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Last Thursday after I recorded the show we had rain. It rained when I was driving to pipeband practice on Thursday night and I actually used my windshield wipers for the first time in several months. That rain felt so good. It cooled off a little bit for a day or two. The next morning there was a shower just before dawn and when I went out for my walk the rain smelled so good! I felt like a dog as I walked along…you know how dogs twitch their noses as they are taking in all the scents around them. I felt like that.
In the month of July we had 26 days when the temperature was 90 or above and 8 of those days topped 100 degrees. That is hot!
It’s pretty quiet outside without seeds in the feeders. KarenE had chipmunks raiding her feeders. The best baffle to keep critters out is a cylinder placed below the feeder on the pole.
The Argument of His Book
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers,
Of April, May, of June, and July-flowers;
I sing of May-poles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides and of their bridal-cakes;
I write of youth, of love, and have access
By these to sing of cleanly wantonness;
I sing of dews, of rains, and piece by piece
Of balm, of oil, of spice and ambergris;
I sing of times trans-shifting, and I write
How roses first came red and lilies white;
I write of groves, of twilights, and I sing
The court of Mab, and of the fairy king;
I write of Hell; I sing (and ever shall)
Of Heaven, and hope to have it after all.
~~Robert Herrick 1591-1674
Hyla Brook KAL will start September 1, 2012! Tern should be in stock soon.
Dinner in the Eiffel Tower—a Shawl by Jessie Dodington
|Dinner at the Eiffel Tower|
Four types of knitted lace according to article by Margaret Stove in Piecework May June 2012. Knitted Lace, Lace Knitting, Eyelet Lace, Creative Lace.
A Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmermann
July: A Shawl: Good Travel Knitting. Bonus: One Row Buttonhole. This is the buttonhole I use most of the time. Clean, efficient and it holes it’s shape. No need for gros-grain ribbon!
My Piper's Journey Shawl features an applied border. An applied border does not have to be lace. It could be seed stitch, garter stitch, or any stitch pattern that would lie flat. I did not invent the applied edging or border but Elizabeth Zimmermann probably did.
Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann
The Stonington Shetland Shawl
|Elizabeth Zimmermann's Stonington Shetland Shawl. I knitted this circa 1990 with Shetland wool from Schoolhouse Press.|
|Piper's Journey Prototype. Even from a distance you can see how the border wants to tighten up and curl. This is when I decided to use the applied border.|
The Blethering Room
Bob joins me to talk about the early Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen Knitting Camps first held in Shell Lake WI, now held in Marshfield WI.
Question from Martha aka Goldybear about letter read on Episode 97. When we went in 1980 we camped on the beach at Shell Lake. A tornado came through one evening and destroyed most of the tents and campers in the area including our big tent. Bob and Torben weathered the storm in our little mountain tent that we used on our honeymoon.
In The Pipeline
Vodka Lemonade by Thea Colman
Sideways Shawlette in SSK yarn from Gales Art
Soon casting on for Laura Linneman’s My Hope KAL.
Charr, Bronwyn, and I will be hanging out and knitting in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel at Stitches Midwest. We will be there on Thursday afternoon, evening, and on Friday when we are finished with The Market. Please find us!
Blackbirds and Thrushes The Last of Old England Jeni Melia
Haste ye back!