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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Episode 284 Eagle Crest Retreat 2017


Knitting Pipeline Eagle Crest Fall Retreat 2017
November 8-11, 2017


Eagle Crest Camp and Retreat Center (A Ministry of the Salvation Army) is located in rural Washburn IL, along the hilly bluffs of the Illinois River. Eagle Crest is easily accessible by car, about a 30 min drive from Washington IL or Peoria. The address is 823 Columbia Rd, Washburn IL 61570.
·         Arrive Wednesday November 8, 2017 (check in time 3-5 PM)
·         Check out by 10 am Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Single Occupancy             $420.00
Double Occupancy (will have your own bed)       $320.00

Includes:
·         3 nights lodging in Heartland Lodge at Eagle Crest. Rooms are motel-style with private bath.
·         All meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday breakfast. (working on improving menus).
·         Small, intimate retreat with lots of one-on-one time/
·         Your own Knitting Pipeline Retreat Bag

Hosted by Paula Emons-Fuessle
Paulaef@aol.com                            PrairiePiper on Ravelry

To Register:
·         Fill out the registration form and postmark no earlier than Friday, July 7, 2017. Registrations will be accepted after this time pending space availability. I will confirm registration by email and on Ravelry by July 20, 2017. Deposits are due August  15, 2017.
·         Full payment is due by October 15, 2017. Checks may not be cashed immediately so don't worry if your check has not cleared.

Please make check out to Paula Emons-Fuessle. Mail registration (page 3 only) and payment to Knitting Pipeline, PO Box 549, Washington IL 61571

Cancellation Policy
·         All registrations include a $50 deposit.
·         If you cancel before October 15, 2017 then I will refund your retreat registration less a $50 deposit.
·         After October 15, 2017 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 things happen and will do what I can to refund your money.












Notes:


·         The closest airport is General Wayne A Downing International Airport (Peoria=PIA). I recommend flying in on Tuesday unless you rent a car and can drive yourself to Eagle Crest.
·         Wednesday morning and early afternoon will be a great time to visit Washington IL and our local yarn shops. Or stay later on Saturday if you like.
·         Special dietary requests are not accommodated at Eagle Crest; however, there are selections at each meal.
·         If you are staying over before or after the retreat, I recommend Sleep Inn.
Sleep Inn 1101 N Cummings Lane, Washington IL 61571 (309) 481-0450
·         If you have a knitting related- business please contact me about vending or know a vendor, please let me know.

·         The dining hall and meeting area are about a 10-15 minute walk from the Heartland Lodge Rooms so you may want to drive. Other than that, everything is very close and all on one level. If you don't have a car, there are plenty of us who can give you a ride.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Episode 283 Iceland…Wool Fire and Ice

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This episode is about my recent trip to Iceland with some wonderful Pipeliners and new friends. There were 20 of us wool-minded travelers and we had a blast. We will have Pipeliner Notes, Nature Notes, Needle Notes, and of course, In The Blethering Room. Feel free to ask questions!

 So let’s jump right in!

Pipeliner Notes

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me.

Goalma who is Karol with a K from NJ, Angie in Louisiana, Morningthaw who is Kay from NE, ThePeekocrafter who is Aimee in Ireland, hookinggood who is Sherry in CA, Colletteknits who is Collette in Toronto, teaandknittingtoo from Cincinnatti, agziller who is annalia from Atwater CA, honeypottree who is Georgina in the UK, Jaime McCorry who is a piper with Midlothian Pipe Band in Chicago and a new knitter, Caroux who is Liz from the UK now living in SW france, honeymarit, and woolercoaster who is Christine from Toronto.

I appreciate your five star ratings and reviews on iTunes.

Nature Notes

Iceland is a dramatic country with volcanos, lava fields, geysirs, mountains, waterfalls, and wool!


