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, February 20, 2015

Episode 199 Home


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Events and Announcements

Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration started

Georgia Retreat April 12-15, 2015 Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Mansfield GA (east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport)

Download Registration Information here.

Wednesday will be as long as you want to stay until 6 PM!

Needle Notes

Birthday socks for Peter

Desert Vista Dyeworks Proud as a Peacock #operationgiftsocks

3 x 1 ribbing is now my fave!


I took another Craftsy Class: Start Free Motion Quilting by Elizabeth Dackson

Book  Notes

Home: 18 Knittable Projects to Keep You Comfy by Pam Allen Quince & Co 2014


Home is a collection of 18 projects for keeping comfortable and warm at home. You’ll find patterns for cozy socks, slippers, and sweaters, a shawl that wraps around you like a favorite blanket, a soft afghan, pillows, and more. The patterns are straightforward knitting that beginners and advanced knitters alike will appreciate. Instructions are thorough and the techniques used, various cast ons and bind offs, seaming, etc., are spelled out in detail.


Highly recommended!

Giveaway! Leave a comment in the group. Go from link in my blog to Quince & Co. Tell me what you would knit first from the collection. Lookbook.

In the Pipeline

Reading:

Home by Marilynne Robinson

New Word: Susurrus: A whispering or rustling sound

Listening/Watching

Hi Paula,
Thanks for the many hours of pleasure I have gotten from your podcast. I also wanted to let you know about my new audio podcast, Teaching Your Brain to Knit. Inspired by your Nature Notes, my co-host Catherine and I have a segment called Behind the Redwood Curtain, all about the North Coast of California where we live. We also talk about what we’re learning from our knitting, a knitting note, and what we called a Brainy thing -- something about the brain, learning, or teaching and how it relates to knitting (or crochet.) http://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ We’re on itunes, Miro, Stitcher, Downcast and ipodder. The rss feed is here(http://teachingyourbraintoknit.libsyn.com/rss) and the show notes here at http://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/. If you think your listeners would be interested, we’d appreciate you letting them know about us.

Thanks,
Margaret aka Margaret924
Haste ye back!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Episode 198 Hayward Shawl


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Pipeliner Notes
From Blue China Doll: Thanks for EZ

Sent at 11:30 PM January 16, 2015

Hi Paula,
It is after midnight, and I really should get to bed, but I had to take a moment to thank you for introducing me to Elizabeth Zimmerman. I had absolutely no idea who she was when your show started, but you made her sound so intriguing that I ordered Knitting Without Tears.
When I first got the book 2 or 3 years ago, her methods sounded like WAY too much trouble. “Why not just get a good pattern and follow it?” I thought. But I am more experienced, and wiser now. I do try to get a good pattern and follow it, but I have learned that if I want it to fit, I’d better not follow it too slavishly.
That’s where EZ (and Amy Herzog, my other hero), come in. I do start by following a pattern. However, I now know that while gauge is important, it is more important to create a fabric that I am happy with. EZ helped me understand the concepts of sweater construction enough to be able to adjust most sweaters to fit my needs.
If I get into a pattern and get confused, I refer to her book to help me understand the construction so that I can carry on. (Unfortunately, I don’t have any knitter friends yet.) Recently I also used her wisdom to convert a 3/4 length sleeve to a long sleeve, with the proper proportions. I can remember when I would have just lengthened the sleeve without the shaping, resulting in a sweater that I didn’t want to wear.
Tonight I have used EZ’s wisdom to help me attach sleeves and body together on a seamless yoked sweater. My stitch counts don’t match those of the pattern any more because I made adjustments to get the fabric and shaping right. No matter. EZ explained how to get the right number of sleeve stitches on the needles, and calculate the correct number of underarm stitches to leave open. I may have to tweak the stitch counts a bit once everything is on the needles, in order to get the correct multiple of stitches for the cables I will make, but EZ has reassured me that that will not be a problem either.
I really feel like the boss of my knitting! :)

Thank you so much for all you share. I hope to meet you at a retreat someday. I had intended to try to come to Washington this year, but alas, my daughter’s wedding plans have put my travel plans on hold.

Enough blethering. I must get to bed!

