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Friday, February 1, 2019

Episode 324 Surprise Episode



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Pipeliner Notes

Events

Note: February Retreat on February 15-16, 2019 will be happening as planned. If all goes well with my first treatment I plan to be there for at least part of the time.
Nature Notes
I did not plan Nature Notes but a Pileated woodpecker kept teasing me as I was recording. I never did get a good photo of him but certainly enjoyed his flying about and enjoying suet at the feeder.

Needle Notes

Cabled Baby Hat and Mittens by Paulina Chin. Who could resist knitting for this cutie pie!




Galiano Socks by Tracie Millar

Leading Men Fiber Arts The Great Sweater Debate colorway. Show Stealer base.

Rayures by Amy Miller in Quince & Co Chickadee

Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander-Loomis

Quince & Co Finch

Cobblestone by Jared Flood in Barrett Wool Co

Here’s the antique quilt that I talked about near the end of the episode.


Monday, January 28, 2019

Episode 323 A Necessary Break


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I have some difficult news to share with all of you. I am recording on January 15, 2019; however, I don’t know when I will release the episode. I have not felt well for a few months and what appeared to be kidney stones is something far worse. On January 7, 2019 I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and it is metastatic. We will not know until I have surgery how far it has spread. After surgery, a treatment plan will most likely include chemotherapy and radiation. (see update below) You have been with me for 8 and a half years now and we have built such a splendid community.  I treasure all the friendships, not just between you and me, but among yourselves. That has been the greatest joy of the podcast! I plan to keep the podcast going, possibly with short episodes now and then. It is important to Bob and me to keep our life as normal as possible. My doctor encouraged me to stay active. I know this will be a long hard road and I am prepared to fight as hard as I can! I have two beautiful granddaughters and I want to see them grow to adulthood!


What will encourage me during my recovery and treatment will be to see our group boards active. I will be reading everything but possibly not responding as often as I do now. I will rely on our trusty moderators to fill in for me. Anyone can start a new thread if you feel like it. If you would like to be a moderator, please let Bronwyndp, PatFrag, or JanMarieKnits know.

My dear friend, Sarah, has set up a site for me on Caring Bridge. https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/paulaemons-fuessle. You will be able to read updates there. I may choose to update here or on my old blog. 

We are optimistic that surgery and treatments will restore my health. I am otherwise in excellent health which will serve me well during the healing process. I welcome uplifting comments especially if you are a survivor yourself.

When we found out the news and overcame the initial shock, I was awake the entire night. One of my favorite Scripture passages came to mind and I decided to adopt this passage as my guide during the surgery and treatments. My husband, my sister, and I say it together at least once a day. My friends who have come to visit say it with me. For those who feel comfortable, I ask you to adopt this passage as well. Knowing we are united in this way gives me joy and comfort.

Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again, Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Thank you, Friends, for your prayers and uplifting thoughts. Bob and I are doing very well. We are enjoying the beauty of nature around us. We have 14 inches of snow that brightens the landscape. The cardinals crowd the feeders. Sometimes there are 20 hanging around waiting for a perch. Since we are regularly adding suet, the Northern Flickers are frequent visitors. During my recovery I will have plenty of time to enjoy “The Bird Channel” right outside my window.

Update (not part of recording). We were not getting appropriate nor timely responses from the gynecological oncologist in Peoria. My brother (MD in CA) was strongly urging us to go elsewhere. My sister did some research online and found a specialist in Springfield IL. Within a few hours they had scheduled me for a consultation and ordered more scans. At the time I recorded the episode we thought I would have surgery followed by chemotherapy, followed by radiation. As it turns out, I will be starting chemo very soon to shrink the cells before surgery. Surgery will be in Springfield IL after 3 or 4 chemotherapy treatments.
My sister, Gayle, has been here for a week now. She is my sister, angel, wardrobe manager, researcher, personal secretary, and best friend in one beautiful package! Having her with us for the past week has been a blessing I cannot even describe. If you have seen our YouYube video from August 2018 you will immediately see that we are so much alike in many ways.
Another time we did not attempt to dress alike but sort of did.

Note: Retreat on February 15-16, 2019 will be happening as planned! Bronwyn, Sarah, and Molly can run it. If all goes well with my first treatment, I plan to be there for at least part of the time.

Ireland Trip is going as planned in May. You have a fabulous new leader stepping in for me. I know you will be excited and will have a great trip!

Love to all of you and hold your knitting close!


Paula

Friday, January 4, 2019

Episode 322 February 2019 Retreat Information

Registration form is here.

Vendor Registration is here.

Listen here to a short episode outlining the retreat.


