2 Knit Lit Chicks

By Tracie & Barb

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a podcast about knitting & books Barb (the mom) and Tracie (the daughter) are obsessed knitters and avid readers. We love to talk about our current knitting projects and favorite books to read or listen to - we also review the occasional knitting book. Come join us!

Episode Date
Episode 160: I Didn't Want Leg-Sized Arms on My Bear
01:08:12

Recorded on June 6, 2018

 

Book Talk starts at 

 

Get ready for our summer swap (slated to begin in late June), hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes.  If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.


Tracie talked about the Knitting on the Run podcast and thanked Monique for her mention of the Mother Bear Project on her podcast and encouraging people to knit or crochet bears!

 

KNITTING

 

 

Barb in her Welcome Spring cowl




















Barb has finished:

1.  Welcome Spring Cowl by Diane L. Augustin, using Stitch Together Dreamy DK in the This Pussy Grabs Back colorway

2.  Mount Airy Socks by Mary Lucas, using Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock Blank 

3.  Mother Bears #132, 133, 134

 

 

Tracie in her Leaf Press Shawl






















Tracie has finished:

1.  Mother Bears 125-130

2.  Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways

3. Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Maine in Juniper Moon Farms Cumulus Dappled in the Coral Coast colorway


Barb continues to work on:

1.  Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

2.  Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway.

3.  Fragment Tee by Clare Mountain using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blue Bell colorway

 

Gilda scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb has cast on:

1.  Gilda scarf by Twisted Sisters using Fiesta Yarns Linette in the Tourmaline colorway

2.  Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Byner, using leftover Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle Yarn in the Cosmic Speckle colorway



Tracie continues to work on:

 

1.  Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway

2.  Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway

3.  Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways

4.  Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway

 

BOOKS

 

 

Barb finished:

1.  Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

2.  Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

3.  The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

4.  Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

5.  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

 

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  Light in August by William Faulkner

2.  Beyond Obsession: The Shocking True Story of a Teenage Love Affair Turned Deadly by Richard Hammer

 

Barb is currently reading:

The House by the River by Lena Manta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie is currently reading:

2.  The Hot House: Life inside Leavenworth Prison by Pete Earley

2.  The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Podcasts recommended by Barb in Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down:  Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Happier in Hollywood - both are audio podcasts

 

Tracie recommends the podcast Little House on the Podcast.  

 

Jun 09, 2018
Episode 159: You Should Have One!
01:10:23

Recorded on May 19, 2018

Book Talk starts at 26:35

Our Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along is over -  great job, everyone!  Listen until the end of the podcast to find out if you won a prize. 

 

Get ready for our summer swap (slated to begin in late June), hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate.

 

Get ready for our next KAL!  We will be hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes.  If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

Tailfeather cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Elemental Affects Cormo in a sage green color way

Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian, using leftover worsted scraps

Gently Stirred Never Shaken shawl/scarf by Mac and Joe, using Baah La Jolla in 3 different colorways - Strawberry Shortcake, Deep Slate and Cotton Candy

Slable Hat by Woolly Wormhead using Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle in the Cosmic Speckle colorway.

Mother Bear #131

 

Tracie has finished:

6th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from magic cake all in shades of green

Mother Bears 122 & 123

 

Barb continues to work on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway.

Mount Airy Socks by Mary Lucas, using Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock Blank.  

 

And has cast on:

Welcome Spring Cowl by Diane L. Augustin, using Stitch Together Dreamy DK in the This Pussy Grabs Back colorway

Fragment by Clare Mountain using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blue Bell colorway

 

Tracie has cast on:

Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway

 

And continues to work on:

Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways

Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway

Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway

Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb finished:

A Death in White Bear Lake: A True Chronicle of an All-American Town by Barry Siegel

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Last Thing She Ever Did by Gregg Olson

 

Tracie finished:

Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

Family Album by Penelope Lively

 

Barb is reading:

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

 

Tracie is reading:

Light in August by William Faulkner

Beyond Obsession: The Shocking True Story of a Teenage Love Affair Turned Deadly by Richard Hammer

 

 

 

 

May 21, 2018
Episode 158: Again, I Didn't Want to Put It Down
01:20:43

Recorded on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Talk begins at 37:20

Our Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along is almost over. It will continue until May 15, 2018.   the fun.  Be sure to post your finished socks here.  

Get ready for our summer swap (slated to begin in late June), hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate.

Get ready for our next KAL!  We will be hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  We will be starting a chatter thread on the Ravelry forum.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes.  If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.

 

EVENTS:

Spinning at the Winery, Saturday, May 19, 2018 10 am -4 pm.  Come join us!

 

KINITTING

Tracie’s finished projects:

F829 Girl's Poncho Pattern by Plymouth Yarn, using Plymouth Encore Colorspun Worsted in the 8098 colorway


Rikke Hat by Sarah Young, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain DK in the South by Southwest colorway

Adjoin toe-up socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel in Knitting Rose Yarns Tinkytweet (aka) Sparkle Yarn sock blank

Toybox Wee Wrap by Susan Barstein using Plymouth Yarn Toybox Rainbow.  

Barb's finished projects:

Stashbusting Helix Hat #7 by Jessica Rose, using DK weight scraps.

Rikke Hat by Sarah Young, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain DK in the South by Southwest colorway

Mother Bear #130

Tracie is working on:

6th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake all in shades of green!

Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways

Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway


Tracie has cast-on:

Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway

Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways

 

Barb is still working on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway.

Tailfeather cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Elemental Affects Cormo in a sage green color way

Gently Stirred Never Shaken shawl/scarf by Mac and Joe, using Baah La Jolla in 3 different colorways - Strawberry Shortcake, Deep Slate and Cotton Candy

Mount Airy Socks by Mary Lucas, using Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock Blank.  

 

She has cast on:

Slable hat by Wooly Wormhead, using Knit Picks Hawthorne Multi in the Cosmic Speckle colorway

 

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

News of the World by Paulette Giles

The Wife by Alafair Burke

 

Barb has finished:

Classic Krakauer: After the Fall, Mark Foo's Last Ride, and Other Tales from the Vault by Jon Krakauer

Loner by Teddy Wayne

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones

Both Tracie and Barb finished I'll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara.  They discussed the book and the startling news that the alleged Golden State Killer was taken into custody this past week.

Tracie is currently reading The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

Barb is currently reading:

A Death in White Bear Lake: The True Chronicle of an All-American Town by Barry Siegel

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

May 05, 2018
Episode 157: I Don't Know How They Keep That Place in Business
52:48

Recorded on April 12 and April 15, 2018

Book Talk starts at 36:50

 

Our Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along will continue until May 15, 2018.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Please go to the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along Chatter thread to join the fun.  Post your finished socks here.  

 

Get ready for our summer swap, hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate.

 

KINITTING

Tracie’s FOs:

Wee Wrap by Susan Barstein in Plymouth Rainbow Toybox in colorway 69

13 Knitted Knockers in Cascade Ultra Pima and CoBaSi Plus by HiKoo

 

Barb’s FOs:

Knitted Knockers

Peer Pressure Shawlette #2, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Whiskey Barrel colorway

 

Tracie has cast on: 

Girl’s Poncho by Plymouth Yarn in Plymouth Encore Colorspun in 8198 colorway

Rikke Hat by Sarah Young in Serendipidye Kings Mountain DK in South by Southwest

 

She is working on:

6th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake all in shades of green!

Adjoin toe-up socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel in Knitting Rose Yarns Tinkytweet (aka) Sparkle Yarn sock blank

Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways

Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway

 

Barb is still working on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway.

Tailfeather cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Elemental Affects Cormo in a sage green color way

Gently Stirred Never Shaken shawl/scarf by Mac and Joe, using Baah La Jolla in 3 different colorways - Strawberry Shortcake, Deep Slate and Cotton Candy

 

She has cast on:

Mount Airy Socks by Mary Lucas, using Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock Blank.  

Rikke Hat by Sarah Young, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain DK in the South by Southwest colorway

 

BOOKS

Finished:

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

 

Finished books

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

The Flight Attendant by Chris Boujalian

 

Reading:

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

Alice by Christina Henry

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

 

Currently reading

Classic Krakauer by Jon Krakauer

Loner by Teddy Wayne

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

Apr 17, 2018
Episode 156: A Cow Exploded?
01:19:28

Recorded March 27, 2018

Book Talk Starts at 40:45

Our Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along will continue until May 15, 2018.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Please go to the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along Chatter thread to join the fun.  Post your finished socks here.  

Get ready for our summer swap, hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate.

KNITTING

Finished:

New Wave by Mary Annerella in Invictus Reward in Olive

Levitate poncho by Yvonne Poon in Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend in the Kohl and Zebra colorways

3 Knitted Knockers in Cascade Ultra Pima

FO’s

Knitted Knockers

Squircle Socks by General Hogbuffer, using Invictus yarns Unafraid in the Christmas Light Confetti colorway

Cast-on: 

6th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake all in shades of green!

Adjoin toe-up socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel in Knitting Rose Yarns Tinkytweet (aka) Sparkle Yarn sock blank

Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways

Wee Wrap by Susan Barstein in Plymouth Toybox Rainbow in colorway 69

Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway

Still working on

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway.

Knitted Knockers using Cloudborn Pima Cotton DK in the 30-016 colorway (light green)

Cast-on

Tailfeather cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Elemental Affects Cormo in a sage green color way

Gently Stirred Never Shaken shawl/scarf by Mac and Joe, using Baah La Jolla in 3 different colorways - Strawberry Shortcake, Deep Slate and Cotton Candy

Peer Pressure shawlette #2, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Whiskey Barrel colorway

BOOKS

Finished:

Savage Run by C.J. Box

Murder on Everest: A Summit Murder Mystery by Charles G. Irion

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

Finished books

The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent

Colony of the Lost by Derik Cavagnano

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Reading:

You Play the Girl: And Other Vexing Stories That Tell Women Who They Are by Carina Chocano

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

Currently reading

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

Apr 01, 2018
Episode 155: It's Going to Observe the International Date Line
01:06:29

Recorded on March 13, 2018

Book Talk starts at 12:20

 

 

Our Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along will continue until May 15, 2018.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Please go to the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along Chatter thread to join the fun.  Post your finished socks here.  

 

Knitting Rose Yarn Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway

Tracie is requesting that IF you won a skein of Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire color way on our podcast, and aren't planning on using it, please contact her.  She would like to lengthen the sweater she made with the yarn.  She will happily buy you a skein of yarn of your choice from Knitting Rose Yarns in a trade!


If you have any prizes you would like to donate to the NoCKRs retreat, please contact Barb (KnittyBarb on Rav) via a PM on Ravelry.

KNITTING

 

Mother Bear #129

Barb has finished:

Royal Mile Cowl in Delicious Yarns Frosting Chunky

 

Tracie's Vernal Vanilla Bean Socks

Tracie has finished:

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

 

 

Barb and Tracie both read The Party by Robyn Harding.  While they both agreed that the characters were thoroughly unlikeable and there were lots of problems with the plot...neither one could stop reading it!

 

Tracie has finished reading:

 

 

 
Mar 16, 2018
Episode 154: Stitches West & NoCKRs News
01:18:48

Coupon Codes for 2KLC listeners!  

Brenda Castiel: (Goodstuff) Goodstuffcrafts KNITLIT: $5.00 off your order from goodstuffcrafts when you spend $10.

Frog Peak Creations: I have a new coupon code available for 15% off - 2KNITLIT15 - no time limit!!! I also, currently have a SALE!! section in the shop for 50% off - XMAS50 - til March 7th.

People:

Gwen Bortner

Patty Lyons

Alana Dakos

Susan B. Anderson

Elizabeth Doherty

Myra Wood

Carson Demers

 

Vendors mentioned:

Miss Babs

Barrett Wool Co.

Bead Biz

Leading Men Fiber Arts

Adela’s

Great Yarns

Imagiknit

Western Sky Knits

Blue Moon Fiber Arts

Mother Bear Project

Bar-Maids

WEBS

Duren Dyeworks

Lazer Sheep Yarns

Wool & Wire

Invictus Yarns

Lisa Souza Dyeworks

Honey Girl Farms

Serendipidye

Miss Purl 

Knit Picks

Craftsy

Farmers’ Daughter Fibers

Baah Yarn

Feb 28, 2018
Episode 153: Prizes Prizes Prizes!
01:22:43

Recorded on February 2, 2018

Book Talk starts at 32:18


Our Fall Sweater KAL is over!  Winners will be announced at the end of the podcast.


The 2 Knit Lit Chicks Hoodie giveaway is over also - the winner will be announced at the end of the podcast.

Get ready for our next KAL – the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along which will run February 14 through May 15.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Please go to the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along Chatter thread to join the fun.  

 

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Stitches West - February 22-25, 2018

NoCKRs 2018 - April 12-15

Knitting

Barb has finished:

Barb's Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry, using Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering in the Magical Dyepot D3, D5 and D6 color ways.  And many thanks to Zen Yarn Garden for gifting the yarn to Barb for review!

 

Barb's Brooklin Vest by Elizabeth Smith, using Berroco Vintage Chunky in the Smoke colorway

 

Mother Bear #127

 

 

Tracie has finished:

Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde colorway

 

Barb is currently working on:

 

 

 

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

 

Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Caron Cake in the Blueberry Kiwi colorway

 

High Woods Hat by Irini Pi, using leftover Barroco Vintage in the Dungaree and Forest Floor colorways

 

Royal Mile Cowl by Dami Hunter, using Delicious Yarns Frosting Chunky in the Currant colorway.  Thank you to Delicous Yarns and Stitchcraft Marketing for giving Barb the yarn to review!

 

Vanilla Socks using Knit Picks Felici in the Hopscotch color way

 

Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (2 different skeins)

 

 

Tracie is working on:

5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake

 

Levitate  Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in the Kohl and Zebra color ways


Vanilla Socks in Fishknits Boot Strap Self-striping in the NorCal Vernal Pools colorway

New Wave cardigan by Mary Annarella, using Invictus Yarns Reward in the Olive colorway

 

 

 

Books

 

Barb has finished:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

 

X by Sue Grafton


Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

 

 

 

 

Tracie has finished reading:

Tracie is currently reading:

 

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

 

 

 

Tracie has set aside The House of Unexpected Sisters (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #18) by Alexander McCall Smith

Feb 07, 2018
Episode 152: Goin' Loony
01:04:46

Recorded on January 20, 2018

Book Talk starts at 35:50


Our Fall Sweater KAL is almost over - January 31st!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread.  Winners will be announced on Episode 152.

 

New Giveaway!  Win a 2 Knit Lit Chicks hooded sweatshirt, size L (unisex size, but it is a slim fit).  Leave a comment on the Ravelry group thread telling us about the best sweatshirt you’ve ever had.  This giveaway will close on January 31st also, and the winner will be announced on Episode 152.

 

 

Get ready for our next KAL – the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along which will run February 14 through May 15.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Please go to the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along Chatter thread to join the fun.  

 

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Sacramento Knitting Guild - February 1, 2018

Stitches West - Feb 25-28, 2018

 

Knitting

 

Tracie has finished: 

4 more pussycats, using the KitKat Hat by AndreSue

Most of the hats in this picture were knitted by Tracie!

 

 

 

 

 

Barb has finished: 

Mother Bear #126

Beagle pullover by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

Barb's husband Mark (and Tracie's Dad!) modeling his new sweater!

Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Pure 100% Merino Superwash in the Magnolia Medium colorway

 

Stashbusting Helix Hat #6 DK by Jessica Rose

Pussyhat for Barb, using Zombie Yarns Shell Shock

 

Tracie is working on:

5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake

Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde colorway

Levitate  Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in the Kohl and Zebra color ways

Vanilla Socks in Fishknits Boot Strap Self-striping in the NorCal Vernal Pools colorway

 

Barb is currently working on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry, using Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering in the Magical Dyepot D3, D5 and D6 color ways.  And many thanks to Zen Yarn Garden for gifting the yarn to Barb for review!

Brooklin Vest by Elizabeth Smith, using Berroco Vintage Chunky in the Smoke colorway

Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Caron Cake in the Blueberry Kiwi colorway

 

 

Books

 

Tracie has finished reading:

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Lit by Mary Karr

 

 

Barb has finished:

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

 

 

 

Tracie is reading:

The House of Unexpected Sisters (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #18) by Alexander McCall Smith

The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

 

And Barb is reading:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

X by Sue Grafton

 

In Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down, Tracie discussed KB Shimmer nail polish

 

 

 
 

 

 
Jan 24, 2018
Episode 151: Tracie's Cold Black Heart
01:06:00

Recorded on January 7, 2018

Book Talk starts at 21:18

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread.

New Giveaway!  Win a 2 Knit Lit Chicks hooded sweatshirt, size L.  Leave a comment on the Ravelry group thread telling us about the best sweatshirt you’ve ever had.

Get ready for our next KAL – the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along which will run February 14 through May 15.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Stay tuned at our Ravelry group for more details.

 

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Sacramento Knitting Guild - February 1, 2018

Stitches West - Feb 25-28, 2018

 

Knitting

Tracie has finished:

Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice in the Ruby colorway 

Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot colorway

KitKat Hat by Andre Sue

 

Barb has finished: 

Mother Bear #125

 

Tracie is working on:

KitKat Hat by Andre Sue - making as many of these as I can before January 20

5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake

Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde colorway

 

Barb is currently working on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway

Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry, using Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering in the Magical Dyepot D3, D5 and D6 color ways.  And many thanks to Zen Yarn Garden for gifting the yarn to Barb for review!

And she has cast on:

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose - Barb’s 6th in dk

 

Books

Tracie finished reading

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

The Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love by Jill Connor Browne

 

Barb has finished:

Murder in Room 305 by Gary King

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

 

Tracie is reading:

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Lit by Mary Karr

 

And Barb is reading:

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

 

Jan 10, 2018
Episode 150: Look At Me, Doing Math!
01:14:08

Recorded on December 23, 2017

Book Talk starts at 31:15

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread.

