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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Episode 291 Kindred Knits and Little Willet

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Pipeliner Notes

Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with me and for participating in the groups on Ravelry.

Many thanks to PiscesKnitter who left an iTunes review on 9/29/17 and to all of you who have left star ratings.


KnitCircus Giveaway!

Trampoline: 100% Superwash Merino 440 yds
Colorway:  Just have a little Faith Impressionist

Leave a comment in the Ravelry Group thread here. Prompt is Do you have a favorite tree or type of tree?


Thank you to Liz-Knitz in AZ who sent a box of handknit hats and other winter wear for Threads, Hope, and Love.

Nature Notes

I am writing on October 3 and as of this time we may still have hummingbirds migrating through. I saw one at the feeder on October 1. I’m sure these are the stragglers but it is more important than ever to help these little guys fuel up for the migratory flight. One morning I stepped outside on the deck and a hummingbird, probably a juvenile from the looks of it, hovered so close to me that I could have reached out and grabbed him, although I’m sure his reflexes are faster than mine.

Trail view

Trail view towards Illinois River

My husband and I hiked the Pimetoui Trail at Forest Park last Thursday. He has hiked this trail before but it was the first time for me. This trail is probably the most challenging of all the trails in the park as it takes you from the bottom of the river bluff to the top of the bluff so there is a lot of uphill hiking. It isn’t all uphill though, it is up and down and then up and down. The view from the top of the trail, which is on Grandview Drive, was spectacular as we could see the Illinois River framed by the trees of the woods. Grandview Drive in Peoria is where we take guests visiting the area. The road is nearly 3 miles of winding down the bluff past historic homes. It was constructed in 1903 and when Teddy Roosevelt visiting in 1910 he called it “the world’s most beautiful drive”, hence the name Grandview Dr.
From the top of Grandview Dr. Illinois River in background.

It’s the only linear park on the National Historic Register.

As we hiked along the trail we saw autumn wildflowers…the only one I could name was fall aster and I’m sure it has a more specific name. I need to brush up on my wildflower identification, especially for fall.

A few days ago I had a random Pileated Woodpecker sighting from inside the house. Those birds never cease to astound me with their prehistoric appearance and large size. He spent a while foraging for insects on a maple tree at the edge of the woods but didn’t stay long enough for me to get a photo.

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.

—Hal Borland

Needle Notes

You have to knit what you want to knit! Go with the current—your own current.

I am decidedly in sweater mode and have been for a while.

Gigi by Devin Ventre—can hardly wait to get started!

Kit by Barrett Wool Co should be here soon!

Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits: Almost done except for buttons. Afraid this one may be a frog or flop. To be discussed in future episode.

Little Willet by Dawn Catanzaro

Quince & Co Willet (cleaner cotton)

Might be the color which is not my favorite. Missy aka Marynvoigt knitted this sweater for Helene in Chickadee and it is a favorite. I'm planning on taking out the embroidery. Buttons will help.

Pattern well written and easy to follow

Book Notes

Kindred Knits: Knitting for Little Ones Near and Far by Susan B Anderson with Quince & Co

I’ve already made several of these designs…SSK class. I’ve knitted the basic cardigan, the doll sweater, and the Empire waist Cardigan.

Susan is the absolute best for proportion in design, color, ease of knitting. And she’s done all that AND she also illustrated the book with charming drawings.

All designs use Quince & Co Lark, worsted weight.

From Child’s Tee to Cardi in Ten Easy Steps
Highly Recommended!

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


Liz Dewsnap said...

How can one pick just one favorite tree - especially in the fall in Colorado.....the colors are spectacular in late September and into October. Of course, the Aspens put on their fall coats in all shades of green, yellow, orange & red! The maples are fabulous.....we have one in our yard that turns the most amazing shades of orange to bright burgundy and makes me smile every time I see it! Then the background of rich green and blue-green of the spruces takes the breath away!

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