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

Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by Quince & Co.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Episode 216 Wild Goose Shawlette

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Wild Goose Shawlette in Leading Men Fiber Arts Showcase in the Wild Goose Chase Colorway





Shown in Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in Golden Teeth and Golden Tones Colorway



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

This is a quick episode to share my newest design with you and give you a little background on it.

Thank you!



  • Test Knitters: Qwiltnknitnut (Jo), marynvoigt (Missy), Sismademeknit (Meg), and NurseKimKnits (Kim), Dramatic Knits, and Silverbell.
  • Technical Editor Bronwyn Hahn.
  • Model Sarah (MotherEarthKnits)

Wild Goose Shawlette will premiere at SSK in the Leading Men Fiber Arts booth and Another Crafty Girl

Special price from date of release to when I return from SSK which is one week (July 13 through July 19) will be $2 off regular price of $5. No coupon code needed.

Wild Goose Shawlette is the perfect showcase for that colorful skein of fingering weight yarn that you just can’t resist. Perhaps you have a wild skein that has been living in your stash for a while and you don’t know what to do with it. Wild Goose Shawlette can handle all the gorgeous color you throw at it. It is simple knitting—perfect for travel, your knit night, or your auntie’s birthday party. Relax and watch the colors fly by.

Wild Goose is a long crescent shawl that is easy to wear as a wrap or loosely tied scarf. The handy spreadsheet-style instructions allow you to keep track of your progress and use up all your wildness.

Skill Level: Suitable for beginning knitters, especially as a first lace project. More experienced knitters will find Wild Goose Shawlette a relaxing and quick knit.

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



This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co, where you will find 100% American wool yarn spun in their historic mill in New England. Check out their many designs and e-book collections too. Find them at www.quinceandco.com.

I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on my website and purchase a class or supplies, I receive credit for it. It is an easy way to support the show. Thank you!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Episode 215 Five Years, Cave Point, and Bebe!

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co, where you will find 100% American wool yarn spun in their historic mill in New England. Check out their many designs and e-book collections too. Find them at www.quinceandco.com.




I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad in the sidebar and purchase a class or supplies, I receive credit for it. It is an easy way to support the show. Thank you!

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

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Events and Announcements




Thank you for your comments in our group, on Instagram, and personal messages. It was fun to share this wonderful experience with you.

My new design with Quince & Co, Cave Point, was released on June 23. Thank you to everyone who left comments or sent me a personal message. I read each one and really enjoyed each one.


Cave Point Giveaway
27 Knitzincville who is Terese
Congratulations, Terese! I ordered 3 skeins of Chickadee in Pomegranate (her choice and one of my favorite Quince colorways).



SSK hosted by TheKnitGirllls in Nashville TN July 15 to 19

Stitches Midwest Banquet and Fashion Show. Friday night, August 7, 6:30 PM. Post in the thread here in the Knitting Pipeline Ravelry Group. You will also get admission to all four days of the Market.

Both Knitting Pipeline Maine and Knitting Pipeline Cornerstone are full. If you are interested send me a personal message or email.

Needle Notes

Lemon Chiffon by Taiga Hilliard Designs Taiga is pronounced Tie-ga.

Bebe wearing her Lemon Chiffon.



Cave Point was published on June 23.

Cave Point KAL (Thank you, Jo) will run until August 31. You do not have to use Quince & Co yarn


Thank you,Test Knitters: Sticksnspokes (Allison), Qwiltnknitnut (Jo), marynvoigt (Missy), Sismademeknit (Meg), and NurseKimKnits (Kim).

Wild Goose Shawlette will be released July 13, 2015

Wild Goose Shawlette will  more premier at SSK in the Leading Men Fiber Arts booth and Another Crafty Girl booth. Steve of Dramatic Knits and LMFA created a special colorway called Wild Goose Chase which you will see on the cover of the pattern. My original prototype was in Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock “Golden Teeth and Golden Tones” which is probably a reference to something cool in pop culture…

  • Crescent shawl that uses one skein of any fingering weight or sock yarn. Go find the wildest skein in your stash. There is a story behind the creation of this pattern which I will save for later.
  • Simple, relaxing knit.
  • Spread sheet style instructions so you can use basically any weight yarn including handspun.
  • Special price from date of release to when I return from SSK which is one week (July 13 through July 19) will be $2 off regular price of $5. No coupon code needed.