Listen until the end of the podcast to find out who won the gorgeous skein of Duren Dyeworks Barbie Time!

Frog Peak Creations - offering 25% off all merchandise until January 7th with the code HOHOHO2017.  Get yours now!

We have 2 Knit Lit Chicks merchandise!  Please go here to see all the choices available.

 

EVENTS:

Sacramento Knitting Guild, February 1, 2018 - Barb and Tracie will be the featured speakers.

Stitches West 2018 - February 25-28, 2018

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #124

Another Whinstone hat by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorway

The Medaki Cardigan by Kristen Johnstone, using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Royalty colorway

Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet  

Thunderstorm Toque by AbbyeKnits using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Royalty color way

Will's Christmas Socks, a vanilla sock with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Patons Kroy Sock FX in the Clover colorway

 

Tracie has finished:

Maize Mitts in Hufflepuff colors by Tin Can Knits

Hive Hat by Tanya Patterson

 

Barb is currently working on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway


Barb has cast-on:

Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry, using Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering in the Magical Dyepot D3, D5 and D6 color ways.  And many thanks to Zen Yarn Garden for gifting the yarn to Barb for review!


Tracie is working on:

Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice in the Ruby colorway

Her 5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota

Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde colorway

Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Miss Babs Hot Shot in the Hot to Trot color way

 

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Crowing Up Cult by Jayant Tamm - Tracie liked it a lot

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner - meh!

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Ann Quindlen - Tracie recommends it!

 

Barb has finished:

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery by Frank Vertosick - Barb loved it

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone - thumbs up!

Don't Look Back by Greg Hurwitz - good, don't read it at night by yourself!

 

Barb and Tracie both reviewed:

The Child by Fiona Barton - thumbs up from both Chicks!

 

Tracie is reading:

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

 

Barb is reading:

Murder in Room 305  by Gary King

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

 

Other podcasts mentioned:

Heaven's Gate audio podcast

Skein Enable audio podcast

Dec 26, 2017
Episode 149: There Are Decorative Pillows
01:07:11

Recorded on December 6, 2017

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread.

Giveaway Time!  

Enter to win a skein of Duren Dyeworks Self-Control Fingering (100% BFL SW) in the Barbie Time colorway by leaving a comment here.  The thread will close December 15.


Thank you to Diane of Dinaripper Creations for sending Pussyhat project bags to Barb and Tracie!   Check out her shop for cute project bags, handknit items and other good things

 

We have 2 Knit Lit Chicks merchandise!  Please go here to see all the choices available!

 

EVENTS:

Sacramento Knitting Guild, February 1, 2018 - Barb and Tracie will be the featured speakers.

Stitches West 2018 - February 25-28, 2018

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Added Elegance Socks for Ann, using Knit Picks Felici in the Nassau colorway

Mother Bear #123

Whinstone hat by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorwa

Tracie has finished the Top This Puppy Hat, using a DMC Creative World Top This Kit

Barb is currently working on:

Will's Christmas Socks, a vanilla sock with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Patons Kroy Sock FX in the Clover colorway

The Medaki Cardigan by Kristen Johnstone, using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Royalty colorway

Barb didn't work on, but hopes to get back to:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway

Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet  

 

Tracie is working on:

Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice in the Ruby colorway

Her 5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota


She didn't work on but hopes to get back to:

Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde colorway

Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Miss Babs Hot Shot in the Hot to Trot color way

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

How My Book Club Got Arrested by Leslie O’Kane

River Road by Carol Goodman

Tracie is reading:

Both Barb and Tracie are reading The Child by Fiona Barton and will discuss it together in Episode 150.

Barb is reading:

Other podcasts mentioned:

Done Disappeared

Young Charlie

Dec 08, 2017
Episode 148: I Can Flat-Iron My Hair with One Hand!
01:14:00

Recorded on November 23, 2017

Book Talk starts at 25:31

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread.

Giveaway Time! 
Enter to win a skein of Duren Dyeworks Self-Control Fingering (100% BFL SW) in the Barbie Time colorway by leaving a comment here. The thread will close December 15.
Want to win an copy of Helen Stewart’s Knitvent 2017? Leave a comment on knittybarb’s Instagram post to enter. This contest will close November 30.

Barb completely enjoyed the Authors Luncheon benefiting the National Kidney Foundation: authors Joyce Maynard, Lee Child, Lisa See, Christine Carter, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) and Lisa Brown, Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski

Tracie has finished:
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose
Purl Rib hat by me in Plymouth Encore
Purl Rib hat by me in Naturally Nazareth

Barb has finished:
Mother Bear #122
Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Cherry Swirl colorway
2 pair of child-size Maize mitts using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorway
Mitts for Your Little Paws by Holly Marie using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorway
Jayla’s Birthday Socks using Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns and Fishknits Boot Strap yarn in the NorCal Vernal Pools colorway
Rachel’s Christmas Shortie Socks, using the BFF Shortie Socks pattern by Ashlynn Alexander
Germinate Mitts by Hannah Colbert using Dascade 220 Superwash in the 1910 (Blue-Green) colorway
Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington, using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway

Tracie is not working on anything, but she did cast on:
Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice in the Ruby colorway

Barb is working on:
Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways
Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway
Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet 

And she has cast on:
Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Knit Picks Felici in the Nassau colorway
Will’s Christmas Socks, using Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity in an Olive Green colorway and Patons Kroy FX in the Clover colorway.
Whinstone Hat by Chrissy Graham (test knit) using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorway.

Tracie has finished:
Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron
The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs by Matthew Dick
The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell
Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

Barb has finished:
Capture by Roger Smith
Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil
Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard
The Girl Who was Taken by Charlie Donlea

Tracie is reading:
Serpentine: The True Story of a Serial Killer's Reign of Terror from Europe to South Asia by Thomas Thompson
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Barb is reading:
How My Book Club Got Arrested by Leslie O’Kane
River Road by Carol Goodman

Barb says thumbs up to podcasts Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Happier in Hollywood with Liz Craft and Sarah Fain

 

Nov 25, 2017
Episode 147: There's Dung Everywhere
01:27:32

Recorded on November 1, 2017

Book Talk starts at 40:01

 

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread (coming soon!).

 

New Giveaway!  Duren Dyeworks Self-Control Fingering (100% BFL SW) in the Barbie Time colorway

 

Tracie has finished:

Top This! snowflake hat in DMC Creative World Top This for Audrey

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose for charity

Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe 

colorway

Ruby’s Hat by Caroline Spillane in Plymouth Toybox Rainbow

Barb has finished:

Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Black Pepper Swirl colorway

Another Ridge Runner Hat by Chrissy Graham, using leftover Plymouth Galway Worsted

Tracie has cast on:

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

And has continued to work on:

5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake

Redford by Julie Hoover in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Hardtwist in the Monteverde colorway

Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot

She is anxious to cast on:

Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice

Barb is working on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway

Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet 

And has cast on:

Socks for Jayla using  the Basic Sock Pattern from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns with Fishknits Bootstrap yarn in the NorCal Vernal Pools colorway.

Pioneer Braid #4 using Premier Sweet Roll in the Sweet Cherry colorway

Finished Books: 

The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding

Mortal Fall by Christine Garbo

 

Finished:

Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

 

Current Books

Capture by Roger Smith

Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

Reading:

Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron

 

 
Nov 03, 2017
Episode 146: Stay Safe Out There
01:09:25

Recorded on October 11, 2017

Book Talk Starts at 22:40

We really appreciate your iTunes reviews!  And we also really appreciate you joining our Ravelry group.  Thank you so much.

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread (coming soon!).

Tracie & Barb will be at: 

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.


Sacramento Knitting Guild February 1, 2018.  Tracie and & Barb will be the speakers at this meeting.

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Helix Hat #5 by Jessica Rose

Tracie has finished:

Twist Hat (Twisted Up Reversible Striped Hat by Nicole Gehrig in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazareth in the Winter colorway (see picture at left)

Slouchy Star-Crossed Beret by Natalie Larson in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazereth in the Winter colorway

4th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake

Agathis Hat by Agata Smektala in Rowan Pure Woll Superwash Worsted 

 

Barb continues to work on:

*Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

*  Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway

Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Black Pepper Swirl colorway

Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet 

 

Barb has cast on:

* Another Ridge Runner Hat by Chrissy Graham, using leftover scraps of two colors of Plymouth Galway Worsted

* Mother Bear #121

 

Tracie continues to work on:

Redford by Julie Hoover in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Hardtwist in the Monteverde colorway

Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot

Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Barb finished reading: 

The Whistler by John Grisham

Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker

 

Tracie has finished:

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Inside-Out Girl by Tish Cohen

* This is Not Over by Holly Brown

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

 

Barb is currently reading:

The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Mortal Fall: Glacier Mystery #2 by Christine Carbo

 

Tracie is currently reading:

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe

 

 

Barb recommended the Dirty John Podcast (link goes to the first episode)

 

 

 
Oct 14, 2017
Episode 145: You Know I Love a Good Tonal...
01:12:22

Recorded September 27, 2017

Book Talk Starts at 30:25

 

We would really appreciate some new iTunes reviews!  

We are so close to 3000 members - please come join our Ravelry group!

 

Our sweater KAL is coming right up - October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread (coming soon!)

 

Tracie & Barb will be at: 

Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will be attending on Saturday, October 7th.

 

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #119

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

Thundertwist by Greg Cohoon, using Plymouth Galway in the 121 colorway (light green)

 

Tracie finished:

2nd Puppy Pullover by Kitterly (free pattern) for Posy

Basic Peanut Body with rabbit ears from 50 Yards of Fun by Rebecca Danger

Crumpet Beret by Maura Kirk for Mano Del Uruguay (free pattern) in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde Superwash DK in the Mae colorway

 

Barb continues to work on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Out of hibernation – Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

 

And she has cast on:

Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway

Stashbusting Helix Hat#5 by Jessica Rose

Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Black Pepper Swirl colorway

Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet 

 

She frogged

Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

 

 

Tracie frogged:

Smoky Mountain Moebius Cowl by Leedra Scott in Malabrigo Rueca in the Indicita Colorway

 

She has cast on: 

Slouchy Star-Crossed Beret by Natalie Larson in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazereth in the Winter colorway

 

And continues to work on:

Redford by Julie Hoover in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Hardtwist in the Monteverde colorway

Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot

4th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake

Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe 

colorway

 

Barb finished reading: 

Vanished: Cold-Blooded Murder in Steeltown by Jon Wells

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

 

Tracie finished:

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original “Psycho" by Harold Schechter

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner

 

Barb is reading:

The Whistler by John Grisham

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot

 

Tracie is reading:

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

 

Sep 29, 2017
Episode 144: Fall Weater SKAL!
01:09:58

Recorded September 14, 2017

Book Talk Begins at 39:40

 

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has ended!  We will give the winners another week to hear their names and contact us before we PM them.

 

Tracie & Barb will be at 

Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will be attending on Saturday, October 7th.

 

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

 

KNITTING


Barb has finished:

*  Mother Bear #118

*  Her 2nd Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps

*  Blenheim Hat by Chrissy Graham, using Vanna’s Choice in the Colonial Blue colorway

*  Ridge Runner Hat by Chrissy Graham, using Lane Boroesia in a turquoise color way

*  Stashbusting Helix Hat #4 by Jessica Rose, using worsted weight scraps

*  Candy Jar Socks (Vanilla Bean by Emily O’Grady) using Knit Picks Felici in the Candy Jar colorway.

*  Hitofude cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu, using madelinetosh Feather in the Oddessy colorway

 

 

Tracie has finished

 

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii (shown here on the recipient!)

 

*  Puppy Pullover for Sally, designed by Bitterly in Universal Uptown Worsted and Cascade Anthem


Barb has cast on:

*  Thundertwist (a hat) by Greg Cohoon, using Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted in the 121 colorway

*  Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock Multi in the Voyager color way, along with Lorna's Laces String Quintet in the Voyager colorways.

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.  She is determined to have this finished by the time Episode 145 is recorded!

*  Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

 

Tracie has cast on:

*  Her 2nd Puppy Pullover by Kitterly Kits

*  The Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde color way

 

Tracie continues to work on:

Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe 

colorway

*  Smoky Mountain Moebius Cowl by Leedra Scott in Malabrigo Rueca in the Indicita Colorway

*  Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Miss Babs Hot Shot in the Hot to Trot colorway

*  Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota


PRODUCT REVIEW

Barb and Tracie reviewed Knitter's Pride Royale Knitting Needles.  Thumbs up from both of them!


BOOKS

Barb is reading:

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

And Tracie is reading:

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

 

 
Sep 16, 2017
Episode 143: I Have Stoken
01:27:39

Recorded on September 2, 2017.

Book Talk starts at 28:14

Casual Hitofude KAL

Mother Bear KAL!  

 

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has ended!  Thank you to everyone who has participated and/or donated prizes.  Listen to the end to hear the list of winners!

 

Tracie & Barb will be at 

Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will let you know which day we’ll be attending closer to the event.

 

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

 

Barb has finished:

 Mother Bears #116 & 117

Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lacegarn in the 13 A1 colorway.

Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twisted in the Fog Bank colorway

Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan in Premier Yarns Sweet Roll

 

Tracie has finished

Mother Bears 117, 118 & 119

Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusing Helix Hat by Jessica Rose (with slip stitch!) hat in SF State colors

 

Barb continues to work on:

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps

Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu, using madelinetosh Feather in the Odessy colorway

 

And has cast on:

Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Candy Jar Socks (Vanilla Bean by Emily O’Grady) using Knit Picks Felici in the Candy Jar colorway.

Blenhieim hat by Chrissy Graham, using Vanna’s Choice in the Colonial Blue colorway.

 

Tracie has put into hibernation:

 New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

 

She has cast on:

Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe 

colorway

Smoky Mountain Moebius Cowl by Leedra Scott in Malabrigo Rueca in the Indicita Colorway

 

And continues to work on:

Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota

Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii

 

Barb has finished reading:

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server by Paul Hartford

 

Tracie has finished:

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robothom

Overkill by Lyn Riddle

Open Season (Joe Pickett, #1) by CJ Box

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

Perfect Husband: The True Story of a Trusting Bride Who Discovered Her Husband Was a Cold-Blooded Killer by Gary Provost

 

Barb is reading:

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede

 

And Tracie is reading:

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

Sep 04, 2017
Episode 142: Everybody Wants Affordable Hair
01:42:33

Recorded August 12, 2017

Book Talk starts at 1:07:54

 

This episode features my special guest, Celia McAdam Cahill, aka PinotNoir on Ravelry!  Celia is the designer of the Peer Pressure shawlette and many other designs for Cast-On Magazine, as well as being certified as a Master Hand Knitter by the Knitting Guild Association.  Her most recent design is the Wayfarer cardigan. 

 

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!

 

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:

*The KAL will run until August 31, 2017

*Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 

*Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 

*After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.

*We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.  

*Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear.

 

Tracie & Barb will be at 

Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will let you know which day we’ll be attending closer to the event.

 

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

 

Thank you so much to Jimmy Beans Wool - we had a fabulous time on the very first Biggest Little Bus Tour!  

 

Celia has finished:

Hey Teach by Helene Rush

Lotus Gradient, her own original design

 

 

Tracie has finished:

Mother Bears 114, 115 (Emerald Jade-Kelly), and 116 (Anne Elliot)  

3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar

 

 

Celia is working on:

Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes in Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect in the 7122 Black/Tan colorway

Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Neighborhood Fiber Rustic Fingering in Kalorama Circle

A new design for the Winter issue of a Cast On Magazine with the working name Caprice: a standard fitting pullover with confetti color lower arms and bodice, with chevron duplicate stitching in Invictus Yarns Beyond

 

Tracie has cast-on:

Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota

 

And continues to work on:

Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot

Sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat (now with slipped stitches!) by Jessica Rose in SF State colors

New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii

 

Celia finished reading:

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

Return and Regret: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra

 

She did not finish:

The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen by Mark Shaw

 

Tracie has finished:

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone

Murder in Room 305 by Gary C. King

Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2003) by David Sedaris

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

 

Celia is reading:

Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard

 

Tracie is reading:

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robothom

 

Thumbs Up:  Freeway Service Patrol in California

Aug 15, 2017
Episode 141: Can That be True?
01:11:15

Recorded on July 27, 2017

Book Talk starts at 25:55

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!

 

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:

*The KAL will run from now - August 31, 2017

*Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 

*Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 

*After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.

*We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.  

*Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear.

 

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar..

 

Tracie & Barb will be at 

Jimmy Beans Wool Biggest Little Bus Tour - the maiden voyage on August 5 is sold out, but stayed tuned on the JBW website for future dates

 

Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will let you know which day we’ll be attending closer to the event.

 

Barb finished: 

Mother Bear #111, 112, 113, 114 & 115

Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway

 

Tracie finished:

Mother Bears 111 & 112 

(Ho’onanea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland in Stunning Strings Studio Serenity in the Reflecting Pool Colorway

 

Barb continues to work on:

ScWiNoNa by Weezalana in Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway

* Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

* Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.

Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

*ScWiNoNa by Weezalana – using Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway

*Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu, using madelinetosh Feather in the Odessy colorway.

Tracie has cast on:

Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot

 

And continues to work on:

* Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in SF State colors

New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

* 3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”

Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and * (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii

 

Barb did not finish:

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

 

She did finish:

People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

Regret & Return by Tracie Kluver Bezerra

Theft by Finding Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 

Tracie finished:

Murder at McDonalds: The Killers Next Door by Phonse Jessom

The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick

Father of the Rain by Lily King

 

Barb is reading:

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Waiter to the Rich and Shameless: Confessions of a Five-Star Beverly Hills Server by Paul Hartford

 

Tracie is reading:

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Jul 29, 2017
Episode 140: And You Knit It, Like, Three Times
47:31

Tracie apologizes for all the ambient noise in this episode.  She shouldn't have been fiddling with stuff so much during recording!

