Knitting Pipeline (hobbies)

Kate wore a shawl to can knit one.  There is a Ravelry group all about it:  Kate's Shawl and All.  Leave a comment on the show blog to enter a drawing for patterns donated by Wee Sandy and Esther Budd.

The Blue Jay has a bad rap.  He isn't such a bad guy.

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Direct download: Episode_46_Kates_Shawl.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 6:37pm CDT

The felted join, Estelle KAL, review of Charts Made Simple by JC Briar.

10% off your order at Quince & Co.  Promo code KP62011. (Min $20)  Free shipping for orders of $100 and up.  June 1 through June 15, 2011.

Join our Knitting Pipeline Group on Ravelry!

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Direct download: Episode_45_The_Felted_Join.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 4:30pm CDT

Lace tips especially with the familiar Feather and Fan, Pipeliner feedback on the Owl Episode, review of Kindle vs Nook.

sponsored by Quince & Co at  American wool in colors inspired by nature.

Leave a comment on the show blog to enter this week's giveaway.  Hoot Cardigan by Brenna Kotar and 2 copies of Be Mine by Rose Beck.  There will be two winners!

Direct download: Episode_44_Fans_and_Feathers.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 1:26pm CDT

Episode 42 Happy Estelle Day

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Thank you to giveaway sponsor Three Bags Full at  The winner of the Pink Daffodil Bag is PJM (Paula).  This week's drawing is for an Owl Project Bag (bigger!).  Leave a comment on the show blog by noon CDT May 12.

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Thank you to everyone for your kind messages, cards, and prayers following the death of my father on April 27th, 2011.

KnittyBarb informed me of why there are not many birds in Hawaii.  Find audio versions of John Muir's works free on Librivox.  Nature Notes:  Rosebreasted Grosbeaks have beautiful color and song.

Needle Notes:  FO's are Eye of Partridge Heel Socks and Sugar is Sweet, a shawlette by Rose Beck.  Estelle KAL is in progress!  We are knitting Estelle Cardigan by Melissa LaBarre.

Charr and I are going to Sock Summit 2011!  We are also going to Stitches Midwest.

Book Notes:  Be Mine: 5 Sweet Shawlettes to Knit by Rose Beck.  Five Stars!

Music: From Quieting by Lydia McCauley.  For My Daughters

Direct download: Episode_42_Happy_Estelle_Day.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 4:46pm CDT

Episode 40 Wee Bits and Bites

Quince and Co and my Longaberger Home Business sponsor this episode.  Three Bags Full on etsy is the giveaway sponsor.  Leave a comment on the show blog to enter a drawing for a Hummingbird Project Bag from  The contest closes at noon Central USA time on April 21, 2011.  Enjoy FREE SHIPPING at Three Bags Full by entering the promo code "piper" at checkout.

Find the show notes at  The John Muir documentary airs nationally on April 18, 2011. 

Fix-It Notes include more tips on fixing and reinforcing socks.

Charr and Bronwyn visit The Blethering Room.  We share inspiration from Camp KIP. 

Join our Estelle Cardigan KAL (Knit Along) that start on May 1, 2011.

The tune is Polwart on the Green, performed by Musica Pacifica on Dancing in the Isles.  Available on



Direct download: Episode_40_Wee_Bits_and_Bites.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 12:59pm CDT

Episode 39 Spring Peepers

show notes are at  Sponsored by Quince & Co, Three Bags Full, and my Longaberger Home Business.  Thank you, Sponsors!

This episode was pre-recorded several days early as I am leaving for Camp KIP on Tuesday! 

Leave a show note on the blog for a chance to win a Frog Mini Project Bag and matching accessory case from Three Bags Full!  Deadline for Week #2 is Thursday April 14th at noon.

Spring Peepers are singing their chorus at night.  Hyla Brook by Robert Frost. 

Needle Notes:  I steeked the Norwegian Sweater and used i-cord Three Needle BO to join the shoulders.  Find videos showing technique on the show blog.  Eunny Jang's video on steeking is fantastic!

Blethering Room:  Woolly Serger Thread is not wool.  It is nylon that has a brushed coating.  Find extra thick Woolly Nylon at Schoolhouse Press.  Tips:  Use Kid Silk Haze for reinforcing heel, foot and toe.  No need to cut and weave in ends.  Wooly Nylon works well.  Anna Lena uses Slip Stitch Heel technique on the soles of her children's socks. Love this idea!  I test drove (walked) my darned socks and they feel great.  I darned another sock and am getting better at my technique.

