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Friday, March 15, 2013

Episode 125 Picker or Thrower?

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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business, Quince & Co, and Klose Knit.
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Klose Knit is a quick hop off the I-74 in the heart of Urbana IL.  311 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801 (across from Strawberry Fields).
Brigitte, owner of Klose Knit, in one of her rooms full of delightful yarn selections.

One of many shop samples at Klose Knit.
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Pipeliner Notes
Helen Keller Video on You Tube share by Babyboxermom/Carey

From MarynVoigt:
It made me so happy to hear you talk about Helen Keller. I will never forget reading a biography of her as a young girl and then watching The Miracle Worker. I had heard about Helen Keller my entire life because my mother grew up near Tuscumbia, AL. In fact my mother and I just drove past the Keller home a few weeks ago when we were visiting a relative there. My great grandmother, Minnie Burns Lindsay Nathan, and her sisters were friends with Helen Keller.

One of my mother’s most vivid childhood memories was when her beloved grandmother Minnie Burns took her at age 5 or 6 to meet Helen. My mother says that, even then, she knew that this was a special person and that she was in the presence of greatness. She remembers being a little scared, that Helen was dressed all in black, and that she spoke in a very low, monotone, voice with no inflection. She particularly remembers Helen reaching out and placing her hands all over my mother’s face and head, and saying to Minnie Burns, “This is a beautiful child.”

Another thing I find interesting is that our daughter said that all of her students in rural China had learned about Helen Keller in school - that she is considered by the Chinese to be a hero.

Well, this message is way too long but I just wanted to pass on our story. I will try to attach a picture of my mother as a little girl. I think Helen was right!
Missy's mother as a child, with her mother.  Beautiful!


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Knitting Pipeline Retreat  April 26-27, 2013 with Yarn Crawl Fun Day on April 25th.  Join in the yarn crawl at any time or go at your own pace and schedule!
Aizome and Susanna are going to collect Mother Bears to take back to Minnesota.  $3 per bear.

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Knit Along

Gill’s Rock by Paula Emons-Fuessle
Gill’s Rock KAL  March 8 through April 9.
Gills’ Rock Project Worksheet by Joyce Garris of After This Row.  Free for a limited time!
Wave 1 March 8 through April 8.
Wave 2 April 8 through April 30th.
Prizes!  Quince & Co yarn.

Nature Notes
Waves of Blackbirds, hawks, and swans.  March came in like a pride of lions.
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

Needle Notes
I sewed the buttons on my Acer Cardigan so it is officially finished. I will try to get a photo of me wearing it this weekend.
Brenda Castiel who is Goodstuff on our board wrote:
Just was listening to the podcast, and had a thought. You said it’s hard to estimate the size of a buttonhole in advance, which makes it hard to select buttons.
That’s true -- even if it’s say, 4 stitches wide, it does seem to stretch a bit. So the solution is: (wait for it) Swatch!
Just work a buttonhole in your gauge swatch and you’ll know where you stand.
In the patterns I write, I give the size of the buttons required and I write the buttonhole instructions so that they will match. Of course you might want to adjust that if you already have buttons you want to use.
Thank you, Brenda! 

Actually I did swatch for the buttonholes but I had forgotten about that.  In Paula Ward’s e-book she had a tip about testing for your button band pick up rate on the side of your gauge swatch.  This is one of many tips in Paula’s book (in which I have no vested interest I might add).  So I did that on both sides of my swatch and I worked a few buttonholes in that too.  Good point, Brenda.

Myth or Truth
Is grograin ribbing backing a necessity on button bands? I do use backing buttons. I am going against the current here but I don’t use the grosgrain ribbon. I am from the Elizabeth Zimmermann School of Thought on that one.
Don’t forget to look through your old counted cross stitch thread from the 80’s for thread for sewing on buttons.  I found a perfect match for these green buttons.

Project Round up!

He’s 4 and a half months old. So what’s an auntie to do when the poor child has outgrown his handknits? 


Ribbed Jacket by Debbie Bliss was one I knitted for the baby shower last July. 
On cover of Special Knits: 22 Gorgeous Handknits for Babies and Toddlers.  $25 © 2005 Trafalgear Square Books.
Shown in pink on cover and in book but really is gender friendly.  Lots of boy sweaters on Ravelry.
This was my first time using Knit Picks Brava and I was impressed. It is the best acrylic I’ve found. (Please forgive me EZ) Everything for this baby needs to be washer and dryer safe.  This is a worsted instead of Aran so that might account for the small size.
Some of my changes are in my project notes.
Might try to pull this one off again in larger size, then again, maybe not.

I sent in suggestion for name “Old World Charm Baby Blanket” Not the best name but better than b18-30.  Agree?


This is a beautiful pattern. Although not difficult the directions assume you are experienced so I am rating it as medium difficulty. Once you get the pattern established it is tv or social knitting.
Knitted in worsted weight rather than DK this would probably be a better size.

Traveling Woman by Liz Abinante
Pattern was a gift from Jan Smiley. Thank you Jan!

Quick, easy, fun pattern. The paid version has lots of variations which I plan to do someday. For this one I went with the basic/original version.
I've added a dozen or so squares from Pipeliners: Auntea, NanaElliott, PinkShawlGirl, dpeach, and Qwiltnknitnut.

The Blethering Room

Thank you to Jane Miller for article in Peoria Journal Star.
 I did say that continental knitting is faster for me.  I know that English or Right handed knitters can be very fast but for me, continental knitting is faster. 

This relates to a question this week from Bird Nerd Knitter who asked what we mean by “throwing” vs “picking”.
I think of it this way. When you pick the yarn you essentially use the needle to grasp the yarn and pull it through the stitch. When you throw the yarn you use the finger to move the yarn. I do have a You Tube video that shows how I knit continental. It was done before I figured out how to focus for video but you will get the idea. The main difference is that in picking the needle is doing the work. In throwing a finger does the work.  There will generally be less movement with picking rather than throwing.

In the Piping Circle

I played a funeral with other pipes and drummers for a firefighter in Bloomington IL who was killed while on a call. Today I played a funeral in Cuba IL.

Preludium in C Major (Variation) by J.S. Bach.  You might not recognize this as Bach.  If you like this you might want to check out the whole album.  Enjoy.


Pat said...

What an outstanding episode, and thank you so much for these show notes especially the dear photo of Missy's mother with her mother. What beautiful women, what a touching story. And I think we can see Missy's face there too, can't we? And speaking of faces - your nephew's wife and Susan B Anderson....know it's been said before, but OMG they are so similar. Happy St Patrick's Day!

LoriAngela said...

Loved the show. I've been stuck in the house with a cold (and my crafting) and appreciate the news and new ideas. I was recruited to act in the Miracle Worker, but was too tall for Helen. It was still a good experience. I wonder how many of your listeners share this experience?
I am embarrassed how brilliant the simple switching ideas are, and that I never thought of them. But that's the sign of a really good idea. I share your dismay with Debbie Bliss (Grief). Like trendy clothes and spicy foods, I am drawn to her and its usually a mistake. Maybe I should knit the sweater from the picture with my new design book. Thanks for the links.

Anonymous said...

I'm married to a firefighter and listened with interest when you mentioned piping at a funeral, and how the firetrucks parked at overpasses on the route to the funeral. Here in Canada, we have the Highway of Heroes, a section of highway all fallen soldiers are driven on when they come home.
All kinds of ordinary people stand on the overpasses and pay their respects as the fallen soldier's remains are driven to the coroner. Highway 401, outside of Toronto. I'm from B.C., on the other side of Canada. Love your podcast!

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