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

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Episode 184 Balsam Hollow and Mitten Month

This is a very short episode to share the Green Gables Kit from Little Skein in the Big Wool (available Sept 22 6 PM Pacific Time) and our October Mitten KAL. 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.

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Green Gables Kit by Little Skein in the Big Wool will be released Sept 22 at 6 PM Pacific Time!
  • Balsam Hollow Shawl and Leading Men Fiber Arts Exclusive colorways
  • #annealong September 23 through Dec 21

October is Mitten Month! Join the Mitten Along here.
  • Knit any pair of mittens, as many pair as you like, post a photo in the thread. One entry for each post, no limit! Use the mittens for Christmas gifts or donate to charity.
I'm off to the Maine Retreat! Haste ye back!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Episode 183 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool

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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 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!


Piper's Journey in the wild in Bleating Heart Haven booth
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.


Upstairs Downstairs in Large size using 3 skeins of Quince & Co Chickadee


You can find my Longaberger Home Business at www.longaberger.com/paula.

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Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group.

Pipeliner Notes

Thank you for your 5 star ratings and reviews on iTunes. Activity on the star ratings and reviews help bump the show up so others can find it and other great fiber related podcasts.

Last week I reviewed Sock Architecture: Heels, Toes, and Techniques for knitting awesome socks by Lara Neel

Winner of e-book Sock Architecture by Lara Neel is TheNeedleNeuk who wrote:

I enjoy knitting socks because it is a portable project and the yarn selection is endless.

Events

Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat September 21-25 2014


Knitting Pipeline Cornerstone Inn Retreat October 22-25 2015

Mitten Day is October 14 according to the Vesterheim Museum. Day when folks got their mittens out for the winter.

We’ve always talked on the show about celebrating Mitten Day, maybe having a KAL. Stay tuned for Mittenalong.

Nature Notes

I saw Sandhill Cranes in WI in bog near the road on Rt 26.

Needle Notes

Vedbaek by Karina Westerman 

Special price!  Designer Karina Westerman is offering Pipeliners 20% off the pattern Vedbaek until Nov. 1. Use promo code swanwing. Thank you, Karina!


Fruit Stripe Gum Socks by Leah Oakley





Mods:

·        Slip st heel

·        Like sl st pattern on instep for shaping and I also add to bottom of heel for wear

·        Barb aka Babsbutterfly asked me whether I reinforce the heel with nylon. My preferred method is to reinforce when the socks are finished by using a darning needle and a silk/mohair blend which is like nature’s nylon.

·        How to prevent pig’s eye on your socks. Charlene Schurch Little Box of Socks.  I do not have a tutorial for you but I’ll try to get one done soon. Maybe not until after Maine Retreat.

The Blethering Room

My First Sheep and Wool Festival. Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival! WI at Jefferson County Fair Grounds.


Barb, Paula, and Debbie by the Sheep Sign


Just some of the wonderful vendors!

·        Bijou Basin Ranch

·        Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill

·        Green Mountain Spinnery

·        Jennie the Potter

·        Ogle Designs

·        Sun Valley Fibers

·        Briar Rose Fibers

·        Fiber Optic

·        Gales Art

·        Bleating Heart Haven /Cindy Ellenbecker. Piper’s Journey on display. Worsted weight.

Kimmet Croft Fibers Yarns in the Bohus Tradition Softie Natural Undyed Fiber 25% Angora 75% Merino

Also bought some Brown Sheep for mittens.

Jennie The Potter Mug

 
Jennie The Potter Mug





Barb's gorgeous pots of flowers.

View from deck

Captain Barb and Skipper Debbie
Haste ye back!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Episode 182 Vedbaek and Pebble Beach Shawlette

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 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.

You can also find me here:
Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.
Instagram: knittingpipeline
Twitter: knittingline

Events

Winners selected by Random Number Generator!



Please contact me with your email address!

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!
Knitting Pipeline Maine Retreat September 21-25 2014
Knitting Pipeline Cornerstone Inn Retreat October 22-25 2015
Nature Notes
There are definitely some signs of fall although it is rather warm today and the past few days. The Redwing blackbirds are no longer staking out their territories on the fence posts. The American Goldfinches are starting to molt. The insects are singing quite a lot. Last night it was so loud outside! I believe every grasshopper and cicada was in full voice. As I sit here I am watching a hummingbird gathering nectar at the Butterfly Bush. Bob says that the birds are draining the platform feeder every day. They need more food as they prepare for migration and some may be migrating through to their winter grounds. A lone Goldenrod has bloomed in the midst of our wood pile.
Susan aka Pinkshawlgirl sent me an article from the Kenosha News on Butterflies. According to the spokesperson in the article Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea is not native to North America!  Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida is native. I was not able to verify so if you have information please let me know.
Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?
It is if you first become a part of nature. You suppress your presence as a human being, stay very still, and convince yourself that you are a tree or grass or a flower. It takes time, but once the butterfly lets its guard down, you can become friends quite naturally.
~~Haruki Murakami

Needle Notes
Vedbaek by Karina Westerman
The Vedbaek shawl is part of the Doggerland: Knits from a Lost Landscape e-book collection.
Doggerland consists of 8 patterns and is a collection of accessories inspired by a submerged landscape between Scandinavia and the UK. The collection uses motifs commonly found on artefacts from the Middle Stone Age and seeks to take you on a journey through landscapes of your own.


  • Special price!  Designer Karina Westerman is offering Pipeliners 20% off the pattern Vedbaek until Nov. 1. Use promo code swanwing. Thank you, Karina!



My Vedbaek

I had 600 yd and it is quite large.

