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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Episode 250 Super Heroes!

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

At Quince & Co all of our wool yarns are 100% grown, processed, spun, dyed, twisted, and labeled here in the USA. Through the month of May Knitting Pipeline listeners may use the code Pipeline10 for 10% off your order. One per customer, please.  www.quinceandco.com.

Knitcircus celebrates fun, a passion for knitting, and the delight of beautiful yarn.

Treat yourself to a gorgeous, hand-dyed, gradient yarn in saturated colors with smooth color transitions throughout the skein. Our gradients work up into beautiful and satisfying projects. Luxury yarn (choose your base), pre-wound into a cake for your convenience.
"Bite" into our juicy Watermelon yarn cake and be transported to the sunny days of summer. www.knitcircus.com.

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Bronwyn and Sarah joined me today. We have some Needle Notes, A Pipeliner Question, and lots of Blether.

Needle Notes

Bronwyn

Ami Ami Kittens by Mitsuki Hoshi. Harper Collins

He Loves Me by Bronwyn Hahn

Windswept Forest Cowl to be published soon.

Sarah

Mad Mini Wrap by Sharyn Anhalt





Wild Goose Shawlette by Paula Emons-Fuessle (Sarah is the model in the pattern)

From KnittingDaddy, Greg, of Unraveling Podcast:

Hi, Paula! If you could have any superhero power, what would it be? And why?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Episode 249 Maine Retreat Info and Q & A


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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.
At Quince & Co all of our wool yarns are 100% grown, processed, spun, dyed, twisted, and labeled here in the USA. 

Through the month of May Knitting Pipeline listeners may use the code Pipeline10 for 10% off your order. One per customer, please.  www.quinceandco.com.


Knitcircus celebrates fun, a passion for knitting, and the delight of beautiful yarn.
Treat yourself to a gorgeous, hand-dyed, gradient yarn in saturated colors with smooth color transitions throughout the skein. Our gradients work up into beautiful and satisfying projects. "Bite" into our juicy Watermelon yarn cake and be transported to the sunny days of summer. www.knitcircus.com.

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. I enjoy taking Craftsy classes and have learned so much while taking them at my own pace. If you visit my blog prior to purchasing a class or supplies I receive credit for it. Thank you!

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 recently. Welcome to New Pipeliners who have introduced themselves in the welcome thread or to me in a personal message: AngelLisa from Florida, Gritknits who is Brenda from Seattle, MuddyMoose who is Sally from Alaska, Knitlibris3x3 who is from Historical NE, and amosgw who is Amy from PA.

Thank you all for introducing yourselves and becoming part of the Knitting Pipeline Community on Ravelry.

I appreciate your reviews and star ratings on iTunes.


One of the questions was about closing the gap when picking up sleeve stitches on a raglan sweater. This is the same technique you can use to close the gap on socks when you transition from picking up the sleeves along the heel flap to the instep stitches. The hole is often called a "pig's eye".

Tutorial on Closing the Gap on Socks (or Sleeves)


Events

Maine and Cornerstone Retreats

Maine Sept 18-22 Registration opens May 14-16 and beyond.


Nature Notes

Last week I totally misspoke when I mentioned the difference between the juvenile male Cardinals and the mature males. You birders were too kind to mention it. It is the juvenile male that has the dark, almost black beak and it turns red later on.

Hummingbirds are here in greater numbers now. The woods are filling in even more. We’ve had a lot of rain and the leaves look almost iridescent at times. The barred owls are very busy these days. One night they were right outside our bedroom window, several of them with their barking sound. It is somewhat frustrating to know they are right there but not be able to see them in the dark. Then suddenly they are gone and you don’t hear them fly at all due to their special feathers.

Other bird sightings this week are Indigo Bunting, more Grosbeaks, both male and female, House wren singing all day which I love, and bluebirds.

A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost

Needle Notes

Calligraphy Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Socks in Dancing Dog Dyeworks

Keeping track of rows tutorial.




