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

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

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Episode 26 Winter Solstice

Listen here or use the Flash Player on this page.
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!

55 comments:

Stephanie Lewis said...

Loved the fingerless gloves! Thanks for the great podcast and have a Great Christmas.
Stephanie

Jessica said...

Would love to win some patterns! Have a Merry Christmas Paula!
Jpeled on ravelry

ewesmama said...

your fingerless mittens are wonderful, love to listen, thanks for keeping me company!

Dendiane said...

Love the fingerless mittens, very stylish! Thanks for your podcast and Merry Christmas.

Chris said...

I am one of those people who think ponchos are always "in", but it probably depends on the style. The owners of our LYS believe firmly that ponchos shouldn't be worn by anyone over the age of 10, but I disagree. :)

KnitNana said...

That's one of the most delightful photo arrangements of knitting I've seen...the blues especially, but the butter shades set those off! So glad I discovered you!
(((hugs)))

Anna said...

Your photos are beautiful! Love the knits and the blend of colors - blues and yellows together just say warmth to me! Keep the great stuff coming! Have a very Merry Christmas :)

Wendy said...

Happy Solstice! Love your podcast--perfect for driving back forth to my yarn shop!

Anonymous said...

Happy, happy.. merry, merry!
ditetre@mac.com

Retha said...

I love those fingerless mitts, may have to crank out a pair tomorrow. :) Thanks for the giveaway, too. Oh yes, and I left you a five star rating on itunes....love, love, love your podcast.

Paige said...

LOVE the fingerless gloves!!! I knitted my own pair up a few weeks ago.

Mazel Tough Cocktail said...

I found your podcast thanks to Vogue Knitting posting a link to it on facebook. What an enjoyable time I spent listening to you while I was cooking.

That Star Of Bethlehem story made me absolutely laugh out loud! And thanks for the great info on choosing yarn.

Anastacia
Sacramento, CA

vickie said...

Hi I just found your podcast via Vogue knitting I love pipe and drum bands. I go to the scottish festival every year in my city. those fingerless glove patterns are lovely. I am off to listen to your podcast now vbarton24 at gmail dot com

handmadehomeschool said...

I really like the seeing the photo of all the shades lined up together.

I'm excited about the Wesknits contest. His patterns are so architectural.

PrairiePoppins on Rav

Anonymous said...

Can ponchos be "out" when wraps and shawls are "in?" I've had a boneyard shawl in my queue for a year. Now might be the time to win!
dsebennetch@comcast.net

Tammy said...

the fingerless mitts are wonderful!

sarasara said...

Hi Paula, Love the podcast! Also a fan of the Westknits patterns and would like to win some. Merry Christmas and Happy Winter Solstice to you! sarasara on Rav.

Anonymous said...

My mother was, among other things, a flower arranger. She used a lot of Star of Bethlehem for bride's bouquets. It was beautiful. But she always referred to it as "S.O.B." which sounds like an appropriate name. hutchart (ravelry)

alisonc said...

I'm almost done with a pair of 'those mitts'. Great idea. Re: Stephen West's patterns, I'd be happy for me or anyone else who wins those patterns!

Caroline said...

I'm delighted with your Baked Sweet Potatoes and a salad as a healthful meal. Sure is! No need for flesh-eating!

punk pony yarns said...

Another great podcast Paula! We have alot of beautiful red Cardinals around here. BlueJays too. Stunning to watch against the beautiful white snow. Happy holidays! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the podcast Paula. This may have already been mentioned...but Stephen West has several patterns that could fit into your "garter st. anyone?" thread. His designs are innovative and unique. I'm sure they are interesting and fun to knit.
Olga (oo17)

redsknits said...

I'm with Chris on the subject of ponchos, they are always in. That said, it might be wise not to make them "loud and garish" but rather "colorful and stylish". I have a nice warm burgundy one that I made for myself by holding a strand of worsted merino with a strand of a worsted alpac/silk blend. It is my "air-travel" poncho and goes on every trip I take from or to a cool clime. I find that the poncho is easy to use with shoulder bags and stays on as I rush from gate to gate. Further, it is a great blanket, now that airlines don't always supply them. Check mine out on Ravelry -http://www.ravelry.com/projects/redsknits/stockinette-and-seed-stitch-poncho.

Anonymous said...

i just love the pagone pattern, and would really love to win. from marimariknit

mikeslittlesis said...

I would love to try a Stephen West pattern. It would be a nice change from lacy shawls.

Mikeslittlesis. On Ravelry

puffyg said...

Oh, I just love Westknits designs! I knit both Daybreak and Boneyard this summer, and I've got Clockwork in my mental queue. In fact, some yarn that will make a gorgeous Clockwork arrived under my Christmas tree this afternoon!

Thank you and thanks to Westknits for this awesome giveaway!

I.M. Knittified said...

Just found you and am looking forward to listening to your podcast... Also, hope to win the Westknits patterns as I have been wanting to knit several of his designs and ... what better motivation!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Lisa said...

Love your podcast, love your mitts; I've made a few myself, and have plans for many more. Love the WestKnits give away, crossing my fingers hoping to win.

Cozy Knitting said...

