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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Episode 332 Maine and Repair Tips

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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.


Thank you to:

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


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


  • 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


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!


Sue Witkin said...

This was a wonderful podcast, Paula, and it's lovely to see your photos on this blog.
I've posted the Maine Slideshow on the Ravelry Maine Retreat Chatter thread. Do you want me to post it anywhere else? Would your blog pick it up? I don't know. It's a Smilebox creation.
So good to hear your voice on the podcast!

Suemwitkin said...

I may have posted twice. I couldn't figure this out! Duh!

Unknown said...

I love the idea of a wallaby pocket with embroidery.

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