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Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by Quince & Co. and Knitcircus Yarns

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Episode 240 Baby Steps to Fish Lips Kiss Heel

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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co, Knitcircus Yarns, and our Feb Retreat Sponsors..

At Quince & Co we are excited to introduce Ibis, a big sister to our laceweight Piper. A 2-ply bulky weight comprised of the same Texas-sourced 50% super kid mohair, 50% superfine merino content, Ibis boasts the same gorgeous halo, sheen, and silky softness, in a luscious heavier weight that's quick to knit and super warm. Perfect for accessories and sweaters that are meant to keep the cold at bay.

Gradient Stripes yarns: only at Knitcircus! Short stripes move through a gradient as you knit your socks, with no color repeats. Each sock set is already wound into two cakes for your knitting pleasure and dyed to match exactly down to the stitch. Other knitters will wonder how you got such perfect stripes with no jog lines and you'll smile knowing that the yarn did all the work for you. Find it only at

Other major sponsors for the Knitting Pipeline Retreat are:

Klose Knit in Urbana IL

The Fiber Universe, Peoria IL

Ewe-nique Yarns, Morton IL

Le Mouton Rouge Knittery, Bloomington IL

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Pipeliner Notes

Thanks so much for your star ratings on iTunes and your reviews.

Thank you to everyone who purchased the Fish Lips Kiss Heel $1 Ravelry Download to support Patty-Joy, Sox Therapist, who is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer. I purchased the pattern for 3 people but I would like to buy more so send me your name or your friends’ names. I think I’ve gifted about 7 or 8 patterns and will do that for the rest of February if you pm me that you or a friend would like it.

Ana has left a new comment on your post "Episode 239 Wool Peddler’s Shawl and A Burns Suppe...":

I was listening to your podcast while ironing and grinned happily to myself as I thought about my one finished sock "footie" I had finished last night. The FLK heel is my favorite now and it fits so nicely. Then when you talked about the 25% nylon content of your sock, I became curious about what MY footie was made of....I never even bothered to look. It's an inexpensive, but nicely striped dramatic "yarn" I picked up at Hobby Lobby. It's called "Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock". I laughed out loud, but what did I expect from a "wool-free" yarn? It's 93% acrylic and 7% PBT?!?! I had to look up PBT and discovered it is a "thermoplastic engineering polymer" which is really a type of polyester. Oh my. Ana

Market at Feb Retreat is open to the public Sat Feb 27 2-4 PM.

Information on the Maine Retreat (Sept) and Cornerstone Retreat (Oct) will be published by May 1, 2016.

I am going to Curioushandmade’s Country Manor Retreat in Cumbria! March 14-17. I’m going to tie this in with a visit to my good friend in Troon, on the west coast of Scotland and then to Edinburgh Yarn Festival. At the Edinburgh Yarn Festival there is a Podcast Lounge sponsored by Blacker Yarns and organized by Louise of KnitBritish Podcast.

I’ll be in the Podcast Lounge for the Podcaster meet up on Friday 1-2 PM and probably on Sat as well.

Nature Notes

Today is Tuesday Feb 2, a very windy and rainy day for the silly groundhog. He or she definitely did not see the shadow here in Illinois. We had loads of rain today and the creek that I can see from our porch windows is muddy brown and quite high.

I noticed during the rain that the birds were still out at the feeders. Early in the afternoon I heard two Barred Owls calling back and forth but I could not see them. Red bellied Woodpeckers are frequently at our feeder, perhaps the most common woodpecker after the Downey woodpecker. I learned from an article in Bird Digest how to tell the difference between the male and female Red Bellied. The Female has the red on her head but it doesn’t extend all the way to the beak. The red actually stops on the top of the head. With this identifying feature I can tell you that there a lot more male red bellies in our woods and at our feeders than females. Red-bellied woodpeckers next in cavities, usually dead or decaying trees, snags. They eat both insects and vegetable matter.

"How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!"
--Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Needle Notes

Congratulations to Mina of Knitting Expat Podcast (video) and  Marsha of Fairy Little Podcast (video) for (each) knitting 35 pair of socks in January! You are an inspiration!

