Knitting Pipeline

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
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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
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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
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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.

Visit my Longaberger business site at

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. 


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Episode 34 Socks at Last will have complete show notes.

Quince & Co is the sponsor of this episode.

Thanks to all who have written.  Thank you to The Knitmore Girls for mentioning my podcast on their popular show.

Talithia suggested a unusual place to view wildlife.  "There are flowers everywhere for those who bother to look." Henri Matisse.

Nature Notes: We have just experienced the snowiest winter on record for our area. March is our transition month from winter to spring.  Bird and animal sightings are plentiful because the woods are bare and animals are moving.

We Like March is a poem by Emily Dickinson.

Blethering Room:  I share about two different places:  The Faroe Islands/Faroe (Scandinavian) and Fair Isle (British). 

Tip from Pipeliner Tea aka Teacosy.  Store small bits of stash in a big glass jar.  Beautiful and practical!

I frogged a sock that I started last June.  The pattern was from Toe-Up! By Chrissy Gardiner.  I started a new pair of socks from The Little Box of Socks.  Two techniques: German Twisted Cast-On and Eliminating the Pig's Eye.

 I review The Little Box of Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott and Kollage DPN's.

Irish Lamentaton (English Country Dance) by Musica Pacifica.  Dancing in the Isles.



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Episode 33 Of Lice and Men

Episode sponsor is Quince & Co. and my Longaberger home business.

Travel with me from the Setesdal Region of Norway, to Scotland, to the U.S. to explore lice in knitting and literature.  Robert Burns' poem "To a Louse" is read by Alan Wood of Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.  Alan is friend of the charming Louise, host of a podcast I enjoy, The Caithness Craft Collective.  I read Robert Frost's poem "A Considerable Speck" which isn't exactly about a louse, but could be.   I review the books that I consider most important for those interested in Norwegian Sweater knitting.  Of course, there are many out there so I just picked my favorites. 

  1. Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Without Tears, Knitting Workshop, or The Opinionated Knitter
  2. Sheila McGregor's The Complete Book of Traditional Scandinavian Knitting
  3. Norwegian Knitting Designs by Annichen Sibbern Bohn. 

 For the very enthusiastic knitters and historians, consider Annemor Sundbo's Setesdal Sweaters: The History of The Norwegian Lice Pattern.

There is an update on my projects, although the Norwegian sweater has been stalled for the past week.  I finished Baby Slippers from Knitting at Home by Leanne Prouse. They turned out lousy. I started on a new project and picked up a pair of socks that had been in hibernation since the summer.

Thanks to everyone who has sent well wishes to my mother who fell last week and broke her arm last week and also to me and the family.  You are wonderful people! 

The music is compliments of World Champion Piper, Bruce Gandy, from his CD My Father's Son.  Available at

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Episode 32 A Technique Betrayed

Sponsored by Quince & Co. Choosing between Elizabeth Zimmermann's Sewn Bind-Off and The Russian Bind-off is a difficult decision.  Nature:  Eagle sightings, Carolina Wren and the feeder, and deer.  Swatching Tips, Norwegian Luskofte progress, tips for choosing color patterns, and a free sock pattern from a listener in her Etsy shop.  Music by Erik Ask-Upmark.  Norsk Brudsmarsch from Himlen's Polska. 

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My second Daybreak has a garter stitch border.  A Sofia Cowl looks a lot like crochet, but it really is knitted lace.  I used the Suspended Bind Off on the cowl.   We survived the Blizzard of 2011 and there was a little junco hopping about in the worst of it.  I swatched for the Norwegian Sweater and am ready to cast on.  Tips on color pattern knitting. In The Piping Circle I talk about my husband's uncle, who witnessed the piper, Bill Millin, playing on the beach at Normandy (Episode 9 of Knitting Pipeline).  Review of the Historical Issue of Piecework Magazine Jan/Feb 2011.  Dutch Pipes and Drums provide a medley of tunes from their CD In Harmony.



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Pipeliners Notes include feedback from last week's show, in particular, about the Russian Bind Off; I announce a winner for a signed copy of the book Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting by Lorna Miser (donated by the author); Nature notes include a flock of cardinals, owls in the woods, squirrel antics, and a beautiful quote by Rachel Carson; I finished my Daybreak (pattern by Stephen West) and have started a second one; my wool arrived from Quince & Co so I will be swatching for my Norwegian Sweater in Crow and Egret this weekend; I recommend 100% wool for your Norwegian pattern knitting; and the last installment of our No Purl/Garter Stitch patterns suggested by Pipeliners.  Thanks for listening and supporting the show!



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Pipeliner Notes, Finished Projects Simple Things and Pogona, A New Favorite Bind Off, Nature Notes, No-Purl/Garter Stitch Projects, Norwegian Sweater Knit Along, Book Review of Knitting at Home: 60 Classics by Ella Rae Designs by Leanne Prouse.  Also, Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums at The Burns Supper 2011.  Music: Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonny Doon by Robert Burns sung by Shira Kamman.  show notes at  The show is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business.

