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Friday, May 18, 2012

Episode 90 New Rule for Buying Yarn

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This show by sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co.
The folks at Quince &  Co have created a line of thoughtfully conceived yarns spun from American wool or sourced from earth friendly overseas suppliers.  Their newest addition are colors in Sparrow, 100% organic linen, grown in Belgium.  In addition to the original Sparrow in its silver/brown glory sparrow now comes in six colors.
Their names come from flora you'd find on a forest trail: Juniper, Birch, Nannyberry, Blue Spruce, Little Fern, and Butternut.  Still the same lovely hand and drape. Perfect in all Sparrow patterns.  See Sparrow and all the beautiful Quince yarns at
Giveaway of Knitbot Essentials

Leave a comment on the show blog under Episode 89 or 90 by May 23 to be in a chance to win a copy of Knitbot Essentials, signed by designer Hannah Fettig and Quince owner and renown knitter/designer Pam Allen.  KnitBot Essentials by Hannah Fettig  

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Thank you to everyone who was in touch with me this week. If I missed you please let me know. I do have new Pipeliners wannabelle100, miaandme, knitzjazz, knitpicky199, xanthey, and Treefinder.  Thank you so much for writing and introducing yourselves.  If you are a first time writer please let me know in your note so I can recognize you on the show.
I must put out a plea and apology to the person who wrote to me about meeting at the Chicago Highland Games in Itasca later in june.  Inadvertently deleted your post before responding and I cannot find you.  I feel terrible about that so I hope you hear this and resend your message.  I think your name is Debbie.
Pipeliner Notes
Thanks for the wonderful tips!
From Margaret/knitwish I learned to use the Russian Join when I knit a Dr. Who scarf for my son - 8 feet of striped garter stitch , but no ends to weave in at the end. I found a tutorial on the Dr. Who rav group that showed how to place the join exactly at the edge of the stripe. (knitwish on Ravelry, if you want to see the scarf).
from Treefinder new pipeliner and also a piper: Now, to the Russian Join. I find that it blends in better with my work when I pull the loops as small as I can. I do a lot of work on fine yarn and when the loops are pulled fairly tight, they never show as lumps.
From Pergola: Thanks for the video on the Russian Join. I had been doing it from written directions and have been sort of sewing in and out with the needle instead of going through the middle. It makes more sense now that I’ve watched the video and think I will have better results. I have to confess, I’m currently working on a cardigan with the same yarn and have been doing a felted join with no problem. I don’t think the silk content affects the felting that much. I hope not anyway!
From Finnsmydog: I have a little trick for the russian join the will help in snugging up the second join against the first one….Once the first yarn is “joined”, I weave the needle through the yarn first, making sure that the eye is as close to the point where the second yarn is going through the eye of the first yarn (I think this is clear if you’ve ever done a russian join). Thread the needle at this point and pull the yarn through. The two interlocking loops will be really close to each other this way.
From Pinneguri: I am a great fan of Russian join too, but unlike you I find that I do not need the needle, I just open the thread with my fingers and put the join in there. I don't cut the ends either, just leave them be.
And I knit in all other ends so in the end there is only the last end again to sew in. I am not sure if it saves me any time though, but it is nice to don't have to spend a lot of time at the end on boring stuff.

