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

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

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Episode 167 EZ's Baby Sweater on Two Needles


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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business, Quince & Co and Klose Knit.
Quince & Co wool yarns are sourced and spun in the US. All our wool and wool-blend yarns are spun in New England mills with venerable histories. By sourcing our wool in the US and manufacturing our yarn locally, we minimize our carbon footprint. Find Quince wool and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.

Fine Fibers and Friendly Service is the motto of Klose Knit and that is exactly what you’ll find in our store in Urbana IL. We have a great selection of yarns including Rowan yarns and patterns, Blue Sky Alpacas, Art Yarns, Tahki, Dream in Color, Malabrigo, and Spud and Cloe.  Sock yarns include Opal, Austermann Step, Trekking; and more. Klose Knit is a quick hop off the I-74 in the heart of Urbana IL.  311 W. Springfield Ave. Urbana, Illinois 61801 (across from Strawberry Fields).

You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula.  Please send me a personal message or visit my web site 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




Events:

Saturday April 12, 2014
9 AM to 4 PM
Three Sisters Park, Chillicothe IL
Among the vendors are some of our own Pipeliners:

·        Heritage Hill Farm (Leicester Long Wool)
·        Yarn Geek Fibers
·        Daizie Knits

Registration for Maine Retreat opens April 14 (postmark date).

Sept 21-25, 2014

Franciscan Guest House, Kennebunk ME

Susan B Anderson is Guest Artist in Residence.  Fee includes one workshop with Susan.
Single is $590, Double or Triple is $440.
 
 
Nature Notes
·        Mourning Cloak Butterfly

·        Goldfinches are moulting.  Eating a lot of seed.

·        Our Phoebe is back.  Raspy Fee bee call and tail flick.

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”
John Muir, The Wilderness World of John Muir

Needle Notes

 

Another Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl (and the last one for a while)
 

Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) in Knitter’s Almanac

 


 The Blethering Room


Don't you love that flower that matches the fabric?
 

Katbierma on Ravelry
Kat made lots of new friends at the retreat.

Kat at her vendor table with all the pretty bags.
Jennie's bags have a unique closure on the top.  Jennie is amazing!


JavaJennie on Ravelry

In The Pipeline

Watching

Two new videocasts:

In a Sknit (a silly knitting podcast) with Sarah and Kristi

Dark Matter Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

Drawn2Life by Drawn2Knit on Ravelry (Jennifer) recommended by our own Jaxie985


Reading

The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith



North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

Listening

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.  2nd book in Outlander series.

Catching up on podcasts Yarns at Yin Hoo, 2 Knit Lit Chicks, knit.fm.

Knitting

Incredible Expanding Gnome Hat by Ravenous Knits/Maureen Hefti  (Free)

Infinitude Scarf by Jeni Chase

Leksak (Tunic Pattern) by Yarn-Madness

Cassis Shawlette by Collete Audrey

Fireflies Rising Shawlette by Helen Stewart
 
Haste ye back!

Episode 166 Maine Retreat 2014 Information


Hello Pipeliners!
I am so excited to announce the information for the Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat!  Susan B Anderson, popular author, designer, blogger, and altogether a lovely person will be our Guest Artist in Residence. I know this retreat is going to be wonderful! Susan is thrilled to be coming. I am so happy we could coordinate with her super busy teaching and book-signing events.  And she is also a busy mother of four!  The stars aligned for this one for sure!
This episode is less than 10 min in length.  I wanted those who are interested to be able to access the information quickly and efficiently.  Episode 167 is right on its heels!  You can listen to Episode 166 here or use the handy Flash Player in sidebar.
Download information and registration form here.
Maine Retreat
September 21-25, 2014
(Sunday 3:00 PM through Thursday 11:00 AM 
26 Beach Ave
Kennebunk ME 04043
 
Hosted by Paula Emons-Fuessle
Knitting Pipeline Podcast                              www.knittingpipeline.com
PrairiePiper on Ravelry 
Your registration fee includes:
 
