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Friday, August 12, 2011

Episode 54 A Dishcloth Binge

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Emily in The Kilkenny Cowl by Pam Allen.  Knitted in Chickadee in the Clay colorway.


I heard from new pipeliners Carolyn and Jenn.   

There were two new 5 star reviews on iTunes.  Kitten Little and Lyn862.  Thank you so much for your kind reviews. 

Dilemma is the proper spelling.  Is "dilemna" a regional issue?  According to Common Errors in English Usage by Paul Brians "dilemna" with the "n" is clearly wrong!

Nature Notes

We finally have a break in the heat.  It was so wonderful to open up the house.   This morning it was in the 50’s when I went on my morning walk. It is noisy here with the grasshoppers and cicadas buzzing and chirping all day and most of the night.  I listened to the grasshoppers while knitting the Leafprints Shawl by Anne Hanson, and noted that the buzzing started up faintly at 8 AM and was quite a bit louder at 8:30 AM. 
On the Grasshopper and Cricket  
The poetry of earth is never dead:

When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,

And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run

From hedge to hedge about a new-mown mead;

That is the Grasshopper’s – he takes the lead

In summer luxury, - he has never done

With his delights; for when tired out with fun

He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.

The poetry of earth is ceasing never:

On a lone winter evening, when the frost

Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills

The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,

And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,

The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.
--John Keats  1795-1821
Needle Notes
I have 3 patterns that I go to when I feel a dishcloth frenzy coming on.  I have no idea what propels me to stop what I am doing and knit up a pile of dishcloths.  It is a nesting instinct that hits me every two years or so.

Mason-Dixon Knitting by Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner.  These ladies are hilarious. 

Petal Dishcloth by Hazel Schrock
Waffle Dishcloth from Debbie at Homespun Living Blog.  Visit the Firefly Farm Goods!
Eloomanators Diagonal Knit Dishcloth.  Variation of Grandmother's Favorite.
Petal Dishcloths
Waffle Stitch Dish Cloth from Homespun Living
Eloomanator's Dishcloth

New one I tried.  It is just ok.
Holes and Ridges Knitted Dishcloth Debra Proctor USU Extension Agent.
Holes and Ridges

Peaches and Cream site  Cotton yarn
Knit Picks Dishie
Lily Sugar and Cream carried by Michael's and Wal-mart in my area.


Stitches Midwest.  Meet me in the Market in the Concession/Snack Area about 11 AM on Friday, August 26th, 2011.  I will be arriving Thursday morning and leaving after lunch on Friday.

Knitting Pipeline Retreat March 2-3.  Details will be announced in late September.  The place is reserved as well as some local accommodations.

Blethering Room

Bronwyn is going ahead with her cardigan with the twist in it.  She knitted up a baby version of the sweater with the twisted join.  I think she can pull it off!  Check it out on our board on Ravelry under Episode 53.

Franklin the Turkey has been banging on the window occasionally.  He flew to the rooftop when Bob walked around back with our son's two dogs on leads.  He knows that dogs are more dangerous than people. 

High Note

The New Best Recipe: All New Edition by Cooks' Illustrated  $35 but $21.47 on Amazon.
A hefty volume that would be even heftier if it had photos of the food.  I love food photos!  Reliable, extensively tested recipes.  A must for my kitchen.

Foolproof Hard-Cooked Eggs from Best Recipes.  (my abbreviated version)  Put 6 eggs in a pot with water at least one inch above eggs.  (You can cook more eggs as long as the water is 1" over the top of the eggs. )Bring to a boil over high heat.  Turn off heat.  Cover and let sit for 10 min.  Meanwhile, fill a bowl with water and a tray of ice cubes.  Put the eggs in the ice water for 5 minutes.  Peel eggs from the blunt end.  Perfect!

These instructions from Simply Recipes are quite similar. 
Martha Stewart has her egg say here.

In the Piping Circle 

Celtic Cross is preparing for a competition on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend Sept 3 in Waukesha WI.
Harry Potter Fans take note.  You can learn to play Quittich at the Waukesha Games.

BBC World Pipe band Championships  Live streaming begins at 9:00 BST on Saturday August 13 that would be about 3 AM for those of us in the Midwest.  Later on you can catch video of the highlights.

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Pat said...

Dish cloths...I'll have to try some! Only recently realized that there were hand knitted dish cloths. I feel Christmas gifts coming on! Thank you for this latest and (another) wonderfully entertaining podcast.

C. said...

Great episode, as always :D
I never knit a dish cloth before, they always seemed a lot of work, when I could be knitting a piece of something more "visible", like a shawl. But after listening and looking at your beautiful pictures, I might give them a try (they are useful after all!).
In French, "dilemma" is "dilemme".

C. said...

I forgot to say that if I had to knit a dish cloth, I'd definitively try the petal one, it's so pretty!

Angela said...

Wonderful show as always! I like to knit dishcloths as a sort of palate cleanser between more complicated projects. Thanks, Paula!

Angie said...

There is really too much to comment on! My mind is swirling over grasshoppers (something I also think about because of Laura Ingalls Wilder), dishcloths (hmm?), cookbooks (yes!), piping live (!) and of course next year's retreat. Thanks for another great, jam packed show. (and I didn't even mention all the fantastic knitting!)

MaggieH said...

Paula, I loved the show but you kind of left us hanging when you told the story about your middle son!! Did he end up as a kindergarten teacher, or, as I suspect, an engineer?

Candy said...

Hi Paula, just wanted to tell you how much I have been enjoying your podcast and my husband too. We've been listening for a couple of weeks now and are catching up with all the old podcasts. At the same time that I signed up for your podcast I signed up for several others (listening to podcasts while knitting is so great). Whenever my husband comes into the
room where I'm knitting and I've got another podcast on he'll ask, "Can we listen to Paula". Thanks a bunch for sharing with us. Candy and Ron

Jennifer said...

Sorry for the delay in comment- I'm embarrassed to admit that I enjoy knitting dishcloths almost more than anything. They are quick and make a nice gift too! My favorite is a 4 corners
dishcloth based on EZ's square baby blanket. I love your podcast- look forward to it every week! Have a great week.

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