Custom Socks: Knit to fit your Feet by Kate Atherley

Giveaway! Custom Socks: Knit to Fit your Feet DVD.

Winner is #9 Aizome!

Birthday Box of Socks


New needles: Knitter’s Pride Cubics size 0 dpns

Sock heel formula

·        Flap is on half the stitches. Knit this flap to be a square.

·        Mark middle of heel flap

·        Sl 1. knit to middle, sm, knit 2 (or 3) SSK, K1 Turn

·        Sl 1, purl to middle, sm, purl 2, P2 Tog, P1, Turn

·        Knit to gap, close gap with SSK, k1, turn.

·        Continue in pattern until there are no more gaps.

In The Piping Circle

Funeral last week…locked myself in the car. I was an hour from home…

In The Pipeline

Reading

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen 2016

The Cabin at Singing River by Chris Czajkowski

Watching

Madame Secretary

Grantchester

Far from the Madding Crowd (movie)



Special! 10% off your Quince & Co order through May 31, 2016 with code Pipeline10. One per customer, please.
Haste ye back!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Episode 248 Balsam Hollow, Wellesley Socks


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

At Quince & Co all of our wool yarns are 100% grown, processed, spun, dyed, twisted, and labeled here in the USA. Our yarns are springy, they’re soft, and you’ll love knitting with them. For summer knitting check out our organic linen and cleaner cotton yarns and designs for them.  www.quinceandco.com.


Knitcircus celebrates fun, a passion for knitting, and the delight of beautiful yarn. Have you seen our Alice in Wonderland Collection with gradients such as Curiouser and Curiouser, Drink Me, and Off with Their Heads? Add in a set of Mad Hatter Stitch Markers while you’re at it. Find us at www.knitcircus.com.

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. I enjoy taking Craftsy classes and have learned so much while taking them at my own pace. If you visit my blog prior to purchasing a class or supplies I receive credit for it. Thank you!

You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper and on Instagram as KnittingPipeline. I’m KnittingPipeline on Periscope. 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

Question from DCAlane

I am wondering when you figure out the percentage finished on a shawl if you determine that by weighing an actual project or if you come up with some formula of stitches per g?

I am making a Crooked Ewe Cowl, but I’ve added 3 garter ridges at the beginning (and will at the end). So, I was wondering how those extra rows will affect the outcome. (Of course, I was traveling when I started this, so I have no idea how much those ridges weigh so I know how much to leave in the end!)
Thanks!

Paula’s Answer:

The percentage is based on the total number of stitches. (You don’t want to know what that number is. Trust me.) By adding in those rows you should come to the 50% mark a little sooner and need to allow more at the end for the additional garter stitch. I wouldn’t worry about it.

From Kathy Kisforknitting

Hi Paula. I have a question that perhaps any mitten knitter could answer.

I knit my first pair of mittens last fall and have another in the queue, it was really a fun project and the recipient LOVED them. Mittens are fun to make and make wonderful gifts; I see many pairs in my future. My question: is it easy to convert fingerless glove patterns into mittens? Not that there is any shortage of mitten patterns but when I was searching for patterns I saw so many beautiful fingerless mitts patterns that I thought could also make nice mittens. My guess is there is a formula for when to start reducing stitches to close the fingers and thumb…

Answer from Diane from Belvidere IL
Take a basic mitten pattern and knit the pretty pattern onto the back. Or follow the fingerless mitts pattern until you reach the ends of your fingers, then follow the decreases from a mitten pattern for the tops. Do the same for the thumb.

Answer from Thea Midnight

I start a gradual decrease from the top of my pinky finger, then you can round the top of your mitten or make it more pointy like the Scandinavians-type mittens. Decrease every other row, then every row as you near the very tippy top! I love mittens now too, because fingerless mitts are not warm enough outside for me.

