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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Episode 334 Do All the Good You Can


Please help me fund research for ovarian cancer. It is one of the lowest funded of all types of cancer.


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Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.



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


You can also find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline

Pinterest: Paula Emons-Fuessle

Ravelry Group

Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group.

caringbridge


Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread.

iTunes

amykjensen on Oct 23

carolshue on Oct 27


Why I’ve been taking a break from podcasting. After 11 months of treatment, the ovarian cancer returned and I’ve started a new regimen of chemotherapy. You can follow me on Caring Bridge.


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.


Georgia Retreat Registration will be released in when I get to it.


Needle Notes


Cobblestone #3 by Jared Flood. Finished!

Barrett Wool Co Woolen Spun in Rain Shower colorway.

Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander-Loomis. I’m on 5 out of 10, maybe 12. Going to abandon this project and give it to someone who wants a head start. No longer interested.

Toadstool Doll and Leaf Set by Susan B Anderson

Taproot Magazine #10 Tend

Miss Marple by Nadia Crétin-LéChenne


Book Notes

To The Point: The Knitted Triangle by Leila Raven Highly Recommended 5 Stars!

Triangular Shawls have been maligned. “Point directs attention to the derriere”.

Trend now toward bigger shawls and crescent shape. Stretchiness of triangle. Crescent shawl tends to have tight top edge no matter what you do.

Bob gives a mathematical lesson on triangles.

The Great Shawl Giveaway









We talk about nature, our succulents and especially my Christmas Cactus.

Thanks for listening!

Paula

Christmas Cactus flanked by Flapjack

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Video Episode: Antique Quilts with Jo Glass

My friend, Jo, has been collecting and studying quilts for many years. In this episode we go through the quilts that have been passed down in my family as well as vintage quilts I have purchased over the years. The last 10 minutes of the video features Jo's advice on caring for quilts, both old and new.

Jo is Qwiltnknitnut on Ravelry and Instagram
Paula is PrairiePiper on Ravelry and Knittingpipeline on Instagram
www.knittingpipeline.com

Books:
Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman
https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Pieced-Patterns-Barbara-Brackman/dp/0891458158

Dating Fabrics by Eileen Trestain
https://www.amazon.com/Eileen-Trestain-Fabrics-1800-1960-Paperback/dp/B01FOC9RPC

Please leave questions on the Ravelry Thread or on YouTube.

Thanks for watching!

Friday, October 25, 2019

Episode 333 Embroidery Meets Knitting




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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!

You can also find me here:

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

Instagram: knittingpipeline

Twitter: knittingline

Pinterest: Paula Emons-Fuessle

Ravelry Group

Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group.

caringbridge

Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread.

byhookandstix who is Sue in NSW Australia, Nsmerkt who is Nikki from Northern VA (Nikki’s Notables on Etsy---window bags), Linda Chamberlin in NH. Welcome! Thank you to the wonderful moderators in our group especially TwinsetJan who have said hello to those who posted in the thread.

iTunes

Groovy D on 10/22 “Like an Auntie in my Living Room” Listened from beginning and is now current.

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 October 30-Nov 2, 2019. Also will collect mittens for Threads Hope and Love.

Georgia Retreat Registration will be released in November.

Needle Notes

Cobblestone #3 by Jared Flood.

Barrett Wool Co Woolen Spun in Rain Shower colorway.

I am starting sleeve #2. Body complete to armholes.

Odette Hoodies for girls. Odette Hoodie by Carrie Bostick Hoge.

Both sweaters needed length in body. About 3 “.

In the last episode I explained how I lengthened the hoodies that were knitted from bottom up. I didn’t have enough of same dye lot so there is a wide stripe on the larger sweater. To fool the eye with the dye lots I presented a few options:


  1. 1.       Add a big pocket, small side pocket or two side pockets.

  2. 2.       Embellish with embroidery.

  3. 3.       Both of above

JanMarie said large pocket with embroidery too. Butterfly on sleeve.

I added a kangaroo pocket on each in garter stitch since there are garter stitch details on sweater.

