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Friday, October 25, 2019

Episode 333 Embroidery Meets Knitting

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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.


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


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.


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


  • ·        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


·        Just Get it Done Quilts by Karen Brown

·        Steph and Momo Show (quiltswag)



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


The Minimalists Podcast

Everything Happens by Kate C Bowler

The Joycast by Margaret Feinberg (Christian)

The Minimal Mom (Dawn)

High Note Low Note


High: Paula’s excellent CT Scan on August 8

Low: Coming of winter


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

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