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Friday, January 7, 2011

Episode 27 Knitting is my Passion!

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A contest winner is announced for the 3 patterns donated by Stephen West of Westknits!  Thank you to Stephen West!

Thank you to all the Pipeliners who contributed comments on the previous topics of whether ponchos are in fashion and shawl wearing for men.

Designs mentioned in this segment:

Nature Notes

The best viewing for American Bald Eagles is the winter months in the upper Midwest, along bodies of water.  Choose a cold winter day when there is ice on the water.  Places where the ice is broken are spots where eagles tend to gather for food.  Dams, harbors, under bridges, or barge trails are possibilities.  The best times of day are around 10 AM and 3 PM although you can find them anytime during daylight hours.

The American Bald Eagle
  • Takes 5 years to attain full mature plumage.
  • Mates for life.
  • Can see a target from up to a mile away.
  • Flies up to 30 mph

In the 1960's there were only 400 pairs of nesting Bald Eagles in the U.S.
After the ban of the pesticide DDT in 1973, Bald Eagles (and other wildlife) began making a comeback.
2007--Removed from Endangered Species List and are now a Protected Species.

Needle Notes

I finished my Citron which I began in October.  It was published in Knitty Winter 2009 and was designed by Hilary Smith Callis.  I added beads on the bottom ruffle.  See my project notes for details.  I then used a crocheted bead border from Lorna Miser's book Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting.  Tedious but definitely worth it.  It took several days to finish the bind off because I could only accomplish it while sitting at a table.

This is the crochet bead bind off video for the shawl.

After talking about my Citron I tell a story about a friend's reaction to the shawl.  She told me in no uncertain terms, "You need to get a life!"  Thank you to my friend, Mary, who came to my rescue with, "She HAS a life and it is knitting!"  We all should have a passion in life outside of our family and work.  Fortunately,  I have more than one.

Time is our most precious commodity.  As knitters we make the most of little bits of it.

In the Blethering Room

From our discussion of "No Purl Patterns" the following were added to the list by Pipeliners.

Book Notes

Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting
Celebrating the Gift of Knitting with 24 Beautiful Patterns
by Lorna Miser
2009   $24.95

Lorna's web site is Lorna Miser Designs.  The book is available here or on the usual channels.
Highly recommended especially for those who like to read knitting books.  Each pattern has a story with it which makes it very personal.  The author has put a lot of herself into the book. There is a wide range of patterns, several that I have tagged to knit.  The patterns are rated for difficulty level.  Patterns include Grandmother's Lace Shawl (with Helen's Loopy Bind-Off that I used on my Citron), Sweet Baby Sweater, Lace Vest, Heart Pillow, Socks, Slippers, Lap Throw, Homemade Knitting Needles, Square a Day Blanket, Child's Poncho, and more. The instructions are clear and constructions methods make sense.  I am very glad this book is in my knitting library.

Leave a comment below to enter a drawing for an autographed copy of the book, donated by the author, Lorna Miser.  Winner will be announced on January 21, 2011.

Norwegian Sweater KAL

I am still figuring out my plan for a man's sweater.  If you want to see designs I am looking at, see my Ravelry queue and search with the tag Norwegiankal.  I will probably use one of these designs as a springboard but will use Elizabeth Zimmermann's guidelines for the sweater.  Feel free to choose any Norwegian design if you want to jump in on the wintery fun!  A hat, mittens, child's sweater, or vest, are possibilities for smaller projects.

Recommended reading:
  • Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann
  • Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Schoolhouse Press

Speaking of EZ, I think we are due for an EZ letter soon.  Don't you agree?


mike and chenoa said...

This is my first time commenting on your podcast, but I just had to say how much I love how your Citron turned out with the beaded bind-off. I've passed on the Citron before, but yours really has me rethinking it. Beautiful!


Sabra said...

Another great podcast. I would love this book if only for the bind off used on the Citron. Like the other commenter I too had not considered the Citron until I saw yours.

I am Sabrab on Ravelry

Pretentious Wombat said...

So glad to see you got a life...a knitting life!

I went to Lorna's website and absolutely fell in love with the Lace Rim Shawl that is pictured on her purple Mustang. I was thrilled to see that she has posted the pattern for it (the shawl, not the Mustang - lol) and I am definitely going to find the perfect yarn to make it. Purple being my favourite colour, that may be my choice.

The bind-off for your Citron looks smashing! Great job!


Sally said...

I'm glad your good friend Mary stood up for you! Your Citron with the beaded fringe looks great. Lorna's Lace Rim Shawl would look nice draped on my purple Rav too--guess it's another one for my queue.

