Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by my Longaberger home businessn and Quince & Co.

Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Episode 177 Sister Bay Shawl and Knit-Along




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Sister Bay
This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co. I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on this site and purchase a class, I get a little credit for it. It is an easy way to support the show. Thank you!
Quince & Co Piper is our pretty little southern bird. We sourced the softest super fine kid mohair we could find from a Texas herd of angora goats and blended it with super fine Texas merino to make a lighter-than-air, almost lace weight single-ply yarn. Piper has a pretty halo and a subtle sheen, thanks to the long, silky fibers of the mohair. Find Piper and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.
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Pipeliner Notes

From Queen Busick:
Hello Paula, I wanted to share my raptor experience with you in regards to the Barred Owl who keeps coming close to your house. You may have experience in this area, so disregard if so!
In Missouri, we are blessed to have a Raptor Society at MU. I will put a link to their page at the end. They will come out and rescue raptors who are needing help.
Our raptor (Barred Owl as well) appeared several times close to the house as well. At night, it would sit on our mailbox and hunt. It was really awesome to drive home at night and see him sitting there. It was very Harry Potter. As time went on, the poor bird landed in the yard and would not take off. We observed him for several hours. After 3 hours, the raptor society came out and picked him up.
It turned out our owl had been going blind and was down to its last eye. The first eye had become separated due to injury from hitting a car/house. The second eye became torn as well and that was the reason it was hunting close to the ground and the house for months. It was easy to see prey against a house, esp our white house. The animal’s vision was not able to be restored and as a result, they put the owl down.
All that to say, keep an eye on your owl. It doesn’t hurt to put a call into a local society if you have one. Our society is very active in helping animals for health and study of the populations in our area.
Best to you and your owl! 
Tina B

 Events


THANK Susan B Anderson!  For posting about the release of Sister Bay on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!


Susan B Anderson Videocast and she is also on You Tube!

Tag your projects sisterbaykal.
Sister Bay Progress Tracker (PDF) When in doubt follow pattern not tracker! Tracker is not tech edited!
  • Start date is July 20 
  • Ending date September 1, 2014 at midnight.  I will draw for prizes from the finished objects thread.
Follow the Sister Bay Progress Tracker for an assignment for each week of the KAL. Each assignment is about 25% of the total knitting. The chart shows % accomplished for the body of the shawl so can keep track of yardage. There are tips on the Sister Bay Progress Tracker for estimating your yardage. No playing yarn chicken here!
  • Week 1 starts July 20
  • Week 2 starts July 27
  • Week 3 starts August 3
  • Week 4 starts August 10
  • Bonus Week starts August 17
Post your photos in the Sister Bay KAL Prize Thread by Sept 1.

2 Knit Lit Chicks Mother Bear KAL/CAL is in July and August lots of prizes!
Craftsy Kal—Prairiegl moderator started a new thread. Thank you!
SSK July 16-20
Stitches Midwest 2014 August 7-10
Stash Dash 2014 TheKnitGirllls

Nature Notes
I read an article by Jan Riggenbach who is a syndicated columnist who writes about gardening.
Common milkweed can spread rapidly through underground rhizomes. Common milkweed may not be suitable for all gardens. Monarchs will use other milkweeds as host plants.
Asclepias tuberosa, knows as butterfly weed is a native plant that is more garden friendly and non aggressive. Also consider Pink-Flowered Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnate)

