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Friday, May 17, 2013

Episode 131 Guess Who Came to Dinner?

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This episode is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and  Quince & Co.

At the Knitting Pipeline Retreat the knitters were excited to see all the colors of Quince & Co sparrow.  Sparrow is a plain little yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it. But after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief soft. It is spun from organic linen grown in Belgium. With names like san, juniper, birch, nannyberry, blue spruce, little fern, butternut, port, viburnum, pigeon, paprika, truffle, and fen, who can resist?  Find it and the other Quince fibers at

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Pipeliner Notes

Nature Notes

May 13 2013.  A flash of bright orange and black near the hummingbird feeder caught my eye.  This could be nothing other than a Baltimore Oriole.  The Baltimore Oriole is named after the Baltimore family, whose crest has the same orange and black colors of this magnificent bird.  Baltimore Maryland is named for the same family.

We have been trying to attract Baltimore Orioles to our property for the past 6 years.  We’ve tried oranges, grape jelly, and even an Oriole feeder with grape jelly.  With the many acres of woods behind us we figure they have to be out there.  My friend Nancy says that once you get them they will keep coming back.  This oriole tried to drink out of the hummingbird feeder but I don’t think it could get anything. It fluttered and hovered over the feeder and then flew over to the safflower feeder.  I ran to the pantry to get an orange, sliced it in half, cut out one section and put a teaspoon of grape jelly in the cavity.  By this time the bird was gone.  I put the orange jelly tantalizer on the deck railing.  Then I went down to my husband’s woodshop to find a piece of wood, a hammer, and a nail.  It is harder to drive a nail into wood than you might think but I managed.  See, it was very windy on Monday and I didn’t think the orange would stay on the deck railing. I secured the orange half to the nail and laid this contraption, of which I was quite proud on the railing.  We haven’t seen any Baltimore Orioles yet but the Red Bellied Woodpeckers and Flickers have occasionally enjoyed the orange and jelly. 

Yesterday was the most amazing day of birding out here.  Bob and I were bantering about as we were making multiple trips to the porch setting our table for dinner.  BTW if you can get a good loaf of whole wheat bread together and a pot of lentil soup you can always have a tasty dinner on hand. I stopped suddenly and in a stage whisper said, Look!”  On a branch just outside the porch window, sitting almost above our wren house was a Barred Owl. Bob whispered, “Get your camera!”.  I started taking photos from inside and the bird just sat there, turning his head occasionally, sometimes looking up, then down. 

He knew I was there.  I took a short video too which I will post on You Tube (later this weekend). Bob suggested I go out on the deck.  I was sure the owl would fly away but he did not.  It was as if he was posing for me.  He knew I was there and it was as if he knew I would do him no harm. I’m not embarrassed to say that I got a little choked up at his beauty and magnificence and that I was so privileged to witness it.  Looking into the eyes of the owl I understood how through centuries people have seen wisdom in these eyes. 

It is a natural tendency for humans to attribute our own qualities to animals. The eyelids with very long lashes slowly lower as the owl blinks and then turns his head. The Barred Owl sat there for almost 30 minutes before flying up to a higher branch.  This is truly a high point in my birding life as I have never been so close to an owl and had such a long time to really watch one.  Amazing.  Needless to say there will be photos on the blog and maybe one or two above my fireplace.

The house wrens are building nests and singing their little hearts out.  Mayapples and Sweet William line the path to our compost pile next to the log pile by the woods.  The spring peepers are either mated or their songs are too faint to be heard among the louder spring tree frogs in the evenings. 

The Owl

When cats run home and light is come,
And dew is cold upon the ground,
And the far-off stream is dumb,
And the whirring sail goes round,
And the whirring sail goes round;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

When merry milkmaids click the latch,
And rarely smells the new-mown hay,
And the cock hath sung beneath the thatch
Twice or thrice his roundelay,
Twice or thrice his roundelay;
Alone and warming his five wits,
The white owl in the belfry sits.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 Needle Notes

Mignon by Loop London

See my project notes for  modification suggestions.

Little Shells by Holly Griffin-Weidner (designer of Summer Flies, one classic design that is always at the top on Ravelry)

I used Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in Sam the Eagle Colorway  (SSK) Size 3 needle 3.25 mm.  Better photos of these projects to come!

Gills Rock in Quince & Co Finch Winesap—a true red

The Blethering Room

After The Great Needle Case Search I am staying with accordion folder for my circulars.  I added
Browning Fishing Worm Binder Bag about $20 and extra pages for $6 for surplus dpn’s.

Susan B Anderson Blog and photos
This type of photo is pretty typical.


Book Note

Handmade in the U.K. by Emily Wessel aka Tincanknits. 
$18 US  $26 for print and ebook preorder
Giveaway!  Please post your comment on the Knitting Pipeline Ravelry board!  If you have been to Scotland tell us your favorite place or make any comment about Scotland or Tincanknits.

Heather and I with friends of Dutch Pipes and Drums

The Dutch Pipes and Drums CD In Harmony The 10th H.L. I (Highland Light Infantry) Crossing the Rhine and John D Burgess.

Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.


Susanna/Funky said...

Great episode, Paula!
Wow, you have such a variety of guests over for dinner: a Knight, Susan B. Anderson, and an Owl! You're so lucky!
The photos you got of the Barred Owl are amazing! They look professional!
Congratulations on finally attracting orioles! We saw our first orioles of the year last week, too. For us, the squirrels are the problem. They can clean out the jelly bowl in one slurp!


Katie said...
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Katie said...

Thank you for linking books you review to the RAV page!! That is sooo helpful, as I immediately want to see the patterns inside. If you have an Amazon store maybe provide that link too in case folks want to use it to buy?


Katie (gumbygoogoo)

PS - I deleted my original comment b/c it showed me as "Charlie"!

rusticknitter said...

What a special dinner with the Barred Owl. Beautiful photos.
My favorite place in Scotland is Plockton. Such a quaint town on the water with little sailboats going back and forth.

JudyAnn said...

I always read your show notes, Paula! (Mostly because I can't remember the pattern names that you've mentioned.) Keep 'em coming. They're nicely done.

Unknown said...

Love the owl photos! How thrilling!

The Tin Can Knits book has some beautiful lace in it. Of course I'm partial to the thistle lace, so symbolic of Scotland.

Speaking of Tin Can Knits, I still want to knit the Antler cardigan for my nephew.

Naomi said...
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Anonymous said...

Those are fantastic owl pictures! Thanks for the knit reminder too....I want to give that a try!

Eva said...

Those photos of the owl are amazing - what a fascinating guest for dinner!

I enjoy each and every episode of your podcast! Thank you so much for your time and effort you put into this every week!!

Greetings from Germany,

Suzanne said...

I'm only partially finished listening but came over to the show notes to look at some of the patterns you referenced. You are aware that you feed my queue and favorites with every episode, right? I should never be hungry as a knitter with all the patterns I'm accumulating.

I loved hearing how moved you were by your dinner guest. I sometimes get embarrassed by how sentimental I am over nature so I can truly appreciate your candor and enthusiasm for your guest and the experience overall.

ElsieJoy said...

Oh Paula, what a joy to share precious moments with the owl. he has such a 'knowing' look on his face. How blessed you were to get so close and take such stunning photos. Thank you so much for sharing

Unknown said...

Hi Paula,
Another great podcast. I look forward to settling down with my tea and knitting and listening to your show. I am an owl lover too and the photos are amazing.

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