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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Episode 231 Pink and Blue

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Elmer Blanket and Arlo

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Pipeliner Notes

Meadowlark Yarns-- New shop in Cheyenne WY

Question from Susan B Anderson on the Eurosteam iron I reviewed in the last episode.
I ordered my new iron!! My old iron leaks all over, I think it has been dropped quite a few times and well, it’s just getting really old. I can’t wait.

I have a question for you about blocking the shawl with the iron. How exactly did you do that? I’m curious.
Answer: I did not steam the garter stitch portion. I used the burst of steam feature and pressed along the lace section. (I refer to Perfect Retreat Shawl by Susan B Anderson.)

Dear Paula,

with mixed feelings I had to establish that I’ve run out of back episodes of your podcast, and that I now have to settle for one per week like everybody else. Of course this will give me time to catch up on other things - like audio books - but as I’ve now put it in my three (US, Swedish and Swiss) iTunes reviews…
I’d also like to add that I like your chuckle - and of course the pure laugh fests that sometimes occur when Bronwyn and Sarah visit...
I know the saying goes, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t”, but after all I did have a lot nice to say, so I hope you don’t take it so much as a reproach, as maybe a friendly reminder, when I tell you that there’s only one way you’ve ever managed to ruffle my feathers the wrong way. That’s when you’ve said things like “all patterns in this collection, but the tunic with ruffles, is suitable for both boys and girls” or “all but such and such colors out of this line are unisex”. It makes me wonder if you’ve never heard of and felt for any boys who wanted to wear for example a purple tunic, or in my mind even worse, if you wouldn’t approve. I don’t have kids myself - only nephews, one of whom happens to love pink - but I’ve seen and heard plenty of stories like this, some of which of course have had tragic outcomes, when the child in question wasn’t met with love and compassion. As I think you come across as a friendly and open minded person, I just thought maybe you’d want to consider that there might be other listeners out there who feel saddened that their children aren’t considered normal according to such stereotypes. Maybe it’s my Scandinavian side being radical about this, but this blog post pretty much describes where I’m coming from with this remark. 

In closing, a big and heartfelt thank you for having taken the time and effort to put out your precious podcasts - not to mention blog posts tutorials. I look forward to many more!
Best wishes,

The History of Pink and Blue (Gender Spectrum Weekly)

·        Now that most people know the gender of the baby prior to birth gender specific clothing is even more prevalent.

·        Would I knit a pink sweater for a boy? If asked, yes. If not asked, no.

·        Gender neutral knitted baby items have not gone over that well in my experience.

Nature Notes

We have had rain for 2 solid days…one of them was the 2 year anniversary of the Nov 17 2013 tornado in our town. If you drive through Washington IL today you would scarcely notice that there had been such widespread damage. On Sunday afternoon we were invited to the new home of good friends who lost their home and belongings in the tornado. They built on the same lot with the same basic house footprint but with a more modern home—and first floor master bedroom. So there are some good things. Although we just keep telling ourselves “It’s just another day” we can’t help but remember some of the terrifying moments and yet we remember the blessings too.

Needle Notes


Wool Baby by Melissa LaBarre $12
2 cardigans, a bonnet with lace, and textured blanket all in Quince yarn.

  • Arlo, a buttoned baby cardigan, Lark in Parsley
  • Aziza, a lace baby bonnet, Lark in Carrie’s Yellow
  • Elmer, a cozy baby blanket, Osprey in Apricot
  • Mae, an open-front cropped cardi, Chickadee in Belize  
Beautiful palette, beautifully photographed with old quilt as background.

Can’t wait to start knitting these!
Quince & Co is giving away one copy of the e-book. Post in the prize thread telling us which design you would knit first and perhaps the Quince color you would choose.

Some of my favorite Quince and Quince-friendly patterns:

Cradle Cardigan by Hannah Fettig from Mabel’s Closet-- also the beret from this collection.

Camilla Babe by Carrie Bostick Hoge. Garter Stitch with lace panel down front. Pullover. Quince & Co Lark.

Baby Kelpie by Pam Allen in Willet (Cleaner Cotton)

Little Willet by Dawn Catanzaro

Leila Babe Cap by Carrie Bostick Hoge (not published by Quince) in Tern (fingering weight)

In the Pipeline

15% off the Knitvent 2015 collection with KPKnitvent15 good until November 30th 2015.

Haste ye back!


Janicke Johansen said...

I'm glad I mustered the courage to send you that note ... 8) thanks for another interesting and entertaining episode - and I don't say that just because I was in it! :P

Cathy Girard (AKGoil) said...

I so appreciated this episode. You have such a great way of addressing topics that could be considered touchy. You show me ways to be more open to others' thoughts without feeling defensive. Great conversation and I appreciate that you were open to it. You and Janicke have stretched my thoughts and ways for new ways of living.

Janice said...

Paula, thank you for the welcome in your podcast. I am trying to catch up with past podcasts while keeping up with the latest. I agree with you about headbands for girls. They are cute in a special photograph but not so much everyday. My daughter had very little hair when she was a baby. I dressed her in pink (and I'm not very fond of pink) and "girly" outfits because I was proud of my little girl. People would still tell me what a cute baby, "what's his name? She is grown now and dresses her daughter in whatever color she likes.
Love the Wool Baby book. I've been eyeing some of the patterns for hopefully another grandchild.
Thanks again for your podcast, I look forward to every new episode.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to share with you my experience with color in regards to baby gifts. First of all let me say I was born and raised and live in Southern California. I have a very good friend who lives in Portland, Oregon. She just had twin boys. I wanted to make her boys baby quilts and found a super cute fabric with hedgehogs on it each wearing a sweater in various patterns and colors. The colors were teal, salmon, red, yellow, blue, orange, and brown. Since I wanted to make two different quilts I decided I would pull out some of the colors for one quilt and different colors for the other quilt. So one quilt was yellow, blue, and red and the other one was yellow, teal, and salmon. But that quilt seemed a little dull so I added a muted purple and it really made the colors pop. The problem became in my mind that with the purple fabric I added made the salmon fabric really looked more pink and now the baby quilt looked more suited for a girl. I asked my friend how she felt about salmon and purple and she said she was totally fine with it. In fact purple is considered a boy's color in Portland. Lots of boys wear it and like it. This one incident really made me see that color designations are really arbitrary and even in one country we can have regional differences. I'm sure different countries have different ideas about color too.

The second issue that was brought up for me in the letter you read is that some boys may identify with "girl" colors more because they identify with being a girl. More and more kids are expressing homosexual or transgender orientations. I feel it is really important to show these children unconditional love and acceptance. We need to support them in their choices for color, toy, and clothing preferences. I have heard that when tested these children often have female brains in a male body and vice versa and making them adhere to a certain societal mold is very harmful to them. I know this is very controversial for many, but as more and more children are being born this way we need to change our preconceived ideas of how people should behave and show empathy and compassion to them as they try to figure out how to live in a world that considers them abnormal. Hopefully more and more people can let go of their old fashioned gender ideas and learn to not condemn them as evil, but love them and value them for the special people they are.

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