PS: psssss, if you knit the Quiver Mitts, you will get several options of mitten styles and a very warm mitten with the addition of extra yarn knit into the chevron pattern. The pattern is stylish knit in a solid color or a slow changing color way. Your friends will be amazed at how cute these mittens are! These were a huge hit in my area.

From Happy Fox 74

I was wondering what wool wash you use? I thought you had mentioned it on a previous podcast but I can’t seem to find it. Was it Twig and Horn?

Thank you,
Joy

Paula's Answer: Yes, my current favorite wool wash is from Twig and Horn. Wool Soap in White Grapfruit.

Events

·        Maine and Cornerstone Retreats              Maine Sept 18-22 (Info out soon)

·        Stitches Midwest

Nature Notes

Nature is at her busiest right now with so much happening outside. It’s tricky to get things done when I want to be outside or at least looking out the window. The first week in May is the height of bird migration here in Central Illinois. Many birds use the flyway along the Illinois River. I saw two herons fly overhead this morning when I arrived home from my walk. We saw our first hummingbird on Saturday although that was perhaps a scout because we haven’t seen one since. Rose Breasted Grosbeaks are at the feeder almost constantly. They know they are handsome, those male Grosbeaks, and who can blame them. The females stand like sentinels when they are at the feeder, with their heads pointed outward, perhaps watching for danger. We are also seeing Red bellied woodpeckers, Downy and hairy woodpeckers, Blue birds, Black capped Chickadees, and house wrens.  Male and female cardinals seem to be in greater numbers than they were during the winter, which is strange. Those male cardinals are staying out late at night too. Maybe they are teenagers.

One bird that had me stumped this week was a small bird that was pale overall. It was about the size of a house finch, maybe a bit smaller, and a bit rounder. I finally got some photos of it and guessed it might be an example of leusicm when birds and probably other animals lack pigmentation. Leucism is not the same thing as albinism although both are genetically transmitted.

Leucism is a genetic mutation that prevents melanin and other pigments from being deposited normally on feathers, resulting in pale or muted colors on the entire bird.

If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the sense of joy, discovery and mystery of the world we live in.—Rachel Carson

Needle Notes

Balsam Hollow Christmas at Green Gables version by Paula Emons-Fuessle
Balsam Hollow Christmas at Green Gables Kit

Little Skein in the Big Wool


The Wellesley Sock by Kate Atherley

Prairie Piper’s Wellesley Socks using Leading Men Fiber Arts
Wellesly Socks with over 500 cable twists

Ran out of yarn so finished toe with Miss Babs.

8 cables around and 23 repeats on cuff= 184 x 3=552 cable twists!

Crossing Cables without a Cable Needle Video Tutorial



Basic Ribbed Sock by Kate Atherley

PrairiePiper’s Basic Ribbed Socks using Into the Whirled
Basic 3 x 1 Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherley



Custom Socks: Knit to fit your Feet by Kate Atherley

Giveaway!

Custom Socks: Knit to Fit your Feet DVD. Leave a post in the giveaway thread on Ravelry. Thank you to Interweave for sending me the review copy.

In The Blethering Room
  • Le Mouton Rouge Knittery Meet Up last Friday
  • Thanks to all who came!
  • My first Periscope broadcast. I am KnittingPipeline on Periscope.
  • Lunch at Destiehl Brewery.

In The Piping Circle
  • Periscope on Thursday 5/5 about 7 PM Central Daylight Time (I hope)
  • Honor Flight tonight at Great Peoria International Airport
  • Played for UAW parade and ceremony last Thursday night.
  • Funeral this Thursday morning.
Haste ye Back!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Episode 247 Sans Serif

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.

At Quince & Co all of our wool yarns are 100% grown, processed, spun, dyed, twisted, and labeled here in the USA. Our yarns are springy, they’re soft, and you’ll love knitting with them. For summer knitting check out our organic linen and cleaner cotton yarns and designs for them.  www.quinceandco.com.

