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Friday, January 30, 2015

Episode 196 Socks and Cookies

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Pipeliner Notes
Thanks to everyone who was in touch with me recently. We have a new Pipeliner who is Terriglo, she said she’s a long time listener from the beginning but realized she had not joined the group. That’s perfectly ok. I’ve done the same thing.

Itunes was a happy place this week. There were lovely reviews from kvaldes, nittennurse (who is karyol), and BG in WS NC. Thank you so very much for the reviews and star ratings.

From Sweetart77 Kathleen :
I just loved this episode! Taking a break from complex projects and knitting on “me” projects in January while enjoying getting inspired with organizing, purging things, and seeking the peace and joy of nature is just what this girl needed after a busy holiday season. When my bff visited from Boston this fall, I opened up my “wall of shawls” to her and we shared a great moment together with my suggestions and her fashion show. She went home with 3 items I may never have thought would be good for her, but she is now wearing them and thinking of me when she does. I too love a good system for organizing and esp the freeing feeling that comes with created space after a purge. My problem is that I literally lost all of my belongings in 1991 - except for a few treasured books - and so am very challenged when it comes to getting rid of things after having reestablished my inventory of home and personal items. But as I age I find that the best things in life aren’t things and I now use the rule that my items must have a purpose and not just be cute or pretty. Function over form - or both (best). Thanks again Paula.

From Middleagepearl


I’m doing a little catch up with the podcasts and wanted to comment about the tidying. I’m an accountant/tax preparer and it is my job to be completely and totally organized and detail oriented for 8+ hours a day while on the job. I find that my brain just can’t hold onto any more focus than those hours so the home is where I “let my hair down” so to speak. It is also where I do all my creative knitting. I like a clean house but a little clutter is OK. On another note, while not trying to enable your string/twine addiction, have you seen this product called Twool? British natural wool twine made particularly from the fleece of the Whiteface Dartmoor sheep. Their website it fabulous, lots of little video clips about the process of spinning the wool into twine.

My reply: I can totally understand that. A little clutter is ok with me too. The creative process is naturally messy, for me at least. My father was a master wood turner. He wasn’t the tidiest but he was organized enough. Once in a while he did a major tidying up. He said that he knew woodturners who had immaculate shops but most of them didn’t produce much.

(Note that I resisted buying the wool twine. Yay me!)

From Spice 46 Diane
I was listening to some back episodes last night, and have a question about the charity mittens. I would like to participate this fall, and plan to work on them through the summer. I have some lovely mitten wool, but it is 100% wool and not superwash. Is it safe to assume that the folks in Maine know how to care for woolen mittens? I know this yarn makes lovely, warm mittens as I have some that I made for myself from it. Thanks!

Thank you, DCAlane for mittens for Threads, Hope, and Love. This was the 40th pair for Threads.


Feel free to bring mittens to the retreat. I’ll store them for you until Maine or Cornerstone.

Events and Announcements
Sun Valley Fibers is at www.sunvalleyfibers.com


Prairie Bag Works is a vendor sponsor for the Knitting Pipeline Retreat. Sue and Sandy are the elves behind the bags.
We ship from the Midwest so we are centrally located for US mailings. We specialize in handmade sturdy knitting project bags of varying styles and sizes. Our bags are sturdily constructed and offer extras like inner pockets, straps to secure your knitting notions, and tape measures. Custom orders are another option to personalize your bag, just send us your request. Like us on FaceBook www.FaceBook.com/PraireBagWorks.
Gorgeous Prairie Bag Works Bags!

The Fiber Universe has been a full sponsor and supporter of the Knitting Pipeline Retreats from the beginning. They will be on our yarn crawl for the fourth year and will also set up a booth at the retreat. The Fiber Universe is located in the heart of Peoria with plenty of free parking right across the street. There are several places nearby for lunch or dinner.

We have local fibers and yarn from Lewis Llama Farm!!  We also offer a selection of yarns from Cascade, Plymouth, Skacel, Kauni, Jojoland, Misti Alpaca, Euro Yarns, Dream in Color, Frabjous Fibers, Frog Tree, Malabrigo,  Three Irish Girls, and more! Many thanks to Erin and Melinda for sponsoring the retreat.

Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration started January 5. We are mostly full. Getting to know you Washington IL Retreat

·        Halos of Hope—Angelmum3

·        Free table

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

Download Registration Information here.

Nature Notes
Great Backyard Bird Count 
Download Great Backyard Bird Count PDF here.

Feb 13-16, 2015.

