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Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by Quince & Co. and Knitcircus Yarns

Friday, October 13, 2017

Episode 292 Bronwyn and Sarah Visit

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.

New At Quince & Co Kindred Knits: Knitting for Little Ones Near and Far by Susan B Anderson takes you through the basics of top down cardigan knitting and shows you how versatile a simple child’s garment can be. This playful bounty of children’s knits features our worsted weight wool, Lark, available in a palette of over 60 colors. Find our patterns, wool, and accessories at www.quinceandco.com.

Knitcircus Yarns specializes in hand-dyed gradients and gradient stripes. Total Eclipse of the Yarn Gradient is a lovely near-neutral palette developed the day of the Total Eclipse to commemorate the big event. Soft dusty pink, starshine gold and night-sky navy make an Impressionist Gradient that's out of this world

Find us 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 and supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar on my blog before purchasing I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper and on Instagram 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




Bronwyn and Sarah joined me this week to catch up on our knitting and well, a lot of other things!

Events

KnitCircus Giveaway!

Trampoline



100% Superwash Merino 440 yds

 Colorway Just have a little Faith Impressionist

Leave a comment in the Knit Circus Giveaway thread here. Prompt is Do you have a favorite tree or type of tree?


#BenotafraidGloves KAL

#knittingpipelineglovekal

Nature Notes

We discuss praying mantis and hummingbirds.



Needle Notes






School Socks Rock by Julie Walters of Suffolk Socks









Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits



Little Willet by Dawn Catanzaro



Quince & Co Willet (cleaner cotton)



Clover by Susan B Anderson Free Pattern on Barrett Wool Co blog





Birds by Kevin Henkes


Rainbow Marley by Susan B Anderson from Itty-Bitty Hats

Kindred Knits: Knitting for Little Ones Near and Far by Susan B Anderson with Quince & Co
Craftsy Start Up Library Hand Embroidery by Kat McTee (Please use link in sidebar)



Examples of Kristin's work. Japanese boro-inspired




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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Episode 291 Kindred Knits and Little Willet

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.

Quince & Co  brings you American wool and other responsibly sourced fibers. We have new colors of our tonal DK weight, Phoebe. Perseus, Orion, Ursa, Andromeda,and Cygnus. Find us at Quince and Co dot com.


Knitcircus Yarns specializes in hand-dyed gradients and gradient stripes.  Knitcircus is the proud sponsor of the first annual "shop hop" to celebrate our local fiber shops! Join us October 6-8 for a fun weekend of shopping, classes, trunk shows and more! Find us 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 and supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar on my blog before purchasing I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper and on Instagram 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

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with me and for participating in the groups on Ravelry.

Many thanks to PiscesKnitter who left an iTunes review on 9/29/17 and to all of you who have left star ratings.

Events

KnitCircus Giveaway!



Trampoline: 100% Superwash Merino 440 yds
Colorway:  Just have a little Faith Impressionist

Leave a comment in the Ravelry Group thread here. Prompt is Do you have a favorite tree or type of tree?


#knittingpipelineglovekal

Thank you to Liz-Knitz in AZ who sent a box of handknit hats and other winter wear for Threads, Hope, and Love.

Nature Notes

I am writing on October 3 and as of this time we may still have hummingbirds migrating through. I saw one at the feeder on October 1. I’m sure these are the stragglers but it is more important than ever to help these little guys fuel up for the migratory flight. One morning I stepped outside on the deck and a hummingbird, probably a juvenile from the looks of it, hovered so close to me that I could have reached out and grabbed him, although I’m sure his reflexes are faster than mine.




Trail view

Trail view towards Illinois River





My husband and I hiked the Pimetoui Trail at Forest Park last Thursday. He has hiked this trail before but it was the first time for me. This trail is probably the most challenging of all the trails in the park as it takes you from the bottom of the river bluff to the top of the bluff so there is a lot of uphill hiking. It isn’t all uphill though, it is up and down and then up and down. The view from the top of the trail, which is on Grandview Drive, was spectacular as we could see the Illinois River framed by the trees of the woods. Grandview Drive in Peoria is where we take guests visiting the area. The road is nearly 3 miles of winding down the bluff past historic homes. It was constructed in 1903 and when Teddy Roosevelt visiting in 1910 he called it “the world’s most beautiful drive”, hence the name Grandview Dr.
From the top of Grandview Dr. Illinois River in background.


It’s the only linear park on the National Historic Register.

As we hiked along the trail we saw autumn wildflowers…the only one I could name was fall aster and I’m sure it has a more specific name. I need to brush up on my wildflower identification, especially for fall.

A few days ago I had a random Pileated Woodpecker sighting from inside the house. Those birds never cease to astound me with their prehistoric appearance and large size. He spent a while foraging for insects on a maple tree at the edge of the woods but didn’t stay long enough for me to get a photo.

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.