We arrived at the airport, which is about a 40 min drive from the capital city of Reykjavik. The airport is basically in a lava field. It’s hard to imagine how any life could be sustained on these rocks. Our first stop was the Blue Lagoon. I had read that the Blue Lagoon is too touristy, but it was the highlight for several travelers and a great way to refresh oneself after a long journey. If you go to Iceland, do make reservations at the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is basically a giant hot tub fed by natural geothermal springs which are found across the country of Iceland. We changed into bathing suits and ventured out into the 40 degree weather to the lagoon. You walk down a slippery ramp, hanging onto the hand rail and into the hot water which was heavenly. There is a natural silicon sediment which you can feel on the bottom of the lagoon. It was the perfect setting to get to know one another and compare travel notes. We waded over to a facial bar so we could get globs of silica to smear on our faces. After washing that off we could get a free mud mask from a guy who knew how to work the crowd or pay to get an algae mask. It was all good and great fun. We were there about 3 hours, had a bite of lunch, and then hopped our bus for the hotel.

Our hotel was centrally located on the main walking street of Reykjavik, close to shops, including a grocery store called Bonus, which is a bit like an Aldi.

Our first outing was called the Saga Circle Tour. Our first stop was at the dye workshop of Gudrun Bjarnedottir. Gudrun is a biologist at the nearby agricultural college. She uses natural dyes, most of which she gathers from nature, to dye Icelandic wool. The colors were so gorgeous and I succumbed to a shawl kit with 6 colors and added in a 50 g skein of a natural color in case I want to add a border.


We then went to our second geothermal experience only this time we weren’t getting into the water because it was literally boiling up from the earth. There were caution signs HAETTA! And safety cones to keep people away. Meanwhile it was quite cold and windy. If you saw some of my photos on Instagram, you know that it was a chilly time there. The temperatures were in the 40’s at night and up into the 50’s in the daytime with wind and rain. It didn’t rain hard when we were there but there were days when there was a pretty constant, light rain. Actually, we were fortunate with the rain because it always seemed to rain the most when we were in the bus or in a building. Also it was light 24/7! Hotels had blackout curtains.

We visited a lot of waterfalls on the day trips that we took and each one had its own personality. The first one was Barnafosser…I think. You could spend weeks in Iceland and not get to all the waterfalls. There was snow still on the mountains. The mountains reminded me of the Scottish Highlands as they are quite barren of vegetation…mostly moss and lichen. They have a stark beauty that was quite breathtaking.




Needle Notes


Did we see wool in grocery stores or convenience stores? No, but other than the Bonus we weren’t in grocery stores much. You do see wool, mainly Lopi, in all kinds of stores along the Laugavegur and other streets in the city. There are a lot of shops that carry Icelandic products, souvenirs and Lopi was in all of these. Lopi is pretty much the only inexpensive item in Iceland. It’s about 3.50 to 4.00 per ball. There are so many gorgeous colors that were so tempting…I had intended to get a sweater’s worth for my husband, but I ended up getting an assortment of fall inspired colors for hats and mittens. I actually purchased most of the lopi at Alafoss when we visited on Monday.

Alafoss is considered the heart of the wool industry in Iceland. The Istex mill is where all the wool is processed. A lot of us bought wool there and some purchased gorgeous sweaters.
We made a dent in the wool in the Alafoss Store.

Lopapeysa (Lopi + Sweater) are the Icelandic Sweaters that are practically an icon for Iceland. If you are not familiar with them, the body of the sweater is usually a natural color, sometimes with some stranded color work on the bottom of the sleeves and above the ribbing and then there is stranded color work in the yoke. We learned that these sweaters were actually created for the tourism industry in the 1950’s but now Icelanders wear them also so they have become part of Icelandic tradition but they don’t go that far back.

Silverbell/Angie

Nordic Wind by CabinFour Informal KAL


The Blethering Room
Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir

Thingvellir Plain



On the third day of our trip we were headed for the Farm Hotel called Efstidalur but not before seeing several magnificent sites. This day was possibly the highlight for me because we went to the Thingvellir National Park. Ever since I read the Icelandic sagas (not all of them) during my college days, I’ve wanted to visit this place. This is the plain where Icelanders met to settle disputes and matters of law starting around 930 AD and ending around 1798. It is considered the first Parliament of the world. It wasn’t exactly as I had imagined because I had always thought of it as a flat plain, which part of it is, intersected by bodies of water. I have to admit I got a bit teary when I thought about the history of this place.