Recorded on July 8, 2015

Book Talk Begins at 23:07

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!

 

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:

1.  The KAL will run from now - August 31, 2017

2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 

3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 

4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.

 

We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.  

5.  Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear.

 

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded, read, and/or reviewed Tracie's novel Regret & Return: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra is available for $2.99, or free as part of Kindle Unlimited.


KNITTING

Barb highly recommends Cloudborn Fibers Wool Worsted Twist, available from Craftsy.com


Barb has finished:

* Mother Bears #109 & #110

Peer Pressure Shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Abstract Fiber O'Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway

Tracie has finished

Mother Bears #110 and #111

 

Barb is currently working on:

ScWiNoNa by Weezalana in Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway

* Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.

Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.

Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

 

Tracie is currently working on:

* Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in SF State colors

New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

* 3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”

Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and * (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)

(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie has finished:

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie

Bad Blood (Lucy Black #4) by Brian McGilloway

 

Barb is reading:

People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

 

Tracie is reading:

Murder at McDonalds: The Killers Next Door by Phonse Jessom

The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick


Barb recommends:

Ear Hustle podcast

Shetland TV Series (available on Netflix)

The Handmaid's Tale TV series (available on Hulu

Jul 14, 2017
Episode 139: The Chocolate is All Gone
01:13:42

Recorded June 28, 2017

Book Talk starts at 34:20

The 2 Knit Lit Chicks SWAP is done - thank you, SandraMaz!

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded, read, and/or reviewed my novel Regret & Return: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra is available for $2.99, or free as part of Kindle Unlimited.

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:

1.  The KAL will run from now - August 31, 2017

2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 

3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 

4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.

 

We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.   And thank you:

DCAlaneKnits – a mystery prize to a winner, and  a prize for people knitting or crocheting their first bear!

PattyB – pattern up to $8

An anonymous donor will gift a Ravelry pattern of the winner’s choice up to $7 

PinotNoir has donated a whole bunch of lovely yarn

LetsGoBows has made a $15 directly to the MBP

 

Barb has finished

Mother Bear #108

Slip and Swirl Socks by krisluvswool, using Ladybug Fibers Company Sparkly Sock Self-Striping in the Twinkle Toes colorway.

Noro Woven Stitch Shawl by Zapasi, using a Caron Cake in the Blueberry Cheesecake colorway.

Pioneer Braid Scarf using a Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Gelato Pop colorway

 

Tracie has finished

Mother Bears 107, 108 and 109 

Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey (linen & cotton)

 

Barb has cast on

ScWiNoNa by Weezalana in Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway

Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

 

And continues to work on

Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.

Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  

Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway.

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.

Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Abstract Fiber O’Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway

Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

 

Tracie has cast on

Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in SF State colors

New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

 

And continues to work

3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”

Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)

(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii

 

Barb has finished

 A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

The Green Road by Anne Enright

Ask Him Why by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Celine by Peter Heller

 

Tracie has finished

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

How It All Began by Penelope Lively

Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

 

Barb is reading

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

 

Tracie is reading

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie

Bad Blood (Lucy Black #4) by Brian McGilloway

 

Jul 02, 2017
Episode 138: That Is Not An Act of God
01:14:18

Recorded on June 14, 2017

Book Talk Starts at 33:30

Tracie has a published novel available through Amazon on Kindle:  Regret & Return: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra.  It is available for $2.99, or free as part of Kindle Unlimited.  Check it out!

 

2KLC Swap is almost over!  JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date.  When you get your swap package, please take pictures and post in the "THANK YOU" thread.

 

Framework: Ten Architectural Knits by Norah Gaughan!  The winner will be announced at the end of this podcast.

 

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:

1.  The KAL will run from now - August 31, 2017

2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 

3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 

4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.

 

We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.

 

Listen to the end of the podcast to hear the 3 winners of the Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill!  This contest ended on June 15, 2017.

 

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Mother Bears #106 & #107

Her second Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota from a fingering weight "Magic Cake"

 

Barb has finished:

*  her Edin Cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain’s Blue Colorway.

*  Noro Woven Stitch Shawl by Zapasi, using a Caron Cake in the Blueberry Cheesecake colorway.

*  Mother Bears #106 & #107

 

Tracie has cast on:

*  Her 3rd Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jane Pihota, again using a "Magic Cake" of fingering scraps.

 

Tracie continues to work on:

*  Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)

*  (Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway

*  Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

 

Barb has cast on:

*  Her 2nd Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota 

*  A 2nd Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fukatso, using Madelinetosh Feather in the Odyssey colorway

 

Barb Continues to work on:

*  Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.

*  Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  

*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway.

*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.

*  Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Abstract Fiber O’Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway

*  Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

 

BOOKS

 

 

Tracie has finished:

*  Murder of Innocence: The Tragic Life & Final Rampage of Laurie Dann by Joel Kaplan

*  Lily & the Octopus by Steven Rowley

 

Barb has finished:

*  What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

*  Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

 

Tracie is currently reading Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

 

Barb is currently reading:

*  The Green Road by Anne Enright

Jun 17, 2017
Episode 137: It was Their Version of a Bud Lite
57:37

Book Talk starts at 28:45

 

2KLC Swap is moving along.  Please check in frequently!  It is so important...

May 31st check in #4 

JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date

 

You still have time to win an ecopy of Framework: Ten Architectural Knits by Norah Gaughan!  To enter the drawing, leave a comment on the contest thread, which will close May 31.

 

It's time to get ready for our annual Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:

1.  The KAL will run from July 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017

2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 

3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 

4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.

 

We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.

 

Barb and Tracie love the new shawl design, Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill!  Celia has kindly donated 3 copies of this shawl to give away to lucky listeners.  Please go to the contest thread in our Ravelry Group to enter to win. 

This contest will end on June 15, 2017.

 

Tracie and Barb will both be at Spinning at the Winery on June 3!  The event will run from 10am to 4pm at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore, California.  Enjoy some wine, bring a dish to share in the excellent potluck lunch, pick up some yarn or spinning supplies in the vendor’s market, and don't forget your knitting, drop spindle or spinning wheel!  This is the 20th annual event put on by the Treadles to Threads Spinning Guild.

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Mother Bears 103 (knit) and 104 (crochet)

Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge colorway

 

Barb has cast on:

Edin Cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain’s Blue Colorway.

Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.

Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  

Noro Woven Stitch Shawl by Zapasi, using a Caron Cake in the Blueberry Cheesecake colorway.

And continues to work on:

*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway.

*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.

*  Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Abstract Fiber O’Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway

*  Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

 

Tracie has cast on:

Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)

 

And continues to work on:

(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway

Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

2nd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi

 

BOOKS

Barb finished;

Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth, 1527-1608 by Mary S. Lovell

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

 

Tracie didn’t finish Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

 

She did finish:

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

@ The Crystal Lake: Revisiting Walden from the Digital Age by James Bezerra 

 

Barb is reading:

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

 

And Tracie is reading:

Lily & the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Murder of Innocence: The Tragic Life & Final Rampage of Laurie Dann by Joel Kaplan

 

Thumbs Up – Dos Coyotes Border Cafe.  There are now 10 locations in the Sacramento Area and the East Bay.

May 27, 2017
Episode 136: It Has a Little Nub
01:07:11

Recorded May 10, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 32:2)

 

Our Colorwork KAL is finished!  Be sure and listen until the end to hear the winners.

 

2KLC Swap is moving along.  Please check in frequently!  It is so important...

May 15th: Check-In #3 

May 31st check in #4 

JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date


You still have time to win an ecopy of Framework: Ten Architectural Knits by Norah Gaughan!  To enter the drawing, leave a comment on the contest thread, which will close May 31.

 

It's time to get ready for our annual Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:

1.  The KAL will run from July 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017

2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread.

3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet".

4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.

 

We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.

 

We have a new giveaway!  Barb and Tracie love the new shawl design, Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill!  Celia has kindly donated 3 copies of this shawl to give away to lucky listeners.  Please go to the contest thread in our Ravelry Group to enter to win.

This contest will end on June 15, 2017.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

*  Her Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar, using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways. 

* Mother Bear #105

 

Tracie has finished: Mother Bears #101 and #102

Barb has cast on:

The Peer Pressure Shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Abstract Fiber O'Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway.

*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.

*  A project she can’t talk about it because it’s a project for her swap partner!

*  Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

 

Barb has frogged the Edin cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain's Blue colorway - she will start it over going down 2 sizes.

 

Tracie has cast on:

(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Dindy Carland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway


Tracie is continuing to work on:

*  Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

*  2nd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”

*  Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

*  The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - she gives it a "thumbs sideways"

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante - again, a "thumbs sideways"

Tracie has finished reading:

*  Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman - she recommends this book

*  Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica - she does not recommend this book

*  The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

Barb is currently reading:

*  Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder by Mary S. Lovell

*  The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Tracie is currently reading:

*  A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

*  Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

Barb recommends the Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren, available on Hulu

 
May 12, 2017
Episode 135: She May be a Bubble off Plumb...
01:11:19

Recorded April 26, 2017

Book Talk Begins at 42:35

 

Our Colorwork KAL is almost finished, so get knitting and post those FOs!

 

2KLC Swap is moving along.  Please check in frequently!

April 30th: Check-In #2 

May 15th: Check-In #3 

May 31st check in #4 

JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date

 

Tracie has finished

Retreat Bath Mitt by Elizabeth Doherty in Quince & Co Sparrow

Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns Desert Dream in the Deep colorway

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

(photo)

 

Barb has finished:

Skew Socks by Lana Holden using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Asphalt Jungle colorway.

 

Tracie has cast on:

Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

 

And she continues to work on:

2nd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”

Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi

 

Barb is working on:

Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

*  Test knit - Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar (the Giving Flower) using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways. Edin cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain's Blue colorway

Retreat Bath Mitt by Elizabeth Doherty, using Quince & Co. Sparrow in the Sans colorway

 

And cast on:

A project she can’t talk about it because it’s a project for her swap partner!

Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.

 

Win an ecopy of Framework: Ten Architectural Knits by Norah Gaughan!

(phot0)

To enter the drawing, leave a comment on the contest thread, which will close May 31.

 

Tracie has finished reading

Mommy Deadliest by Michael Benson

The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn

 

Barb has finished:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

American Heiress:  The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin

 

Tracie is reading:

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

 

Barb is reading

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder by Mary S. Lovell

 

Barb recommends the Very Pink Podcast

 

Apr 28, 2017
Episode 134: I'll Never Stop Reading About Bad People
01:05:40

Recorded on April 13, 2017

Book Talk starts at 26:50

Our Colorwork KAL started March 1 and will go until May 1.  Challenge yourself!  The FOs thread is open.  You still have time!

The 2 Knit Lit Chicks Spring Fling Swap has started!  You should have received your swap partner by now.  If you are participating, be sure and check the Swap thread a couple of times a week to keep up.

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!

*  3 Knitted Knockers

Barb has finished: 

Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West (pictured above

*  5 Knitted Knockers

Barb has cast on:

*  Edin cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain's Blue colorway

*  Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering weight scraps

Barb is working on:

*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

*  Test knit - Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar (the Giving Flower) using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways. 

*  Skew socks by Lana Holden using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Asphalt Jungle colorway


Tracie has cast on:

*  Retreat Bath Mitt by Elizabeth Doherty, using Quince & Co Sparrow 

Tracie is working on:

* Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway

* Test knit: Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns Desert Dream in the Deep colorway

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi

* Her Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton has come out of hibernation


Tracie has frogged:  Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway


Discussion of the Magic Knot (Double Knot):

Jane Richmond - The Double Knot YouTube Video

How to Remember the Double Knot by Paula Emons-Fuesle YouTube video


BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

 Barb has finished:

Breaking Wild by Diane les Becquets

Tracie is currently reading:

*  The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple by Jeff Guinn

*  Mommy Deadliest by Michael Benson

Barb is currently reading:

*  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

 
Apr 16, 2017
Episode 133: Boy The Fashion Was Ugly Then...
01:00:59

Recorded March 29, 2017

Book Talk starts at 24:20

 

Our Colorwork KAL started March 1 and will go until May 1.  Challenge yourself!  The FOs thread is open.

 

Barb has finished: 

3 Knitted  Knockers

My Rainbow Heart by Stephanie Lotven, using Valley Yarns Huntington in the Sea Gull colorway

That Easy Guernsey Hat by Christine Roy, using leftover aran weight yarns

Vanilla socks using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway

 

Tracie has finished:

5 knitted knockers

Sprig Cloche by Alana Dakos in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

All That Jazz by TheTwistedYarn blog in Greenwood Fibers Star Dust mini-skeins in Earthen Hues

Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon in Fishknits Panache in the 42 Degrees Opposite the Sun for my niece Lexi’s 8th birthday

 

Barb has cast on:

Test knit - Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar (the Giving Flower) using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways.

Skew socks by Lana Holden using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Asphalt Jungle colorway

 

Barb is working on:

Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West

 

Tracie has cast on:

Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi

Test knit: Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns Desert Dream in the Deep colorway

 

Tracie is working on:

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!

Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway

 

 

 

Barb finished

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

The Last September by Nina de Gramont

I Know I Am but What Are You? By Samantha Bee

The Shift:  One Nurse, Twelve hours, Four Patients Lives by Theresa Brown

 

Tracie has finished

Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson

No One Needs to Know by Kevin O’Brien

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood & Scientology by Leah Remini

 

Barb is reading:

American Heiress:  The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin

Breaking Wild by Diane les Becquets

 

Tracie is reading:

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

 

“Feud: Bette & Joan” on FX

 

Apr 01, 2017
Episode 132: Poncho Pikachu
01:26:35

Book Talk Begins at 34:20

Recorded on March 15, 2017

 

We are hosting a Colorwork KAL starting on March 1, and ending on May 1, 2017. 

 

Chat it up and make plans in our Colorwork KAL Chatter Thread

 

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration. 

 

Knit anything with colorwork - that means intarsia, stranded colorwork, stripes, brioch, double knitting, or slipped stitches.  We encourage you to challenge yourself. 

 

Pick a project larger than a mug cozy and you're good to go!

 

Be sure and listen until the end of the podcast for the winners of the Namaste Bag Giveaway, and to hear the latest news for the NoCKRs Retreat.

 

2 Knit Lit Chicks 2017 SWAP!  Yes, we are doing it again.  And once again, our leader is the indomitable SandraMaz.  Do you want to join us?  If so, please read all about it and follow the instructions  to enter here.  The deadline to enter the swap is March 20, 2017, so hop to it!!

 

We would love it if you would join our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Ravelry Group.  We have a lot of fun over there!!  

 

KNITTING

 Barb has finished:

 

* Her Levitate Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Noro Kureopatora in the 2015 colorway 

 Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway

*  Knotted Rib hat by Cheryl Beckerich, using Vanna's Choice in the Cranberry colorway

* Her My Garter Slipped! Scarf by Bereni New, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway

*  Vanilla is the New Black Socks by Anneh Fletcher, using Leading Men Fiber Arts ShowStopper in the 911 Butterfly colorway

*  Brain Hat for Science by Kristen McDonnell, using Lion Brand Heartland in colorway 103

*  3 Knitted Knockers

Ponchos" in the wild at" Stitches West!  Left to right - JChant, 1HundredProjects,  xchorse,  BetterinMotion, Barb, and Thumperina!

 

Tracie has finished:

 

*  School's Out child's cardigan by Katya Frankel in Shaggy Bear Farms merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk

 

*  Kallisti Cowl by Hillary Smith Callis in Caron Cake int the Blueberry Kiwi colorway

*  2 PussyHats - 1 in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow, and 1 in stripes of many different pink yarns

Barb is working on:

 

*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

*   Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

 

*  Vanilla Socks, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway

*  My Rainbow Heart mitts by Stephanie Lotven, using Valley Yarns Huntington as the base color and fingering scraps from stash.

Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West

 

Barb has frogged the Sabine Cardigan by Coco Knits, using Indigodragonfly Merino Single Lace in the 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea.  She just wasn't feeling it.

 

Tracie is working on:

 

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!

*  Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway

*  All That Jazz cowl by TheTwistedYarn Blog, using Greenwood Fibers Star Dust mini-skeins, scraps, bits & leftovers

Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using FishKnits Panache in the 42 Degrees Opposite the Sun colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Runaway by Alice Munroe

The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva 

 

 

Tracie has finished:

 

*  The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

 The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty

*  Wilde Lake by Laura Lipman

Silent Witness: The Karla Brown Murder Case by Don W. Weber and Charles Bosworth

The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

Barb is currently reading:

 

The Last September by Nina de Garment

Tracie is currently reading:

 

No One Needs to Know by Kevin O'Brien

Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson

 

Tracie talked about the HBO series, Big Little Lies

 

Barb talked about the new podcast The 45th, available on iTunes now

Mar 18, 2017
Episode 131: You're Not Spending the Mortgage Money
01:12:50
Mar 03, 2017
Episode 130: I Was Only Going to Round Down
01:09:56

Recorded on February 8, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 32:03

The 2017 Sweater KAL is over!  The Winners are announced at the end of the podcast.

Get ready for our next Knit-along!  We will be hosting a Colorwork KAL starting on March 1, and ending on May 1, 2017. 

Chat it up and make plans in our Colorwork KAL Chatter Thread

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration. 

Knit anything with colorwork - that means intarsia, stranded colorwork, stripes, brioch, double knitting, or slipped stitches.  We encourage you to challenge yourself. 

Pick a project larger than a mug cozy and you're good to go!

 

The Chicks will be at Stitches West 2017  - February 23-26, 2017 at the 

Santa Clara Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be having our regular meet-up in the Hyatt bar on Saturday afternoon - come see us!  Also, check out the booths (and consider knitting or crocheting projects) for two of our favorite knitting charities: the Mother Bear Project will be at booth 704, and Knitted Knockers will be at in Booth 745.  Also, Halos of Hope will be in Booths 7545 & 1003.

