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Friday, November 18, 2011

Episode 67 Donkey Ears and Pig Eyes

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Nature Notes 
For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Afterthought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman 

Ginger from Mississippi found the solution for those pesky donkey ears on the corners of heels and toes that have been grafted (Kitchener) in:


Donkey ears are for donkeys, not sock toes: To avoid those little boxy corners on your grafted toes, slip the outermost stitch on each end on each needle over its nearest neighbor, eliminating four stitches which might have gone boxy on you. Now graft.

Ginger adds:
This works great on DPNs or two circs but if you’re using magic loop the stitches should be transferred to DPNs first. I slip the first two stitches on the left needle to the right needle, then pass the first slipped stitch over as if binding off, then move the remaining stitch back to the left needle. Another way to do this is use a crochet hook to pull the second stitch on the left needle through the first stitch (dropping the first stitch) and then putting that second stitch back on the needle. 

Cat Bordhi's web site and blog 

Little Box of Socks by Charlene Shurch and Beth Parrott

Vogue Knitting featured Martha Stewart and her new line of yarn from LionBrand.

I have a new favorite whole wheat bread recipe.  You can throw away the other one.
Before baking.  These are the bread pans I bought from The Urban Homemaker.
Cooling after baking.  I put a clean tea towel over the loaves, but of course, I had to take it off for the photo.
Ready to slice!


The Urban Homemaker

Best Bread Recipe

Rip Van Winkle Challenge

Enter for the prizes on our Ravelry board on the thread Prize Entries for Rip Van Winkel

The prize thread will close on Dec 1, 2011.

Nubby Noro Mittens Pattern by Annie's Woolens

Shawl Pattern by Laura Linneman  Thin Ice 

3 skeins Soft Touch Ultra from Shelridge Farm  100 % Wool Fingering weight.  185 yd each. 

Product Review
The Best of Knitscene: a Collection of Simple, Stylish, and Spirited Knits.
by Lisa Shroyer
Highly Recommended.
High Note
Meghan of Stitch It!! Podcast introduced me to:

Good Earth Original Caffeine Free Tea
(I see their packaging has changed from what I have.)

 Music 

Diana Rowan.  Panta Rhei.  Track 07 The Sea Set. www.magnatune.com 

You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper 

Knitting Pipeline Retreat March 2-3, 2012
(Friday evening and all day Sat) in Washington IL
  information on overnight accommodations is in the side bar, along with registration information.

 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Episode 66 Afterthoughts

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Thanks to you...

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Pipeliner Notes

 I read a note from Karin ("miterwriter" on Ravelry).  A little brown bat, nicknamed "Bertie", has been living on a light fixture in their garage for almost 15 years!  A wonderful story of wild animals and humans coexisting peacefully. 

Note on last week’s Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal:  it is a good idea to refrigerate any leftovers.

Winners of J-Knit apps

JKnit HD for iPad--Moz aka enquery, Peggie aka BleedingHeart, and Marsha aka Teal

JKnit--Barbara aka blb, Monique aka georgiedean, and Sally aka svjanis

Knit Evenly--Lynne aka knittensmitten, Ròs aka scarhandpiper, and Lu aka LuciaKnits

 Thank you, Bronwyn, for contacting the winners!

 Nature Notes
Flying Fox (Bat).  photo by Tim Jannech, husband of Kayak on Ravelry.

Thanks to Prairiegl (Leah) in OK for asking about cleaning bird feeders.
Bob joins me for Nature Notes, but only for a short time because he was grading papers.
Tips for Clean Birdfeeders
Non-Toxic Bird Feeder Cleaning


The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Needle Notes

Nellie by Donna Higgins

Update on the Crochet flower closure. Directions are a bit sketchy.
I watched You Tube videos and managed to crochet the flowers by myself!  (Charr was out of town.)
I attached one side of the button with flower and the other side serves as a button closure.




Finished Projects

Piper’s Fancy
Celtic Cross wears ancient red flashes.  Our tartan, The Flower of Scotland, has a stripe of the ancient red in it.  I like my ancient red Piper's Fancy Shawl with the uniform.




Piper in the woods.
It works when I look like a normal person, too.

I needed a project that was completely mindless.  This crescent shawl that has increases at the beginning of every row so it doesn’t have a wrong side.

Afterthought here is that I did not plan the border beforehand.  I swatched a lot!

