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Events and Announcements
Knitting Pipeline Maine information will be in a short episode following this one. Episode 207.
Registration documents can be downloaded here. Be sure to download both files.
We’re still having quite cold nights here in central Illinois. It’s been in the 30’s most nights, a little warmer last night perhaps. Sometimes it has been so cold that the spring peepers don’t even peep or we just here a few rather frigid squawks. The woods is as beautiful as you will see it carpeted with spring beauties, sweet William, and May apples. These spring flowers rely on the energy stored in their underground bulbs or corms to make a quick appearance and do their best to reproduce before the leaves on the trees block out much of the sun’s rays. They get the job done quickly and begin storing up energy for this time next year.
A cool spring does not delay bird migration in the least. As I sit here I am watching a male goldfinch at the niger feeder. His plumage is still a little spotty from winter moulting. At the platform feeder a pair of tufted titmice are taking turns flying to the feeder, getting a sunflower seed, and then flying to a nearby branch to crack the seed and eat it. Our hummingbirds are back too. Bob put the nectar feeder our on Monday and on Tuesday I saw the first hummer. Since then there have been quite a few.
I kept a list of all the birds I have seen from the porch the past few days. In order of appearance:
|Chipping Sparrow singing his little heart out.|
Pileated woodpecker, Barred Owl, White-crowned sparrow, Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White breasted Nuthatch, Chipping Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Cardinal, Mourning Dove, White throated Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Black Capped Chickadee, Goldfinch, Cowbird, Robin, Purple Finch and House finch, Indigo Bunting, and Ruby-throated hummingbird. I have heard the song of the White-throated sparrow once and keep listening for more as it is one of my favorite bird songs, possibly because it is one of the first I learned.
Our nature quote is from an American poet, a woman, Karle Wilson Baker.
Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees. -- Karle Wilson Baker
Cradle Cardigan by Hannah Fettig from Mabel’s Closet
Classic little cardigan knit in Quince & Co Chickadee in the colorway Petal.
I knit 6-12 mo and I think it came out closer to the 12 mo.
|How does this machine work?|
|Emily and Mom|
|Sewing in progress!|
|Emily is happy with the layout.|
Bebe’s quilt is from 3 times the charm by Leisure Arts. “Jennifer” 39” x 47”
|Quilt for Bebe|
|My first free motion quilting|
|I just love this photo of Nils and Emily at the shower in PA|
|Emily opening quilt at shower|
The Blethering Room
- Sock tip that I shared at retreat may seem obvious to veteran sock knitters. Self striping…getting socks to match.
- Packing tip from Juniper Grace…use vacuum bags for yarn. (I bought some at Aldi).
In the Pipeline
Contact Minipurlgirl on Ravelry if you want to participate
I made a hat and THEN I went to the Click for Babies site…I should have done that first.
Hat is WAY too big. Stella Pixie Hat by Kristen Rengren Vintage Baby Knits.
I used Wandering Wool Ausable Sock Knitting in the Nashville Night from SSK goodie bag last year.
Hat should be 50% purple so for boys you can add orange, gray, or other colors to tone down the purple and make it more acceptable for boys.
Handbrake by Dan and Kay Jones
Bakery Bears Podcast on You Tube
Thank you, Jo, aka Qwiltnknitnut
Pebble Beach KAL with Curious Handmade.
Helen Stewart , also known as Curious Handmade is re-releasing her Pebble Beach Shawlette
and to celebrate we are hosting a Knitting Pipeline KAL of her designs.
The rules are very open.You may use any project knit from one of Helen’s patterns for this KAL. You may participate with projects already completed or in process before the start of the KAL, in addition to new projects. Please consider knitting the re-released Pebble Beach, but any of her patterns qualifies. The KAL will run from May 5 through July 5.
Helen has generously provided a coupon code for a discount of 30% off of any ONE item for use with any of her patterns from May 5 through May 31. The discount code is KPKAL30
We will have 2 KAL threads on the KP Board, one for general KAL chatter and one for photos of Finished Objects, with no chatter. Please remember to post pictures of your finished objects in both threads, so Pipeliners can compliment projects, and not run afoul of the “no-chatter” considerations in the FO thread. Each FO should have its own project and picture post in the FO thread; this means that multiple entries are allowed per person. Please tag your project PebblebeachKAL, and use social media #pebblebeachKAL. The more the merrier!
There will be several prizes awarded, including this skein of Lace Merino from The Uncommon Thread
and other items to be announced later. The winners will be determined by the Random Number Generator (RNG) method of post numbers in the FO thread. (This is why we can’t have chatter in the FO thread.)
Please join the fun and help us celebrate Helen’s designs.
Thank you for spending time with me today. Thank you to sponsor Quince & Co and thank you to Craftsy for the opportunity to be an affiliate.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. -- Mahatma Gandhi
Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.