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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Episode 26 Winter Solstice

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I became very excited when I saw the Danish greeting!  Be sure to enlarge this on your screen to enjoy the full effect of the band and dancers.  From The Dutch Pipes and Drums.
Cardinalis cardinalis
The Northern Cardinal is a brilliant bird in our winter landscape.

Are ponchos in or out?  Probably out but ask me next week.  The fashion tends to come and go.

A new podcast that I've listened to:  Clothed in the Lamb by Janeen.

"Those Mitts" by Leslie Friend.  A total of 5 pair.  The gold ones are "Carrie's Yellow" in the Chickadee (sport weight) by Quince & Co.

Aren't they pretty?
Shizuku by Angela Tong.  Yarn requirements: 2 skeins of Noro.  I used Farmhouse Chunky.

  • Tang by Wendy Bernard and others in Custom Knits
  • Cadence Pullover by Jordana Page
  • Wonderful Wallaby by Carol Anderson/Cottage Creations
  • Oh Baby! Baby Bootie
  • Ribwarmer by Elizabeth Zimmermann
  • Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
  • Retro Baby Smock
  • Woodsmoke by Jared Flood in Brave New Knits
  • Elektra by Rosemary Hill
  • Schieffelin Point Shawl
  • Catenary by Kiersten Brandt
  • Martha Stewart's Knitted Neck Scarf
I enjoyed the article by Carol Sulcoski.   This gave me a new perspective on choosing yarns for a project.

High Note

Baked Sweet Potato
Cover a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil (I use Reynold's Brand).  Otherwise you will have a lot of sticky goo to clean off your pan.  If you don't mind that, just oil the pan a little.  Wash whole potatoes and brush with olive oil.  Bake in 350 to 375 degree oven until potatoes start to ooze (about 1.5 hours).  Then they are done.  Even the skins taste good!  And they are good for you, too!  Serve with a big lettuce salad for a great, healthful meal.

Star of Bethlehem

I tell a story about my war on the Star of Bethlehem in the garden at our old house.  Do not plant this bulb.  It is so invasive!  My friend Joan played a little joke on me.

Westknits Giveaway!
Everyone who leaves a comment here will be in a drawing for 3 patterns, compliments of Stephen West!

Thanks to everyone for your support in the first 6 months of the podcast!  If you are able to leave a positive 5 star review on iTunes, please know that will help others find the podcast.  Have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Episode 25 Wristers and Muffatees

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A Winner!

Thanks to everyone who left comments on the blog!
If you order from Quince & Co please mention the podcast. Thank you!

The winner of the giveaway from Quince & Co is Sabra!  Sabra, please contact me as I do not have your contact information.  Congratulations!

Leave a comment below to enter the new giveaway for 3 patterns of your choice from Stephen West of Westknits!

These are vintage patterns that I meant to talk about on the show but forgot!
Muffatee Pattern from the Swaledale Museum, Yorkshire, U.K.

Vintage Patterns from 1843.  Muffatees and Wristers

Robin Hansen.  Fox, Geese, and Fences.   Down East Books.  1983
Robin Hansen and Janetta Dexter  Flying Geese and Partidge Feet.  Down East Books.  1986.

Patterns mentioned in this podcast
The first two patterns were published in Knitty.

Fetching in Cascade 220.
These 3 patterns were published on Leslie's Blog A Friend to Knit With

3 pair of Those Mitts by Leslie Friend.  Two pair have the Baby Cable Rib and one pair is as the pattern is written (far right).
I added Baby Cable Rib to my version of Those Mitts.  Directions are on one of the pages in the sidebar.  I believe it is the same as Mock Cable Rib.  No cable needle necessary!

Baby Cable Rib
The music is from the Eastern European Vocal Ensemble, Kitka.  The song is Shen Khar Venakhi ("You are a vineyard, just blossoming") from the Magnatune Christmas CD. 

