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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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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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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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

#19 Knitting Pipeline Extra



Knitting

  • Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku
  • Lush by TinCanKnits
  • Quince & Co Phoebe in Andromeda colorway
  • Buttons from Supplies and Sundries on etsy
  • Hat Quartet-Fall by Melissa Johnson
  • Skagen Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle 
  • Berocco Remix Light (Mist)
  • Kindred Knits by Susan B Anderson published by Quince & Co
  • Basic Baby Cardigan
  • Leaf Topped Baby Hat
  • Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits in Quince & Co Lark Audouin colorway
  • Antler Hat by TinCanKnits



Quilting

  • Lone Star Baby Quilt by Amy Smart, Diary of a Quilter
  • Tailor's Tack Checkerboard Quilt Kit from Craftsy. Kit is still available on clearance! Use link in right sidebar.
  • Cardinals in Trees Wool Applique from Camp Wool
  • Moda Frivols #5
  • My Maker’s Quilt is a history of my quilting and other creative pursuits.


Thank you for watching. Please ask questions on YouTube or in the Ravelry Group for Knitting Pipeline.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat 2018 Information


Link to Maine Retreat Information and Registration (2 PDFs)

 Episode 305


This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns

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!
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 September 23-27, 2018

Sunday 2:00 PM through Thursday 11:00 AM


Franciscan Guest House 26 Beach Ave Kennebunk ME 04043 207-967-4865
Hosted by Paula Emons-Fuessle 
Your registration fee includes: 
  • Single or Double/Triple Room (own bed) and private bath with tub and shower
  • Hot Buffet Breakfast Mon-Thurs at Franciscan Guest House
  • Dinners on Monday and Wednesday at Franciscan Guest House'
  • Pizza Party Sunday Night
  • and all the knitting and fiber fun we can pack into 4 days!

Double Occupancy (14 rooms) $475.00 Single Occupancy (14 rooms) $675.00 Triple (4 rooms) $475.00 
  • Wi-Fi and mini-refrigerator in guest rooms.
  • Walking distance to beach, shops, and restaurants
  • All rooms non-smoking
  • Free hotel parking

Not included: lunches, one dinner, transportation. Special diets are not offered; however, there are choices at all meals. 
 Fill out the registration form and POSTMARK NO EARLIER than Monday April 23, 2018.  Registrations will be accepted after this time pending space availability. Spaces will be filled by postmark date and by lottery if necessary.  Beginning May 14th I will confirm registration by ear-burning you on Ravelry in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group. Please send in a $200 deposit by June 1, 2018.* Your deposit will secure your spot at the retreat.  Full payment is due by August 1, 2018*. Feel free to send in your total amount in one payment with your initial deposit.  Mail registration and payments to Knitting Pipeline, PO Box 549, Washington IL 61571 
Cancellation Policy:  All registration deposits include a non-refundable $50 deposit. If you cancel before August 1, 2018 then I will refund your retreat registration less $50 deposit if your place can be filled. After August 1, 2018 refunds are on a case by case basis depending upon what expenses can be recovered, whether your place can be filled, etc. I understand that life happens and will do what I can to refund your money.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Episode 304 Lush Cardigan and Socks That Don’t Rock



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

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!

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

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.

Both winners of Skagen Shawl KAL contacted me right away. Thank you, Berocco for the generous prizes! Ended on March 17th. I chose one finished photo and one chatter post.

Needle Notes

Alternating skeins in the round. Helix method. Advice from Camanoah who is Judy from Camano Island, Washington.

Your mentioned in the podcast having issues with alternating skeins in the round. My disclaimer about alternating skeins in the round is that I have gone to great lengths to avoid having to do this.
However, I had a thought a while ago when I was contemplating this issue. Why couldn’t you use the helix method (usually used to do single row striping in the round without jogs)? I have only read about this striping method, but it seems like it could solve the alternating issue if you could somehow identify each ball of the same colored yarn (maybe two different colored yarn ball cozies?). Anyway, I haven’t tried it yet, but maybe will try it on something smaller like a Sockhead hat next time I make one. If someone else tries this and it works, let me know!

Thank you, Judy!

Socks that Do Not Rock. Abandon ship! Was part of my knitting at Georgia Retreat. Size 0 needle too small. Classic case of needle choice incorrect and making project miserable. I actually broke a needle too!

My gauge has tightened up and the yarn thicker than some fingering. Tight twist.

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku.

Socks that Rock Lightweight. Yarn is wonderful but it is quite heavy.

The Hat Quartet-Fall by Melissa Johnson




Lush by TinCanKnits. Still needs buttons. 
Photo pending!

Decided to steek the body so I cast on 5 stitches in the front center and worked body down in stockinette.

Product Notes

Chiagoo Interchangeable Set (4” tips)

Lykke Interchangeable Needle Set

Lykke Double Point Sets

Blethering Room

Working on my Maker’s Quilt. Video coming up on You Tube. Completed 12 blocks.

Knitting Pipeline Georgia Retreat

Weather was a little chilly but still better than Illinois where we are still having temperatures in the 20’s…15 F this morning. We also had snow on Easter and not just a few flurries.

Dianne’s blog post here. The Grandmother Gig

May the path on which you wander.
                                  Be to you a joy each day.
                                  Haste ye back, we loo you dearly.
                                  Haste ye back on friendship's way.
                                          ~~from a Scottish song by Robert Wilso
n

Added to queue from Show and Tell:

Shore Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge calls for Quince & Co Owl.


Indigo Frost by Isabell Kraemer



Anker’s Cardigan by PetiteKnit. Calls for Light Fingering. Inspired by Debbie. Use Quince & Co Finch. My favorite!

In The Pipeline

Knitting

Started CuriousHandmade MKAL on March 31st.

Basic Baby Cardigan by Susan B Anderson from Kindred Knits. Using Quince & Co Lark in Glacier colorway. Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits.

Reading

Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan 5 stars. Laugh out loud, cry, nuggets of wisdom.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan 3 star Chick Lit. 4 generations of women. Takes place near Maine Retreat location.

The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen 4 stars. Richmond VA. Young black woman and the role she played in spying during the Civil War and helping slaves and freed slaves escape. Historical fiction.

Jane Two: A Novel by Sean Patrick Flanery. I finished it but it was just ok. 3 stars. Not the greatest writing. A lot of unlikeable characters.

Listening


Watching

Arne and Carlos—Love them!

A Wooden Nest   Botanical dyeing. Chickens. Soft. Quiet. Thoughtful.

Wee Sew and Sew podcast by Caz in the Scottish Highlands

Kammebornia Pia and Dennis in Sweden

Haste ye back!

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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.