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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Episode 232 Duergar, Odessa Shawl, and Susan B Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop

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This episode will include Events, Pipeliner Notes, Needle Notes, Book Notes, and In the Pipeline.


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  • Friday, Feb 26th Doors open at 2 PM. Dinner at 6 PM
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Pipeliner Notes

Thank you to everyone who has written to me recently and also to those of you who expressed birthday greetings.

Elizabeth Doherty posted on Episode 229, question on why patterns are not always introduced as individual downloads.

Hi Paula, I’m a bit behind on my podcast listening, so I’m sorry if I’m coming in late on this, but I wanted to reply to your listener’s question about releasing individual patterns from a book or collection—in this case my book, Top Down: Reimagining Set-in Sleeve Design. First though, I should point out that all of the patterns in the book are available individually. They were released in early September, about a month after the book came out.

There are a few reasons why a publisher might wait to release individual patterns, and those that you cited were good ones, but there is another practical one: It takes time to reformat patterns. Not only do they need to be laid out all over again, but extra material such as technique notes and abbreviations that were grouped together in the back of the book need to be added to each pattern on an individual basis. After that, the patterns need to be tech edited, as if for the first time, because once you start moving text around there is a possibility of introducing errors. Hope that helps!

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Nature Notes

We have added a suet feeder to the hook system that is mounted to our deck. We thought we could get away with it flying under the radar of the resident raccoons but that didn’t happen. After a few nights we awoke to see that the door of the suet cage was open and the suet was gone. My dear husband now brings the suet feeder in at night and he’ll try to do that all winter, as he does the hummingbird feeder during the spring and summer months. If any of you have a way to keep raccoons out of the suet, please let me know. The nuthatches were the first birds to find the suet followed shortly by downy woodpeckers, hairy woodpeckers, Red bellied woodpeckers, and (drumroll), Northern Flicker. I give the Flicker a drumroll because they do not come to the seed feeders at all but they do like the suet. The Northern Flicker is characterized by its large size (bigger than the red-bellied but smaller than a Pileated).  The Flicker has a triangular shaped red patch on the back of its head and a black bib on its mostly brown body.

Northern Flicker on its way to the suet feeder.
How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Needle Notes

Wool Baby by Melissa LaBarre $12 4 Designs- 2 cardigans, a bonnet with lace, and textured blanket all in Quince yarn.

Odessa Shawl by Helen Stewart aka CuriousHandmade

Carodan Farm Chincoteague Tides Gradient (Purchased at NY Sheep and Wool) from Carodan Farm, Chincoteague VA

I added one full repeat of the lace pattern so I could use the most of the gradient. It is a very subtle gradient but there is a lot of light/darker play in the whole thing which adds so much. This was such a pleasure to knit, both yarn and pattern. I also added a bit more garter at the end to use up a little more yarn.

Duergar by Katya Frankel from Head to Toe: Kids’ Knit Accessories.

(Check errata for crown decreases.)

Ribbing is on the sides and makes the hat swoop slightly to cover the ears better. Cute and different.

I used Malabrigo worsted in Polar Morn colorway.

Mittens to match with twisted rib on the cuff.

A Sweet Bebe in Lacey Bonnet

Emily wearing Elen by Mandie Harrington and Bebe wearing Lacey Bonnet

Bebe wearing Lacey Bonnet by Erika Knight

In The Pipeline

Drawing for Wool Baby by Melissa LaBarre $12 4 Designs- 2 cardigans, a bonnet with lace, and textured blanket all in Quince yarn. chose from #2—64 and chose #2

TAnn (Teresa from Emporia KS) wrote Such pretty patterns. I love the blanket but I think I might have to knit Mae first. I like the rounded edges with the geometric/lace pattern. The color I think I would pick is Parsley, it is such a pretty green.

Congratulations, TAnn! Please contact me and I’ll ask the good folks at Quince to gift the book to you.

Book Notes

Thank you to Artisan Books for sending me a review copy!

Susan B Anderson’s Kid’s Knitting Workshop $17.95 The Easiest and Most Effective Way to Learn to Knit! With 17 Cool Projects Kids will love.

Spiral bound

Not just for kids! I will use this book to teach adults as well.

Very complete without being overwhelming.

We are giving away a signed copy of Susan B Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop! Thank you to Artisan Books for the review copy and the giveaway copy. Please enter by leaving a comment in the thread in our Ravelry Group expressing why you would like the book or who you would teach. The winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator.

Haste ye back!
Bebe in Sleep Sac that I dyed with indigo in the workshop at the Maine Retreat. Undyed sac was a gift from Karen of Seven Sisters Arts.

Bebe in her Bunny Hat by Susan B Anderson, actually knitted by Susan B Anderson

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