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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

#22 Knitting Pipeline Extra


A podcast about knitting, quilting, nature, needle felting, and whatever else strikes my creative fancy. My audio podcast is in its 9th year. The video episodes enhance what I have talked about on the audio podcast. The audio podcast is available on iTunes or by direct download in the show blog. 



I am PrairiePiper on Ravelry and knittingpipeline on Instagram and YouTube. 

Knitting 
  • Reiko by Melanie Berg for Quince & Co 
  • Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry in Quince & Co Finch and Tern Doubled 
  • Odette Hoodie by Carrie Bostick Hoge in Quince & Co Lark in Pomegranate colorway. Size 18 mo 

WIPS 
  • Galiano Socks by Tracie Millar 
  • Norwegian Fir Cardigan by Oge Designs 
 
Quilting 
  • Grandmother’s Fan by Jenny Doan. Quilting by Grace and Peace Quilting. 
  • Charm Pack on Point by Missouri Star Quilt Co 
  • Makowever UK Counting Sheep 
Quilt WIPs
  • Color Block Modern Baby Quilt from Sweetly Stitched Handmade by Amy Sinibaldi 
  • Maker's Quilt in long term project. I completed blocks for the Baby Kisses Quilt, Mouse House Doll Quilt, and for my great nephew's quilt and items I knitted for him. 

Embroidery on Maker's Quilt block represents Antler Cardigan by TinCanKnits. Basic Baby Cardigan by Susan B Anderson from Kindred Knits. Leaf topped baby hat from same book. Antler Hat for baby and daddy to be.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Episode 313 Lessons in Comfort Fading


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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns.

Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes and supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar before purchasing I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Craftsy Unlimited is now called Bluprint. Thank you!

Show notes are found at www.knittingpipeline.com. You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper and on Instagram and YouTube as KnittingPipeline. There are two groups on Ravelry, Knitting Pipeline and Knitting Pipeline Retreats. Come join us there!

You can also find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. Dolly FaceKnits who is Camille from NY. Remember to introduce yourself in the Welcome thread if you are new so I can recognize you on the show.

Thank you for your star ratings and reviews on iTunes. New review from LindaTH101.

Thank you for all the kind and thoughtful and encouraging messages regarding the 8th anniversary of the show. These messages are cherished and re-energized me for sure!

Craftsy Unlimited is now Blueprint with even more content.

Direct messages on IG—I forget to look at them!

Events

Links to retreats and registration materials are in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group on Ravelry. There is also a sticky thread with all upcoming retreat dates.

Trip to Ireland in May 2019 (announced in short episode last Wed) is fully booked with a wait list. Thank you so much for your interest!

Needle Notes

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry. Uses DK weight. Top down cardigan.

This is a classic case of yarn substitution gone awry. I used Quince & Co Finch and Tern, both fingering weights and double them. Yes, I did multiple gauge swatches. 

You can read my project notes here.

The sleeves are just a tad too long. 



Wrap me up.



Get a load of those armholes!



It doesn't look too bad from the back.












·        I would never again knit a sweater using two strands of yarn. Although I love the yarn and the fabric, knitting with two strands definitely slows me down.

·        Buy a kit! Colors ok but not in love with them.

Blethering Room

Parade yesterday in Washington IL to honor responders to tornado in November 2013..



What is an algorithm? Bob answers this.

Nature Notes

Debunking Nature Myths: Ticks jump out of trees. This is a myth. Ticks come up from long grasses and cannot jump at all.

The serene philosophy of the pink rose is steadying.  Its fragrant, delicate petals open fully and are ready to fall, without regret or disillusion, after only a day in the sun.  It is so every summer.  One can almost hear their pink, fragrant murmur as they settle down upon the grass: “Summer, summer, it will always be summer."-  Rachel Peden 

In The Pipeline

Knitting

Odette Hoodie by Carrie Bostick Hoge (knitting as pullover instead of cardigan.)

Galiano Socks by Tracie Millar. Did not revive sock knitting mojo.

Reading

Paula

Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon. Time Travel 4 or more stars.

Trafficking in Sheep by Anne Barclay Priest. 4 stars. Given to me by Bev Marion in Georgia. Passed along to Sarah and going to Gail Zucker.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (audio and kindle) 5 Stars for sure!

Sentence of Marriage (#1 Promises to Keep) by Shayne Parkinson. Leaves reader hanging at end. First book free. Set in New Zealand late 1800’s. A lot of unlikeable characters and abuse.

Mud and Gold (#2 Promises to Keep) by Shayne Parkinson $2.99

Settling the Account (#3 Promises to Keep) by Shayne Parkinson $2.99

Now that You Mention It by Kristan Higgins. Audio. Maine setting. Chick lit but pretty good.

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover (finished) More abuse. Hard to read.

Until I Say Goodbye:  My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel. Died in 2014 of ALS. amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

A Bridge Through Time by Jenna Vale (Thistle and Hive book 1) Free on Kindle. Time Travel. One of many books with a hunk of a guy in a kilt on cover. Highlander lit.

Fair Weather by Richard Peck. 1893 Columbia World Exposition.

High Note Low Note

Paula

Low Note: Goodreads has a lot of good qualities but it is tricky to move a book from one shelf to another. I preferred Shelfari which I found more user friendly.

High Note: Design Boards and 3M Command Hooks.

Bob

Low Note: Japanese Beetles

High Note: Butterflies especially Pipevine Swallowtail and Giant Swallowtail

Haste ye back!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Episode 311 Happy 8th Podiversary


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Knitting Pipeline is a Craftsy Affiliate. Craftsy offers affordable online classes and supplies. When you use the link in the sidebar before purchasing I receive a small percentage of your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

Show notes are found at www.knittingpipeline.com. You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper and on Instagram and YouTube as KnittingPipeline. There are two groups on Ravelry, Knitting Pipeline and Knitting Pipeline Retreats. Come join us there!