Feb 15-16, 2019

Fri 3 to 10 PM; Sat 9 AM to 4 PM


Crossroads United Methodist Church
1420 N Main St, Washington IL, 61571 (corner of N Main and Rt 24)




Lodging
·         Cornerstone Inn (newly remodeled)
There are 7 rooms. 309-648-4123
·         Sleep Inn .1101 N Cummings Lane, Washington IL 61571 (309) 481-0450
Do not book online as you cannot access the block of rooms. Call directly and ask for a room in the Knitting Pipeline Room Block. These rooms will only be held through January 19, 2019.
·         Other lodging options are Super 8 in Washington, hotels near the I-74 exit in Morton IL, East Peoria, and Peoria.
·         We have a limited number of private homes in Washington for $50 per room per night donation. Please contact Paula if interested.

Checks will not be deposited until Feb 1, 2019 or later.
If you cancel before your check has been deposited, we will shred the check. There will be no refunds after checks have been deposited.



General Retreat Schedule




Friday Feb 15, 2019



Friday is a great day for a yarn crawl! Please visit our local shops! More information coming!

3:00 to 10:00 PM Knitting at Crossroads United Methodist Church! Get settled in with your knitting and start meeting new friends!

Saturday, Feb 16th, 2019



9 AM Doors Open

After lunch vendors may set up.

2:00 PM Vendor Fair
4:00 PM Safe Travels! Haste ye back

Friday, December 21, 2018

Double the Fun Video Episode #25



A quick episode to end the year! Thank you for watching.

PrairiePiper on Ravelry
Knittingpipeline on Instagram

Knitting:


  • Cabled Baby Hat and Mittens Set by Paulina Chin in Quince & Co Phoebe Mercury color way.
  • Tutorial for wool labels is here.  https://youtu.be/XlilSzltpqk
  • Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry in Quince & Co Phoebe.
  • Galinao Socks by Tracie Millar in Leading Men Fiber Arts
  • Rayures by Amy Miller in Quince & Co Chickadee


Quilting:

  • Double the Fun by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Co
  • Tim Holz Eclectic Elements
  • Quilting by Grace and Peace Quilting




Wool Label Video Tutorial

I show how I make wool fabric labels for knitted items.



You will need

Wool fabric. Slightly felted is fine but not necessary.
Embroidery floss. I prefer pearl cotton over stranded floss. Try it and you will never turn back.
Embroidery needle. These have the elongated eyes.
Scissors.

Cabled Baby Hat and Mittens Set by Paulina Chin.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Episode 321 A Look Back and a Meet-up

Illnois/Wisconsin contingent who came to support me at the Madison Knitters' Guild meeting.

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In this episode we have Pipeliner Notes, Events, Needle Notes, Blethering Room where I will share some of the talk from Madison, and a bit of Nature Notes.

Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. Kamonson who is Kathy in Madison, flatlandknitter who is Carla in CT, Pambaknj, knitting-travels who is Shelly from MA and Mission TX, AmyRknits who is Amy in Madison, Kristinallavenia who is Kristina in OH.

Thank you for your star ratings and reviews on iTunes. Cgribben 12/6, Gamer4011 on 12/6 and MamaLopez on 12/7.

Posted in The Knitting Pipeline Retreat Group by JanMarieKnits:


From Knitting-travels

Hi Paula,
I have been listening to your podcast for a couple years, met you at Rhinebeck two years ago and just realized I had not joined your group. How did I miss that?? Anyway, I live in Northampton, Massachusetts, and travel with my husband to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in an RV for the winter months. We are avid birders, and nature lovers in general, so the RGV is a perfect winter spot for us.
I think you mentioned Mother West Wind in a recent podcast (I hope it was your podcast) and I wanted to comment on that, which is how I realized I was not a member of the group. Old Mother West Wind stories were favorites of ours growing up. Thornton Burgess spent his later years in Hampden, MA. My husband grew up on the next property over (on Laughing Brook) and remembers Thornton and the property, which later became a Massachusetts Audubon property. My mom still has the old wooden puzzles of Burgess characters. We RV volunteered for many years and spent one summer working with the Thornton Burgess Society in Sandwich, MA. Anyway… you raised some nice memories.
Hoping to make it to one of your retreats at some point. They all sound like so much fun.
Shelley

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.

Meet Up in Raleigh NC area with Greg and Pam of the Unraveling Podcast.

Thursday December 27, 2018

10:30 AM to noon, then off to lunch. Feel free to join us for all or part!

Warm N Fuzzy in Cary NC

February Retreat

Thank you for feedback on the February Retreat. Registration will be coming out in early January.

February 15-16, 2019

Drawing for The Craft Beer Collection. Thank you, Cheryl!

Cheryl Beckerich at www.cherylbeckerich.com/cherylbeckerich on Ravelry

 Congratulations to #3 Betty4Fiber!