Good night, and thank you again,

Chelly 
Blue China Doll

Events and Announcement

Washington IL Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration started

Georgia Retreat April 12-15, 2015 Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Mansfield GA (east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport)

Download Registration Information here.

Nature Notes

Great Backyard Bird Count Feb 13-16, 2015.

Download Great Backyard Bird Count PDF here.

From Aizome aka Nancy:

Loved your latest episode. Thank you! We had red-headed woodpeckers at our last home. It seems to me I read part of their decline was due to creosote on telephone poles. I did notice the ones in our backyard prefered the telephone poles for their pecking. I don't think they use creosote anymore. My dad, who is 89 years old now, said red-headed woodpeckers were one of the most common bird around when he was a kid. They are such beautiful birds.

From my journal: Seeing a cardinal or a flock of cardinals in the snow is as perfect a snapshot of winter here as I can imagine. Nonetheless those same male cardinals are starting to stake out their mating territories with occasional calls in the early morning and later afternoon. I learned recently that the female cardinal also sings but I have never observed that. Perhaps I just wasn’t looking for it. I heard one just now at 3:30 pm. This song is so beautiful and has many variations. To me it sounds like a sliding whistle and “Cheer, Cheer, Cheer”. As I’ve said before, the cardinal has it all: beauty and a great voice.

We’ve had our share of snow storms across the US. I found this for you by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the withered air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden's end.
The sled and traveler stopped, the courier's feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, and housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Needle Notes
Béguin de Printemps by Lili Comme Tout

Paula, In case you haven't gotten a note on this....
Béguin de Printemps is Spring Bonnet…if I am not mistaken.
 
Certainly enjoy your podcast!
 
Varian
Ravelry: varianbrandon

Hayward by Susan B Anderson



From Mandy:
I am a new knitter and to built my stash of needles I also purchased bamboo needles from China. I wanted a sharper tip so I used a pencil sharpener and realized I couldn't get it quite smooth enough not to catch. After a light sanding, I applied two coats of clear fingernail polish and now it's sliding right along again. I thought I'd mention it because it sounded like a quick and easy solution.

Desert Vista Dyeworks Zombody It’s Cold Outside


I did complete a whole class!

Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills by Gail Kessler

Yarns at Yin Hoo Podcast by Sarah Pomegranate

In The Pipeline

Reading

·        When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald

·        Landline by Rainbow Rowell

·        The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith


Housekeeping 1980

I read the books in the following order:

1.      Lila 2014

2.      Gilead 2005 Pulitzer Prize

3.      Home 2008

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


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Episode 197 Sharing News with Bronwyn and Sarah

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Bronwyn and Sarah...do we have fun, or what?


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Ravelry Group

Infinite Twist Giveaway

Congratulations, gwilkiu!  from New Mexico!

Please get in touch with me so I can send out your beautiful yarn from Infinite Twist


Needles Notes
Sarah
Garter Ear Flap Hat


Bronwyn
Premie Hats

Paula
  • Quilt finished by Nancy Bekedam aka Aizome on Ravelry or Grace and Peace Quilting.  Here's her Instagram feed.
I made the quilt top in 2010.


Nancy's craftsmanship is impeccable!



The Blethering Room

High Note Low Note

Sarah

  • Slow Cooker. AllRecipes.com Slow Cooker Recipe Collection


Bronwyn

  • Adult Library Program/2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast


Paula

  • Sweater I knit fits Sarah and she likes it! Simple V Neck Pullover by Heidi Kirmaier. Sarah is wearing the sweater in this photo.

Bronwyn and Sarah

www.zippershipper.com

In the Pipeline
Bronwyn:


The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and what they reveal about being human by Noah Strycker:

Friday, January 30, 2015

Episode 196 Socks and Cookies

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From  Pam Allen's new book HOME.

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Ravelry Group


Pipeliner Notes
Thanks to everyone who was in touch with me recently. We have a new Pipeliner who is Terriglo, she said she’s a long time listener from the beginning but realized she had not joined the group. That’s perfectly ok. I’ve done the same thing.

Itunes was a happy place this week. There were lovely reviews from kvaldes, nittennurse (who is karyol), and BG in WS NC. Thank you so very much for the reviews and star ratings.