You can also find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline




Pipeliner Notes

Note about videocast…you may not have received notification from past two episodes even if you are a subscriber.

Thank you to everyone for supporting the podcast for the past 8 years! I could not do it without you.

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. AnnSoutter from Buffalo Grove IL. Remember to introduce yourself in the Welcome thread if you are new so I can recognize you on the show.

Thank you for your star ratings and reviews on iTunes. New review from Paulsmom12503!

Events

Links to retreats and registration materials are in the Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group on Ravelry. There is also a sticky thread with all upcoming retreat dates.

Eagle Crest Retreat Registration is open. Just a few spots left. Attendees have been posted on Ravelry.

Trip to Ireland in May 2019. Will be a separate episode AND blog post so subscribe to both.

Mittens for Maine (and Eagle Crest) Mary of Knitting Dish podcast.

Needle Notes
Reiko by Melanie Berg for Quince & Co Shawls 4

Detail of Reiko


Points on right side are the bind off. Loved it!

Reiko by Melanie Berg for Quince & Co Shawls 4

Seven Sisters Arts Zenith in Lodestar. Gorgeous yarn!

This shawl is pure joy to knit! The pattern is beautifully written. I would love to make another one in Quince & Co Piper.

Crazy Eights Dishcloth by Julia Tarsha (Simply Notable)

Nature Notes


·        Stopped feeding except for Goldfinches and hummingbirds. Water feature

·        Wrens singing most of the time.

·        Bluebirds

·        Garden looks good!

·        Japanese beetles are back.

·        Swallowtail in garden. Red Spotted Purple on hike. Doe and fawn.

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. --H. C. Andersen, The Complete Fairy Tales. (The Butterfly)

In The Pipeline

Knitting

Odette Hoodie by Carrie Bostick Hoge (knitting as pullover instead of cardigan.)

Galiano Socks by Tracie Millar

Making

Quilting

Baby Kisses by Jenny Doan. For Helene’s 3rd birthday. Shown in Video Extra #21



Mouse House doll quilt by Amy Sinibaldi from Sweetly Stitched Handmades.

Grandmother’s Fan Quilt sent to Grace and Peace Quilting.

Wooden Stool by Papa. It is a small version of the stool he made from the Craftsy Class.
Papa made for the 3rd birthday
Top of stool with joins




Information from Lisa who is Turbogal.

Hi Paula,
As always, I really enjoyed your episode. I love to hear about the knitting, also also the nature notes (I get to compare to see how different Minnesota is from Illinois!).

I listened to your yogurt making segment with interest. I studied dairy science, and am a yogurt maker by profession (I’ve worked for a well known yogurt company for more than 20 years). You are so right that yogurt is easy to make at home, and I’m always excited to hear about people making it themselves, because they really see what an amazing fermentation process it is. I have a couple of comments which might add to the discussion.

You said you thought the only reason dry milk was in your sister’s recipe was to save money. I don’t know her recipe, but I always tell people that to make good yogurt you have to add milk to milk. Adding extra milk powder (or condensed milk) to liquid milk makes a yogurt with a thicker texture and better body (less watery tasting). Using a milk with at least some fat will also give the yogurt better body.

You also talked about the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt. There is no legal definition of Greek yogurt, and if you travel the world it means different things in different places. In the US, Greek yogurt is generally thought of as yogurt that is higher protein because it the yogurt is strained to remove liquid - that concentrates it (which increases the protein and the fat if is has fat), and makes it thicker.

You mentioned not moving the yogurt during fermentation, which is very important. If the curd is stirred or even jostled too much you won’t get the nice, smooth yogurt texture. During the fermentation, the proteins form a network, like a net that traps water, but if it is jostled, the net won’t stay nice and open, and able to trap the water.

You talked about how the temperature is pretty forgiving. That is true, but, if you want to have consistent results both the temperature and the culture you use are very important. Yogurt culture is actually two different bacteria, and they each have a slightly different temperature preference, so shifts in temperature will favor one over another. One of the cultures is more tolerant of acid than the other, and so more growth by that culture that will make the yogurt more sour. There are “cheese cultures” that grow at room temperature, used to make products like fromage frais, which is also delicious.

You talked about leaving the yogurt for 8 hrs. That is a good rule of thumb for the home yogurt maker (the best way is to measure pH exactly, but most people can’t do that at home!). It is true that the longer you let it ferment, the more sour it gets. But, how sour it gets (and what flavors it develops) also very much depends on the culture you use and how it grows. What you use for culture makes a big impact, so I recommend using fresh culture each time you start (not like sourdough, where you use the last batch to culture the next batch).

One other thing that I like to tell people about yogurt: One way to minimize the liquid whey that appears when you have a partially used container of yogurt, just use your spoon to smooth out the surface of the yogurt after you have dipped out what you need. This will really minimize the separation (called synersis). If you do see separation, there’s no need to pour it off. Just stir it in!

This ended up being quite long - I am so passionate about yogurt! It is fun to hear about people making it at home. Thanks for sharing it on your podcast.

…What you are doing is using fresh starter, because the culture you add should be the same every time you make a batch, if you always use the same culture source. The cultures should still be live and active well beyond the code date on your commercial yogurt, but they will grow more vigorously the “younger” the yogurt is. Not using fresh starter would be: saving some of the yogurt you made and using it to culture your next batch. The possible problem with that is since home yogurt making is not very controlled, the ratio of the two cultures will probably be different each time.
Thank you, Lisa!

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