NAMASTE BAG GIVEAWAY:  We have 2 Namaste Bags to give away!  The first one (the larger one above) is the Harlow Bag, donated by Barb.  The second one is the Poppins Bag (the smaller one below), donated by Stella650.  They are both gently used...but in truth, they look brand new!  Namaste is no longer in business, so if you always wanted a Namaste bag, now is your chance.

Go to our Ravelry Group and look for the Namaste Bag Giveaway and follow the prompt. 

You must be a member of the group to win.

Contest ends on March 15th.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Pussyhat for her brother-in-law, using the Stashbusting Helix Hat pattern by Jessica Rose

forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100

* A set of C-cup Knitted Knockers, using Cascade Ultra-Pima in the Sage Colorway

 

Barb has finished:

* a KitKat Hat by Andre Sue Knits, using Big Twist in a light raspberry colorway.

Ex Boyfriends by Jennifer Beever using a Caron Cake in the Funfetti colorway


Tracie has cast-on:

* Another Pussycat in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow

School's Out child's cardigan by Katya Frankel in Shaggy Bear Farms merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk

Kallisti Cowl by Hillary Smith Callis in Caron Cake int the Blueberry Kiwi colorway


Tracie is continuing to work on:

*Vanilla Socks in ONline Supersocke 100 Living Color

Joey Sweater by Kate Oates, using Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway


Barb has cast-on:

Knotted Rib hat by Cheryl Beckerich, using Vanna's Choice in the Cranberry colorway

Levitate Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Noro Kureopatora in the 2015 colorway


Barb is still working on:

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher

Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway

Sabine Cardigan by Coco Knits, using Indigodragonfly Merino Single Lace in the 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea


BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel


Barb has finished:

Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman’s Work by Mari Grana

6oo Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

*  The Sleeper by Emily Barr

*  Bitterweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

 

Tracie is currently reading:

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

The Hypnotist's Love Story


Barb is currently reading:

The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Barb recommends the Book Cougars Podcast!













Feb 10, 2017
Episode 129: We were Blocking the Egress
01:14:57

Recorded on January 25, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 39:45

Qur annual Sweater KAL is drawing to a close - the FOs thread will be locked at the end of the day on January 31!  Each entry must be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover. We will draw for the winners of our prize packages at the end of our next episdoe.

 

Gadgets We Love:

Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers

Lilly Brush for depilling sweaters

The Sock Ruler

 

The Chicks will be at Stitches West 2017  - February 23-26, 2017 at the 

Santa Clara Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be having our regular meet-up in the Hyatt bar on Saturday afternoon - come see us!  Also, check out the booths (and consider knitting or crocheting projects) for two of our favorite knitting charities: the Mother Bear Project will be at booth 704, and Knitted Knockers will be at in Booth 745.

 

Barb’s FOs 

Project Peace cowl by Christina Campbell, using Madelinetosh Dandelion in the Magic colorway

Antler Cardigan by TinCan Knits using Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist in the Natural colorway

Vanilla Socks using Gale’s Art Double Secret Sock Blank in the Rockstar Rainbow colorway

Rikke Hat by Sarah Young using CatTail Knits Nugget’s Girlfriend DK in the Sexy colorway

Tilbury Mitts by Chrissy Graham using Alpenglow Bollistic Tweed in the Bruised Grapes colorway

Boreal Forest Cowl by Renee Callahan, using Malabrigo Rios in the Teal Feather and Sand Bank colorways, and Cascade 220 in the natural colorway

Adorable Kids’ Fingerless Mitts by Wei S. Leong, using leftover Gale’s Art Double Secret Sock Blank in the Rockstar Rainbow colorway

 

Tracie’s FOs:

3 Pussyhats, using the Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose for #5 and #7And a regular one with a rolled brim in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow

Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

 

Barb has cast on:

Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher

Kitkat Hat by AndreSue Knits

Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway

Sabine Cardigan by Coco Knits, using Indigodragonfly Merino Single Lace in the 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea

 

And she continues to work on:

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

Ex Boyfriends by Jennifer Beever using a Caron Cake in the Funfetti colorway

 

Tracie has cast on:

Pussyhat for my brother-in-law

Vanilla Socks in ONline Supersocke 100 Living Color

 

Working On:

Joey Sweater by Kate Oates, using Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway

forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100

Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

 

Barb has finished:

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

 

Tracie has finished:

The Girl With all the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Act of Violence by Margaret Yorke

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

There Was An Old Woman by Hallie Ephron

 

Barb is reading:

Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman’s Work by Mari Grana

6oo Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

 

Tracie is reading:

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel

 

 

Jan 28, 2017
Episode 128: It Doesn't Matter, 'Cause I Frogged It
54:13

Recorded on January 8, 2017

 

Book Talk starts at: 21:20

 

Fall is long gone, but our annual Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 31!  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions.  You still have time!

 

The Chicks will be at Stitches West 2017  - February 23-26, 2017 at the 

Santa Clara Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be having our regular meet-up in the Hyatt bar on Saturday afternoon - come see us!


KNITTING


Barb's FOs:

*One Pussycat, using Joann Fabrics Big Twist

*Project Peace Cowl by Christina Campbell, using Madelinetosh Dandelion in the magic colorway


Tracie’s FOs:

*Sprig Cloche by Alana Dakos in Cascade 220 Sport Superwash

*4 Pussycats, in Plymouth Encore, Red Heart, Cascade 220 Superwash

*Quick and Easy Slouchy Hat by Jessica Gutoski, in Lion Brand Thick and Quick in a green colorway

*Instant Raspberry Hat by Tara Bogh, using Bernat Softee Chunky in hot pink

 

Barb continues to work on:

*Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

*Antler Cardigan by TinCan Knits using Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist in the Natural colorway

Vanilla Socks using Gale's Art Double Secret Sock Blank in the Rockstar Rainbow colorway


Barb has cast-on:

*Ex Boyfriends shawl/scarf, using Caron Cakes in the Funfetti colorway

*Boreal Forest Cowl by Renee Callahan, using Cascade 220 in the natural colorway, Malabrigo Yarn Ríos in the Teal Feather and Sand Bank colorwaysm, and Cascade 220 Superwash in a pale pink colorway

*Mother Bear #201


Tracie continues to work on:

*forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100

*A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

*Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

 

Tracie has frogged:

*Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in KnitPicks Full Circle Worsted in the Passion colorway

and

*Sylvia Cardigan by Meghan Jones in Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway

 

Tracie has cast on:

*Joey Sweater by Kate Oates, using Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway


BOOKS

 

 

Barb and Tracie have both finished Find Her by Lisa Gardner.  They both highly recommend this book!


Tracie has also finished:

 

Ill Wind by Nevada Barr

A Killer Among Us: A True Story of Murder and Justice by Charles Bosworth Jr.

 

Barb is currently reading:

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross


Tracie did not finish:

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix


Tracie is currently reading:


Act of Violence by Margaret Yorke

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey


RIP George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds


Carrie Fisher's speech at the George Lucas AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

Jan 10, 2017
Episode 127: They've Clawed Their Way to the Top of the Social Heap in High School
01:04:24

Recorded December 22, 2016

Book Talk starts at: 30:58

Fall is long gone, but our annual Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 3!  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions.  You still have time!

The Chicks will be at Stitches West 2017  - February 23-26, 2017 at the 

Santa Clara Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be having our regular meet-up in the Hyatt bar on Saturday afternoon - come see us!

Tracie’s FOs:

Finished:

2 Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose

One-Cable Mitts by Valerie Teppo in Classic Elite Yarns Water Lily

Barb’s FOs: 

Tupshin Socks by Erin Birnel in Knit Picks Tonal Fingering 

Toasty Texters fingerless mitts by Betsy Stuyvesant, in Dizzy Blond Studios Bombshell Superwash Worsted

Fast and Easy Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Beamer in Malabrigo Rios 

Sweet-ish Fish by Susan B. Anderson in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Worsted 

Two Pussyhats in Joanne Fabrics Big Twist

Tracie has cast on:

forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in KnitPicks Full Circle Worsted in the Passion colorway

or

Sylvia Cardigan by Meghan Jones in Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway

Sprig Cloche by Alana Dakos in Cascade 220 Sport Superwash

And continues working on:

A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

Barb has cast on:

Vanilla Socks using Gale’s Art Double Secret Sock Blank in the Rockstar Rainbow colorway

And continues to work on

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

Tilbury Mittens – by Chrissy Graham (yes, another test knit! so no Ravelry page yet) using Cattail Knits Nugget’s Girlfriend DK in the Sexy Eyes colorway

Project Peace cowl by Christina Campbell, using Madelinetosh Dandelion in the Magic colorway

Antler Cardigan by TinCan Knits using Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist in the Natural colorway

Tracie finished reading:

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Tease by Amanda Maciel

Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster

Barb finished:

Dead Mountain:  The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eicher

Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen

Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman

Journal of the Dead: A Story of Friendship and Murder in the New Mexico Desert by Jason Kersten

Tracie is  reading

Ill Wind by Nevada Barr

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Barb is reading:

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton

 

 

 

 

Dec 27, 2016
Episode 126: So That's Not a Recommendation
01:14:16

Recorded on December 9, 2016

Book Talk starts at 37:00

 

 

 

Our annual fall Sweater KAL is running from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

 

Barb is giving away an unopened Chinook Shawl Kit from Knit Picks in the white-to-black gradient color way.  This giveaway will last until December 15th.


The Knitted Knockers Organization needs your help!  They are in urgent need of as many Knitted Knockers as possible.  Please send your Knockers (unstuffed is fine) to:

Knitted Knockers Support Foundation

1780 Iowa St.

Bellingham, WA 98229

 

 

Knitting

Barb’s has finished:

Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi - it fits well and she loves it!

Café au Lait hat by Kathryn C. (free pattern on Rav) using Knit Picks Swish DK in the Hollyberry colorway

Another Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Nemo Mittens by Siguarlaug Eva Stephansdottir, using Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Orange, Black and White color ways

Another Bankhead Hat by Susie Gourlay, using some leftover Lion Brand Amazing


Tracie has finished:

 

Her Zuzu's Petals by Carina Spencer, using Mini Mochi in the Jungle colorway

Her Water and Stone cardigan by Veera Valimaki, using Imperial Yarn Tracie Too in the Cosmos colorway


Barb is working on:

Tilbury Mittens – by Chrissy Graham (yes, another test knit! so no Ravelry page yet) using Cattail Knits Nugget’s Girlfriend DK in the Sexy Eyes colorway

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

Tupshin Socks, using leftover Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pansy and Heartfelt colorways


Barb has cast on:

Another pair of Toasty Texters fingerless mitts, using Dizzy Blond Studios Bombshell Superwash Worsted in the Phoebe colorway

The Project Peace cowl, using Madelinetosh Dandelion in the Magic Colorway


Tracie is continuing to work on:

A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway


Tracie has cast on:

Another Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose


Barb and Tracie Reviewed:

Double or Nothing: Reversible Knitting for the Adventurous by Alasdair Post-Quinn.  If you would like to win a copy of this book, please go over to our Ravelry Forum and look for the "Double or Nothing" thread.  This contest will close on January 15th.

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger


Tracie has finished:

The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation by Dennis L. Breo and William J. Martin

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

 

Barb is currently reading:

Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen

 

Tracie is currently reading:

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Tracie mentioned an article on charities that are pro-women, earth-friendly and anti- bigotry from the Jezebel.com site:

 

 

 

 

 

 
Dec 11, 2016
Episode 125: Ear Worm Courtesy of Mom
55:07

Recorded on November 24, 2016

Book Talk starts at 17:45

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

Enter to win a copy of the ebook Grown by Kate Oakley here.  This thread will close December 1.

Giveaway for Helen Stewart's Curious Handmade Knitvent 2016 will run until December 1st.  Helen has kindly given us 5 copies to gift to the lucky recipients!

Barb is giving away an unopened Chinook Shawl Kit from Knit Picks in the white-to-black gradient color way.  This giveaway will last until December 15th.

Knitting

Barb’s FO’s:

Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B Anderson using leftover Cascade Eco Plus in the brown colorway.

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Tracie’s FOs

Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

Vanilla Socks in Araucania Ranco Sock

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Barb has cast on:

Café ua Lait hat by Kathryn C. (free pattern on Rav) using Knit Picks Swish DK in the Hollyberry colorway

Tilbury Mittens – by Chrissy Graham (yes, another test knit! so no Ravelry page yet) using Cattail Knits Nugget’s Girlfriend DK in the Sexy Eyes colorway.

And continues working on:

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi

Tupshin Socks, using leftover Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pansy and Heartfelt colorways

Tracie has cast on:

Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

And continues working on:

Water and Sky by Veera Valimaki in Tracie Too in the Quail colorway

Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

Books:

Barb Finished

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCrieght

Tracie Finished: 

Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell

Pippi Longstocking byAstrid Lindgren

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Journal of the Dead: A Story of Friendship and Murder in the New Mexico Desert by Jason Kersten

Barb is reading:

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger

Tracie is Reading:

The Pursuit of Mary Bennet: A Pride & Prejudice Novel by Pamela Mingle

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

 

Nov 27, 2016
Episode 124: She's Gonna Do What She Wants to Do
01:07:23

Recorded on November 11, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 33:00

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

Amplitude pattern by Greg Cohoon – listen to the end of this episode to find out who won.


Current Giveaways:

1.  The givaway for an ebook copy of Grown by Kate Oates will run until December 1st.  Enter to win a copy of the ebook here.

2.  Giveaway for Helen Stewart's Curious Handmade Knitvent 2016 will run until December 1st.  Helen has kindly given us 5 copies to gift to the lucky recipients!

3.  Barb is giving away a Chinook Shawl Kit from Knit Picks in the white-to-black gradient color way.  The kit has never been opened.

This giveaway will last until December 15th.

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

For Good Hat by Megan Williams in Berocco Vintage

Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose

Barb’s FOs

Jayla's Christmas Bear using scraps of yarn

Intergalactic Shawl by Jan Heibert, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pansy and Heartfelt colorways, and Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in the Peapod colorway

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose, using 3 different colors of Encore Tweed Worsted

Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Beamer, using Malabrigo Rios in the Azules colorway

Maize Mitts #3 by Tin Can Knits, using Malabrigo Rios in the Azules colorway

Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B. Anderson, using Noro Kureyon in the 381 colorway


Tracie has Cast-On

Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway


Tracie is continuing to work on:

Water and Sky by Veera Valimaki in Tracie Too in the Quail colorway

Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

Vanilla Socks using Araucania Ranco Sock

Barb has cast-on:

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose, using scraps of worsted weight yarn

The Tupshin Socks, using leftover Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pansy and Heartfelt colorways

Another pair of Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B. Anderson, using leftover Cascade Eco Plus in a brown colorway

Sweet-ish Fish (by Susan B. Anderson) ornament using leftover DK yarn

Barb is continuing to work on:

Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi 

BOOKS

Tracie Finished: 

Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue by Marion Chesney

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

Barb Finished:

No One You Know by Michelle Richmond

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

Tracie is reading

Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell

Pippi Longstocking byAstrid Lindgren

Barb is reading

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCrieght

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

Movies mentioned (Movie trailers linked):

Girl on the Train

A Man Called Ove

Barb talked about a new Netflix series, Doctor Foster

Barb and Tracie discussed the audio podcast, My Favorite Murder

 

Nov 13, 2016
Episode 123: I Never Gave Him a Bottom
01:18:52

Recorded on October 26, 2016

Book Talk starts at 47:09

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

 

Win a copy of the Amplitude pattern by Greg Cohoon – will end on Halloween.  

 

Tracie has Finished:

Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock in Aguas colorway

Meret by Woolly Wormhead in Coffee Beenz in gray

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson in Plymouth Encore in Denim

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in Anzula For Better or Worsted, Universal Yarn Uptown DK and Cascade Cherub Aran

 

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #101

Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain

Toasty Texters Mitts by Betsy Stuyvesant, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Phoebe colorway.

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke using 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK

Watershed Hat by Chrissy Graham, using Plymouth Yarn Tweed in a raspberry colorway

 

Tracie has cast-on:

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

For Good Hat by Megan Williams in Berocco Vintage

 

And is working on:

Water and Sky by Veera Valimaki in Tracie Too in the Quail colorway

Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

 

Barb has cast on:

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose, using 3 different colors of Encore Tweed Worsted

Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi

 

And is working on: 

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi Intergalactic Shawl by Jen Hiebert – using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering

 

REVIEW: Grown by Kate Oakley

(cover photo)

Enter to win a copy of the ebook here.

 

 

BOOKS

Tracie Finished: 

Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

I Let You Go by Claire McIntosh

Closing Time: The True Story of the "Goodbar" Murder by Lacey Fosburgh

 

Barb Finished:

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

 

Tracie is reading

Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue by Marion Chesney

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee

 

Barb is reading

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

No One You Know by Michelle Richmond

Oct 28, 2016
Episode 122: Sometimes People Do
01:08:53

Recorded on October 12, 2016

Book Talk starts at 30:42

Our Fall 2016 Sweater KAL is going strong!  The FO thread is up now, so be sure to post a picture of your sweater when you get it done.  This KAL will end on January 31, 2017.

If you want to win a copy of the Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon, please go to the Ravelry thread to follow the prompt and enter before October 31st.

Tracie gave information on the Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs) in April 2017.  Please  join the Ravelry Group to find out the latest information!

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished another Bankhead Hat by Susie Gourlay, using Lion Brand Amazing

Tracie has finished:

*Summer Fringe Shawlette by Sarah Keller in Chevel Blanc Official Comete 

*Her second Rainbow Sprinkles by Kristy Harrison 

Barb is currently working on:

*Intergalactic Shawl by Jen Hiebert – using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering

*Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke in Plymouth Merino Select DK

*Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain 

*Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi 

While recording this podcast, Barb finished this pair of vanilla socks, using Regia Arne and Carlos Design Series yarn in the Summer Nights colorway (along with scrap yarn for the contrasting cuffs, heels and toes)

Tracie is currently working on:

*Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

*Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

 

*Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock


She has also cast on the Water and Stone Cardigan by Veera Valimaki, using Imperial Yarn Tracie Too in the Quail colorway


BOOKS

Barb has finished:

*My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

*The Girls by Emma Cline

Tracie has finished:

*The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

*Savage Son by Corey Mitchell

*The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

Barb and Tracie are both reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Barb is also currently reading Don't You Cry by Mary Kubica

Tracie is currently reading:

*Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

Oct 13, 2016
Episode 121: Extra Chicken Burrito
01:17:24

Recorded September 26, 2016

Book Talk starts at 30:01

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

Win a copy of the Amplitude pattern by Greg Cohoon – will end on Halloween. 

