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Friday, January 16, 2015

Episode 194 Wall of Shawls

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Pipeliner Notes

Thank you so very much for the lovely reviews on iTunes.  Last week I made a terrible faux pas before I read the iTunes review on the air. I said, “I don’t usually read these when I meant I don’t usually read these on the show. There were 2 new reviews on iTunes this week. Thank you Phyllisgbh and Astaellen. Your reviews made me very happy.

Events and Announcements

Knitting Pipeline Retreat Sponsors. Thank you Ogle Design and Ewe-nique Yarns in Morton IL!

Ogle Design www. is a vendor sponsor for the retreat. Ogle design features hand-dyed yarn, kits, and woodcrafts. One of Ogle Designs unique yarns is BFL Coloration Worsted, a 250 yd gradient in a Blue-face Leicester base. At the Cornerstone Inn Retreat several of our Pipeliners showed stunning projects in which they had used the BFL Coloration Worsted.
Ewe-nique Yarns in Morton IL is a full-service yarn shop Ewe-nique Yarns carries Mad Tosh, Malabrigo, Debbie Bliss, Elsbeth Lavold and many other yarn lines, needle selections, and accessories. You will find them at their new location NEW Location 110 E Queenwood Rd, Morton IL 61550 (309) 266-9398 which is close to their former shop.

Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration started January 5. We are getting full so if you want to come be sure to register ASAP. Registration information is here.

We are opening up a morning session for Bronwyn’s class since the afternoon is full with a waiting list.

Georgia Retreat

April 12-15, 2015

(Sunday 2:00 PM through Wed 10:00 AM

 Download Registration document here.

563 Elliott Trail

Mansfield GA 30055

(east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport))



Your registration fee includes:

  • Single or Double Room (own bed) and private bath with tub and shower
  • All meals from Sunday dinner through Wed breakfast
  • Knitting Pipeline Retreat Tote Bag
  • and all the knitting and fiber fun we can pack into 3 days!

Double Occupancy $330.00

Single Occupancy $430.00

Triple    $300.00

Nature Notes
Red Headed Woodpecker

Red Headed Woodpecker

The Red-headed Woodpecker is a regular at our feeder these days. It’s the first time we’ve seen one on a regular basis in the 7 ½ years we’ve lived out here. This was a common bird back in my youth and may have been one of the first birds I learned to identify. Not that long ago in the first 10 to 15 years we lived in our old house in town we saw the red headed woodpecker on a regular basis. Since then it has become rarer to see one either in town or out here near the woods. As you might guess, the Red-headed Woodpecker has a bright red head—I would call it crimson, and has black and white wings and body. It is smaller than a Flicker and larger than a Downy Woodpecker. Yesterday and today I watched the red headed woodpecker in a tree at the edge of the woods. For much of the time its back was to me so I couldn’t tell what it was doing. After about 15 seconds it would fly to the feeder, presumably retrieve a seed and then fly back to the same spot on the tree. I wondered if it was caching seeds in the tree bark. I then read on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site that the Red headed Woodpecker does hide food.
Red Headed Woodpecker and Northern Cardinal

Many birds and a few squirrels

This morning after feeding the birds my husband reported deer tracks right outside the window, about a foot from the house.  Sure enough, I see the tracks now as I sit here and I’m thinking about that deer walking quietly along our house, in sub zero temperatures, as we slept peaceful and warm inside.

Our quote today is from John Burroughs, The Snow-Walkers”, 1866

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.... In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. ~John Burroughs, "The Snow-Walkers," 1866

Needle Notes

Wall of Shawls

Mom chose Striped Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki. Quince & Co Tern in Oyster and Stonington

Gayle chose a shawl by Rose Beck. And So Are You. Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino. Periwinkle Colorway.

Stacy chose Sweet Little Nothing by Susan DeBettignies. Kim Ogle Designs Yarn.

Emily chose Lala’s Simple Shawl  by Laura Linnemann. No she didn't...I'll correct that next week.

Wall of Shawl action!

Emily and Stacy with their selections, Hitchhiker and Sweet Little Nothing
Stacy wearing Sweet Little Nothing

In the Blethering Room

I’m not a naturally organized person. I’ve read many books on organization and time management over the years. S.H.E. in the 80’s. FlyLady in the 90’s or later and many more.

There are certain events and times of year that get me into the mode of decluttering.

·        Visiting my sister

·        Being on vacation

·        January—taking down Christmas decorations

How Marie Kondo or KonMarie differs:

1.      Do it all at once.

2.      Declutter by category rather than by room.

3.      Ask one question: “Does this spark joy?”

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


Mandy Martin said...

I am a new knitter and to built my stash of needles I also purchased bamboo needles from China. I wanted a sharper tip so I used a pencil sharpener and realized I couldn't get it quite smooth enough not to catch. After a light sanding, I applied two coats of clear fingernail polish and now it's sliding right along again. I thought I'd mention it because it sounded like a quick and easy solution.

Anonymous said...

Hi Paula, I absolutely loved the nature quote for this episode. Last week, I was awakened by our dog at 4:30 am to be greeted by a wonderland with a full moon and snow that sparkled like diamonds. I love visiting my in-laws who live in the country during the winter. The view of the stars is magnificent. Becky Cauldwell

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