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

Friday, September 30, 2011

Episode 60 Rip Van Winkle Resurrected

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Many thanks to Quince & Co for sponsoring this episode of Knitting Pipeline.




Thank you to everyone who was in touch with me this past week.  I heard from new Pipeliners

Becky, Sheryl, Tara, Dianna, Louise, Jessica, Elsbeth, Cat, Kristen, Eloise, Kristine, Torran from Argyll, Fran, Mandy, Cian, and Lea from Shell Lake WI where I first met Elizabeth Zimmermann herself—and Meg Swansen too.

There was a glorious flurry of 5 star reviews up on iTunes this week from Carolyn Zick, Gumbygoogoo, riverknitter, Michiele, Karen E, and Hishandmaid. Thank you!

Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to Meghan of the Stitch It! Podcast for recording with me last week.  

KA Needle Promo from Pinkfeatherknitting! (reviewed last week)

$4 off shipping for all orders.  Shipping is normally $4 for U.S./Canada and $9 International so that means Free for some of us and $5 for others.  The offer is through October 31, 2011.  Use the promo code piper at checkout.  If the promo code doesn't work for you please send a message to Diane.

KA Needles

 Tip

Diane from Pinkfeatherknitting advises to treat your bamboo needles with household wax to keep them in good working condition.

 I read a Pipeliner note from PrairiePoppins:
As I listened to the last podcast and you read your nature quote, one of my favourites leaped to mind:
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. ~~George Eliot

Isn’t that something? I, too, would travel the globe for a year’s worth of crisp mornings warming to golden afternoons, for the urge to run beside the scattering leaves, for the chance to welcome while also saying farewell.  Sarah aka PrairiePoppins
New podcasts I am listening to:

  
Nature Notes
Cardinal vine is a magnet for hummingbirds.  We first found this plant Heck’s Family Tree Farm in Galesburg IL a nursery that specializes in heirloom varieties.  We bought it in a pot.  Not really knowing much about it we watched it grow up the side of the garage at our old house.  I could literally notice where the vine was in the morning and by evening it would have added inches to its length.  When the bright red flowers start blooming, usually in July, we watched hummingbirds traveling up and down the vine.  The flowers close at night and open in the morning.
Cardinal Vine Flower and Foliage

  
Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

--Robert Frost 1923
Our woods, just beginning to turn yellow and gold.

Zinnias in our garden.

In my Pipeline
  • Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart
  • Magrathea by Martina Behm
  • I thought both of these  would be a quick knit that I would finish well before our Shaelyn KAL starts on October 1.   I was wrong.
  • Afterthought Heel Hiking Socks using pattern by Laura Linneman
I am not sure I can get away with this yarn even for hiking socks.
My menfolk do not care for yellow.  Yellow is the kiss of death.

Needle Notes

Fawl Shawl KAWL for AWL update

Tag for your project:  knittingpipelinekal2011 
Name of Project  Fawl Shawl KAWL for Awl  or Fall Shawl KAL for All 
Shaelyn by Leila Raabe 
Yardage:  At least 330 yd sportweight 
October 1, 2011  Let the KAWL begin!
We have a family threesome knitting along with us.  AJ and Hannah are married and Hannah’s mother Elsbeth is also knitting along.

Provisional Cast on and Garter Tab beginning for shawls

 Garter Tab start is popular because it looks good and is simple to do.
The Shaelyn pattern starts with a provisional crochet cast on of 2 stitches.  That is your clue that the border is going to be two stitches.  Using waste yarn crochet a chain with a few extra stitches knit into the bump on the back of the chain to make your stitches.  Later you will pick out this thread…or not. 
You can eliminate the Provisional Cast On if you like and it doesn’t make much difference.

This is my video tutorial for the Garter Tab Beginning for Shawls



Westknits has a Garter Tab Tutorial.
I usually knit an extra ridge than the pattern calls for to make picking up along the edge easier.
If you enjoy the Garter Tab start then you can actually convert a pattern that has a traditional long tail cast on to a garter tab.  It isn’t too hard.  Note how many stitches are in the border, let’s say 3.  Then look at the directions and see how many stitches are needed when you are placing in stitches markers.  Let’s say 9.  That means you would need to pick up 3 stitches along the side and with the 3 on each end you would have 9.  Cheryl Oberle’s Wool Peddler’s Shawl is one that I converted to a garter tab start.