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Episode 24 More Shawl Style

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Quince & Co. is giving away a scarf pattern and the yarn to make it (your choice) to one lucky listener of Knitting Pipeline.  Leave a comment below or on Episode 23 and your name will be entered into the drawing.  The winner will be announced on Episode 25!  Be sure to leave a way for me to reach you, either your blog or Ravelry name!

Here are some new photos of my recent Quince Stash.

Chickadee (Sport Weight) in the color Bird's Egg.  Oh, the possibilities!

A luscious skein of Pomegranate.

Finished Projects

Schieffelin Point Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn.  A free pattern from Kelbourne Woolens.

Blocking on the guest bed.  The best photo for showing the shape of the shawl.

The color is Snap Pea in the Chickadee line from Quince & Co.

Lace detail
Falling Water Shawl by Rose Beck/Rosy Posy Designs.

Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums performed at Grace Family Christmas last weekend.  The show was fabulous!  I will let you know when this program will air on television in the U.S.

The "No-Purl Experiment" of One
For the past month or so I have been doing as little purling as possible because I had been experiencing some discomfort in my hands after knitting for a while.  I have concluded (quite scientifically, of course) that purling was the culprit.  Bad purl!

No-Purl Patterns Submitted by Pipeliners
Most of these are linked on the Knitting Pipeline Podcast Group on Ravelry
  • Round the Bend Jacket by Meg Swansen
  • 22.5 degrees by Martina Behm
  • Baktus by Strikkelisa
  • Eyelet Shawl by Vickie Harding (not garter stitch but could possibly be converted)
  • Brandywine Shawl by Rosemary Hill
  • Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer
  • Milkweed Shawl by Laura Chau
  • Confluence Shawlette by Sivia Harding
  • Clockwork by Stephen West
  • Einstein Jacket by Sally Melville
  • Wavy Scarf by Handmaiden
  • Sea Lettuce Scarf by Lucy Neatby
  • Super Easy Baby Blanket by Whitney Van Nes
  • Easy top Down Raglan by Susan B. Anderson
I'm going to Camp KIP!  Are you?  Jackie of KIPing it Real Podcast is organizing a fantastic retreat at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton IL April 6-9.  Read about it and register here

The tune is from Magnatune's Christmas Album.  Gloucestershire Wassail-Wassail Song by James Edwards.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Episode 23 Shawl Style

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We have a winner from November's No-Purl Contest!  Nancy McCarroll!  Congratulations!  Nancy has won 3 patterns of her choice from Rose Beck at Rosy Posy Designs.

Nature Notes
It is cold here (22 degrees F.)  The deer are moving through the woods. 

Shawl Style

Shawls mentioned in this segment are Pi Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmermann, Stonington Shawl by Elizabeth Zimmermann, and a pattern from Knitting World Magazine, Oak Leaf and Acorn Shawl by Linda Carlson.

Susan is the model for the shawl photos.

Susan models The Swallowtail.  Point over the shoulder.  Tied loosely.

Ishbel with point of shawl in front and tails wrapped around back and to the front.

When shawls have long tails, you can tie a loose knot in the front.

Brandywine Shawl with point on the side and secured with a shawl pin.

Small shawls and scarves hanging in my closet.
Wool from Quince & Co!

Product Notes

Quince & Co produces yarn from U.S. raised sheep.  The wool is spun in an historic mill.  There is currently only one retail store, Knitwit in Portland ME. 

Enter the Quince and Co. Knitting Pipeline giveaway by leaving a comment here!  The prize is a scarf pattern from their site (your choice) and the wool to make the scarf!  The winner will be announced on December 17th, 2010.  Please leave an email, Ravelry ID, or blog name where I can reach you.
The music is from this album from Magnatune.  The tune is a collection of traditional carols:  Sans Day Carol, Sussex Carol, and Deck the Halls.  Performed by James Edwards.
All Performances are sold out.

In fact, it is time for me to start thinking about getting ready for tonight's performance!

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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.