From Sweetart77 Kathleen :
I just loved this episode! Taking a break from complex projects and knitting on “me” projects in January while enjoying getting inspired with organizing, purging things, and seeking the peace and joy of nature is just what this girl needed after a busy holiday season. When my bff visited from Boston this fall, I opened up my “wall of shawls” to her and we shared a great moment together with my suggestions and her fashion show. She went home with 3 items I may never have thought would be good for her, but she is now wearing them and thinking of me when she does. I too love a good system for organizing and esp the freeing feeling that comes with created space after a purge. My problem is that I literally lost all of my belongings in 1991 - except for a few treasured books - and so am very challenged when it comes to getting rid of things after having reestablished my inventory of home and personal items. But as I age I find that the best things in life aren’t things and I now use the rule that my items must have a purpose and not just be cute or pretty. Function over form - or both (best). Thanks again Paula.

From Middleagepearl


I’m doing a little catch up with the podcasts and wanted to comment about the tidying. I’m an accountant/tax preparer and it is my job to be completely and totally organized and detail oriented for 8+ hours a day while on the job. I find that my brain just can’t hold onto any more focus than those hours so the home is where I “let my hair down” so to speak. It is also where I do all my creative knitting. I like a clean house but a little clutter is OK. On another note, while not trying to enable your string/twine addiction, have you seen this product called Twool? British natural wool twine made particularly from the fleece of the Whiteface Dartmoor sheep. Their website it fabulous, lots of little video clips about the process of spinning the wool into twine.

My reply: I can totally understand that. A little clutter is ok with me too. The creative process is naturally messy, for me at least. My father was a master wood turner. He wasn’t the tidiest but he was organized enough. Once in a while he did a major tidying up. He said that he knew woodturners who had immaculate shops but most of them didn’t produce much.

(Note that I resisted buying the wool twine. Yay me!)

From Spice 46 Diane
I was listening to some back episodes last night, and have a question about the charity mittens. I would like to participate this fall, and plan to work on them through the summer. I have some lovely mitten wool, but it is 100% wool and not superwash. Is it safe to assume that the folks in Maine know how to care for woolen mittens? I know this yarn makes lovely, warm mittens as I have some that I made for myself from it. Thanks!

Thank you, DCAlane for mittens for Threads, Hope, and Love. This was the 40th pair for Threads.


Feel free to bring mittens to the retreat. I’ll store them for you until Maine or Cornerstone.

Events and Announcements
Sun Valley Fibers is at www.sunvalleyfibers.com

Prairie Bag Works is a vendor sponsor for the Knitting Pipeline Retreat. Sue and Sandy are the elves behind the bags.
We ship from the Midwest so we are centrally located for US mailings. We specialize in handmade sturdy knitting project bags of varying styles and sizes. Our bags are sturdily constructed and offer extras like inner pockets, straps to secure your knitting notions, and tape measures. Custom orders are another option to personalize your bag, just send us your request. Like us on FaceBook www.FaceBook.com/PraireBagWorks.
Gorgeous Prairie Bag Works Bags!

The Fiber Universe has been a full sponsor and supporter of the Knitting Pipeline Retreats from the beginning. They will be on our yarn crawl for the fourth year and will also set up a booth at the retreat. The Fiber Universe is located in the heart of Peoria with plenty of free parking right across the street. There are several places nearby for lunch or dinner.

We have local fibers and yarn from Lewis Llama Farm!!  We also offer a selection of yarns from Cascade, Plymouth, Skacel, Kauni, Jojoland, Misti Alpaca, Euro Yarns, Dream in Color, Frabjous Fibers, Frog Tree, Malabrigo,  Three Irish Girls, and more! Many thanks to Erin and Melinda for sponsoring the retreat.

Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration started January 5. We are mostly full. Getting to know you Washington IL Retreat

·        Halos of Hope—Angelmum3

·        Free table

Georgia Retreat April 12-15, 2015 Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Mansfield GA (east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport)

Download Registration Information here.

Nature Notes
Great Backyard Bird Count 
Download Great Backyard Bird Count PDF here.

Feb 13-16, 2015.

Needle Notes

Moses Hoodie by Amy Christoffers

It wasn't hard to put the zipper in. Give it a try! I sewed it in by hand.