Knitcircus celebrates fun, a passion for knitting, and the delight of beautiful yarn. Have you seen our Alice in Wonderland Collection with gradients such as Curiouser and Curiouser, Drink Me, and Off with Their Heads? Add in a set of Mad Hatter Stitch Markers while you’re at it. Find us at www.knitcircus.com.

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. I enjoy taking Craftsy classes and have learned so much while taking them at my own pace. If you visit my blog prior to purchasing a class or supplies I receive credit for it. Thank you!

You can also find me here:

Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

There is a new iTunes Review this week by Bedesisters. Thank you so much.

Events

Friday April 29, 2016
10:00 AM to ?
You are invited to join Sarah, Bronwyn, and Paula at
·        Ph: 309-319-7692
·        Address: 1206 Towanda Ave,Ste 1
·        Bloomington, IL 61701
Knitting Pipeline Maine and Cornerstone Retreats will be opening up as soon as I can manage. Subscribe to the show or the blog or the groups on Ravelry for information. Thanks!
Announcing Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza

C.C. and Dami Almon (Geeky Girls Knit) and I (KnitRunDig) are hosting our second retreat in the UK - Geeky Puffin Knit Palooza. It will be from 10-13 November 2016 in Farnham, Surrey. We have some amazing teachers including Rachel Brown of Porpoise Fur, Joeli of Joeli Creates, Louise Tillbrook of Louise Tillbrook Designs and Tara Swiger of Taraswiger.com. We also have some fantastic vendors signed up.

More details and application forms can be found at geekypuffinknitpalooza.com

Thank you very much,
Sam

Nature Notes

Today, April 26, is the day our woods filled in to the point that we cannot see to the other side of the ridge. We are always excited and surprised how quickly this happens. Last week when I talked to you there was barely any green on the trees and already, a week later, it is so different.

Today I had a first. About 10 AM I saw a blue bird outside and my initial reaction was that it was an Indigo Bunting which we see quite frequently. Upon closer observation I saw that the bird was larger (though skinnier), had a different beak, and also had rust colored wings. It was a Blue Grosbeak! I’ve never seen one before as they are unusual here but it was unmistakable. I had been trying to identify a bird song deep in the woods the past couple of days and I thought I might have solved that riddle but it wasn’t.  The distribution map on the Cornell site shows that we are way north of the summer breeding territory.

Sunday I was sitting out on the deck and I observing some courtship behavior of the Black Capped Chickadee.

Guide to Bird Behavior by Don and Lillian Stokes.

We’ve just celebrated another Earth Day. Take Pride in Washington. This is a selfie my husband took with his long arm.
Selfie taken with my husband's extra long arms. 

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find resources of strength that will endure as long as life lasts
--Rachel Carson

Needle Notes

Sans Serif by Elizabeth Doherty


Quince & Co Lark Color: Dogwood. I used 9 skeins.



Sans Serif by Elizabeth Doherty


See, it fits!




Button detail



Button Sewing Tutorial is here.



Rowing out is the term knitters sometimes use to describe when a row of knit or purl is unequal in size to its counterpart.

Elizabeth’s video is here https://vimeo.com/83384586

Elizabeth Doherty’s blogpost is here. Wrong Side Tracks


In The Pipeline

Quince’s How To Knit Kit isnow available. The kit contains everything needed for one's first foray into knitting! Packaged in a lovely wooden presentation box, the kit includes a copy of Knit: First Stitch/First Scarf, 2 skeins of our Aran weight Osprey yarn (in choice of 5 colors), a pair of straight wooden knitting needles in size US 10 (6 mm), and a tapestry needle.

Share the gift of knitting—
shop for our new book and kit today.

Quince & Co Phoebe
My sweater's worth of Phoebe in the color way Mercury

Phoebe comes in a tonal-dyed palette of nine colors, with just a touch of variegation. We named the colors after the planets in our own solar system, because knitting with Phoebe is an otherworldly experience. More info

Reading

A Homesteader’s Year on Deer Isle by Anneli Carter-Sundqvist


The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie (Jan 2016)*****

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.