Single or Double Room (own bed) with private bath with tub and shower
Continental Breakfast at Franciscan Guest House
Dinners on Sunday and Wednesday at Franciscan Guest House
Workshop with Susan B. Anderson, Guest Artist in Residence
and all the knitting and fiber fun we can pack into 4 days!
Limited to 50 participants.
Double Occupancy (14 rooms) $440.00
Single Occupancy (20 rooms) $590.00
Triple (1 room) $440.00 
Amenities:
Hot breakfast available for a small fee (pay as you go)
Wi-Fi and mini-refrigerator in guest rooms. Also hair dryer, linens.
Walking distance to beach, shops, and restaurants
All rooms non-smoking
Free hotel parking
 
Not included: lunches, two dinners, transportation.
I am not offering special diets or allergy requests at this retreat. 
How to Register
  • Fill out the registration form (page 2) and postmark NO EARLIER than Monday April 14, 2014.
  • Registrations will be accepted after this time pending space availability. Spaces will be filled by postmark date and by lottery if necessary.
  • Starting May 1, 2014  I will confirm registration by email. You can then send in a deposit of $200 to Paula Emons-Fuessle to hold your reservation. Reservations will be held until June 1, 2014. If I don’t receive your deposit by June 1, 2014 I will assume you are not coming. As your deposit is received I will ear burn you on Ravelry. I will let you know your room type and balance due depending on room type.
  • Full payment is due by August 1, 2014.
  • Mail registration and payments to Knitting Pipeline, PO Box 549, Washington IL 61571
Registration form is found here in case you missed it above.
Haste ye back!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Episode 165 Retreat Stories and Inspiration

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Quince & Co wool yarns are sourced and spun in the US. Known in the trade as "territory wool," our wool comes from Merino, Rambouillet, and Columbia-based sheep that roam the ranges of Montana and Wyoming. All our wool and wool-blend yarns are spun in New England mills with venerable histories. By sourcing our wool in the US and manufacturing our yarn locally, we minimize our carbon footprint. Find Quince wool and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.

Peddler’s Way Quilt Shop is a full service shop just off the historic Washington Square.  On the second floor of this 6,000 sq ft store is a fiber corner with an array of fine quality yarns, books, and needles.  http://www.peddlersway.com.

Retreat Sponsors







Knit4Together

The Blend Cafe

 You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula.  Please send me a personal message or visit my web site to sign up for my customer email list.

There are many ways to participate in the Knitting Pipeline Community.  You can comment on the show blog, jump in to the discussions on our Ravelry Group, or you can just download and enjoy the show.  Show notes are found at www.knittingpipeline.com.  If you are interested in the Knitting Pipeline Retreat you can get to know other retreat attendees on the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group.

You can also find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Bronwyn and Sarah joined me earlier this week to share Nature Notes, Needle Notes, our thoughts and stories on the Spring Retreat, knitting inspiration, and a High Note.  You will hear some needle clicking during the show…I thought I could edit that out but I couldn’t so if you have super sensitive ears (like mine) just know that it isn’t the norm for the show.  We have to get Sarah some needle silencers.

Nature Notes
While these birds feasted on the ground thousands were flying through the trees.

Bronwyn has a pair of Mourning doves.


We have an opossum that visits every evening.

Needle Notes

Sarah

Summer Crop by Erica Kempf of Nomad Yarn Shop
This is Erica wearing the Summer Crop.  My friend, Karen, was so excited to meet Erica.

Bronwyn

Crochet Kitten by Fiona Gill

Paula finished Kindness of Knitters Blanket except for the icord border.

Each little tag represents a Pipeliner.  Awwww.

In The Pipeline

Sarah and Bronwyn:

Double Chevron Cowl by Meg Myers with Liberty Wool (Purchased at Knit4Together in Dunlap IL)

Paula
Viajante by Martina Behm which Bronwyn says would not look on me.  It looked great on Megan Williams of The Stockinette Zombies.

High Note

Paula and Sarah: Baked Custard

I’ve been making custard in small canning jars for individual servings I can drop off to friends who are a little under the weather. Sarah made custard pie for dinner. I use Betty Crocker recipe similar to the one I found online.

Banal Observation aka BO
“Something’s going around” comment whenever anyone is sick.
Knitting Pipeline Retreat Bag and Name Badge
Ice Cream for lunch, anyone?