EVENTS:

Tracie will be at Lambtown - October 1 & 2 at the Dixon May Fair Grounds in Dixon, CA (9-6 on Saturday, 9-4 on Sunday)

Barb will be at  the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat - Saturday October 8, 2016 at the LaQuinta in Tehachapi, CA

 

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #100 

Be Kind Hat by Melissa Simpson, using Vannas Choice

Directional Scarf by Lion Brand, using Lion Brand Amazing.

Mata Shawl by Chrissy Graham, using Gnomeacres Scruffy Gnome DK

The Bankhead Hat by Susie Gourlay, usling Plymouth  yarn Coffee Beenz

Zigzagular Socks #2 by Susie White, using Fishknits Opulence MCN

 

Tracie’s FOs

Meris by Elizabeth Doherty in Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock 

Rainbow Sprinkles by Kristy Harrison

Mr. Cowl by Dani Sunshine in Lion Brand Lion’s Pride Woolspun

 

Barb has cast on

Intergalactic Shawl by Jen Hiebert – using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering

Another Bankhead Hat using Lion Brand Amazing

 

Barb continues to work on

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke in Plymouth Merino Select DK

Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

 

Tracie has cast on

Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

Rainbow Sprinkles by Kristy Harrison

 

Tracie continues to work on

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock

Summer Fringe Shawlette by Sarah Keller in Chevel Blanc Official Comete

 

Barb’s Finished Books

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Heads or Tails by Leslie A. Gordon 

 

Tracie’s Finished Books

There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields

Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder by Ann Rule

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

The Hunt Club Bret Lot

The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley 

 

Barb’s Current Books

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Girls by Emma Cline

 

Tracie’s Current Books

Savage Son by Corey Mitchell

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

 

Barb likes the good customer service from Crate & Barrel 

Tracie recommends Vanishing Edge Panties from Soma

Sep 28, 2016
Episode 120: #firstworldproblems
01:17:34

Book Talk begins at 26.53

Recorded on September 9, 2016

It's the 5-year Podiversary for the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast!  Thank you all for making this journey a fun one.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is finished.  Be sure and listen to the podcast to find out what you won.  If you put a bear in the Mother Bear FO thread and didn't hear your name called, please let us know!

Our contest to win a copy of the latest Stranded Magazine will continue until October 1st.

Next up is our Fall Sweater 2016 KAL/CAL.  You have between October 1st and January 31st to complete an adult-sized sweater.  While you may not want to make the sweater picutred here (!), there are lots of other patterns to choose from.  Take a look at our Bundles Page to see Beginner Sweaters, Adventurous Beginners to Advanced Sweaters and Crochet Sweaters.

WIPs count too!  And as with all of our KALs, you may double-dip into other contests with the same project.

EVENTS

Tracie will be at Lambtown - October 1 & 2 at the Dixon May Fair Grounds in Dixon, CA (9-6 on Saturday, 9-4 on Sunday)

Barb will be at the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat - Saturday October 8, 2016 at the LaQuinta in Tehachapi, CA

Barb has about 35 knitting books for sale here!

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using her NoCKRs yarn from this year – Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering (silk/merino blend) in the Quietude and Forest Floor colorways.

* She has also finished Mother Bears 97, 98 & 99

Tracie has finished:

*her Mr. Cowl by Dani Sunshine.  She used Lion Brand Kion's Pride Woolspun

Suture Hat by Alex Tinsley, using Plymouth Encorein Charcoal

Quick and Easy Slouchy Hat by Jessica Gutoski in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick - Charcoal

I Was a Teenage Mutant Hat in Lion Brand Wool-ease in Green

Barb is working on: 

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke using 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK

Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain

*Zigzagular Socks #2 by Susie White, using Fishknits Opulence MCN in the Shades of TPK colorway

Barb has cast-on:

* The Be Kind hat using Vanna's Choice in a gray color

* The Directional Colors scarf, using Lion Brand Amazing

Tracie is working on:

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

Meris by Elizabeth Doherty in Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in the Carmen colorway

Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock in Aguas colorway

*Summer Fringe Shawlette by Sarah Keller in Chevel Blanc Official Comete in the Cendre colorway

She has cast-on:

* The Hermione Hearts Ron hat by Christy Aylesworth in Zara Merino Extra Fine in Creme

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

*  The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell - excellent book!

*  Nature Girl by Carl Hiasson - recommended

*  Joyland by Stephen King - recommended

*  Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

Tracie has finished:

North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State by John Sweeney  - she recommends it

Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders by Dick Lehr

The Unraveling of Mercy Lewis by Keija Parssinen

*  The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Barb is currently reading:

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

Tracie is currently reading:

*  There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me by Brooke Shields

*  Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Passion and Murder by Ann Rule

Tracie recommends Schofferhofer Grapefruit

Mother Bear KAL prizes and winners:

1.  donated by LGordon555, an e-copy of the Heads or Tails by Leslie Gordon - emrubin

2.  donated by LGordon555 - any Ravelry pattern - moxymomma

3.  1 skein of yarn donated by the Happy Buffalo etsy shop - istop2knit

4.  1 skein of yarn donated by the Happy Buffalo easy shop - mimifan

5.  donated by Sandra Maz - a tote bag - nursecatknit

6.  donated by PrairiePiper - 3 copies of her Crooked Ewe pattern - punkconformity,  domicroche, and Dagger51

7.  2 skeins of yarn donated by Knitty Kitty Bags etsy shop - Sockmonkey628 and miek

8.  donated by Joanna Johnson - Green Gables Knits - jollypondknitter

9.  1 Fix-a-Stitch kit - 1hundredprojects

10.  donated by SSKnits - the Knit Figures app - meadowlarkknit

11.  donated by SSKnits - a pattern from her Ravelry store - Sutton36

12.  donated by knrisluvswool - a copy of her In Transit hat and cowl pattern - jcampo

13.  donated by Sweetart 77 - a project bag from her makethisfromthat etsy store - Brooksnana

14.  donated by Goodstuff - 3 patterns from her Ravelry store - pjpurls, smithMKS, janeos2000

15.  donated by Goodstuff - a project bag from her etsy story - DCAlaneKnits

16.  donated by k8erpillar - 5 sets of bear stitch markers from her etsy shop - Obenya, GailBN, maddiesmom, seestephyknit and jchant

17.  $20 gift certificate donated by Leading Men Fiber Arts  - MariKnits

18.  Halcyon37 donated a Ravelry pattern of the winner's choice -TiaandCat

19.  donated by Jamies900 - 3 gifts of 2skeins of yarn each - Jasdel, rozstitches,  and stella650

20.  donated by Jamies900 - a yarn valet - cobbieknits

21.  donated by Invictus Yarns - 2 skeins of her Captain SW Sweet Clementine - kannasoup and notprunes

22.  donated by Invictus Yarns - 1 skein of MCN Content -  humbledaisy

23.  a copy of Henry's Hat by Joanna Johnson - KnitAdmin

24.  donated by tmkr - a skein of her handspun - MimaB

25.  donated by dptemple - a Ravelry pattern of the winner's choice, up to $10 - Corrinesknits

26.  donated by BostonJen - a copy of the Riley Rose Shawl - Halcyon37

27.  donated by DCAlaneKnits - handmade project bag with DPN holder and stitch markers - WiscKnitter

28.  donated by RedsKnits - teddy bear project bag - KrissyVB

29.  donated by an anonymous donor - a skein of Wollmeise - purlpumpkin

30.  a NoCKRs 2016 wine glass sippy cup - cmillerwise

31.  a NoCKRs 2016 tote bag - farmwife99

32.  2 Knit Lit Chicks project bag, made by Tracie - Belle717

33.  donated by Poppy - single skeins of yarn - pennyforyourthoughts, K8erpillar, straightfork, MEKW and cwyneken

 

 

 

 
Sep 10, 2016
Episode 119: What About Barb?
01:16:27

Book Talk starts at 42:05

Recorded on August 24, 2016

Just a few more days to participate in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  You have until August 31st to post a picture of any bear you have knit or crocheted in 2016 in our FO thread.  Lots of prizes, but your best reward is knowing you have given a child comfort.

Many thanks to our latest donor:

Kathleen (SweeTart77) has donated a project bag from her shop MakeThisFromThat.

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself!

Knit Companion for Android is at last a thing!

 

EVENTS

Tracie will be at Lambtown - October 1 & 2 at the Dixon May Fair Grounds in Dixon, CA (9-6 on Saturday, 9-4 on Sunday)

Tracie and Barb will be at the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat - Saturday October 8, 2016 at the LaQuinta in Tehachapi, CA

 

KNITTING

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #93, 94, 95, 96

Added Elegance socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

PastelMix Shortie Socks using Cascade Heritage in the PastelMix colorway

 

Tracie’s FOs

Mother Bears 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 & 100!

Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Böttger in Becoming Art Agave fingering in the Nebula colorway

Simple Striped Baby Hat by Sascha van Wagtendonk in Frog Tree Pediboo Sock in Tan and Red Heart Baby TLC Multis in Chocolate Mint

 

Barb has cast on:

Zigzagular Socks #2 by Susie White, using Fishknits Opulence MCN in the Shades of TPK colorway

 

And she is working on:

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke using 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK

Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using my NoCKRs yarn from this year – Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering (silk/merino blend) in the Quietude and Forest Floor colorways.

Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain

Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

 

Tracie has cast on:

Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock in Aguas colorway

Summer Fringe Shawlette by Sarah Keller in Chevel Blanc Official Comete in the Cendre colorway

 

And she is working on:

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

Meris by Elizabeth Doherty in Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in the Carmen colorway

 

REVIEW - Stranded Magazine, Mild Weather 2016

To win a copy of this e-magazine, leave a comment here.

 

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

Vertical by Rex Pickett

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Woman with A Secret (UK title: The Telling Error) by Sophie Hannah

 

Barb has finished:

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

By Their Father's Hand: The True Story of the Wesson Family Massacre

by Monte Francis

 

Tracie is reading

Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders by Dick Lehr

North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State by John Sweeney

 

Barb is reading:

Nature Girl by Carl Hiasson

Joyland by Stephen King

 

Stranger Things on Netflix

 

 

Aug 25, 2016
Episode 118: It's the Condos That Are Concerning Me
01:06:01

Book Talk Begins at 30:15

Recorded on August 5, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is ongoing!  You have until August 31st to post a picture of any bear you have knit or crocheted in 2016 in our FO thread.  Lots of prizes, but your best reward is knowing you have given a child comfort.

Thank you to new prize donors:  DCAlaneKnitsredsknitsBostonJentmkr, and dptemple.

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself!  Soon we will start a chatter thread, and create a Ravelry Bundle of patters.


Knit Companion for Android is coming soon!  Please go to Knit Companion for Android thread to find out all about it - and to join in the fun with weekly puzzles/games.  Anyone can play - both IOS and Android users.  


EVENTS:

Lambtown at the Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon, CA is October 1 & 2, 2017.  Tracie will be attending.


Cogknitive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA on OctoberOctober 8th.  Both Barb and Tracie will be attending.


KNITTING

Tracie has finished:


* Mother Bears #88 - 94

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry, using Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo.

 

Barb has finished:


* Her Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Graffiti colorway

*Christmas Vanilla socks using Wisdom Yarn Saki Bamboo Multis in the Crayon Box colorway

Declan Hat by Samantha Kirby using Vanna's Choice in the Colonial Blue colorway

*Hurricane Hat by Andrea Guldin in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers and Twists

 

Tracie is currently knitting:

*Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock 

*Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering

Allegra Cami by Svetlana Volkova, using Euro Baby Cotton 


Barb is currently knitting:

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash

Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using NoCKRs yarn - Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering 

Whippet by Ankestrick, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blush colorway

Wingspan by Mayan Tri'Coterie Designs, using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

 

READING

Tracie has finished:

*  Give a Boy a Gun: The True Story of Law and Disorder in the American West by Jack Olsen

*  You Must Remember This Podcast by Karina Spencer - Charles Manson's Hollywood.  12 episodes, starting with episode 37.

Barb has finished:

*  Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell. 

*  Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

*  Something Missing by Matthew DicksBear in the Back Seat I: *  Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Carolyn Jourdon & Kim DeLozer

*   Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Tracie is currently reading:

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith Hahn Beer & Susan Dworkin

Vertical: The Follow-Up to Sideways by Rex Pickett

Barb is currently reading:

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

 

Aug 07, 2016
Episode 117: Do Not Forget about the Kitty Capes
01:15:02

Book talk starts at 36:55

Recorded July 18, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has started! 

 

The Mother Bear FO thread is open and awaiting your FO pictures.  Please post a separate picture for each bear.  Let's see if we can beat last year's total of 313 bears!

 

We can always use more prizes!  If you have anything you want to donate, please contact us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com.

 

Many thanks to

Halcyon37 – Ravelry pattern of the winner’s choice

From Jamies900 (Jaime) – 4 yarn gifts and a yarn bowl

K8erpillar – set of bear stitch markers

Sue of Invictus Yarns - 3 skeins - 2 worsted and 1 sock

Stephanie of The Happy Buffalo for donating 2 skeins of her sport weight yarn

 

Start thinking about sweaters!  Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself!

 

Knitting

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #83, 84, 85 & 86

In Transit Hat by Krisluvswool using Cascade Heritage in the PastelMix colorway

 

Tracie’s FOs

4 Kitty Capes!

Hermione Loves Ron beanie by Christy Aylsworth (cable and lace beanie) in Mirasol Yarn Nuna

 

Mother Bears 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 & 87

 

Barb’s WIPS 

Summer of ’16 tee by Nidhi Kansel using Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Skinny Cotton has been frogged - did not work out!

Added Elegance socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke using 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK

Christmas Vanilla socks using Wisdom Yarn Saki Bamboo Multis 

 

Barbs Cast-Ons

Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using NoCKRs yarn - Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering 

Hurricane Hat by Andrea Guldin in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers and Twists

 

Tracie’s WIPs

Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino

Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock 

 

Barb’s Finished Books: 

Wish You Well by David Baldacci

The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker

Sphere by Michael Crichton

Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

 

Tracie’s Finished Books

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (author) and Maira Kalman (illustrator)

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

 

Barb’s Current Books

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

 

Tracie’s Current Books

Give a Boy a Gun: The True Story of Law and Disorder in the American West by Jack Olsen

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

by Edith Hahn Beer

 

Barb’s Thumbs Up - Loopy Ewe and their Loopy Rewards program!

 

Tracie’s Thumbs Up - Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick

Jul 20, 2016
Episode 116: Go Back In Time to Enter Our Drawing
01:11:24

Book Talk Starts at 30.15

Recorded on July 1, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has started! 

The Mother Bear FO thread is open and awaiting your FO pictures.  Please post a separate picture for each bear.  Let's see if we can beat last year's total of 313 bears!

We can always use more prizes!  If you have anything you want to donate, please contact us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com.

Thank you to Lalatricoter (Melissa) for donating her copy of Henry's Hat for a Mother Bear Prize.  Also, thank you to Steve of Leading Men Fiber Arts,  SweeTart77 (Kathleen) of MakeThisFromThat etsy shop, and Goodstuff (Brenda) of

Good Stuff Crafts etsy shop for their donations of prizes for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

The Annetarsia Knits book giveaway is done.  The winner will be announced at the end of this podcast.

Tracie had a great time in New York City!  She mentioned Knitty CityAnnie & Co. Needlepoint & Knitting and House of Needlepoint (Darien, CT).  She also spent time with her nieces (pictured at left). they were most interested in playing with her knitting notions.

Tracie also thanked jchant (Julie) for sending her a beautiful skein of HazelKnits yarn, and rozstitches (Rozanne) for the box of Knit Picks needles.

Tracie and Barb reviewed the Fix-A-Stitch.  They have 2 packs to give away.  Please go to the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Ravelry Group to enter the contest!

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

*  KnittyBarb's Monkey Socks #3 by Cookie A., using Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in the Pacific Tonal colorway

KnittyBarb's Socks for Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Dunedin colorway

KnittyBarb's Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Feussle, using FishKnits Divine in the Lotus colorway

* Mother Bears #79, #80, #81 and #82

Spring Foliage Mitts by Alana Dakos, using Bungalow Farms Silver Blizzard

Tracie has finished:

*  alittleposy's Schnit Happens Scratch Hat #2 by Myra Wood, in Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahrida colorway (pictured above)

*  Capelet Tank by Cathy Carrron in LanaKnits Hemp for Knitting in Aubergine colorway.  She thinks this one is a fail :>(  

*  Mother Bears #77, #78 & #79

Barb is continuing to knit on:

* her Summer of 16 by Nidhi Kansel, using Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton in the Sprout colorway  (pictured above)

* her In Transit hat by KrisLuvsWool, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in the Pastel Mix colorway

* the Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

Tracie is working on:

*  Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering

*  Vanilla socks in Araucania Ranco Multy

*  Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo

*  The Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in the Carmen colorway

Tracie has cast on:

*  Hermione Hearts Ron hat by Christy Aylsworth in Mirasol Yarn Nuna in a royal blue color

* stuffed kitty capes for niece Lexi

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

*  Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town by Jon Krakauer.  Thumbs Up for a book that exposes this subject.

