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Friday, August 31, 2012

Episode 103 Hyla Brook

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Pipeliner Notes

I read a note from Liz in Sheffield, U.K. about her new found appreciation for Elizabeth Zimmermann.

Nature Notes

The Spicebush Swallowtail flutters while it feeds.


The host plant for the Monarch Butterfly is common milkweed.  Monarchs also feed on milkweed as adults so they have a bitter taste to predators.  Viceroy Butterfly is a mimic of the Monarch.

Smithsonian Style & Design: A special issue.  September 2012  Better Living Through Imitation.  Biomimicry Engineers are fining the designs of the future in the greatest field laboratory of the past—the natural world by Tom Vanderbilt.

Blue-Butterfly Day

It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,
And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry
There is more unmixed color on the wing
Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.
But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.


Robert Frost

Needle Notes


Hyla Brook KAL will start September 1.

Start Date: September 1, 2012

Ending Date: October 15, 2012 (or whenever you finish)

Calls for 2 skeins Quince & Co Tern which is 442 yd of fingering weight.

See the pattern notes if you purchased your pattern prior to July 19th. There is one small error that was corrected. If you purchased after July 19, 2012, then your copy is correct.

Tag your projects: hylabrookkal

Skill Level: beginner to experienced knitter who likes a relaxing knit

Schedule inspired by Mel of Singlehandedknits
I am dividing the design into weekly segments for those who wish to knit with me in little bites. I am going to be the pacer. Each week we will have about 20% of the shawl which is very attainable. You will have for example, a whole week to do the border. There are two extra weeks built in in case you fall behind. Part of the fun is seeing what others are doing so please chatter in our chatter thread and share!
I might be a little wild and do stripes on my Hyla.

Handy Hyla Brook Checklist on the Quince Blog!

Schedule for those who want to knit with me. Stitch count from Checklist is the easiest way to keep track.
Week 1/Sept 1-7: 101 stitches in row or to end of second band of lace.
Week 2/Sept 8 -14: 181 stitches in row or to end of fourth band of lace.
Week 3/Sept 15-21: 225 stitches in row or to end of fifth band of lace.
Week 4/Sept 22-Oct 5: Ruffle or garter border
Wearing Vodka Lemonade and sniffing my next project...Tern for Hyla Brook KAL!


A question from a Pipeliner, Sarah:

If I may impose a bit on your time, I have a question. How do I know how to substitute yarn for any given pattern? Some patterns that I like call for yarns that are very expensive and some call for yarns that I don’t like the look and/or feel of. I believe that I need to take stitch count and needle size into consideration, but I’m certain that there are other factors I am missing. For example, I am looking at the Merope Shawl from Rosemary Hill. How do I find a good substitute for the suggested yarn on the pattern? I went to my LYS and was told it is just trial and error. I am hoping that is not the case. Can you offer me any advice?
Thank you,

Reasons to substitute:
  • Want to knit from stash
  • Budget
  • Fiber preferences
  • Availability.  Discontinued yarns, backorders

Easier when size and gauge are not an issue.

Look for:

  1. Similar weight
  2. Drape and fiber content
  3. Price
  4. Stash

Use Ravelry to see what yarns others have used. 

Vodka Lemonade by Baby Cocktails/Thea Colman

Calls for Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK which is pricey. (Had kit but link no longer works so it may be sold out. )Wanted to use yarn in my stash.  Brooks Farm Solo Silk 2 skeins and Anzula CricketMCN.

Probably not a good substitute because it is too drapey.
Variegated yarn and color worked fine.
Sleeves are very fitted.
Lace detail
Sizing options although a schematic would have been useful.
Detail on selvedge
Top down seamless so very little finishing.
Tried on for Sarah, Charr, and Bronwyn and my niece and they all liked the back detail especially.

In the Piping Circle

Danvers Parade on August 19…lots of farm implements, tractors, and pick up trucks! 

Update on The Netherlands Military Tattoo.  We purchased tickets and there are 6 of us going.  5 pipers and one drummer.

Rotterdam Tattoo The Netherlands Military Tattoo

Dutch Pipes and Drums In Concert: available for purchase on their website.

Vodka Lemonade in Brooks Farm Solo Silk feels great but is a little floppy.  That is my fault!


Anonymous said...

I had no idea about the "Yarn Ideas" tab on Ravelry! Thanks for the great tip!!

Martha said...

Paula, thanks for the show notes and pictures. Disappointing show for the butterflies this year. Didn't see one all weekend. Zinnias for me next year! Your sweater is cute on you. I like the drape of the silk.

silverpennies said...

thanks for the suggestion about using the yarn over increase method rather than the yarn between the stitches for shawl edges. I was working on the Daybreak while listening and identified with the problem of a tight, scratchy neckine.
Too bad I was down to the 3rd section or I would have use this increase method. I will remember it next time.

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