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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


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


 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



  • Salad bowls on wood lathe
  • Chess pieces

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


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


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


Unraveling Podcast by Greg and Pam

Genius Life podcast by Max Lugavere

Dax Shepard The Armchair Expert


  • 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

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

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


Auntea said...

The picture of you and Bob is wonderful! Fall here just a few hours from you has been lovely. We had our first snow last night. It has already melted, but I ran out and took a few pictures. With the snow, the few leaves still on the ground, and the grass still green, it was so pretty, and it smelled incredible! Am I the only one who can really smell snow, and loves it?

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