  1. Marked middle of sweater all the way down with waste yarn.
  2. Picked up right leg of stitches along bottom just above ribbing, making sure you stay in the same row all the way across. Start picking up about 1” from side “seam” and end about 1” from left seam. Decreased 1 stitch on each side until width of pocket looked right then straight up.
  3. Used a modified 3 needle BO to join top of pocket to body of sweater. Again, picked up right leg of each stitch in row. (This is where marker in middle comes in handy because you want the same number of stitches on both sides of pocket and body of sweater. Worked really well and looks very tidy and sturdy.


Embroidery


In order to hide the dye lot change I fooled the eye with embroidery. Flower stems look as if they are coming out of the sides of the pocket. Flowers are different heights and colors. Leaves and buds on some, blooming flowers on others.

Helene's sweater size 4
Pocket detail

Butterfly and More flowers

Maeve's sweater with butterfly on sleeve.
A blue butterfly landed on her sleeve
Backs of sweaters:
Bunny on back of Maeve's sweater. 

Can you see the carrot?

Duplicate stitch bunny from My Knitted Doll by Louise Crowther. Grass with carrot in the ground. Duplicate stitch good for repairs and small areas. This came out rather bulky and stiff…but I think she will love it.

Tip: If you are using a grid pattern from a book, make sure it is for knitting or convert. Reason is that knit stitches are not square: the are wider than they are tall; so, if you took a pattern from a cross stitch book, for example, the resulting image would be distorted.

Helene's Sweater Backside

Fluffy bluebird in backstitch. Branch and worm on the ground (bullion stitch with antennae in black embroidery thread.) Much quicker than duplicate stitch.


I used backstitch to outline the bird.

This little caterpillar in bullion stitch might be my favorite thing!


Detail of 3 needle bind off to join pocket to sweater.


Embroidery stitches used:


  • Fly
  • Backstitch
  • Outline
  • Lazy Daisy
  • Chain
  • Bullion. New to me and I love it! Looks like caterpillars.
  • Palestrinian knot. Learned from Anna Zilborg. Works better than French knots on knit, although you can do French knots if you are careful where you put them. Can fall in ditch between vertical rows so don’t stand out much.
  • Algerian Eye ( little bulky but I left it in)


Tips for embroidery on knitting:


  • Use a practice swatch before you start.
  • Easier to do straight lines than curved lines. Knitting makes a grid.
  • Use a yarn equal to or thicker than base yarn. Shows up better.
  • For bird I cut out a simple shape using freezer paper and pinned it to the back of the sweater as a rough guideline.


Blethering Room

I have been doing quite a bit of quilting which I will show in the next video, coming soon.

Nature Notes


  • Lots of rain!
  • Peepers on our windows and at the creek.
  • Wildflowers: self-heal, rudbeckia, daisy fleabane,
  • Johnny Jump Ups self-seeded from our pots in the spring.
  • Goldfinches are molting into their winter plumage.
  • Last hummingbird sighting October 4th.
  • Lots of butterflies:Painted ladies, Buckeyes, Monarchs
  • Revived our deck for fall with mums, winter pansies.
  • Planted bulbs. Scilla and crocus in our Stump Garden.

Hiking in Forest Park and Eureka Lake





William Bliss Carman, FRSC was a Canadian poet who lived most of his life in the United States, where he achieved international fame. He was acclaimed as Canada's poet laureate during his later years. 1861-1929

A Vagabond Song by Bliss Carmen


There is something in the autumn that is native to my blood --
Touch of manner, hint of mood;
And my heart is like a rhyme,
With the yellow and the purple and the crimson keeping time.

The scarlet of the maples can shake me like a cry
Of bugles going by.
And my lonely spirit thrills
To see the frosty asters like a smoke upon the hills.

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir;
We must rise and follow her,
When from every hill of flame

She calls and calls each vagabond by name.