The Blethering Room
More on how to avoid or get out of stalled projects/UFO’s 
Use a marker that shows where you started that day such as safety pin or pieced of scrap wool.  When you see progress it encourages you to keep going

 Estelle Cardigan KAL Update

October 15 is Wear Your Estelle Day.
Take a photo of yourself in your own town, workplace, home, etc. wearing your Estelle. 

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Knitting Pipeline Retreat
March 2-3
Crossroads United Methodist Church
1420 N Main St., Washington IL 61571
Friday evening and all day Saturday (ends 4 PM)
(Washington IL is just east of Peoria off I-74)

 We are still in the planning stages but there are some eager beavers out there who want to make overnight reservations. It is too early to actually register for the retreat but you can reserve your room if you need overnight accommodations.  The registration fee will be no more than $50.
The overnight facilities are located about the same distance from Crossroads, only one is in the center of town and one is closer to Peoria.

Cornerstone Inn Bed and Breakfast  101 Washington Square, Washington IL 61571

(Denhart Baking Company and Restaurant) 
This is a historic building. Located on historic Washington Square next to shops and about a mile from the facility.
All the rooms are unique, furnished with antiques.
  • God's World, Psalms and Garden are $125 plus tax
  • Presidents is $120 plus tax
  • Seasons, Heaven and Noah's Ark are all $90 plus tax
Annah is the Innkeeper
309.242.5678 
or book online
Sleep Inn 309-481-0450 
1101 N Cummings Ln, Washington IL 61571 
block of rooms that have 2 Queen beds in each room $74.99

Bronwyn reminded me of the Super 8 which I have not contacted.  It is probably a little cheaper but maybe not as nice as Sleep Inn.  I know people who have stayed at the Sleep Inn and can vouch for it.

Rip Van Winkle Challenge Resurrected

We started this last year on October 1 so I thought it might as well be an annual event.
 Rip Van Winkle is part of American folklore.  Basically he fell asleep and woke up in a lot later. 
Go through your Ravelry queue to find a project that has been asleep for a long time.  Or maybe you have been asleep while others have been knitting this project. 
Do you want an additional challenge? Go to your stash and try to find your oldest yarn and match it to a pattern in your queue.

Product Review

The Knitters Companion Deluxe Edition by Vicki Square.  Interweave Knits. 
With two DVD’s 
ISBN  978-1-59668 
Spiral bound hardcover.  Small book that can be tucked in a knitting bag.  Can prop up easel style. 
DVD’s follow the Table of Contents and are divided so you can look up the topic.  
Good Illustrations, explanations, teaching and comprehensive scope. 
The only criticisms are that the audio on the DVD is not edited so you do hear lip smacks and “ums” and sometimes they choose a weird camera angle while she is demonstrating a technique, but only for a short time.
This is a good reference book for knitters of all levels.  It's handy size makes it a useful tool. The price is right at $24.95 (on sale on Amazon and currently at Knit Picks for about $15.00) and that includes 2 DVDs.  Recommended. 

Music


I am enamored with Lydia McCauley’s  ForeignLander which is inspired by the music of the Appalachian people that had roots in The British Isles. The tune is Pretty Saro.  You can purchase at www.magnatune.com

Haste ye back!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Episode 59 A Visit from Meghan

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Quince & Co Chickadee in Bird's Egg

Thank you to Quince & Co for sponsoring Knitting Pipeline.  Visit them at www.quinceandco.com

Meghan of Stitch It! Podcast came for a visit!  We baked whole wheat bread, ate soup, knitted, and did a podcast episode together.  We also had a Knitting on the Porch morning with Charr and Bronwyn.


Charr, Bronwyn, Paula, and honored guest, Meghan.  Knitting (and spinning) on the Porch Day.

Thank you to everyone who was in touch with me this past week.  I heard from new Pipeliners Simple Quiet Wisdom, Andrea, Gloria, PamelaJean, Liz, Ginger, Becky, and Sheryl.

There is a new review up on iTunes from KnitsLiketheWind.   Thank you, knitslikethewind, so much for your 5 star review.

