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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Episode 306 Baby Basics and Antler Cardigan



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The last episode was video and is available on YouTube. In it you will see the baby sweaters I will be talking about today along with my latest embroidery and quilting. Todays’ episode has Pipeliners Notes, Events, Nature Notes, Needle Notes and In the Pipeline.

Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. CheeleInstitches who is Michelle from Maine, terrimesu, Chickievicki, and claudesco who is new to knitting and Ravelry.

Thank you for your star ratings and reviews on iTunes. There were new reviews from alabamalizzie on 4/5 and abellaknits on 4/13.

Events

Links to retreats and registration materials are in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group on Ravelry. There is also a sticky thread with all upcoming retreat dates.

Maine Retreat Registration is in progress.

Eagle Crest Retreat Information will be coming out in a few weeks.

Nature Notes

We cannot remember ever having a spring as late as this one. Usually by the 3rd week in April our trees are leafing out. The woods is still naked. Our grass is greening up and daffodils are blooming in the front. Despite the cool temperatures, the birds are right on schedule as their mating and nesting is more tied in with hours of daylight than the temperatures. Our goldfinches are mostly all finished molting and are now wearing their bright spring and summer wardrobe of yellow and black—for the males only. I am witnessing mating behavior which is often a tousle in the air like acrobats. Bob is busy keeping the three feeders full of niger seed. Last week I had a first sighting at this house where we have lived for almost 11 years—a Ruby-crowned kinglet! I saw them quite a few times at our old house where they enjoyed visiting the apple trees in spring. The ruby crowned kinglet is a very small bird and the red crown is not always visible. But there was no mistaking this beauty that was flitting about right outside our bedroom window. Bluebirds are looking for homes and we hope they choose our bluebird house. I’ve seen both individual bluebirds and the occasional pairs.

Bob and I hiked down to the creek last week in the late evening. It was one of our warmer days and the spring peepers were beginning to sing. If you are a long time listener then you know I can be a bit obsessed about the spring peepers, which are small frogs that sing in the spring near bodies of water. The average size is about the size of a quarter. Our goal was to see them in action but when we arrived at the creek the sounds seemed far away. We don’t know whether they stopped singing because we were there or if they really were not close in the first place. We will try again. While we were down there we talked about some of the changes in the creek bed and surrounding area. We already knew the creek bed had changed course due to fallen logs. This is not uncommon but it still surprises us because it is not just small change. One whole u shape is barren of water. There are small trees on the hillside that have fallen over due to very wet soil and probable lack of surrounding plants to hold it in. Erosion is a mighty force. We’re thinking about ways to slow it down.

Earth Week was last week and our town had the annual Take Pride in Washington Day. I got a crew of 9 people together and we cleaned up our usual spot which has a lot of garbage. Sometimes it doesn’t look like much until you get close and then there is more than you think because some is partially hidden. My husband volunteered at the Earth Day Celebration at Forest Park Nature Center in the afternoon so he made a whole day of it.

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows' wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,

hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.

--Rainer Maria Rilke

Needle Notes


Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku. 7,500 projects on Ravelry.

Nephew and wife and expecting a baby in July. Their first!

Box from JoAnn Fabrics.

Basic Baby Cardigan by Susan B Anderson from Kindred Knits. Using Quince & Co Lark in Glacier colorway. Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits.




Leaf Top Baby Hat by Susan B Anderson


Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits


Antler Hat by TinCanKnits

Norwegian Purl tutorial by Arne and Carlos


Antler Hat for Daddy to be

Lone Star Baby Quilt by Amy Smart—Diary of a Quilter

Quilt is underneath. I may have forgotten to take a photo of it.



Blethering Room

Working on my Maker’s Quilt. Video coming up on You Tube. Completed 12 blocks.

Moda Frivol Tin #5

Going Gnome Kit


In The Pipeline

Knitting

Started CuriousHandmade MKAL on March 31st.

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry. Uses DK weight. Chickadee? No, double Finch.

Reading

The Last Road Home by Danny Johnson, 29150’s-60’s coming of age, race relations. Junebug and Fancy. 4 stars, maybe 4.5

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White. 3.5 stars

Through Streets Broad and Narrow. (Ivy Rose Series #1) by Gemma Jackson. 3 stars

Last Wool and Testament: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery by Molly McRae. Light. Easy reading.