I love your comments about shawls and other knits. Ponchos are something I will never wear. I grew up in the 60's and I had to wear the ponchos that my grandmothers made. They were knitted well, but-well, you know-I was MADE to wear them.

Betty said...

I would love to win a pattern from Stephen West. I love the garter stitch pattern review. You can reach me at jeremiah1300@mac.com.
Betty

zendee said...

i just listened to the episode. i would like to say i crocheted a pink fun fur poncho and i love it and wear it everywhere. i really dont care what people think. i love it and its really warm. most people touch me because they want to pet the poncho :). i think we should make and wear what makes us feel good.
thank you dianna (zendee on raverly)

Carin Riley said...

I recently started listening to your podcast and I'm so glad I did. You are such a joy to listen to. I hope we can meet sometime. I am considering CampKIP. Perhaps we will get to meet then. Fingers crossed for Franklin and "the girls".
Warm Regards,
Carin (thriftyknitter)

Sharon said...

I'm not sure about a poncho. I have flashbacks to a harvest gold/avocado green crochet poncho an Aunt made for me in the early 70's. On the other hand, the WestKnits giveaway would be a great way to start the new year.

Heidiinthehills said...

Thanks Paula I love listening to the podcast, hope you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas.

Yarnluv said...

Happy new year, Paula! Thanks for anther lovely episode which I enjoyed listening to in Maine during the blizzard!

Natalie Servant said...

I love baked sweet potatoes. Nummy. Happy new year!

1to1 said...

Another informative episode!!! I'll have to try Those Mitts. Steven West has some awesome patterns.

Happy New Year!!

PS I listened to your podcast when it first came out but just got around to posting....didn't want you to think that I'd wait this long to listen! :-}

busyHSmom said...

Listening for the first time. One of my favorite finished projects is a Daybreak by S. West. You can see it here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BlueMoonArtistry/daybreak I was thrilled when my son, who I originally knit it for confessed that he would prefer a more earth-toned scarf...so I got to keep it for myself! I wear it all the time. I'd love the opportunity for more Westknits patterns.

Lorrie said...

I love Westknits patterns! It would be fun to win! Lorrie

JudyAnn said...

I love those fingerless mitts! Paula, the best thing about your podcast is all those shawls you talk about---that gives me ideas for my next(?) projects.

And Westknits wins!

Anonymous said...

Love your podcast, Paula! Have listened since the first episode. Winning some Westknits patterns would certainly bring in 2011 with a bang! LoopyLiz

yarnette said...

Thanks for a great podcast, blogs and now
giveaways.Happy New Year! yarnette

Anonymous said...

I truly enjoy all of your episodes! I hope this makes it into the Comments section, since is my fourth try.

Happy New Year
Judy Brown
JudyBee on ravelry

Becky said...

Happy New Year, Paula! I love the podcast and would love to win some Westknits patterns! I have done 3 of his designs already. His patterns are great!

roundaboutacres said...

Happy 2011 to you Paula, and to all of the listeners! I enjoy you podcast and look forward to the next one. I love the wrister designs and the West designs are great, too. Thanks for sharing your time with us!

Anne said...

Happy New Year Paula! I so enjoy listening to your show as well as viewing your beautiful photographs. I feel like you are an old friend!
Anne

Aizome said...

I love cardinals!!! Your mitts are adorable lined up in a row. I was glad to hear you knit a shizuku, since I test knit it. Keep the lovely podcasts coming! I look forward to sitting down with a cup of tea, my spinning and your podcast. Thanks!

Marisa LoSardo said...

I'm a newbie to your blog and podcast and I absolutely love it! I especially love your nature notes. I love hearing about the weather and all the critters on your property. I live in South Florida and we don't get that here! Keep up the awesome podcasts!

Marisa
Cooper City, Florida

Anonymous said...

Again a great podcast, look forward to more and the possibility of winning a Stephen West pattern.

sgdileanis@gmail.com
luvtoyo on Ravelry

Elizabeth MacR said...

Can't wait to try those mitts, very cute!

Anonymous said...

Hi from Dunoon -home of the Cowal Highland Gathering and World Highland Dancing Championships. Enjoying your casts ...

Ugliebettie@btinternet.co.uk

hollyberry knits said...

Hi, Paula. I have so loved listening to your podcast. Your thoughtful comments have provided a lovely addition to the growing world of online knitting communication. Thanks so much!

I've read a few knitwear designers say when they knit for pleasure they choose simple designs...like Stephen West's designs, I imagine. Just lovely piles of stitch after stitch!

Alchemy said...

Hi! Fun episode--thanks! We eat lots of sweet potato here, too. We like it in a casserole with apples--no marshmallows necessary :-)
Thanks for the giveaway!

stringplay said...

Paula, you know I run behind and I didn't listen to this (great!) podcast until this past Monday, first day back at work and faced a mountain of year-end work and many deadlines. Was tired and downcast as I began my walk. Between the Star of Bethlehem story and the Vogue photo styling descriptions, I was laughing aloud as I walked. Thank you for yet another fabulous podcast. A joy. Haven't listened to Passion episode yet, but your Citron looks fabulous.

Caitlin said...

Thanks for another great episode. I really enjoy the podcast!

About Me

My Photo
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.