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Friday, November 7, 2014

Episode 188 Magic Cake to the Rescue

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Pipeliner Notes
Graceful Pullover by Maria Yarley is a fundraiser pattern for a young women who lost her husband and is now a single mother of 4 young children. 100% of the post-paypal/printing proceeds will go to Bekah and her family.

From Maria: Proceeds from the pattern will be given to Bekah on a monthly basis, and will be handled quietly and legally by means of the church that she and I both attend.
Scams happen, and for that reason I’m including a link to the annoucement our church published (

From Sonya:
Hi Paula, 

My name is Sonya, and I have just come across your podcast, which I am enjoying thoroughly (I am starting from episode 1).
About a year ago I began knitting a gorgeous shawl called the Snowdrop Shawl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. It was my first attempt at lace, but not being a beginner knitter I confidently (dare I say arrogantly) began. It immediately put me in my place and for every row I knitted correctly there were 5 I had to tink back. Needless to say I retired the shawl in frustration and there it lay until I began listening to your podcast. You gave me the appetite to try it again, 
Well…. Nothing has changed. I keep losing yo’s/stitches and need to tink back to where everything looks manageable. However, I will NOT give up. It cannot beat me.
Thank you so much for the tips on marking the charts. I had marked mine in ink with a great deal of notations which only served to make the chart more difficult to follow. 
Sorry for the long moan. I just needed to vent to someone with patience. You sound very understanding. 
Again. I love your podcast. Thank you.

I wrote:

Hi Sonya,

I feel your frustration. I’m glad the information on charts was helpful. I hope you don’t mind my being perfectly frank here but I just looked at the Snowdrop Shawl and it would be challenge for me. We all get into a project now and then that is either over our heads or just not our cup of tea. I have frogged projects when I am not enjoying the process. Please don’t feel that you HAVE to finish the shawl. It might be the right project later on but just not now. Choose some simpler lace projects and get some satisfaction of completing them first and then tackle the more complicated lace. I admire your tenacity but knitting is supposed to be enjoyable! In one of the early episodes I talked about easy shawl projects for beginning knitters. Not to toot my own horn, but try Piper’s Journey if you have not already done so. ;) Great to hear from you!


Events and Announcements

I’ll be on the Live show on Nov 13, 2014. Listener dial-in number is: (347) 539-5589.

Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration will be opening up soon.

Mitten KAL FO Prize Thread through Nov 15, 2015.

·        Project bag by Prairie Bag Works. I bought a Prairie Bags Works Bag in Maine and I am really enjoying it. Check out their shop! There is a botanical bird print bag there!

·        Votter fra Eventyrskogen  (mittens from Enchanted woods) or fairytale woods. Mitten e-book by toriot and other Norwegian Designers and bloggers

·        3 Free patterns from Brenda Castiel.

For Brenda Castiel Designs: Code PODCAST (not case sensitive) for 25% valid until Dec 31, 2014.

Knit any mittens, for yourself or others. Keep for your family or donate to charity.

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Balsam Hollow and Green Gables kit from Little Skein in the Big Wool on Etsy

Nature Notes
We’ve had a few frosts now and the basil, zinnias, and sweet potato vine are brown and withered. I can still harvest chives, parsley, thyme, and rosemary in the herb garden. Before taking out our two heirloom tomato plants we harvested all the green tomatoes and brought them into the garage. I’ve had to throw about half of them out due to mold or other issues but we are still eating tomatoes. The flavor is definitely not the same for these fruits that have ripened off the vine but they are still ok.
The squirrels are busy collecting acorns and burying them for what we hear is an upcoming snowy winter. There’s a squirrel perched on the deck right now with an acorn in his paws. This acorn and many others came from the mighty red oak that stands next to the house, at the corner of the porch. This tree is probably too close for most homeowners as a large branch hangs over the porch. We coddle this tree as best we can. It is forked down low with two large trunks. We clean out the debris that settles in the fork so it doesn’t rot and weaken the two trunks.  We do our best to humanely discourage chipmunks and moles from burrowing underneath our oak tree. We tolerate the acorns all over the deck as well as the alarming sounds of acorns bouncing off the porch skylights and roof.  The ricochet sounds only last for a few weeks.  We are rewarded by shade over the porch during the summer, a close view of our hanging feeder with safflower seeds, and a parade of birds such as nuthatches and woodpeckers that bury seeds or look for insects in the crevices of the bark. We feel our tree is worth a little danger to the home and inconvenience. I am grateful that the acorns are no longer bouncing off the skylights on the roof of the sun porch. That can be quite a racket.

Our nature quote today was shared with me by actionhadley on Ravelry. Thank you, Hadley!

Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
 – Pablo Neruda

Needle Notes

Tan House Brook Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde

Tubularity by Martina Behm

PrairiePiper’s Tubularity –Magic Cake Style!

When you are knitting mittens be sure to leave a little extra room at the top of the hand and also on the thumb. It’s a bit like the way you want your shoe to fit, with some pinch room at the top. You will want perhaps a finger’s width or about 1/2”. If your fingers are bumping into the top of the mitten it isn’t very comfortable. Also, wool mittens will tend to shrink a little over time so having some extra room at the top of the mitten will ensure longer wear.

Email from Pearlsgrand:
Dear Paula,  I would like to suggest another book for knitted mittens. Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens by Marcia Lewandowski. The patterns are categorized by regions of the world and include a basic mitten pattern.  Thank you for your wonderful podcast.  Kay
pearlsgrand on Ravelry.

In The Pipeline

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy 3.5 stars
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon YA, easy read. Funny and poignant at the same time.  Allows the reader into the mind of a 15 year old autistic boy. 4.5 stars
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. I’ve never read a book quite like this one. Family secrets as Barb and Tracie of the 2 Knit Lit Chicks would say. 4.5 stars
Two Rivers by T. Greenwood  Well written. Chapters alternated between past and present. One of the main characters is already deceased when the reader comes into the story. 4 stars
Full Hearts and Empty Bellies: A 1920s Childhood from the Forest of Dean to the Streets of London by Winifred Foley. Memoir/coming of age. Very honest and open.  5 stars
Agatha Raisin and The Perfect Paragon. Agatha Raisin Mysteries in order.
Plain Murder by Emma Miller.  Amish PA cozy mystery


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


BJ said...

Hi Paula!

Love your podcast!

Martina Behm is a German knit designer, therefore her name should be pronounced the German way: baym. In German, the letter 'e' is pronounced like the English long 'a'.


Life and Knits said...

Just found your podcast on iTunes! I am enjoying it immensely!! So fun, informative. As a fairly new knitter (almost a year now) I have to say the advice you gave about the project not being a good fit "right now" at the knitter's level of experience is spot on. It's not that you will never knit it, it's probably not the best one right now. I am fortunate to have experienced knitters around me that's given me that same advice about projects. I'm dubbed the "Ambitious Knitter" because as a beginner I tend to pick projects I like, but sometimes my experience level doesn't always agree. I am however comfortable enough with patterns to know if they are on the go knit projects or sit still-focused projects and that too has helped. Every project is not ready for its time in the sun. I did download your pattern and will give it a try, its a beauiful shawl Pipers Journey and I think I will have a lovely time knitting it. Thank you so much for taking the time to podcast and I have joined the Ravelry group as well. Oh and quickly I wanted to tell you that I found out about you via Juniper Grace. (Such a sweetie)

Have a great day Paula!!!
Rav: Barbys

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