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

Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by Quince & Co. and Knitcircus Yarns

Friday, February 24, 2017

Episode 276 In Threes and More on Even Rows


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At Quince & Co the late February forecast: Pale winter skies and warm, cozy knitting. Two beautiful new blue heathers have arrived for our chunky-weight Puffin!

Similar to our natural heathers but with just a smidge of soft blue, these wooly one-off shades of Puffin are in very limited supply, available online exclusively 
at Quince & Co.

At Knitcircus Yarns Skating Party Kits are back in stock!

A fun, achievable colorwork project that makes a gradient and semi-solid look stunning, Skating Party kits have been flying off the shelves. Now freshly dyed in the original Cindy Lou Who gradient, you can also snap it up in Mermaid LagoonVampire Boyfriend or April Skies.

Find at www.knitcircus.com and be sure to join our Ravelry group.

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes that are yours forever. Take advantage of $4.99 flat rate shipping in the US and free shipping for orders over $99 when ordering supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar on my blog before purchasing a class or supplies I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

You can also find me here:

Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with me in the past few weeks and for your feedback on the last episode. A special thank you and welcome to new Pipeliners who have introduced yourselves in the Welcome Thread. LeighT from New Jersey, Francesca from Manchester UK, Saraquatique from Montreal Quebec, Mockcable who is Lydia from NH, gKirchmar who is Gayle from DC, CherylLb1262 who is Cheryl in Columbus OH, Snoozann who is Suzanne from TN, Photokiss who is Kristi from NM, Alsoadie who is Adrienne from MD, birchpoint who is Elizabeth,  JoanBry (friend of SeashoreSharon), BantersWhim who is Dee from Rocky Mount, MC, Olivia who is okthread from NY NY, and amsie who is Amy.

Thank you for the reviews and 5 star ratings on iTunes!

·        Cindyknits2 1/30/17

·        Lfotcj 2/8 and spitfiresnc 2/15

From JanMarieKnits

 I just thought of another tip to keep on knitting.

I’ll yank out the yarn from my center pull ball an arbitrary number of times, then lay that yarn beside me and knit until I have a tidy cake http://www.ravelry.com/images/emo/cake.pngof yarn again. My mom taught me that trick, only she would use a pan of brownies. Oops, we have to neaten up this edge, it’s all crumbly. Till, you guessed it, no more brownies…..I mean wip.

Question from Amy

Hi- I am Amy and I so enjoy your podcast. It’s not only entertaining but also informative. I learn something new with each episode! I always think of your podcast when I am purling, as your episode that talked about tightening purl stitches has been quite helpful to me (I am a continental knitter). I was wondering if you are familiar with the Norwegian purl and if so does this lend itself to a tighter purl? I just recently learned about this way of purling and although it seems like a lot of extra work I’m guessing once the technique is mastered it doesn’t take too much extra time. Thanks so much! Amy

I have tried the Norwegian Purl and it does seem like a lot of gymnastics to me. A bit convoluted. It is recommended as a way for Continental knitters to have a tighter purl stitch. I believe I have solved the rowing out for myself without going to Norwegian Purl. I am fascinated by all the different ways people execute stitches. At the retreat this past weekend I observed a lot of people, especially my fellow continental knitters. I know continental knitters who are not tight knitters and those who are. Some use their thumb on the left hand in executing purl. Some throw the purl and pick the knits. Remember that speed isn’t everything. If you enjoy the method you use then that is fine.

From Skispinner  sorry….November question!

My question….about your working to improve your purling continental. My purling is most always looser than my knit stitches. I have used interchangeable needles and used a smaller size needle on the needle that I purl with. What I would really Like to do is find a way to tighten my purl to help my gauge. You commented about “observing the angle of the needle and thread as the needle exits the stitch” or something like that. I can’t figure it out. Can you help me a bit with this.
Thanks

I'll link to BlueBeeStudio's tutorial.

Events

Giveaway Winner!

TheWoolenfog who is Linda from Kennebunk ME! Congratulations!
2 skeins of Blacker Yarns Tamar is on it's way to you!

Thank you to Clair from The Woolly Thistle! The Woolly Thistle by Claire of NH Knits podcast

Linda wrote: I would love to knit a warm shawl with this yarn, something with stitch definition.
I enjoyed this episode, Paula. I watched yesterday, the same day I received the KnitPro set of dpns and the interchangeable circulars set from Claire at the Woolly Thistle! When you mentioned them in your needle organization video I was sold. I like these very much. They came very quickly, the price was excellent and the quality seems very good!

