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Friday, May 6, 2011

Episode 42 Happy Estelle Day

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Quince & Co Chickadee in Clay, Split Pea, and Carrie's Yellow.  Yum.
Owl Bag Giveaway

Three Bags Full is donating an Owl Bag for this week's giveaway. Has anyone noticed that each week the prize gets bigger? Isn't it adorable? Thank you, Michele!  Leave a comment by noon on Thursday May 12th to enter the drawing.

We have a winner!

The winner of the Pink Daffodil Bag from Episode 42 is PJM, who is Paula, or pjpurls on Ravelry.  Congratulations!  Please contact me to claim your bag from Three Bags Full.

Nature Notes

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own.  Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.   ~~John Muir

Nancy and Susan joined me on the deck for an afternoon of armchair birding.  Rosebreasted Grosbeaks are migrating though.  The males are flashy and the females look like overgrown sparrows.  We also saw the Wood Thrush.  Both the Rose-breasted Grosbeak and the Wood Thrush have beautiful songs.

A fox caught a squirrel for his breakfast.  The squirrels were getting complacent about the foxes.

John Muir books are available on Librivox, a free audio source.  The following John Muir works are currently available for FREE!
  • An Adventure with a Dog and a Glacier (in "Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 021")
  • The Mountains of California
  • My First Summer in the Sierra
  • Steep Trails
  • Stickeen
  • The Story of My Boyhood and Youth
  • Travels in Alaska
  • The Yosemite

Needle Notes

I finished several projects to get the deck cleared for the Estelle KAL on May 1.

Eye of Partidge Heel Socks
Other than the Eye of Partridge Heel there is nothing too special about this pair.  On the second sock I took Anna Lena's advice and used the slip stitch pattern that is often used on the heel to reinforce the bottom of the sole.  With one sock reinforced in this way and one not, this will be an experiment of one.

I am still loving Charlene Schurch's technique for eliminating the pig's eye (hole) where the heel flap and the gusset join.  (See Episode 34, March 4, 2011)

I decided to not match the pattern on this yarn but it matched itself!

Sugar is Sweet by Rose Beck

from the Be Mine Collection

Blocking on guest bed.

Edge detail
Miss Bab's Fingering weight was the main colorway in blues and browns.  I used the rest of Forever in Blue Jeans (The Woolen Rabbit, Pandora) for the blue stripe and Barnacle (Quince & Co Tern) for the bottom border.  I saved enough of the Miss Bab's to do one row of knitting and the BO row which I think made it all work.  I love the crescent shape of the shawl and the three dimensional textured lace.

I forgot to say that I intended to make a smaller size but wasn't paying attention and passed up the stitch count so went on to make a large.  If I had stuck with a medium size I might have had enough of the Miss Bab's.  I am happy with the result.

I used The Russian Bind Off for a nice flexible (and tidy) edge.

The Blethering Room

Happy  Estelle Day!  Charr chimed in on May 1st with this greeting and I loved it. 

The recommended yarn is Lark by Quince & Co. I chose Glacier, an icy blue.

Raglan increase detail.
Several of us seem to be having trouble with gauge.  I checked my gauge when I was about 4 inches into the yoke and it was off, actually tighter than it should be.  The fabric seemed a little too dense.  I shifted to a size larger needle and may go up one needle size.  I think we have people knitting with everything from a 3 to an 8, which goes to show how individual we all are as knitters.

If you like the Lark at a looser gauge than what is recommended, then you have some options.  You could knit a smaller size or you could change the stitch count.  If you change the stitch count for this or other projects you might want to try Ann Budd's nifty My Favorite Formula on her blog, AnnBuddKnits.

Charr and I are going to Sock Summit!  We are also going to Stitches Midwest.
Book Notes

Be Mine: 5 Sweet Shawlettes to Knit by Rose Beck

$12.99 e-book.  Individual patterns are $4.00
  •  Simplicity is the key with these shawls, all knitted top-down and either triangular or crescent shaped.  The shawls are subtly romantic. 
  • Clear instructions.
  • Various sizes and yarn weights
  • Large charts--no need to enlarge before knitting
  • Highly recommended for lovers of small shawls.

Kim of The Woolen Rabbit has a beautiful version of And So Are You.  She used Opal in the color Grey Goose.  (Did I hear the word "grey"?  You know my passion for it!)

The music in today's show is For My Daughters from Quieting by Lydia McCauley.

Haste ye back! 


FiberGeek said...

The bag is darling! I would love it!

Julia aka Choosejoy said...