Letter from Turbogal:
Paula, I love to hear you talking about butterflies! Last summer, I became very motivated to help butterflies, after seeing a BBC documentary where I learned about the need for both host and nectar plants in pairings. So, I as I planned my garden this year, I planned to make sure I had pairings for some specific butterflies that live in this area. I have left a Milkweed patch in my garden, and have lots of nectar flowers for Monarchs. I planted thee Spice Bush plants (two survived our winter) and Joe-Pye Weed for the Spicebush Swallowtail. And, I planted a Dutchman’s Pipe vine and a honeysuckle for Pipevine Swallowtail. Many of the plants are still small, so perhaps next year, they may start to attract and support these beautiful butterflies! I have found “The Family Butterfly Book” by Rick Mikula to be a nice, simple resource in order to start identifying and learning about these creatures. Thank you for the information you share on this topic!
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In my own backyard I can feel that we have passed the summer solstice.  I awoke this morning about 5 AM and listened to the birds for a while.  Although they are still singing it is not as strong nor as varied as it was in April, May, and June.  Among the songs I heard the faint melodious song of the shy wood thrush and the vibrant song of the house wren.
It seems to be a good year for moths, not clothes moths I hope!  On Instagram I’ve seen a lot of photos of beautiful moths such as Luna and Cecropia.  When I was walking in the morning last week I saw a large moth on the sidewalk, lying very still.  The wings were folded and I touched it very gently.  It fluttered a little but was not able to move much.  It seemed to be in that moment between life and death. I watched it for a while and considered putting in on the grass but I thought that might do more damage. I took a photo of it and was able to identify it as a Polyphemus Moth.  If you have read A Girl of The Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter then you might remember that this was the moth that the young girl searched for in the swamp. The Polyphemus has large purple spots on the wing that resemble eyes.  Its name comes from the Greek myth of the Cyclops.
Another sighting this past week was again on one of my walks.  I spotted a Cedar Waxwing in a tree quite close to me.  The bird was eating berries on the tree.  You will not often hear the song of the Cedar Waxwing as it is a series of high pitched squeaks.  Usually I’ve seen Cedar Waxwings in flocks and I can’t remember seeing a single one.
The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~Wallace Stevens
Needle Notes
Sister Bay on Ravelry
Sister Bay on Quince & Co
Piper’s Journey was a hit and I wanted to change it up at bit. Mel aka Mskiknits is the queen of the Piper’s Journey 2 color version and a lot of knitters took that and ran with it which was great fun. I love combining colors and at first thought it might be striped but then went with two colors and in one case 3 colors.
Sister Bay is a top-down crescent shawl in two colors with an applied border. The body of the shawl is simple garter stitch and the border is a combination of texture and lace. The easy geometric border with a clean edge adds a contemporary twist to this classic style. Choose from two sizes: Medium and Large.
Sister Bay is one of our favorite vacation spots in Door County WI. My grandparents traveled there in the 1930’s when it took several days to drive up from Southern Illinois. Two generations later we took our own children camping there. Overcast days with gray skies, white caps on the water, little boys in sweatshirts skipping stones…these are among my cherished memories that are wrapped up in this cozy and elegant shawl.
Some other color choices...

Camel/Sedum/Wasabi.  Knit last ridge (2 rows) of the body of the shawl in Sedum
Iceland/Egret



More pretty colors in Quince Chickadee

Egret and Chanterelle

Egret, Clay, Chanterelle


yarn
chickadee
2 (3) skeins camel 144
2 (2) skeins bird’s egg 106

needles
32” circular needle in size US 7 / 4.5 mm
double-pointed needles in size US 7 / 4.5 mm


The Blethering Room
July 4th with family


Our boys!

Mom is in on Corn Hole.

At the brew pub in Grafton

Project Passenger Pigeon: Lessons for a Sustainable Future
Great activity for classrooms, scout troops, families.
Bronwyn immediately folded a Passenger pigeon! If you fold a pigeon please log it on the site of www.foldtheflock.org and include Knitting Pipeline as your organization. Thank you!

Bronwyn's Fold the Flock Pigeon

In The Pipeline
Update on Reading/listening
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  I liked it better as it went on and I’m sure I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it instead of listened to it. Recommended.
Knitting
Planning knitting for SSK
1.      Tubularity by Martina Behm
2.      Tripartite by Stephen West (do not recommend)
3.      Soon to be named. 

Thank you for spending time with me today. Thank you to Quince & Co for sponsoring the show and to my Longaberger Home Business.

Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.
July 4th table decorated by Mom


Watching World Cup!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Episode 176 A Pigeon Called Martha

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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co. I am also a Craftsy Affiliate.
Quince & Co Piper is our pretty little southern bird. We sourced the softest super fine kid mohair we could find from a Texas herd of angora goats and blended it with super fine Texas merino to make a lighter-than-air, almost lace weight single-ply yarn. Piper has a pretty halo and a subtle sheen, thanks to the long, silky fibers of the mohair. Find Piper and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.

You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula. Please send me a personal message to sign up for my customer email list.
You can also find me here:
Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.
Instagram: knittingpipeline
Twitter: knittingline
Pipeliner Notes
Last week I talked about a way of thinking called synesthesia. Synesthesia is a trait where senses get cross-wired. I heard from several Pipeliners who are fellow synesthetes: Asatellen, Sarebear, knittyNancy24, and shpizel. It seems most of you are time/spatial synesthetes which I read was a more rare form.
In True Detective the main character, Rust, has synesthesia.
Events
My Sister Bay KAL pattern to be released first week in July by Quince & Co. I’m going to make a weekly assignment to break it down into manageable bites like a mystery KAL without the mystery.
SSK July 16-20
Stitches Midwest 2014  Bronwyn and I will be there Thursday through Saturday.
Nature Notes
It is now butterfly season and we are starting to see more of them. I’ve seen several Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Red Admiral, Pipevine Swallowtail, and the common sulphurs. A Mourning Cloak crossed my path on my morning walk this morning which was a delightful 66 degree temperature and just lovely. I’ve talked before about the plight of the Monarch Butterfly several times on the show. I have not seen a monarch yet this year but it is a little early in the season. I want to share this Pipeliner Note with you from Linda who is Camby on Ravelry. She writes:
Hi Paula,
I know from listening to your podcast (which I continue to enjoy very much!) that you like butterflies, so when I saw this article I immediately thought of you. A friend of mine in Minnesota posted this article on Facebook and I (living in California) went to their website, saveourmonarchs.org. Their goal is to increase the monarch population "One Milkweed at a Time.” I knew their population was dwindling, but I didn’t realize how severe the problem is. According to the article, the area of Mexico inhabited by Monarchs in the winter has fallen 97% from its high in 1997. I also didn’t realize that milkweed was the only source of food for the Monarch caterpillar. The organization is trying to boost the population by getting people to plant milkweed. They are giving away free seed packets to anyone who wants them. Their website has a link to get free seeds. There is also a link to make a small donation, starting at $2, but it isn’t required to get the seeds. Donation is totally optional. Their website is interesting, explaining about the Monarch’s life stages and its migration. I just thought this was a great idea that you’d be interested in hearing about. It is so easy for many to do. I’m going to be planting some milkweed! 
Linda C (Camby on rav)

Linda, Thank you so much for sharing that information and the website. Milkweed is the host plant for Monarchs. This is the plant the adult needs to lay the eggs. Then the larvae hatch and eat leaves…turn into chrysalis, and emerge as an adult monarch. Without the host plant there is no reproduction. Quite often host plants are those that we call weeds and that makes it harder for the butterflies that need that plant. Some other host plants are nettles, hackberry, dill, fennel, parsley, spicebush, pipe vine, willow, elm, pawpaw, and sassafras. Some butterfly species are quite specific, such as the Monarch that will only reproduce on milkweed. Others are a little less specific such as the Mourning Cloak that will accept willow, aspen, cottonwood, and elm.
Passenger Pigeon Extinction Centenary
I read an article earlier this week that is related to this topic. It is the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius. The last passenger pigeon, Martha (named for Martha Washington), age 29, died in her cage on September 1, 1914 in the Cincinnati Zoo. Her body was shipped on ice to the Smithsonian. She has been living in a file drawer for many years but is now out on display again.
There is no one alive today who has seen a live Passenger Pigeon. In the 18th and 19th centuries the Passenger Pigeon was the most abundant bird species on our planet. No one dreamed that in a fairly short period of time, 100 years or less, such a common bird could become extinct. I don’t think there is a bird today that compares in terms of quantity. There were masses of passenger pigeons so large that their passing darkened the sky. People hunted them for food and their habitats of forests were cut down. In one source I read it said that the invention of Morse code made it possible for people to communicate where large flocks of the birds were roosting. It seems Morse code was the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram of the day.
I am sure you will be hearing a lot more about the Passenger Pigeon this year.
The last confirmed wild Passenger Pigeon in Wisconsin was shot in September 1899 near Babcock WI. The bird was mixed in with some Mourning Doves and it was only after it was killed that a man recognized it as a young Passenger Pigeon.
Babcock, WI was the home of Elizabeth and Arnold Zimmermann. Some of you may have ordered wool and books from her at that address. There is a monument there with a plaque that was dedicated in 1947. The conservationist Aldo Leopold wrote “On a Monument to a Pigeon” to dedicate this memorial which is considered the first monument to an extinct species. The essay was published in a Sand County Almanac after his death in 1948, just one year later.

