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Our Common Threads group had a small attendance last week. 

This is the time of year many Park City residents leave town. The skiing is starting to decline, the snow is starting to melt and opportunities for recreation start to dry up...or wet up might be a better term. (We call it "Mud Season." I'll let you guess why.)

However, Lynda and I showed up at Karan's house, Lynda sporting her crocheted vest made from the yarn she spun from the Coopworth fiber she and I bought together a couple of years ago. If you remember, I made the Landscape Shawl out of mine and then gave Joanie enough for the same project for her birthday from what I had left.

Karan was explaining paper piecing to Lynda, who has never made a quilt. Here's the example Karan has been working on, which she brought out to show Lynda.

Lynda is currently working on two projects for Summer. This shrug can be worn as a long cardigan or as a short shrug with a big collar. The yarn is very lacy.

The other project she's working on is a short-sleeved pullover out of cotton.

I have been working on fingerless mitts using yarn from my stash.

Front row, from left, Semplice Mitts using Regia 6-fädig Mosaik sport weight Color 05565 (plain ribbing), Semplice Mitts using Stroll sport weight in Sarge (plain ribbing), Fetching Gloves in Ella Rae Classic worsted weight in color 112 (as written). Back row, first one of new pair of Midnight Sky Mitts using the same Elle Rae worsted weight (twisted 1X1 ribbing). 

These fingerless mitts are for "Mitts of Steal," a charity that provides these mitts to dialysis patients. Dialysis causes patients' hands to get cold during the hours they are having treatment. This condition is called Steal Syndrome. I have made 4 1/2 pairs so far, and am expecting more from friends in addition to the one another friend knitted. You can get more information here.

Over the weekend, I have been participating in a spin-in at the Knit Picks Knitting Community. I have been spinning fiber on my wheel and using my KP Turkish drop spindle. It started on Friday and continues until lunch time today. I plan on reporting on my progress and results in next week's blog post. You will be surprised to see where I have been spinning!

I have another quilt class next Saturday, so I hope to be able to report on that next week.

I have finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and We have also listened to Toys by James Patterson while driving. Both of these came from Audible.com.

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 30, 2011 at 4:38pm
Good idea, Janet! Have you checked out Knit Picks Knitting Community? There are a lot of opportunities for learning new techniques and people to help with knitting, crocheting and spinning. Many of us who are active here are also active over there.
Comment by Janet/MO on March 30, 2011 at 12:50pm
You have such a talented group of ladies in your club!  I have really enjoyed getting back in to knitting & crocheting since moving to MO a couple of yrs ago, but I haven't done anything that intricate & lacy.  There s a really nice yarn shop in Columbia MO so I really should sign up for some classes to expand my skills. 
Comment by Peggy Stuart on March 29, 2011 at 9:05pm
It's a great book! Sometimes I had to turn it off and go away for a while. It's rather intense at times. Good, though!
Comment by Janice Aitkens on March 29, 2011 at 12:20am

Very nice Quilt also the waistcoat, love the knitting on the needles especially the red one i love the pattern

Glad you finished the Pillars of the Earth what did you think of it

Hugs Janice

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