Winners of Drawings 

The winners of the drawing for the Shaelyn pattern were announced last week and we actually had two people with the same name win.  Designer Leila Raabe graciously donated a fourth pattern so no one would be disappointed.   I will try to remember in the future to remind you to put your Ravelry name, email, or blog link in your post for the prizes so we don’t have any confusion.  Thank you, Leila.


Fawl Shawl KAWL for AWL update 

Shaelyn by Leila Raabe 
What is a KAL/Knit Along?  Sometimes you will see KAL/CAL (Crochet along)
Details vary but basically:
  1. Choose a pattern or theme.
  2. Set a date to start.  Sometimes have an ending date.
  3. Share excitement, photos, questions, tips.

Our Fawl Shawl Kawl for Awl starts on October 1, 2011!
Estelle Cardigan Update
October 15 is Wear Your Estelle Day.
Take a photo of yourself in your own town, workplace, home, etc.  We’re going to make a photo collage!
Tip

Tip for frogging mohair or mohair blends from Lala/Laura of The Knit Girllls.
Put in freezer for a few days beforehand.  That will make the fibers less grabby and wanting to stick together.
Needle Notes 
In the pipeline:

Meghan is knitting Vivian by Ysolda Teague.  She's having some issues with the pattern.

I am knitting:

 Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart
Magrathea by Martina Behm
Listen to the new audio podcast! 2KnitLitChicks… Barb and Tracey 
A Shawl Like Kate's 

My Reading Chair with new Reading Shawl.
  • Milk Run Shawl by Cat Wong
  • Free pattern
  • Triangular, garter stitch with center spine and bell ruffle
  • Quince & Co Chickadee in Birds Egg  7 skeins.  181 yds per skein  1,267 yds.  Ruffle took 400 yds.

    Simplified ruffle by using simple M1.
    Tip for counting stitches.  This is what I often do when I have a lot of stitches on the needle.
    • I was aiming for 193 x 2 (two sides of triangle.) 
    • On one side I marked off 150 stitches.  (both sides are the same so I only did a rough count on one.)
    • There were no increases in this marked area of 150 since the increases were only on the edges and the middle.
    • There were 4 stitches added on every right side row so I made a count down list.  (Photo is actually one from another shawl but you get the idea.)  This way I don't have to count all of the stitches; only the ones on either side of the marked set of 150. 



    The Blethering Room
    How do you get faster at knitting?
    • It comes with practice.
    • Try different methods and study knitters who are fast.
    • Don’t worry about it too much.
    How do you get past the stalled areas of uncompleted projects?
    • Know your limits for WIP’s .  How many can you comfortable juggle at a time?
    • Have safe/relief knitting when you are working on a more complicated project.
    • Know your limits for keeping projects going.
    • What is the reason for stalling in the first place?  Should this be frogged?
    For an analytical approach visit the blog of Executive Knitter.
    ExecutiveKnitting : Project Management One WIP at a time
    Product Review: KA Needles (Bamboo)
    What a clever business card!  Diane gave these out at Sock Summit.  The wee needles can be used as a shawl pin.

    • Made in Japan
    • Very smooth.  Feels as if they are already broken in.
    • Fixed, interchangeable, Straight, double points
    • Swivel cable
    • Affordable! Fixed Circular 36” is $10 
    From the pinkfeatherknitting web site:
    KA or Kinki Amibari premium bamboo knitting needles are made in Nara, Japan. More than 500 kinds of bamboo grows in Japan. KA uses only two of the finest, aged bamboo, that are superior in density, flexibility, color and gloss. Pinkfeather Knitting offers the full line of KA interchangeable knitting needles. Tips as small as US size 0 and as short as 2 inches. KA SWITCH system offers the widest range of options of any interchangeable...

    These are the best bamboo/wooden circulars I have found so far. Meghan and I give them a 5 star rating!

    Meghan likes Crystal Palace double points.  She has not tried Crystal Palace Circulars.
    I like Clover double points but am not impressed with the circulars.

    This just in (and not on the podcast!)

    Special for Knitting Pipeline Listeners at www.pinkfeatherknitting.comUse promo code "piper" at checkout for $4 off shipping.  (That means FREE shipping in the U.S. and Canada).   International is usually $9 so would be $5!

    Thanks to Meghan for visiting and co-hosting this episode!
    Haste ye back!

