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

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

Friday, October 4, 2013

Episode 147 More Tea Leaves

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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.  49 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
Last week Sarah asked how she could learn to knit faster.
Knitting Tip from Christine
 I am a continental knitter and a picker. When I first learned to knit (watching shows like Knitty Gritty on tv) I twisted all of my knit stitches. It felt more natural to knit through the back loop. You mentioned having seen a hand knit sweater with entire rows of twisted stitches. For me, those would have been the knit rows. Thankfully I caught that problem before braving sweaters.

I also learned the neatest trick from a guest on Knitty Gritty. This gentleman was a continental knitter and to purl he would wrap the yarn around his left thumb instead of left index. I don't do this for just s few stitches but it is great for entire rows of purls. It lets you basically pick your purl stitches and I find my purl stitches don't vary much in size from my knit stitches.

Thanks again and have a lovely day,
Christine (Frenchie on Ravelry)=

Events and Announcements
October 23-26, 2013 Wed late afternoon to Sat morning
Cornerstone Inn Bed and Breakfast/111 Washington Square, Washington IL 61571
Spring Retreat will be March 14-15 with optional yarn crawl fun day on March 13.  Feel free to make overnight reservations if you like in case we need more rooms at Sleep Inn.
To book Sleep Inn call 309.922.1343

Nature Notes
The leaves are turning here in the woods and acorns sound like artillery fire when they hit the roof, skylights, table on the deck.  They sometimes ricochet rather alarmingly.  You cannot sit out on the deck during this time of acorns.  I did wear a bicycle helmet out there once but then I worried about one of them hitting me in the eye.
As of this morning, October 3, hummingbirds are still drinking nectar at the feeder.  They are probably migrating birds but I did think after last week’s show when Sarah said it seems there are more hummingbirds now—the young birds are also now eating at feeders, all those eggs hatched and the little fledglings found their wings.  Also, birds need more food during migration to sustain their flight so even the same number of birds probably consume more nectar.
We’ve had some cooler nights when the skies have been clear.  Do you know this amazing app called Sky Guide?  I love it.  You aim your phone to the sky and the screen will show constellations, planets, and just about anything else that is up there.  Then you can click on the “I” for information and learn more about what you are seeing.  I’ve been fascinated with stars, planets, and constellations since I was in college.  This app is perhaps my favorite app on my phone. 

From Pat
Hi Paula
Because of Instagram I pulled out my collection of old 1929-1932 "Needlecraft" magazines. Such a fun read and the patterns with older terms, too much. 
Here's one October 1932 Ten cents 

Baby Tea Leaves and Rosa Villosa Hat

AUTUMN, MASTER ARTIST by: Ethel Romig Fuller

This hillside is a palette
Held on Autumn's thumb;
Pigments mixed for painting,
Orange, crimson, plum,

Trees slim tubes of umber;
Canyons,  bowls of blues;
Dogwood, elder, vine-oak ...
These the pastel hues.

There's yellow in the beeches,
Gray where waters rush;
Of smoke he makes a thinner;
With frost he points his brush.

A COUNTRY-SIDE for canvas;
His easel in the sun ....
A masterpiece, "October,"
When the picture’s done.

Needle Notes
Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker Update

PrairiePiper’s Project page complete with photos of Adorable Nephew and Adorable George

Baby Tea Leaves by Melissa LaBarre
Mini skein from Qwiltnknitnut/Jo. Thank you, Jo!
Hat is Rosa Villosa by Kristin Viren, Sweden

The Blethering Room

Cleaned out my email inbox and almost done with Ravelry PMs. Behind on the board but will catch up.

Everyone must take the time to sit and watch the leaves turn. Elizabeth Lawrence

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

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