 
Amy Beth cuddling her Flat Squirrel.  We forgot to talk about that.

 
Newly made Magic Cakes!
Lynn wearing Gill's Rock and Nancy wearing Hyla Brook
Vendor Fair 
This is where the knitting happens.

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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I Can't Resist Sharing

I can't resist sharing this great sale on Craftsy!  There is some wonderful yarn (and fabric) at unbelievable prices. Bronwyn and Sarah came over this morning to record with me.  We had a great time chatting about our retreat, inspiration from the retreat, and more.  This show will be released on Friday March 28th.  I'm also planning a Craftsy KAL soon!  Stay tuned!

Save Up to 75% on Yarn & 65% on Fabric!
Don't miss out on Craftsy's Gone in a Flash Sale! Get up to 65% off fabric and 75% off yarn now. Limited supply, shop before it disappears! Hurry, offer expires Friday, March 28th at 11:59pm MT 2014.


**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.  Thanks!


Friday, March 7, 2014

Episode 164 Spring Retreat Warm Up

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This episode is sponsored by our retreat sponsors my Longaberger Home Business, Quince & Co and Peddler’s Way Quilt Co

Peddler’s Way Quilt Shop is a sponsor of our show and our knitting Pipeline Retreat in Washington IL.  The shop is located just about a mile from our retreat location just off the historic Washington Square.  Peddler’s Way Quilt Shop is practically at the back door of those of you staying at The Cornerstone Inn Bed and Breakfast.  On the second floor of this 6,000 sq ft store is a fiber corner with an array of fine quality yarns, books, and needles.  http://www.peddlersway.com

You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula.  Please send me a personal message or visit my web site to sign up for my customer email list.

Retreat Sponsors







Knit4Together

The Blend Cafe

 



You can also find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Bronwyn and Sarah join me this week for the pre-retreat warm-up.  I will be back to regular show content in two weeks. I am taking two weeks off due to the retreat and St. Patrick’s Day which is a big day for us pipers!

Haste ye back.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Episode 163 Two Different Paths to a Sweater


Listen here or use the Flash Player on this site for current and past episodes. Flash Player is not compatible with Internet Explorer.  Try a different browser like Safari.  Or jaunt on over to iTunes to find the show there.

This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business, Quince & Co and Klose Knit.

Quince & Co wool yarns are sourced and spun in the US. All our wool and wool-blend yarns are spun in New England mills with venerable histories. By sourcing our wool in the US and manufacturing our yarn locally, we minimize our carbon footprint. Find Quince wool and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.

Fine Fibers and Friendly Service is the motto of Klose Knit and that is exactly what you’ll find in our store in Urbana IL. We have a great selection of yarns including Rowan yarns and patterns, Blue Sky Alpacas, Art Yarns, Tahki, Dream in Color, Malabrigo, and Spud and Cloe.  Sock yarns include Opal, Austermann Step, Trekking; the list is forever growing and changing.
Klose Knit is a quick hop off the I-74 in the heart of Urbana IL.  311 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801 (across from Strawberry Fields).
Please join us at the store and share your knitting passion and projects with us. Connect with us on Facebook or check our blog for the latest knitting adventures!

See a news clip about Klose Knit here.

Retreat Sponsors
Knit4Together

Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.
Instagram: knittingpipeline
Twitter: knittingline

Pipeliner Notes
Adrienne has left a new comment on your post "Episode 161 Domino Knitting":
I keep meaning to ask...how do you know the sex of the baldies when they aren't next to each other? If I remember correctly, the only dimorphic trait in bald eagles is that the females are about 25% larger than the males...they both have the white heads & bums when mature. :)

Of course you are correct, Adrienne.  I should have said that it could have been male or female.  I am not savvy enough to tell the difference.  All mature Bald Eagles look like males to me (just as all poodles look female until you peer underneath) but of course they are not.  Immature Bald Eagles don’t have the distinctive white head and John James Audubon thought they were a different species.  That is always comforting.  We aren’t alone in our erring ways.