Paula, I love your Sugar is Sweet Shawl. The yarn combination is stunning. Michele is so generous to donate another bag! I am envious of all your upcoming fibery adventures. I'm still debating if I'm going to drive over for a day of SMW. Didn't really see any classes I wanted but would love to hear Jean Frost's talk. I took a class from her last year. Last night I signed up for 3 classes at Knitter's Connection in Columbus, OH June 14 - 15. I'm going to take JC Briars class on her new book "Charts Made Simple". I am also going to take Looking Glass Knitting (knitting backwards) with Amy Detjan and a class on increases & decreases with Jill Bigelow Suttell.

Sabra said...

Another inspirational podcast. Your shawls are beautiful.

What can be better than nice yarn, a great pattern, good needles, and a project bag.

drMolly, the BeanQueen said...

Downloading now.

Rats, your stitches are so much neater than mine.

tea said...

I love the Quince and co yarns SO much! Wish it were cheaper to order from the States (have t pay taxes when they get here, unfortunately)

Off to listen to the episode...

norabrown said...

I'd love to get to see you at Stitches Midwest and say more than "hello" this time. ;)

I hope as it gets closer we can firm something up.

Nora Brown

Britni :) said...

This bag is adorable! I am enjoying the Estelle KAL. Your shawl is gorgeous. It inspires me to want to make a shawl.

Ravelry : Beewing

Anonymous said...

I found the nature notes about imported wildlife in Hawaii very interesting. The Chickadee yarn and the project bag are both beautiful. Love the photo of your shawl being blocked! ~Aizome

rinebird said...

I love the handmade bags.One can fit a lot of yarn in it, as shown.I love the colors shown in the Chickadee yarn.Your shawl is beautiful.I love your blocking bed!

Funky said...

Poor squirrel.....

The shawl is beautiful! The blue on the edge adds a nice accent!

The Estelle sweater looks really cute!


Chellieanne said...

Always enjoy your podcast-Will have to add another shawl to my long list.

penelope10 said...

another adorable bag! Great podcast, as always!

Lee Bernstein said...

It was so much fun to listen to this episode as I worked on my Estelle. Another wonderful show.

Glacier is a beautiful colorway -- nice choice, Paula. I'm excited to see how it looks when finished.

The owl bag is adorable! Michele is quite talented.


Anonymous said...

ooohhh, that bag is adorable!!!

Anonymous said...

Paula, I so enjoy your sense of humor, first of all. You get tickled at yourself and it's a beautiful reminder for all of us to do the same. And next, your podcast is so giving to your listeners. You're not focused on yourself but on what you can offer others, what others can learn from your experiences. You have a beautiful podcast.

MNKnit said...

Just discovered your blog and podcasts! Wonderful...I'd much rather read/listen than work!

MimiD said...

Cute bag! Love the fabric. I had to look since I love owls (we have Barred Owls in the neighborhood... and if it ever warms up maybe I can open a window and hear them calling to each other again)

Peg5 on Ravelry said...

I found your info on invasives so interesting. I've only lived in FL for a few months and they're very big on removing invasives in my local area. The state park has monthly volunteer days for people to help pull up invasive plants. As for invasive creatures, we have the lionfish and the curly tail lizard. There's a lot of lionfish awareness education going on and I find it all so interesting. When there are no natural predators, it really shakes up the ecosystem!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for a great episode. We have a lovely barred owl in our woods that often sings me to sleep. Love the owly bag. Kelley (fiberevincer on Ravelry)

Betty Hay said...

Three Bags Full - What a HOOT!

I am glad I will have a chance to find you at Sock Summit. What classes will you be part of?

Could you address a little how you prepare for an event like Sock Summit where there will be many people and a great marketplace? What will you bring, what will you do, what will your notions bag contain, and how will you keep up your energy in such a enthusiastic crowd?


memphish said...

I'm jealous of the trip to Sock Summit. Silly me I planned our family vacation at a time that includes those dates. One of my resolutions for next year is to attend some sort of knitting getaway.

Jessica said...

I so ♥ this bag! :0)
Jpeled on ravelry

Lani said...

I had the same problems with sign-up for Sock Summit. I finally did get into several classes - one is even my first choice! I hope to get to meet you. It will be a full, fun time.

Pat said...

Another amazing podcast! I learn so much from each episode, about nature and music as well as knitting. Thank you Paula, Thank you, Thank you.

patfrag on Ravelry

Faith (the Vampire Slayer) said...

That bag is stunning! I love that it's big enough to hold a sweater in progress.

Lovely podcast.

Anonymous said...

What an interesting bag! Thanks for a great podcast.


Nancy McCarroll said...

Thank you for your podcasts; I have listened to all of them. Count me in as a bag wanna-be-picked!

MicheleinMaine said...

Yes, this bag can fit an entire sweater in progress (and I sure would love it if someone wanted to finish the one I have shown, haha. Someday I'll get to it...)

I love the photo of all those Quince and Co. yarns together - beautiful!

So lucky are you and Charr to get to go to Sock Summit!