—Hal Borland

Needle Notes



You have to knit what you want to knit! Go with the current—your own current.



I am decidedly in sweater mode and have been for a while.



Gigi by Devin Ventre—can hardly wait to get started!



Kit by Barrett Wool Co should be here soon!



Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits: Almost done except for buttons. Afraid this one may be a frog or flop. To be discussed in future episode.



Little Willet by Dawn Catanzaro

Quince & Co Willet (cleaner cotton)



Might be the color which is not my favorite. Missy aka Marynvoigt knitted this sweater for Helene in Chickadee and it is a favorite. I'm planning on taking out the embroidery. Buttons will help.

Pattern well written and easy to follow


Book Notes

Kindred Knits: Knitting for Little Ones Near and Far by Susan B Anderson with Quince & Co




I’ve already made several of these designs…SSK class. I’ve knitted the basic cardigan, the doll sweater, and the Empire waist Cardigan.

Susan is the absolute best for proportion in design, color, ease of knitting. And she’s done all that AND she also illustrated the book with charming drawings.

All designs use Quince & Co Lark, worsted weight.

From Child’s Tee to Cardi in Ten Easy Steps
Highly Recommended!

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

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Episode 290 Maine Retreat Recap

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.

Quince & Co  brings you American wool and other responsibly sourced fibers. We have new colors of our tonal DK weight, Phoebe. Perseus, Orion, Ursa, Andromeda,and Cygnus. Find us at Quince and Co dot com.

Knitcircus Yarns specializes in hand-dyed gradients and gradient stripes.  Knitcircus is the proud sponsor of the first annual "shop hop" to celebrate our local fiber shops! Join us October 6-8 for a fun weekend of shopping, classes, trunk shows and more! Find us 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 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 new Pipeliners! If you introduce yourself in the Welcome thread or in a personal message I like to recognize you on the show. Welcome to mom2mdac who is Kathleen in MI TravelingPurls who is Joyce, okcfk who is Carolyn in OK, zeebaneighba who is Zara in MN, Carolknitcrazy who is Carol, ownler of yarnshop in Port Perry ONT CN “Never Enough Wool”, Knitsox who is Lisa in RI, eiderjohome who is Cynthia, annieb79 who is in Iowa, lovely letter about hummingbirds, EZ, and more, utterbhm who is Hannah from KY, LorionLTB from MI, equineknitter who is Marsha from TX, Carbsmith2400 who is Casey (she and husband are pipers), SSvicar who is Sarah in PA formerly of MI, scr1tno who is Sharon from Surrey UK, and EweandDye who is Liz in Alabama.
Many thanks to Noogai3 who left an iTunes review on 9/5/17 and to all of you who have left star ratings.

Events

Gloves KAL

Thanks to JanMarie for getting the thread started since I was occupied becoming grandmother to another sweet girl. I caught up on the thread today and favorite some posts that I’ll highlight later in the episode. There are some fabulous glove projects out there!

#knittingpipelineglovekal

Pipeliners donated 57 items (pair of mittens count as 1 item) to the






Grayling Mittens by TinCanKnits

Roadtrip by TinCanKnits

Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B Anderson

Newfoundland Mitts by Gillian Hess

Antler Mittens by TinCanKnits

Arched Gusset Mittens by Purl Soho


Nature Notes

Debunking Nature Myths

Do you have any nature myths to share?

Leaves change color because of temperature. Timing is mostly due to hours of daylight and sometimes moisture. We are having an early fall due to dryness.


USDA Forest Service (source)

Butterflies…loads of Painted Ladies on zinnias.

Monarch Way Station at Meadow Valley Park—2 acres

Hummingbird nectar…do not use red food coloring.

Needle Notes



Mother Bears…stuffing with left over bits of quilt batting. Susannah made a tutorial for me.









Thank you, SeaShoreSharon!



Amulet Pouch by Maggie Luongo






Tip for printing pattern from a blog: https://www.printfriendly.com/. Copy web address and paste into site and it converts. You can edit it too! Much better than copy and paste or screen shot.



In The Blethering Room



Did not knit for a whole week in NC! Worked on several projects in the car en route.



Sweater knitting in worsted weight might be my favorite type of road trip knitting. Antler Cardigan.



Maine Retreat!



Foggy, misty, light rain but did not dampen our spirits—or our knitting!

Brooklyn Haberdashery

Brooklyn Haberdashery

Brooklyn Haberdashery


Kristin teaching the workshop


Kristin of Brooklyn Haberdashery 



Fabulous workshop on Japanese boro inspired patchwork and embroidery.



Confident color knitting by Donna Kay who is treeoflife on Ravelry.

Donna with the hats we made in the class


Donna and I have similar knitting paths as we both come from the Elizabeth Zimmermann tradition.

Colorwork Hat




Adult Medium.

Hem at bottom which I used to check my gauge.

Fits my husband perfectly!

Haste ye back!




