Knitting Pipeline Inspired by a listener email, I talk about wearing shawls and storing shawls.  In nature notes, it is COLD here and deer are moving through the woods.  Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums is performing in A Grace Family Christmas.  A review of new wool from Quince & Co.  Quince & Co has donated a prize of a scarf of your choice and the wool to make it!  Leave a note in the comment section on the show blog to get your name in the drawing on December 16th!  A winner is announced for the prize from Rose Beck of Rosy Posy Designs.  A holiday carol from Magnatune Christmas:  James Edwards Sans Day Carol, Sussex Carol, and Deck the Halls.

Direct download: Episode_23_Shawl_Style.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 2:41pm CDT

Reviews of Norwegian Patterns for Knitting by Mette Handberg and Norwegian Handknits: Heirloom Designs from Vesterheim Museum by Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel.  I finished Ruth's Cap from the Norwegian Handknits book.  We continue our garter stitch/no purl pattern suggestions with a prize from Rose Beck of RosyPosy Designs:  3 patterns of your choice.  Also use the code KP2010 to receive $1 off the purchase of two of her patterns through November 30 2010.  Show notes at

Direct download: Episode_22__Norwegian_Knitting_Book_Reviews_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am CDT

Episode 21

Review of Westknits Book One; my finished Hap Blanket by Ysolda Teague, correction to what I said last week about Alma Ella Shawl, and a WIP Pogona by Westknits.  We continue our November topic of garter stitch or stockinette in-the-round pattern suggestions.  A prize of 3 patterns of your choice is being donated by Rose Beck of RosyPosy Designs.  Also use the code KP2010 for $1 off any two patterns by Rose Beck until November 30, 2010.  Music by Dutch Pipes and Drums.   Shoals of Herring, Castle Dangerous, and Collins Cattle.

Direct download: Episode_21_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm CDT

Episode 20 Garter Stitch, Anyone?

New garter stitch patterns to share include Schieffelin Point Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn, Alma Ella Shawl by RobinLynn, and Elektra by Rosemary Hill.  New to share about Franklin, Knit, and Purl who seem to have flown the coop and information about avian pox, a highly contagious bird flu.  I finished by Flourish Shawl, a pattern by Rose Beck and love it!  A tip from a Pipeliner, SpinningLil, on using a crochet hook to lasso those nupps.  A tune, Downstream, by Shira Kammen from the CD Music of Waters.

Direct download: Episode_20_Garter_Stitch_final.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 3:13pm CDT

This is the full episode of 36 minutes.  The original release cut off at 16 min.  I finished the Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark, my Rip Van Winkle Project.  This pattern gets an A+!  On Saturday  I visited with knitters from the guild in Springfield IL and then spent the afternoon piping at Reformation Days.  I read Pipeliner notes on the ergonomic advantages of knitting the English method.  The episode ends with a tune, The Rose of Kelvingrove, by The Dutch Pipes and Drums.  Show notes at

Direct download: Episode_19_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:11pm CDT

Episode 18 A Long Letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann

I read a long letter hand-written in green ink, with a dried piece of spaghetti, dated Dec 1, 1979 from Elizabeth Zimmermann.  Plus advantages of learning to knit both Continental and English/American and the answer to the question, "Does knowing the EZ method spoil you for using other patterns?"  The musical selection is a Welsh harp piece, The Ash Grove, by Cheryl Ann Fulton from her album, The Airs of Wales, in honor of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Welsh heritage.  Be sure to check out the show blog to see photos of the actual letter and the dried spaghetti.

Direct download: Episode_18_A_Long_Letter_from_EZ_lev.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 12:39pm CDT

Is Flo the Elephant a knitting conspiracy?  You decide.   I started on my Rip Van Winkle Project, The Lovely Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark.  I muse on the Clapotis and why it is the most knitted design on Ravelry.  Nature notes about a Great Blue Heron, goldfinches, and "golden autumn".   A Ravelry tip on sharing projects, stash, and blog posts with groups. 

Direct download: Episode_17__A_Knitting_Conspiracy_Exposed.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Knitting Tip from Pipeliner Shirley to use a music stand as a skein holder/swift.  Ravelry tip on groups and forums. Finished projects:  Kaellingsjal and Cabled Raglan Baby Cardigan.  New project: Citron by Hillary Smith Callis.  High Notes:  Cranford, Return to Cranford, and Lark Rise to Candleford.  Music:  Scotch Tune by Mr. Solomon Eckles (Eccles) performed by Da Camera on their CD A Celtic Celebration, available for download from Magnatune.

Direct download: Episode_16__Silk_is_a_Slippery_Slope.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 3:57pm CDT

Were you asleep when other knitters were busy with a popular design?  Let's go through our pipelines to find those projects and move them UP to the top.  I'll be giving away a Longaberger basket, handwoven in Ohio, U.S.A. to the winner whose name will be drawn from the entries.  Leave your name on the thread in the Knitting Pipeline group on Ravelry or in the comments on the show blog.  I finished the Cedar Leaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos.  We add more patterns to our  list of easy lace shawl patterns, tips from listeners, and end with Heyken's Serenade from The Dutch Pipes and Drums CD In Harmony.

Direct download: Episode_15__Rip_Van_Winkle_Challenge.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 3:17pm CDT

Episode 14 The Stealth Approach to Socks

Approaching sock knitting with a double S strategy:  sport and stealth.  Pipeliner Stephanie wrote a letter to sock knitting.  I read a letter from Ursula about her crows and then try to talk myself into appreciating crows more than I do.  Piping Circle news about a friend from Australia, Mervyn.  And top it all off with one of my favorite tracks from In Harmony by The Dutch Pipes and Drums:  The Sands of Kuwait.

Direct download: Episode_14__The_Stealth_Approach_to_Socks.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 4:17pm CDT