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Friday, December 16, 2011

Episode 70 Postcard from Elizabeth

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Pipeliner Notes

There was a lot of mail this week and notes on the board in support of reading the letters from Elizabeth Zimmermann.  Thank you so much for your support.  I am overwhelmed. 

I won’t throw away all the knitted baby things.  It was a rash statement.  Wool blankets that cannot be machine washed are not so practical for today’s mothers although they do seem to have superhuman strength when I see them carrying those car safety seats. 

Nature Notes 

At dawn on Saturday December 10 I saw the lunar eclipse and then a terrible house fire.  I forgot to say on the show that no one died in the fire.  Even the pets were saved. 

After visiting with Charr and Bronwyn on Tuesday morning I saw a very sad event with squirrels.  I will never look at a squirrel in quite the same way again. 

Nature Poem

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.

'We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,'
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
- Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing

Needle Notes
My nephew Eric, turning a bowl in my dad's shop.

EZ Saddle Shoulder Sweater from Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann  Schoolhouse Press

My project notes are here.  Woodturner Pulley
Elizabeth percentage system=EPS
The spirals were inspired by woodturning.

Spiral Ribbing came from Knitting on the Edge by Nicki Epstein

 Microsoft excel is useful when planning cables and ribbing

In the Pipeline

We are currently watching: 

The Grand (watch instantly on Netflix)

Doc Martin   the movies

The Blethering Room

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 When blocking a piece with cables and texture do not block the cables. 

The Piping Circle 

Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums had a Christmas Party last Thursday night

Ben and Donna's home was featured in Country Sampler Magazine November 2011

Isn't this the most cozy corner?

Celtic Cross Friends

 I’ve been revamping my pipes.

Note from Elizabeth
 I read a postcard from Elizabeth Zimmermann that was written to me in February 1980.


Coventry Carol  Magnatune Christmas.

Haste ye back!


Nancy McCarroll said...

Please keep the letters from EZ coming! I can't imagine anyone not liking to hear her sweet messages to you. She must have been an amazing woman.

(PS: just bought some Quince yarns, but did not see anywhere to let them know I bought because of YOU and your wonderful podcast)

Dawna said...

I adore hearing your Elizabeth Zimmermann letters. I am so happy you are reading them again, as they are what got me hooked on Knitting Pipeline originally. You are so blessed to have been a friend of hers and to have these precious letters to share!
Your dry wit has really been tickling my funny bone, too. You do such a wonderful job with the podcast and I recommend your show to all the knitters I know.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Ana said...

Hello Paula,
I always enjoy your podcast and especially have enjoyed the latest EZ notes.
Your Nature Notes squirrel story reminded me of a phenomenal sighting I witnessed this past October while our family was vacationing on Tybee Island on the Georgia coast. As dusk was coming on, my husband shouted for us to look into the sky. Hundreds (seemingly thousands) of little birds were swaying and swooping in an incredible wave across the beach. The ribbons and waves of birds was stunning...we were all standing in an awed silence. I couldn't identify the bird and meant to ask some local islanders, but never had the chance. I couldn't even "google" it as I didn't know what I was searching for! I finally stumbled upon what it was. It was a starling murmuration! And I discovered that we were quite blessed to have witnessed it as it's not a common sight here on the US coast. It is a common sight on the Irish coastline, however. We saw it again the following evening and then never again. I felt so blessed to have seen this; it was the icing on the cake of our vacation!
Also had to comment on the percentage sweater. I have a son who has a severe case of scoliosis. He is 13 and has had numerous surgeries to correct the twistings of his spine. He has some permanent curvature in his back and on his chest. He has an unusual shape due to his challenges and we've always struggled to find sweaters and shirts that fit him nicely. I was so excited to have been able to knit him a sweater with the percentages (and my added short-rows)! He's already outgrown the one I made, but will soon start another. He loves putting on his custom-designed sweater because IT FITS!
I love the intelligence of knitting!
Have a wonderful Christmas, Paula!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely video of your nephew making the bowl! I do hope you post a photo of him in his saddle shoulder sweater. Thank you for another wonderful episode.

Suzanne (aka cian on Ravelry)

Lee Bernstein said...

I wish I were home so I could listen right now!

I love looking at the photos of the EZ's typewritten notes.

Are you like me in that using a typewriter seems like a million years ago and also seems like yesterday at the same time (if that makes any sense)?

Auntea said...

Paula, your show notes are the best! Thanks so much for the time you take to put such lovely pictures and accurate links up. I listen to the podcast and then immediately pop over here to read the notes. Your sweater is just gorgeous. Merry Christmas to you and yours! p.s. I am so enjoying your notes from Elizabeth, what a treasure you have.

1to1 said...


What a touching video of your nephew! That is such a special his finished bowl (could be used as a knitting bowl). Looking forward to seeing a photo of him in your beautiful sweater.

As always another enjoyable episode and thank you for sharing your precious Elizabeth letters.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas!!
Carla aka 1to1

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