Knitting Pipeline

Sarah and Bronwyn Visit, Big Snowy Owl, and Cocoa Blocks

This show is sponsored by my Longaberger home Business and Quince and Company.

If you are looking to support American goods, then you can start with Quince & Co with their beautiful and reasonably priced wools sourced in the US. Check out Finch, their new fingering weight in colors inspired by nature.

Needle Notes

Paula’s Projects: Woodturner’s Pully. Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Saddle Shoulder Sweater. After washing and blocking it measures out perfectly!

Label for sweater. I tried a wool label, first ironing onto freezer paper to stiffen the fabric. Bronwyn suggested printing on computer. I may try backstitching on counted cross stitch fabric. Ecological Wool makes a very light but warm sweater.

Big Snowy Owl Free Pattern by Purl Soho    

Bronwyn on Ravelry

Pinterest…ask one of us if you want an invitation.


Nubby Noro Mittens and Fingerless version


Little Turtle Knits Braided Cap by Theresa Belville

Sarah on Ravelry

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend

Christmas Tree Hat and Elfin Socks

Textural Healing Shawl by Shannon Squire

Incognito (Mustache Cowl) by Mercedes Tarosovich-Clark

Handmade Holidays

Our Ravelry Thread

Just some of the great ideas:

Hot Chocolate on a Stick/Cocoa Blocks

Santa Hat Brownies

Sarah: Homemade Granola recipe on show blog.

Bronwyn’s Sugar Scrub and Lotion Bars

Summertime Neck Chillers

Paula: Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls. Partially bake them, freeze, and recipients bake them for a yummy breakfast.

In the Pipeline

Per last week’s episode, the Doc Martin second movie wasn’t good. Two stars.

Enjoyed The Pit Pony. Has piping in it

Downton Abbey Season 1 watching again. New season Jan 8.

High Note Low Note

High Notes:

Paula: The Week Between Christmas and New Years

Sarah: Christmas Cards

Bronwyn: Fondue

Low Notes

Paula: Stickiness

Sarah: Accidental Felting

Bronwyn: Poorly tied skeins of yarn

Knitting Pipeline Retreat

March 2-3 2012 (Friday evening and all day Saturday)

Crossroads United Methodist Church, 1420 N Main St., Washington IL 61571

$50 or $40 for Sat only

Mail check to Knitting Pipeline, PO Box 549, Washington IL 61571

Complete show notes and retreat information on show blog, Knitting Pipeline.

Haste ye back!

Direct download: Episode_71_Handmade_Holidays.mp3
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Postcard from 1980, Saddle Shoulder Sweater

complete show notes at

Show sponsors: Quince & Co

Ewe-nique Yarns, Morton IL

I saw a lunar eclipse, a house fire, and a sad incident involving squirrels.

Oliver Herford, I Heard a Bird Sing

Elizabeth Zimmermann Saddle Shoulder Sweater

EPS=Elizabeth's Percentage System bottom-up seamless construction

Using Excel to plan cables and ribbing

Knitting on the Edge by Nicki Epstein

In the Pipeline:

The Grand

Doc Martin   the movies

The Blethering Room  Finch from Quince & Co

When blocking a piece with cables and texture do not block the cables.  

The Piping Circle


Country Sampler Magazine November 2011


I read a postcard written to me by Elizabeth Zimmermann in Feb 1980.

Coventry Carol  Magnatune Christmas.

Direct download: Episode_70_Postcard_from_Elizabeth.mp3
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Baby Sweater on Two Needles and more EZ

This show is sponsored by Quince & CO

Thanks for the birthday wishes last week!

Bereft by Robert Frost

Baby Sweater on Two Needles by Elizabeth Zimmermann from Knitter’s Almanac.  It is better known as February Baby Sweater. 

The February Lady Sweater (not by EZ) is actually more popular than the FBS. Projects on Ravelry: 6675 for Baby Sweater and 11,505 for FLS by Pamela Wynne.

Knitter’s Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman.  February.

Babies Things.  Have knitted everything in this chapter but the bonnet with the flap over the shoulders.

