Knitting Pipeline

McHenry, Skyp Ribbed Socks

This show by sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co.

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Thank you for your iTunes reviews and star ratings! When I checked today there were exactly 400 star reviews.  That is a lot and I appreciate each one!

A Playful Day with Green Triangle Girl  4/15/2012  Thank you!

The Fat Squirrel Speaks with Amy Beth.  Thanks for the nice shout out and EZ love fest.

Nature Notes

Happy Earth Day April 22nd.  Spring Clean Up is in our town on Saturday.

My bench in the woods.  The view changes every day, but I change too. 

The Backyard Birds Newsletter by

Backyard Notes  Diane Cooledge Porter  

Needle Notes

Reasons to Love Simple Skyp Socks  One more reason…I knit the first sock in 24 hours!

Skyp Ribbed Socks by Adrienne Ku  Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Springtime

 McHenry by Susan B Anderson  Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2011 and $5.50 individual pattern.

Tip:  Keeping track of rows with contrasting yarn. 

Piper’s Journey KAL

  At Home by Bill Bryson.  String aka yarn is a marvelous invention.

In the Pipeline  Camp KIP—no show next week as I will be gone.

Swing Knitting?

Effortless Cardigan  Quince & Co Tern Boothbay Blue  KnitBot Essentials by Hannah Fettig

McHenry Hats

After finishing At Home I am ready for some fiction.  Lots of good suggestions on our Good Reads thread started by Choosejoy.

Listening to The Hunger Games.  Almost done

Watching  Lilyhammer

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Henry David Thoreau

Thanks for listening and haste ye back!

Direct download: Episode_87_Knit_That_Puppy.mp3
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Skyp Socks, Slipped Stitch Patterns

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This show by sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co.

Nature Notes

Garlic Mustard Day

Woodland Flower is the Common Violet  Viola sororia sororia State Flower of Illinois since 1908

A Midsummer Night’s Dream  Act 2 Scene 1  William Shakespeare

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
 Needle Notes

Main Needle Choices for Socks or other small items knitted in the round.

Socks Soar on 2 Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi

The Magic Loop by Bev Galeskas January 2002 

KarenE1969 started the SimpleSkyp Sock Wave at the Knitting Pipeline Retreat.  Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

Cakewalk Yarns Stash  colorway Vernon  80/10/10

Reasons to Love Simple Skype Socks

1.      6 + 2 rib is super stretchy so the sock fits well.

2.      Easy to memorize, only 2 rows and one is simple rib.  Skyp comes from the main stitch Slip one, knit 1 YO, PSSO

3.      Wonderful for variegated yarns.  Pop of color and texture.

4.      Unisex-usually a YO in a man’s sock is the death knoll but it works here because of the pass over.

Piper’s Journey KAL  Welcome to newbies who are joining the KAL!

The Blethering Room I tell the story of how a Snowy Owl was in our town for two days and I didn’t know about it.

In the Pipeline   KnitBot Essentials by Hannah Fettig

Interrupting Cow Socks by Laura Linnemann  $4.00 Ravelry Download
Blue Monday Set a free design by Thea Colman  Beewing linked to it on our board.  Hat and mitten pattern with stranded slip stitch colorwork. 

Skyp Ribbed Socks by Adrienne Ku

Claire by Adrienne Ku top down, unisex, ribbed  $5

If I like a free pattern by a designer then I try to purchase one of her/his patterns as a thank you.

Joy in the Congo.  60 minutes April 8, 2012   Amazing Story

Sock Knitting Master Class: Innovative Techniques and Patterns from Top Designers by Ann Budd

Direct download: Episode_86_Skyp_Sock_Wave.mp3
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Short Row Heel, Cabling, Magic Loop   This show by sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business and Quince & Co.  Show notes at

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Nature Notes  We’ve gone from very hot weather to much cooler, which I am enjoying.  An Eastern Phoebe, or pair of phoebes, is building a nest on our gutter outside the bedroom window. May Apples and Sweet William are adding to the color of the woodland floor. "Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment."-Ellis Peters

Needle Notes Low Note: Proactive Star Toe Socks: Pico Accuardi Dyeworks. Accidental Felting despite not going into dryer.

Plain Socks:   Used Austermann Step with Aloe and Jojoba. Two knots in skein. Great yardage. A little on the thin side.

Listening back to an Episode and I heard myself say that I didn’t like having two pair of socks going at the same time. Why? Erin of MommyNeedsYarn No MoreTears for Autism Speaks. Started project on March 23, Finished April 1, 2012. Learned:

1. I will not collapse if I have more than one pair of socks in progress 2. Magic Loop…getting into the groove.  3. Had a gutter where the loop came out. First stitch on each needle was a purl stitch. Cat Bordhi video with alternative way to purl. At this point my head was beginning to spin but I decided to 4. Cable without a needle.  5. Short Row Heel First do a series of decreasing short rows with wrapped stitches and then a series of increasing short rows with wrapped stitches 6. New way of concealing wraps Cat Bordhi video

Piper’s Journey KAL: Will probably unsticky the thread at the end of the month

Upcoming Pattern: Hyla Brook Will use 2 skeins of Quince & Co Tern (wool/silk blend)

Knitting McHenry by Susan B Anderson, Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

Watching: The Fat Squirrel Speaksby Amy Beth. Fantastic video cast! Go watch it!

Reading: At Home by Bill Bryson

Listening: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Bird Decals from Duncraft

Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Episode_85_Sock_Songs.mp3
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