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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Episode 139 Major Myth Busting

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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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Elizabeth Zimmermann was born on August 9, 1910.  
Pipeliner Notes
Tip from knit-faced/Carolyn who has also knit the Point of View Vest from Knitbot Linen by Hannah Fettig
Sparrow by Quince & Co in Nannyberry colorway
She recommends bamboo needle tips also and added While the linen is still wet “whap” it hard lengthwise. Let it dry to damp, then iron while pulling lengthwise.

From Kirsten/Ingabean
Hi Paula, I know it has been a while since you podcasted about this, but I just wanted to say how much I have loved the magic knot. I watched your video tutorial on how to remember the steps (previously I had looked up the original video every time!), and now it is easy. I have used it on every project that wouldn’t work for spit splicing, and it has been fabulous. I have also used it in other areas of life. My husband was trying to hang a 100 lb. punching bag from a hook in our basement ceiling beam, but all the knots he tried were slipping out. I offered to tie a double knot, and (though he is a former boy scout who prides himself on his knotting prowess) he stepped aside and let me. Now it has been several weeks and the punching bag still hangs at its original height! That is one strong knot! Thanks again for the great video to help me remember how to tie it.--Kirsten

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Registration for the retreat in Maine Nov 10-14
October 23-26, 2013
Cornerstone Inn Bed and Breakfast/111 Washington Square, Washington IL 61571
Arrive Wednesday October 23, 2013 (check in time 3 to 5 PM)
Check out by 11 am Saturday October 26, 2013

·        3 nights lodging, breakfast at your hotel and two dinners in the Washington Room on historic Washington Square.  (All lunches and one dinner are on your own.)

·        Outings to local yarn shops

·        Mini-workshops

·        Porch Time at Paula’s house

·        Space is limited to 20 so register ASAP.

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

Cost between $430 and $300 depending upon whether you choose double or single occupancy and whether you are at the B and B or Sleep In.

        Single Occupancy Cornerstone Inn             $400.00

        Double Occupancy Cornerstone Inn (share queen size bed)              $300.00

        Single Occupancy Sleep Inn           $430.00

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Lullaby Rain KALby Paula Emons-Fuessle

Week 4 starts today.

August 21 end date

Stitches Midwest August 8 and 9.  Podcaster Meetup Friday 12:00 to 1:30 PM fireplace in lobby second floor.

Nature Notes
Last week I mentioned that it has been a tough few years for butterflies.  We have been seeing more butterflies in the front garden on our zinnias and buddleia/butterfly bush.  Common Buckeye, Easter Tiger Swallowtails, Spice Bush Swallowtail, Silver spotted skipper, Red Admiral, and a Variegated Fritillary.  The Variegated Fritillary was actually trapped in our garage.  I took a few photos before helping it to the outside.  When we got outside it sat on my hand for a few minutes which was breathtaking.  I’ve had this happen with Hackberry Emperors and Tawny Emperors but not with any other butterfly.

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.
Needle Notes
Stash Dash 2013 Lala of The KnitGirllls Video Cast.  I knit 5,024 yds, mostly fingering weight.

Baby Cardigans by Susan B Anderson

#1  Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK (pattern written for worsted.  Very classic, neutral color.  Buttons are from my button jars.


#2 Blue and Navy Sweater Patons wool from Louise in Caithness. 

The Blethering Room
Myth Buster
My urban myth of knitting that I wish we could debunk once and for all is the “cast on over larger needle for stretchier edge” myth. This only works for certain cast ons, and doesn’t work for the popular long tail cast on. Sure, the first row of stitches, which are formed over the needle, are bigger, but the edge, which is formed over your thumb and then cinched up at the base of the stitch is identical no matter what size needle you use. To make it stretchier you need to consciously space out the stitches or do something like a German twisted cast on - or cast on over two needles, one for the base and one for the first row of stitches. With a little practice, this goes quite quickly.

This one surprised me because I had been taught by the great EZ herself to cast on using a larger needle and just recently a very well known designer had this instruction in her pattern.  So you are not alone if you still believe this.  As Ellen said, it depends on the cast on but if we are talking about the usual long tail CO, using a larger needle doesn’t work.

The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt p43 Knit Half-Hitch Cast-On
To conclude, it is a myth that casting on with a larger size needle when doing the long tail or Knit Half Hitch Cast On to increase the elasticity of the cast on edge.
Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.

1 comment:

Cindy/KS said...

I know there is a chance you will never see this, but I am trying to catch up on your podcasts and the mp3 on this post is #138, not 139. Any chance of getting the link for #139 or getting it edited here so that I can listen to that one. I try to save them to my mp3 player to listen to while walking.

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