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Friday, August 3, 2012

Episode 99 More Shawls and Eliza-Palooza #3

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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

Needle Notes

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!


Jane said...

Hi Paula, I'm enjoying the Eliza-Palooza podcasts. I am curious about the camps at Shell Lake. Did everyone stay in a campground or were other accommodations available? I never realized that Elizabeth Zimmermann's camps were actually camping experiences for some or all knitters!

One of the first shawls I knit was a Stonington Shawl using the pattern in Knitter's Magazine, "The Best Shawls and Scarves." I used the instructions in "Knitting Workshop" as a reference. I was using a lace weight yarn and the concentric eyelets nearly caused me to abandon the project. I posted a question on Ravely in order to figure out how to turn the corners on the last lace border. Knitters are so generous with their help. I knew nothing about lace knitting at the time so learned quite a bit from the project.

I am glad you had some rain in your area. Here in southeast Nebraska we've had a few sprinkles recently but the drought continues and is worrisome. So I keep knitting and think of EZ's advice to "Knit on through any crisis." I imagine other knitters feel the same way.

Thanks for a wonderful podcast.
PrairiePoet, Jane

Jaxie985 said...

I listened to and so enjoyed the three latest podcasts while riding my bicycle today; a long ride but mostly on bike paths in the woods. I have a rule about not using earphones while riding on the roads, but this was carless and so pretty safe.

Glad Pete finished his hike safely, good for him to challenge himself!

I loved the comment about the boys riding with their fishing poles. Nice image! While I was crossing over a small bridge, another rider, who was leaning over the railing, gestured to me to stop. In the stream below was the biggest turtle I've ever seen! We watched him for some time as he tried to sneak up on a large pickerel, but just as he rushed it, it saw him and flipped away. I wonder how old this turtle was? His shell was easily two feet long and a foot and a half across. I'll bet he "owned" that section of the stream. I had to back up the podcast as I missed a big section of it while watching.

Alls well that ends well, I finished my ride at a local coffee shop, took my knitting from my bike bag, and got a start on a sock toe/foot. Thanks for keeping me company, I've been listening since you began two years ago and you have created such a lovely podcast!!

mariaeb on Ravelry said...

Hi, Paula,
Have a great time at Stitches Midwest! Thanks for another great podcast! I'm glad Pete is finished with his journey and that he's safe. I love, the Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl and will knit it soon, what yarn did you use in yours? It is gorgeous. I will be joining the Hyla Brook KAL and am looking forward to using Term for the first time.

tink said...

Hi Paula,

When I dyed with koolaid in my crockpot, I used about a cup of vinegar. Did you use any, or some citric acid? Maybe that will help the running color.

Tink (rav name)

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