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Quilt As You Go Vlog


I am PrairiePiper on Ravelry and knittingpipeline on Instagram. The quilt I made is not exactly in the book. I used the techniques in the book as a basis for a free style quilt with lots of different blocks. I made the quilt as a wedding gift. The bride is American and the groom is Danish, hence the flags on the embroidered block. For more information on the quilt please see my video Quilting Summer 2017 on YouTube.

This is not intended to be a tutorial, but rather a walk-through of some of the steps in making a quilt in the "as you go" method. I have learned from classes on Craftsy, blogs, and mainly the book, 


Quilt as You Go Made Modern by Jera Brandvig. 

I recommend you purchase this book as it is the best I've found on the quilt as you go method.

Jera's new book has just been released! Quilt As You Go Made Vintage! I preordered so I already have it (since recording).
  • Fabric: Hello Dolly by Bonnie and Camille by Moda, along with other fabrics I had in my stash. 
  • My machine is a Brother CSI6000 which is inexpensive and a great little machine with lots of high end features. (No affiliation).
  • Iron: Rowenta
  • Batting was left overs from other projects, mostly Warm and Natural 100% Cotton Batting.
  • Thread: Aurafil
  • Quilt measures 48" x 60". 20 blocks with 4 across and 5 down.
  • Batting was cut 12 1/2"
  • Squares were trimmed to 12".
  • Blocks were joined with 1" sashing strips in off-white.
  • Backing was Boundless from Craftsy.
Blocks include Pinwheel, 4 patch, 9 patch, Bird in the Air, Broken Dishes, Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, Heart, 16 Patch, and free style.













Thursday, August 24, 2017

Quilting (Late Summer) 2017 Video Episode




Small and Scrappy: Pint-Sized Patchwork Quilts Using Reproduction Fabrics by Kathleen Tracy.




Sleepy Time Animals Pals by Amy Sinibaldi. Pattern on etsy.


Quilt As You Go by Jera Brandvig
The Emerald City



Peddler's Way Quilt Co, Washington IL


#15 Knitting Pipeline Extra

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Please use the link in the sidebar to support the show. Thank you!






Some things I talk about:

Splendid Apparel: A Handbook of Embroidered Knits by Anna Zilborg

Fairy Hill Shawl by CuriousHandmade in Quince & Co Finch. Stream.

Annabel Babe Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge


Fairy Hill Shawl by CuriousHandmade

Mother Bears

Brooklyn Haberdashery sample of Japanese Boro




  • KnitCircus Yarns
  • Lullaby Rain Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle in Quince & Co Chickadee. Glacier
  • Stunning String Studio Kit
  • Brooklyn Haberdashery
  • Mother Bear Project







Friday, August 18, 2017

Episode 289 Mittens and Mother Bears

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 and Knitcircus Yarns.




Quince & Co  brings you American wool and other responsibly sourced fibers. We have new colors of our tonal DK weight, Phoebe. Perseus, Orion, Ursa, Andromeda,and Cygnus. Find us at Quince and Co dot com.

Knitcircus Yarns specializes in hand-dyed gradients and gradient stripes.  Knitcircus is the proud sponsor of the first annual "shop hop" to celebrate our local fiber shops in Madison WI! Join us October 6-8 for a fun weekend of shopping, classes, trunk shows and more! Find us 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 and supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar on my blog 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





Events

August Drawing for KnitCircus Parasol, wool and silk blend in La Vie En Rose!

Winner #53 Vicki from TN who is ThistleridgeFarm on Ravelry

I love listening to Jaala and Amy’s podcast. They’re so much fun. Gradient yarns are awesome, too.
Congratulations, Vicki!

Gloves KAL…official start is September 1, 2017


Nature Notes

Debunking Nature Myths

Tracks and Trails Forest Park Nature Center

Myth: Birds will abandon their babies if you touch them.

·        Most song birds do not have great sense of smell. Their goal is procreation so they will do anything to accomplish that.

·        Baby birds—ok to put them back into the nest. If you can’t reach nest then you can make a substitute nest and place it nearby.

·        If you find a fledgling…leave it alone. Fledglings have eyes open, are covered in feathers, and are often hopping on the ground. Parents are probably nearby.

Do you have any nature myths to share?

Needle Notes

Took it all to Stitches. Finished 4  Mother Bears!


Marie sewed one together.


Tips

·        If using Mattress Stitch, don’t worry about color of thread because it doesn’t show.

·        Identify groups of tails that will not be used for stitching. Knot these together and trim. Leave inside bear.


The Shawl Society II by CuriousHandmade. Fairy Hill Shawl by Helen Stewart.



Quince & Co Finch in Stream colorway

Product Notes and Giveaway!

Framework by Norah Gaughn. Published by Quince & Co

Emelyn Mae Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde

Knit Cahoots: 16 Knits Inspired by the Road by Megan Williams and Cori Eichelberger

Knit Cahoots Ravelry link


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

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