There is a flag pole with the Icelandic Flag on a high rock which may have been what they called the Law Rock, or Lögbjerg.
The Law Rock

The lead-up to the adoption of Christianity is well described in Njáls Saga:

"The following day both sides went to the Lögberg, and Christians as well as heathens named witnesses and denounced each others laws and regulations. Then there arose such a tumult at the Lögberg that no one could hear what anyone else said."

There is a waterfall here as well. It pours into what is called the drowning pool where women accused of adultery were drowned. What happened to the men? Nothing.
Waterfall into the Drowning Pool




I was at Thingvellir!

Linda, Barb, Paula, Debbie

 What I didn’t know is that it is an important geological site as well. This is where two tectonic plates, the North American and the Eurasian plates meet. Tectonic plates (a term that was new to me) are sections of the earth’s mantle that are constantly shifting due to the heat in the earth’s core. You can see the large chasm formed by the plates. This is the only place in the world where you can see the intersection of plates as most of these are below sea level and/or in the ocean.

Iceland Tectonic Plates

Geysir Georthermal Area

Our word geyser comes from Icelandic Geysir which means gusher.

The Great Geysir stopped erupting but 100 meters south of it is…

Strokkur Geysir (Strokkur means “churn”) erupts every 6 to 9 minutes. How many times has it erupted since we were there?
Waiting for Strokkur to erupt
Strokkur starting to erupt


Full Eruption of Strokkur





















Farm Hotel Efstidalur


Ice cream parlor with their own homemade ice cream from their own cows. The parlor has windows so you can see into the barn where the cows are. We made use of the ice cream parlor. The food there was fantastic! Both are dinners there were included and they were delicious. They do local meat, fish, and produce as much as they can.

Off to see Eva's sheep!



Newborn lamb gets some love from Mama

Karen, Sarah, and I went on a walk and one of the hotel workers was roping off an area behind the barn…

Later that afternoon was the day the cows were let out of the barn for the first time after being in there all winter. How could we get so lucky? We saw a lamb being born and the cows dancing—all in one day!

One of our sunny days at Efstidalur.
One day at Efstidalur was sunny and warm enough to sit outside and knit in the sun.



On way back to Reykjavik from Efstidalur we Visited Open Air Museum and several lovely yarn shops Amma Mus, Storkurinn, and Litla Prjonabudin.

The following day we spent the day in Reykhavik at the studio of Helene Magnusson. She showed us  a lot of her designs and samples and then we did a small sample of a traditional Icelandic shawl called Hyma, which is pretty much a standard triangular shawl.
This lady always has a smile on her face!







After the workshop some local knitters came to mingle and knit with us. They brought some of their Show and Tell which was fabulous. Added to our queues.

Last scheduled tour was the South Shore Tour. Visited a yarn shop called Thingborg which had yarn that was their own blends, handpicked lambswool.

Waterfalls, Black sand beach.






Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

--Robert Frost

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Quilting Spring 2017 (Part B of #13)



Quilting (Knitting is in previous post)

Fiona Quilt from Three Times the Charm by Me & My Sister Designs
Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman (Blue rabbit fabric is Naptime).
Julie Rothermel Aunt Grace by Marcus Fabric
1930's Reproduction fabrics by Moda
Lazy Days by Kaye England
Penny Rose Fabrics (rabbit scenes)
Sweetly Stitched Handmade by Amy Sinibaldi
NanaCompany blog
Grace and Peace Quilting blog and quilt finishing.
Sweet Tweets by Erin Cox
Antique to Heirloom by Pam and Nicky Lintott

Sources
The Grandmother Gig 
Connecting Threads
Missouri Star Quilt Co
Block Magazine

I believe the embroidery pack came from Craftsy rather than Connecting Threads.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

#13 Knitting Pipeline Extra



Finished Projects

Sonder Shawl by CuriousHandmade
Eventide Cardi by Hannah Fettig from Texture in Quince & Co Finch. Bird's Egg color way
Snowmelt MKAL Shawl by CuriousHandmade
Socks: Arne and Carlos in Men's 12.
Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku in The Fiber Story
Kindness KAL Shawl by Jaala Spiro in KnitCircus Lavish Sea of Tranquility
Twinkle Twinkle Blanket by CuriousHandmade
Yummy Tummy Baby Blanket in Super Soft Chenille
The Girl from the Grocery Store by Joji Locatelli
Itty Bitty Bear Cubs by Carolyn Ingram

WIP
Georgetown by Hanna Fettig

Sources

KnitPro Zings from The Woolly Thistle
Barrett Wool Co
Apple Blossom Sock Kit by CuriousHandmade
School Socks Rock
Suffolk Socks







Thursday, May 11, 2017

Episode 282 A Tale of Two Blankets


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Thank you for joining me today.  

