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Friday, September 7, 2012

Episode 104 No Frills Good Tips

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Pipeliner Notes

Last week we talked about substituting yarn and on our board this week there was a post by Brenda Castiel (Goodstuff) that really make me laugh.

Bronwyn’s Handmade Christmas:  Post by AprilQuilts
…Also, the idea that I’ve been using for a few years, (sometimes more successfully than others) is to think about Christmas the 25th of each month. I set a reminder on my calendar, and I try to do something Christmas related on that day or weekend. That way, I’m not scrambling. This year, I’m not doing a lot of knitting for folks, but I did weave a scarf, and I’m working on another now. 

Nature Notes

Although it is still quite warm here there are some hints of fall.  Some leaves have started to turn on a few maples.  We had a lot of rain last week that was one of the results of Tropical Storm Isaac which is beginning to replenish our soil and river.  I’ve seen more variety in the butterflies his week.  Monarchs, Painted Ladies, and Silver Spotted Skippers have been feeding on the zinnias. Hummingbirds are migrating through and feeding quite a lot and Bob has quite a job keeping the nectar feeder full.

Needle Notes

Hyla Brook KAL began September 1 and we are having a ball!

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

The week by week assignments have been a hit (Thank you MSkiknits Singlehandedknitsfor the idea).

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

Tag your projects: hylabrookkal


Lifelines.  Thank  you, Janeen from Clothed in the Lamb.

I think this pattern is PERFECT for a first shawl! My first lace shawl was the Swallowtail Shawl and MAN was it way too difficult!

If this is your first lace shawl, have you heard about lifelines yet? Thread a tapestry needle with a length of thin scrap yarn or unwaxed dental floss. When you get to a point in your project where you KNOW you have the right number of stitches and everything is right, thread the floss through all your stitches from one end to the other while they are still on the needles. Then if you have to rip back later, you only have to go to your lifeline. Just insert your needles back into those stitches and continue from that point. I usually mark on my pattern the rows where I have placed lifelines.

Enjoy your knit and congratulations on your first shawl project!

From Caitlin/VT Crafter

Stitch markers pinned with safety pin type marker.


YO inc vs YO

YO inc is what used to be called M1 in EZ terminology.  This is a simple backward loop.

Alternatively do a YO and twist on next row by knitting into back of it.

Why?  More flexible.  Easy and quick.  The new M1L and M1R are a little less visible but they are tighter because you are pulling up the thread below to make a new stitch.  YO INC adds more yarn to the edge and I’m all about flexible edging.

In the Pipeline


Clothed in the Lamb.  Welcome back, Janeen!

Hollywood Knitter by Allison

Wonder by R.J. Palacio   Grade Level 3 and up.

Conversational Dutch


Wolfe Farms with Dawn and James

Season 5 of Doc Martin on Netflix

Lie to Me


Quaker Ridge Shawlette KAL with Susan B Anderson

Rotterdam Tattoo The Netherlands Military Tattoo

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