These two amazing knitters have no doubt inspired a wave of sock knitting!

Momentum is important to me which is the main reason I don’t have a lot of projects on the needles. I’ve talked about momentum before but I keep thinking about it and therefore you get to hear about it.

·        Mina prepared yarn before Jan 1 by winding into 2 cakes.

·        More than one pair going at a time might help with boredom of color

·        Helen Stewart Curioushandmade talked on the Curioushandmade Podcast about working consistently on a design project. I found that very helpful.

·        American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine April 2016. P18. Designer Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

·        I like to do relay method of getting ready for next project while finishing one up.

·        Sometimes you do need to break the momentum if you aren’t enjoying a project or are stuck about what to do next. Maybe something has gone wrong and it needs to hibernate for a day or two…or longer. Often I find my subconscious works on an issue, and sleep does wonders too.

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White

Knit Picks Felici in Mosaic colorway.

Mae by Melissa LaBarre from Wool Baby

Quince & Co Chickadee Peacock

6-12 mo but made sleeves a little shorter than 0-6 mo.

Did not have enough left for Aziza bonnet.

Product Notes

Highly Recommended!

Retreat Notes

Major Sponsors of February Knitting Pipeline Retreat:

127 Peddler’s Way, Washington IL 61571

Peddler’s Way Quilt Co. is dedicated to preserving the old fashioned arts of sewing, embroidery and quilting. Located just off historic Washington Square near Peoria, Illinois, we specialize in quilting fabrics, yarns, embroidery supplies and notions.

Next week I’ll be highlighting another major sponsor.

Le Mouton Rouge Knittery in Bloomington, offers large selection of hand-dyed yarns from Wonderland Yarns, Madelinetosh, Dream in Color, Mountain Colors, Sweet Georgia and more! We also offer a variety of yarns from Cascade, Classic Elite, Berroco, Skacel, Opal, Regia, Trendsetter, Kraemer and more!  After you've browsed the yarn check out our needle corner with Addi Turbo, Addi Lace, Sock Rockets, Karbonz, ChiaoGoo, ChiaoGoo Lace, Brittany Birch and interchangeable sets!

Visit us at 1206 Towanda Ave, Suite 1, Bloomington, IL or on the web at!

Klose Knit
311 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana, IL, 61801
217 344-2123

Fine Fibers and Friendly Service is the motto of Klose Knit and that is exactly what you’ll find in our store in Urbana IL. We have a great selection of yarns including Rowan yarns and patterns, Blue Sky Alpacas, Art Yarns, Tahki, Dream in Color, Malabrigo, and Spud and Cloe.  Sock yarns include Opal, Austermann Step, Trekking, Paca Peds; the list is forever growing and changing. 

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).

In a little house. The shop is as charming as it’s owner, Brigitte. Each room is like a little discovery of its own. I’ve seen yarn there that I’ve ever seen in a shop. Wonderful collection of samples to inspire you.

Ewe-Nique Yarns, Etc.
110 E Queenwood Rd, Morton, IL, 61550
309 266-9398

Ewe-nique Yarns is a full-service yarn shop located at 110 E Queenwood Rd, Morton IL.  Among the items they carry are a full line of Addi needles, Chiagoo, and Knit Picks.  They also stock Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Frog Tree, Elsabeth Lavold, Debbie Bliss, Claudia Handpainted, Louisa Harding, Rowan, Sublime and dozens more.

The Fiber Universe (spotlighted on 1/21)
305 SW Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602

The Fiber Universe provides quality products, service and instruction for fiber enthusiasts. They stock yarn from Cascade, Plymouth, Skacel, Three Irish Girls, Kauni, Jojoland, Claudia Handpaints, and more.  Fibers for spinning and felting are available from local farms.  The Fiber Universe accepts orders over the phone and offers free shipping on orders over $50.  Check out their website, or give them a call today at 309.673.5659.

Thank you to our vendor sponsors!

Yarn Geek Fibers
Hopkins Studio

Haste ye back!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you for the inspiration to help best cancer by donating to this cause. I have offered to gift this pattern to the girls in my knitting group. The Knotty Knitters of Willow Grove.

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