*  Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse - a good solid read

*  Binds That Tie by Kate Moratti

*  Sir Phillip's Folly (Poor Relation #4) by Marion Chesney - another good one in the Poor Relations series

Barb has finished:

*  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  She enjoyed the book.

*  The Good House by Anne Leary - she recommends it.* 

*  The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - this book has received a lot of hype.  She didn't love it as much as others have.

*  No One Knows by J.T. Ellison.  A very good suspense book.

Tracie is currently reading Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (author) and Maira Kalman (illustrator)

Barb is currently reading:

*  Wish You Well by David Baldacci

*  The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker

Barb recommends the book podcast What Should I Read Next?; Book Talk/Reading Recommendations/ Literary Matchmaking by Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy).

 

Jul 02, 2016
Episode 115: Mother Bears, Extra Boobs, and the Politics of Podcasting
01:08:51

Recorded on June 10, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 29:50

 Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!  


We have started a Mother Bear KAL/CAL 2016 Chatter Thread.  The FO thread will go up on July 1st, the official start of the KAL.  


Thank you to Kristin (LaterKnitter on Rav) for donating 3 patterns from her daughter's Ravelry pattern store Strawberie Blonde (Erin Harper) for Mother Bear KAL prizes.  And thank you to KrisLusWool for her donation of her In Transit Hat and Cowl pattern.


Barb recommends the Skein Enable audio podcast with Jill (notice on Rav) and Michele (photospice 0n Rav).


To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, Win Annetarsia Knits! and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.


Lifefulloflaugh (Lisa) who hosts the Sock Yarn Swappers Ravelry Group  is running the Summer of Squares KAL.  Join the group and have some fun with those mini skeins!


Tracie will be in New York City  June 20-24 - message her if you want to meet up at a yarn store, or for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, etc!

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

  • Mother Bears #76, #77, #78 & #79.
  • Her Scraptastic Hat by Jane Tanner, using leftover fingering weight yarn.

Tracie has finished:

Barb is continuing to work on:

 

 

Barb has frogged her Forest Foliage by Alana Dakos from the Botanical Knits 2 Book, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

Tracie is continuing to work on:

 

Tracie has cast on:

BOOKS

Barb and Tracie both finished:

Barb also finished:

Tracie did not finish Somethink Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Tracie has finished:

Barb is currently reading:

Tracie is currently reading:

At the end of this epsiode, we announce the four winners for the Joanna Johnson books!

Jun 12, 2016
Episode 114: Mrs. Bennet Is Never Cast In a Good Light
01:13:23

Book Talk Starts at 38:55

Recorded on May 25, 2016

 

Book Talk starts at: 

 Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!

 

We want to thank SSKnits (Joan) for her prize donation for the Mother Bear KAL.  She is donating a pattern of the winner's choice from her Ravelry Store and Knit Figures, her newly designed knitting app!

 

Tracie and Barb will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  The cost is $5 person.  Don't forget:

* sunscreen and a hat

* a potluck dish to share

* Whatever you would like to drink (wine is available for purchase)

Come and join us!


Please go over to the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to find out information about joining in the PalKal (the Podcaster-Along Knit Along).  Dates for this KAL will be 6/15/16 - 9/15/16.


KNITTING


Barb has finished:


Schknit Happens Hat #3 by Myra Wood, using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.

*  Mother Bear #75

 

Tracie has finished:

*  Drizzle hat by MelSki, using her own handspan

*  Mother Bears # 73, 74 & 75.

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

Barb has cast on:

 

 

Tracie is continuing to work on:

 

Tracie has cast-on:

  • Weekend Cowl by Liz Capik in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply  in the Dahlia colorway
  • Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering - to the right is a picture of the yarn as it looked in the skein and then wound into a cake.  What a difference!

 

Barb and Tracie reviewed Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia by Anne Berk. It is a beautiful book featuring a new technique invented by Anne for easy intarsia knitting in the round.  

 

To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, "Win Annetarsia Knits" and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Barb is currently reading:

 

Tracie is currently reading:

May 26, 2016
Episode 113: Thumbs Up for Harriet Tubman!
01:14:40

Recorded on May 11, 2016

Book Talk starts at 39:30

Our Vest-Along ends today.  If you posted an FO in the FOs thread, please listen to the end of the podcast to find out if you won a prize!

 

If anyone would like to donate a prize for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL (July-August 2016), please let us know!   Our donors so far are:

LGordon555 is donating a copy of her novel Heads or Tails, and a pattern of the winner’s choice

Stephanie, aka TheHappyBuffalo on etsy – 2 skeins of yarn - and she puts them in jars with a hole in the lid for the yarn to go through - so cute!

Paula Emmons-Fuessle – 3 copies of her Crooked Ewe pattern

WendyWhalen of Knitty Kitty Bags has started dying yarn and is giving away 2 skeins of yarn of the winner’s choice

Joanna Johnson’s Green Gables Knits, reviewed by the Chicks in Episode 112

 

Phoebe’s Sweater Contest: To win one of Joanna Johnson’s children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread and tell us about the little ones you love to knit for!  The contest will close May 31.

 

Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

 

Tracie’s FOs

Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson in Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals

Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper (strawberie blonde) in Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Freesia colorway

Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessle in Quaere Fibre Gradient Sock in Iced Melon

 

Barb’s FOs

Knitted Knockers

Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer, using Freia Flux Sport in the Vertigo colorway

NoCKRS 2016 Frankensocks, using Knit Picks Stroll in a Navy colorway and all the mini-skeins I traded for at the retreat

Mother Bear #74

 

Tracie’s Cast-Ons:

Drizzle hat by Mel Ski in my handspun silk/merino

Vanilla socks in Araucania Ranco Multy

 

Tracie’s Current Projects:

The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

She obviously needs to cast on more! :-)

 

Barb’s Current Knitting Projects: 

Vanilla Socks for Will using Berroco Comfort Sock in a gray and white self-striping colorway.

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacie Simpson Duke in 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK

Forest Foliage by Alana Dakos from the Botanical Knits 2 Book, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

Schknit Happens #3 using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway

 

Barb’s Cast-Ons

Wee Wildflower by Alana Dakos, using Knit Picks Shine Sport in the Crocus colorway

Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessle in Fish Knits Divine

 

 

Barb Finished Reading 

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

 

Tracie Finished Reading: 

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

Barb is reading:

Two in the Far North by Margaret Mudie

Descent by Tim Johnston

The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White

 

Reading:

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

 

Barb says thumbs up to Happy Valley, a British procedural drama on Netflix

Tracie and Barb both say thumbs up to Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill!

 

 

 

 

May 15, 2016
Episode 112: And a Pair of Crazy Rhoda Pants
01:17:24

Many apologies for the loud page-turning noise during our review segment!

Book Talk starts at 54:27

Recorded on April 27, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...


If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have received your package.  Thank you again to SandraMaz for organizing and moderating the swap.


Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

Tracie recommends a new podcast, Destined2Knit with Marcy and Kim.  Give it a listen! 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

*  Really Fits Top Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.

*  2 Knitted Knockers

*  Mother Bears #73

*  Blossom Gradient Socks, using Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in a purple gradient colorway.

 

Tracie has finished:

*  Her Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

*  Vanilla socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport  You can see them here.

Barb is working on:

NoCKRs 2016 Frankensocks, using Knit Picks Strol Kettle Dyed Sock in a navy color for the cuffs, heels and toes.  The body of the sock is being knit in mini-skeins traded for at the 2016 NoCKRs retreat.  You can see the Clasp Weft Join she is using for the mini-skeins here.

*  Vanilla Socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a Gray and White colorway.

*  The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.

*  Forest Foliage shawl by Alana Dakos, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

*  Schknit Happens Scratch Cap #3 by Myra Wood, using leftover Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.

Tracie is working on:

*  Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper in Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Freesia colorway.

*  The Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessie, using Quare Fibers Gradient Sock in the Iced Melon colorway.

*  The Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson, using Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals in the Belle colorway.

*  The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

*  Tracie has put the Rodeo Drive Poncho into hibernation.

Tracie and Barb reviewed the following books by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by her husband, Eric Johnson:

*  Phoebe's Sweater

*  Freddie's Blanket

*  Henry's Hat

*  Phoebe's Birthday

Tracie and Barb also reviewed Joanna's book, Green Gables Knits

To win one of these children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread.    The Green Gables Knits book will be offered as a prize in our upcoming Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by Marion Chesney.  Barb recommends it, and the entire "Poor Relations" series.

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette.  It was...OK...

Tracie has finished:

*  After Anna by Alex Lake - Tracie recommends it

*  A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore - Tracie recommends it

*  Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - it wasn't her favorite...

Barb is currently reading:

*  The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

*  Two in the Far North by Margaret E. Murie

 

Tracie is currently reading:

*  Longbourn by Jo Baker

*  One Step Too Far by Tina Seskadis

Apr 30, 2016
Episode 111: Between Pretty and Really Good
01:03:37

Recorded on April 14, 2016


We are on Stitcher Radio!


Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...


If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have or will be receiving your package very soon.

 

Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!


KNITTING


Barb has finished:

Knitted Knockers, using Cascade Ultra Pima

 

The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, using Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.


Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway

 

Hannah's Courage Hat by MelSki, using Lane Borgosesia in a teal color way

 

Tracie has finished

 

 

Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel) in Invictus Reward in Linear XL Black Rainbow Splash.  Ryan is wearing them!

 

 

 

Barb is continuing to knit on:

Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

 

Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!


Barb has cast on:

A pair of vanilla socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a white and gray self-striping colorway


Another Crackerjack Cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth DK Merino Superwash

 

Tracie has cast on: 

Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel, of course) in Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport Self-Striping sock set in the Mallard colorway

 

 

Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson in Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals

 

She continues to work on:

The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

 

 

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

 

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian.  Barb gives it a "thumbs up"

 

Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline - recommended

 

The Longest Night by Andria Williams - recommended

 

 

Tracie did not finish Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin.  She got bored and did not care what happened.

 

She finished:

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

 

 

Disposable Income A True Story of Sex, Greed and Im-purr-fect Murder by Tammy Mal

 

 

 

 

 Barb is currently reading:

 

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette

 

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (Poor Relation #2) by Marion Chesney

 

 

Tracie is reading:

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

 

 

After Anna by Alex Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Crime Podcasts recommended by Barb:

 

Someone Knows Something - a CBC broadcast about a 5-year-old boy who disappeared in 1972 - still unsolved

 

Serial

 

Truth and Justice - a listener-driven podcast that originally focused on the Adnan Syed case from Serial, and now is focusing on other cases of the wrongly convicted

 

Crime Writers On...a podcast about a podcast and Serial, Journalism, True Crime, and Pop Culture

 

Real Crime Profile -im Clemente (former FBI profiler), Laura Richards (formerly of New Scotland Yards, Founder and Director of Paladin, National Stalking Advocacy Service) and Lisa Zambetti (Casting director for CBS' Criminal Minds) as they profile behavior from real criminal cases.


Generation Why - 2 friends discuss unsolved mysteries, true crime, etc.


Sword and Scale

 

Tracie is very disappointed in the people running her alma mater, UC Davis

 

 
Apr 15, 2016
Episode 110: And You Look Like You're on Miami Vice!
01:27:15

Book Talk Starts at 43:45

Recorded March 30, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...

If you are participating in 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, the day to mail your package is coming up on April 10!  Many thanks to Sandramaz for organizing this fun swap.

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #71 & 72.

Knitted Knockers 

The Jenny Vest by Andra Knight-Bowman, using Knit Picks City Tweed in the Marsh colorway - but it needs some surgery on the shoulders

Schknit Happens Hat by Myra Wood, using  Gnomeacres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

Tracie has finished:

Sugar Pop by Gabrielle Danskknit in Knit Picks Brava Sport

Mother Bears 70 and 71

4 Knitted Knockers - 1 in Valley Yarns Goshen and 3 in Rauma Helårsgarn

A New Sock Monkey by Susan B. Anderson in Bernat Satin Ombres

Barb has cast on:

Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!

Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway

Starshower Cowl #2 by Hillary Smith Callis using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

She continues to work on:

The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, using Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.

Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

Tracie has cast on:

Vanilla socks using the fabulous Fish Lips Kiss Heel (of course!) in Invictus Reward in Linear XL Black Rainbow Splash

#23 Girl's Tank by Lori Steinberg in Southwest Trading Company Tofutsies

She continues to work on:

The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

Review: Dragonfly Fibers Presents: Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection

Leave a comment on this thread to be entered to win an e-copy of the book.  The thread will close April 20.

Barb has finished reading:

Tracie & Barb both finished reading The Mourning Hours by Paula Trieck DeBoard.  Barb loved it and Tracie thought it was okay/good.

Barb has finished:

Lady Fortescue Steps Out by Marion Chesney

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Squall by Sean Costello

Tracie has finished:

A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

Girl in a Maze by R.K. Jackson

Cruel Death by M. William Phelps

Barb in reading

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline

The Longest Night by Andria Willaims

Tracie is reading

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin

Barb’s  thumbs-up - Watch bald eagles Mr. President and The First Lady with their two babies on the DC Eagle Cam

Tracie’s thumbs-up - Better Call Saul on AMC.  Stream Season 1 on Netflix, and Season 2 is currently showing on AMC and On Demand.

Apr 01, 2016
Episode 109: There Is No Driving Allowed in the Residential Area
01:20:42

Book Talk Begins at 31:10

Recorded on March 9, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...

Our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap is ongoing.  If you are participating, please come over to the Chatter Thread to make sure you are up to date!

The winner of Spilly Jane Knits Mittens is announced at the end of this podcast.

If anyone would like to donate a prize for the Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!), please contact either Barb or Tracie.

 

KNITTING

 

Barb's finished projects:

 

Barb's Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK.  After some "sweater surgery" was performed, she loves it!

 

Mother Bear #70

 

Knitted Knockers

 

Barb's Silverthorne Hat, using Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted in the Coral colorway (for charity)

 

Barb's Starshower Cowl, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the NoCKRs 2015 colorway.

 

Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway. 

Barb finished her Never Not Knitting Mystery KAL shawl, the Four Seasons Shawl, using Verroco Vintage in the 5194 colorway.  Deep stash for this yarn...2010!

 

Tracie has finished:

*Tracie's Yipes Strips Cowl, using Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted.  She has enough yarn leftover to make another one!

*2 Knitted Knockers, using Knitting Fever King Tut

*Tracie's Fair Winds Beanie, using Alpenglow Skinny Singular Corrie in the Mermaid Tail color way.

*Mother Bears #68 & #69

*Tracie's Blossom Tank by Lori Sternberg in Knitting Rose Blossom Sock in the Eye-Catching colorway.

Tracie's Because I Can Bunny Rabbit by Jane Hickman, using Cascade Cherub Baby in the Baby Pick colorway.

 

Vanilla socks for Will, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway.

 

Tracie's Vintage Sebasco vest in Berroco Vintage in the Neptune colorway.

 

Barb is currently knitting:

 

The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, usingMrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.

 

The Jenny Vest by Andra Knight-Bowman, using Knit Picks City Tweed in the Marsh colorway.

 

Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

 

Schknit Happens Hat by Myra Wood, using  Gnomeacres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

 

Tracie is currently knitting:

 

The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

 

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo


The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.


BOOKS

Barb and Tracie have both read Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan.  They both recommend this book!

 

They also both read Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias by Jane Velez- Mitchell.  If you like the true crime genre, they heartily recommend this book also.

Barb has finished:

In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on anAmerican Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim.  She recommends this book.

 

Survivors (Stranded #3) by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbit.  Barb strongly recommends this trilogy for ages 8 - adult...maybe get the audio to listen to on a family car trip?

 

Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw.  Thumbs up!

 

Still Life by Louise Penny.  Recommend.

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Alice + Freda: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe.  Tracie recommends this book - interesting!

 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - Tracie loved it.

 

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry.  Tracie was very "meh" about this book,

 

Barb is currently reading:

 

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Beckderf.  A graphic novel - very interesting so far.

 

The Mourning Hours by Paula Trieck DeBoard

 

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, with the CraftLit Podcast

 

Lady Fortescue Steps Out by Marian Chesney

 

Tracie is currently reading:

 

Me before You by Jojo Mayes

 

A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

 

 

 

 

Mar 12, 2016
Episode 108: Stitches West 2016, With Knockers!
01:09:21

Recorded at Stitches West, 2016 in Santa Clara, CA

 

 

Very limited show notes! 

Steven Be and Stephen West star in an online TV show!  Watch this episode and you'll be hooked as we are.

Bar-Maids - all things moisturizing!

Invictus Yarns

Knitting Rose Yarns

Never Not Knitting

Blue Bee Studio

 

Barb bought Skacel CoBaSi DK for Knitted Knockers

Serendipidye Dyeworks

WEBS

Knitted Knockers

Mother Bear Project

 

Our Instructors:

Christine Bylsma

Gwen Bortner

Patty Lyons

Stacey Trock - FreshStitches

 

Podcasters who joined us at the Saturday gathering:

The Yarniacs

Jan of Twinset 

Jen of Down Cellar Studios

Emily of Knitting Butterflies

Kelly from Two Ewes Fiber Adventures

The Knitmore Girls

 

Our Sunday Market Adventures:

Front Range Bags

Miss Purl tins

LanaKnits Hemp for Knitting

Dizzy Blonde Studios

Anzula Nebula

Shalimar

 

Feb 26, 2016
Episode 107: Why You Gotta Play Me that Way?
01:16:46

Recorded on February 3, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 32:00

 

Are you ready for the 2 Knit Lit Chicks VEST KAL/CAL?  Well, hurry up and gather your materials, because we start on February 15th!

Any adult-sized vest or short-sleeve sweater, open-front or pullover, may be entered for the KAL.  You must be a member of our  Ravelry Group to enter.

We already have a very active Chatter Thread and a rapidly growing Bundle of vest patterns to start the planning!  Once we get started, we’ll put up an FOs where you can post your garments to be entered to win.  The KAL will end on May 15.

 

Our first 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap is on!  The deadline has passed for you to join, but if you are participating, chatter away here.  Thank you to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast, for organizing the swap!

