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Monday, November 19, 2018

Episode 319 Advent Calendar DIY


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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!

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Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. Lady OC who is Laura in OK, NightOwlCrafter in IL, PamHerman in IN, Peanut15 who is Susan in Arlington TX, Krafting who is Kim S in ME, and Sebringgal who is Jane in Effingham 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. Every single star rating and review are appreciated!

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.

I’m speaking at the Madison WI Knitting Guild on December 10, 2018. Thank you to all who made suggestions. I am having fun with the talk. Going through old knits such as Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Three in One Sweater, Saddle Shoulder Sweaters, and lots more. I’ll have a display at the talk.

Holiday Open House

Le Mouton Rouge Knittery Dec 1, 2018. 10 AM to 5 PM

Ph: 309-319-7692

Address: 1206 Towanda Ave,Ste 1

Bloomington, IL 61701



Needle Notes

Close to You by Justyna Lorkowska


Dyabolical Lovely Sock Gasoline Rainbow

Good projects for newer knitters:

Crazy Eights Dishcloth by Julie Tarsha

Leafy Washcloth by Megan Goodacre in both Stockinette and Garter versions.

Knitting Tip

Magnetic Advertising Card words well on metal chart keepers.

Nature Notes

At the Eagle Crest Retreat we woke up to a snow-covered landscape. This was the second snowfall of the season and since then we have had two more measurable snows. Usually our first snow occurs after Thanksgiving, most often in the first few days of December. At Eagle Crest we were out before breakfast taking photos of beautiful sweaters and beautiful people in the snow. If there is a better backdrop for woolen sweaters, I do not know what it would be. This was the perfect snow…enough to be beautiful but not so much to impair driving. The temperature dropped down to 16 degrees F which beat our previous record low at Eagle Crest of 19 Degrees F. That is cold by most standards but there was little wind in the early hours so it didn’t feel that chilly.




Outside my window today most of the trees have lost their leaves. The oak trees are hanging onto some of their brown, leathery leaves. These are the ones that my husband does not like to rake up in the yard. All the branches and some tree trucks have snow on them so it’s quite lovely right now. A red fox squirrel, quite chubby, slowly ambles underneath the platform feeder looking for black sunflower seeds. Bob put suet out last week and it has been a big hit with many birds. Flickers, which we see occasionally, are visiting the feeder for the fatty suet. A distinguishing feature of a Northern Flicker is its large size and the black feathers below the neck which looks like a bib. All woodpeckers seem to be partial to suet. Among our other visitors are small flocks of Blue Jays, Black Capped Chickadees, Cardinals, Juncos, Red Bellied Woodpeckers, Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers (mostly Downey), Tufted Titmice, and Goldfinches. The goldfinches are now in their subtle winter plumage. The birds are quiet but at night we hear coyotes howling from the other side of the ridge and the occasional call of the Barred Owls.

First stanza of a very old hymn. The words were penned in 1844 by Henry Alford.


Come, ye thankful people, come, 

raise the song of harvest home; 
all is safely gathered in, 
ere the winter storms begin. 
God our Maker doth provide 
for our wants to be supplied; 
come to God's own temple, come, 
raise the song of harvest home.

Blethering Room

Eagle Crest Retreat—so relaxing. Peaceful venue. Remote. Not very good cell service or internet. Food much better than previous years. People came from coast to coast!
Show and Tell

Mug and Rug swap thanks to Seashore Sharon. I got a Tulsa OK mug and quilted mat from fun4Tracey.

Shawl closure workshop that Jo did in the teaching style of Leslie Wind.

Jo helps Kathy make her shawl closure.




Shawl pin action!




Jo with some of the shawl button closures.

Mittens donated to Threads Hope and Love. Thank you!

Advent Calendar DIY—organized by Jo

Knitter’s Advent Calendars have become wildly popular! Who knew?

Participants brought approx. 200 g of yarn, scraps or skeins and 4 small treasures. Jo brought Altoid tins and I brought small white paper bags that I purchased on Amazon. Some folks numbered their bags. Others did not. Each person wrote a note and put it in the Altoid tin to be opened on Dec 25.

We are giving away one of the Advent Calendar DIY bags! Christine from Vashon Island Washington put it together. Also, Christine donated a beautiful skein of wool from New Zealand, which is her home country and I’m going to include that in the package. Black Hills New Zealand Wool. Natural coloured undyed. 100% New Zealand Wool. Thank you so much, Christine!

Due to the weight and size of the package I am going to limit this drawing to the United States. Also, since the kick off for the Advent knitting is December 1, I will leave the drawing open for only a week (Nov 26) so that there is a chance you will receive it before that date. We have a thread in the Knitting Pipeline Group for possible projects. Please only enter if you really intend to participate.

To enter the drawing please comment in the special thread for the Advent Calendar DIY Giveaway with a way that you like to bring in the Advent season or what you would like to knit with the Advent Calendar.

In The Pipeline

Knitting

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry in Quince & Co Phoebe Cynus colorway

Kid Silk Haze Wrap

Zig Zagular Socks by Susie White

Reading

A Birds’ Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

Happy Thanksgiving to our Pipeliners in the US.

Edgar A Guest was born in England and emigrated with his family to the US when he was a child. Known as the People’s Poet.