Dear Paula,
I am a long time listener, as is my husband who loves Nature Notes! Currently, we are both thoroughly enjoy listening to the podcast in the evenings by the fire… believe it or not, me knitting and him plucking the guard hairs from 2oz of Quivit we got in Alaska this past summer. He is a keeper!
I am writing as this past episode you talked about the reality TV show and Namaste Farms. I wanted to invite you to participate in a conversation I am starting about a TV show for fiber and travel, Fiber Trek. It is a project a videopgrapher friend and I have been working on for syndication.
It focuses on the stories of fiber, landscape and community and the hope is to promote powerful connections with textiles and people. I have been involved with the food movement for a while and have felt the textiles world lacking in education and interpretation for the mainstream population. All the same I would love to add your voice and thoughts to what we are doing. Eventually we plan to launch a kickstarter to generate the funds to cut our pilot for syndication.
I hope you can find a little time to explore the concept. Would you be amenable to lending a little PR to the project? I want to build an audience of interest and awareness as we move forward. I am happy to talk to you in person if that would be helpful…or even do an interview on the show!
I have included a link to our blog which as clips and also ourFacebook Page
My husband and I keep tuning in by the woodstove!
Sarah

Events:
Knitting Pipeline Spring Retreat March 14-15, 2014.
Ravellenics were so much fun!  Thanks again to our Team Captain Prairiegl, co-captain Windybrookspins, and Ravatar maker CPerrine.  We could not have done it without you!

Nature Notes
We are back into very cold weather after a few days of thawing last week.  It was 9 F this morning and the bad news is that 9 is the high for today.  At 10 AM it was 1 deg despite the sun.  The colder it is the more birds are at the feeder.  I saw some courtship behavior last week with a pair of cardinals.  The male and female were both at the feeder and the male fed the female a seed.  That is definitely courtship/mating behavior.  Bird behavior is almost always related to food/survival or breeding.  The Fee-bee call of the Black Capped Chickadee or Parus atricapillus is a call given by the male Chickadees to establish territory and warn off other birds. The familiar Chickadee-dee-dee call from which the Chickadee has its name is used by both male and female birds.  This call is used by both male and female to keep flock together as they feed and search for food. 
We are continuing in our quest to attract Baltimore Orioles to the feeder.  I read in Birds and Blooms that the earlier you put out the oranges and grape jelly, the better your chances of attracting these orange and black beauties.  Bob bought an inexpensive ($10) suet feeder and adapted it for orange halves.  He added a perch to it and hung it on the hook we have for the hummingbird feeder which won’t be out for a month or so.  Today the orange is frozen solid but we keep hoping…and hoping.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Eyelet Yoke Baby Cardigan by Carol Barenys and Beret by Hannah Fettig
Beret Button on top!

Needle Notes
Berocco Comfort DK
Babies who Lunch by Sublime
Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Sweater on Two Needles (February) in Knitter’s Almanac
Beret from Mabel’s Closet by Hannah Fettig
Prairie Piper’s Beret
Babies Who Lunch Sweater by Sublime

Detail of tricky trim

The Blethering Room
Thank you so much for a wonderful and restful podcast. I thoroughly enjoy it!
I’m posing a question some of my most favorite podcasts, and I’d like your opinion on the subject.
About 10 years ago, I knit a scarf--a friend of my parents taught me how to knit back and forth, Continental style. That knit stitch is the only thing I know how to do, as well as one form of cast-on and a cast-off I invented because I didn’t have any assistance, and didn’t think to look online. Since then, I’ve not knitted, but I have learned to crochet some basic shapes and toys. I’m also learning the basics of spinning, which I LOVE.
Listening to fiber arts podcast has convinced me that knitted socks and sweaters must be about the most wonderful thing on the planet, and I’d like to learn. If you were going to start a young adult with extremely minimal experience on the wonderful path of lifelong knitting, where would you start--specifically, what sock pattern/yarn/needle combo would be simple, rewarding, and do-able without becoming a massive frustration (understanding that patience is necessary)? I’m sure that sweaters are more complicated and varied, but do you have a similar preference for a first sweater? Finally, are there some things I should try before I tackle socks?
Thank you so much!
SunDanceFunPants
·      
  •    Not a scarf!
  • ·        Mildred Mitts.  Instant gratification
  • ·        Hat with color pattern
  • ·        Triangular or crescent shawl (not rectangular as that is like a huge scarf).
  • ·        Find yarn and color you love
  • ·        No artsy yarns.  Something smooth and not slippery. Wool is my preference.
  • ·        Find a project you LOVE and want to wear. Make it for yourself because no one will appreciate it as much as you will.  Lots of people fall in love with knitting socks and you can too.  You might try starting out with sport weight or even worsted weight socks.
  • ·        Pipeliners what do you suggest?

