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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Episode 225 Race to Rhinebeck Sweater

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Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with me in the past week. Thank you PAKNITWIT for your note today. She’s been listening to the back episodes and just caught up. The boards have been busy with October chatter. Thank you for the star reviews on iTunes and for sharing Knitting Pipeline with your friends. I often get a note from someone who says that a friend recommended the show to them.

Congratulations to Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade for her outstanding award from the UK Podcast Awards for best podcast in hobby category. Take that woodworkers and gamers! Helen, the award is so well deserved. Congratulations also to Jo of ShinyBees podcast for the award for the most engaged audience.

Hi Paula,
I just finished Piper’s Journey and wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed making it. The lace border is beautiful and took just the right amount of focus to keep the knitting interesting.

I’ve been a fan of your podcast for several years and always enjoy listening to your knitting and nature adventures. I would love to know how you started designing and how your relationship with Quince and Co. began. I hope you’ll talk about this on the podcast sometime.

Thanks for the great pattern and podcast!

Ellen (shpizl)
Quick question: I’ve only recently gotten into knitting shawls (Paula, I have been wearing my Magic cake Ruffle Shawl all about and it’s wonderful in our MN autumn weather!) and wonder, do you fold them for storage as with sweaters or do you hang them because they are meant to drape anyway? I’ve always thought you shouldn’t hang your knitting, but I wonder about shawls. Thanks! :)

From MrsPivec


Rhinebeck—Podcaster Meet Up? If there is one I’ll try to be there. I’ll be carrying Knitting Pipeline Bag.

Cornerstone Fall Retreat October 21-24 in beautiful Washington IL

Spring Retreat Feb 26-27, 2016, Details and registration TBA Nikki, our cook, has us on the calendar and Cornerstone Inn and Sleep Inn have room blocks.

Nature Notes

About 10 days ago on Sunday September 27, 2015 we had a full lunar eclipse on a super moon. A super moon is when the moon is relatively close to the earth in its orbit. It can appear 7% larger especially at moonrise.

We also heard the term Blood Moon because during the full lunar eclipse the earth’s shadow can make the moon look red. As you might guess the term Blood Moon is not scientific (1979) but it is a whole lot easier to pronounce than the technical word which is perigee-syzygy. In astronomy, the term syzygy refers to the straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies.

Our neighbors Jim and Jeanette suggested we gather outside on our cul-de-sac to watch the eclipse together. It was overcast that day and we were hoping it would clear up. I had an un-obscured view of the eastern sky from our pantry window (which I call my Window to the Neighborhood) so I kept watching for a break in the clouds as the time for the eclipsed approached. I had just called Jeanette to tell her that I couldn’t see the moon at all when suddenly there was a break in the clouds and we had a decent view of it. It was red, a true Blood moon and quite a sight.

The two young deer that are grazing on the edge of the woods right now were probably not concerned about the eclipse although one can’t help but wonder how such phenomenon must have affected primitive people. To see the moon disappear and turn red must have been somewhat terrifying.
Bird Update
During the summer we stopped filling our platform feeder in an attempt to discourage the chipmunks that were making themselves quite plump on the seed that drops down to the ground. We left up our thistle feeder and hummingbird feeders. We noticed over a period of a few weeks that although those two feeders were still up we saw very few goldfinches, which normally flock to the niger feeder. We still had hummingbirds but perhaps not in quite the numbers that we usually do. It was so quiet outside…no squirrels and few birds. We did hear a lot of cicadas and tree frogs. I thought about this and my theory is that birds feel safer in numbers. Those goldfinches that normally come to our feeders felt more comfortable with many other birds around. If the Cooper’s Hawk should stop by for lunch it would be easier for it to pick off a single bird especially when there are no other animals to hearken a warning.
We started filling the platform feeder and things are beginning to get back to normal although it was a bit slower because we had stopped for a while. I think we’ve seen the last of the hummingbirds come through on their migratory journey. They were still here last week (all females). When Bronwyn and I were sitting on the porch she was sitting with her back to the window and one came up quite close and hovered right behind her.

Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I'm on a time machine. I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding - yet beautiful - Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.

Needle Notes

Race to Rhinebeck Sweater

Elizabeth Zimmermann Percentage System=EPS

Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Quince & Co Chickadee in Pomegranate colorway.

Gauge Swatches

Tip on counting stitches between your 4 inches. Use straight pins every 5 sts. Then count between your 4" and divide by 4 to get gauge.

Sleeves: A good way to check your gauge.

I added some shaping at the waist.

By the time I went to Maine I had sleeves and body up to the point of joining on one long circular needle.
Craftsy Classes: Please use link in sidebar if going to Craftsy site…Thank you!
  • Custom Yoke Sweater with Amy Detjen
  • The Fair Isle Vest: Stranded and Steeked by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Rhinebeck Sweater in progress

Rhinebeck Sweater Punch list

·        Finish color work on yoke

·        Back of neck shaping (short rows)

·        Ribbing at top of sweater to match bottom and sleeves.

·        Swatch ribbing

·        Bottom Ribbing

·        Sleeve Ribbing

·        Steek

·        Buttonbands (buttons ordered)

·        Weaving in ends

·        Sew on buttons

·        Graft underarms

·        Block

Product Notes
Twig and Horn Wool Soap with Lanolin (lemongrass) and White Grapefruit. Rosewood and Unscented.
Classy glass bottle with metal cap. Looks nice if out on counter.
I’ve been using for several months now and it’s what I go for when I am washing woolens even though I have Soak and Kookaburra. Great fragrances. Very light. No SUDS!

Highly recommended.

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

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