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Friday, June 14, 2013

Episode 133 Travel Knitting

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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 sans, juniper, birch, nannyberry, blue spruce, little fern, butternut, port, viburnum, pigeon, paprika, truffle, and fen, who can resist?  I can’t! This is my newly acquired stash of Sparrow.

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Pipeliner Notes

We had a wonderful vacation in Oregon visiting our son, Pete.  More photos on my personal blog.

Dinner with Pete in Hood River

I am working on details for the Knitting Pipeline Retreat in Portland ME November 10-14 and will be announcing that soon.  There is also another retreat in the works that will also be in the fall.  Details and registration will open us in the next few weeks.

Nature Notes

When we were in Oregon we were out in nature quite a bit.  My favorite wilderness moment was when Bob and I hiked the Eagle Creek Trail which is located between Portland and Hood River accessible from 84. 
It was our wedding anniversary and we really didn’t intend to hike as much as we did but we missed the turn off for what we intended to do and ended up here.  It was what one might call a happy accident.  It was raining that day but we barely felt the rain as we walked this trail.  I am not exaggerating when I say that it feels like another world to someone from the Midwest. Moss covered rocks and trees are everywhere. Some trees are almost entirely covered with moss.  Waterfalls and the sound of rushing water from below. Steep drop offs along the side of the rock path.  There was a cable to hold on to for some.  We felt as if we were in a movie set like Avatar or Jurassic Park.  We hiked all the way to the High Bridge which was 3.3 miles and then back of course.  By the time we got back we were both pretty tired but oh so glad we had done it.  We went back on Sunday with our two sons and dil and did a mile or so out and back so they could get a feel for it.  Pete has since gone way in and camped overnight there with his dog. 
Back here in Illinois the weather has been glorious with cool temperatures and sunny days since we returned until yesterday when it got up in the 90’s. Last night we were supposed to get a gigantic storm, quite possibly a derecho, or straight line winds; however it totally missed us.  During the night the temperature dropped about 30 degrees.  That’s what it is like here.
A few days ago I was sitting here on the porch drinking my morning mug of tea and I saw some movement in the woods.  Actually I heard movement first and then saw a doe at the edge of the woods. She had her two young fawns with her.  She stopped and the two little ones started nursing just on the other side of our woodpile.  I grabbed my camera and got a few photos.  As the doe ambled away the little ones tried for more milk and she would occasionally let them have some.


It seems we have a nesting pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in the woods as we have been seeing a pair at the platform feeder.  This is the first year we’ve seen Grosbeaks after the middle of May although we know they do nest in our area.  This pair has apparently decided to stay.  Since it has been so cool here we’ve had our windows open so we can hear the barred owls calling back and forth during the night and the frog chorus in the creek.

I’ve been reading James Whitcomb Riley a bit lately.  Way back when I went on a James Whitcomb Riley binge and my grandparents gave me a volume of the complete poetical works of this American (Hoosier) poet who led a most interesting life.  I wonder how my grandparents bought this book for me as we didn’t live near a book store and there was, of course, no internet.  But they did give it to me and I’ve kept it all these years occasionally opening it to read one of the over 1,000 poems he wrote.  James Whitcomb Riley wrote many poems in the vernacular which was quite innovative and a bit shocking.  These are the first few lines from a long poem that you are probably familiar with

Tell you what I like the best --
'Long about knee-deep in June,
'Bout the time strawberries melts
On the vine, -- some afternoon
Like to jes' git out and rest,
And not work at nothin' else!...

Needle Notes

Preparing Travel Knitting.  Of course I went way overboard this time since I under-packed knitting for my last trip.

The Basics
  1. Get started on project at home if possible.
  2. Get all materials together.  Needles, tools, print pattern if necessary.

Estuary by TincanKnits from Handmade in the U.K. by Tincanknits. It was not a good travel project and in fact maybe not a project for me at all. Sorry to say that it went to the frog pond.

Estuary was frogged.
YarnPony Mustang hand-dyed fingering weight was a gift from Allison.
Travel Projects
1.      Crossroads at the Coffee Shop by Karrie Steinmetz

A Verb for Keeping Warm Annapurna.  Sport wt.  Size 4-3.5 mm 

Maybe not the best choice for travel but ok.  I thought I would memorized charts but I didn’t really.  Modifications other than yarn weight. 

I-cord BO across top.  Added Garter borders on sides, about 1.5” on each end because it looked short.

2.      Socks in Opal Vincent Van Gogh colorway from Klose Knit
3.      Small Shawl of my own devising in Quince & Co Sparrow in Paprika.  I love knitting with this linen!
4.      Socks for eldest son.
5.      Skein of Another Crafty Girl just in case.

Aranami Shawl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.  Birthday present for my mom.



I used Quince & Co Finch in colors (light to dark): Iceland, Kumlien’s Gull, Kittywake, Sabine, Crow. 
Modular knitting can be fun but it is a slow way to create a shawl or garment.

The Blethering Room
Yasui Building at 16 Oak Street in beautiful downtown Hood River, Oregon.

Friendly, lots of beautiful samples, great selection of yarn and needles.  Sofas and chairs for sitting and knitting.
Madeleine Tosh

That is Sarah, the owner, who is KnotAnotherHat on Ravelry.
Local Yarn.  Imperial Columbia

KDLB posted on Instagram that they had a Piper’s Journey sample there.

If you buy yarn when you are on a trip then it is souvenir yarn, right?
 Hazel Knits Artisan Sock, Hazel Knits Piquant Lite, Imperial Yarn Columbia, The Plucky Knitter Plucky Feet, and Addi Sock Rockets.
High Note
My favorite Farkle photo.

Hybridgirl recommends Bananagrams.
Instagram  You will find me there as knittingpipeline.
Snapseed free photo editing app

It ain't no use to grumble and complain; It's jest as cheap and easy to rejoice; When God sorts out the weather and sends rain, Why, rain's my choice.  --James Whitcomb Riley (1849 - 1916)

O Mother what shall I do (Sonata in D Major from Trio Sonatas on Scots Tunes - J Oswald) (2:22)
Musica Pacifica Dancing in the Isles


Anonymous said...

Souvenir yarn- right on!! Lovely photos, especially of your mom and her new shawl.

Pat said...

Your Mom, and her Mother's Day Shawl, look terrific! What a grand lady!

Hishandmaid said...

I usually don't have a chance to visit blogs, but I had to "run" over here and see your mom in the shawl! So lovely!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Paula,
So glad to hear you were in my state to visit your son. I hope this means that the next retreat will be in Portland OREGON!! Twisted is one of my favorite shops--but there are so many to choose from! Crossing my fingers you will have the retreat in Oregon!!
Another Paula

sarah / knot another hat said...

Lovely episode. I particularly enjoyed hearing your descriptions of the hiking - sometimes it takes an outsider's perpective to give me a "reboot" to remind me of how amazing it really is out here. :) Happy Knitting until we meet again! -Sarah

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