Needle Notes

Moses Hoodie by Amy Christoffers


It wasn't hard to put the zipper in. Give it a try! I sewed it in by hand.

Yarns at Yin Hoo  Read along Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku




Desert Vista Dyeworks Goo Goo Cluster




What I did:  Kitchener stitch: Instead of going into the front or back of one stitch, one the first stitch, go into two stitches.

In the Blethering Room

Episode 59 Curious Handmade Podcast by Helen Stewart


In The Pipeline


My husband helped me with the wooden needles. Sanded them a bit and used a mixture of beeswax and foodsafe oil. Secret formula!


Giveaway Thread: Visit Infinite Twist site which color is your favorite? What Infinite Twist kit is your favorite? If

By Feb 2 Ground Hogs Day


Robert Burns’ Day was January 25th, the anniversary of his birth. So in case you did not play your pipes or toast your haggis I have a verse to share.

“But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flower, it's bloom is shed;
Or, like the snow-fall in the river,
A moment white, then melts forever.”
Robert Burns, Tam O'Shanter

Friday, January 23, 2015

Episode 195 Moses Hoodie

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Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to everyone who was in touch with me recently. Welcome to new Pipeliners Jannicke73 and Ing-Marie, both living in Sweden.

Thank you so very much for the star ratings and reviews on iTunes.  Thank you, Missjaedoe!

JCEllison wrote I really like what you said about January. I get the same feeling after I take down the tree. This year, we re-organized our kids’ rooms and our basement office. It was a great feeling. I love the peaceful, clean feeling of this month and for this reason, it’s one of my favorite months.


What an interesting way to look at January. For me, especially since I moved to the Midwest from a warmer climate, it has become a just a miserable month to endure. All the deaths in our family have been in January so it naturally feels like a sad and hollow time. But to reframe it as a time put things in order puts a more positive spin on it. What the heck, I’m indoors anyway so it is the perfect time to bring order to chaos. Something like a spiritual spring while awaiting spring.


I look at January as a month to pamper myself. I take on no major house projects. I only knit what I want. I can read whenever I want and not feel guilty. We call it out hibernation month and it feels so good after all the busy of the holidays. Love to sit by fire and look at the snow coming down and my yard looks lovely with no work from us! I do my clean out in March as I start to anticipate spring. I also agree with the listener about only getting rid of your own things and involve owner as to what to do with their stuff. Love your show Paula.


I enjoyed listening to your thoughts about the tidying book - as I sit here procrastinating on my long to do list this morning. I am less cluttered this year since we moved last summer. I told my husband I can never go into the Goodwill store in the next town over since I feel like 1/3 of our house is in there. Anyway, I still struggle with tidying up and try not to let the new house get away from us. I grew up with a tidy mom and I was messy. She is still neat, but hoards certain things. Just don’t open her closets!

I am seeing my mom tonight and will pass along the message of do it now, later, or when you die…in a nice pleasant non-threatening way ;)


Events and Announcements

I’d like to introduce two more of our Knitting Pipeline Retreat Sponsors. Thank you, Sun Valley Fibers and Klose Knit.

We are very happy to welcome Sun Valley Fibers back as a vendor at the knitting Pipeline Retreat and this year as a vendor sponsor. Sun Valley Fibers is a family-run business, located on a farm nestled in the hills of southwest Wisconsin.  They specialize in hand-dyeing luxurious artisan yarns and fibers in rich, inspiring colors for your one-of-a-kind knitting, crochet and weaving projects. At the retreat you will meet the ever lovely Jeanette. They also have the handcrafted Yarn Buddy which is a yarn caddy that is so useful for keeping your yarn in place. I can’t wait to see what gorgeous yarn Jeanette brings with her this year. Jeanette is hosting her January Thaw retreat this weekend and I so regret not signing up for that in time!

Klose Knit in Urbana IL has been a sponsor of the Knitting Pipeline Retreat for 4 years now.

Is a charming full service shop that has become of a favorite of Pipeliners traveling along I-74. You will find this little house/shop filled with amazing yarn finds such as Rowan, Spud and Cloe, Opal, Austermann Step, Takhi and more. I’m amazed when I visit Klose Knit at the range of products—some I’ve never seen in any other shop, inspiring sample knits, and friendly service.

Klose Knit is a quick hop off the I-74 in the heart of Urbana IL.  311 W. Springfield Ave.Urbana, Illinois 61801 (across from Strawberry Fields). Many knitters are finding this to be a perfect stop while traveling off I-74 on their way to Washington IL. They enjoy visiting with Brigitte and then ride on fiber fumes the rest of the way.
Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration started January 5. We are getting full so if you want to come be sure to register ASAP.