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I read a note Elizabeth Zimmermann wrote when she sent a gift for our newborn son...a Baby Surprise Jacket.  A Pipeliner, Linda from NH, expresses her passion for our beloved craft of knitting. I clarify the process of threading beads onto yarn for the crochet beaded bind off from last week's show. In response to Irene's question, I talk about how I organize my stash and tell a story about the era of cardboard boxes for stash storage and a teenage son. Nature Notes:  John James Audubon.  In Needle Notes we discuss selecting yarn for our Norwegian Sweater KAL and I ask for your input on knitting hats for a friend who is in chemotherapy.  Finally we conclude with an update on Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums which is preparing for the annual Burns Supper.  Musical Selection is from Shira Kammen's CD "A Celebration of Robert Burns", "Flow Gently Sweet Afton."  The show is sponsored by my business:

Direct download: Episode_28_A_Baby_Surprise_from_Elizabeth_Zimmermann.mp3
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Episode 27 Knitting is My Passion

Pipeliners chime in on the wearing of ponchos and whether men can wear shawls.  A winner is announced for the prize of 3 patterns from Stephen West of Westknits.  The American Bald Eagle is the topic in nature notes.  In Needle Notes I share my finished Citron, a pattern by Hilary Smith Callis, with a crocheted beaded edging from the book Faith, Hope, Love, Knitting by Lorna Miser.  I also review the book by Lorna Miser and announce a new drawing for a signed copy of the book, donated by the author.  Leave a comment in the show blog to enter.  In the Blethering Room I share more "No Purl Designs" suggested by our listeners.  Finally, some ideas about the Norwegian KAL which will start in a few weeks.

Direct download: Episode_27__Knitting_is_My_Passion.mp3
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Episode 26 Winter Solstice

Show notes are at It is the winter solstice as view nature from my window. Pipeliner emails ask me about males wearing shawls and the definition of shawl and scarf.  Another Pipeliner asked me whether she should knit a poncho...are ponchos in or out?  Also a few comments on Holiday 2010 Vogue Knitting, more no-purl patterns, needle notes that include a finished Shizuku scarf by Angela Tong and more Those Mitts by Leslie Friend, and the announcement of a new knitting podcast, Clothed in the Lamb by Janeen.  Plus a good chuckle provided by a good friend.  Merry Christmas and thank you to everyone who has supported the podcast in the first 6 months!  Check the show blog for a wonderful pipe, drum, and Highland Dance greeting from our friends, The Dutch Pipes and Drums.

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Wristers, muffatees, and fingerless mitts are handcoverings that leave the fingers free. We explore a bit of the background of wristers and muffatees.  Finished projects this wee are Fetching by Cheryl Niamath and Those Mitts by Leslie Friend (3 pair).  I share some wrister patterns that are in the pipeline.  The winner of the Quince and Co. giveaway is announced.  Our new giveaway is 3 patterns of your choice from Stephen West of Westknits.  The show is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business  Show notes are found at


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Episode 24 More Shawl Style

Pipeliners share ideas about shawls and I add a few of my own.  Leave a comment on the show blog to be in a drawing for a fantastic prize from Quince & Co.  I share two finished projects:  Schieffelin Point Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborne/Kelbourne Woolens and Falling Water by Rose Beck.  Ideas on no-purl patterns are shared by Pipeliners. Also, Nature Notes, news from Celtic Cross Pipes and Drums and a Ravelry Tip. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm CDT 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.

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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
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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.

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This letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann was written to me in Oct 1979.  It is written in her own hand.  View it on the show blog.  In Needle Notes I discuss my completed Merope by Rosemary Hill, made with Harmony Sock Yarn from The Woolen Rabbit.  This show is sponsored by my Longaberger Home Business.

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A Fiber Weekend results in 3 new energetic knitters!  Thoughts on teaching knitting and first projects. More easy lace patterns for beginners, Pipeliner Notes, Knitting Tips, and Butterfly awareness.

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I read a letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann to me in August 1978.  Also, when to persevere and when to shift gears, nature notes, listener notes, turkey talk, Piecework review, a knitting tip, and a winner of the EZ Challenge.

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Stitches Midwest 2010 Recap with Charr, my finished Maia Shoulderette by Rosemary Hill, A Piping Adventure, Nature Notes, and a letter from Elizabeth Zimmermann.  We continue our EZ Challenge of committing a technique to memory.  Enter on the show blog or on the Ravelry board.

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This  episode includes listener notes, turkey talk, Summer Flies Shawl, Maia Shoulderette, news in the piping world, knitting tips, and  two letters from Elizabeth Zimmermann.

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Letters from Elizabeth Zimmermann to me.  1977

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Ready to become a better knitter?  Following EZ's advice and inspiration I am committing new techniques to memory.  Join me!

Also, listener notes, finished Brandywine, new Summer Flies Shawlette, and a bit of turkey talk.

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Listener notes, butterflies are my business, more on using charts, the importance of perseverance, and the first piping music on the podcast.  Enter a drawing for skeins of laceweight yarn from Old Maiden Aunt.

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More tips on knitting with charts, two favorites from the new First Fall Knitty 2010, a confession, and a song with lyrics by Robert Burns.  Plus 15% off your order from The Woolen Rabbit with promotion code from the show!

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Build your knitting skills by personalizing charts and instructions.

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Episode 1 Vegemot Hat, Multnomah, Kjaellingsjal, and Brandywine Shawl

An amorous wild turkey pays us a visit.  Vegemot hat, Kjaellingsjal, Multnomah, and Brandywine Shawl.

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I introduce myself as a knitter and outline the plans I have for the show.

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