In the Blethering Room

Five years! July 3, 2010

Thank you to all of you for listening, responding, adding comments, participating in the group, attending a retreat, leaving a review or star rating on iTunes, and all the many ways that you have been a part of the show. I plan to keep going as long as I have some interesting things to say and share with you.

Just a few stats:
  • Ravelry group: 3,780
  • KP Retreats group: 448
  • Downloads: 1,485,256
Most popular episodes based on downloads
  • #00 and #01 11,694 and 10, 812
  • #151 (11/08/2013) Voices from Cornerstone Fall Retreat 10,822
  • #167 EZ’s Baby Sweater on Two Needles 4/3/14 9,841
  • #125 Picker or Thrower? 3/15/13 9,477
  • #186 Mittens are the new socks 10/03/14 9,325
  • #164 Spring Retreat Warm Up 3/8/14   9,139

Thank our wonderful board moderators:        

Bronwyndp, JanMarieKnits, Marynvoigt, Prairiegl, Sticksnspokes, Qwiltnknitnut

Knitting Pipeline Retreat moderators:  Bronwyndp, Jaxie985, Patfrag, qwiltnknitnut

In the Pipeline

Books that I offered up in the last episode were sent off to two Pipeliners. US Media rate is quite reasonable.

Pebble Beach KAL was a huge success. Thank you to Jo Qwiltnknitnut for organizing it. There were 274 entries.(2 to 275) Thank you to all who participated. Your Curious Handmade creations are inspiring.

The Winners!
  1. #216 Penny SiberianCat (Helen will send prize Lace Merino from The Uncommon Thread)
  2. #132 Calenia Pebble Beach used Neighborhood Fiber Company Rustic Fingering. I will send the surprise prize of yarn.
  3. #210 Bootsy Fay Copper Corgi Savannah Sock in Azalea colorway purchased at KP Georgia. Prize is pattern of your choice from an anonymous donor.

Reading

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Watching

Wayward Pines

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

Friday, June 19, 2015

Episode 214 Lemon Chiffon

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co, where you will find 100% American wool yarn spun in their historic mill in New England. Check out their many designs and e-book collections too. Find them at www.quinceandco.com.

 I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on my website and purchase a class, I receive credit for it.  It is an easy way to support the show. Thank you!

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

2 Guys Yarn Co Vending at SSK and Stitches Midwest along with many other festivals.

Special SSK Colorway Our Garden Path

Click for Kiley Update

Just wanted to let you know that I finished opening all of the envelopes/packages tonight. We were still receiving mail a few days after the end of the month so we decided to wait until after my graduation to tally all of the numbers. I received 357 hats in total. It was amazing. Thank you so much for helping me with my project and talking about it on your podcast. And just so you know #128 pearlofthepacific won the skein of Wollmeise from my mom. I will be donating the hats to Way to Grow in Minneapolis as my cousin is a social worker there and they work with society’s most isolated children and their families through a home visit model. They are thrilled to be receiving the hats and I will post pictures on the ClickforKiley IG account if anyone wants to follow along. Thanks again, Kiley

Amber Weinberg has left a new comment on your post "Episode 212 Back to Back Beads":

Happy to hear you're coming to Nashville! We should do some kind of knitting meetup while you're here, I'm a huge fan of your podcast :)
Events and Announcements

SSK hosted by TheKnitGirllls in Nashville TN July 15 to 19

Stitches Midwest Banquet and Fashion Show. Friday night, August 7, 6:30 PM. Post in the thread here in the Knitting Pipeline Ravelry Group. You will also get admission to all four days of the Market.

Knitting Pipeline Cornerstone Fall Retreat in Washington IL Download Registration Materials here. Registrations starting to roll in. Cornerstone Inn back in the mix!

October 21-24, 2015 Washington IL

Yes, I will be collecting Mittens for Maine and Cornerstone Retreats!



