on the “So-not-my-palette Cardigan.”

What's on my Featherweight: Ready for more doll clothes.

What's on my wheel: Still the Waimea Rooster Merino/Tencel from AlohaBlu, but now started on the big “cheese wheel” 8oz braid of roving.

What's on my iPad/iPhone: Still listening to Terry Brooks’  The Sword of Shannara. It’s a long one, but keeps me interested. Still reading Remember This by Shae Buggs on the Kindle app on my iPad.

What's in my wine glass: Gato Negro Malbec. The big bottle. 2015 vintage. (Wine in our cellar never spoils with time.

What's my tip of the week: For between washings, a dog (or cat) can be wiped down with a damp cloth after brushing to remove dust and pollen. Nature's Miracle makes a Dander Remover & Body Deodorizer that works well. You can spray it directly on your pet and rub into the fur/hair, or you can spray it onto a cloth and wipe your pet down. Poodles don't have dander and don't usually have a bad smell, even a long time after a bath, but they do pick up pollen and dust, and a product like this seems to help. You can get it at pet stores and online. There are other brands that do the same thing.

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 Sandy Larkey on June 21, 2016 at 9:46am

Okay, steeks make more sense now.   I can see a use for them, in some projects that I dream of doing with my knooks.  I haven't done any big projects, but do find that particular tool a lot easier for me to work with than a pair of knitting needles.  I had ganglion cysts on both wrists as a teenager, consequently I don't have as much flexibility in the wrists as I might.  A good result of the surgeries to remove the cysts, I'll probably never have carpal tunnel, since the doctors had to "tunnel through" the ligaments and etc. in my wrists to remove the cysts.  Anyway, I have made what the instruction book for my first set of knooks called "texting mitts", what my mother called wrist warmers when she made them for my long-armed brother, who could never find jackets that came all the way down to meet his gloves--basically these mitts are fingerless (and thumbless) gloves). Friend of mine here in town got a pair from me, along with a neck scarf and a headband.  He thought the mitts were great--he said, "No cold hands, but you can still work with them."  Right now, I'm working on a scarf I'm going to give to my BFF from high school--no I'm not going to say how long we've been friends!  This scarf is being made with Red Heart yarn, variegated in Jewel Tones.  I did "independently" (not given in the instructions) how to work in the round instead of turning the worK and then sewing up one side to make it double thickness.  Have to admit, though, my first choice of needlework is sewing, and/or hand work, quilting, embroidery, needlepoint.  And speaking of, I think I'm going to back up into my sewing room and see what I can get done before the predicted 90+ degree heat makes the room intolerable. 

By the way, all you folks out there, I want to thank you for your welcoming me to these log sites, and hope to keep on hearing from you.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 20, 2016 at 5:13pm

Sandy, steeks are a way to keep knitting in the round rather than knitting back and forth, so you're always on the right side. Some stitches are assigned as steek stitches. To make a cardigan, you put the steek in the front by knitting a few extra stitches before and after each round, in this case 5 before and 5 after. The beginning of round is in the middle of the steek. Here's a look at the front steek in an earlier project. When I got up to the neck, I sewed a line of stitching on each side of the middle of the steek, then cut between them. After the front ribbing border is knit, the steek stitches can be turned under and sewn down or covered with decorative ribbon. The sleeve and front openings are handled in a similar way.

Just as with quilting, there are lots of ways to knit. I do colorwork with one color in each hand. You can use a holder that holds the different colors, or you can use just one color, slipping the stitches that don't take that color, and then going around again with the other color. We're all different, so it's great that we have so many different ways to chose from.

Comment by Sandy Larkey on June 20, 2016 at 3:03pm

Can you explain the word "steeks"?  I gather that it's something to do with the armhole opening, but it's a word I've not encountered before.  Of course, I'm not a knitter, although I have done some in the past--always feel as though I need at least three hands to manipulate the needles and the yarn.  I have, however, discovered the "knook" tool and really like using that--it makes true knitting with a crochet hook.  I like the look of a knitted sweater as opposed to a crocheted sweater, but hate doing the knitting.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 14, 2016 at 8:15pm

Cute! Our breeder says they look like potatoes at this stage. If they were on a dark background, they would show up better. The light-colored towel (?) they're on confuses the camera. I messed with the photo a bit, and this is what I ended up with.

Super cute! Standards and miniatures look the same at birth. Standards sometimes grow up to have longer legs. Both sizes are supposed to be square when viewed from the side (back and legs). The conformation guidelines are the same. 

Here's our guy (on the right) and his brother at about the same age.

Do they feel drawn to one of them over the other? They look pretty much the same, but if everyone in the family picks in secret and then the picks are revealed, if they are all or mostly the same, that means something. We did that, and both of us preferred the boy on the right. It turns out he's bigger and will be silver, rather than blue. Both of those aspects are better for us. I'm betting his personality will fit us better than the other little guy as well.

Comment by Pam/NY on June 14, 2016 at 4:53pm

The kids get their Standard poodle puppy in three weeks…they are born in Texas and will meet the breeder up here half way. This is a picture of the two females to pick from…One will be called Brinley. They are so black it's hard to see them! Thought you'd enjoy the picture.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 13, 2016 at 6:05pm

Yes, we have pollen everywhere, but we've had some a lot of rain, so it's mostly around the puddles, not on the poodle.

I'm just fostering Lauren, but my girls are very kind and loving. Remember this?

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 13, 2016 at 4:46pm

Ah . . A new dolly to dress.  Will your two be jealous?  Will they gang up on the "third wheel" or become a trio?  Stay tuned . . .

The mountain house is just recovering from it's drenching in pine pollen this week!  DH wanted to blow it with the leaf blower, but I can't be around that!  We had to resort to hosing everything down.  It seems better this week.  It was ringing the bird baths like algae.  Yuk!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 13, 2016 at 1:07pm
Pam, the way to immunize yourself if to buy your own.
Comment by Pam/NY on June 13, 2016 at 12:45pm
Omg the dolly disease is spreading! There could be a pandemic!!!!
Comment by Barb/WI on June 13, 2016 at 12:39pm

Soren and Johan are growing up so fast.  What cuties!  Congratulations on the wedding vows renewal.  That doll will be super cute by the time you are done with her.  This week I found an Alexander doll in beautiful condition at a garage sale for $5.  She will live at my house, and be my model for the clothes I plan to make with the doll I'm getting our GD for Christmas.  

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