 

A Message from Sox Therapist – creator of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel:

CHECK YOUR GIRLS! I’m going through my Stage 3B cancer journey right now. Wasn’t due for a mammogram, but found sore nodes and got diagnosed on the 3rd anniversary of my sweet Mom’s death from cancer. It’s a very tough journey, but I’m doing it, and plan to get more active on Ravelry soon, and publish more $1.00 patterns, so I can earn enough to gather our kids and their families from around the country for a “Mom’s gonna beat cancer” reunion. CHECK YOUR GIRLS!

 

Stay tuned to the end of this podcast to find out who won our Modern Lopi ebook giveaway

 

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!  Also - Knit some Knockers and turn them in at the Knitted Knockers booth!  They have a goal to collect 1,000 Knockers at Stitches this year!

 

2015 - The Chicks Year in Review

 

Barb knit a total of 64 projects:

6 sweaters

4 cowls

5 scarves

11 hats

5 mitts

10 socks

2 vests

2 shawls

17 bears

2 other

 

While Tracie knit 56 items total, including:

17 Mother Bears

10 hats

7 cowls

6 sweaters

5 pairs of socks

3 pairs of mitts

2 Bakery Bears

1 scarf

1 poncho

1 top

1 shawl

1 Earbud Pouch

and 1 dress for the runway at Paris Fashion Week

 

Barb read 73 books in  2015, and Tracie read 74.

 

 

Barb has finished:

Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, (a merino, microfiber, and cashmere blend) in a royal blue colorway (a $6.50 pattern).  

 

Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Invictus Yarns Victorious in the Exotic colorway and Knit Picks Aloft in the Carbon Colorway. (photo)

 

Barley Hat by TinCanKnits using leftover Universal Yarns Classic Shades - free

 

Luuk Hat by Annis Jones, using leftover Universal Yarns Classic Shades - free

 

Kindling Hat by Helen Stewart using leftover King Cole Riot DK (part of the Knitvent 2015 collection)

 

Mother Bear #69

 

Knitted Knockers

 

Tracie has finished:

Posy’s Little Black Sweater - Dog-o-matic by Angela Kreutzer (in Stitch’n’Bitch Superstar Knitting) in Universal Yarns Classic Worsted Holiday (black).  No idea why this was a UFO for 3 years!

 

The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.

 

The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.

 

Lacy Boot Toppers ($1 on Ravelry) by Jillian Mellan in  Frog Tree Pediboo Sock in Tan

 

 

Barb is currently working on:

Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway

 

Never Not Knitting Mystery Shawl KAL, using Berroco Vintage in colorway 5194.

 

And has cast on:

Silverthorne Hat by Becky Kelly,  using Plymouth Galway in the Dark Coral Rose colorway.  $4

 

More Knitted Knockers

 

Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabello, using Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.

 

 

Tracie has cast on the Yipes Stripes Cowl by Ann Weaver in  5 colors of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted (kit purchased at Stitches)

 

 

She is working on:

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo

 

Vanilla socks with a Fish-Lips-Kiss Heel, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway.

 

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

 

And she gave up and frogged her Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).  This yarn + this pattern + Tracie = no bueno!

 

Barb’s finished books:

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo

The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey (photo)

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

 

 

Tracie did not finish

The Bone House by Brian Freeman

 

Tracie finished reading: 

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

September Sacrifice by Mark Horner

Mrs. Budley Falls From Grace by M.C. Beaton

Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer

 

Barb is reading:

Exposed:  The Secret Life of Jodi Arias by Jane Velez Mitchell

The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

 

Tracie is reading:

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

 

 

Thumbs Up – Grease Live!

Feb 04, 2016
Episode 106: These Are Not Sexy Vampires
01:13:04

Recorded on January 15, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 44:37

Our Sweater KAL ends today!  Listen to the end of this podcast to find out who the 4 winners are...

Announcing our next Knit Along!  Yes, it's a VEST KAL/CAL.  Here are the particulars:

1.  The Vest KAL will run 2/15 - 5/15/16.

2.  The Vest KAL includes short-sleeve sweaters.

3.  Any adult-sized vest or short-sleeve sweater may be entered for the KAL

4.  You must be a member of our  Ravelry Group to enter.

5.  Barb will start a Chatter Thread and put up a Bundle of vest patterns to start the planning.

Our first 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap is on!  The deadline has passed for you to join, but if you are participating, chatter away here.  Thank you to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast for organizing the swap!

You have until February 1, 2016 to enter the giveaway for Modern Lopi: One (New Approaches to An Icelandic Classic).  To win a copy of the ebook, leave a comment here.

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

* Doing major sweater surgery on her Saddleback Cardigan to make it more wearable.  You can see the difference between the sweater as it is in the pattern and what Tracie's looks like now!

Fletcher hat by Elizabeth Doherty in Universal Yarn Uptown DK Anti Pilling Acrylic in the Granite colorway.

Barb has finished:

* The Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway  (pictured at left)

Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, merino, microfiber, and blend) in a royal blue colorway.

*Geometry Scarf by Knitculture.com, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall-colors colorway.

* a Barley Hat by TinCanKnits, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall colors colorway.

Mother Bear #68

Tracie is currently working on:

Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).

* Vanilla socks with a Fish-Lips-Kiss Heel, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway.

* The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.

* The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.

* The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

Barb is currently working on:

* Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway

Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Invictus Yarns Victorious in the Exotic colorway and Knit Picks Aloft in the Carbon Colorway.

*  Never Not Knitting Mystery Shawl KAL, using Berroco Vintage in colorway 5194.

Tracie and Barb had a short discussion regarding "Sweater Surgery".  Tracie has started a thread on the Ravelry Group for all of us to talk about this topic and encourage each other to take steps to make our sweaters more wearable!

Barb and Tracie reviewed a new book from Cooperative Press, SpillyJane Knits Mittens.  An enthusiastic "Thumbs Up! for this book.  Want to win an ebook copy for yourself? Go on over to our Ravelry Group and go to the SpillyJane Knits Mittens thread and follow the prompts.  This giveaway will end on February 15th.

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by M.C. Beaton writing as Marian Chesney.  Tracie recommends this book.

*  The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle.  She recommends it, with reservations.

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penney.  Tracie felt it was way too long and wasn't her favorite of the Louise Penney books she has read.

Barb has finished:

*  Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole.  She heartily reommends this book.

*  Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle.  She loved this book.

*  The Life We Bury by Allen Eskers.  She recommends this book.

Tracie is currently reading:

Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

*  The Bone House by Brian Freeman

Barb is currently reading:

Salem's Lot by Stephen King

The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo 

Jan 16, 2016
Episode 105: The Voice of a Cartoon Taxi
01:16:13

Our Sweater KAL is ongoing  until January 15, 2016.  Complete an adult sweater and post it in the FOs thread to be eligible a great prize package that will include:

 

  • A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
  • A package of Yarn Cozies
  • A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
  • And more!

 

 

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

 

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

 

Thanks to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast, there will be a 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap!  You have until January 10th to sign up.  Go to the swap thread on our boards and follow the instructions in the first post.  Both Tracie and Barb will be participating - this will be fun!

 

Would you like to see your pattern in the next Madame Defarge book,  A Madame and a Detective Walked Into a Bar… Defarge Does Sherlock?  If so, please click here to get all the info on submission from Erica Hernandez.

 

Be sure to enter the contest to win a KC pattern package from Knit Companion, here.  We will announce the winners on the next podcast.

 

Barb has no FOs.  How weird is that?

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos (free pattern) in FishKnits Boot Strap in Fat Tuesday colorway for Rachel.  Fingers part was very fiddly but fun!

 

Deep Fork Hat by Heather Brumbelow-Scott in Lion Brand Alpine Wool (Black) and Schachenmayr SMC Boston in Orange - quick Giants hat for Chad for Christmas

 

Barb has cast on:

Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway

Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Invictus Yarns Victorious in the Exotic colorway.

Geometry Scarf by Knitculture.com, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall-colors colorway.

 

And she continues to work on:

Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway ($9)

Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, (a merino, microfiber, and cashmere blend) in a royal blue colorway (a $6.50 pattern).  

 

Tracie has cast on:

Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).  Second try!

Vanilla socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel in Knit Picks Felici (Baker Street colorway) for Will

Fletcher hat by Elizabeth Doherty in Universal Yarn Uptown DK Anti Pilling Acrylic in the Granite colorway - for Kevin

 

And she continues working on:

 The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.

The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.

 The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

 

Tracie and Barb reviewed Modern Lopi: One (New Approaches to An Icelandic Classic) by Lars Rains.  To win a copy of the ebook, leave a comment here.

 

Barb really enjoyed I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

 

She has also finished reading:

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore

The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft

 

Tracie highly recommends The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson and The Forgotten Ones by Brian McGilloway

 

She also finished reading:

The Family by Marissa Kennerson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Double Life: The Shattering Affair between Chief Judge Sol Wachtler and Socialite Joy Silverman by Linda Wolfe

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

 

Barb is very much enjoying both Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole and Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle

 

 

Tracie is enjoying Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by M.C. Beaton writing as Marian Chesney and The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle

 

Dec 31, 2015
Episode 104: What's New, Knit Companion?
01:21:48

Book Talk Begins at 57:30

Recorded on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Our Sweater KAL is ongoing!  You have until January 15, 2016 to complete an adult sweater and be eligible a great prize package that will include:

  • A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
  • A package of Yarn Cozies
  • A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
  • And more!

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

*  Baa-ble Hat #1 and #2 (pictured here), using Plymouth Yarns Galway Worsted in various colors.

*  Zigzagular Socks by Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway.

*  Rachel's Rollers (Rose City Rollers socks) by Susie White, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis color way

Tracie has finished:

Tri-Peak hat by Woolly Wormed, using Classic Elite Yarns Waterlily in the 1938 colorway.

*  Two Little Hats - no patterns and she has no idea what the yarns are.

*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.


*  Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagen in Valley Yarns Goshen

Barb is working on:

*  The Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Yarns Cash Vero DK in a royal blue colorway (this yarn is discontinued).

*  Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, usingCascade 220 Sport in the Charcoal Gray colorway.

Tracie is working on:

* The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.

*  The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.

*  Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos in Fishknits Boot Strap in the Fat Tuesday colorway.

*  The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

*  Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology, and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill - Barb recommends this book!

*  Forsaken by Andrew Van Wey - Barb was very "meh" about this one.

 

Tracie has finished:

*  Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle - Tracie highly recommends this book!

*  The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith - recommended.

 

Barb is currently reading:

*  The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft

*  The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore

 

Barb Did Not Finish: 

*  The Alphabet of Birds by S.J. Naude.  She just couldn't do it.

 

Tracie is currently reading: 

*  The Family by Marissa Kennerson

*  Double Life: The Shaterring Affair between Chief Judge Sol Wachtler and Socialite Joy Silverman by Linda Wolfe

*  The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Tracie's Thumbs Up was Carrie Fisher - check her out in this great interview!

Carrie's dog now has his own Instagram account!  He's @garyfisher - the Chicks are following him now - you should too!

 

 

 

Dec 13, 2015
Episode 103: You Can Look Forward to That...or Not...
01:06:44

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until Jan 16.  Post your FO in the FOs thread to be entered to win one of 4 fabulous prize packages that will contain:

A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag

A package of Yarn Cozies

A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)

And more!

New podcast – Unraveling with Greg (KnittingDaddy) and Joey (JoeyGibson)

Barb also recommends Two Ewes Fiber Adventures with Kelly and Marsha, and Teaching Your Brain to Knit with Margaret and Catherine.

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

Barb has been busy!  She has finished:

Over & Over Cowl & Infinity Loop by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, using Duren Dyeworks

Tappee Hattee by Allison Britt, using Dizzy Blond Studios Superwash DK in the Camilla colorway (free)

Maize Mitts #2 by Tin Can Knits, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showcase Worsted in the Love Potion #9 colorway (free)

Barley Hat #2 by Tin Can Knits using Leading men Fiber arts Showcase Worsted in the Love Potion #9 colorway (free)

Minecraft Creeper Beanie by Tracy McDowell using a bright green color of Vanna’s Choice and Plymouth Encore Black.

Tracie finished:

Fair Winds Beanie by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas in Alpenglow Yarn Skinny Singular Corrie in Mermaid Tail

Barb cast on:

Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith, using 4 colors of Plymouth Galway Worsted.

And she continues to work on

Zigzagular Socks by  Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway (free)

Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway ($9)

Tracie cast on:

Tri-Peak by Woolly Wormed in Classic Elite Yarns Waterlily

And is working on:

Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.

Longstreet by Nancy Totten (Front Range Bags), using Abstract Fiber Temptations in The Gorge colorway

Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagan, using Valley Yarns Goshen.

Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos (free pattern) in FishKnits Boot Strap in Fat Tuesday Colorway

Barb finished:

Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts

Working Stiff: Two years, 262 Bodies and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinik & TJ Mitchell

Tracie finished:

Endangered Species by Nevada Barr

Bad Blood by John Sanford

Almost the Perfect Murder: The Killing of Elaine O'Hara, the Extraordinary Garda Investigation and the Trial That Stunned the Nation: The Only Complete Inside Account by Paul Williams

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Barb is reading:

Beyond Belief:  My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill

The Alphabet of Birds by S. J. Naude

Forsaken by Andrew Van Wey

Tracie is reading

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Woman Who Walked in the Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

The Family by Marissa Kennerson

 

Nov 29, 2015
Episode 102: Nothing's Wrong with an Eggplant
01:19:20

Recorded on November 12, 2015

Book Talk starts at 35:16

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until Jan 16.  Post your FO in the FOs thread to be entered to win one of 4 fabulous prize packages that will contain:

A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag

A package of Yarn Cozies

A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)

And more!

Listen all the way to the end of  the podcast to find out if you won:

One of the two project bags donated by Daisy of Art Institchtute of Chicago 

or

The new pattern  A View from the Charles, designed and donated by Jennifer Lassonde

 

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

 

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

 

Barb has finished:

Test knit: Meditate Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty

Nordic Trail Vest #2 by Elizabeth Smith

Classic World War II  Watch Cap by Helen Waitts.  Barb highly recommends this free pattern if you have someone with a really large head to knit for.

 

Tracie has finished a lot of hats!

Berry Baby Hat by Michele Sabatier

Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho

Plum Tree Slouch by Alana Dakos

Third Grade from Elementary Hats by Leslie Gordon

 

Barb’s Current Knitting Projects: 

Zigzagular Socks by  Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway (free)

Over & Over Cowl & Infinity Loop by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, using Duren Dyeworks

 

And she has cast on:

Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway ($9)

Tappee Hattee by Allison Britt, using Dizzy Blond Studios Superwash DK in the Camilla colorway (free)

 

Tracie is working on:

Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.

Longstreet by Nancy Totten (Front Range Bags), using Abstract Fiber Temptations in The Gorge colorway

Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagan, using Valley Yarns Goshen.

She has cast on:

Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos (free pattern) in FishKnits Boot Strap in Fat Tuesday Colorway

 

Barb has finished:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

People Who Eat Darkness:  The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin 

The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

 

Real Happy Family by Caeli Wolfson Widger

Don’t Try to Find Me by Holly Brown

The True History of the Elephant Man by Michael Howell

 

Barb is reading:

Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts

The Alphabet of Birds by S. J. Naude

 

Tracie is reading

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Endangered Species by Nevada Barr

Bad Blood by John Sanford

 

Barb says thumbs up to Pumpkin Spice cream cheese

 

Tracie says thumbs up to the Fargo tv series - Season 1 is available on Hulu Plus, and Season 2 is in progress on FX

 

Nov 16, 2015
Episode 101: You Are Not the Dude
01:12:41

Book Talk Starts at 43:14

Recorded on October 30, 2015

 

Our Sweater KAL is still going strong!  You have until January 15, 2016 to compete a sweater, enter it into our Sweater FO Thread to win a prize.

 

We have 2 project bags to give away from Art Institchtute of Chicago.  Go here to enter!  This contest will end on November 15, 2015.

 

New giveaway!  Thank you to BostonJen for donating a copy of her new shawl pattern,  View from the Charles.  To enter, please go to the thread on our Ravelry forum and comment on:

  1.  Your favorite handknit shawl
  2.  Any shawl knitting adventure
  3.  If you have never knitted a shawl, tell us that!

 

This contest will end on November 15th.

Barb and Tracie recommend the Wild Plum Etsy Shoppe for cute handmade children's gifts - bandana dresses, pacifier clips, tote bags, crayon and coloring bags, etc.

 

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

 

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat!  Open registration for a limited number of spots is open October 15-November 15.  Send an email to us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for information and applications.

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

 

*  Her Helvetica Cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty.  She used Berroco Indigo yarn (recycled cotton) in the Cut-Offs colorway.  She is very happy with the way this cardigan stays on her shoulders!

 

*  The Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish DK in the Orange and Coal colorways.

 

*  Barley Hat #1 and Maize Mits #1 by Tin Can Knits, both using Dancing Dog Dyeworks Waltz Worsted in the Sugar Skulls colorway.

Tracie has finished:

*  Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbie Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green (pictured at left) and she loves it!


*  Endearment cardigan by Hanna Maciejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire colorway.


*  A pair of vanilla socks in Knitting Rose Budding Tracks Sock Set in Good Will Hunting Ombre.


*  Full-Tilt hat by Laura Wilson-MartosCascade Yarns Elysian in a purple colorway.


*  Beetle Cap (Lippapipo on Ravelry) by Veera Valimaki, using Newton’s Yarn Country DK Superwash Merino Nylon.



Barb is working on:

*  Zigzagular Socks by Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway.

 

*  Over & Over Cowl & Infinity Loop by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, using Duren DyeWorks Love Fingering in the Witchy Woo Woo colorway.

 

*  Nordic Trail Vest by Elizabeth Smith, using Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool in the Latte colorway.

 

*  A secret test knit for Elizabeth Doherty.