Give me the end of the year an' its fun 

When most of the plannin' an' toilin' is done; 
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest, 
Let me sit down with the ones I love best, 
Hear the old voices still ringin' with song, 
See the old faces unblemished by wrong, 
See the old table with all of its chairs 
An' I'll put soul in my Thanksgivin' prayers.

Edgar A Guest

Friday, November 2, 2018

Episode 318 October Knitting, The Mitten Handbook


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In this episode we have Pipeliner Notes, Events, Needle Notes, and my husband joins me for Nature Notes and In The Pipeline.

Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread or to me in a personal message. Lintscreen, Scissors51 who is Susan, MinevaJo who is Mindy in Springfield, KnittingV who is Vicki in Fife, McMary who is Mary in NYC, Jennmars who is Jenn from Flemington NJ, nbr1daughter who is Judy in CA, Lhinsman who is Lauren from NE Alabama, and maddiesmom who is Jennifer in the capital region of 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. RevJBL on 10/18

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.
Dyabolical Self Striping Yarn was sent to Mary in CA

September Gab and Giveaway prizes were claimed and sent.


October 31st. Jan will close thread and we will draw for winners. Knit Circus Thank you! Greatest of Ease Off The Deep End Impressionist #1.


Request for help! Madison WI Knitting Guild on December 10, 2018.

Needle Notes


Self striping. Traditional Heel Flap and Gusset. 3 x 1 rib.

Accidentally knit one sock with US 0 and the other with US 1.

The Mitten Handbook by Mary Scott Huff


Picot cuff.
Used crochet hook to join CO edge after turning cuff. In the future would go back to provisional CO as this is neater on the inside for me.
On second thought, I think I would just sew the CO edge to the inside for the hem.

Book Notes

The Mitten Handbook by Mary Scott Huff
All about mitten anatomy, mitten recipes and 20 mitten patterns.
Anatomy of a mitten, Design, Edges, Cuffs, Thumbs, Tops.  Section 3 Techniques, Patterns. I have 6 designs bookmarked.

Knitting Tip

Draw your own schematic. 


Nature Notes

Fall came quickly this year. We were welcomed home from our family vacation on October 14 with the first hard frost. Farewell to our basil and most of our zinnias. We crunch through acorns as we walk on the little path that leads to our compost bin. Tiny asters are sprinkled through our woods and also on the paths at Forest Park Nature Center where we enjoy hiking. We saw a hummingbird on the morning of Oct 10 which is the latest, I believe, and they may have been here after that but we were not.

As we drove up from southern IL yesterday we watched for trees that were displaying fall colors. We really didn’t see much until we arrived in our town. There are some maples that are red on the top of the tree and green on the bottom. Hints of yellow and gold peek through the woods.
In our woods

Glorious yellow--right outside my door.


Maple Leaves

October

 by Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;

Tomorrow they may form and go.

O hushed October morning mild,

Begin the hours of this day slow.

Make the day seem to us less brief.

Hearts not averse to being beguiled,

Beguile us in the way you know.

Release one leaf at break of day;

At noon release another leaf;

One from our trees, one far away.

Retard the sun with gentle mist;

Enchant the land with amethyst.

Slow, slow!

For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,

Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,

Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—

For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

--Robert Frost


View of Illinois River from Grand View Drive. Top of Pimetoui Trail.





In The Pipeline

Making

Bob

  • Salad bowls on wood lathe
  • Chess pieces

Paula   
Will be showing on video episode.
  • Punch Needle Embroidery
  • Wool Applique
  • Toddler Pillowcases
  • Quilt with fabrics sent by Jean.

Knitting

  • Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry in Quince & Co Phoebe Cygnus colorway
  • Another pair of mittens for charity.

Reading

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni. Pretty good. Reads like a memoir but it is fiction. (Listened on Audible)

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. (Listened on Audible). 5 Stars! (actual rating is 4.55 on Goodreads)

Far Afield by Susanna Kaysen. Very little story but the writing was good and I enjoyed learning about the Faroe Islands. *** Some humorous moments.

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg 5 Stars

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals-and Other Forgotten Skills by Tristan Gooley.

Started but did not finish:

  • Piano Shop on the Left Bank
  • Fresh off the Boat by Eddie Huang

Listening

Unraveling Podcast by Greg and Pam


Genius Life podcast by Max Lugavere

Dax Shepard The Armchair Expert

Watching

  • Vera on Acorn
  • Marcella (Netflix)
  • Queer Eye on Netflix
  • No Offence on Acorn
  • Hidden on Acorn Bob was correct!
  • Keeping Faith. Welsh drama. We used close captions.
  • Single Handed on Acorn
  • Making It
  • Republic of Doyle on Netflix
  • Poldark
  • The Durrells of Corfu
  • This Is Us
  • A Place to Call Home (Acorn)
  • Rebecka Martinsson on Acorn. In Swedish with English subtitles.

High Note Low Note

Paula
  • High: Tomatoes and fresh basil in the garden. We enjoyed them all summer!
  • Low: Stinkbugs

Bob
  • High: Working outside in fall.
  • Low: Erosion


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I play the Great Highland Pipes, knit, observe nature, and read. My name on Ravelry is PrairiePiper. Find me on Instagram as KnittingPipeline.