Yarns at Yin Hoo  Read along Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku



Desert Vista Dyeworks Goo Goo Cluster




What I did:  Kitchener stitch: Instead of going into the front or back of one stitch, one the first stitch, go into two stitches.

In the Blethering Room

Episode 59 Curious Handmade Podcast by Helen Stewart


In The Pipeline


My husband helped me with the wooden needles. Sanded them a bit and used a mixture of beeswax and foodsafe oil. Secret formula!


Giveaway Thread: Visit Infinite Twist site which color is your favorite? What Infinite Twist kit is your favorite? If

By Feb 2 Ground Hogs Day


Robert Burns’ Day was January 25th, the anniversary of his birth. So in case you did not play your pipes or toast your haggis I have a verse to share.

“But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, it's bloom is shed;
Or, like the snow-fall in the river,
A moment white, then melts forever.”
Robert Burns, Tam O'Shanter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Episode 195 Moses Hoodie

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You can also find me here:



Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to everyone who was in touch with me recently. Welcome to new Pipeliners Jannicke73 and Ing-Marie, both living in Sweden.

Thank you so very much for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes.  Thank you, Missjaedoe!

JCEllison wrote I really like what you said about January. I get the same feeling after I take down the tree. This year, we re-organized our kids’ rooms and our basement office. It was a great feeling. I love the peaceful, clean feeling of this month and for this reason, it’s one of my favorite months.


What an interesting way to look at January. For me, especially since I moved to the Midwest from a warmer climate, it has become a just a miserable month to endure. All the deaths in our family have been in January so it naturally feels like a sad and hollow time. But to reframe it as a time put things in order puts a more positive spin on it. What the heck, I’m indoors anyway so it is the perfect time to bring order to chaos. Something like a spiritual spring while awaiting spring.


I look at January as a month to pamper myself. I take on no major house projects. I only knit what I want. I can read whenever I want and not feel guilty. We call it out hibernation month and it feels so good after all the busy of the holidays. Love to sit by fire and look at the snow coming down and my yard looks lovely with no work from us! I do my clean out in March as I start to anticipate spring. I also agree with the listener about only getting rid of your own things and involve owner as to what to do with their stuff. Love your show Paula.


I enjoyed listening to your thoughts about the tidying book - as I sit here procrastinating on my long to do list this morning. I am less cluttered this year since we moved last summer. I told my husband I can never go into the Goodwill store in the next town over since I feel like 1/3 of our house is in there. Anyway, I still struggle with tidying up and try not to let the new house get away from us. I grew up with a tidy mom and I was messy. She is still neat, but hoards certain things. Just don’t open her closets!

I am seeing my mom tonight and will pass along the message of do it now, later, or when you die…in a nice pleasant non-threatening way ;)


Events and Announcements

I’d like to introduce two more of our Knitting Pipeline Retreat Sponsors. Thank you, Sun Valley Fibers and Klose Knit.

We are very happy to welcome Sun Valley Fibers back as a vendor at the knitting Pipeline Retreat and this year as a vendor sponsor. Sun Valley Fibers is a family-run business, located on a farm nestled in the hills of southwest Wisconsin.  They specialize in hand-dyeing luxurious artisan yarns and fibers in rich, inspiring colors for your one-of-a-kind knitting, crochet and weaving projects. At the retreat you will meet the ever lovely Jeanette. They also have the handcrafted Yarn Buddy which is a yarn caddy that is so useful for keeping your yarn in place. I can’t wait to see what gorgeous yarn Jeanette brings with her this year. Jeanette is hosting her January Thaw retreat this weekend and I so regret not signing up for that in time!

Klose Knit in Urbana IL has been a sponsor of the Knitting Pipeline Retreat for 4 years now.

Is a charming full service shop that has become of a favorite of Pipeliners traveling along I-74. You will find this little house/shop filled with amazing yarn finds such as Rowan, Spud and Cloe, Opal, Austermann Step, Takhi and more. I’m amazed when I visit Klose Knit at the range of products—some I’ve never seen in any other shop, inspiring sample knits, and friendly service.