--Bliss Carmen

In the Pipeline

Watching


  • ·        This is Us
  • ·        Survivor
  • ·        This Farming Life on Britbox
  • ·        DCI Banks
  • ·        Durells of Corfu
  • ·        Poldark (the Final Season) Boo hoo!
  • ·        Press
  • ·        The Victim (Britbox)
  • ·        The Great British Baking Show
  • ·        Schitt’s Creek on Netflix
  • ·        Keeping Faith Season 2
  • ·        800 Words
  • ·        Missing (Joanne Froggatt)
  • ·        The Yorkshire Vet

Paula

·        Just Get it Done Quilts by Karen Brown

·        Steph and Momo Show (quiltswag)



Reading

Paula

The Song of Hartgrove Hall by Natasha Solomons

The Woman who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

One Bird at a Time: Portraits of Individual Lives by Bernd Heinrich

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter



Listening

The Minimalists Podcast

Everything Happens by Kate C Bowler

The Joycast by Margaret Feinberg (Christian)

The Minimal Mom (Dawn)



High Note Low Note

Bob:

High: Paula’s excellent CT Scan on August 8

Low: Coming of winter

Paula

High: Marco Polo app

High: Fed and Fit: Wellness and Healthy Living

Cook Once, Eat All Week: 26 Weeks of Gluten-Free, Affordable Meal Prep to Preserve Your Time & Sanity by Cassy Joy Garcia






Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Episode 332 Maine and Repair Tips




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Knitting Pipeline is a Bluprint Affiliate. Bluprint 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!

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Ravelry Group

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Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread.

New listener from Wisconsin, tidefrog1 who is Sarina in Florida and is listening from the beginning, Wlmermaid who is Cassandra in SD, studionoodling who is Sue from Ottawa, Bilingualann in Charlotte NC, and kpaglierani who is Kathy in Boston. Welcome! Thank you to the wonderful moderators in our group who have said hello to those who posted in the thread.

iTunes

Thank you to:


  • Pattilink on 8/27
  • Mr Snc on 8/23
Bird house with succulent roof garden.

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.

Thank you to everyone at the Maine Retreat who donated mittens to the Maine Mitten Project.


Eagle Crest Retreat October 30-Nov 2, 2019. Also will collect mittens for Threads Hope and Love. We still have a few spots left at Eagle Crest.

Needle Notes

Eldest son was pleased with his Cobblestone.






Cobblestone #3 by Jared Flood is in progress.

Barrett Wool Co Woolen Spun in Rain Shower colorway.


Modifications: Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann. Check out project notes on Cobblestone #1. Great retreat knitting. I had big plans to finish the body up to the armholes and get a sleeve or two in as well but that did not happen. I think I have about 10” on the body and will go to 17”.


Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander-Loomis. I’m on 4 out of 10, maybe 12.

Repair, actually modifying Odette Hoodies for girls. Odette Hoodie by Carrie Bostick Hoge.

October 2018
I modified it as a pullover per DIL’s request. They have worn these little hoodies so much and it makes me so happy. Sticks and twigs embedded in wool. I washed them both first.

Both sweaters needed length in body. About 3 “.

Knitted from bottom up and in the round. If they had been knitted in pieces, I would just knit new sweaters.

Process: Will add photos as I go.


  • ·        Where side seam would be, snip one stitch above the ribbing. Very handy to know how you weave in ends. Try to avoid that area. All joins were done using the felted method also called spit join.

  • ·        Start picking out the row. You can secure stitches if you want but not really necessary as the wool is slightly felted and wants to stay put. Pick out the row all the way around. You now have two pieces.

  • ·        Now you have two separate pieces:

1.       The ribbing and several rows above it.

2.       Top of sweater with sleeves attached.


  • ·        Pick up all the stitches on piece 1 so you will be knitting upwards. Make sure you retrieve all the stitches and have them mounted properly or knit them properly on the first round.

  • ·        Knit upwards the desired number of inches to length. Use leftover wool from project or incorporate another color and texture.

  • ·        Use Kitchener Stitch to join bottom section to top sections. This process took me longer than I thought it would because I’m pretty fast at Kitchener Stitch. First put front of sweater on one long circular needle and back stitches on another. These do not have to be the size that you used for knitting the sweater. I felted the new piece of yarn for Kitchener stitch.

My DIL said it wouldn’t bother her that the dye lot is different so I could leave as is. In order to blend in new color or dyelot:

1.       Add a big pocket, small side pocket or two side pockets.

2.       Embellish with embroidery or both.

What are your thoughts?

Blethering Room

My sister and I off to Maine Retreat!

Traveling with my sister is THE BEST!


Sue with her Skagen Shawl at Show and Tell


Show and tell is always a highlight.
Leslie showed an heirloom sweater she had knitted for her father.