I’m not a beer fan, but I could easily become a fan of the Zwan Wrap! I have some of my Handspun Alpaca that just might work.
I knit Cheryl’s Side to Side Shrug a few years ago and really enjoyed the knitting and wearing! I admired my sister’s shrug and she gifted me the kit.


Needle Notes



Quince & Co Phoebe Mercury colorway




Nature Notes

Nature Notes are brief today. On our drive up to Wisconsin we saw the most beautiful landscape. Frost had frozen on every blade, leaf, twig, branch making a furry white landscape. I’ve learned this is called freezing fog. The roads were fine due to the traffic. (There is also something called ice fog but this only occurs when the temperature falls below 14F.) The beauty went on for several miles and suddenly it was gone. I was so mesmerized that I didn’t even try to take a photo!

We had some trees removed from our woods on Saturday.

Blethering Room

This is a portion of my talk at the Madison Knitters’ Guild December 10, 2018 meeting.

Favorite Episodes

#47 The Day a Knight Came to Dinner. (2011) I met Willie and Jose McVean through the pipe band while they were visiting friends here. Willie was the pipe major of Dutch Pipes and Drums for many years and was knighted. In 2012 six of us pipers from Celtic Cross were invited to play with Dutch Pipes and Drums at the National Tattoo of the Netherlands in Rotterdam. These were experiences I share with the listeners who by then are called Pipeliners.


#27 January 7 2011 Knitting is my Passion. Most downloaded show probably because Susan B Anderson mentioned me on her blog. Maybe passionate knitters could relate to the title. Bald Eagles are featured in Nature Notes and I tell a story. I had recently knitted Citron by Hillary Smith Callis and I added a scalloped border with beads. I was telling some non-knitting folks how long it had taken to do the bind off and one of them said, “Get a life!” My friend, Mary, said, “She has a life and it is knitting!”

#33 Of Lice and Men, a themed episode with Norwegian Knitting…the Lice Jacket, Robert Burns poem “To a Louse” and Robert Frost’s poem “A Considerable Speck.

#35 Comfort Knitting: What is your comfort knitting. It varied from very simple to complex. People loved this episode and the ones following it where I share what others had written in.  I believe “Hold your knitting close” came about after this episode.


#43 Owls: Mystical, Magical, and Knittable. I talked about owls in nature, literature, art, poetry, and of course, knitting.



#50 The Chambered Nautilus

Knit One Knit All

My husband was a guest for the first time on the show and he explained Fibonnaci Sequence, which I first heard about through Elizabeth Zimmermann and the Golden Mean.

#202 Pi and Pi Shawl.  Super Pi Day, remember that? 3/14/15. My husband was again a guest on the show and explained Pi and we talked about EZ’s Pi Shawl.

#160 Beatrix Potter: Champion of Sheep. The life of Beatrix Potter and how she saved the Herdwick sheep of the Lake District.

Thank God I have the seeing eye, that is to say, as I lie in bed I can walk step by step on the fells and rough land seeing every stone and flower and patch of bog and cotton pass where my old legs will never take me again.

#176 A Pigeon called Martha 6/22/14)

100 year anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon on September 1, 1914. Her name was Martha, age 29, and she was living in the Cleveland Zoo.

I became a little bit obsessed with the story of the Passenger pigeon because no one dreamed that a species as numerous as the passenger pigeon was in the 18th and 19th centuries could become extinct…and yet it happened over a fairly short period of time.

Here is where my knitting world and my nature world collided:
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. (They had nothing to do with this.) 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

Reading

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Highly recommended

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom


The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Second stanza from Helen Hunt Jackson’s New Year’s Morning. American Poet. Born 1830 in Amherst MA.

Always a night from old to new!

Night and the healing balm of sleep!

Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,

Morn of a festival to keep.

All nights are sacred nights to make

Confession and resolve and prayer;

All days are sacred days to wake

New gladness in the sunny air.

Only a night from old to new;

Only a sleep from night to morn.

The new is but the old come true;

Each sunrise sees a new year born.
--Helen Hunt Jackson

Many thanks for supporting the show in 2018! I appreciate each one of you. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and New Year!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Episode 320 Norwegian Purl, Feb Retreat Update


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In this episode we have Pipeliner Notes, Events, Needle Notes, Blethering Room and a bit of Nature Notes.

Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. RamseyQ who is Sherri in CO, smdwire who is Sherry from MN, ijlondon who is ee-joh-mah, Txhoneybee who is Melissa in TX and Lupe 31 in Quebec.

Thank you for your star ratings and reviews on iTunes. Knittnlibrarian on Dec 1.

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.

I am speaking at the Madison WI Knitting Guild on December 10, 2018.