Klose Knit is a quick hop off the I-74 in the heart of Urbana IL.  311 W. Springfield Ave.Urbana, Illinois 61801 (across from Strawberry Fields). Many knitters are finding this to be a perfect stop while traveling off I-74 on their way to Washington IL. They enjoy visiting with Brigitte and then ride on fiber fumes the rest of the way.
Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration started January 5. We are getting full so if you want to come be sure to register ASAP.

Download Registration Information here.

Georgia Retreat

April 12-15, 2015

(Sunday 2:00 PM through Wed 10:00 AM


563 Elliott Trail
Mansfield GA 30055(
east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport)
770-784-3152

Your registration fee includes:

Single or Double Room (own bed) and private bath with tub and shower
All meals from Sunday dinner through Wed breakfast
Knitting Pipeline Retreat Tote Bag
and all the knitting and fiber fun we can pack into 3 days!

Double Occupancy $330.00
Single Occupancy $430.00
Triple    $300.00

Nature Notes

We are experiencing the January Thaw which I don’t believe existed last winter as it was so cold and snowy—the snowiest on record! There have been an unusual number of female purple finches (or house finches) at the feeders. At first I thought perhaps it was a flock of sparrows that I was unfamiliar with but with binoculars I made certain that I was not making an assumption. Sometimes if you don’t look carefully you might miss identifying a bird because you just assume it is one of the regulars but sometimes another species can sneak in. The birds we are seeing at the feeders now are tufted titmouse, cardinal, finches, both gold and house finches, nuthatches, black capped chickadees, downy woodpecker, red headed woodpecker, and blue jays. It’s busy out there most of the day especially with the squirrels constantly moving through the trees and on the ground.


Last spring when I visited Boston for a little day of knitting with my good friends we went on the quest for the Snowy Owl. You might remember that story because seeing the Snowy Owl was a very big day for me and I have Martha and Jan to thank for that. I talked about how I had read a gardening book years ago and the author advised mulching with salt marsh hay. Having lived in the Midwest all my life I had not idea what salt marsh hay was and I actually went to a garden shop and asked about it. They didn’t know what it was either. Anyway, I could not remember the name of the book or the author but I have it now.  I ran across her just by chance while looking for nature quotes. The book is:

Stout, R. (1963). Gardening Without Work. New York: The Devin-Adair Company, Reprinted by Norton Creek Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9819284-6-3

Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indolent Paperback – September 17, 2013 by Ruth Stout

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout

Needle Notes

Wall of Shawls errata Emily actually chose Hitchhiker by Martine Behm. Wollmeise.

Moses Hoodie by Amy Christoffers

New American Knits by Amy Christoffers



 About 32¾ (36, 39¼, 42½, 45¾, 48¾)" (83 [91.5, 99.5, 108, 116, 124] cm) bust circumference, closed

I used Kimmet Croft Fibers Softie. 75% Wool and 25% Angora Blend.

Learned a lot!

·        Check to make sure you are knitting the right size.

·        Set in sleeves

·        Zipper

·        Craftsy Class: The Essential Guide to Finishing Handknits by Anne Hanson. Please click in sidebar to take you to Craftsy. Thank you!

·        Weaving in ends

Only Modification: Added texture pattern to hood.

In The Pipeline


Jan. 22, 2015 through March 1, 2015!



Full kit includes three 80 cm bamboo circular needles, in size 6 / 4.0 mm, size 7 / 4.5 mm, and size 8 / 5.0 mm., a two-color pattern-marking pencil, metal stitch markers in three colors, a yarn needle, a kilt pin, the printed pattern, and all the hand-painted yarn you'll need to complete the project - 660 yards in all.

This kit is hand-dyed to order - please allow up to two weeks for us to prepare your kit. Shipping to the U.S. and China is free!

·        Beautifully packaged with tissue paper and sticker, lovely note from Cate.

·        Lichen color

·        Needles in 3 sizes, stitch markers, tapestry needles, card with ruler on the side.

·        Kit of 4 mini-skeins in Clear Water, Laurel, Lichen, and Soft Gold

·        Mini skein of handspun

Giveaway Thread: Visit Infinite Twist site which color is your favorite? What Infinite Twist kit is your favorite? If

Please enter the drawing by Feb 2 Ground Hogs Day.

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

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