Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by my Longaberger home businessn and Quince & Co.

Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by Quince & Co. and Knitcircus Yarns

Friday, December 14, 2012

Episode 113 Handmade Christmas 2012

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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co.  The folks at Quince & Co produce a line of thoughtfully conceived yarns in an historic spinnery in the state of Maine.  The wool comes from Merino, Rambouillet, and Columbia sheep raised west of the Mississippi River.  You will find that Quince & Co 100% wool is a living fiber, beautiful, practical, sustainable, and affordable. Find them at

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Pipeliner Notes

Last week I talked about the word eponymous and that I can never remember the definition.  I don’t think I will ever forget it now. 

Other words in the “can’t remember category” submitted by Pipeliners: metaphysical, homonym, prosaic, arcane, bemused, and hegemony.

List of most looked up words at Merriam Webster’s Dictionary.


Ellison Bay KAL will start on January 1 or thereabouts and I’ll be posting a schedule so you can complete the shawl in little bites.  This seemed to work well on the Hyla Brook KAL and makes the project manageable.  You will need 3 skeins of Quince & Co Chickadee or the equivalent in a sport weight yarn. Started a thread for the KAL so you can post your yarn and ask questions before we start.

Knitting Pipeline Retreat  April 26-27, 2013 with optional loosely structured day on April 25th.  Signups will be announced in January 2013.

Nature Notes

We still have not had snow here in Central Il.  The last snowfall was in early March 2012.

Needle Notes

Bronwyn finished Double Garter Stitch Cowl by Susan B Anderson.


Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang. I’m calling it my Kindness of Knitters Blanket. 

New contributions from Mariaeb, Stitchmistress, JaneSezKnit, KathyG, nanaelliott, shanalines, TheaMidnight, Pergola, Traci/4girls, Patfrag, Kissknits, Gumbygoogoo, PMack17, Auntea, CBaaknits, Texasmidwife, QuiltnKnitnut, fivepointedstar, Madmum, and Betsy/enw001.  That’s 25 Pipeliners so far. Thank you!
Lovely little skeins from a Pipeliner.

You can still send scraps of sock yarn to me for my KKB.

Knitting Pipeline, Box 549 Washington IL 61571

Progress Report. Started Nov 13 so after 4 weeks I have 65 blocks.

This week joined TheaMidnight and Madmum. Thank you again, Friends.  This is so much fun.

Andy’s Sweater.  Started on Dec 1, 2012  Saturday.  Ready to join sleeves to body.

Myth or Truth

Is it necessary to read through the whole pattern before knitting?  In our opinion this is a myth.  Just read ahead a little bit to catch any pesky “at the same times”.  Bronwyn and I agree that we have a good idea of the basic construction of a design before we even purchase the pattern.  If we had to read through the whole pattern then why would we jump on board with Mystery KALs?

Come into the Blethering Room for a Bit

Handmade Christmas 2012

Vanilla Extract recipe from Denise, one of our Pipeliners.  Post is here.

I bought 1# extract grade Madagascar Bourbon Planifolia vanilla beans from
The recipe that came with it is as follows:
  1. Use 1/4 pound for every quart of extract
  2. Chop beans into 1/2 inch pieces. Slicing is ok, but it is a waste of time
  3. Use inexpensive name band Vodka, 70 to 90 proof Shake daily for one month.

Hmmmm.  I need Bronwyn’s help with these notes.  The thread is here.
Beaded Bracelets.  Pattern by Betsy Hershberger
Ladder Necklace sent to us by QuiltNknitnut aka Jo

High Note
Paula:  You Tube Tutorials


Thank you to show sponsor Quince & Co and my Longaberger Home Business. 

Have a great week.  Haste ye back and Hold your knitting close.



Susanna (Funky on Ravelry) said...

Thanks for the great episode, Paula and Bronwyn!
Bronwyn, I was very intrigued by the idea of making your own vanilla extract!
We haven't had pomegranates for a long time, but with you talking about them in the last two episodes, we decided to buy some again. They are so delicious and a fun snack! My brother actually asked us to buy one just for him!
Paula, we're sending you some walnuts! We want to be in on your KKB!
I'm planning on joining the Ellison Bay KAL!


Suzanne said...

Yay!!!!! You popped up in my Google Reader again!!! I always love your show notes. They are so thorough.

Cindy said...

Is there a link for the vanilla extract? It sounds like a great project for next year.
Thank you,

Anonymous said...

As always, an excellent episode. Thanks Paula and Bronwyn! The word I can never seem to remember is "pedantic." I always have a general sense of what it means, but not really. I have looked it up many times, and will probably look it up many more. I also bought a pomegranate, the first in at least a decade, and look forward to an adventure with it tomorrow! Thanks for encouraging me to push my envelope ;)

Gwenn (Pengwenn)

Ana said...

Hello Paula,
Yes....another wonderful episode. Loved listening while wrapping presents! I've particularly enjoyed your "word" discussion and thought I'd share a very helpful and fun resource. I'm a homeschooling mother and am always on the look-out for these helpful things. A brother and sister trying to study for exams came up with creative word cards with pictures designed to jog the memory for the meaning. Here's the link: www.marieswords,com Have a Merry Christmas!

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