Leggings.  I have made at least two pair.  Red and white striped ones were the cutest.  Not the most practical garment for modern moms.

Blanket knitted from center out.  Have done it with lace and also in a heavier yarn with texture pattern and colorwork. Was told that pioneer woman put a cream or white border on blankets so Baby would perceive this is a boundary.  Per my experience, did not work.

Double knitting blanket was a carriage blanket.  I used Schoolhouse Press Sheepsdown and my own handspun.  May have steeked and put a zipper in it. 

Pete’s Socks…pulled off the colors!

Handed Down Patterns. Topic started by nitiram.   Her Mother’s slipper/bootie pattern--she called pods.  Under “Some Things Never Change…”  

In The Pipeline: EZ Saddle Shoulder Sweater


  $14.99 Interweave knits Holiday Gifts.  Holiday 2011  Some of my favorites are McHenry by Susan B Anderson, Hollyberry Bonnet and Cape by Kyoko Nakyoshi, and Handwork Mitts by Julie Turjoman.  Recommended.

High Note:Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls/Cinnamon Raisin Bread.  Used the Best Whole Wheat Bread Recipe from  Divided dough in half.  One half for a loaf of bread and the other half made two pans of cinnamon rolls.  Streusel:  ½ c brown sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon.  I use Penzey’s.  Roll out dough.  Spread with softened or melted butter.  Sprinkle topping on and roll up.  For the rolls I reserved a few Tbs topping.  Took rolls out after 20 min.  Brushed tops with butter and sprinkled on the streusel.  Baked another 5 min.

I read a letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann that was written to me in Jan 1980.  A photo of the letter is on the show blog.  References to Moebius and her development of the concept.

The musical selection today is The Moon of Wintertime by Lydia McCauley. 



Knitting Pipeline Retreat

March 2-3, 2012

Washington IL  61571

$50 for Fri night and Sat or $40 for just Sat

Reserve your spot now!


Thanks for listening and supporting the show!

Haste ye back!


Direct download: Episode_69_A__Letter_from_Elizabeth__Zimmermann.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 1:40pm CDT

Charr and Bronwyn visit.

Complete show notes at


Local hot spots for knitters:

The Blend. Our local coffee shop and hang-out.

Ewe-nique Yarns. Morton IL a full-service yarn shop. They carry a full line of yarns and tools including Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Elsabeth Lavold, Noro, Debbie Bliss, Sublime, KnitPicks Needles, Addi, Chia Goo, Hiya Hiya....and the people are friendly! What more do you need? 

Hitchhiker by Martine Behm

Textural Healing Shawl by Shannon Squire

Holly, Ivy, and Steve Three Christmas Hooligan Ornaments by Rebecca Danger

Nubby Noro Mittens by Annie's Woolens

Annabel Babe Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Heart Hat by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Baby Sweater on Two Needles by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Seamless Yoke Baby Sweater by Carol Barenys

Smitten(A Holiday Garland) by Emily Ivey.

Big Snowy Owl by Purl Soho

The Bee Keeper's Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits aka "Hexipuffs"

Sock Blanket by Shelly Kang

Owl Puffs by Jenna Krupar

Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia

Palindrome: A Reversible Cable Scarf by Kristin Bellehumeur

Seamless Saddle Shoulder Pullover by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Star Toe for Socks

Set up as if you are doing a common wedge toe with even numbers of stitches on 4 dpns. Round 1 Knit to last 2 stitches on needle. Knit 2 tog   Round 2 Knit around

Repeat above until you have half the number of stitches you started with. Then do the decrease row on all rounds until you have 8 stitches remaining. Cut yarn and run through these 8 stitches.

Sock Tips from Have a Yarn

Bronwyn's Handmade Christmas:Pie in a Jar

recipes on show blog

for Hand Scrub and Lotion Bars

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

Show sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co. If you are looking to support American goods, then you can start here with their beautiful and reasonable wools.

Haste ye back!

Direct download: Episode_68_Star_Toe_and_Christmas_Knitting_final.mp3
Category:Hobbies -- posted at: 3:13pm CDT