Nubby Noro Mittens by Annie’s Woolens



Has an afterthought thumb.
My pattern notes are here.
Love the pattern as the texture adds interest without being too fussy.  Every other round is a plain round so it is easy to see where you are in the pattern.
Afterthought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman
Knit Picks Felici Sport Weight
With this type of heel how do you prevent getting “ears” on the corners where you begin and end the Kitchener Stitch?  I might try decreasing at corners just before doing Kitchener.
What I did learn.  Sometimes you do need to power through.
 In The  Pipeline
A Ravelry Note
A new feature on Ravelry is that if you have your yarn stashed and you use stash yarn for a project then a little thumbnail photo of the yarn will appear in your project notes.  It’s tiny but it is there!

The Blethering Room
Registration is in progress for the Knitting Pipeline Retreat!
March 2-3, 2012 Washington IL
$50 for Fri night and all day Sat.  $40 for Sat only
Registration information is in the sidebar.

My first afterthought insertion of any kind was an afterthought pocket in my Three in One Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann.
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.

There will be a separate thread to enter for prizes.  November 15-30.
High Note
Better Homes and Gardens is kicking it up a notch! Not as traditional as it used to be.  Inexpensive subscription and you get free digital editions with paid subscription!  More knitting magazines should do this because knitting from a magazine is for me, very tedious.

Stockinette Zombies is a new video cast that I enjoy.  Check it out!
Music
Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Episode 65 Small Sweaters

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 Pipeliner Notes

 A correction in last week’s episode.  The site for rescuing macramé owls is www.macrameowl.com.  The link was correct in the show notes but I made it plural when I said it on the podcast.  My apologies to all macramé owls out there and their rescuers. 

 Deaf Smith, Laurel’s Kitchen, The Moosewood Cookbook were classic cookbooks in the 70's and 80's.

In my oven today:  Whole Wheat Bread, Homemade Granola, and
Baked Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oatmeal from the food blog Perfecting the Pairing.  I substituted raisins for chocolate chips. 

Nature Notes

Satu mentioned that bats carry rabies and that is true. If you see a bat behaving strangely then beware. 

A hawk posed for me and I still had trouble identifying it.  A Cooper's Hawk is about the size of a crow and has a rounded tail.  The Sharp-shinned hawk is smaller and has a squared off tail.

3 Bird ID resources, 2 pair binoculars, and two cameras...and still not sure of the hawk.  Pathetic!
Can you see him?  Almost in the middle of the photo on the dead log with his back to me.  I could finally see that the tail was rounded.  (This was the following day.)


Sent to me by Goldybear:

Nature XXVII, Autumn

by Emily Dickinson
The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.


Needle Notes
Nellie by Donna Higgins. Still lacking the crochet flowers and buttons.  I'm working on it.  Those shoes belonged to my grandmother when she was a toddler.  They are 110 years old.

Nellie by Donna Higgins 
Purchase pattern at Stitches Midwest 2010 and the yarn is Knit Picks Organic Cotton. 
Calls for Sublime Organic Cotton DK
The only difficult part of this sweater is the crocheted flower closure.  Difficult for me, that is.
My project page is here.

I did the crochet flowers by myself!  Charr is going to be proud of me!  I did it a little differently than the instructions indicated and will share on the next episode.





Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater by Carole Barenys
My project page is here.

Free Pattern. Top down raglan with running strands that make a pattern on the yoke, cuffs, and bottom. 
If I knit this pattern again I would probably add another button hole on the yoke and then not put buttons below that. 
Heart buttons are so cute!

 In The  Pipeline 

  • Afterthought Heel Hiking Socks using pattern by Laura Linneman
  • Nubby Noro Mittens, actually have finished.
  • Crescent Shawl Left to my Own devices
The Blethering Room 

Knitting Pipeline Retreat!  Registrations are now open.
  See side bar for Registration page.
March 2-3, 2011 (Fri night and all day Sat)
Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1420 N Main, Washington IL  61571

$50 for both Fri and Sat/$40 for Sat only.
Send a check with your mailing information, email, phone, and whether you wish to stay overnight at the facility.  Your check will be held for a while so don't worry if it does not clear right away.

Knitting Pipeline Retreat
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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.

A new thread on the Knitting Pipeline Podcast Group on Ravelry will open up November 15-Nov 30 for Prize Patrol.

Product Review 

The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes: the Yarn Lover’s Ultimate Guide to Creating Socks that fit well, Feel great, and last a lifetime.
Heartily recommended!


Music
Hint of Dawn from the album Hope by Kendra Spring.  www.magnatune.com

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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.