This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns. 
Quince & Co  brings you responsibly sourced wool and plant fibers: wool, linen, and cotton. 

Knitcircus Yarns specializes in hand-dyed gradients and gradient stripes. We are always exploring new and inventive colorways Find at www.knitcircus.com and be sure to join our Ravelry group and listen to our podcast.  

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes that are yours forever. 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! 

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Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me.  
I appreciate your five star ratings and reviews on iTunes. 
Kathy asked on our board if anyone is going to New Hampshire Sheep and Wool May 13-14. May chatter thread. Meet up? 

Last week I asked you about your favorite travel knitting… 

PAKnitWit:  I generally like simple, relatively mindless projects for travel knitting -- basically nothing that requires a chart. Socks are great, as are simple shawls or even stockinette sweaters. I can usually manage a large project more easily in the car; for the plane, I tend to stick with small things like socks or hats. 

Dianne Scitcher :
For both car and plane knitting, I like projects that are small, light, and easy. I’d rather not have to look at a lot of instructions or a chart. Socks are ok, but I use DPNs, and sometimes they get dropped, which is especially awkward on a plane. I prefer fingering weight projects, because they’re not heavy or bulky. 
Something like a sockhead hat is perfect if I want to have something in my hands, but have my full attention on the scenery and the company. 

Knitnaround Pat from WI:
I do my charity knitting on road trips. I knit baby hats, sweaters, bibs and blankets for local hospitals. They are usually pretty simple patterns and I use washable yarns, nothing too fancy. I don’t fly much, but when I do, I usually just read as I find it too confining in those seats to knit. 

Nature Notes 
 I adore listening to the birds, even when they awaken me at 5 AM. The house wrens are singing most of the day. We hear the melodious song of the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks that come to our feeders. Tufted Titmouse with their clear whistle…Peter, Peter, Peter! Our Phoebe pair has returned again and is building their nest in the same place under the eave. Of course, the Cardinals are singing and claiming their territories and are out to impress the ladies. We are trying to attract Orioles again. We have seen fleeting glimpses of them in previous years. We bought a new feeder that holds two orange halves and has a small container for grape jelly, favorite foods for these birds with a sweet tooth. Other animals will get into these tasty snacks as well so we take the feeder in at night and hang it out in the morning. 

“She turned to the sunlight     And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor:     "Winter is dead.”  ― A.A. MilneWhen We Were Very Young 


Needle Notes 

Bootstrap Socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel. Gale’s Art Graffiti colorway—gift from Susan B Anderson. 
Itty  Bitty Bear Cubs by Carolyn Ingram 
Twinkle Twinkle Blanket by Helen Stewart 
Itty Bitty Bear Cub

Twinkle Twinkle Blanket by CuriousHandmade

Yummy Tummy Baby Blanket (my name for it)






In The Pipeline 
Knitting, Reading, Watching, Listening! 
Knitting 

Watching 

  • Shetland on  Netflix  based on books by Ann Cleeves. 
  • The Yorkshire Vet (acorn media) James Herriott/Alf Wight All Creatures Great and Small. 
  • Life in Pieces (Netflix) 
  • Call the Midwife 
  • Homefires 
Icelandic Read Along/Knit Along 

On with the Butter (Áfram með Smjörið) 
  • Means quit slacking and get to work! 

I come completely from the mountains (Ég kem alveg af fjöllum) 
  • I have no idea what is going on. 

Thank You for Last Time (Takk Fyrir Síðast) 
  • Thank you for the last time we were together.  

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. My name on Ravelry is PrairiePiper. Find me on Instagram as KnittingPipeline.