Thanks to my Celtic Cross friends Karen, Heather, Rob, and Deb  (and of course, announcer Kevin) who faithfully listen to Knitting Pipeline.  Music is Amzing Grace recorded at a regular Thursday night rehearsal.



Direct download: Episode_39_Spring_Peepers_Rev.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Eye of Partridge Heel, sock tips, Ann Budd's 5 Gauge Sock Pattern, sock repair.

Enter a comment on the show blog  to be entered into a drawing for a Mia Bag compliments of Three Bags Full on Etsy.  Free Shipping on your order from Three Bags Full in April with show promo code "piper".

Direct download: Episode_38_Sock_Chatter.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 5:16pm CDT

Sponsored by Quince & Co and my Longaberger home business.  Leave a comment on the show blog to be entered into a drawing for your choice of Sabrina Mitts, Abbey Road Socks, or Barcelona Scarflet and the Tern yarn to make your project. 

Nature:  Pileated Woodpecker sighting and info about pileated woodpeckers.  Foxes and Fox Sparrows.

Needle Notes: 9 inches left on my Norwegian Sweater.  I identify a malady.  It's Shawl Withdrawal Syndrome.  I have not knitted a shawl since Feb 1.  This is shocking!  I need to stop the madness and get started on one ASAP.  In the Fix It Challenge I knit about 4 rows on a ribbed stocking hat that was too small to give to my dad as a gift.  I share how I sew in the tails on ribbing to make this cap reversible. See show notes for photo tutorial.

Blethering Room:  More comfort knitting from 3 Pipeliners.  Estelle by Melissa LaBarre is a possibility for a KAL. 

Review Notes:  Knitting Traditions by Interweave Knits.  Highly Recommended.  Get it before May 15, 2011.

Music:  Irish Set by Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums.  Recorded at rehearsal on March 24, 2011. 

Direct download: Episode_37_A_Startling_Shawl_Discovery.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 3:41pm CDT

Episode 36 Fix It Challenge

Sponsored by Quince & Co and my Longaberger Home Business.  Show notes and links at

Japan Earthquake Relief

  1. Brenda Castiel is giving $5 from the sale of each of her designs for relief efforts.
  2.  Mary Jo  Colwell (HedgehogMJ) designed Rose of Sharing to benefit The Heifer Project and UMCOR.

Nature Notes:  Panther in Illinois?  Other in my area have seen it. Before repeating anything a little bird told you, be sure it wasn't a cuckoo.

Needle Notes:  I was caught without my shawl comfort knitting last week.  I fixed a pair of Scottish Kilt Hose that I knitted in 1996 before I became a piper.  My Fix It Challenge is to review your knitting to see what needs repair or modifications.  The Norwegian Setesdal Sweater continues.  I am almost done with the body of the sweater.  I want to start knitting a shawl, in particular Stripe Study Shawl. 

Pipeliners share their ideas of comfort knitting.  I review the following patterns from Quince & Co:  Barcelona Scarflet, Abbey Road Socks, and Sabrina Mitts.  Leave a comment on the show blog to enter a drawing for one of these patterns and your choice of Tern to make it.  Also Carrie Hoge's pattern new garter stitch baby sweater and cap are adorable.  I review Tern fingering weight yarn by Quince.

View a video of Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums in the Peoria IL St. Patrick's Day Parade on the show blog.  I am in the front row, in the middle and those are my shoes and kilt hose you see for a second or two later on.

Music is The Irish Ground (Tollett) by DaCamera from


Direct download: Episode_36_Fix_It_Challenge.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 6:41pm CDT

Episode 35 Comfort Knitting

Quince & Co is a sponsor for Episode 35.  Leave a comment on the show blog to enter the drawing for a pattern and Tern yarn.  Choose from 3 patterns: Sabrina Mitts, Barcelona Scarflet, and Abbey Road Socks.

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Pipeliner Kim inspired this episode on Comfort Knitting.  What is your idea of the most soothing type of knitting?  I look for a garter stitch shawl such as Cheryl Oberle's Wool Peddler's Shawl.

Bob and I witnessed the migration of thousands of snow geese at Emiquon.  Find links on the show blog and a video.  Nature quote from Rachel Carson

I review The Knitters Guide to Hand-Dyed and Variegated Yarns: Techniques and Projects for handpainted and multicolored yarn by Lorna Miser.

Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums is gearing up for St. Patricks Day and our competition season.

Music by Aff the Cuff, a traditional Scottish folk band.  Find them at  They also have a podcast by the same name on iTunes. 


Direct download: Episode_35_Comfort_Knitting.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 12:38pm CDT