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Friday, April 21, 2017

Episode 279 It’s Spring

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At Quince & Co we are looking ahead to spring and summer knitting. Try out Sparrow, our organic linen in fingering weight for light sweaters, tops, and shawls. Kestrel is our worsted weight yarn in organic linen, perfect for sweaters.  
At Knitcircus Yarns the ever-popular Summer Camp Kit has a new color way, Brass and Sream. This garter triangle shawl, designed by Laura Aylor, is the perfect way to show off a gradient and coordinating speckle! Available Ready to Ship to your front door in Brass and Steam, Big Top Birthday, Over the Rainbow, Watermelon, Mischief Managed, Cindy Lou Who and Mistress of Myself  gradient/speckle pairs.  
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Pipeliner Notes 

From Hayley: 
Paula, thank you for the episode! You talked about the socks you’re working on with the slipped stitch pattern on one side of the foot. I was wondering if you or anyone in the group has thoughts on working those. I’ve stayed away from that type of sock pattern because it seems to me that slipping stitches causes the fabric to be shorter than the stockinette fabric. I’ve thought about using a smaller needle for the stockinette side than for the other but don’t usually use 2 circs at a time. Have you found any problem with this, or does it just work out okay when it’s all on the same needle? 

Short Answer: The slipped stitches do make the fabric less elastic but does not seem to affect the row gauge much on the sock. I cannot tell a difference in length between the patterned portion on the front of the sock and the plain portion on the back. 

From Jan Marie 
I have a math question. I’m knitting a top down cardigan, and I want to plan ahead for the ribbing. It’s a k2p2 rib and I want it to begin with knit 2 and end with knit 2. Does that mean the number of stitches on my needles should be divisible by 2, plus 2 additional stitches, or divisible by 4 plus 2 additional stitches, or just divisible with no additional stitches. 
I know I could fudge at the end just above the ribbing, but I’m at the divide for the sleeves part and I’d rather add stitches to the underarms. My brain doesn’t think in the way that it needs to for me to be certain of the correct answer. I could just get a piece of paper and write out k’s and p’s beside numbers but that wouldn’t give me the certainty of a simple formula to carry forward onto other knitting projects. 
Thanks for your help. 
eta: If you know the 1x1 rib calculation that would be great too. 
Gosh, I feel like a math dummy. 

Answer from Diane who is Scitcher 
For 2x2 rib starting and ending with K2, Divisible by 4, plus 2. 
For 1x1 rib starting and ending with K1, Divisible by 2, plus 1. 

From Jan Marie: 
Thank you. 
I’m going to favorite your post and add it to my tips Bundle on Ravelry. That way when my brain is seized up with numbers I can look your formula up pronto. 

Brilliant idea, Jan Marie! Thank you for reminding me to use the Bundle feature on Ravelry! 

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Nature Notes 

Georgia Nature NotesHorned Lark Sighting at Jo’s feeder. 

We just had a gentle spring shower here which makes the emerging leaves and buds even more vivid. Our woods is flowering with masses of spring beauties dotted with violetsTrillium, with their understated maroon flower, are sprinkled throughout. Gorgeous Sweet William is beginning to flower and May apples are spreading their leafy umbrellas. One flower I miss is Virginia bluebells. I had some at our old house. These were a gift from the garden of another neighbor…people we loved and respected very much. I did not bring them with us to this house because that area of our garden was filled with the bulbs of Star of Bethlehem. I did not want to bring any soil with me that might have a seed, a tiny bulb, or any part of that invasive plant. I do miss the bluebells and I know I can get them at a garden center but there is something special about having plants from a friend, especially when that friend or friends, are no longer on this earth with us.  

Last night the peepers and other creatures were very loud. We can still hear the peepers but they are no longer solo performers in the nightly chorus.  

May Apples
Morning birdsong outshines the peeper, of course. There are so many songs that it can be tricky to distinguish one from another. We have our usual visitors, cardinals, tufted titmouse, nuthatch, black capped chickadees, Carolina wren, blue jays, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, and just two days ago, our House wrens came back. It seems a little early for the house wrens…a few extra days with them is a treat. Yesterday I was walking around outside and there were several house wrens foraging for insects in the remains of dead lots. One flew up on top of a bluebird house and marked his territory with his bubbling trill, throat pulsing. Such a loud song from such a small creature. I’ve also heard by favorite bird song, the White Throated sparrow. We don’t usually see these birds but we hear them on precious days as they travel northward to their breeding grounds. Their clear whistle song sounds like “Pure sweet Canada, Canada, Canada or Old Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody. Once you learn it, it’s easy to remember. 

 I have a clear view of the ground below the main feeders. I ran upstairs to get binoculars because there was a sparrow that I needed to see more clearly. It had a white crown but I wanted a closer look. Of course by the time I got back downstairs, it was gone. My best bet would be a white crowned sparrow. I’ll keep watching. Birds often come back to visit the same place. 

I feel a physical happiness when spring is coming--Halldor Laxness  

Sweet William

In The Pipeline 
Knitting, Reading, Watching, Listening! 

Sock Pattern Club: The New York Sock Collection by Mina Phillip—Grand Central Socks 
Apple Blossom Socks by Curioushandmade Hedgerow Yarns Apple Blossom 
World of Difference by Jennifer Lassonde 
Get up and Go Messy Bun Hat by Lee Bernstein 
Slip and Swirl Socks by Krisluvswool 
School Socks Rock by Julie Walters of Suffolk Socks. 3 patterns with lace and interesting cuff top. The Wool Barn exclusive School Socks Rock Colorway. 
Heart on my Sleeve by Tin Can Knits Charity collection. Only available for one year. 

Apple Blossom Sock Kit from CuriousHandmade.

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