Thank our mini-workshop volunteers:


  • ·        Jan Hamby aka Twinsetjan did beeswax wraps. If you have not seen these yet, they are made of cloth and covered with a solution of beeswax and a few other ingredients. You use them instead of cellophane, aluminum foil and save on waste. Very popular and Jan had to bring a lot of materials to do the workshop too.


  • ·        Kathy aka woolyeyes demonstrated brioche to eager learners. Might have shown helical knitting also.


  • ·        Jo aka qwiltnknitnut taught us how to make shawl closures with buttons and hair elastics. Thank you to Angela Loomis for donating her beautiful pottery buttons!



  • ·        Beverly did a trunk show of dolls and animals she has knitted from patterns by various designers. We were so enchanted by ALL of them and some of us might have bought a “few” books and patterns. I immediately came home and looked at Susan B Anderson’s books that I already own and immediately saw some patterns that I had intended to make but had lost in the shuffle. If you go to the show blog there are photos of Beverly’s display. You can look at her projects on Ravelry. She is bszen. I’ve linked to her projects page.




  • ·        Shetland Trip by Sue, Pat, and Debbie.

Thank you to all of you!
Me with Kathy. Flower Garland is behind us. Photo from Sue Witkin.

Flower Garland: Total surprise to me because I did not look at the thread that said Paula stay out. Flowers of all shapes and sizes, pumpkins, a pickle. Totally whimsical and I LOVE it! I think of all of you knitting positive thoughts and prayers into it and I feel very humbled and full of gratitude.



Shopping trip.
Lots of good food, walks to town, walks along the beach and nature preserves, vendor fair, visit to Knit Wit in Portland, a visit to Camp Wool which is always a highlight, walk to Mornings in Paris for a coffee, tea, croissant or all 3, and best of all knitting outside on the front porch with some of my favorite people!

Gayle and I at Camp Wool

Vendors

  • Seven Sisters Arts
  • PrairieBagWorks. Sue makes project bags and rope yarn bowls.
  • Fairwinds Farm: alpaca roving and yarn, lavender essential oil, woodcrafts
  • Starbright Muse. Starbrightmuse on etsy. She is an indie Dyer and also designs designer.
  • January Designs Co on Etsy makes beautiful project bags. 
  • Knot a Llama Goods (moknita on Ravelry)



October by Robert Frost

1874-1963




O hushed October morning mild,

Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;

To-morrow's wind, if it be wild,

Should waste them all.

The crows above the forest call;

To-morrow 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.





Have a great week! Haste ye back and hold your knitting close!






Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Episode 331 Toast to Good Health


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This episode is sponsored by Quince & Co and Knitcircus Yarns


Knitting Pipeline is a Bluprint Affiliate. Bluprint 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

Pinterest: Paula Emons-Fuessle

Ravelry Group

Knitting Pipeline Retreats Group.

caringbridge


Pipeliner Notes

Welcome to our newest Pipeliners who have said hello to us on the Welcome thread.

Ltebrinke who is Lori from WI, NYjets4ever who is Beth from NJ, dmheimer who is Marian from NV, SallyAnnChicago, StewFrue who is Martha in Charlottesville VA, knittertwitter1 who is Ruth in Ontario CN, and LamandaPanda who is Lamanda from GA. Welcome! And that brings us up to date on the Welcome Thread. Thank you to the wonderful moderators in our group who have said hello to those who posted in the thread.


iTunes


Thank you to NYR519 on 6/24 who might be the above-mentioned Beth from NJ.



In case you did not see my post on Instagram, I had my post chemo CT on August 8 and the results were nothing short of miraculous considering how sick I was in January. The CT of my full torso showed no cancer anywhere and my blood work was excellent. Thanks again for all your support, cards, and posts. While my sister was here for the CT and we did a video episode which I think is the best yet. We were a little punchy from quilting for two days. There was a lot of wonderful feedback on the last episode which was Momo’s Knitting and I showed the baby knits and doll knits on the video episode.


Note from Verlyn in Ontario who wrote: …On this beautiful hot last day of July, I’ve come from a walk and was delighted to be accompanied by your podcast of the 15th. Lovely to hear you again!

Coleus…my grandmother also had it outside and inside and looking out the kitchen window I see at least a dozen specimens in pots. My current favourite is a tiny leafed one that cascades. I shall take cuttings next month for indoor plants to remind me that there will be another summer when winter has us in its icy grip. The knitters are coming this evening so I must go and show the carpet the sucking end of the vacuum. Take very good care Verlyn (steelneedles).