Nature Notes

You might remember that we had stopped filling our platform feeder hoping to distract the bluejays and send them off to our neighbors feeders. Don’t tell our neighbors, but it worked. We have only the occasional blue jay and have more variety with Rosebreasted Grosbeaks, Indigo Bunting and lots of the usual visitors. We did not achieve the goal of nesting house wrens but we knew it was an outside chance. The blue jays are hilarious with some of their calls. One call definitely sounds like someone blowing on a cheap whistle. It’s loud too.

We’ve had more rain and there is more in the forecast. Peoria is situated on the banks of the Illinois River. It is a large river and is expected to crest this weekend. We are already several feet over flood stage and they are sandbagging downtown. We will have flooding but not to the extent of April 2013 which was record flood here and coincided with our Knitting Pipeline Spring retreat. That was interesting for sure although Washington is far enough from the river that we were not affected, at least by the river although a lot of people had water in their homes.

Needle Notes

Inspired by Martha aka Knitcrit’s at Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat


Lemon Chiffon by Taiga Hilliard Designs

It will be cuter with a real Bebe in it.

In the Pipeline

I will mail a selection of these books to the first person posting in our Ravelry thread here for this episode. (U.S. addresses only since books are heavy)

The Widow’s War  by Sally Gunning. 2007

Four Meals for Fourpence: A heartwarming tale of family life in London’s old East End by Grace Foakes. Reprint of 3 books published in early 1970’s

Shiny Pennies and Grubby Pinafores: How we overcame hardship to raise a happy fam,ily in the 1950’s.


New Reading

Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear (608 pp)

The Joy of Less: a Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay (Title is not minimalist, is it?   (Life Changing Magic of Tidying up)


Listening


Watching



On Netflix:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Hinterland

Bloodline  (recommended by 2 Knit Lit Chicks)

Happening


 Prairie Bag Works and Clear View Farm among vendors.

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pebble Beach KAL with Curious Handmade

July 5 is the last date to post entries in the thread.

My Newest Design

Cave Point to be published by Quince & Co during Shawl Week. Tues June 23, 2015

After release of Cave Point post in Ravelry thread that you have purchased the pattern.

I’m going to have a fun little drawing for 3 skeins of Quince & Co Chickadee in your choice of color, purchased by me and sent to you for your knitting pleasure. After the pattern is released on June 23, you can purchase the pattern either on the Quince site or on Ravelry. I will start a thread that day. Post in the thread that you have purchased the pattern or the e-book. We are on the honor system. I will draw a winner via Random Number Generator. If you want to purchase a gift pattern for a friend you can do one of those and post as a separate thread but no double posting (i.e. friend cannot also post since she did not purchase).

Dates to post are June 23 through Friday June 26. I’ll order and you will receive it in time for our Cave Point KAL that will start on July 3 through Sept 3.

Quince is sponsoring a Shawl KAL in their group.

Cave Point Knit Along starts July 3, 2015

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

Friday, June 12, 2015

Episode 213 Home and Away

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co, where you will find 100% American wool yarn spun in their historic mill in New England. Check out their many designs and e-book collections too. Find them at www.quinceandco.com.





 I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on my website and purchase a class, I receive credit for it.  It is an easy way to support the show. Thank you!

You can find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Events and Announcements

SSK hosted by TheKnitGirllls in Nashville TN July 15 to 19. Bronwyn and I will be there!

Stitches Midwest Banquet and Fashion Show. Friday night, August 7, 6:30 PM. Post in the thread here in the Knitting Pipeline Ravelry Group. You will also get admission to all four days of the Market.

Knitting Pipeline Cornerstone Fall Retreat in Washington IL Download Registration Materials here.

October 21-24, 2015 Washington IL          Registration begins June 15, 2015

Nature Notes

It is way too quiet around here without the seed in our platform feeder. Oddly enough it seems that the reduction of birds at the platform feeder has affected the birds that generally feed at the other feeders. I believe we are ready to cave in and welcome the Blue jays again even if it means not having House wrens in our bird houses.