Thanks for another wonderful podcast, full of lots of good tidbits.

beefi8 said...

Hello. I so enjoy your podcast and the bag looks wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Paula! I was so happy to see that happy, red bird in my podcast list today. So good to hear from you again!

AnneLena said...

Paula, I had the exact same problem signing up for classes at Sock Summit. I wanted 3 classes and only got one and I am so incredibly disappointed. I'm wondering if it is even worth going. On a lighter note, the owl baig is very cute, hope I win it :-)

AnneLena on Ravelry

AnneLena said...

Paula, I had the exact same problem signing up for classes at Sock Summit. I wanted 3 classes and only got one and I am so incredibly disappointed. I'm wondering if it is even worth going. On a lighter note, the owl baig is very cute, hope I win it :-)

AnneLena on Ravelry

Lisaknits said...


Wendy said...

Yet another delightful podcast and wonderful prize! I just love listening to the nature notes and your shawl turned out lovely. I have added the book to my cart on Ravelry because of your review. When I went to look at the shawls I just loved them all. They are just as you said--simple yet romantic! I have been on a small shawl kick lately so I'm sure it will end up in my library before too long!

Thank you for all your hard work!
Wendy (Wendeluu on Ravelry)

Sarah said...

I enjoyed the podcast, as usual! That owl bag is adorable...a friend of mine sewed my daughter a pair of jammies from that very same owl fabric--it's so cute! Thanks for the chance to win.
smurphy2 on ravelry

Rose said...
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kayindc said...

Thanks for the tip about saving some yarn for finishing or binding off. So logical, but it never occurred to me.

Rose said...

The shawl is beautiful! Great colors.
Beautiful color for your Estelle too.
Thank you for the lovely review of my book. Looking forward to seeing your And So Are You shawl.

Anonymous said...

Your podcast is delightful. I really enjoy the nature notes.

Thank you for inspiring me to give shawls a try. I am currently working on Chartwell and Daybreak.

What a lovely bag for the giveaway!

knittynurse said...

The owl fabric is cute. My daughter has a sleeper with printed and embroidered owls on it.

yarnette said...

Sorry about your dad.

Had our first hummer today.
The bag is adorable.

Melinda said...

Paula, It was good to hear your voice on my morning commute today. I was so sad to hear of your loss.

On a more cheerful note, I wanted to tell you that I was fortunate enough to take 2 classes on Friday with Charlene Schurch at the MD Sheep & Wool Festival. It was fun to meet her. She taught different heel methods and another class on durability issues. Both very timely, I thought.

Juliaknit said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad.
Thanks for another great podcast and the chance to win another wonderful bag. I am also taken with the Be Sweet shawls and think I will have to knit the Sugared Violets shawl.

Val said...

Your shawl is beautiful! I love the brown/blue combination, too. Please enter me in the bag drawing. I just got my first order from her and the bags are very well made. Hope to see you at Stitches. Abby and Ben talked about the last Sock Summit in ther last podcast. They didn't get in hardly any classes but still thought it was amazing. Sadly I can't go this time. Val (love2knit)

Jaxie985 said...

Hi Paula-
I love those bags, especially this one with the Owl theme. I love seeing owls, it makes me feel lucky!

Love your Sugar is Sweet shawl, it's lovely. I'm working on a Romi Hill shawl with the same Tern yarn, in Barnacle and my second color is Back Bay... I love the blue and brown together.

I may need to purchase the Be Mine collection next - thanks for the tip and the descriptions.

All the best!!

dendiane said...

I love owls so I really love the bag! I just finished knitting an owl vest for my grandson. Love the shawl too, I think it came out fabulous! Keep up the great podcast.

Moz said...

What another fantastic episode, Paula. Love crescent shaped scarves, the Fav Formula by Ann Budd….so helpful. And who would have known about the Mongoose? or would that be Mongi? hehe

Stephanie said...

I am sorry about your dad, lovely podcast as always.

MoxieDot said...

I adore the shawl! Thank you so much for the wonderful podcast. You are such a trooper and such a great role model, honestly. I was so touched to hear your comments about how kind words really do help. It's so true, but why is it sometimes so difficult to be honest and admit it? Kind words do make it easier to bear life's difficulties.

Thanks for the reminder!

catspaw said...

What a disappointment about Sock Summit. Do let the organizers know what happened so they can address the issue. Have you been watching the Eagle cam in Decorah, Iowa? It's absolutely fascinating.
By the way, I've been loving the music you play at the end of the podcast. It reminds me of my Dad who loved Scottish music. I grew up listening to Kenneth McKellar sing traditional songs - rather overproduced but what a beautiful voice. I downloaded some from ITunes as a remembrance.

Bronwyn said...

Adorable owl bag! Thanks to Michele once again for donating such awesome prizes and for kicking in the extra for the fifth Friday!