February Retreat

February 15-16, 2019

There will be major changes to this retreat. Nikki, our cook for the past 7 years, moved to Alabama to live near her grandchildren. She decided to move in the summer. Right decision for her, for sure. This means that the whole food situation has to be reworked. Also, the church has a new policy that for security reasons, people cannot stay overnight.

Even thinking about the retreat was getting stressful and I thought of not having it at all. It’s an enormous amount of work and I’m getting started late. Then I considered having a truly bare bones retreat. The original purpose of this retreat was to provide a low-cost retreat that anyone could afford.

I would love to have your feedback. What I am thinking now is that Friday Feb 15 will be the Yarn Crawl Fun Day with knitting that evening at Crossroads. Saturday will be a Knitting with Friends Day and you can go out for food or bring your own.

Needle Notes

Knit Stars 3.0.

Arne and Carlos. THE BEST!

HΓΈnsestrik in the 70’s. First letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann to me in March 1977.

I learned to knit in Denmark exactly as they do with one exception: The Norwegian Purl. I can’t recall where I first learned about this way of purling. It may have been on one of Arne and Carlos’ videos on YouTube or on Craftsy.

Advantages:

·        With the Norwegian Purl you do not bring the yarn to the front of the work. The stitch is worked behind and it seems like a lot of motion.

·        Tends to be tighter.

I’ve tried it before and decided to try again. I definitely got the hang of it; however, when knitting on dpn’s I had terrible ladders which I don’t have with the way I purl.

Lisa at Knit Night learned to knit from her Finnish grandmother so apparently the Finns can claim this too.

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry in Quince & Co Phoebe Cynus colorway. Took 3.5 skeins. 351 g.



Zigzagular Socks by Susie White.


Leading Men Fiber Arts Turkey Run

Toes in Dyabolical self striping. Just for fun. I didn’t have to.

Nature Notes

On Sunday, Nov 25th we had our 5th snowfall of the season with more snow 2 days later. The first was on October 14. This is so unusual for us. We don’t usually have snow until around Dec 1. On that Monday I ate lunch with our resident Cooper’s Hawk. You can almost tell when the hawk is nearby because there is so little activity at the feeders. On this day he sat so still on the deck railing for quite a long time but the minute I decided to get my camera for a photoshoot he flew off.

On Saturday Nov 30 we were under a severe weather watch which turned out to be scary in the early evening. Tornadoes were sighted and some touched down southwest of us and were heading our way, just as the big F-4 did a little over 5 years ago. I am not a weather alarmist but having been through a tornado and seeing the damage first hand, you tend to be more cautious. Bronwyn texted me to see if I was aware of the warning. We get a warning when there is a tornado…a watch means there is a possibility. With a warning and tornadoes heading our way, I stayed down in our lower level, watching the weather on television while my husband watched football upstairs. He doesn’t watch a lot of football but there was definitely one of us who was being more cautious than the other. Two hours later the tornadoes had lost their rotation and were downgraded to severe thunderstorms.

During the wild weather we’ve been having with snow, wind, and rain, I’ve been watching a large squirrel’s nest not far from the house. It was larger than most of the nests that dot the upper landscape of the woods. I don’t know how the squirrels build these nests or get into them because they just look like wads of leaves. I do see them carrying leaves to stuff into the messy ball. After each storm the nest has lost leaves and this last one brought most of it down. There is just a small bunch of assorted leaves and twigs to mark where this nest had been. I don’t know if squirrels use the same nests year after year. They seem so carefree that I would expect them to move around freely but I don’t really know.

The bare trees have a beauty of their own We can see al the way down to the creek, which was swollen with the snow and rain of the past few weeks.

Today there are about a dozen or more junco’s feeding in the grass below the feeder. A tufted titmouse just flow to the feeder. It’s been quite out there for a little while so it’s good to see some activity. I saw a Fox Sparrow, the largest of the sparrows here. There are probably more as they usually are in flocks.

I have a book to share with the naturalists out there. If you have a friend or family member who enjoys observing nature, this would be a wonderful gift.

The Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-year calendar-journal. for tracking changes in the natural world around you. Nathanial Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich. October 2017. Story Publishing.

First half of book is how to be a better observer of nature.

Beautifully illustrated in pen and ink, watercolor.

Second half of book is a 5 year calendar so you can track changes such as the first snowfall or the arrival of hummingbirds in the spring. 5 year format allows you to see from year to year.

A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. e. e. cummings
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/e_e_cummings_156801?src=t_trees

Blethering Room

Eagle Crest Retreat Trunk Show with Cheryl Beckerich at www.cherylbeckerich.com

She is cherylbeckerich on Ravelry

Drawing for The Craft Beer Collection in the Knitting Pipeline Group on Ravelry.

In The Pipeline

Dust of Snow by CuriousHandmade with my DIY Advent Calendar from Eagle Crest Retreat.

Haste ye back!

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