Download Registration Information here.

Georgia Retreat

April 12-15, 2015

(Sunday 2:00 PM through Wed 10:00 AM


563 Elliott Trail
Mansfield GA 30055(
east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport)
770-784-3152

Your registration fee includes:

Single or Double Room (own bed) and private bath with tub and shower
All meals from Sunday dinner through Wed breakfast
Knitting Pipeline Retreat Tote Bag
and all the knitting and fiber fun we can pack into 3 days!

Double Occupancy $330.00
Single Occupancy $430.00
Triple    $300.00

Nature Notes

We are experiencing the January Thaw which I don’t believe existed last winter as it was so cold and snowy—the snowiest on record! There have been an unusual number of female purple finches (or house finches) at the feeders. At first I thought perhaps it was a flock of sparrows that I was unfamiliar with but with binoculars I made certain that I was not making an assumption. Sometimes if you don’t look carefully you might miss identifying a bird because you just assume it is one of the regulars but sometimes another species can sneak in. The birds we are seeing at the feeders now are tufted titmouse, cardinal, finches, both gold and house finches, nuthatches, black capped chickadees, downy woodpecker, red headed woodpecker, and blue jays. It’s busy out there most of the day especially with the squirrels constantly moving through the trees and on the ground.


Last spring when I visited Boston for a little day of knitting with my good friends we went on the quest for the Snowy Owl. You might remember that story because seeing the Snowy Owl was a very big day for me and I have Martha and Jan to thank for that. I talked about how I had read a gardening book years ago and the author advised mulching with salt marsh hay. Having lived in the Midwest all my life I had not idea what salt marsh hay was and I actually went to a garden shop and asked about it. They didn’t know what it was either. Anyway, I could not remember the name of the book or the author but I have it now.  I ran across her just by chance while looking for nature quotes. The book is:

Stout, R. (1963). Gardening Without Work. New York: The Devin-Adair Company, Reprinted by Norton Creek Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-9819284-6-3

Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indolent Paperback – September 17, 2013 by Ruth Stout

There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you.... In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. ~Ruth Stout

Needle Notes

Wall of Shawls errata Emily actually chose Hitchhiker by Martine Behm. Wollmeise.

Moses Hoodie by Amy Christoffers

New American Knits by Amy Christoffers



 About 32¾ (36, 39¼, 42½, 45¾, 48¾)" (83 [91.5, 99.5, 108, 116, 124] cm) bust circumference, closed

I used Kimmet Croft Fibers Softie. 75% Wool and 25% Angora Blend.

Learned a lot!

·        Check to make sure you are knitting the right size.

·        Set in sleeves

·        Zipper

·        Craftsy Class: The Essential Guide to Finishing Handknits by Anne Hanson. Please click in sidebar to take you to Craftsy. Thank you!

·        Weaving in ends

Only Modification: Added texture pattern to hood.

In The Pipeline


Jan. 22, 2015 through March 1, 2015!



Full kit includes three 80 cm bamboo circular needles, in size 6 / 4.0 mm, size 7 / 4.5 mm, and size 8 / 5.0 mm., a two-color pattern-marking pencil, metal stitch markers in three colors, a yarn needle, a kilt pin, the printed pattern, and all the hand-painted yarn you'll need to complete the project - 660 yards in all.

This kit is hand-dyed to order - please allow up to two weeks for us to prepare your kit. Shipping to the U.S. and China is free!

·        Beautifully packaged with tissue paper and sticker, lovely note from Cate.

·        Lichen color

·        Needles in 3 sizes, stitch markers, tapestry needles, card with ruler on the side.

·        Kit of 4 mini-skeins in Clear Water, Laurel, Lichen, and Soft Gold

·        Mini skein of handspun

Giveaway Thread: Visit Infinite Twist site which color is your favorite? What Infinite Twist kit is your favorite? If

Please enter the drawing by Feb 2 Ground Hogs Day.

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

Friday, January 16, 2015

Episode 194 Wall of Shawls

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co. I am also a Craftsy Affiliate. This means that if you click from the Craftsy ad on my website and purchase a class and/or materials, I receive credit for it. It is an easy way to support the show. Thank you!



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  • Ravelry: PrairiePiper Feel free to include me in your friends.



Pipeliner Notes

Thank you so very much for the lovely reviews on iTunes.  Last week I made a terrible faux pas before I read the iTunes review on the air. I said, “I don’t usually read these when I meant I don’t usually read these on the show. There were 2 new reviews on iTunes this week. Thank you Phyllisgbh and Astaellen. Your reviews made me very happy.