I really enjoyed knitting Vedbaek. It is well-written with both charts and written directions. I’m not sure why it has not had more attention. It has just enough going on to keep your interest but easily memorized. I knit most of it at SSK while conversing with others. Highly recommended. Do you have a favorite pattern that you feel has been duly recognized?
Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart/CuriousHandmade


My Pebble Beach Shawlette

The Pebble Beach Shawl was the winner of the Unwind Brighton design competition!

Beautiful shawl and excellent pattern. Highly recommended. Knit it up in a few days. The yarn from Leading Men Fiber Arts is perfect!

In The Piping Circle

Saturday August 30 Waukesha WI Games We first place in Grade V with a clean sweep across all the categories!
Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums won first place in Grade V!

Tuning the band in the rain

Heather and Kevin, my piping and traveling buddies


Book Notes
Sock Architecture by Lara Neel. There is a giveaway for a free copy of this book. You must enter in the Ravelry thread here.
Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Episode 181 Hitofude and Tripartite

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.


Upstairs Downstairs Cowl
Special Release Price of $3.00 through Sept 1. 2014. Purchase here.

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.
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 was in touch with me recently. I really enjoy getting to know you a bit. If I have missed yo, which does happen, please send me a pm to let me know.
Thank you for your 5 star ratings and reviews on iTunes.  There was a lovely new review by Doxiegirl21. Thank you. Activity on the star ratings and reviews help bump the show up so others can find it and other great fiber related podcasts.
Last week I announced that I had just released a new pattern: Upstairs Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes. There is a special release price of $3.00 now and through at least Sept 1. That should give most of you a chance to buy the pattern at the special price. Thank you so much for your kind comments and support.
Thank you to Loel, Jennxpt, Jill, Jane aka PrairiePoet, and Stephigordon.
… Thank you so much for the tutorial on garter stitch in the round. I have a question about the technique. Does it matter whether you start on the wrong side or the right side of the work? Perhaps that depends on the pattern and where garter stitch should appear? What are your thoughts? Jane, Prairie Poet (Rav)
It might matter, Jane, but probably not that often. Let’s say you were knitting garter stitch in the round and you did your first purl round in the traditional way and then decided to change to the technique I showed you. You would want to complete a knit row on the RS before changing. Otherwise if you wrap and turn and knit on the WS you will have two rows of reverse stockinette on the RS. Always look at your work to make sure it looks correct before proceeding.
Events
We are in the last week of The Sister Bay KAL!
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
We have had our first hot spell of the year. The night sounds are still quite loud but it has been too warm at night to open up the house. One day Bob saw a Cooper’s Hawk land on our deck railing right by the thistle feeder and hummingbird feeder.  He actually knew where my camera was and managed to get several great photos. He observed that the birds did not seem to mind that the hawk was right there but Bob wasn’t comfortable with it.



Se the hummingbird in the photo?


 Last week I mentioned that the young goldfinches were quite demanding. They have been even more so this week. We get such a kick out of watching them flapping their wings and cheeping for someone to come and feed them! Sometimes a fledgling will be perched right on the niger seed feeder but won’t try to get seed for himself. These young birds all look female but I’m sure there are males that don’t have their full coloring yet. We have noticed that the males are starting to molt for their winter plumage. That is a sure sign that summer is coming to an end. I know I have said this before but for new listeners and bird lovers, the American Goldfinch is one of the last birds to nest and raise their young. Most of the other birds are well into breeding and nesting and raising their young by the time the goldfinches are nesting. The reason is that goldfinches use thistle down for their nests so they wait until the thistle plants have bloomed and seeded. The house wrens were here longer than usual this year. We are fairly certain they raised an extra brood, possible a third, before migrating for the winter. We miss their cheerful songs. Lately I’ve been hearing a lot of the Kentucky Warbler. I kept hearing this bird but could not identify the call. It wasn’t the Tufted Titmouse. Similar though. It wasn’t a Caroline Wren. Finally I thought what bird do (1) know is probably here and (2) has a song I do not know well. I used my iBird app Birds of the Midwest and after looking for a while came upon Kentucky Warbler. The call is “churry, churry, churry”.  This is what it sounds like.
Kentucky Warbler Portrait by Lang Elliott
I wish I were better at recalling bird songs. I know the basic ones but there are so many I don’t know. My introduction to birding was with Roger Tory Peterson and the Peterson Guide to Easter Birds I bought at the college bookstore. It is still my favorite bird identification book.
I can recognize the calls of practically every bird in North America. There are some in Africa I don't know, though.--Roger Tory Peterson

Needle Notes
Tripartite by Stephen West
I can’t believe I said that nothing really big had happened at Stitches! Here I am wearing my Tripartite with Stephen himself! He is very kind and gracious with his fans.


Stephen is tall but he was also wearing shoes with thick soles!  Really!
Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu
Prairie Piper’s Hitofude




with Sarah of In a Sknit podcast. I am wearing Hitofude.
In The Pipeline
Fruit Gum Stripe socks by Leah Oakley
Releasing new pattern on August 31 and it will be free for 1 week.  Twisted Breeze Socks.

Product Notes/Stitches Midwest Purchases


Left to Right: Kollage Creamy Flame, Lost City Knits, Dragonfly Fibers

Handwork Hardware Double Pointed Knitting Needle Sorter and Gauge for sizes 000-to US 5. 1.5 to 3.75 mm. $26.
Birds of a Feather  jelby.etsy.com
Lost City Knits Pathways Sock
Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock in Mushroom Hunting
Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in Bad Moon Rising
Kollage Creamy Flamé in Ruby Red 2 skeins=400 yds
In The Piping Circle and some blether…
Budweiser Clydesdales were in town this week!
Parade to honor first responders for Nov 17 tornado.


Erin Feis on Peoria Riverfront Gateway Park



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.