Thanks for the podcast! Sally

Aizome said...

I love the title of this book! And your shawl border alone has me sold on it!!! It's gorgeous! Thank you for an encouraging podcast.

prymnumber said...

I totally agree with your friend: my life is my knitting. I love my hobby and it loves me, so be darned to all those muggle non-believers!

Thanks for the great contest Paula! Lorna has a wonderful sense of color, texture, and pattern. I'd love to learn more about her and to knit one of her designs.

eboston said...

I'd love to read the book--it looks like it would be fun to try some of her patterns

AnneLena said...

That is by far the nicest Citron I have seen to date.


Eden Stein said...

I really like the way you explained why the phrase "get a life" is hurtful. Time is our most precious resource. Your beadwork is beautiful and the book looks perfect for a reader and knitter.


Brenda said...

I love your podcast. I am knitting my second Citron and am inspired to try the beaded bind off now!

Jessica said...

This looks like such a nice book to own- and I am sooo excited about the KAL!
jpeled on ravelry

Nancy Nordquist said...

I think that anyone who has a true passion of her own would never say "Get a life", unless it was meant as a joke. People with obsessions (oops, I meant passions) are happier than those without, in my opinion.
The book looks lovely!
needsyarn on ravelry

Anonymous said...

I loved hearing about your Citron BUT seeing your Citron; oh my gosh, it is gorgeous! I'm really stunned that the person telling you to "get a life" couldn't just keep that comment to herself and just compliment you on a wonderfully dedicated job you did on your shawl. It's obvious she's envious of your awesome skills! :o) Lisa Marie a.k.a. theyarngoeson on Ravelry

Lisa Cook said...

I love the name of the book....Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting....sounds like a lovely book. Love your podcast, Paula.

Jersey Shore Deb said...

This Podcast was wonderful (as all of yours are)! I recently made a Citron as well but yours, with that beautiful bind-off, is just lovely. I applaud your segment on knitting as passion--I definitely share that passion and wish I didn't have to go to work tomorrow so I could keep knitting my addictive argyle vest!
I'd love to win the book. Thanks again, Paula.

Karen in Maine said...

Imagine my delight hearing you talking about your Citron as I was knitting on my own!
Paula, thanks for your podcast. There's always something which resonates--this week it was your thoughtful and thought-provoking get a life comment. Perfect!

Ruth said...

Cheers to you Paula for your knitting passion and for promulgating the thought that the more passions you have in life, the better off you are! Thanks for a great podcast; can't wait for the next episode!
Counting Sheep Podcast

Knititall said...

Your Citron is lovely! I always found it a bit plain and boring, but the beads and especially the crochet border make yours really shine. I'd love to win the book - if it has things like that border in it, it must be awesome!

Karen said...

I love your show and your show notes! I like that you combine knitting with nature. Two things I love in life!

Julia G said...

Your Citron is absolutely beautiful! I appreciate your always thoughtful comments on passions. I am always excited to hear about new patterns and faved the Textured Shawl Recipe. I have seen Lorna's book and it is so beautiful. Just looking through it is very calming. I would love to win a signed copy. --Choosejoy

Anonymous said...

Yay for our knitting passion! Having had "one of those weeks" involving my two teenagers and cars in two separate incidents (no injuries!), my knitting was my fuse! You know, knit a reaaaly long row before speaking to said teens! My passion also ensures a comfortable stash, which I will not be adding to in the near future. A book would be nice...keep on knitting throughout all troubles, time to reread EZ. Lacemaven

Jeri said...

I'd love to win the book.

patternwhisperer on rav

Susan said...

None of my close friends knit but they do appreciate what I knit. Some say they don't have time (most of them are retired now, what do they do with their time)? But at least they now are use to me knitting and if I should give them something they really love it. Oh, to have all day to knit, one day soon!

KnubianKnitter said...

I'm a new listener and love your podcast. Already learned so much. Thanks!

Taylor said...

I've really enjoyed your podcast over the last few months and am so delighted that you've added this passion for podcasting to your one for knitting.

I had to chuckle when you mentioned that Lorna's book was a good one those who like to read knitting books as this is totally me! Some months ago knitting books overtook any other kinds as my end of day & first thing in the morning reading. It quite snuck up me.

kmsears said...

Your Citron Shawl came out beautiful!! I am inspired to try one myself. I would love to win the book, it sounds like a good read.

Debi3735 said...

Just found this blog and what a find, great content and great format. Thanks

J.D. said...