Events and Announcements

Knitting Pipeline Retreat Sponsors. Thank you Ogle Design and Ewe-nique Yarns in Morton IL!

Ogle Design www. ogledesign.etsy.com is a vendor sponsor for the retreat. Ogle design features hand-dyed yarn, kits, and woodcrafts. One of Ogle Designs unique yarns is BFL Coloration Worsted, a 250 yd gradient in a Blue-face Leicester base. At the Cornerstone Inn Retreat several of our Pipeliners showed stunning projects in which they had used the BFL Coloration Worsted.
Ewe-nique Yarns in Morton IL is a full-service yarn shop Ewe-nique Yarns carries Mad Tosh, Malabrigo, Debbie Bliss, Elsbeth Lavold and many other yarn lines, needle selections, and accessories. You will find them at their new location NEW Location 110 E Queenwood Rd, Morton IL 61550 (309) 266-9398 which is close to their former shop.

Spring Retreat March 13-14. (with March 12 as optional Yarn Crawl Fun Day). Registration started January 5. We are getting full so if you want to come be sure to register ASAP. Registration information is here.

We are opening up a morning session for Bronwyn’s class since the afternoon is full with a waiting list.

Georgia Retreat

April 12-15, 2015

(Sunday 2:00 PM through Wed 10:00 AM

 Download Registration document here.


563 Elliott Trail

Mansfield GA 30055

(east of Atlanta, about 1 hour from airport))

770-784-3152

All-inclusive


Your registration fee includes:

  • Single or Double Room (own bed) and private bath with tub and shower
  • All meals from Sunday dinner through Wed breakfast
  • Knitting Pipeline Retreat Tote Bag
  • and all the knitting and fiber fun we can pack into 3 days!

Double Occupancy $330.00

Single Occupancy $430.00

Triple    $300.00


Nature Notes
Red Headed Woodpecker

Red Headed Woodpecker

The Red-headed Woodpecker is a regular at our feeder these days. It’s the first time we’ve seen one on a regular basis in the 7 ½ years we’ve lived out here. This was a common bird back in my youth and may have been one of the first birds I learned to identify. Not that long ago in the first 10 to 15 years we lived in our old house in town we saw the red headed woodpecker on a regular basis. Since then it has become rarer to see one either in town or out here near the woods. As you might guess, the Red-headed Woodpecker has a bright red head—I would call it crimson, and has black and white wings and body. It is smaller than a Flicker and larger than a Downy Woodpecker. Yesterday and today I watched the red headed woodpecker in a tree at the edge of the woods. For much of the time its back was to me so I couldn’t tell what it was doing. After about 15 seconds it would fly to the feeder, presumably retrieve a seed and then fly back to the same spot on the tree. I wondered if it was caching seeds in the tree bark. I then read on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology site that the Red headed Woodpecker does hide food.
Red Headed Woodpecker and Northern Cardinal


Many birds and a few squirrels

This morning after feeding the birds my husband reported deer tracks right outside the window, about a foot from the house.  Sure enough, I see the tracks now as I sit here and I’m thinking about that deer walking quietly along our house, in sub zero temperatures, as we slept peaceful and warm inside.

Our quote today is from John Burroughs, The Snow-Walkers”, 1866

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.... In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. ~John Burroughs, "The Snow-Walkers," 1866

Needle Notes

Wall of Shawls




Mom chose Striped Study Shawl by Veera Valimaki. Quince & Co Tern in Oyster and Stonington

Gayle chose a shawl by Rose Beck. And So Are You. Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino. Periwinkle Colorway.

Stacy chose Sweet Little Nothing by Susan DeBettignies. Kim Ogle Designs Yarn.

Emily chose Lala’s Simple Shawl  by Laura Linnemann. No she didn't...I'll correct that next week.



Wall of Shawl action!


Emily and Stacy with their selections, Hitchhiker and Sweet Little Nothing
Stacy wearing Sweet Little Nothing


In the Blethering Room

I’m not a naturally organized person. I’ve read many books on organization and time management over the years. S.H.E. in the 80’s. FlyLady in the 90’s or later and many more.

There are certain events and times of year that get me into the mode of decluttering.

·        Visiting my sister

·        Being on vacation

·        January—taking down Christmas decorations


How Marie Kondo or KonMarie differs:

1.      Do it all at once.

2.      Declutter by category rather than by room.

3.      Ask one question: “Does this spark joy?”



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

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