So if I win, does that mean I have to knit a sweater...?

Wendy said...

Hi Paula
Thank you for another wonderful podcast. The owl bag is fabulous!!! I am so excited to hear you will be at Stitches - Midwest and am anxious to meet you.

Nancy Nordquist said...

The fabric for the owl bag is adorable!
Thanks for another entertaining episode.

TopHat said...

I love the owl fabric! Very cute! I listened to your episode while jogging in a gorgeous cemetary. I used to live in Illinois, so it was nice to think about how the weather is out there.

goldybear said...

Another wonderful podcast. Thanks very much for your hard work in producing such quality shows. Glad you and Charr will be going to Sock Summit. Portland is on my list of places to visit. You will need to check out Powell's Bookstore.

Anonymous said...

Paula, thanks for another very enjoyable podcast! Your yarn combination for the Sugar is Sweet shawl worked out very well, and looks planned.
I have also enjoyed the selections from "Quieting" at the end of your podcasts - beautiful and serene. Very fitting.
The owl bag is so cute!

Dawna said...

It is so nice to have you back. Your shawl is so lovely. The photos of the yarn and the owl bag are so beautiful! I just love the colors.

Lisa Payne said...

very cute bag, and I didn't notice that sweater before the more to the Q

ciproano said...

It was good to hear your voice again, Paula! Your day on the deck with tea, cake and birding sounds like bliss.

And now I'm off to re-listen to the episode about the eye of partridge heel for Charlene Schurch's tip!

PuffyGriffinclaw on Ravelry

Carol said...

So appreciate your podcasts! I have been aroused to take note of nature since listening to you. I have joined and am identifying birds in my area, listening to their calls via and listening and looking for them as I walk each morning. Also have seen many in my backyard. It has been wonderful to begin observe the nature around me with open eyes. Thank you, Paula.

JudyAnn said...

I love your shawl/shawlette ideas! That bag would hold mine.

hybridgirl said...

Paula, your podcast was wonderful as always. The Sugar is Sweet shawl is beautiful. I like how you were about to find bits of other yarn to finish it.

You were definitely right about the weather turning immediately from cool to warm. I went for a bit of a bike ride and it was very humid and warm.

Sally said...

The bags have all been lovely, and the owls are my favorite! Thanks for the chance.

Lisa said...

Paula, I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. On a lighter note, I loved hearing Meghan say she followed you around Camp KIP like a fan girl!
Lisa (ColoradoKid on Rav)

Julie said...

Paula, this was a great episode. I was excited to hear that you will be at Sock Summit. I'm going, too, and I hope our paths will cross.

The owl bag is so sweet!

Square Root said...

Hi Paula. I always enjoy listening to your podcast. I am celebrating my 40th birthday tomorrow and I hope I get selected for the drawing. ;)

Beth said...

Paula, I just listened to the podcast and heard the sad news about your dad. I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was quite the hobbyist - must be where you get it from. Wishing you peace.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for another great podcast, Paula! The Glacier colorway in the Lark is just lovely and will be gorgeous knit up :)

Amber said...

Dear Paula,
Thanks so much for giving us a heads up on your lovely contest! I hope to catch up soon but I am enjoying each episode in order. I love the blue in the shael you just finished! It's beautiful!
Happy knitting (and piping),
Amber (knitfriendly)

Anonymous said...

I love your podcast; thank you for sharing.

Kim (fraydele on Ravelry) said...

I love your podcast and excellent show notes! I'd just purchased the Be Mine shawl book. Loved your review and pics of the shawl.
Thank you for all the great listening!

Shirley said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your father.

I've heard that with the climate changing birds are visiting new areas and bringing with them seeds of the food they have been eating, so nature is changing itself.

polly-jean said...

Paula, I am another Paula and I often use pj in my names on the web, so it was weird to me when pjm won from last time. Congrats to pjpurls! I would love to be in the drawing for the owl bag.

Gina Murphy said...

Paula, I was transplanted to Maine from Rock Island, IL 7 years ago. Like you I love fiber, nature and John Muir! I have rose breasted grosbeaks and a scarlet tanager on my feeder every day! I live near Michele and I am hoping to win the owl bag!
Gina Murphy-kniteverywhere on Ravelry

joyceetta said...

Okay....just squeaking in under the wire to get in the running for the owl bag. So cute!

Sarah said...

I'm finally caught up on all my knitting pipeline podcasts. Yeah!! I love this bag. And I cannot believe how beautiful the estelle cardigan is.

Between piping, knitting, and hearing about your nature talk, I enjoy this podcast.

Paula said...

The contest is now closed although you are welcome to leave comments. A new post with another giveaway will be up Friday May 13th. Thanks for all your wonderful comments!

Caryn said...

I love Susan B Anderson's patterns and blog! What a treat to win a pattern.

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