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

Friday, February 21, 2014

Episode 162 One Million Downloads!


Listen here or use the Flash Player on this site for current and past episodes. Flash Player is not compatible with Internet Explorer.  Try a different browser like Safari.  Or jaunt on over to iTunes to find the show there.

This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business, Quince & Co and Klose Knit.
Quince & Co wool yarns are sourced and spun in the US. Known in the trade as "territory wool," our wool comes from Merino, Rambouillet, and Columbia-based sheep that roam the ranges of Montana and Wyoming. All our wool and wool-blend yarns are spun in New England mills with venerable histories. By sourcing our wool in the US and manufacturing our yarn locally, we minimize our carbon footprint. Find Quince wool and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.

Klose Knit in Urbana IL
Fine Fibers and Friendly Service is the motto of Klose Knit and that is exactly what you’ll find in our store in Urbana IL. We have a great selection of yarns including Rowan yarns and patterns, Blue Sky Alpacas, Art Yarns, Tahki, Dream in Color, Malabrigo, and Spud and Cloe.  Sock yarns include Opal, Austermann Step, Trekking, Paca Peds; the list is forever growing and changing.
Klose Knit is a quick hop off the I-74 in the heart of Urbana IL.  311 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801 (across from Strawberry Fields).
Please join us at the store and share your knitting passion and projects with us. Connect with us on Facebook or check our blog for the latest knitting adventures!

You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula.  Please send me a personal message or visit my web site 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
Shear Madness starts March 1, 2014. National Namaste Farms.  Natalie Redding.
Her audio cast is on blog talk radio every Thursday at 6pm pst at
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/namaste-farms

BirdNerdknitter wrote:
Thoroughly enjoyed the episode Paula, like usual! :) I wanted to ask a question: does the term “modular knitting” only apply to squares and diamonds? You mentioned you have to attach the knitted work as you knit the different pieces, and it reminded me of how the Ten Stitch Zigzag blanket (and others) are constructed. These in particular are long chevron strips that you attach to the entire blanket as you knit them. Do those count?

My reply:
That is a great question! Modular knitting (by my definition) does not have to be squares or diamonds. If the same shape (module) is replicated and is then joined to make the whole then I would call it modular. I would call Frankie Brown’s Ten Stitch Zigzag a modular piece.
Domino Knitting is a type of modular knitting. In the book I have, Domino Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro, all the projects have mitered squares. She has other designs and books that came after and I believe she branched out from the mitered square. And example is Domino Shells Jacket from 1998. My perception is that Domino Knitting is most often mitered squares that are joined together as you go but other shapes are possible.

Events:
Registration is closed for the Knitting Pipeline Spring Retreat March 14-15, 2014.
  • ·        Attendees will receive a PDF via email.
  • ·        Checks being deposited soon.
  • ·        Mini-skein Swap Thread—a lot of interest  Friday night.  More info later but it will be very relaxed and I’m sure there will be plenty of Magic Cakes in the making there.

We reached 1 Million downloads!



Many Thanks to:
  • Libsyn, the server for the podcast
  • Quince & Co
  • Listeners--You are wonderful!


Needle Notes

Paula

Paula’s Eyelet Yoke Baby Cardigan in Berocco Comfort DK




Bronwyn:
Crochet Circle Vest Shrug by Patricia Hodson
Bronwyn’s project page for Crochet Circle Vest Shrug



Bronwyn made a tag for her son’s hat using Ultrasuede.

High Note Low Note
Paula
  • High Note  Porch is open
  • Low Note Pomegranate season is over.

Bronwyn
  • High: One hundred days of School
  • Low: People still talking on cell phones while driving even though it is against the law in Illinois.

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.