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

Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Episode 180 Upstairs Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes

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Upstairs Downstairs Cowl Small Size modeled by Emily and photographed by Nils Fuessle.

This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co. I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on my website and purchase a class and/or materials, I receive credit for it. It is an easy way to support the show. Thank you!

Quince & Co wool yarns are sourced and spun in the US. Known in the trade as "territory wool," our wool comes from Merino, Rambouillet, and Columbia-based sheep that roam the ranges of Montana and Wyoming. All our wool and wool-blend yarns are spun in New England mills with venerable histories. By sourcing our wool in the US and manufacturing our yarn locally, we minimize our carbon footprint. Find Quince wool and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.
You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula.
Ravelry Group
Pipeliner Notes
David and Gene from 2 Guys Yarn Co.
Events
We have our Sister Bay KAL in progress. We are starting the Bonus Week now if you are following the Progress Chart. 
This week I am featuring Rabbitlady’s Sister Bay in Camel and Bird’s Egg for which she won a Blue Ribbon!  Congratulations. Also Benji9 SB in Crocus and Lupine. Great colors, and Luciaknits Test Knit in Iceland and Egret.

Rabbitlady's Sister Bay in Camel and Birds Egg, complete with Blue Ribbon!


Luciaknits Sister Bay in Iceland and Egret

Benji9's Sister By in Crocus and Lupine

Tag your projects sisterbaykal. Prize Drawings September 1, 2014.
I will be donating Quince & Co yarn and Leslie Wind has generously offered 3 $40 gift certificates! (I didn’t even ask—she’s that nice!) thank you, Leslie!
Nature Notes
I wrote this essay a week ago one night about midnight when I woke up and listened to the night sounds.
The sound of the August night is like no other. It pulses and beats. Tiny maracas and kazoos rise in syncopation of life. I hear a pack of coyotes howl on the other side of the woods. My friend, the Barred Owl, calls out above this insect chorus to let me know he is out there, a sentinel of the woods, perhaps with an eye for food that will sustain him through the night and day. I match my breathing to these sounds and feel at one with the mystical chorus. The owl call is closer now, a loud whinny descending in the night. There is enough moonlight from a waning ¾ moon to wash the edge of the woods in pale gold. As I sit by the window with my knitting, a Luna moth, pale green and larger than my hand, beats its wings, flutters, and flails against the screen. This amazing creature is attracted to the light then retreats to the darkness of the woods.
During the day the butterflies lead the dance. It is a silent pulsing of wings as they move from zinnia flower to butterfly bush, and back to zinnia. Great Spangled Fritillary, Easter Tiger Swallowtail, Silver-spotted Skipper, Painted Lady, Red-spotted Purple, Black Swallowtail, and many smaller skippers are partners in the rhythm of late summer. Early morning bird song is scarce and consists mostly of single chirp call notes.
Insects are reigning now, starting intermittently in midmorning, building in the afternoon and reaching their peak during the night. The cicadas, crickets, and grasshopper chorus ebbs and swells. It is the heartbeat of summers end. I think of the myriad of small creatures of which I know so little. I feel sleepy. A tune comes into my head. It is Pachelbel’s Canon in D. The insects are a perfect metronome for this composition. As I sing the tune in my head, the cicada chorus becomes a metronome. I go to sleep to August’s symphony.
 Needle Notes
Upstairs Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes  is available for $3 for a limited time. Regular price will be $5.00. No coupon code needed.