     

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    Episode 58 Toasty Toes

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    Thank you to Quince & Co for their continued support of this podcast.
    Thank you to everyone who has friended me a second time.  There is a bug on Ravelry where people are randomly dropped off my friends list.  If you see that I have dropped off your list, please friend me again.

    New Pipeliners!

    Katie (rnmama), Jaja in Sweden, Tamara, Laura, Sharon, Katie (gumbygoogoo), Kate (sheepsymphony, Shannon, Camille, Rachel, Carol, and Karen from Denmark.  Karen lives in the town outside of Copenhagen where I learned to knit so I was thrilled to meet her on Ravelry. 

    Thank you for the iTunes Reviews! Knitloon, storybookstory, PamelaJeanToo, and Mckkvi2476. 

    The Winners of Shaelyn!
    Congratulations!

    Nancy=Aizome
    Wendy7828
    Louise 

    Please contact me so Laila Raabe  (pronounced "Layla Rob", my apologies!) can send the pattern to you!
    Letters from Kim and Scrappydoo shared the reason that Signature and other needles offer 4" tips!  Thank you!

    Have a broken needle?  Check out the Jimmy Bean's Wool Broken Needle Exchange.
    Jimmy Bean's Needle Exchange. Thank you, Joyceetta!

    Nature Notes

    Birds are migrating through.  We put up our tube feeder with safflower seeds, which the squirrels (and hopefully chipmunks) do not like. 

    I share a favorite poem from my childhood.
    Autumn Fires
    Robert Louis Stevenson (from A Child’s Garden of Verses, 1885)

    In the other gardens
    And all up the vale,
    From the autumn bonfires
    See the smoke trail!

    Pleasant summer over
    And all the summer flowers,
    The red fire blazes,
    The gray smoke towers.

    Sing a song of seasons!
    Something bright in all!
    Flowers in the summer,
    Fires in the fall!


    Needle Notes

    AfterThought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

    I used Knit Picks Felici Sportweight and incorporated Kid Seta (mohair/silk blend) in the toes for extra warmth.

    Sock Surgery 101
    
    Sock at left has toe reinforcement.  Sock on right does not.


    Surgery begins on Not-as-warm Sock.


    Toe is removed.

    Both socks now have mohair/silk reinforcement for extra toasty toes.

    The Truly Afterthought Heel Socks were made by snipping one stitch where the heel would be added.  I did not use waste yarn.  I knit the sock as a tube and finished the toe, then tried it on and marked where my ankle meets the top of my foot.  This is were I placed the heel.

    It always feels good to use up left over yarn and come out with something useful.

    I should have smoothed out the heel a bit before taking the photos.  See the slip stitch pattern?


    I finally took photos of Textural Healing Shawl "in action". Model is Kelli Jo.
    The Blethering Room
    Our Fall Shawl KAL/Knit Along will start on October 1, 2011.  Feel free to join us whether you are an experienced knitter or a relative newbie!   If you have done some knitting but have not knitted a shawl or lace, this might be a good "first" for you. The pattern is Shaelyn by Leila Raabe
    You will need:
    • 330 or more yd Sportweight yarn and needles for a slightly loose gauge.  She recommends size 9 but I will probably use a 6.
    A lighter yarn such as Fingering or a heavier yarn such as worsted will also work
    If this is your first lace project then I highly recommend sport weight, dk or worsted WOOL.  Superwash is ok. 
    There is a wide range of suitable yarns so feel free to go stash diving for this project!
    I've decided to go ahead and use my Quince & Co Chickadee in Carrie's Yello, which is on the right side of the pile.  It is darker and richer than the photo shows.  
    A few suggestions for sport weight:
    Cascade 220 Sport
    Knit Picks Stroll Sport or Telemark Sport
    If you decide to go with a heavier wool you would theoretically need less yardage but not that much less so I would just go for the same amount.  In fingering/sock you will need more.
    In the  Piping Circle
    Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums competed at the Highland Games in Waukesha WI on Sept 3.  We improved!  We also played in Henry IL at a service to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  Can you believe my own town had a 9/11 service and no one thought to call me?  They played recorded pipe music!  That is a shame when they could have had a REAL piper!  (I didn't put this in the podcast)
    Music
     
    When you left it was so quiet here.  We feel as we do when the swallows leave for the winter; that something beautiful and happy is now away from us.
     
