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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Episode 200 Elizabeth and Uncle Tom Cobbley

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I can hardly believe this is the 200th episode of Knitting Pipeline. It seems somewhat monumental. The first Knitting Pipeline Episode started on July 3, 2010 so we will reach the 5th anniversary this year. I thought the 200th episode should be special so I’m sharing one of my favorite letters from Elizabeth Zimmermann. Today we will have Pipeliner Notes, Nature Notes, A Letter from Elizabeth, and The Blethering Room.

Pipeliner Notes

I want to thank all of you for writing to me over the course of these 200 episodes. I have learned so much from you and my life is so enriched by your friendships. I should have thought of this sooner but I have never done a retrospective of any kind on the show. If you would like to share a favorite, tip, favorite show topic, or anything that I could include in the next few months leading up to the 5th anniversary of Knitting Pipeline, I will incorporate some of those in upcoming months. Once in a while someone shares about a previous episode and it might be something I haven’t thought about in a while. A show evolves over time which is the way it should be. This does seem a bit self indulgent but I think we will have a chance to review some valuable tips and materials. You can leave these thoughts in the thread for this episode or in the show blog comments section.

Thank you for the reviews and star ratings on iTunes that you have given over the years.

Events and Announcements

Next week Bronwyn and Sarah will be here and we will talk about the upcoming Spring Retreat in Washington IL Mar 13-14. If you are coming to the retreat you might want to listen to this episode before you come although all important information will be sent to you via email. We will also post links to the PDF in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group.

Georgia Retreat April 12-15, 2015 Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, Mansfield GA (east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport)

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Wednesday will be as long as you want to stay until 6 PM.

Home: 18 Knittable Projects to Keep You Comfy by Pam Allen Quince & Co 2014

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Nature Notes

We are still in full winter mode although Spring is waving to us now and then. Occasionally we see a goldfinch that has a hint of yellow in the plumage which indicates that they are beginning to moult into their vibrant mating and nesting feathers. Our resident raccoon or raccoons is stirring more often and has started flinging the lid of our compost bin off of the bin and towards the wood pile. Bob is going to find a heavy stone in the creek bed to see if that will weigh the bin lid down enough to ward off the raccoons.

This morning the temperature was -8 degrees F when I looked about 6:20 AM. We had a few more inches of snow on Wed night. By the time the retreat rolls around with St. Patrick’s Day right on the heels of it, I’m hoping we’re having spring-like temperatures. It usually works out that way. Our track record is pretty good.

Needle Notes

I read a letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann written to me on April 21 1981.

The phrase Uncle Tom Cobley and all is used in British English as a humorous or whimsical way of saying  often to express exasperation at the large number of people in a list. The phrase comes from a Devon folk song "Widecombe Fair", collected by Sabine Baring-Gould. Its chorus ends with a long list of people: "Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan'l Whiddon, Harry Hawke, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all." The surname is spelt as "Cobleigh" in some references.

Tom Branson: You're very late. Won't they worry?

Lady Sybil Crawley: They're all so excited, they won't care where I am.

Tom Branson: I'm pleased. I like Mr. Matthew.

Lady Sybil Crawley: He announced at dinner that he wants to get married at Downton. Somehow, it made me feel more than ever that the war is really over and it's time to move forward.

Tom Branson: Do you mean you've made your decision?

Lady Sybil Crawley: Yes. My answer is...that I'm ready to travel and you are my ticket to get away from this house, away from this life.

Tom Branson: Me?

Lady Sybil Crawley: No, Uncle Tom Cobley. [they both laugh]

Tom Branson: I'm sorry. But I've waited so long for those words, I can't believe I'm hearing them. You won't mind burning your bridges?

Lady Sybil Crawley: Mind? Fetch me the matches! [Branson leans forward but stops] Yes, you can kiss me, but that is all until everything is settled.

Tom Branson: For now, God knows it's enough that I can kiss you. [They kiss]

The Opinionated Knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann, Knitters Mag Fall/Winter 1985

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

1 comment:

Laura Sue said...

Paula, I keep up with your new episodes but am also slowly listening to all the old ones. I am now in 2011 and, serendipitously, right after this one listened to one in which you read a letter from Elizabeth, then confessed that you had been hammered for doing so and were a bit gun-shy. I was appalled! It must have taken a lot of work for someone to misinterpret your motives so completely. I could almost weep for that person because he/she is missing out on your generosity and kindness. I never took your sharing of Elizabeth's letters as anything other than that: generosity. You were sharing bits of Elizabeth that the rest of us did not have. So, several years after that unpleasantness I want to say thank you for sharing Elizabeth with us. It has been wonderful for me as I know it has for many others.

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