Last night we had a series of good ol Midwestern thunderstorms which in addition to lightning included massive rain, hail, and high winds. We have more storms in the forecast and that will probably include more flash flood warnings. Our creek overflowed its banks. I think of all the birds and other animals whose nests were tousled and blown by the wind and soaked by the rain. I’m sure many fledglings perished in these storms and I’m sad for that but I remember that nature’s birth rate is proportional to nature’s mortality rate. A bird only needs to replace itself and possibly its mate to keep the population steady.

Yesterday I was sitting on the love seat in the sunroom when I heard the rustling of leaves in the woods at the edge of the yarn. Usually a rustling of leaves is a squirrel. Squirrels make a lot more noise than seems normal for such a small animal. This time it was not a squirrel but a doe with her young fawn. Then I saw the wee one nuzzle his mother and begin nursing. His or her tail was flicking back at forth. I watched for about 8 minutes at which point the fawn was finished nursing and the two quietly wandered away. I wonder where that fawn and its mother sheltered during the storms. I hope they found a good place.

That beautiful season the Summer!
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood."
-   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Needle Notes

I finished another pair of Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel. This is pair #2 from Sock Architecture. (Already cast on another pair!)

Foot length is 9.5” from heel to beg of toe decreases.
Foot length total is 12”.
I used Med Wide Toe.



Susan B Anderson Baby Raglan from SSK 2013 class


I used Queensland Collection bebe Cotsoy (discontinued)

In the Pipeline

Reading
  • For Such a Time by Kate Breslin       4 stars. A bit unbelievable but it held my interest
  • Goodnight June by Sarah Jio           4 stars.Recommended especially if you love the book Goodnight Moon.
  • The Widow’s War  by Sally Gunning. 2007   Purchased April 2014 when Missy and I visited Patfrag on Cape Cod.   4.5 stars. Recommended
  • Four Meals for Fourpence: A heartwarming tale of family life in London’s old East End by Grace Foakes. Reprint of 3 books published in early 1970’s    4 stars recommended if you like memoirs.
  • Shiny Pennies and Grubby Pinafores: How we overcame hardship to raise a happy family in the 1950’s.  Sequel to Full Hearts and Empty Bellies.  4.5 stars Highly recommended though not as good as her first book
  • Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny (audible) 2009  # 6 in series. Not my favorite Louise Penny book but still recommended. Read these books in order for sure!

Knitting

Pebble Beach KAL with Curious Handmade

There will be several prizes awarded, including this skein of Lace Merino from The Uncommon Thread
and other items to be announced later. The winners will be determined by the Random Number Generator (RNG) method of post numbers in the FO thread. (This is why we can’t have chatter in the FO thread.)

July 5 end date. More prizes thanks to generous donors.

Helen has just released a brand new shawl design Whispering Island Shawl. Subscribe to her newsletter for her updates including special codes for discounts.

Cave Point to be published by Quince & Co during Shawl Week on June 24th!

Quince is sponsoring a Shawl KAL in their group so I want to share that and we will have a KAL in our group. I’ll be donating a prize of Quince yarn in our group.

I have another shawl design to be published for SSK. Leading Men Fiber Arts is doing a special colorway for that shawl. It’s simple, it’s fun, and it’s the perfect way to use a skein of fingering weight.

Book Notes




·        Known for her classic and minimalist designs.
·        Most unique feature is that for all the sweaters instructions are given for seamless or knitted flat in pieces and sewn.
·        This was sent to me for review. Thank you, Hannah!
·        Print copy comes with one time use scratch off code for digital copy.
·        9 designs: 7 sweaters, vest and hat. Several sweaters are republished and some are new.
·        Wide range of sizes 30.5 to 62.5” bust
·        Maine sites for photography by Daniel Hudson
·        All designs call for Quince & Co yarn.
·        Essay on helpful knitting topics such as gauge, choosing your size, sweater construction, understanding a knitting pattern, yarn (interview with Pam Allen), Knitting in the round, button bands & buttonholes, Finishing.

In the Piping Circle

Honor Flight on Tuesday June 9. Caithness Craft Collective Project Bag saved the evening! I wore it like and extra sporran. Want a new audio podcast to listen to? Try Caithness Craft Collective.