    ---from a letter in 2002
     
    Haste ye back!

    Friday, September 9, 2011

    Episode 57 Twist, Steek, and Shout!

    I apologize to those who have had trouble leaving comments on the blog.  I did some research and have changed the comment form which is supposed to help.  This is a glitch on Blogger and I have also reported it.

    Listen here or use the Flash Player on this site for current and past episodes.

    Quince & Co offers a line of thoughtfully conceived yarns spun from American wool.  Sign up for their free e-newsletter.  Thank you to Quince & Co for sponsored this episode.

    From our friends at Green Mountain Spinnery:
    Spinnery will be donating the profits from our shop and on-line retail sales made from September 3 to September 11, 2011. Proceeds will go the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. Expenditures from the fund will be used 100% for the unmet long term needs of survivors from the Irene disaster.

    If you do not need to add to your yarn and pattern collection at this time but still would like to help
    Here are two places to donate:

    American Red Cross – Vermont and New Hampshire Valley Chapter
    To donate online visit
    http://www.vermontredcross.org/

    The Vermont Disaster Relief Fund to donate online, go to http://www.vermont211.org/

    It's all in The Blethering Room!


      Susan from Knitajourney Podcast visits me, along with my friend, Bronwyn. 
    Paula, Susan, and Bronwyn

    • My Kollage Circular Needle broke at the cable join.  There is a one year warranty and I just bought it at Sock Summit.  I just wanted to let you know because I still do prefer Kollage double points over most other brands but I am now cautious about the circulars.  I am going to contact Kollage so stay tuned.  Also, there will be wooden needles reviewed soon.
    Stitches Recap.  One of the highlights for me was spending time with Meghan of the Stitch It! Podcast.  I also had the pleasure of meeting a good number of Pipeliners. 

    Wild Card Purchase.  Noro at $10/skein


    Miss Babbs Yummy


    Bronwyn reviews a knitting app JKnit Knitting Project Assistant  (same source as Knit Evenly App)  Bronwyn recommends.  There is also a JKnit Ravelry Group.

    We discuss the question of when does a modified design become its own?  An example is the February Lady Sweater which was inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Sweater on Two Needles in Knitter's Almanac.  Feel free to leave your comments.

    Twist, Steek, and Shout

    Before steeking The Classic Lines Cardigan...It is a like a Straight Jacket.  Bronwyn does not look happy, does she?  (This was not staged.)


    It worked!  Bronwyn is a Happy Steeker!  And the sweater fits!
    (We had to reduce the file to upload to You Tube and it is not very good quality.)


    Disclaimer:  We do not recommend twisting your sweater but if it happens and you are 9 inches into the sweater before figuring that out (Go, Bronwyn!) then know that IT CAN BE DONE!


    Textural Healing Shawling being blocked.
    I used A Verb for Keeping Warm/Annapurna.  The color is Filigree.  One skein.

    Fall Shawl KAL

    Shaelyn by Leila Raabe is the #1 pick for the KAL.  If you would rather do Simply Pretty, then go right ahead.  It is not that different.

    Here are a few Shaelyns from Pipeliners.  Wow!  I think we could go crazy with this shawl.  It is going to be difficult to hold off until October 1!

    Puffygriffinclaw has knitted 2 already but will join us for #3!  This is a DK weight.

    Isn't it stunning in laceweight?  Knitted by generous-gardener on Ravelry.



    Remember to leave a comment on the show blog to enter the drawing.  3 copies of Shaelyn will be given away, compliments of the designer, Leila Raabe!

    Haste ye back!

    Saturday, September 3, 2011

    A Shawl is Meant to Be Worn

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    (Link may not work before mid-day on Saturday 09/03/11)

    Thank you to Quince & Co for sponsoring this show.  Check out their amazing yarn on their site!  I will be review the new e-book soon!


    Pipeliner Notes

     Note from Knitting Mama about the friendly atmosphere of Oregon.

