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

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

Friday, July 12, 2013

Episode 137 Hat Trio

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

Chickadee is a little darling—soft, plump, springy, and eager to loop into intricate color patterns or delicate textures. Its three plies, spun from softest American wool, are twisted together firmly enough to be sturdy, yet gently enough to be soft and cushiony.  41 beautiful colors to choose from and at just a little over $7 per 181 yd/50g skeins…you will find Chickadee a great value for your sport weight knitting.
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Pipeliner Notes

The anniversary of the show always sneaks up on me and I nearly forgot it last week until someone asked me how long I had been podcasting. Thank you so much for your notes of congratulations and support.

Question on Blog from Jane.

Hi Paula, I have a question from the previous podcast. Knitting Rosarian mentioned she adds a little white vinegar when washing a newly knitted item. Does vinegar set color in a yarn? I was considering using leftover sock yarns of various colors to knit a shawl but am concerned that the yarns may bleed into each other when I washed the shawl. I have used white vinegar to set the dye/color in quilting fabrics and wondered if it does the same thing for yarns?

Thanks for a great podcast. Jane

Jane, yes, vinegar is great for setting dye.  It may not prevent bleeding of dye entirely but should help.  Vinegar also helps remove soap residue in the final rinse.


Maine retreat November 10-14 near Portland Maine. Episode 136 has links and information.

SSK!  Super Summer Knit Together hosted by The Knit Girllls! No show next week!

Lullaby Rain Shawl Knitalong=KAL  July 12 through August 21
Lullaby Rain by Paula Emons-Fuessle
Wave 2 KAL July 12 starts July 12.

Shawl grows after blocking!
Lullaby Rain before blocking
Lullaby Rain pinned out and blocked.

Nature Notes

This morning it was quite cool when I went out and the porch is open and comfortable. As I sit here with my lunch I hear the Red Eyed Vireo repeating, “Here I am, where are you?”  from the woods.  Three turkey hens have been hanging out with me today, snacking below the platform feeder and sitting in the sun.  We saw a doe and her fawn at breakfast.  They didn’t stay long but ran just a little and crossed over the gulley where we throw all our branches and leaves.

We had another encounter with Mr. Barred Owl.  In this video you will see him/her eating prey.  The video is not terribly graphic.

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Needle Notes

Elen by Mandie Harrington
Formerly a free pattern now $5.00 and worth it!

I used Dream in Color Smooshy in Shiny Moss. A lot left over from Aestlight by Gudrun Johnston.  My Aestlight is here.

NOTE:  Looks VERY small when it comes off the needles.  It is lace.

Dustland Hat by Stephen West/Westknits

"You live in Oregon.  You can wear anything on your head and get away with it."

Our Oregon boy lookin' good!

I made small size because project notes say tends to run large and it did.  I may add the button to calm down the slouchiness.
Enjoyable knit with super easy texture patterns.

Windschief by Stephen West/Westknits

I used Imperial Yarn Columbia made in Oregon in color Canyon Shadow.  Have my own souvenir coaster now.

Size 5 or 3.75 mm needle

The Blethering Room

Last week I share a letter that was written to me by my grandmother in the early 70’s.  She asked me in that letter whether I wanted another poncho.  Many of you said to SAVE the Letters!  I am finding that I simply have to keep some of these.

I will post a photo of me in the original poncho and my grandmother in one of her own ponchos and her original berets. She loved colorwork so most everything she did had color patterning.

Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Letters are like wine; if they are sound they ripen with keeping. A man should lay down letters as he does a cellar of wine.--Samuel Butler

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

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Episode 136 Retreat Announcements and Podiversary Hurrah

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Knitting Pipeline is 3 years old!  Thank you for your support for the past 3 years.  I could not do this show each week without the support of all of you.  A special thank you to Quince & Co for their continued support!

Announcing 3 upcoming retreats, each with its own flavor and special features.

(1)    The Original Knitting Pipeline Retreat that we know and love.  March 14-15 2014 with optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day on Thursday March 13.  Registration will open late fall.

(2)    Cornerstone Inn Knitting Pipeline Retreat October 23-26 (Wed through Sat morning).  Washington IL  Limit of 20.  Registration opening in a few weeks.

(3)    Maine Knitting Pipeline Retreat near Portland ME  November 10-14  Registration information below!
Registration form PDF.  It takes a minute to load. 
Here is the address for the link just in case

Maine Knitting Pipeline Retreat

November 10-14, 2013 

Notre Dame Spiritual Retreat Center, Alfred ME  (near Portland ME)
Arrive Sunday November 10, 2013 (tentative check in time 5 PM)
Check out by 10 am Thursday November 14, 2013
$420 includes:

·        4 nights lodging and meals* at the Notre Dame Spiritual Retreat Center.  Rooms are double or triple occupancy with single beds, sink, and shared bath.

·        Portland Field Trip with V.I.P. Charter Coach Transportation.  Stops at Quince & Co, Saco River Dye Works and local yarn shops.  *Lunch will be on your own this day only.

·        All the knitting and new fiber friends you can cram into 4 days in a beautiful location.  Space is limited so register ASAP.

·        Of course there will be a few surprises along the way!  

To Register:

·        Fill out the registration form and postmark NO EARLIER than Monday July 15th, 2013.

·        Registrations will be accepted after this time pending space availability. Spaces will be reserved by postmark date and by lottery if necessary.

·        Starting July 25th I will confirm registration by email. You can then send in a deposit of $100 to Paula Emons-Fuessle to hold your reservation.

·        Full payment is due by October 1, 2013.  Checks will not be cashed immediately so don't worry if your check has not cleared.

·        Mail registration and payments to Knitting Pipeline, PO Box 549, Washington IL 61571

Cancellation Policy:
·        If you cancel before October 1, 2013 then I will refund 100% of your retreat registration.
·        At any time: 100% refund if there is a waiting list and we can fill your spot.
After October 1, 2013 refunds are on a case by case basis depending upon what expenses can be recovered.  I understand that things happen and will do what I can to refund your money.

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I play the Great Highland Pipes, knit, observe nature, and read. My name on Ravelry is PrairiePiper. Find me on Instagram as KnittingPipeline.