Upstairs Downstairs, Emily, and Ollie

Upstairs Downstairs is knit in the round from the bottom up. It is easy and fast. I knit the small size in a day. It is suitable for any sport weight yarn, including variegated and handspun.The cowl has a band of garter stitch, a band of lace, a middle band of garter stitch, another band of lace, and a final band of garter stitch. If you do not like knitting garter stitch in the round you can visit my You Tube Tutorial I have linked to in the pattern for knitting garter stitch in the round without purling.
I LOVE the spread sheet style format which is similar in style to that of Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. There are percentages of knitting accomplished so you can keep track of your yardage as you go.  A digital scale would be handy if you intend to use this feature of the pattern. If you have never done lace, Upstairs Downstairs, would be a great introduction. There is only one row to memorize and you will have it in no time. It is easy to see where you are in the pattern and mistakes are not hard to fix.
I named the cowl Upstairs Downstairs because if you flip it over it is the same. So not reversible but there is really no top or bottom unless you can tell the difference between a cast on and a bind off.
There is a small, medium and large size. You will need Approx 250 (350, 500) yd [229, 320, 457] m sport weight yarn such as: Leading Men Fiber Arts or Quince & Co Chickadee
I am usually asked questions about yarn substitution. If you are going to substitute yarn I would tend to go up in weight to DK or worsted instead of down to fingering. The reason is that in general a cowl is going to look a little better larger rather than smaller. It is then warmer too. I know we all have those skeins of fingering weight yarn that we just couldn’t resist.
The Blethering Room with Bob
Upstairs Downstairs turned out to be somewhat of a family affair. The first weekend in August we traveled to NC to visit our middle son and dil. I took the sample knit with me and Nils did the photography with our DIl Emily as the model. Now they have a job to do for me whenever there is a pattern to be published. I should have taken a lighter colored sample, which I did have, because the stitch pattern does not show up as well as it might but I think it is simple enough that you can see it. Also behind the scenes Bob usually ends up helping me with some of the numbers and Excel formatting. He also summoned up his creative side during the photoshoot.
Little Sister Resort brochure from 1935




In the Pipeline
Reading
Bob:
Paula
Eating
  • BLT’s : Toast Rye bread, bacon (thick is my favorite), mayo with olive oil base, homegrown tomatoes, fresh basil, thinly sliced red onion, iceberg lettuce. Cook bacon in oven at 400 deg for 15-20 min.
  • Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from The Barefoot Contessa
  • Grilled Romaine from All Recipes.com or Alton Brown
Grilled Hearts of Romaine, grilled red peppers, crab cakes

 Thanks for your support! Haste ye back!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Episode 179 Stitches Midwest 2014

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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co. I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on this site and purchase a class, I receive credit for it. It is a painless way to support the show. Thank you!
Quince & Co Piper is our pretty little southern bird. We sourced the softest super fine kid mohair we could find from a Texas herd of angora goats and blended it with super fine Texas merino to make a lighter-than-air, almost lace weight single-ply yarn. Piper has a pretty halo and a subtle sheen, thanks to the long, silky fibers of the mohair. Find Piper and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.




Sister Bay in Camel and Wasabi with accent stripe of Sedum.

You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula.
You can also find me here:
Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.
Instagram: knittingpipeline
Twitter: knittingline
Events
Sister Bay (Shawl) by Paula Emons-Fuessle
We have our Sister Bay KAL in progress. We are in Week 4 but there is still a bonus week so plenty of time to finish by September 1. There are so many beautiful pairings of Quince & Co colors! 
April wearing her Sister Bay in Lupine and Frost.

Tag your projects sisterbaykal.
Prize Drawings September 1, 2014.
I will be donating Quince & Co yarn and Leslie Wind has generously offered 3 $40 gift certificates!  Thank you, Leslie!
Week 1 starts July 20
Week 2 starts July 27
Week 3 starts August 3
Week 4 starts August 10
Bonus Week starts August 17
Post your photos in the Sister Bay KAL Prize Thread by Sept 1.



ldeluna's Sister Bay in Chanterelle, Petal with Clay accent stripe.
Sister Bay knitted by madingley on Ravelry. Pomegranate and Egret.
Stash Dash 2014 TheKnitGirllls I participated In Spirit only! I’m fairly certain I did the amount but did not post.
Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat September 21-25 2014. Full with long wait list.
Knitting Pipeline Cornerstone Inn Retreat October 22-25 2015. Full with short wait list.
Knitting Pipeline Spring Retreat, Washington IL March 13-14 with optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day March 12. Registration will open up later. Dates are confirmed.
Needle Notes
I will be releasing a new design very soon, probably in the next few days!


