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Friday, February 1, 2013

Episode 119 Sock Round Up

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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business, Quince & Co, and Ewe-nique Yarns
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Ewe-nique Yarns in Morton IL is a sponsor of the Knitting Pipeline retreat April 26-27, 2013.  Among the items they carry are a full line of Addi needles, Chiagoo, Knit Picks, and most recently Knitter’s Pride including the new Karbonz that I will review later in this episode.  They also stock Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Frog Tree, Elsabeth Lavold, Debbie Bliss, Claudia Handpainted, Louisa Harding, Rowan, Sublime and dozens more.  Debbie and Jenny are happy to ship to Pipeliners.

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Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to everyone who was in touch with me. I heard from new Pipeliners; Sazzleknits (Sarah in Bath), Burgundyann, and JPollard.

Thank you so much for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes.  There were new reviews by dbeltt, Beth PA (#300), and Cath0903.  We hit a bit of a milestone this week with the 300th review and 500th star rating!  If you have ever left a review or clicked on the star ratings then you contributed and are part of this.  Thank you so very much.

Sarah gave us an update today on the moth situation.

Lady Edith Crawley left a post on the board with one of Robert Burns’ most famous poems “My Luv is like a red red rose…

Time-not-cash in Scotland wrote about her Robert Burns Day on The Isle of Mull.

Last week we talked about a topic proposed by a Pipeliner: There are only two stitches in knitting - knit and purl. This is a major oversimplification of all the stitches in knitting - this one drives me crazy!

Benji9 wrote

I taught my sister how to knit about a year ago. She had never been a crafter, and had never shown the slightest interest in anything crafty. On a road trip, we stopped in at a LYS in Bracebridge, Ontario. My sister was mesmerized by the variety and beauty of the yarns. We bought her enough yarn for her first project, and she was hooked!

She often tells me that she always remembers what I told her about knitting being just about two stitches, knit and purl, and that this was the simplicity she needed to persevere.


Knitting Pipeline Retreat  April 26-27, 2013 with Yarn Crawl Fun Day on April 25th.  We have over 60 registered now and there is room for more.

Nature Notes

Winter sunset in the woods.
As usual we’ve had some wildly fluctuating temperatures here in central Illinois.  We broke a record this week with a high of 64 degrees and then it became quite cold again, down to the twenties. Today it is sunny, windy, and cold and 11 deg F.  The birds are very busy at the feeders at 10 AM on this chilly day.  In fact the feeder is crowded with no less than 5 varieties clinging or sitting at one time.  Male and female cardinal, downey woodpecker, nuthatch, and tufted titmouse.  Other birds wait patiently or not so patiently on branches at the edge of the woods.  One bird flies away to crack a seed and eat away from the feeder.  A Red-bellied woodpecker is making its way up the trunk of our locust tree. 

I’m glad I do not have to choose a favorite bird.  It is perhaps easier to say what birds are not favorites as that list is short…mostly birds not native to the US such as starlings, European sparrows, and mourning doves. Whatever bird is at the feeder seems to be my favorite in the winter (unless it is a big starling which doesn’t happen often) just as the shawl I have just finished is usually my favorite.  First I would choose the brilliant cardinal and its subtle mate, but no, what about the Black-capped Chickadee that is beginning to stake out its territory with its clear Fee Bee call.  The black and white downey woodpeckers, the males with the brilliant spot of red on the back of the head could surely be favorites also.  They seem like gymnasts, clinging to the suet holder, hanging upside down and taking in sustenance for the coldest days of winter. Don’t forget the goldfinches in their winter garb that will in a few months be changing to bright yellow and black.  I am thinking that in a few months we will be hearing the purest of all bird songs, the song of the white throated sparrow, which although it does not visit the feeder, can sometimes be seen scratching on the ground below.  In June the bubbling song of the House Wren will eclipse all other voices.  And there there are hummingbirds…So you see, that I simply cannot choose a favorite. 

The Snow Man
One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;
And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter
Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,
Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place
For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

 Needle Notes

I am starting the Week 4 or home stretch.  February 15, 2013 is the deadline to be eligible for prizes.

Prizes will be Quince & Co yarn in your choice of color (1), Giftable pattern of your choice (2 and 3).

Afterthought Heel socks started out two at a time Magic Loop.  I abandoned Two at a Time after about 2 inches.  I did not like it AT ALL.

Gnome Acres in the Camp KIP colorway.  Size 1 needles. Star toe and Star Heel

I discovered a hole, yes a hole in the heel. I have only worn these socks about 10 times.  Sigh. The good news is that it will be easy to replace since these heels are Afterthought Heel socks but still!  So what will I do about these heels.  Reinforce them!

Monkey Socks by Cookie A

Yarn vs Zombies  size one needle. Yarn felt great although probably not colors I would have chosen myself. Fun to knit and went fast. It’s hard to pull off lace on socks when it comes to fit.

Blueberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner Free pattern

I used Knit Picks Felici Sport in Streambed colorway.
Come into the Blethering Room for a Bit

Our furnace went out again. Turns out it was the compressor…

I am on a heated blanket binge and don’t quite know how I lived without them. I bought a king size heated mattress pad on clearance at Target and also a heated throw on clearance.

I had a quick visit to Klose Knit, our newest sponsor for the retreat, when we went to Urbana on Saturday.  We arrived just a few minutes before closing but there was time to have a nice chat with Brigitte, the owner of the shop and get a peek into some of the new things she is carrying.  There might be a little bit of Stephen West still in the air there.
Stephen West signing a book for Charr at Klose Knit in Urbana in October.

Product Notes

I like to hang my small shawls in my closet.  But they slide off the hangers. At Target one day I found

Huggable Hangers

The Original Velvety Space-saving Hanger. Set of 10 is $8.99 at Target

Don’t really care for them for regular clothing because the grippiness of the fabric makes it harder to slip clothing into them but they are great for the shawls and a few other items that tend to slide off regular hangers.

Knitter’s Pride Karbonz
Carbon Fiber: One of the most versatile materials used in manufacture of the new generation air crafts, space ships, automobiles, etc.
  • High tensile strength
  • Low weight
  • Flexibility
  • Warm feel
  • And a surface that helps the stitches move smoothly on the needle.

I have used both the circular needles and the double points.

Cables are very flexible but not too flexible.  Just right.

Smooth joins from needle tip to cable.

Needle tips  Sharp at the tip but not as sharp as some such as Signatures or Chiogoo Lace but still nice.  Tip seems to get a little larger before it join.

Needles seems to run a little larger, at least the double points.  Used on my KKB blanket and these squares look a bit airier.  Put through needle gauge and one end would not fit in size 3 hole but the other end did.  I would go down a needle size when using these.

Gauge can be affected by your needle choice.  Try to swatch with the same needles you will be using for the project.

Run about $15 per needle or set. 

A few lines from Robert Burns that was shared with us from one of our Pipeliners, Enquery after the episode last week in honor of Burns night:

I’m happy with my spinning wheel,
And happy with my wool to reel,
From head to toes it clothes me fine,
And wraps so softly me and mine.
I settled down to sing and spin,
While low descends the summer sun,
Blest with content, and milk and meal,
I’m happy with my spinning wheel.
---Robert Burns


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

Cromlit's Lilt (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes - J Oswald) (1:24)

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