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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Episode 289 Mittens and Mother Bears

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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 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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Episode 288 Stitches, Reviews, Nature


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Thank you for joining me today.

This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.
New Colors of Quince & Co Phoebe

Quince & Co Phoebe. Tonal DK weight

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. Find at www.knitcircus.com and be sure to join our Ravelry group and listen to our podcast.
The lovely Jaala Spiro and Katie in the KnitCircus booth at Stitches.

KnitCircus goodies!

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

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me. Welcome to new Pipeliners: Hazelpurls from Edmonton, Kitchensink13 who is Amanda in WI, RtBouchart who is Rita in V Beach VA, and Tricotbelle who wrote a lovely message.

Events

August Drawing for KnitCircus Parasol, 70% UD Merino and 30% Mulberry Silk. Color: La Vie en Rose



Gloves KAL…official start is September 1 but if you are rarin’ to go as my family would say, go right ahead and start now.


Threads Hope and Love

Maine Retreat Icebreaker compliments of SeashoreSharon!


Amulet Pouch by Maggie Luongo

Stitches Midwest!

Tales of Yarn, Paula, Bronwyn

Thank you to everyone who said hello!
Dawn and Paula

Elena and I finally met!



I took the class Embroider Your Knits by Anna Zillboorg.
Anna Zilboorg teaching the class

Some of Anna's beautiful work



My sampler worked in class. Left to Right: Stem stitch and variations, backstitch, Algerian Eye, Flyer, Palestrinian  Knot, Chain stitch, and Cabled Chain Stitch.

Stitches Market

Excellent array of vendors. About the same number as last year.
It's always fun to see Karen of Seven Sisters Arts and her gorgeous yarn!


Old favorites such as Seven Sisters Arts, Leading Men Fiber Arts, Kitchen Counter Crafter, Sun Valley Fibers and new ones too.  Not buying much yarn because I love what I have and need to knit some of it.

2 Guys Yarn Company (Gene and David)

New Custom Bases:




·        Big Daddy Aran weight BFL (far left)

·        Snowball Fingering Weight. SW BLF and 20% nylon (2nd from left)

·        Uptown Fingering Weight 75% SW BFL, 15% Cashmere, 10% Nylon (3rd from left)

·        Diamond 50% SW BFL, 25% Camel, 25% silk. (far right)
Kristen of Brooklyn Haberdashery


Sewing needles, notions, Japanese vintage fabric, thread, wool needle holders and kits. So generous with information and ideas. Watch Knitting Pipeline video soon! I bought wooden embroidery hoops, fabric, needles in beautiful wooden holders…


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Nature Notes with my husband, Bob

Product Notes


·        Super Flexible Knitting Blocking Wire Short Set

·        Super Flexible Knitting Blocking Wire Deluxe Set

·        Project Caddy

In The Pipeline

Knitting, Reading, Watching, Listening!

Watching

·        The Vikings

·        Great British Baking Show

·        The Americans

·        Shetland

·        Lochness

Reading

Tricotbelle asked me if I had read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset.

Winter at Saw-Whet Farm by JoAnna Spring Moskal



Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman


Bob

Climate of Hope by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin

The Sleep Solution by W. Chris Winter, MD
Thanks for listening and haste ye back!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Episode 287 Annabel Babe Cardigan, Socks

⇕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 responsibly sourced wool and plant fibers: wool, linen, and cotton. Find us at Quince and Co dot com.

Knitcircus Yarns specializes in hand-dyed gradients and gradient stripes. Find 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 that are yours forever. When you use the link in the sidebar before purchasing a class or supplies 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

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me. Welcome to new Pipeliners: Craftyamandaknits,

Hornfrogs who is Liza in TX, Sewknitter who is Dawn in NC, davisjan58 who is Jan from Columbia MO, woolercoaster who is Christine from Toronto—has a blog called Woolercoaster, mrscline who is Molly from Rural TN, meepslala who is Dana, Justaknittle who is Lara from N IL. , aleaness who is Ann in Philadelphia, Jrsygrrl who is Delena from Berkeley Heights, reading500bee who is Darlene from Geermany, knittingGuru1 who is Frank in Oregon, lovemademyhome who is Amy,and BlackeyedSusan who is Susan in IN and coming to Eagle Crest Retreat.

Thank you for your five star ratings and reviews on iTunes. There was a review from Chiefknits on 7/27/17. Thank you so much! It has been a while since a review was posted so that was most welcome.

How to post review on iTunes…

1.      Log into iTunes
2.      Find podcast and click on Reviews.

3.      At top of page: Write a review.

 Post from PGAhmers, Amy from Pittsburgh

Catching up on old episodes, and I had to stop an comment on the travel knitting question. Lately, traveling for work is my best time for knitting and crocheting, as long as I’m not driving. I’ve been flying about 3 times a month, and my next project will involve a 5-hr driving trip about twice a month. Initially, I will be a passenger, though eventually, I will go without my boss and have to drive.

A few factors that I take into consideration:

  • How much other stuff do I have to carry, especially for flying? If I have a bag of finish samples or a big roll of drawings, then I only bring socks or a hat. But if my purse isn’t that full, I’m happy to bring a sweater.
  • What do I really WANT to work on right now? I’ve put a small project in my bag that I wasn’t excited about in my purse, and found myself reading or playing solitaire instead of knitting. Also, if I really want to work on that larger project, I won’t mind carrying it, in order to get to work on it.
  • Is it a long enough trip that it is worth bringing options? If I had a 28 hour round trip car ride, I would definitely bring several options and possibly items in different weights of yarn to give my hands a break.
  • I do prefer to avoid charts, but if it is something that I REALLY want to make, I will try it. Colorwork charts are easier for travel than lace, IME.
  • Lastly, the project needs to be started BEFORE I leave. Unless I am swatching while I travel, I want the project to already be started, so I don’t have to be counting the cast on, acquainting myself with the pattern, or doing any critical measuring.