Listening


How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny

Watching


Craftsy Unlimited. Instant Pot class.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

#19 Knitting Pipeline Extra



Knitting

  • Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku
  • Lush by TinCanKnits
  • Quince & Co Phoebe in Andromeda colorway
  • Buttons from Supplies and Sundries on etsy
  • Hat Quartet-Fall by Melissa Johnson
  • Skagen Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle 
  • Berocco Remix Light (Mist)
  • Kindred Knits by Susan B Anderson published by Quince & Co
  • Basic Baby Cardigan
  • Leaf Topped Baby Hat
  • Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits in Quince & Co Lark Audouin colorway
  • Antler Hat by TinCanKnits



Quilting

  • Lone Star Baby Quilt by Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter
  • Tailor's Tack Checkerboard Quilt Kit from Craftsy. Kit is still available on clearance! Use link in right sidebar.
  • Cardinals in Trees Wool Applique from Camp Wool
  • Moda Frivols #5
  • My Maker’s Quilt is a history of my quilting and other creative pursuits.


Thank you for watching. Please ask questions on YouTube or in the Ravelry Group for Knitting Pipeline.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat 2018 Information


Link to Maine Retreat Information and Registration (2 PDFs)

 Episode 305


This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes and supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar on my blog before purchasing I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
Links to retreats and registration materials are in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group on Ravelry. There is also a sticky thread with all upcoming retreat dates.

Maine Retreat September 23-27, 2018

Sunday 2:00 PM through Thursday 11:00 AM


Franciscan Guest House 26 Beach Ave Kennebunk ME 04043 207-967-4865
Hosted by Paula Emons-Fuessle 
Your registration fee includes: 
  • Single or Double/Triple Room (own bed) and private bath with tub and shower
  • Hot Buffet Breakfast Mon-Thurs at Franciscan Guest House
  • Dinners on Monday and Wednesday at Franciscan Guest House'
  • Pizza Party Sunday Night
  • and all the knitting and fiber fun we can pack into 4 days!

Double Occupancy (14 rooms) $475.00 Single Occupancy (14 rooms) $675.00 Triple (4 rooms) $475.00 
  • Wi-Fi and mini-refrigerator in guest rooms.
  • Walking distance to beach, shops, and restaurants
  • All rooms non-smoking
  • Free hotel parking

Not included: lunches, one dinner, transportation. Special diets are not offered; however, there are choices at all meals. 
 Fill out the registration form and POSTMARK NO EARLIER than Monday April 23, 2018.  Registrations will be accepted after this time pending space availability. Spaces will be filled by postmark date and by lottery if necessary.  Beginning May 14th I will confirm registration by ear-burning you on Ravelry in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group. Please send in a $200 deposit by June 1, 2018.* Your deposit will secure your spot at the retreat.  Full payment is due by August 1, 2018*. Feel free to send in your total amount in one payment with your initial deposit.  Mail registration and payments to Knitting Pipeline, PO Box 549, Washington IL 61571 
Cancellation Policy:  All registration deposits include a non-refundable $50 deposit. If you cancel before August 1, 2018 then I will refund your retreat registration less $50 deposit if your place can be filled. After August 1, 2018 refunds are on a case by case basis depending upon what expenses can be recovered, whether your place can be filled, etc. I understand that life happens and will do what I can to refund your money.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Episode 304 Lush Cardigan and Socks That Don’t Rock



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Show notes are found at www.knittingpipeline.com. You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper and on Instagram and YouTube as KnittingPipeline. There are two groups on Ravelry, Knitting Pipeline and Knitting Pipeline Retreats. Come join us there!

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Pipeliner Notes

Links to retreats and registration materials are in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group on Ravelry. There is also a sticky thread with all upcoming retreat dates.

Both winners of Skagen Shawl KAL contacted me right away. Thank you, Berocco for the generous prizes! Ended on March 17th. I chose one finished photo and one chatter post.

Needle Notes

Alternating skeins in the round. Helix method. Advice from Camanoah who is Judy from Camano Island, Washington.

Your mentioned in the podcast having issues with alternating skeins in the round. My disclaimer about alternating skeins in the round is that I have gone to great lengths to avoid having to do this.
However, I had a thought a while ago when I was contemplating this issue. Why couldn’t you use the helix method (usually used to do single row striping in the round without jogs)? I have only read about this striping method, but it seems like it could solve the alternating issue if you could somehow identify each ball of the same colored yarn (maybe two different colored yarn ball cozies?). Anyway, I haven’t tried it yet, but maybe will try it on something smaller like a Sockhead hat next time I make one. If someone else tries this and it works, let me know!