Hi there, I'm a new listener and I greatly enjoyed this podcast today. Your discussion on ponchos and shawls/wraps are insightful, but what really drew me in was what you had to say about passion. I, too, agree that everyone should have something they are passionate about, and cannot imagine life without knitting! Thank you for the podcast.
I'm Jadee on Ravelry and have my own podcast, Twisted Strands. Cheers!

Juliaknit said...

I love the bind-off technique you used on your Citron. If I make another one I will definitely use it. Thanks for the chance to win Faith, Hope, Love Knitting book.
Love your podcast,

twinsetjan said...

Hi, Paula! I'm a new listener and really enjoy your podcast. I like that you share your interests beyond knitting while staying centered on knitting. I think that shows that you certainly 'have a life' that is rich and full. Thanks for putting out the show and thanks for the chance to win a great book!

Square Root said...

This is my first time commenting on our blog. I really enjoy listening to your podcast. It is always so very positive and informative. Really fell in love with the Citron Shawl and the beaded edge.

Beth French said...

Thank you for the video. I've never done any knitting with beads, somehow always imagining putting the crochet hook through the bead, which would not work at all! Your instructions are clear and inspiring. I always enjoy your podcast. Happy New Year from Maine!

Unknown said...

I'm another first time listener and I really enjoyed your podcast. I finished a Citron for a friend to wear at her son's wedding. It wasn't too bad but one is enough for me!

MoxieDot said...

I'm with you on the "get a life" comment. It's not an expression that comes to my mind to say to someone, and I'm glad of it.

I have many passions: the people in my life, my dogs, my profession (high school teacher), exercise, and of course knitting. My passions shape my life by the lessons they teach me. Right now, I'm learning the lesson of patience (again!) from knitting.

I adore your podcast!

Unknown said...

I just listened to your podcast for the first time (episode 27) and enjoyed it so much I am subscribing so as not to miss any future episodes.

Thanks for a great listen!

Unknown said...

Loved the show. There's a Norwegian hot pad pattern that I've been thinking about from drops. This might just be the perfect time to give it a try.

Dendiane said...

Love the Citron. The beads make it look totally gorgeous! Knitting is also my passion. I get a lot of comments about it too, mainly from co-workers. I've heard all types of comments ranging from "I didn't know anyone still knitted" and "I thought only old people knit". It's sad! Anyway, I would love to have this book.

Tabby said...

A great podcast as usual, Paula! Thanks for putting so much heart into your show :)

Mei Travis said...

You do have a life! You create beautiful, unique, well-worn garments with your own two hands. You admire nature. You are a musician. I'm sure you have more qualities, too. What a wonderful life you live!

Dianna said...

I am a new listener to your podcast. I not only enjoy your discussions about knitting and your projects, but I also enjoy your comments on nature and playing your pipes. I love knitting, although I haven't been doing it that long, but I can also identify with your love of nature and watching birds. My husband built a bird feeder right outside our kitchen window and we get quite a bit of enjoyment from watching who comes to feed there. I look forward to hearing more of your podcast episodes. And I also enjoy the music! Keep up the good work!

La Dolce Knita said...

I always look forward to your next podcast. How on earth could someone misinterpret a passion for knitting as having no life? She needs to learn how to knit!!!

Melanmoney on Ravelry

Funky said...

Hey! I love your podcast! This looks like a really neat book.

Cindy said...

Hello! I just found your podcast via Camp KIP. I have a couple of Norwegian sweaters in UFO status; maybe your KAL will be the push I need to get them back into current WIP status.

Debbie said...

Hi Paula,
The edging on your shawl is beautiful! I anxiously wait for your next podcast and another EZ letter! Best wishes, Deb (Waddlesworth on Ravelry)

Patti said...

I'd love to win that book. Did you know that Schoolhouse press is planning on releasing a book about garter stitch only patterns from EZ? That one is definately going on the must buy list. Check it out on their website.

Great podcast, thanks

FiberGeek said...

Your Citron is just beautiful! I think I may have to make one.
If it is not too late I would love to have a chance at the book.
I enjoy your podcast very much.

Susieknitster said...

Hi, I just started listening to your podcast and really enjoy it. Your Citron is beautiful, it is on my to do list. I am finishing up a Multnomah at the moment. I am going to do Stephen Wests Pogona and a KAL with Wolles color changing yarn through Serial Knitters on Ravelry. I would love a chance at the book, thank you.

Elizabeth MacR said...

I enjoy your podcast and love your blog. The photos are great and the video a huge help. Thank you for all the effort you put into it! I hope I win the Lorna Book!

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