"Men still live who, in their youth, remember pigeons; trees still live who, in their youth, were shaken by a living wind. But a few decades hence only the oldest oaks will remember, and at long last only the hills will know."
-Aldo Leopold, "On a Monument to the Pigeon," 1947

Needle Notes
In episode 175 I was finishing up Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker. I had run into a bit of a roadblock with the buttons because the holes in the button were very small.

From Grammie2Maddie who is Betsy from Atlanta.
Paula, I know you’ve probably been thinking long and hard about your buttons, but I have a suggestion. If you use a very thin sewing needle (like a sharp, not a crewel or general sewing needle) you can use sewing thread doubled and knotted to go through the button holes. I know you said the holes are tiny, but if you use doubled polyester sewing thread, you ought to be able to go through the holes several times - also you can place a pin underneath the button before you start - between the sweater and button- and when you’re finished going in and out of the holes you can wrap the thread around the threads underneath the buttons, making a shank. This technique is very stable and holds the button on quite well. Do you think this would work?
Betsy
Atlanta
I wrote to Betsy that I had actually done that only with embroidery floss, fewer strands than I normally used but she explained it a whole lot better than I would have. Then I also knit the Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits to complete the set.








In Progress:
Lace-Edged Women’s Hat by Julie Hentz (free pattern) Using Plymouth microfiber which I bought some time ago for the purpose of chemo hats.
Tubularity by Martina Behm
Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu (pronounciation help by cPerrine)
Cperrine wrote: I was just visiting Japan with my daughter and her youth orchestra and working on the Hitofude. Given it’s a Japanese word and Japanese designer, I thought it fitting. So I was excited to hear you talk about your Hitofude, Paula. I think it is pronounced “hee-toe-foo-day” per my limited understanding of Japanese. I’m making mine with Fat Squirrel fibers in a color I bought at last year’s Spring retreat (Spring 2013).
Tripartite by Stephen West. Swatching with Sparrow in the Pigeon colorway.
In The Pipeline
Reading
The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. Recommend if you like ghost stories, paranormal. 3 stars. Writing was decent but story not my style.

Reading/Listening
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. 2nd book in Outlander series
The Fault in Our Stars by Jon Green. Love Story of this generation. Mixed feelings because I don’t believe even precocious teens would ever talk like these two and their friend Isaac but kept my interest nonetheless.
All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I would prefer to read this rather than listen but it is ok.

Watching
The Lightkeepers with Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce Dern, Blythe Danner, Mamie Gummer and Tom Wisdom. Clean. You can watch with your grandmother and it would be fine.
The Book Thief with Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Sophie NĂ©lisse and Nico Liersch.
Saving Mr. Banks with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks

In The Piping Circle
Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums placed first in Grade V at the Chicago Games last week in Itasca!

This is an old favorite by John Muir which I have shared with you before.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. --John Muir
Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.

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I play the Great Highland Pipes, knit, observe nature, and read. To earn my keep I am an Independent Longaberger National Sales Leader. My name on Ravelry is PrairiePiper.