Sat June 6 Milwaukee Games We did not place in the competition. Beautiful day!


Playing at the Peoria Honor Flight. Photo by Don Pyles

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

Friday, June 5, 2015

Episode 212 Back to Back Beads


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 Quince & Co, where you will find 100% American wool yarn spun in their historic mill in New England. Check out their many designs and e-book collections too. Find them at www.quinceandco.com.

 I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on my website and purchase a class, I receive credit for it.  It is an easy way to support the show. Thank you!

You can find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

Thank you for your responses with regard to Sarah’s Mother Daughter Summer Read Along. My suggestions which came to me after our recording last week were Johnny Tremain, Across Five Aprils, Anne Frank: The Diary of A Young Girl (abridged possibly), The Book Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird, Wonder by RJ Palacio, Anne of Green Gables.

Bronwyn asked for suggestions for a stretchy BO for her toe up socks and several folks mentioned Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy BO. I believe Bronwyn said she had tried that and didn’t like the looks of it. There were some other suggestions so we will see what some others say. Allison, Sticksnspokes said that she likes to increase the number of stitches by 4 or 6 just before and then use a regular bind off.

From Rebekah in Welcome Thread

Hi Paula,

I’ve been working my way though the back episodes and have just caught up and listened to my first up to date episode: 210! Really enjoy the show and appreciate all you put into it.

Thought I’d add the way I store my DPNs as it seems to be an ongoing topic. Keeping in mind I’ve only been knitting for five years and therefore have a reasonable stash of needles, I use a hair elastic as a rubber band around each set of needles which I then store in a pretty mug on my knitting shelf. The elastics come in a multi-sized, multi-colored pack and also make great stitch markers you don’t have to worry about losing.

Thanks again,
Rebekah (from NC)

Thank you for that great tip, Rebekah!

Events and Announcements

SSK hosted by TheKnitGirllls in Nashville TN July 15 to 19

Stitches Midwest Banquet and Fashion Show. Friday night, August 7, 6:30 PM. Post in the thread here in the Knitting Pipeline Ravelry Group. You will also get admission to all four days of the Market.

Knitting Pipeline Cornerstone Fall Retreat in Washington IL

 Download Registration Materials here.

October 21-24, 2015 Washington IL


Nature Notes

Summer is in full swing here with warmer temperatures…though not too hot. Our woods is so dense and thick that it sometimes reminds me of a tropical forest…although I have never been to one. Last week I mentioned that we do not have house wrens nesting in our wren houses this year and we sometimes have had 3. I was thinking about what might be different this year from previous years and the one thing that came to my mind is that we have had a lot of blue jays at the platform feeder. I have defended Blue jays and I do believe they get a bad rap. This is the first year we’ve had so many Blue jays here so I started thinking that the wrens might have been put off by that. We decided to stop filling the platform feeder for a while to see what happens. It is empty now and looks a little sad. There are fewer birds, mostly fewer blue jays. We have the safflower tube feeder hanging from the red oak tree, the niger thistle feeder for the goldfinches, and of course the hummingbird feeder.

Our nature quote is from author and blogger Ann Voskamp.

I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives.

Needle Notes

Girl’s Best Friend by Bronwyn Hahn









I’ve been a Shawl Slacker.

Last shawl I knit (other than design work) was Susan B Anderson’s Hayward Shawl in February. (Mom’s Lichen is more of a scarf).

Last project with beading was Henslowe by Beth Kling in July 2013!

Fleegle Beader reviewed previously. I don’t use it now. Would not recommend. Shreds yarn.

In the Pipeline

Stash Dash by TheKnitGirllls

My own stash has been shrinking and it is fun to watch the bin get more empty. Everyone has his or her own idea of stash and I’m not here to judge. I only know when I start feeling uncomfortable then it is time to cut back. I’ve been on stashdown since September 2014 and its been fun. I’ve been intentionally knitting from stash and trying to be creative about it.

In the Piping Circle

Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums will play for Honor Flight on Tuesday June 9.

Springfield Area Highland Games and Celtic Festival on Saturday May 16 we took second place in Grade V

Sat June 6 Milwaukee Games

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

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