Icelandic Read Along/Knit Along

To rev up our nordic engines I am hosting an informal Icelandic Read Along/Knit Along in the Knitting Pipeline Group on Ravelry and on the Knitting Pipeline Podcast. The idea is to share literature, books, authors, and of course, knitting about Iceland. You can read anything about Iceland including travel books, Icelandic authors, and of course, classic Icelandic literature. You may already know that the Icelandic sagas are central to understanding the culture of Iceland. Since these are well into the public domain (12th century) they are usually free or nearly free in digital format. Njal’s Saga or Egil’s Saga are often considered a good first plunge.

I’m starting the Read Along with the 1955 Nobel Prize winning novel: Independent People by Halldor Laxness. Quite honestly, I don’t know why I haven’t read this before. Could we go wrong with a main character who is a sheep farmer? I hope you join me in the Icelandic Read Along/Knit Along. 

Nature Notes


You might think of June as the month of light since the days are longest here in the Northern Hemisphere; however, I think of February as the month of light for during the shortest month of the year we see the light changing rapidly. It is most obvious in the evening when suddenly it seems it is no longer dark at 5 PM, then at 5:30, and finally now at 6 PM. It can throw you off a bit. We are also currently having a February thaw which while not unusual for a day or even a few days, this one is lasting over a week. At the retreat this past weekend it was so warm we barely needed a shawl, let alone a winter coat!




A few weeks ago I noted that the bird song has shifted from call notes to mating songs. We hear the chickadees whose long whistle seems to belie its small size. This morning I heard the call of the Redwing blackbird, and sure enough, I then spotted a small migrating flock at the top of a stand of oaks.

It is busy at the feeders today with nuthatches, downy woodpeckers, tufted titmouse, cardinals, and red bellied woodpeckers. The cardinals are still showing up in flocks in the late afternoon but these will soon be breaking up as they establish territories and find their mates.


On a snowy day two weeks ago I was on my way home from errands and suddenly my eye was drawn to a shape in the upper branches of a large tree that stand in front of a farmhouse not too far from our home. It was snowing big wet flakes. Closer inspection confirmed my initial recognition—it was a mature American bald eagle, hunched over in the falling wet snow. I did get a poor photo with my phone and considered going home to get my camera since eagles will often stay in the same place for some time. Usually we see bald eagles nearer the Illinois River which is only a few miles from us so this was unusual.
I know it's a terrible photo but that dot up there is a mature American Bald Eagle!


Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
-  Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February


Needle Notes

Wearing my Vintage Fairy Lights by Helen Stewart today.

In Threes by Kelly Herdrich aka Kelly without a Net.

PrairiePiper’s In Threes

Snowmelt Shawl

Eventide Cardi by Hannah Fettig from Texture: Exploring Patterns in Knitwear.

Realized that when I purl there is some slippage with the yarn because I flick the yarn for purl. I started wrapping around my little finger in the left hand as opposed to over under over.

In The Pipeline

Reading, Watching, Listening…big backlog!

Watching

Acorn Media

·        A Place to Call Home

·        Janet King

·        The Brokenwood Mysteries

Amazon

·        Cranford and Return to Cranford

·        The Americans

Netflix

·        The Crown

Network TV

·        This is US

·        Kid’s Baking Championship

·        Victoria

Listening

Books! My husband got me a new iPod Touch for Valentine’s Day!

·        Paper Towns by John Greene

Reading

·        The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin (also her podcast)

·        A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck

·        Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson

·        A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

·        My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrick Backman

·        The Children by Ann Leary

·        Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie MaComber

Kindle

·        The Young Madonna by Lynn Wood

·        Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming

·        Lexie Starr Cozy Mysteries by Jeanne Glidewell (2 of 3)

·        The Girl with No Name by Diney Costeloe (WW II German refugee girl)

·        I am Hutterite: The Fascinating True Story of a Young Woman’s Journey to Reclaim her Religious Heritage by Mary-Anne Kirkby

·        The Pecan Man by Cassie Dandridge Selleck. Book cover looks like our old house!

Retreat! Thank all, especially Bronwyn and Sarah. Nikki and volunteers. Breakout session teachers.