My Daughter-in-law, Emily, wearing Upstairs Downstairs. I just love this photo of her.
Upstairs Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes
·        Knit in the round. Garter stitch bands alternating with a super simple lace design.

·        It is easy and fast. I knit the small size in a day.

·        It is suitable for any sport weight yarn, including variegated and handspun.

·        I LOVE the spread sheet style format which is similar in style to that of Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade. There are percentages of knitting accomplished so you can keep track of your yardage as you go.

·        It is suitable for beginner knitters, even a first lace project, and I know you experienced knitters and spinners will enjoy it too.

·        There is a small, medium and large size. You will need Approx 250 (350, 500) yd [229, 320, 457] m sport weight yarn such as: Leading Men Fiber Arts or Quince & Co Chickadee.  I’ll talk more about it next week.

The Blethering Room
Thanks to everyone who spoke to us and spent time with us at Stitches Midwest!
Thanks for signing my guest book!
Purl and Loop booth

Lost City Knits Denise.  I won a prize at the Banquet!

Cindi in her Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl

Podcaster Meet up on Friday
I also had dinner on Saturday night with the In a Sknit ladies, Kriste and Sarah, BostonJen of Down Cellar Studio Podcast, Sara of YarnGeekFibers, the Prairie Girls, Danie and Susie and their friend Molly, Emily Straw of Knitting Butterflies podcast, and, of course, Bronwyndp. I realized during the meal that it was August 9, Elizabeth Zimmermann’s birthday, so we toasted her with craft beers, wine and water of which she totally would approve. Knitting would not be what it is today without Elizabeth Zimmermann.

Our "recording studio" at Stitches

View from our room on 11th floor of The Renaissance Hotel
Haste ye back!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Episode 178 SSK Recap

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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co. I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on this site and purchase a class, I get a little credit for it. It is a painless way to support the show. Thank you!
Quince & Co Piper is our pretty little southern bird. We sourced the softest super fine kid mohair we could find from a Texas herd of angora goats and blended it with super fine Texas merino to make a lighter-than-air, almost lace weight single-ply yarn. Piper has a pretty halo and a subtle sheen, thanks to the long, silky fibers of the mohair. Find Piper and the other Quince fibers at www.quinceandco.com.
You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula. Please send me a personal message to sign up for my customer email list.
You can also find me here:
Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.
Instagram: knittingpipeline
Twitter: knittingline
Events

Sister Bay in Quince & Co Camel and Bird's Egg


Sister Bay (Shawl) KAL
We currently have our Sister Bay KAL in progress.  I am so enjoying the chatter in the thread. There are so many beautiful pairings of Quince & Co colors!  I cannot wait to see your finished projects. Take good photos (no bathroom mirror shots) as I would like to feature some of the FO’s on my blog.
Tag your projects sisterbaykal.
Prize Drawings September 1, 2014
I will be donating Quince & Co yarn and Leslie Wind has generously offered 3 $40 gift certificates! (I didn’t even ask—she’s that nice!)
Week 1 starts July 20
Week 2 starts July 27
Week 3 starts August 3
Week 4 starts August 10
Bonus Week starts August 17
Post your photos in the Sister Bay KAL Prize Thread by Sept 1.
Craftsy Kal
Stitches Midwest August 7-10
Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat September 21-25 2014  Full with waiting list
Knitting Pipeline Cornerstone Inn Retreat October 22-25 2015 Full with short wait list
Woolybear368 of Knitting Dish Podcast
Mitten of any size and we will donate to The Maine Mitten Project. Any fiber is probably ok.
Nature Notes
We’ve had the most beautiful weather this summer. This morning it was 57 Deg F when I went for my walk. We’ve had some really not days but that is to be expected. It is cool and breezy now and I’m sitting on the porch with the windows open as I write show notes. I hear the squeaky call of a Blue Jay in the distance. We are also hearing the flutelike song of the Wood Thrush quite often this year.  I like to think of the Wood Thrush thriving in the deep part of the woods. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers enjoy the sugar water at the hummingbird feeder along with the hummingbirds, although they don’t usually enjoy it together.  Both are territorial. Butterflies are starting to come to the zinnias that are blooming out front. I’ve seen Eastern Tiger Swallowtails and Black Swallowtails in addition to the Silver spotted Skippers. Our House Wrens are still with us trilling away through the day.  They are the first birds to settle down at night. We’ve also had plenty of rain so things are not parched as they can be at this time of year.  As you drive through the country it sometimes feels like a tunnel of corn when there are corn fields on both sides of the road.  The corn is twice as tall as I am now.
The Blethering Room