    Welcome new Pipeliners who have sent me personal message in the past two weeks : Ivolk, Charlie, Traci, Carin, Lisa,  Linda, Guru Nam, Amy, Robin, Jan, Liz, Sherral, Diane, Kathy, Deb, Cindy, Ruth, Laura, Wendy, Elsbeth, and frogcreekwoods. Hi to Candy and Ron who listen to the show together.

    New iTunes reviews:  Thank you!

    Javajennie, EG_Mom of 3, Katespins

    New Mexico Trip
     Peter, Mom, Paula, Bob
     Pipeliner Meet and Greet on Friday at Stitches Midwest





    Megan from Stitch It! Podcast and Lee Bernstein
    Nature Notes with Bob

    Botany for Birdwatches by Kevin Cook. Floss Matters

    There is a difference between silk, hair, down, cotton, and floss. The “down” of thistle is actually floss.
    Floss is plant material specialized for anemochory.
    Anemochory is fruit and seed dispersal by wind.

    This was one of those perfect New England days in late summer where the spirit of autumn takes a first stealing flight, like a spy, through the ripening country-side, and, with feigned sympathy for those who droop with August heat, puts her cool cloak of bracing air about leaf and flower and human shoulders. ~Sarah Orne Jewett

    Needle Notes

    I read a note from Pipeliner Jan about making mistakes in lace knitting.   
    If you are knitting lace and you find you are a stitch short chances are you have left out a YO.  If you can identify where this happened then quite often you can fix it without tinking or frogging. 
    • Mark where you are missing the YO. 
    • When you come to that place on the next row (this applies to knitting in the round or flat) pick up the running thread between the two stitches and place it on the left needle so the right leg of the stitch is over the front of the needle. 
    • There you have your YO and you can knit it.
    • Once you have done this successfully you can learn how to pick up YO’s that are further down.
    Tip

    Tip for frogging with a slippery yarn when you do not have a lifeline as happened with me in the Leafprints Shawlette.   It seems the weight of the yarn will make stitches drop down when you remove the needles.  Lay on table and gently pull out the needles.  This seems to help.

    Westknits Mystery KAL Earth and Sky Shawl
    Quince & Co Tern in Barnacle, Driftwood, and Seagrass

    Laid out flat for blocking.  Not as impressive.


    Hanging on a knob...getting better.

    As might be worn with a jacket or sweater...even better!  I think I'm starting to like this!

     When i heard that it was intarsia I might have chuckled to myself at all those knitters being helplessly led down a path of doom! Seriously though, your shawl makes me want to follow everyone down that path!  ~Jessica

    Such an amusing picture she paints…and how true!
    I fixed a mistake on my Earth and Sky Shawl with duplicate stitch. 

    Remember that a shawl looks better ON a person.    

    I met someone at Stitches Midwest who was wearing Magrathea by Martine Behm.  She had knit it in Noro.  I wish I had taken a photo!  Believe me when I say it looked fantastic on her but not as fantastic when she took it off.

    Pogona was this way also…


    Product Review 


    I caved in and bought 3 circulars in 32” length with stiletto tip. 

    Downsides:

    Cable might be too flexible.
    Price:  $40 for a circular needle.  (I have not tried the DPN’s.) 

    I am a bit more reserved about these needles than many who have reviewed them.  I do like that they are Made in the U.S.A. and I like to support that; however, there are many good needles out there such as Knit Picks, Hiya Hiya, Addi and Kollage.  At this time I prefer Kollage because they do seem to reduce hand strain.  I really like Kollage DPN’s.  I am just now trying the circulars which have a bit of a prominent join.


    The Blethering Room

    Elizabeth Doherty Litchfield (Hat and Mitten Set)  Twist Collective or here.

    Elizabeth is zilaheteb on Ravelry

    Anemochory by Hunter Hammersen.  Imagine my surprise when I searched for information on anemochory and a knitting pattern came up.  Socks.

    Fall Shawl KAL

    Possible Shawl KAL for fall?  I am thinking of Simply Pretty by Rose Beck of RosyPosy Designs and/or Shaelyn by Leila Raabe.  Let me know what you think, either here or on the board.


    Giveaway!

    Leave a comment here if you want to be entered into a drawing for Shaelyn by Leila Raabe.  We will have 3 lucky winners!  Thank you, Leila!

    Music
    River of Life from The Beauty of the Earth by Lydia McCauley

    Haste ye back!

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    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.