Thank you, Judy!

Socks that Do Not Rock. Abandon ship! Was part of my knitting at Georgia Retreat. Size 0 needle too small. Classic case of needle choice incorrect and making project miserable. I actually broke a needle too!

My gauge has tightened up and the yarn thicker than some fingering. Tight twist.

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku.

Socks that Rock Lightweight. Yarn is wonderful but it is quite heavy.

The Hat Quartet-Fall by Melissa Johnson




Lush by TinCanKnits. Still needs buttons. 
Photo pending!

Decided to steek the body so I cast on 5 stitches in the front center and worked body down in stockinette.

Product Notes

Chiagoo Interchangeable Set (4” tips)

Lykke Interchangeable Needle Set

Lykke Double Point Sets

Blethering Room

Working on my Maker’s Quilt. Video coming up on You Tube. Completed 12 blocks.

Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat

Weather was a little chilly but still better than Illinois where we are still having temperatures in the 20’s…15 F this morning. We also had snow on Easter and not just a few flurries.

Dianne’s blog post here. The Grandmother Gig

May the path on which you wander.
                                  Be to you a joy each day.
                                  Haste ye back, we loo you dearly.
                                  Haste ye back on friendship's way.
                                          ~~from a Scottish song by Robert Wilso
n

Added to queue from Show and Tell:

Shore Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge calls for Quince & Co Owl.


Indigo Frost by Isabell Kraemer



Anker’s Cardigan by PetiteKnit. Calls for Light Fingering. Inspired by Debbie. Use Quince & Co Finch. My favorite!

In The Pipeline

Knitting

Started CuriousHandmade MKAL on March 31st.

Basic Baby Cardigan by Susan B Anderson from Kindred Knits. Using Quince & Co Lark in Glacier colorway. Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits.

Reading

Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan 5 stars. Laugh out loud, cry, nuggets of wisdom.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan 3 star Chick Lit. 4 generations of women. Takes place near Maine Retreat location.

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen 4 stars. Richmond VA. Young black woman and the role she played in spying during the Civil War and helping slaves and freed slaves escape. Historical fiction.

Jane Two: A Novel by Sean Patrick Flanery. I finished it but it was just ok. 3 stars. Not the greatest writing. A lot of unlikeable characters.

Listening


Watching

Arne and Carlos—Love them!

A Wooden Nest   Botanical dyeing. Chickens. Soft. Quiet. Thoughtful.

Wee Sew and Sew podcast by Caz in the Scottish Highlands

Kammebornia Pia and Dennis in Sweden

Haste ye back!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Episode 303 Two Shawls, Plain and Simple


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Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes and supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar before purchasing I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

Show notes are found at www.knittingpipeline.com. You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper and on Instagram and YouTube 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




Pipeliner Notes

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me and a special welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have introduced yourselves to us in the Welcome Thread or to me in a personal message:

Camperkim in Singapore, sherryivy, sarahtastefully in Ohio, CherylBeckerich in Indianapolis, Sheila85 in Ontario CN, knitting43pugs who is Barbara in NY.

Thank you to those who have left reviews on iTunes and also star ratings. Assuieprint on 2/16, betternpopcorn on 2/8, and djwtwo on 2/25.

Thank you to Retreat sponsors:


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Le Mouton Rouge Knittery
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Bloomington, IL 61701
309-319-7692

Klose Knit
311 W Springfield
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Heritage Hill Farm



Events

Links to retreats and registration materials are in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group on Ravelry. There is also a sticky thread with all upcoming retreat dates.

Alpaca Nationals in Peoria IL March 23-25    info from Spotted Circus who is Elizabeth. Free admission.

Littles KAL moderated and led by JanMarieKnits
Congratulations!

  • Mstanton won Quince & Co Chickadee generously donated by Jan. 
  • Hollyathome  project bag and notions bag by Bszen. Thank you, Beverly!

Question: Alternating skeins in the round…

Land of Sweets Cowl KAL Thank you to Moderator Jo, Qwiltnknitnut!  Digsknitting won the Sunlight reading/knitting light donated by Jo.

Skagen Shawl KAL by Paula Emons-Fuessle.

Ended on March 17th. I chose one finished photo and one chatter post.
Congratulations! Please contact me and give your mailing address.