Peddler's Way Quilt Co, 127 Peddler's Way, Washington IL 61571 located behind Sentimental Journey on Washington Square. (309) 444-7667. Peddler's Way is a mecca for quilters. There is a yarn/knitting section upstairs.
The Fiber Universe, 305 SW Water St, Peoria IL 61602 (309) 673-5659. Free 2 hr parking right across the street.
Klose Knit, 311 W. Springfield Ave. Urbana Illinois 61801 (across from Strawberry Fields) (217) 344-2123. If you are coming in on I-74 this is a perfect place to stop for a break as well as coffee or lunch. Exit Lincoln Ave, Left on Springfield Ave, the shop (white house) is 3 blocks down on your right. Early opening at 9 AM Fri for yarn crawl.
Le Mouton Rouge Knittery, 1206 Towanda Ave, Bloomington IL 61701. Visit this full service yarn shop with convenient access from I-39, I-55, and I-74. It is just off Veteran's Parkway. Open early at 9 AM on Friday.
 Ewe-nique Yarns, 110 E Queenwood Rd, Morton IL 61550 (309) 266-9398. They are opening early at 9 AM on Friday so feel free to head on over while we set up at the church.

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.... In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. ~John Burroughs, "The Snow-Walkers," 1866

Have a great week, haste ye back and hold your knitting close.

Episode 274 Bronwyn Barely Talks


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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.

At Quince & Co we are excited about Hannah Fettig’s newest book Texture: Exploring Stitch Patterns in Knitwear. Orders are shipping and the ebook is readily available. The 13 garments and accessories in Texture feature a variety of Quince & Co yarns, from laceweight Piper to chunky Puffin. See these at  Quince & Co.

 


Our Be Mine Matching Socks Set is perfect knitting for Valentine’s Day. Light pink to red Gradient Stripes are so much fun to work and make your knitting fly!  And since the world can always use more kindness, join the Kindness KAL in our Ravelry Group. Knit to benefit others. Find details in our Ravelry Group and at www.knitcircus.com.

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes that are yours forever. Take advantage of $4.99 flat rate shipping in the US and free shipping for orders over $99 when ordering supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar on my blog before purchasing a class or supplies I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper and on Instagram as KnittingPipeline. There are two groups on Ravelry, Knitting Pipeline and Knitting Pipeline Retreats. Come join us there!

You can also find me here:

Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Bronwyn came over last Friday and we recorded an episode for the retreat attendees. That episode will be coming out soon along with an email from bronwyndp at gmail.com to all the retreat attendees.

The main reason to get this episode out is that I have a giveaway from The Woolly Thistle that I announced on the #11th Knitting Pipeline Extra video on YouTube that I created last week. In that I share my finished projects since the last video on Dec 23. That is my current MO to do a monthly video to highlight some of the audio…as an enhancement.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

#11 Knitting Pipeline Extra




Welcome to the 11th Knitting  Pipeline Extra. This episode is a summary of projects I've talked about on the audio podcasts since Dec 23.


There is a giveaway for 2 Skeins of Blacker Yarns Tamar compliments of The Woolly Thistle! Visit the Knitting Pipeline Group on Ravelry to enter the drawing.

Thank you so much for watching!



Saturday, January 28, 2017

Knitting Needle Tour!

Join me in a tour of my knitting needles and knitting needle storage options.



Some of the brands I mention are:

Knit Picks

Knitter's Pride Dreamz

Knit Pro Zings. I bought from The Woolly Thistle.

Dyacraft

Susanne's (available from WEBS)

Clover Takumi

Addi

Hiya Hiya

Needle Case from Maria Elena Bliss on etsy.

Needle Case from MadBird

Needle Case from 19 Stitches.



Here is an example of the needles from China that I have purchased. I mostly use these for teaching but they come in handy once in a while. They are similar to Chiagoo. I purchased from this vendor  (Cherry Sky) but I have also purchased from other vendors. It does take a while to get them but usually not as long as they state. You do get a lot of needles for the cost of what one would cost! You may not ever use some of the sizes but it is still worth it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-5-5-0mm-11pcs-32-80cm-Stainless-Steel-Circular-Knitting-Needles-Size-6-16-/290796782918?hash=item43b4d6c546:g:LOEAAOxyrM5TJB6e

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Episode 273 Curious Handmade Week

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.


 At Quince & Co we are excited about Hannah Fettig’s newest book Texture: Exploring Stitch Patterns in Knitwear. Orders are shipping and the e-book is readily available. The 13 garments and accessories in Texture feature a variety of Quince & Co yarns, from lace-weight Piper to chunky Puffin. See these at  Quince & Co.


