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This has been an exciting week for me! My new KP Turkish drop spindle arrived with a selection of fiber. Of course, I had to try it out right away:


I sampled the Peruvian Highland Wool, the Superwash merino and nylon, the dyed Corriedale and the merino and silk. I was pleased with all of them. Of course, I got DH to stain my spindle first. I think it's pretty.
We went to a party and I took my Golding Tsunami drop spindle. See how much I got done during the party:


It's the Ashford merino and silk in "Mulberry" I've been working on for a while. I need to go to more parties!

I'm making progress with the natural dark chocolate Corriedale I've been spinning on my wheel. I'm planning on making a sweater with a patterned yoke. I just need to finish enough of the chocolate to go with these colors:



I've been spending a lot of time at the Spin Along here on the Knit Picks Community. After a little over a week, we have more than 50 members already! We have a lot of new spinners, too! I can't believe that with only 18 months of spinning experience, I'm one of the more experienced ones. I still have a lot to learn, though, and we have some "old timers" with years of experience, who jump in with tips, jewels of wisdom and good advice.
In other news, Miss Daphne hit three months and has given up the 3:00 AM parties and is sleeping instead...for now, anyway! Here she helps Daddy make some sense out of James Joyce:


The expression says it all! If a baby can't make sense out of James Joyce, then who can?
The hike DH and I took with the pups yesterday yielded some interesting insect friends who seem to get along while feeding at the same place:


The bee might be harder to see...like "Where's Waldo?"
I've been working on the wedding quilt for DD and her new husband:


It will take a while, though!
I'm off tomorrow for a few days in the Uinta Mountains with the trailer, DH and the pups. I will have photos to share. I'm taking my knitting and spinning with me. It should be interesting! Happy knitting, spinning and quilting!

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 22, 2010 at 4:38pm
Hi, Tara! As always, good to hear from you. I wish our two DGDs lived close enough to see all the time, but then I probably wouldn't get anything done!
Comment by Tara Addesa on August 22, 2010 at 4:35pm
Peggy as ALWAYS Fabulous fabulous fabulous & LOOKS Like You & DH JUst had a WONDERFULLLL Time on your Camping Trip !!! What a BEAUTIFUL Place :))))) hoping once Kiddys are back in school this week I Can Go Home Pick Up My Spindling stuff .. Finishing the BoHo ..will CO Toddler Sweater This Week Right After I Do a Scarf for My Sisters Xmas Charity .. want as Many of those under my belt as i can before I get Deep into too Many kiddy sweaters :))) am Now caught up on your Blogs :))))
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 22, 2010 at 4:29pm
I wish I knew who got my paternal grandmother's treadle machine. Since there were 22 grandchildren, we couldn't all have everything we wanted.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 22, 2010 at 3:42pm
You ladies were busy while I was gone! I'll try to answer your questions.
I don't know what the yellow flowers are, but I'll try to find out.
The natural colored Corriedale came from Notlwonk Springs, Fred & Jo Knowlton, 4420 W. 14300 N., Cornish, Utah 84308, 435.258.5539, Email:mailto:ffknowlton@msn.com.
I dyed the fiber for the plied Corriedale yarn, but not the singles on my spindle. That's Ashford's merino and silk spinning fiber in "mulberry," which is a mix of colors.
The quilt will be the Wedding Ring quilt pattern. I'll show it again when I get more of it done.
The Singer Featherweight I have now was made in 1950, but it isn't the one I had as a child. That one was sold in a garage sale when we didn't have enough money to buy Christmas presents for the kids. I should have sold my Kenmore instead. It operates by electricity only, no treadle, although I wish I had a treadle machine, too! Call me greedy!
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 21, 2010 at 5:29pm
I think Peggy did mention that. I know she's had it since the early 1950s.
Comment by PickleSue on August 21, 2010 at 4:53pm
Is it a Singer Featherlight?
Comment by KnitWhich? on August 21, 2010 at 11:06am
I hadn't even noticed the sewing machine, but now that I look, it's very much like the one I had when I lived in Italy. Very basic, but it would run either on electricity (knee lever) or using a treadle, much like a spinning wheel. It was one of the best machines I every had. In fact, just the other day I found myself wishing I still had it.
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 20, 2010 at 10:00pm
Sounds like a match made in Heaven. ♥c
Comment by parisribbons on August 20, 2010 at 9:23pm
Boy I sure started something with the job for Honey. Actually she's worth a
million. She is the best companion I've had since my beloved first husband
died and she thinks I'm wonderful. Can't beat that! -- Judih
Comment by PickleSue on August 20, 2010 at 6:08pm
Oh, what gorgeous pictures! How did I miss this blog!!! LOVE your sewing machine. :)

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