Nature Notes
Last week I mentioned that I made a bit of a spectacle of myself at a baby shower when instead of taking photos of the baby I ran into the back yard to photograph the black squirrels.  Lots of you wrote on the board and on the show blog about your sightings of black squirrels which appear to have populations scattered across the country.  They are a variant of the gray squirrel so they behave the same way.
A marauding band of four teen male turkeys attacked our windows.
Bird Watcher’s Digest May-June 2012: Ten Junes on the Prairie Julie Zickafoose
10th Annual Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival:  The Chieftain Hotel and Conference Center  June 13-17 Carrington ND  Fly into Fargo or Bismarck or and easy hop from Mpls (2 hours).  Bill Thompson, Julie Zickafoose and other expert guides.  Visit
Martha/Goldybear wrote on the board that experts think it will be a good year for butterflies.  We are not experts but judging from what we have seen so far this year we have made the same observation.  During our Sunday hike in Forest Park Nature Preserve we saw Red Admirals (lots!), Eastern Comma, Mourning Cloaks, Spring Azures, and random Skippers. 
Medieval European Folk Ballad, sometimes called Song of the Unicorn
I stood in the Maytime Meadows
By roses circled round
Where many a fragile blossom
Was bright upon the ground;
And as though the roses called them
And their wild hearts understood
The little birds were singing
In the shadows of the wood.
The nightingale among them
Sang sweet and loud and long
Until a greater voice than hers
Rang out above her song
For suddenly between the crags
Along a narrow vale
The echoes of a hunting horn
Came clear along the gale.
The hunter stood beside me
Who blew that mighty horn
I saw that he was hunting
The noble unicorn.
Needle Notes
Note from Leaaline:    I have big plans to knit featherweight and love the looks of Hannah's designs. I have not used Quince and Co. But I really want to try it. Paula- what is your FAVORITE quince and co. Yarn?
Answer: I love them all but have a special fondness for Chickadee and Tern because I more often knit with lighter weight yarns.
Hyla Brook will be released in June.  Calls for 2 skeins of Quince & Co Tern which is a fingering weight wool/silk blend.  442 yds fingering weight.  This shawl is completely reversible and has no purl stitches!
Sarah wearing Hyla Brook. Quince & Co Tern in Buoy colorway. This is the woods in early March.

I tried to start another pair of socks with Fleur de Fiber Gnome Sweet Gnome with the pattern Lil Bit by Laura Linneman.  The cables were totally lost in the color. Will Hyla Brook work with it?

Koigu Beaded Beret by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Should have been a clue when there were a lot of projects on Ravelry that were modified. 
I am not thrilled with the end result but I had a ball knitting it!
Beret ove a pie plate. Believe me, it looks better on a pie plate than it does on me.

The Blethering Room
A new rule for buying yarn: sweaters worth or one more skein than first impulse.
If I don’t like the yarn enough to commit to more than one or two skeins then maybe I don’t like it enough to buy it.  (please feel free to quote me on this, especially if you see me buying yarn somewhere!)
Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman/Baby Cocktails
Stockinette Zombies.  Megan and Amy
Product Notes
Signature Needle update.  After using Signature Circular Needles for nearly a year I do find that these are my first choice for a project.
HiyaHiya Size 5 16” circular had a card for knitting a hat in sizes from baby to adult large. 
Chiagoo Red Lace Circular Needles.  I buy HiyaHiya and Chiagoo at Ewe-nique Yarns in Morton IL.  They are happy to ship your order.  309.266.9398
Knit Picks new catalog with new colors of Stroll Tonal
High Note
Talking to the Sun: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems for Young People
Metropolitan Museum of Art c. 1985
Used copies available from .01
Shira Kammen Wild Mountain Thyme Music of Waters
Haste ye back!


Anonymous said...

Paula: I already left a comment on Episode 89, but just had to comment about the poem. It is rather melancholy, and as I do not like hunting of our wild animals, I also felt sad. Perhaps I hear it differently than others, but then that is the beauty of literature - it appeals to something in all of us, but most often it touches us so differently. I am going to have to learn to navigate through Itunes, so I can leave a good message. Peg from Vancouver Island

Anonymous said...

Love your podcasts Paula and would love to win a copy of Knitbot Essentials.

Diane said...

Would love to wi. A copy of knitbot essentials.

Megan said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win such a cute book!

Anonymous said...

I always look forward to your podcasts - thanks so much! Would love to win a copy of Hannah's book. I love her designs. kathyknits on Ravelry

Ruth said...

I have Coastal Knits and would love to add to have a copy of Knitbot Essentials. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and a great podcast that I look forward to listening to each week.

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Anonymous said...

I have not yet tried Quince & Co. yarn nor Hannah Fettig's designs, but I plan to. Paula, thanks for great podcasts - I look forward to listening to them! Pattyb

joyceetta said...

I have never knit a Hannah Fettig project but would love to do so. Fingers crossed to win the book.

Carol said...

love the knitbot sweaters and would love to try Qunice yarn!

Carol M. (yoopergirl on rav)

Taylor said...

I have made a wispy cardigan when the pattern was first published as the whisper cardigan. I love, love this sweater - it goes with me everywhere in the summer. I'd love to make more! A Featherweight, an Effortless..... to start

Paula said...