  • FO Winner is FwdKnitter! Post #79 
  • Chatter winner is #119 Beewing.
Thank you to Berroco for the prizes.

Needle Notes

On the guest bed blocking. Better photos to come!

Lace detail on Skagen Shawl

Skagen Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle

Berocco Remix Light Mist colorway. One week.

Kindness is Everything by Jaala Spiro

Kindness is Everything Shawl by Jaala Spiro of KnitCircus Yarns

Book Notes


In the Blethering Room

I finished a wool applique wall hanging of cardinals in a tree with snow…gift from friends at the Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat 2016 and purchased at Camp Wool in Kennebunk. Chattering Cardinals.

Finished piecing a quilt from a kit I bought on Craftsy. Tailor’s Tack Checkerboard. Sent it to Nancy for quilting. (Aizome on Ravelry. GraceandPeaceQuilting on Instagram).
Pieced top of quilt. The quilting will add the magic.

Working on my Maker’s Quilt. Video coming up on You Tube.

In The Pipeline

Listening

  • Just Kids by Patti Smith performed by Patti Smith
  • Heartburn by Nora Ephron performed by Meryl Streep
  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Knitting

  • Basic Baby Cardigan by Susan B Anderson from Kindred Knits. Using Quince & Co Lark in Glacier colorway.
  • Lush by TinCanKnits. Still needs buttons. May lengthen sleeves.

Pending


Sweater for my husband.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Episode 302 Nature Notes, Blether, Reading

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Thank you for joining me today.

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Official start will be Feb 10 but start anytime. I will divide the KAL into weeks so you can do it like a Mystery KAL without the mystery.

Nature Notes

Here in Central Illinois February begins the slow wake up to Spring. We feel Spring’s heavy-lidded eyes fluttering open and arms beginning to stretch. The hours of daylight are rapidly increasing. One of us will remark “It’s 6 PM and not even dark!” as if this is a miracle, which it is. We notice the birds singing more, especially in the morning. The flocks of cardinals that banded together throughout the winter are breaking up and the individual males are beginning to whistle Chew Chew Chew to establish their territories and find their mates. With its bright colors and beautiful song, perhaps the male cardinal does not have to work that hard to attract a female. Woodpeckers are still one of most common visitors at the feeders. Downy woodpeckers, Red Bellied, Hairy Woodpeckers, and the occasional Flickers are nearly always finding seeds at the feeders or looking for insects in the tree trunks at the edge of the woods.  We enjoy these early signs of Spring; however, we are not yet fooled for we know that Spring will drift back to sleep for a while yet. We still have March for awakening and its been known to snow here in April.

In the garden and woods small flickers of green are beginning to emerge. Our clumps of chives are poking through the remains of last year’s stalks. Soon we will feel confident enough to cut the tender shoots for salads and sandwiches. Bulbs that were hastily planted before the ground froze are poking up through mulch and leaves.

February has shown us quite an array of weather. Snow, ice, fog, rain, thunderstorms, temperatures in the single digits, and now 60 degrees.

Spring Rain by Sara Teasdale

I thought I had forgotten,
But it all came back again
To-night with the first spring thunder
In a rush of rain.

I remembered a darkened doorway
Where we stood while the storm swept by,
Thunder gripping the earth
And lightning scrawled on the sky.

The passing motor busses swayed,
For the street was a river of rain,
Lashed into little golden waves
In the lamp light's stain.

With the wild spring rain and thunder
My heart was wild and gay;
Your eyes said more to me that night
Than your lips would ever say. . . .

I thought I had forgotten,
But it all came back again
To-night with the first spring thunder
In a rush of rain. 

In the Blethering Room


Make the Most of your Food Processor with George Geary

Cooking with Ellie Krieger

·        Autumn Vegetable Soup

·        Dijon Vinaigrette

·        Salmon with Honey Mustard Glaze

·        Sole with Crispy Breadcrumbs

Reading

Bob

Still Life by Louise Penny

A Beautiful Blue Death By Charles Finch


Paula

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spenser Fleming

Loving Eleanor by Susan Wittig Albert

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown

Stay with Me by Ayodami Adebayo. Audible version has superior narrator Adjoa Andoh.

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At the Knitting Pipeline Retreat Bob is showing the stool he made with a Craftsy class.

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I play the Great Highland Pipes, knit, observe nature, and read. My name on Ravelry is PrairiePiper. Find me on Instagram as KnittingPipeline.