Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by my Longaberger home businessn and Quince & Co.

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

Friday, October 28, 2011

Episode 64 Bats and Bread

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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business.  www.longaberger.com/paula  Sign up for my email newsletter and sale notifications by sending an email to me at Paulaef@aol.com.


3 Giveaway Winners!
At First Sight by Laura Linneman

Congratulations to Lisaknits/ lasknit2, yarnette, and stephigordon/indigodogmt!
Please PM me and I will contact Laura so she can get the pattern to you.


Nature Notes

I have been reading about bats.  Thanks for indulging my fancy!  Bats are not generally dangerous.  They will not fly into your hair.  Most bats eat insects.

A Country Year: Living the Questions by Sue Hubbell.  Great book of nature writings.
Bats   West Virginia University

Needle Notes

Group on Ravelry Organized Knitting Club
Knitting Journal Template at www.KathrynIvy.com

My Bat Shawl
Fledermaus-Tuch by Jana Albrecht
Free pattern available in German and English
I used Araucania Ranco Multy  1.5 skeins.
Added a light ruffle because it seemed a little plain and I wanted to use up more of the yarn.


Modeled by Kelli Jo


Dancy Batty by Meta Libenter is a free pattern with bats made of lace.  Diane of the Knitabulls video cast has a KAL/Knit along finishing up now. 


 In The  Pipeline 

  • Afterthought Heel Hiking Socks using pattern by Laura Linneman
  • Nellie by Donna Higgins  (RVW both yarn and pattern)
  • Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater by Carole Barenys  (both yarn and pattern)
The Blethering Room

 I wore my Radiance Shawl to my nephew's wedding.  Someone cleaned her glasses with it.  But it wasn't any of the lovely people in this photo.  This is our immediate family: 3 sons, 1 DIL and future DIL, husband, and me.




These are our three sons who were ushers for the wedding.  I'm so proud of them.

Visit this site and if you have any macrame owls that need rescuing please send them to these wonderful ladies!   Macrame Owl

Whole Wheat Bread Baking for Zabelle in Montreal.  The tutorial and recipe is on the side bar. The original recipe came from The Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas c. 1972.  (yikes!)  Now out of print but it seems there are lots of used copies out there.  But none of them probably have as many food stains as mine does.  My favorite yeast is SAF available from King Arthur Flour.  I also like the recipes on the King Arthur Flour site.  This is what the SAF Yeast looks like.  I buy the red not the gold.  A whole pound for just $5.95!

If you have never made bread before start with white bread.  You can also gradually work your way from white bread to whole wheat by slowly changing the ratio.

Don't worry, this is not turning into a food podcast.  This was just a diversion.


Rip Van Winkle Challenge
October 1 through November 30, 2011

The Concept:
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.   

Another mission for the overachievers out there:  go to your stash and try to find your oldest yarn and match it to an pattern in your queue.

The Rules:
In the middle of November I will start a thread for finished projects.  Please just post once on this thread.  You must finish a RVW project to be eligible for the Prize Patrol.  Prizes to be announced. 

Last chance!

KA Needle Promo from Pinkfeatherknitting!
$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.

I forgot to mention this on the show but Knitting Retreat Registrations will be opening up within the week!  I will post on the board and here in the sidebar.

Music
My Beloved and My Friend by Benji Goodrich from Waitingwww.magnatune.com

Have a great week!  Haste ye back!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Episode 63 O' Hushed October

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Our Woods today


Nature Notes

October

By Robert Frost 1874–1963
 
O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

Tip from Pipeliner

Cat suggested using teflon tape for interchangeable needles that tend to come unscrewed.  Use a very small amount on the threaded part of the join.

Needle Notes
    Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart  760 stitches with Picot Purgatory
    My project notes on Ravelry are here.
    Semi circular shawl in laceweight.
    Double in size with blocking.
    Easy knit with panels of stockinette, garter, mesh, and spiral lace.  Lace patterns very easy and increases are at the end/beginning of each section so within the section you don’t have to deal with increases.
    One of the best written patterns!  Includes a checklist.




    At First Sight by Laura Linneman
    My project notes are here.




    Laura has donated 3 copies of the pattern to Pipeliners! Leave a comment below to enter the drawing.  Please include contact information...email address or Ravelry ID.  Thanks!


    Magrathea...I finally took better photos.  If it isn't wrapped properly I could trip on it!

     In The  Pipeline
    Shaelyn KAL (Knitalong) continues in The Pipeline.
    Piecework Magazine Sept/October 2011  Literary issue.  8 literary inspired projects. Knit Hans Brinker’s Mittens.  Rowan Pure Wool DK  adult medium.