From Ellen who is shpizl

Your gloves turned out great, Paula! I made a pair years ago and had a hard time with the gaps at the base of the fingers and the overall fit. I’d like to give them another try. I was interested to hear that you used Chickadee. I’ve always thought gloves needed to be done in fingering weight to get a close fit and reduce the bulk between the fingers. How do you feel about your choice to go with sport weight?

(Paula) I think the yarn weight might have been holding me back too, Ellen. I like the Quince Chickadee which is sport weight and feel it is a good weight for warmth without being too bulky. Chickadee is a round yarn with good stitch definition which I believe will help the gloves wear well. And if I wear a hole in a finger, I can just cut it off and quickly knit a new one—much easier than repairing mittens.

About those gaps at base of fingers…I picked up extra stitches to fill in. You also have at least one end to weave in so you can close up gaps during finishing as well. I have a YouTube tutorial on this trick.

From HazelPurls

There is a GLOVES, GLOVES, GLOVES! group and they have a information page dealing with this very common issue! Lots of good resources in this group.

From Patched Pastor who is Lauren in Arkansas

When knitting flat with circular needles, until a week or so ago I would have said I always have the 2 needle tips attached to one cable. But then I pulled a rather large blanket knitted in one piece out of the UFO bin with the idea of finishing it off, and after an hour of knitting I had to put it down because my wrists were really hurting. I analyzed the situation for a day and realized I was struggling to move half a pound of yarn around the entire circle of the needle every row. Further thought suggested that if I put the 2nd tip on a 2nd cable I could have the bulk of the blanket sit comfortably on the sofa next to me and only move the parts that were completely necessary. I also had more room to move stitches as part of the time they were divided between the 2 cables. I tried that and have been able to knit pain-free for longer periods of time. So there are times when 2 cables are helpful, even if not strictly necessary for knitting flat on circular needles.

I’ve only knit one pair of gloves as here in Arkansas it’s rarely cold enough for gloves and getting the finger lengths right for gift gloves is a bit tricky. I did knit one pair several years ago and found it fiddly but not impossible. I think if I were to do them again I would use Lucy Neatby’s double knitting technique on the fingers; there might be a slight ridge at the sides but it would be worth it to only be working on 2 needles instead of 4. And now that I’ve been thinking about gloves I’m remembering that I had set aside the remaining yarn from the first pair to knit a second pair; I wonder where that yarn is. Hmmmmm.


More on Icelandic Sheep

From Dayartist who is Jennie:

No Wool, No Vikings from Hakai Magazine. Coastal Science and Societies. (can download podcast version)


Watch later feature of YouTube.

Article sent to me from Liz in England from The University of Cambridge Alumni Magazine. Thank you, Liz!

  • Saga Stead by Dr. Emily Lethbridge

Events

Giveaway thread: KnitCircus Greatest of Ease Sock Set

The winner is…

# 144 Cathryn3 


I love so many of their colorways it is hard to choose a favorite. My favorite today is Starry Night.

Congratulations, Cathryn, and thank you Knit Circus.

New Drawing for KnitCircus Parasol (30% Mulberry Silk 70% US Merino) 100 g /440 yds!





Gloves KAL

…official start is September 1 but if you are rarin’ to go as my family would say, go right ahead and start now.

Registration started for Eagle Crest Retreat. November 8-11.—registrants are posted in thread. We have a few spots left.

Maine Mitten Project and Threads Hope and Love

Stitches Midwest! Bronwyn and I will be there!

Needle Notes

Annabel Babe Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge






Apple Blossom Socks by CuriousHandmade

Finally started my Fairy Hill Shawl by Curioushandmade. Quince & Co Finch in Stream colorway.

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

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Quilting Summer 2017



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Craftsy fabric for backing...Colonial Manor (4 yd cut). Link in sidebar.
Jelly Roll for Quilt: Moda Bonnie and Camille "Hello Dolly"
Connecting Threads Little Leaves Basic and Little Dots
American Patchwork and Quilting--tip for numbering rotary cutter blades.

Quilt As You Go by Jera Brandvig.

Blog and etsy shop: Red Pepper Quilts

etsy shops that carry Japanese Fabric Lecien
Donna's Lavender Nest
Sew Me a Song



Thursday, July 20, 2017

#14 Knitting Pipeline Extra

Quilting is a separate episode to be published shortly. Photos from Iceland trip are at the end of the episode.

Thank you to KnitCircus yarns for sponsoring this episode.

Enjoy 10% off your order at www.knitcircus.com through July 2017 with code PIPELINE



To enter the drawing for two matching cakes of KnitCircus Greatest of Ease in the Turquoise Pool color way visit the Knitting Pipeline Group on Ravelry and leave a comment in the KnitCircus Giveaway Thread.




FO's


  • Lucy Gloves by Dawn Catanzaro using Quince & Co Chickadee
  • Georgetown by Hannah Fettig in Quince & Co Owl
  • Socks in Snail Yarn
  • Hat with Icelandic Yarn from Thingborg


WIPS

  • Mother Bears for The Mother Bear Project and the 2KnitLitChicks Mother Bear KAL
  • Annabel Babe Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge


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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.