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On Thursday, I received a couple of packages in the mail. One was nylon roving from Paradise Fibers

I'm going to card this with my Shetland wool (and later the Romney and some KP Wool of the Andes spinning fiber) to use for socks this winter.

The other was a lovely shawl from a dear friend who lives far away. I knew she was sending me something, but had no idea it would be such a big gift!

The Limeade socks are progressing nicely. I'm almost done with the second sock and will soon be wearing them.

There has also been some progress on Bees' Knees cardigan, which I want to finish by October, (when we plan to make a trip to Wisconsin) so I can deliver it in person. It may be a little big for a while, but better too big than too small. I'm working the two sleeves together with steek sts between them. That way I can knit in the round but still have the stripes meet at the seam instead of having a jog at the beginning of the round. This is a new technique for me.

Vintage Stitchers was fun, as usual, and my Florida friend, Ellen, is back in town, so we went together. We met at Barbara's, who showed us her latest quilt top:

I have a quilt in the planning stages. DGD1 is moving into an apartment with some roommates for her first year at college. Of course, she requested a quilt from Grandma! She picked out these yummy batiks from Connecting Threads:

They are on their way to me and should be here when we get back from camping. I will be making the Pandora's Box quilt from Jelly Roll Quilts. This book has many easy quilts and some more difficult ones. I've never found a book with so many I think I would like to make, and so far, this will be the fourth pattern from the book. I'm going to have to make 72 blocks, though, and put on a 3" border (from Flamenco) and a 5" border (from Harvest Moon) to get the full-size quilt she wants.

I want to mention a worthwhile cause I learned about at Sock Summit. Ms. Gusset, an Australian fiber dealer, is trying to get Cormo fleece to produce yarn and combed top locally (i.e. in Australia). Cormo sheep were developed in Tasmania and produce wool that is both soft and strong. She needs to buy 1000 kilos of the stuff for it to be worth processing it in Australia. She is asking for pledges either to buy yarn or spinning fiber from her, or to receive the new eZine "Entangled" in exchange for a pledge. If you want to check it out, go to The pledges won't be processed unless she gets enough for the entire amount.

What's on my needles: Still the Limeade socks, Bees' Knees Cardigan sleeves and DBIL's prayer cardi.
What's on my wheel: The WotA Merlot Heather, but the second bobbin is almost full. I may be able to ply during the camping trip.
What's in my hoop: Working on the whole cloth quilt again.
What's on my spindles: I'm taking my KP Turkish drop spindle for hiking in the mountains, so I can spin while hiking.
What's on my iPad: From Audible, Summerhills by D. E. Stevenson. On the Nook app, Scandal on Rincon Hill: a Sarah Woolson Mystery by Shirley Tallman.
What's my app of the week: Voice Recorder HD. (I have my Silver Sneakers exercise class recorded on it, so I can do it when I'm out of town.)
What's in my wine glass: Salmon Creek Merlot 2009.

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the iPad. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, not even my MacBook, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on August 20, 2011 at 2:17pm
Welcome back Peggy...we surely did miss you!
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 20, 2011 at 2:09pm
Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! We missed you, too!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 20, 2011 at 1:57pm
Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm back in town, cleaning out the trailer and ready to write the next one. I got some knitting and spinning done, plus four all-day hikes and a trip out on the lake with the inflated rowboat. Missed all of you, of course!
Comment by angelkarhu on August 16, 2011 at 11:31pm
She must get the good taste from Peggy. In our family my mother is musically inclined, skipped all 3 of us girls but nephew got it tenfold. That top picture looks like soft clouds. i just want to jump in and lay down. The Angels can keep me from fallingbthrough to solid ground.
Comment by PickleSue on August 16, 2011 at 7:52pm
Loving those batiks that the DGD picked out!!  Good taste she has.  :)  Nice blog.  :)
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on August 16, 2011 at 7:48pm
Everything is gorgeous... as usual... the quilt for DGD1 should be lovely... and I, like Cheryl, cannot wait to see Bees Knees finished.  It is looking great!
Comment by EmilyVictoria on August 16, 2011 at 6:50pm
Love the limeade socks!
Comment by MartyAZ on August 16, 2011 at 10:34am
Lovely as usual
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 16, 2011 at 9:09am
Well, Jo let us all know that your blog is finally up. I'm anxious to see the finished Bees Knees and your DGD1's college quilt. Everything else is icing.

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