    Did you knit an Estelle Cardigan?  We are making a photo collage! Email a photo of you in your Estelle to marthajhealy@gmail.com

    Rip Van Winkle Challenge  October 1 through November 30th

    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.  In your Ravelry queue you can see when you put projects in your queue. 
    Another mission for the overachievers out there:  go to your stash and try to find your oldest yarn and match it to an pattern in your queue. 
    KA Needle Promo from Pinkfeatherknitting!
    $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.  All lower case.  
     Product Review
    Sock it To Me  available at Knit Picks

    Music

    Waiting by Benji Goodrich.  Track 2 Oceans Apart.

    Remember to leave contact information with your comment to enter the drawing!  The winners will be chosen when I do the podcast the last week of October,

    If you send me an email to sign up for my Longaberger customer e-list please include name, address, and phone for my records.  Thanks!  The system likes to have this information with your name.  Your information will not be shared.  Thanks.  Send request to Paulaef at aol dot com 

    Haste ye back!

    View from my window today.  October 20, 2011.

    Friday, October 14, 2011

    Episode 62 Happy Mitten Day!

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

    Quince & Co


    Nature Notes Video





    According to the book Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum October 14th is Mitten Day!



    Charr and Bronwyn joined me today to discuss Mitten Day, Rip Van Winkle Challenge, our Fawl Shawl KAWL for AWL (Shaelyn), Ravelry tips, and oh my, we did laugh a LOT!  There is a blooper clip after the show's theme music if you want to hear our contagious laughter.  Every time I listen to it I start laughing all over again.  You can find them on Ravelry as Charr and Bronwyndp, and of course the are both active on our Knitting Pipeline Group on Ravelry.


    Giveaway!  There will be 9 winners!

    Leave a comment below with your preference for one of the apps...please also list the devices you have.

    JKnit Knitting Project Assistant app for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad --


    Knit Evenly Calculator for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad

    Patterns, Projects, and Links


    Our Fawl Shawl KAWL for Awl continues!  Wave 2 starts on or around October 15th.  Bronwyn and Charr are still knitting Shaelyn and others are just beginning so feel free to join the fun!

    I finished my Shaelyn by Leila Raabe.  I used 2 skeins of  Quince &  Co Chickadee in the colorway Carrie's Yellow.  Main Modification was that I doubled the length of the bottom lace border and added one garter ridge at the bottom of the lace.  I also used a simple backward loop instead of M1's.





    Correction on TwinsetJan's tip for lifelines from last podcast.  Use a circular needle size 0000 or thereabouts.  Also, Jan says she threads the needle through the row below after knitting back.  Thanks, Jan.  I may try it again after I find a needle in this teeny tiny size!
    Ocean City Shawlette by Nancy Whitman

    Bronwyn on the sunporch...wearing Ocean City Shawlette and knitting Shaelyn.

    A Better Bucket by Amy Swenson

    Greta by Cheri Christian

    Kelley Petkun's Mitten Class  (we forgot to talk about it, but check it out for mitten basics!)

    Magrathea by Martina Behm.   Intriguing pattern.  Thanks to MicheleStitches for her help!  My Magrathea Project page.

    Magrathea being blocked.  Outside edge is 11 feet!

    Magrathea Lace detail

    Arwen Keyhole Scarf by Tabitha's Heart Design
    Nubby Noro Mittens by Annie's Woolens
    Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig ( I said  I had knitted this one but it really was Whisper Cardigan)
    Whisper Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
    Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart
    Hitchhiker by Martina Behm

    Norwegian Mittens by Elizabeth Zimmermann

    Leafy Mittens by Arnhild Hillesland

    Victorian Inspired Mittens by Beth Morimoto
    Newfoundland Mitts by Traditional Design  (Free)  This is a wonderful mitten pattern.
    Newfoundland Mitts.  Cozy and warm.

    Leafy Mittens by Arnhild Hillesland

    Leafy Mitten detail
    Victorian Inspired Mittens by Beth Morimoto

    October 15 is Wear Your Estelle Day.  (Estelle KAL)

    Take a photo of yourself in your own town, workplace, home, etc.

    Goldybear is going to put the collage together.  Thank you, Martha! Email your photos to marthajhealy@gmail.com

    For those of you who have not finished your Estelle: Take a photo of yourself knitting on your Estelle and we will include it in the collage.
    Rip Van Winkle Challenge  through November 30, 2011 

    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.  In your Ravelry queue you can see when you put projects in your queue. 

    Another mission for the overachievers out there:  go to your stash and try to find your oldest yarn and match it to an pattern in your queue. 

    KA Needle Promo from Pinkfeatherknitting!
    $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.  All lower case. 