At Knitcircus our Be Mine Marching Socks Set is perfect knitting for Valentine’s Day. Light pink to red Gradient Stripes are so much fun to work and make your knitting fly!  And since the world can always use more kindness, join the Kindness KAL in our Ravelry Group. Knit to benefit others. Find details in our Ravelry Group and at www.knitcircus.com.

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes that are yours forever. Take advantage of $4.99 flat rate shipping in the US and free shipping for orders over $99 when ordering supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar before purchasing a class or supplies I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

You can also find me here:

Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with me in the past few weeks and for your feedback on the last episode. A special thank you and welcome to new Pipeliners who have introduced yourselves in the Welcome Thread. Crochetproblems who is Jess from Illinois, Alice BlueGown who is Alice, and Misty07 who is Laura from British Columbia.

Thank you for the reviews and 5 star ratings on iTunes!

Events

Giveaway!


The winner is Post #25 who is Scitcher!

Diane wrote: I think the men in my family would really like (and wear) the Boatyard Pullover.

Knitting Pipeline Retreat

Registration in Progress

Sleep Inn Rooms—call number on blog or in registration information and ask for front desk.
Private Home Stay! Save money and have a luxurious and quiet room.

February 17-18 with optional Workshop and Yarn Crawl Fun Day on Feb 16



Georgia Retreat

April 2-5, 2017

(Sunday 1:00 PM through Wed 10:00 AM



563 Elliott Trail

Mansfield GA 30055

(east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport))



Needle Notes

Beret too loose. Used old EZ trick of adding elastic.

Hard to photograph a moving target

Mabel’s Closet

Spring Jumper and Beret and Cradle Cardigan


Sonder Shawl by Curious Handmade aka Helen Stewart

PrairiePiper’s Sonder Shawl


Vintage Fairy Lights by Helen Stewart

PrairiePiper’s Vintage Fairy Light Socks

Snowmelt Shawl MKAL

Product Notes

Knit Pro Zings from The Woolly Thistle by Claire of NH Knits podcast

In The Pipeline

Kindness KAL in KnitCircus Ravelry Group! Knit to benefit others! Use stash and/or yarn from any company. The KAL will directly benefit: The Global Fund for Children, The Children’s Health FundHalos of Hope and The Road Home.

Lots of Ways to Participate:
1) Use the Kindness KAL a free shawl pattern by jaaladay using 100g/440 yds of yarn, or another shawl pattern of your choice. For each of the first 100 finished shawls, Knitcircus will donate $5 to one of the organizations ($500 total).
2) Knit a Hat for Haloes of Hope! We’ll collect and send them in. For every 50 hats, Knitcircus will donate $50. Please send finished hats to: Knitcircus Yarns, 634 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison, WI 53719
3) Donate to any of the organizations above and show the world the power of knitters.

Blethering Room

Instant-pot update

Paula’s Quick Italian (Turkey) Sweet Sausage Soup

1 package Italian Sweet Sausage from Aldi—brown on Saute mode. Smash with cleaver thing from Pampered Chef or use spatula or spoon.

Add in on Saute:
  • Two large peppers-I used one yellow and one red
  • Onion

Change to Soup Setting (30 min) and add in
  • Broccoli or whatever veggies you have
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
May need to cut up larger pieces of sausage before serving.

Holity posted quick reference chart that she pulled off Instagram.


Have a great week, haste ye back and hold your knitting close.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Episode 272 Texture and Driftwood

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.


At Quince & Co our new wool colors for 2016 are now available in plump, Aran-weight Osprey and sport-weight Chickadee yarns!

Shades of earthy Root, sultry Smoke, quiet Stream, pale Canvas, and warm Maple offer even more project possibilities than ever.

See our full range of gorgeous yarns and colors at 
Quince & Co.



Knitcircus celebrates fun, a passion for knitting, and the delight of beautiful yarn.

Brighten the new year with one of our gradient yarns. The Knitcircus Online Store is stocked with Ready to Ship yarns,with a new batch of  super-popular La Vie En Rose and favorites like April SkiesBrass and Steam, Mistress of MyselfAnne with an Eand  Mischief Managedwww.knitcircus.com.

