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

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

Friday, June 13, 2014

Episode 175 More Intarsia and Brain Reveal

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Quince & Co Piper is our pretty little southern bird. We sourced the softest super fine kid mohair we could find from a Texas herd of angora goats and blended it with super fine Texas merino to make a lighter-than-air, almost lace weight single-ply yarn. Piper has a pretty halo and a subtle sheen, thanks to the long, silky fibers of the mohair. Knit it on a larger needle if you want. It fills in nicely. Great in sweaters, hats, and, of course, shawls. Find Piper and the other Quince fibers at

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Stitches Midwest 2014

Nature Notes

Our Barred Owl is making more frequent stops here.  I had two very good photo opportunities this week and will share some of those photos on the blog.  Last night we heard a Screech Owl very close to the house.  That is more unusual here although we heard them a lot in town.

Varmits.  I love the word Varmit.  Raccoons.  Oh my.  We often have two or 3 under the feeders grazing in the evening. They fight and hiss.  I read in the June 2014 issue of Watching Backyard Birds (Companion to Backyard Bird Digest) Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Raccoons by Julie Zickafoose and Bill Thompson III.  If you feed birds you attract other animals as well.

Take in feeders at night.  We do take in hummingbird feeder at night because the racs will trash it.

Female raccoons are lactating in June so they are very hungry and will do just about anything to get more food.  Don’t cross them.  They can be vicious.
One of the benefits of living on the prairie.  Sunsets.  This photo is not enhanced.

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.

Needle Notes

Beyond Puerperium by Kelly Brooker.  This time the intarsia version.

Prairie Piper’s Beyond Puerperium

I hope I can make these buttons work.  They are perfect!

First time in fingering weight and first time with intarsia border.

Button issue...buttons are perfect except the holes are quite small. I’m not sure I can sew them on properly.

The Blethering Room

Tornado update:
Last week Chicago Bears came to town to help clean up.
Brain Reveal:
Marilyn vos Savant from her column:
Irene Hurst of Dallas writes:
I associate days of the week, numbers, and names with colors. For example, Saturday is brown, five is red, and Sharon is pink. I’ve always done this; it’s normal for me. But I’ve never told anyone about it except my husband, who’s never heard of such a thing. Is there a word for it?

Marilyn responds:
The term is synesthesia, and you have the most common form—colored letters and numbers, etc. Not that the trait is common! Studies have found an incidence of about one person in 2,000, with several times as many females as males. Other mixing of senses (sounds, smells, and more) also occurs, but these types are extremely rare. (Be thankful that five is just red—not red, smelly, and sounding like a crow.) Rest assured that people with synesthesia are otherwise perfectly normal.

Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon when one or more senses overlap

Billy Joel, Duke Ellington, and Stevie Wonder oh and Lady Gaga all have/had synesthesia.  Maybe Vincent Van Gogh

Scientific American What is Synesthesia?

Some people have temporal/spatial synesthesia, where time, weeks, months, etc have a pattern or location around the person. Described as looking at a map.

Time/spatial synesthesia is more rare.

For me, a time/spatial synesthete, time and numbers including months of the year, days of the week, all numbers, hours of the day are in a pattern or map.  Each map is individual so I don’t mix up months and days of the week.  If you say a number to me I see it on a map in relation to all other numbers. It gets hazy after 1,000.

Casting on:  I think I count in my head although I don’t believe this is related to synthesia.

Are you a synesthete too?

In The Pipeline



Piper by quince & Co

Pam Allen’s Blog post about Angora goats in Texas

Tubularity by Martina Behm

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu

Foolproof by Louise Zass-Bangham

Nymphalidea by Melinda VerMeer

Tripartite by Stephen West

Sarapomegranate of Yarns at Yin Hoo

In The Piping Circle

Good Neighbor Days in Washington

Tonight playing at a dedication in Morton IL

I met Molly at the Highland Games in Wauwatosa.

We won 1st place in Grade 5!  Here I am with my buddy, Kevin, whose voice you hear at the beginning of each episode of Knitting Pipeline.

Next competition is June 21 in Itasca IL ChicagoGames.
One more Prairie Sunset photo

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

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