    KA Needles at Pink Feather Knitting

    Visit my Longaberger site to view beautiful and practical products for your home.  If your order is more than $150 be sure to place your order through me rather than the web site because you will receive an item of your choice at 1/2 price!

    Haste ye back!

    Friday, October 7, 2011

    Episode 61 Let the Shaelyn KAL Begin!

    Listen here or use the Flash Player on this site.
    Thank you to Quince & Co for sponsoring this podcast episode.

    Two wound skeins of Quince & Co Chickadee Carrie's Yellow.  Ready for Shaelyn Cast on!


    Nature Notes

     


    Tracks & Trails Newsletter of Forest Park Nature Center in Peoria IL Fall Migration Challenge which gave me some things to think about. Here are some of the ways that we humans can help birds and other animals.

    • Turn off outdoor lights when possible to avoid confusing the birds.
    • Provide birdfeeders, birdbaths, and nestboxes.  Due to land development there are not as many natural sources for animals.  We starting feeding in all our feeders about a week ago despite the chipmunks.
    • Plant native plants.
    • Reduce litter.
    • Reduce toxic pesticides and herbicides.
    • Help birds avoid window collisions with stickers, decals, window birdfeeders, or curtains.

    Whooping Cranes in Florida Class of 2011 Whooping Crane Chicklets will be making their first migration with the help of an ultralight.  Migration starts on October 8, 2011.

    No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
    As I have seen in one autumnal face.

    ~John Donne



    My path to the compost bin.  Isn't it lovely?

    In my Pipeline
    •  Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart
    • Magrathea by Martina Behm
    • Afterthought Heel Hiking Socks using pattern by Laura Linneman
    • Shaelyn by Leila Raabe
    JanMarie suggested I overdye the socks with too much yellow, idea which had crossed my mind.
    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 
    Most successful KAL we’ve had so far.  It’s not too late to jump in.

    330 yds IS enough sport weight.  My cost to knit Shaelyn in Quince & Co Chickadee is $14.00.  A bargain!

    Beginning of Shaelyn.  Fun!  Color is Carrie's Yellow.  It is richer than the photos indicate.

    Marker shows beginning of lace pattern.  I explained on the thread on the board how to read your lace so you know when to start another band of lace (without counting rows.)

    I did a video tutorial of the garter tab cast on.  I forgot to mention in last week's episode on Garter Tab CO to use two double pointed needles.  This tip seemed to help a lot of knitters.

    Lifeline Tip from Twinsetjan:
    Instead of a thread for a lifeline use a long circular needle in a very small size.  Advantages are that if you have to frog (unravel) the stitches will already be on a needle.  Plus stitch markers do not get caught up in the lifeline.
    I tried this method and I wasn't real fond of it (although I am fond of Twinsetjan!) but encourage you to try it for yourself!  I prefer using a blunt needle and fine crochet cotton for now.
    The Blethering Room
     Wore my A Shawl Like Kate’s (Milk Run Shawl by Cat Wong) to the grocery store (Aldi).  Interesting experiences. 
    Quince & Co has new colors.  Gray heathery colors called Iceland, kumlien’s gull, kittywake, sabine…in chickadee, lark, osprey, and lark.
    Estelle Cardigan Update
    October 15 is Wear Your Estelle Day.
    Take a photo of yourself in your own town, workplace, home, etc.
    We (Bronwyn) are going to make a photo collage.
    For those of you who have not finished your Estelle please join us in the fun! Take a photo of yourself knitting on your Estelle and we will include it in the collage. 
    Movie    The Big Year starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jack Black  release date Oct 14, 2011
    Knitting Pipeline Retreat
    March 2-3 Washington IL 
    New development for the adventuresome knitters:  you may camp out at the facility!  Bring your own sleeping gear, towels, etc.  More info coming soon. 
    October Rip Van Winkle Challenge 
    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.  In your Ravelry queue you can see when you put projects in your queue.
    Another mission for the overachievers out there:  go to your stash and try to find your oldest yarn and match it to an pattern in your queue. 
    Product Review
    Vogue Knitting Knitopedia: the Ultimate A to Z Guide
    Sixth and Spring Books  2011  $34.95 US $41.95 CA

    Comprehensive scope.  Oversize book.  Maybe not for every knitter's library but still an excellent book.

    In the Piping Circle
    Greg, Kevin, Paula

    Paula, Kevin, Greg
    Greg and Heather in foreground.  Tuning before the Walk.
    Heather, Rob, Paula, Kevin in the tuning circle.
    Music
    Dutch Pipes and DrumsIn Harmony.  Track 8 
    Salute to Royal Fendersmith, Corkhill, The Banjo Breakdown.
    Thank you to our friends from Dutch Pipes and Drums!

    Haste ye back!

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