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes that are yours forever. Take advantage of $4.99 flat rate shipping in the US and free shipping for orders over $99 when ordering supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar before purchasing a class or supplies I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

You can also find me here:

Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with me in the past few weeks and for your feedback on the last episode. A special thank you and welcome to new Pipeliners who have introduced yourselves in the Welcome Thread. TheknittedLamb, GloriaMcC, and DawnTreaderfarm.

New iTunes review from KayNM33 on Jan 8th. Thank you, Kay!

Pipeliner Note on Rowing Out

Hi Paula,
Thanks for adding me to your friend list.
I have enjoyed watching your Piper Extras and also listening to your audios. However,,,watching the episode where you talked about rowing out was an eye opener…I have knitted for as long as I can remember and never knew I was doing that. How does one knit and not see???
I happened to be working on the back of a sweater for my seven month old granddaughter while watching and thinking,”I don’t row out” and then really saw the back that I was knitting and thought: I do row out!!!
For me to fix it was a matter of where the yarn was on the needle for the knit stitch and the purl stitch. I noticed I knit on the needles and purl on the tip. I am aware of this now and am trying to get in the habit which means I have to think more about what I’m doing while knitting and purling.
Happy New Year!
Sandra


Events

Knitting Pipeline Retreat

Registration in Progress

Sleep Inn Rooms—call number on blog or in registration information and ask for front desk.

February 17-18 with optional Workshop and Yarn Crawl Fun Day on Feb 16

Georgia Retreat! Registration opens January 17, 2017!


Georgia Retreat

April 2-5, 2017

(Sunday 1:00 PM through Wed 10:00 AM



563 Elliott Trail

Mansfield GA 30055

(east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport))



Nature Notes

Here in Central Illinois we are coming out of a very cold spell. We had about ½ “of snow and it was so cold that the snow didn’t melt until last night. Our creek had a lot of ice on it though still running—it doesn’t freeze over. When the temperature is so low—in the negative’s F—the birds have their tricks of staying warm. One technique is puffing out their feathers. One morning a tufted titmouse sat on a branch outside my office window with his feather’s sticking out all over so he looked like a gray and white pompom. So when you put on your fluffiest, puffiest coat in very cold weather, you are mimicking the birds. Some birds also group together more during the winter months so they can huddle together for warmth at night. We see flocks of cardinals in the late afternoon which is always a treat. On Sunday I counted roughly 30 juncos bopping and hopping along the ground under the feeders, picking up the fallen seed. The suet was so cold that the birds seemed to have a hard time while pecking away at it.  I’m sure it was frozen solid.
Does this fluff make me look fat?

Tufted Titmouse--all fluffed out.

We took down our Christmas tree this past weekend, on January 6th. We didn’t put it up until December 23 so it was still fairly fresh. Bob plsaced it outside, leaning up against our honey locust, and topped it with an evergreen wreath. This provides some shelter for birds during these cold days. We’re going to hang some suet and fruit on it. Our woods in central Illnois do not have native pines so this is Christmas tree is like an oasis for the birds and gives us one more reason to bring a live tree into our house with all the mess it brings along with it. Today is very windy and rainy, not nearly as cold. When we went to bed last night the wind was howling and it was good to know we didn’t have snow coming along with it.

Nature has many scenes to exhibit, and constantly draws a curtain over this part or that. She is constantly repainting the landscape and all surfaces, dressing up some scene for our entertainment. Lately we had a leafy wilderness; now bare twigs begin to prevail, and soon she will surprise us with a mantle of snow. Some green she thinks so good for our eyes that, like blue, she never banishes it entirely from our eyes, but has created evergreens. ~Henry David Thoreau, Nov. 8, 1858




Needle Notes
Driftwood Socks by Mina Phillip


Driftwood Socks by Mina Phillip


Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper O Christmas Tree

Pebble Socks by Mina Phillip

Beyond Vanilla Socks Part 1

I really like the round toe on these socks!

Mercury Socks by Kim Drotar
Hat for my great nephew


Cascade Eco Duo gift from Kevin. 70% alpaca 30% merino


This hat measures 16” so should be perfect for an 18” head.

Book Notes


Highly Recommended!


Blethering Room

I had knitter’s overload…could not decide on project!

Knitting Vintage Fairy Light Socks by Helen Stewart.

Ended up with project that I had queued before Christmas…Sonder Shawl by Helen Stewart with some of my oldest stash. All caked and ready to go!



Have a great week, haste ye back and hold your knitting close.
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