Hi Paula - I always get loads of useful information from your podcast, but you reminded me of the word piffle in last week's podcast - Worth 16 points in last night's Scrabble game when adding a 'd', and placing it on a triple word, well - no piddling amount! Thanks from another Paula (stpaulknitter)

dhays said...

Thanks to you I am now addicted to Quince &Co yarns! I'd love a copy of Knitbot Essentials.

KnitPicky199 said...

I really enjoyed this podcast! I am a butterfly person and enjoyed hearing it is going to be a great year for them! I have a trail I walk close by and will be looking to see if we have more here in PA. Also, just want to mention that I find a pattern will disappear when knitting on busy colored yarn. I started a sock for son in red striping with green, blue and gold w/moss stitch. Could not even see it so I just stock. stitched it. I only do the pretty lace or cabled socks on solid colors. Please put me in for a chance to win Knitbot Essentials!
Carole - KnitPicky199@ravelry

Karen said...

After many years of knitting am wanting to get into knitting sweaters so would love to win this book! Looks like it contains patterns that are not only do-able, but are suitable for a range of ages and sizes.
Knitterknurse on Ravelry

Stitchmistress said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I have not knit any of Hannah Fettig's patterns, but I have several in my queue. Thanks for the opportunity!

Elle said...

I love, love, love listening to your podcasts. I have a 90 minute commute each way and that's when I take the opportunity to listen. I don't read your show notes in advance so that I can be surprised as to what I'm listening to. I then come back and read the notes. Love it!!!! Would love the opportunity to win the book and thanks for making that possibility available.

sandrarumsey said...

Great podcast as usual. Will the turkeys stay forever?

slmiller8 said...

I'm a new listener to your podcast-heard about you on "a playful day". A mention on the Webs blog reminded me to come on over to your site, so here I am.

Anonymous said...

Knitbot essentials looks wonderful, would love to be entered. Thank you.

Dorothy (oharedj)

Jessica said...

I love Hannah's patterns and have plans on knitting up an effortless cardigan soon!!
jpeled on ravelry :0)

Caitlin said...

Hi Paula: haven't listened to episode 90 yet. I save each new episode for my first commute of the week. Thanks for the opportunity to win such a nice looking prize.

Anjanette said...

Thank you for your podcast Paula! It is one of my favorites. I love your nature notes section and hearing what you are working on and what you think of the yarns you are using.

explodingpinecone on ravelry

Rebecca said...

Thanks Paula for another great episode and a chance to win an amazing booklet. Ravelry ID rebecca6923

Penelope Z said...

Hi Paula,

The beaded beret is just lovely. I, too, have a difficult time wearing hats as "decoration". A dear friend of mine knitted me a gorgeous fair isle beret recently, and, though I love it, I haven't yet figured out a way to wear it.

Your new rule for buying yarn is spot on - if you don't love it enough to purchase 3 skeins, don't buy it!

Thanks for another enjoyable episode.

Unknown said...

I just finished knitting the Wispy Cardigan in a lace weight yarn and found it to be a little too "wispy". I like the slightly drapier and more substantial look of the Wispy Cardigan in Quince & Co. yarn and will probably knit another one in that refreshing mint color shown in Knitbot Essentials.

Julie, aka knittyju on Ravelry

aliasrlene said...

Hi Paula I'd love a copy of Hannah's book. I am rlene on Ravelry or my email is

Sally said...

I love your podcast. You always have great info. Thanks.
SallyFromIdaho on revelry

Sally said...

I love your podcast, you always have great info.

handmade knits by tracy said...

Paula what a great giveaway and I would absolutely love to knit one of the sweaters in the book!

Rav name: MRSTN2006

ciproano said...

Paula, thanks for your very honest reviews of patterns, yarns and needles!

I love the way the cardis in the Knitbot Essentials look...I just wish they would use models who are not a size 0! It is always hard to tell what those wispy cardis will look like on a body that isn't, well, wispy! Maybe someday Casey will come up with a way to sort through Ravelry projects by size so that I can see what it looks like on someBODY like me. Webs did those great "same sweater on five different bodies" layouts, but sadly that didn't seem to catch on.

"PuffyGriffinclaw" on Rav

therese said...
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therese said...

