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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.


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.


·        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:

Blethering Room

Eagle Crest Retreat Trunk Show with Cheryl Beckerich at

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!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

#24 Knitting Pipeline Extra with Knitting, Quilting, Punch Needle, Wool

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Video Episode #24 (It really is #24 even though I said #25.)


Maine Retreat 
  • Leslie Wind 
  • Punch Needle Embroidery at Camp Wool in Kennebunk. 
  • Blueberry Mitten by Donna Bayliss 
  • Give Thanks (Kit) Inserted cardboard so it would stand up. 
  • Mittens for Maine and Eagle Crest 


Q & A
My question on puckering on Modern Baby quilt with straight line quilting. 

From Margaret McFeeters 
Hi Paula and Gayle, Enjoyed your episode. You are making some lovely quilts. As for the puckering on the line quilting, I have a couple of suggestions. The reason it happens is because the fabrics feed at a different rate. One thing you can do is use a walking foot to quilt those straight lines. The other thing is to put some straight pins perpendicular to where you are doing your lines all along the border. As you come to the pins it sort of eases the fabric in so you don’t have a bunch at the end. That problem is why Pfaff advertises there IDT system because it makes the fabric feed at the same rate top and bottom. Sorry if this is too much info! I love the notebooks. Wish I had done that when I started quilting. 

Seashore Sharon 
Both of your quilts are so pretty! Glad you have each other to share your ideas with. I also had to make a small tuck in the bag I made this week. I think it’s impossible to have the outer and inner pieces the exact same size! 

Jane Klemm said she bought the kit for the felt animals and wants to upgrade the felt to wool felt. Asked for sources. 

Hi Jane. Etsy is a good source. I have favorited a shop called Christmas Keepsakes but I don't believe I have ordered from them. Another one I have on my list is Bear Dance Crafts, but again. I haven't ordered from them. Camp Wool in Kennebunk ME and The Quilt Corner in Morton IL both have lots of wool fabric, mostly larger pieces such as fat 8ths and fat quarters. I've purchased from both of these shops in person. I'm sure they would be helpful if you called them. 

Clappcats wrote:
Terrific episode. I learned so much. Our first grandchild arrived in April and you both have inspired me with your knitted sweater pattern, pillowcases, quilts and woodland animals. Thank you! One question: the woodland animals look like they are made of scrap wool. Are they? And, if so, how did you keep it from fraying? 

Wool felt does not fray easily. You don't really have to worry about that.

Little Doll House wrote:
Those little felt animals are so cute. I would make a wallhanging quilt and place them on with velcro. Children love to play with that. 

  • Gayle’s I Spy quilts. Good pattern would be Hannah from 3 Times the Charm Vol 2 from Leisure Arts. 
  • Gayle’s Floating Squares. Similar to Pandora’s Box from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam and Nicky Lintott. 
  • Spiral bound at Office Depot, Kinko’s. 
  • Hexagon Needle Book 
Wool Applique 
I prefer pearl cotton embroidery thread over stranded floss.

  • Block Garden kit from The Quilt Corner. 
  • Snowmand from Camp Wool. Added snowflakes using Pistil Stitch which is like French knot on a stem. 
  • Pillowcases for Helene and Maeve 
  • Smithsonian Quilt fabric from Jean. 
  • Quilt as You Go Made Vintage by Jera Brandtvig.

Tip! Use Blue Painter’s tape on machine to keep seams from flipping. 

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