Thanks to Leslie and Laura for putting on such a great event!
Charity Hats—almost 600!
Free, Calls for DK weight  Sizes S, M, Large.  I knit 3 Med and 1 Small.
I used Plymouth Baby Boutique which is microfiber and nylon.  Super soft.
Plan to knit same hat for Halos of Hope at Stitches Midwest.
Some Memories of SSK 2014  (Sorry not enough time to link all to blogs and podcasts)
Dinner on first night with Amy Beth of The Fat Squirrel Speaks and Fat Squirrel Fiber Fame, Malia of YarnRaising Podcast and consummate spinner and teacher, Cori, new friend from Indiana who traveled with Malia and Amy Beth, and Kristen aka Biscuitgirl who knits beautiful sweaters. Grab your opportunity when you can!
Steve of Dramatic Knits and co-host Callie.
Sharon of TV Knitting Podcast, Sarapomegranate of Yarns at Yin Hoo Podcast, MaryBeth Outofthisworld, Robin aka Robfish from Missouri, tracey from NC, Irene BlueBirdNest, Qwiltnknitnut, Amy of Ross Farm Fibers, Cindy TalesofYarn, Jonel, Martha aka KnitCrit who is going to be at Stitches too, Tanya from Canada, and Jo from Nashville who is hilarious.


Allison, Hollywood Knitter Audio Podcast, in her Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl
Jo aka Qwiltnknitnut on Ravelry


Tasting Room:
I tried out a few spinning wheels.  Laura helped me with her Lendrum and Ladybug. I was curious to see if I could still spin. I thought I could because I can feel it and see it in my head but it didn’t go so well.  \I’m not thinking of getting a spinning wheel or a spindle but it was a good experience.
Needle Table  DyakCraft, Hiya Hiya, Signatures and more
Looms, drum carders, hand cards,
Try it On Room
Over 200 items: Sweaters, shawls, hats, accessories!
Magic Cake Ruffle Shawl and Piper's Journey among many gorgeous shawls in Tasting Room

Tubularity is getting shortened—a lot!
Nymphalidea might be moving down the queue or off
Fit to Flatter with Amy Herzog
Excellent class. Articulate! Knows her stuff.
Examples of sweaters that will flatter different body types (3)
I’m planning on trying one of her designs and her Custom Fit. Bought her book too.
Missy, left, looking at Amy Herzog's sweaters
With Amy Herzog! She's the greatest!

Farmer’s Market on Friday Night
Haus of Yarn Bus=Your Yarn shop on Wheels!
Purchased notions pouch (clear) and skein of Malabrigo Sock

Tanya, Jonel, Tracey, Missy, Patti at Farmer's Market
Tracey in Haus of Yarn Bus

Market
Want to buy from everybody!
Self-striping from Desert Vista Dyeworks (2), selfstriping from Stacie of Must Stash Yarn, sock yarn in Gamut from Sara, AnotherCraftyGirl, Leading Men Fiber Arts fingering from Steve of Dramatic Knits
Bags: The Fat Squirrel (same designer as last bag purchased)
Notions bag from Absolute Wonder (Ginger) Such a lovely lady
Needle holder from Absolute Wonder and Stitch Markers
Market Haul.  I was restrained due to Stitches Midwest in two weeks!

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


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I play the Great Highland Pipes, knit, observe nature, and read. To earn my keep I am an Independent Longaberger National Sales Leader. My name on Ravelry is PrairiePiper.