Quince and Co. is my favorite yarn and pattern company. Everything they do is excellent (including their website). Of their yarns I think Lark is the one I like to knit with the best.

Therese knitzincville on Ravelry

Melinda said...

I like to use the Russian join for yarn that has some wool content but I really have a hard time getting it to stay tight with cotton yarn. I decided to try the Braided join for a project that I am working on now. It's time consuming but it seems more stable. Thanks for the video!

bikenknit on rav

Anonymous said...

Love your podcast. Your love of nature and knitting is infectious.

dinny4658 on Ravelry

Anonymous said...

Another enjoyable podcast, Paula!
You have inspired me to try knitting a sweater.


Karalee said...

I'd love to win a copy of Knitbot Essentials! I've knitted a couple of Hannah Fettig's sweaters (the lightweight pullover and featherweight cardigan) but not with Quince yarns. Her patterns are so classic, I'm definitely planning on knitting more of them!

Karalee, ksh on Ravelry

kleggett said...

I am currently knitting Hannah's Featherweight cardigan, I would love a copy of this book.

I see turkeys on my bike rides so often and always think of Franklin, Knit, & Purl, since I often see the same three turkeys. Yesterday I rode a different route, no turkeys, but a hen pheasant just about flew into me as she came out of the ditch, startled me, and I think it startled her too.

Gayle said...

I am just now catching up on the show for the past two episodes. I'm glad you have found a way to keep Franklin away from your door There has been some turkey partying going on in the woods behind our house but they don't venture to the house. :-)

You have Breezy done! How exciting. Please enter me in the drawing for the Knitbot collection from Hannah Fettig - wish we all could win.

I'm Gayle, aka MDNXgal

Unknown said...

I love Coastal Knits and would love a copy of Knitbot Essentials. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Linda said...

Butterflies galore here in north Texas! We've also had a spectacular show of bluebonnets & other wildflowers this spring. No black squirrels though .....
wondering if tern would have too much drape for Hannah's effortless cardi? I look forward to your podcast-my weekly friend!


Anonymous said...

Enjoy your podcasts! Butterflies - I had read that this is a great year for them, too. I am really interested in the Quince yarns. Will have to check them out.
Thank-you for a chance in the giveaway. LynnIL on ravelry

Biscuit said...

Love your podcasts! Thanks for all your hard work!!

Carol B. said...

I just finished listening to your latest episode and found it interesting and informative, as always. I've never knit a Hannah Fettig design but would love the opportunity to try one--from Quince and Co. yarn, of course! I have already used Tern and have plans to try their other yarns one day.

Carol aka Knitsnpurls on Ravelry

Tara said...

Thank you for the great episode and for the giveaway!

I am chavahsdaughter on Ravelry.

Pat said...

Quince will always be my favorite of favorites. I already have my Tern for Hyla Brook! I encourage everyone to order the color card. I appreciate Quince so much more now that I can see all the colors together. Thank you, Paula, for introducing Quince to us - or should it be, introducing us to Quince ;) ? patfrag on Rav

Wendy said...

Another awesome giveaway! I haven't knit with Quince & Co yarn yet but I'm dying to and I just love Hannah's patterns!

Thanks for the opportunity to win the book and yarn!

Wendy (Wendeluu on Ravelry)

Anonymous said...

Hi Paula, I'm enjoying your podcast and have brought you with me to the beach this week! I'm listening while I work on my April Scarf by Heidi Marie Robinson, and sitting by the Atlantic Ocean. What a wonderful day! Thanks for all your tips and ideas.

tea said...

Your vaoice and podcast keep me sane on some of the crazier days... Thank You! =)

teacosy on Ravelry...

ElsieJoy said...

Paula, re the "Russian Join".....this is something my grandmother taught me to do when she taught me to knit in 1954 and I have been doing it ever since...also the 'spit and splice' join which you refer to as the 'felted join'. The knitting into the stitch below when turning heels/short rows is something my mother taught me when she taught me to knit socks when I 1959 and I have been using it ever since. These are NOT new techniques so why do are they suddenly being put out as "new inventions" by designers and given daft fancy nonsensical names? Most annoying Why not give credit to the fact that these techniques have been in use for decades along with many mature knitters. It does seem that most podcasts are aimed at a much younger generation than I am...would love to know how many of your listeners are fast approaching 70 like I am

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