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Friday, June 1, 2018

Eagle Crest Retreat 2018 Information



Listen here to Episode 309


November 7-10, 2018

 (Wed afternoon to Sat morning)


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 7, 2018 (check in time 3-5 PM)

·        Check out by 10 am Saturday, November 10, 2018.



Single Occupancy            $430.00

Double Occupancy (will have your own bed)               $330.00

$200 for commuters



Includes:

·        3 nights lodging in Heartland Lodge at Eagle Crest. Rooms are simple motel-style with private bath.

·        All meals from Wednesday dinner through Saturday breakfast.

·        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, June 15, 2018 along with a check for $100. (This is a departure from previous retreat sign ups).

·        Registrations will be accepted after this pending space availability. I will confirm registration by email and on Ravelry by July 6.

·        Full payment is due by October 15, 2018 or you may pay in full at time of registration. 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 non-refundable deposit. That is half of your initial deposit of $100.

·        If you cancel before October 15, 2018 then I will refund your retreat registration less a $50 deposit.

·        After October 15, 2018 refunds are on a case by case basis, dependent 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. Meals are served buffet style.

·        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, please let me know.

·        The dining hall and meeting area are about a 15 minute walk from the Heartland Lodge Rooms so most of us drive to and from the lodge rooms. 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 to the lodge.

This is our third year at Eagle Crest and I look forward to another wonderful and relaxing retreat!

Haste ye back!

Paula



Yarn Shops in our area include the following supporters of Knitting Pipeline Retreats:

·        The Fiber Universe, Peoria IL

·        Le Mouton Rouge Knittery, Bloomington IL

·        Klose Knit, Urbana IL



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Episode 308 Sweater in Progress


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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!

You can also find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. Seamanclan who is Kellie in Japan and Cobweb11 who is Randi Marie from TN. Remember to introduce yourself in the Welcome thread if you are new so I can recognize you on the show.

Thank you for your star ratings and reviews on iTunes. New review from WhyteRose7 on May 12th. Thank you, Whyterose!


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.

Planning on releasing Eagle Crest before I leave next week for Shakerag in Sewanee TN.

Needle Notes

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry. Uses DK weight. Double Finch. Top down cardigan.

Finished body but am not entirely satisfied with the fade from color 3 to color 4.

Options:

1.       Obviously, frog back.

2.       Embroidery

3.       Sweater surgery

Reiko by Melanie Berg for Quince & Co Shawls 4

Seven Sisters Arts Zenith in Lodestar

Blethering Room

Grandmother’s Fan by Jenny Doan Missouri Star Quilt Co
Before sewing on piano key border

Lazy Daze by Kay England. Wilmington.

Full size bed quilt

Nature Notes

PamMaher: Frog vs Toad


David Austin Roses

In The Pipeline

Knitting

CuriousHandmade Shawl Society. Secret Garden. May 21 d. May 31 start discounted. May 31 pattern release.
Haste ye back!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

#20 Knitting Pipeline Extra





A podcast about knitting, quilting, nature, needle felting, and whatever else strikes my creative fancy. My audio podcast has been going for almost 8 years now and the video episodes enhance what I have talked about on the audio podcast. The audio podcast is available on iTunes or by direct download in the show blog. 
I live in Central Illinois with my husband. We are long-distance grandparents to two adorable girls. 

I am PrairiePiper on Ravelry and knittingpipeline on Instagram and YouTube. 

Knitting 
Shower gifts that I showed last episode. Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits. Basic Baby Cardigan by Susan B Anderson from Kindred Knits. Leaf topped baby hat from same book. Antler Hat for baby and daddy to be. 
Lengthened sleeves on Lush Cardigan 
Impressionist Shawl by CuriousHandmade/Helen Stewart. Epic Shawl! 
WIP is Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry. 

Needle Felting 
Lady Gnome from Going Gnome 
Fox Kit from Halcyon Yarn 

Quilting 
TIP: Clean Ironing Board Cover 
Quilt Moda Frivol #5. Minimal quilting. 
Organized my quilting queue and then ignored it and started on… 
Baby Kisses by Jenny Doan 
Block Vol 3 issue 6 and You Tube 
This quilt is trickier than it appears.  
Made the extra block for my Maker’s Quilt. 
Quilt WIP is 
Grandmother’s Fan by Jenny Doan 


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Episode 307 Impressionist Shawl, Epic Blunders



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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

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. Raisedbywolf who is Emily in Ontario CN.

Thank you for your star ratings and reviews on iTunes. Thank you, aquabug8. (May 1, 2018.)

Post from Jaynaro on alternating skeins while knitting in the round.

I’m glad someone mentioned using the helix method for alternating skeins after last episode. I had been meaning to say something about it, but it slipped my mind.

I recently used this method for the first time, and I also found the explanations and video tutorials to be confusing. I think it’s just one of those things that you have to try for yourself and then it makes sense.

Here’s my attempt at an explanation:
Let’s say you decide you want to start alternating two skeins while working stockinette in the round.

Use a marker to keep track of the beginning of the round.
Starting at the beginning of the round with the skein you are already using (first skein), you knit half of the round.

Then you drop the yarn from the first skein, and start knitting with the second skein (leaving a tail to weave in later) to finish that round. Continue knitting the next round with skein two until you reach where you dropped the yarn from the first skein.

Then drop the yarn from the second skein and pick up yarn from the first skein, knit until you reach where you dropped the yarn from the second skein.

Repeat alternating at this mid-round point until you no longer want to alternate skeins.

Hope that is somewhat helpful!

Thank you, Jaynaro!


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.

Needle Notes



Impressionist Shawl on (queen) guest bed. Better photos to come!

Tips

When the stitches got crowded on the needle (clue 3), I used two interchangeable circulars like straight needles. This helped tremendously. Unfortunately, the Lykke cable did not hold up very well. Chiagoo cable worked great!
I should have thought ahead about weaving in the ends. I cut the yarn more frequently than the pattern indicated so there were a lot of them on the edge. Next time I do a shawl like this I will change the yarn after the side increases so you don’t have to cross over the YO when weaving in.
I just measured the finished shawl after washing. I did not stretch it to block. Still in shock to find that it is 10 feet (3 meters) along top edge and 15 feet (4.5 meters) along bottom edge.

 Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry. Uses DK weight. Double Finch. Top down cardigan.
See the back with two sleeves on the right? Yep. I did that!

3 blunders…Two of them really silly and one was a change of mind on the color.

I’m starting it for the 4th time now.

Nature Notes


Bluebells

My husband and I are hiking at least two times a week. We share some of the wild flowers and birds we have seen. The most exciting thing happening here at home is that we have Baltimore orioles coming regularly to our feeder of oranges and grape jelly. They seem to prefer the grape jelly.

Bob is an expert on roses so if you have questions, feel free to post in the Ravelry group and I’ll have him answer on the show.
Mr Handsome...Baltimore Oriole

American Goldfinch

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Dutchman's Breeches

In The Pipeline

Knitting

CuriousHandmade Shawl Society. Secret Garden. May 21 with coupon code. May 31 start date

Making

Yogurt in Instant Pot

Danish Rye Bread

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Episode 306 Baby Basics and Antler Cardigan



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Show notes are found at www.knittingpipeline.com.

You can also find me here:

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

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Twitter: knittingline




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.

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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.