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Since my last blog post, I have started two new knitting projects and made a start on Daphne's "I-spy" quilt.

If you aren't familiar with this quilting tradition, the idea is to use lots of fabrics that depict objects a child might be familiar with: animals, foods, toys, flowers, etc. You tell the child, "I spy a (name of object)" and let them find it in the quilt. It's a game, but it's also a way for a small child to increase his or her vocabulary. I will be looking for a fabric for an outer border and backing for this quilt, and then get my friend Julie to quilt it for me. I plan to take it with me when I go to meet Daphne's baby brother in April.
A new order from Knit Picks brought the yarn for several new projects.

For the other new baby, arriving in June, I purchased yarn for a Baby Surprise Jacket (AKA "BSJ.") It's like the one I made for Daphne's brother. Here's what I have done so far:

The yarn is Knit Picks' Stroll Sport in "Winter Night" and "Mink."
The expectant mommy is making one for the new baby herself. She has made good progress.

The yarn is also Stroll Sport, which can be washed in the washing machine and makes a sweater a good size for the first few months for all but a preemie.
Also in the order is some Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes Sport and Wool of the Andes Bulky.

The sport-weight yarn is in "Wonderland Heather," "Baltic Heather," "Saffron," "Fairytale" and "Avocado." I purchased it for Mary Scott Huff's mystery KAL, which starts January 30th.

I've made a swatch:

I was able to get gauge using the size 4 needles, so I'm set to go. (Our swatch could be any pattern of stranded colorwork, so I just played.)
The bulky-weight yarn is for a felted diaper bag like the one I made a couple of years ago for Daphne's use, but this one will be for her new cousin. The BSJ I'm making for this new baby will coordinate with the bag, although it won't match exactly. The colors for the bag are "Porcini" and "Navy."

The book was added to my order for my friend Joanie.

In spinning news, I'm well into the second bobbin of the "Autumn in Park City" fiber I purchased from AlohaBlu. Here's what the first bobbin looks like:

It's Superwash Blue-faced Leicester. Christina, owner of AlohaBlu, dyed it to match the photo I took of the lovely colors during a hike in the fall. Being Superwash wool, it will be good for baby knitting if I choose.
The Sundance Film Festival has started here in Park City. I had my first shift Saturday afternoon and evening, when the weatherman decided to favor us with a blizzard...finally! I live in a mountainous area far from town, which usually gets the most snow. They let me go early, but it still took me an hour to get home. DH was almost done plowing the drive when I arrived at 11:30 PM. Perfect timing! This is what greeted me Sunday morning:

Between noon and midnight, we got 20" but 8" in four hours was the worst of it. Happy, happy ski areas! Not-so-happy Festival-goers, some of whom missed their films because of snow, traffic and accidents.

What's on my needles: BSJ for Baby Stuart and "Dogwood Blossoms" sweater, second sleeve.
What's on my wheel: Bobbin 2 of "Autumn in Park City."
What's on my iPad: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson from Audible. Knit Picks Podcast. 
What's my app of the week: QuiltCalc, which I used to figure out how much fabric I needed for the sashing and borders for the "I-spy" quilt for Daphne.
What's in my wine glass: Charles Shaw Chardonnay 2008. I don't usually go for Chardonnay, but this one I like.

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 January 31, 2012 at 9:28am
AIPC = Autumn in Park City? I'm probably about 2/3 through the second bobbin. I hope to ply this week...maybe.
Comment by wendy on January 31, 2012 at 8:10am

What a great quilt!  I see lots of fun for her in the future with that quilt, not only playing 'I Spy', but maybe a fort or two being built with it.  Your swatch looks nice.  Is it your own pattern?  How is the AIPC coming along, done anything else with it lately?  And lastly, I'm glad it's you that has the snow, and not us!  I have really enjoyed the look of grass this winter.  Does not happen too often - lol.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 25, 2012 at 6:49am
Thanks, Chery! I work tonight and tomorrow night.
Comment by cherylbwaters on January 25, 2012 at 1:28am

Stay safe and have fun at the festival!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 23, 2012 at 8:29pm
Nutty, do you have my email? I have yours. I'll send you my email, so you can get in touch with me if you have questions. Since I'm doing another after just making one, I should be able to help. the BSJ KAL is also a good place to get help. It's actually pretty easy, if you trust the directions and do exactly what EZ says, but she doesn't give line-by-line, which is the advantage of the Schoolhouse Press pamphlet.
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on January 23, 2012 at 4:10pm
Peggy, Great blog... you pic out the nicest colors for your projects... ooh, that snow looks a bit scary to me.
My first BSJ only took me 3 days... they are pretty fast once you get the hang of it.
Comment by Nutty4Knitting on January 23, 2012 at 3:56pm

Hmmm.....then maybe I could get it done in 3-4.  This is looking more promising than it was seeming to be earlier!  =)  Just been so many 'unexpecteds' lately that I was getting a little discouraged.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 23, 2012 at 3:52pm
I think the last one took me a week, and I was doing other things and had family here for the holidays.
Comment by Nutty4Knitting on January 23, 2012 at 3:50pm

Thanks, Peggy.  My yarn is sport weight, and I have 'The Opinionated Knitter'.  12 hrs?  Wondering if I can work even that in over the next 9 weeks.  Or less.  The last two did come a little early! =)  Ah well.  Neither of us will be going anywhere for a couple of weeks anyway.  And I have plenty of blankies for snuggling at home.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 23, 2012 at 3:47pm
Talisa, that kitty is cute, but I see claws!
Nutty, you will need sport-weight or bigger, unless the Wee One arrives early. I've heard of one knitter who could do a BSJ in 12 hours. I think that's knitting time. It's fairly easy if you TRUST THE INSTRUCTIONS. I've been using EZ's "Opinionated Knitter." DDIL2 is working from the pamphlet from Schoolhouse Press. (See link above, but you will have to scroll down to 6th from the bottom.) Its garter st, so that helps. I use a piece of yarn to mark the st where you make the dec's, because it can be moved easily. For the inc's, I like a regular st marker better.

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