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.

Maine Retreat Maine Mitten Project

Eagle Crest Retreat October 30-Nov 2, 2019. Also will collect mittens for Threads Hope and Love

There will be no February Retreat in 2020 and beyond. I feel it ran its course and a recent remodel at the church would make it challenging to host the retreat there.


Needle Notes

Cobblestone by Jared Flood. Pullover with garter stitch details. Finishing 2nd sweater. Missed one of the decreases so I took out a couple of inches.

Barrett Wool Co Woolen Spun

Modifications: Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmermann. Check out project notes on Cobblestone #1.

Washed, laid it out on the guest bed…a dropped stitch…right in the front of the yoke. Fixed by pulling loop to the back and carefully weaving it in. Does not show at all on the front, which is all that matters…to me anyway.

Plan is to make two more Cobblestone sweaters so my husband and all 3 sons each have one. I’ve tried to get excited about other projects but this is all I want to do right now.

Northeasterly by Melissa Alexander-Loomis. I’m on 4 out of 10, maybe 12.



Nature Notes

This morning we’ve had hours of thunder and beautiful rain. All the birds and insects have been quiet. I heard the call note of a black capped chickadee yesterday morning, which I noted in particular because most of the sounds in Central Illinois in August come from insects. Around noon the chorus starts in. It ebbs and flows with a buzzing that reaches a crescendo and suddenly stops as if a conductor has waved a baton. I’ve never been curious enough to find out more about the insects that are part of our August symphonies but I believe there is a combination of grasshoppers, cicadas, and no doubt more.  Other August sounds are the occasional whirr of a hummingbird as it zips across the deck. The hummingbirds are not afraid of us. There are loads of hummingbirds now as the juveniles are now eating at the feeders. They don’t like to wait for their breakfast so Bob gets the feeder out as quickly as he can in the morning. Right now we are only putting out hummingbird nectar and niger thistle seed. At this time in the summer we take a break from the black oil sunflower seeds to keep the chipmunk population down. There is plenty of food around for the birds that generally feed there. The downy woodpeckers love the hummingbird nectar and they will visit the thistle feeder as well. Mostly we see the goldfinches eating thistle seed. The male goldfinches are still in their bright yellow summer plumage. I still get a thrill seeing the goldfinches as they are such a pop of color. Goldfinches are among the last of the birds to nest and raise their young. When our purple coneflowers go to seed we leave the seed heads. I’ll see a Goldfinch pecking at seeds as the coneflower sways beneath it.

In the last episode I talked about how much I love our coleus that we are growing in pots on our deck. I had been pinching back the blooms but then I saw hummingbirds feeding off the nectar so I’ve let the coleus keep blooming. One or more of our squirrels (we think it is the same one) likes coleus too. We saw stalks that had been bitten or torn off and one day I saw him (I always blame the mischief on the males) biting off a stalk and eating it. Before the summer is over and before the squirrels eat it all, I will take cuttings and put them in water to root new plants to cheer up the winter months.

Every year we plant zinnias as a border in the front garden. This year the seeds we bought turned out to be very short, flat zinnias as opposed to the ones that have a more round flower head. We are not seeing as many butterflies on the zinnias as we usually do. We don’t know whether it is the short stature or the flatness of the flower that does not appeal as much to the butterflies. We do have butterflies though. Eastern Tiger Swallowtails are probably the most common right now. Monarchs and Red Spotted Purples are here too.

We went on our first hike of 2019 at Forest Park Nature Center. This is a hilly nature park on the west bank of the Illinois river. I was eager to build up muscle hiking the hills and it went better than I thought it would. We hiked for an hour and I wasn’t even exhausted afterwards! We saw a doe and 3 fawns. The deer in this park are so accustomed to people that they don’t run away quickly. I also saw 2 Pileated woodpeckers. There were Tiger Swallowtails in the meadow.




In the Pipeline

Watching

  • ·        This Farming Life on Britbox
  • ·        DCI Banks
  • ·        Grantchester (over now. Wish there were more episodes)
  • ·        Missing  (Joanna Froggatt)



Reading






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