Knitting Pipeline

Sock tips, Best Bread Ever

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Nature Notes

My Life as a Turkey on PBS 

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Afterthought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi


Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch has a solution for eliminating the pig's eye.

Vogue Knitting


The Urban Homemaker


The Best Bread Recipe really is THE BEST!


Rip Van Winkle Challenge:  Enter for the prizes on our Ravelry board on the thread Prize Entries for Rip Van Winkel

 Product Review

The Best of Knitscene by Lisa Shroyer.  Interweave 2011.

High Note

Meghan of Stitch It Podcast introduced me to Good Earth Original Caffeine Free Tea

Diana Rowan.  Panta Rhei.  Track 07 The Sea Set. 

You can find me on Ravelry as PrairiePiper

Knitting Pipeline Retreat March 2-3, 2012 (Friday evening and all day Sat) in Washington IL  information on overnight accommodations is in the show notes.  

Complete show notes at


Direct download: Episode_67_Donkey_Ears_and_Pig_Eyes.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 3:16pm CDT

Piper's Fancy, Nubby Mittens, Afterthought Heel Socks

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Pipeliner Notes

I read a note from Karin ("miterwriter" on Ravelry).  A little brown bat has been living on a light fixture in their garage for almost 15 years!  A wonderful story of wild animals and humans coexisting peacefully.

Note on last week’s Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal:  it is a good idea to refrigerate any leftovers.


Winners of J-Knit apps have been contacted. Thank you, Bronwyn!

Nature Notes Bob joins me for Nature Notes, but only for a short time because he was grading papers. See show notes for links to bird feeder cleaning information.

The one red leaf, the last of its clan,
That dances as often as dance it can,
Hanging so light, and hanging so high,
On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Nellie by Donna Higgins:   Update on the Crochet flower closure.

I watched You Tube videos and managed to crochet the flowers by myself!  (Charr was out of town.)  My tutorial on attaching the crochet closures is on You Tube and the show blog.


Finished Projects: Piper’s Fancy  My own design.  A crescent shawl with a lace border.

Nubby Noro Mittens by Annie’s Woolens

Love the pattern as the texture adds interest without being too fussy.  Every other round is a plain round so it is easy to see where you are in the pattern.

Afterthought Heel Socks by Laura Linneman

 In The  Pipeline

    • Annabel Babe Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge
  • My Ultimate Rip Van Winkle—will share later.

A Ravelry Note: A new feature on Ravelry is that if you have your yarn stashed and you use stash yarn for a project then a little thumbnail photo of the yarn will appear in your project notes.  It’s tiny but it is there!

The Blethering Room

Registration is in progress for the

Knitting Pipeline Retreat March 2-3, 2012 Washington IL $50 for Fri night and all day Sat.  $40 for Sat only

See show notes for registration information. 

Rip Van Winkle Challenge Go through your Ravelry queue to find a project that has been asleep for a long time.   A thread will go up on the Knitting Pipeline Podcast group on Ravelry where you can post photos of your finished projects. 

High Note: Better Homes and Gardens Magazine is not as traditional as it used to be. I enjoy it.  Inexpensive subscription and you get free digital editions with paid subscription!  More knitting magazines should do this because knitting from a magazine is for me somewhat tedious. 


Check out a new video cast:  Stockinette Zombies. 

Music: One Morning in May from Foreignlander by Lydia McCauley.

Have a great week, haste ye back, and hold your knitting close.

Direct download: Episode_66_Afterthoughts.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 2:14pm CDT

Nellie, Seamless Yoked Sweater, Retreat Registration!

 Nellie, Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater, Retreat Registration!


Pipeliner Notes: A correction in last week’s episode. The site for rescuing macramé owls is The link was correct in the show notes but I made it plural when I said it on the podcast. My apologies to all macramé owls out there and their rescuers.


Deaf Smith, Laurel’s Kitchen, The Moosewood Cookbook were classic cookbooks in the 70's and 80's.

In my oven today: Whole Wheat Bread, Homemade Granola, and

Baked Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Oatmeal from the food blog Perfecting the Pairing. I substituted raisins for chocolate chips.

Nature Notes

Satu mentioned that bats carry rabies and that is true. If you see a bat behaving strangely then beware. 

A hawk posed for me and I still had trouble identifying it. A Cooper's Hawk is about the size of a crow and has a rounded tail. The Sharp-shinned hawk is smaller and has a squared off tail.

Sent to me by Goldybear: Autumn by Emily Dickinson

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.

Needle Notes

Nellie by Donna Higgins

Purchase pattern at Stitches Midwest 2010 and the yarn is Knit Picks Organic Cotton.

Calls for Sublime Organic Cotton DK

The only difficult part of this sweater is the crocheted flower closure. Difficult for me, that is.

Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater by Carole Barenys

Free Pattern. Top down raglan with running strands that make a pattern on the yoke, cuffs, and bottom.

If I knit this pattern again I would probably add another button hole on the yoke and then not put buttons below that.

In The Pipeline

  • Afterthought Heel Hiking Socks using pattern by Laura Linneman
  • Nubby Noro Mittens, actually have finished.
  • Crescent Shawl Left to my Own devices

The Blethering Room

Knitting Pipeline Retreat Registration is now open!

March 2-3 (Fri night and all day Sat)

$50 for both Fri and Sat/$40 for Sat only.

Send a check with your mailing information, email, phone, and whether you wish to stay overnight at the facility. Your check will be held for a while so don't worry if it does not clear right away.

Knitting Pipeline Retreat

PO Box 549

Washington IL 61571

Rip Van Winkle Challenge

Go through your Ravelry queue to find a project that has been asleep for a long time. Or maybe you have been asleep while others have been knitting this project. In your Ravelry queue you can see when you put projects in your queue.

Another mission for the overachievers out there: go to your stash and try to find your oldest yarn and match it to an pattern in your queue.

Product Review

The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes: the Yarn Lover’s Ultimate Guide to Creating Socks that fit well, Feel great, and last a lifetime.

Heartily recommended!


Hint of Dawn from the album Hopeby Kendra Spring.

Direct download: Episode_65_Small_Sweaters2final.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 2:26pm CDT