 

Tracie is working on:

*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.


*  Longstreet by Nancy Totten (Front Range Bags), using Abstract Fiber Temptations in The Gorge colorway


*  Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagan, using Valley Yarns Goshen.



BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

*  A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation by Catherine Crier - she heartily recommends this book for fans of the True Crime genre.

 

*  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout - she recommends this book.

 

Tracie did not finish:  I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

Tracie has finished:

*  I Hated Hated Hated This Movie by Roger Ebert - she recommends it!

 

*  The King of Pain: A Novel with Stories by Seth Kaufman

 

*  The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol.

 

*  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin - highly recommended!

 

Barb is continuing to read:

*  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, listening to it through the excellent CraftLit Podcast.

 

*  The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James - Barb says that it's a good read for Halloween!

 

*  People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Perry.

 

Tracie is currently reading:

*  Don't Try to Find Me by Holly Brown.

 

In Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down, Tracie talked about a new character on Sesame Street named Julia.  Julia has autism, and becomes Elmo's friend.  Thumbs Up to you, Sesame Street!

Nov 01, 2015
Episode 100: In the Reflection of a Microwave
52:19

Book Talk starts at 34:30

Recorded October 10, 2015 at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA.  A great time was had by all, of course – great job to GemmaDW and loretta1031 for organizing such a fun event!

 

Our Fall Sweater 2015 KAL will be running from September 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016.  Come and join us.  Knit or crochet an adult-size cardigan or pullover - any style, any weight yarn.

 

New giveaway – Daisy of Art Institchtute of Chicago has given us 2 of her project bags to give away.  1 in a Day of the Dead fabric, and 1 in a Raven fabric.  To enter, please go over to Art Institchtute of Chicago Etsy shop and tell us your favorite fabric in the thread.

 

Tracie went many wonderful places, saw many wonderful things, ate many wonderful foods, and just all around had a wonderful time on her 15-day trip to France!  A few of the yarniest highlights…

 

Her yarn crawl with Barbara of Stitching Up Paris Needlecraft Tours was so much fun!  Barbara is a knitter and seamstress from New Zealand who puts what she’s learned from her 30 years living in Paris to take you to shop for whatever strikes your fancy: yarn, fabric, notions, etc.  She took Tracie to 8 yarn stores, finishing up with lunch here at L'Oisivethé, which doubles as a café.

 

 

On the night of September 30, Sacha Laurin’s Kombucha Couture collection showed at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris – including Tracie’s knit Kombucha dress:

 

The collection got lots of great feedback, and it was a thrilling night!

 

Tracie also got to meet Laurence (Rav name Lolacha), a listener and fellow podcaster!  They had a great afternoon talking over lunch about knitting, podcasting, learning languages, parenting and all sort of other things!  Laurence is the host of Maille Podcast.

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Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

 

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat!  Open registration for a limited number of spots is open October 15-November 15.  Send an email to us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for information and applications.

 

Barb’s FOs:

Irish Hiking Hat #1 by Blackhorse for SIL using Duren Dyeworks Kindness Aran in a purple colorway.  Followed pattern exactly.

Irish Hiking Hat #2 , also for a gift  – modified by using 1x1 ribbing for the brim, and also added a pom pom.

Wild Goose  Shawlette by Paula Emmons-Fuesle, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome (MCN blend) in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway

Dodgson #2 by the Berroco Design Team, using Berroco Boboli in the Strawberry Jam colorway

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke – using Plymouth Select Merino DK in orange, black, white and gray.

 

Tracie didn’t get much knitting done in France, but she did work on her

Vanilla socks in Knitting Rose Budding Tracks Sock Set in Good Will Hunting Ombre and  Endearment cardigan by Hanna Maciejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire colorway.Her other projects got no love.

 

Barb is working on:

Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish Worsted in 2 colors – Orange and Coal

Helvetica cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Berroco Indigo in the Cut-Offs colorway

Zigzagular Socks by  Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway

She also cast on the Maize Mitts by Tin Can Knits, using Dancing Dog Dyeworks Worsted in the Sugar Skulls colorway

 

Barb’s Books:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout

A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation by Catherine Crier

Evil Harvest: The True Story of Cult Murder in the American Heartland by Rod Colvin

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

 

Tracie’s Books

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins

I Hated Hated Hated Hated This Movie by Roger Ebert

 

The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbøl

Oct 13, 2015
Episode 99: A Corn Dog in the Night?
01:00:01

Book Talk Starts at 19:24

Shownotes on our blog

Sep 22, 2015
Episode 98: Have Fun With That 'Cause I'll Be Dead
01:12:48

Book Talk starts at 29:35

 

Recorded on September 9, 2015

 

The Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over!  Did you win a prize?  Listen to the podcast to find out.  We ended up with 313 bears knit for the KAL, plus another 30 knit by Barb and Tracie.  Wow.  Thank you all for making a child's life a little happier!

 

 

Our Fall Sweater 2015 KAL will be running from September 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016.  Come and join us.  Knit or crochet an adult-size cardigan or pullover - any style, any weight yarn.

 

Want to win a hard copy of the Elizabeth Doherty's book, Top Down:  Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design?  You can enter here.  Contest will end on September 15th.

 

Tracie will be in France this fall.  She will be taking a personalized yarn store tour in Paris with Barbara of Stitching Up Paris Needlecraft Tours.  She will also be meeting up with Lolacha of the Maille Podcast.  Tracie is very excited!

 

Upcoming Events:

October 3, 4, 2015 - Lambtown USA in Dixon, CA.  Barb will be attending on Saturday, the 3rd.

 

October 10, 2015 - the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA.  Both Barb and Tracie will be attending.

 

February 18 - 21, 2016 - Barb and Tracie will be attending Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA.

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

 

her Last Frost scarf by Julia Trice, using BeeMiceElf Sock in the Apple A Day colorway.

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Her Persimmon Cowl by Jane Cochran, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Teal colorway.

 

Barb is continuing to knit on:

*  Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash in 4 color ways - Orange, Gray, Black and White.

*  Wild Goose Shawlette by Paula Emons- Fuessle, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

*  Dodgson #2 by the Berroco Design Team, using Berroco Boboli in the Strawberry Jam colorway.

*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish DK in 2 colors - orange and coal'

 

Tracie is continuing to knit on:

*  Longstreet cowl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

*  Endearment cardigan by Hanna Maciejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire colorway.

*  Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbie Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.

 

Tracie has cast-on:

*  vanilla socks in Fishknit Boot Strap in the Fat Tuesday colorway.

*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.

 

Barb talked a bit about her upcoming plans for the Sweater KAL.  She is planning on knitting the Helvetica cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Berroco Indigo in the Cut-Offs colorway.

 

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie has finished:

 

The Train Never Stops in Dixon: Carissa Carpenter Promised to Turn the Town Into Hollywood North; Some Took the Bait by Bil Paul - Tracie recommends it.

 

Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen - Tracie recommends it.

 

Barb has finished:

 

 

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell.  Barb recommends it.

 

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosch.  Barb and Tracie both recommend it.

 

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos.  Barb recommends it.

 

Tracie is currently reading:

 

The Pocket Wife by Susan H. Crawford

 

The Martian by Andy Weir

 

 

Barb is currently reading:

 

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

 

Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe

 

Olivay by Deborah Reed

 

Sep 11, 2015
Episode 97: Can Be Good Dog!
01:11:18

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL ends in just a few days. We have almost 300 bears! 

Next KAL?  Fall Sweater 2015 KAL!   This will run September 15 – January 15.  To enter to win, you must knit or crochet an adult-sized sweater with sleeves (even if they are short).  We will have some suggestions for beginner sweater knitters in our chatter thread.

Barb and Tracie will be at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat – Oct 10, 2015 – at the La Quinta Inn in Tehachapi, California

Barb finished:

Kitty Whiskers socks using Fishknits Strong Heart yarn in the Kitty Whiskers colorway

Nordic Trail Vest by Elizabeth Smith, using Cascade Ecological Wool in a brownish/gray colorway

Tracie finished

5 Mother Bears 63, 64, 65, 66 & 67

Vanilla socks in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in Flahriddah

Barb continues to work on:

The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth yarn DK Merino Superwash.

The Last Frost scarf by Julia Trice, using Bee Mice Elf Sock in the Apple a Day colorway.

Barb cast on

Wild Goose  Shawlette by Paula Emmons-Fuesle, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome (MCN blend) in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

Her second Dodgson by the Berroco Design Team, using Berroco Boboli in the Strawberry Jam colorway.

Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish Worsted in 2 colors – Orange and Coal

Tracie continues to work on:

The Persimmon cowl by Jane Cochran, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Teal colorway.

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge color way.

The Endearment cardigan by Hanna Majiejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire color way.

The Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sender

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

The Last Bookstore in America by Amy Stewart

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

 Tracie and Barb DO NOT recommend Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders by Gregg Olsen

Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Paterson

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

Cicada Spring by Christian Galacar

Faith by Jennifer Haigh

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosch

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Aug 28, 2015
Episode 96: We Aren't Hunters
01:05:04

Book Talk starts at 30:55

 

Recorded on August 5, 2015

 

Our Cardi/Tank or Tee KAL has ended.  Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to hear the winners named.

 

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is going strong!  We have over 240 bears so far.  Barb reminded everyone to send their bears into the Mother Bear Organization in Minneaplis, MN (including $3 per bear for shipping).  Please let either Tracie or Barb know if you would like to donate a prize.

 

Barb talked about how much she is enjoying the baby birds (House Finches) on her front porch.  They will be leaving the nest soon, and she will miss them.

 

Events

Both Barb and Tracie will be attending the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat October 10, 2015.

 

Barb talked about how much she is enjoying the Serial Podcast, the Undisclosed Podcast, and the Serial Dynasty Podcast.

 

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Mother Bears #60, #61 & #62.  Pictured at left - the Beach Bears!

 

A pair of vanilla socks for her son, Will, using Berroco Sox, aptly called Boy Sox.

 

Se[ven]circle by Kristen Johnstone using Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite

 

Barb has finished:

 

 Her Woodfords Cardigan, by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock in the Camel color way.

 

Her Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Undead Yarn Vamphri in the Autism Awareness color way.

 

Mother Bear #67

 

Her #21 Classic Cardigan by Sandy Prosser, using Noro Maiko.  A dismal failure...way too big, way too boxy.  She will not frog it, because of the mohair in the yarn.

 

Tracie is working on:

 

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge color way.

 

The Endearment cardigan by Hanna Majiejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire color way.

 

The Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.

 

Vanilla socks, using Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahrida colorway.

 

Tracie has cast-on:

 

The Persimmon cowl by Jane Cochran, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Teal colorway.

 

Barb is working on:

 

The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth yarn DK Merino Superwash.

 

A pair of vanilla socks, using Fishknits Strong Heart in the Kitty Whiskers colorway.

 

The Last Frost scarf by Julia Trice, using Bee Mice Elf Sock in the Apple a Day colorway.

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow - she recommends it.

 

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani - recommended

 

 

Tracie has finished:

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson - recommended

 

Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole - highly recommended (but might be hard to find)

 

Tracie did not finish:

The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn - she does not recommend this book

 

 

Barb is currently reading:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

 

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sender

 

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

 

 

Tracie is currently reading:

Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders by Gregg Olsen

 

Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Paterson

 

Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

 

Aug 07, 2015
Episode 95: Top Down, Watchman and Grizzly Bears
01:19:25

Book Talk starts at 33:45

Recorded on July 22, 2015

Our Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along is almost over – get those last few items off the needles and up on our FOs thread by August 1.

 

Mother Bear KAL – Any bear knit in 2015 will qualify!  We have 220 bears in the FOs thread – wow!!  Let us know if you would like to donate a prize.

 

Tracie and Barb will be at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat – Oct 10, 2015 – La Quinta Inn, Tehachapi

 

Tracie has finished Mother Bears 565758 and 59, (all crocheted), and her Gilda by Twisted Sisters in Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis colorway. 

 

Barb got a lot done on her Alaska trip!  She finished:

Mother Bear #58, #59, #60, #61#62, #63, #64. #65, #66

Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway

Autism Awareness Socks using Undead Yarn Vampyre in the Autism Awareness colorway

 

Tracie is still working on:

se[ven]circle by Kristin Johnstone in Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite

 

Longstreet by Nancy Totten (of Front Range Bagsin Abstract Fiber Temptations in The Gorge colorway

 

Endearment (not Enchantment!) by Hanna Maciejewska in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire Colorway

 

Wanda Estelle by Debbi Stone in Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green

 

Two pairs of vanilla socks – one in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in the Flahriddah colorway, and one for Will in Berocco Sox

 

Barb is working on:

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke – using Plymouth Select Merino DK in orange, black, white and gray.

 Woodfords Cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty using Cascade Heritage Sock in a camel brown colorway

Classic Cardigan by Sandi Prosser, using Noro Maiko (a silk, wool and mohair blend that feels like a cotton/linen blend) in a crème color.

 

And she has cast on:

Last Frost Scarf by Julia Trice, using BeeMiceElf in the Apple a Day colorway

Socks using Fishknits Strong Heart yarn in the Kitty Whiskers colorway

Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner using leftover Undead Yarn Vampyre sock in the Autism Awareness colorway.

 

 

REVIEW: Top Down: Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design by Elizabeth Doherty 

 

Enter to Win a Copy here

 

Tracie recommends:

Nutcracker: Money, Madness, Murder: A Family Album by Shana Alexander

 

Barb recommends

 A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Fire and Ice by Dana Stabenow

They Never Came Home by Lois Duncan

 The Hollow Ground by Natalie Harnett

A Man Called Ove by Frederik Bakman

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Manson:  The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

 

Barb does not recommend Second Glance by Jodi Piccoult

 

Tracie thought the following books were decent, not great:

Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

 

Tracie is reading

Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole

Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders by Gregg Olsen

 

Barb is reading:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow

The All -Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

 

Jul 24, 2015
Episode 94: All By Myself
42:41

Book Talk Begins at 21:11

 

Recorded July 10, 2015

 

Our Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along deadline has been extended to August 1, so keep going!  Post finished objects here!

 

Our Mother Bear KAL began July 1, so start making those bears if you haven’t already!  Any bear knit in 2015 will qualify.  Be sure and make a separate post in the FOs thread for each bear you make.    We already have 50 bears– way to go!   Please let us know if you would like to donate a prize.

 

Tracie and Barb will be at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat – Oct 10, 2015 – location TBA.

 

Tracie has finished:

Mother Bears 5354 and 55

 

Pause by Norah Gaughan in Berocco Mixer.  At last!  After another major mishap, I put this in timeout for a few days and then got through it.  Much happier with the way it turned out the second time!

 

Soubrette by Mary Annarella in madelinetosh lace (discontinued).  This was all I worked on during my week at the beach and a couple of days afterward.  Probably put in 15 hours on it but got it finished!

 

She has cast-on

se[ven]circle by Kristin Johnstone in Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite

 

Longstreet by Nancy Totten (of Front Range BagsinAbstract Fiber Temptations in The Gorge colorway

 

Enchantment by Hanna Maciejewska in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire Colorway

 

She continues to work on:

Gilda by Twisted Sisters in Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis (cleh-mat-is) colorway.  

(photo)

Wanda Estelle by Debbi Stone in Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green

 

Two pairs of vanilla socks – one in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in the Flahriddah colorway, and one for Will in Berocco Sox

 

 

Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Nutcracker: Money, Madness, Murder: A Family Album by Shana Alexander

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

 

 

Jul 10, 2015
Episode 93: We've Never Spent a Night in a Walmart Parking Lot
01:21:22

Book Talk starts at: 34:25

 

This episode was recorded on June 15, 2015.

 

Come participate in our Cardi/Tank or Tee KAL/CAL!  You have until August 1st to complete your garment. 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Our annual Mother Bear KAL/CAL is coming right up.  All the information is here.  It will run July 1 - August 30.  Any bears you have made in 2015 are eligible to enter.  Be sure and make a separate post for every bear you knit or crochet.  And we will have PRIZES of course (cause that's just how we roll).

 

 

Barb gave a brief update on her current RV trip to Alaska.  She is a fan of the British Columbia, Canada Provincial Parks and the Yukon Territorial Parks.

 

Upcoming Event:

The Cognitive Fiber Retreat, October 10th.  All the information is here.

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie has finished:

 

 

A special project for her friend Sahcha "Kombubucha Couture collection, which she will be showing at Paris Fashion Week in the fall!  This is a picture of the "yarn" knitted up.

 

Barb has finished:

* Her Yowza Weigh-It Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson, using Miss Babs Yowza - Whatta Skein! in the Believable colorway.

* Mother Bears #54, #55, #56 9

Woobie Monkey by Kris Carlson, using 2 colors of Knit Picks Brava Sport in brown and white.

Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits, using Plymouth Galway Worsted

 

Tracie is currently knitting:

*  Sev[en]circle necklace by Kristen Johnstone, using handspun by Redfish Dyeworks

*  Pause by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Mixer (Tracie has had quite a time with this garment - for full details, listen to the episode!)

*  Gilda by Twisted Sisters, using Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis colorway.

*  Vanilla socks, using Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahriddah colorway.

*  Soubrette by Mary Annarella, using Madelinetosh Lace in the Georgia O'Keefe colorway.

*  Wanda Estelle by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.

*  Vanilla socks in Berroco Sox

 

Barb is currently knitting:

*  #21 Classic Cardigan by Sandi Prosser, using Noro Maiko in a Creme colorway.

*  Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway/

*  Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 different colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash in orange, black, gray and white.

*  Vanilla Socks using Undead Yarn Vampyre in the Autism Awareness colorway.

*  Woodfords cardigan, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock in a Camel colorway.

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie has finished:

*  Someone You Know by Brian McGilloway - Thumbs Up from Tracie!

*  The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon - Tracie agrees with Barb - Thumbs Up!

*  Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn - Thumbs Up from Tracie!

*  True Porn Clerk Stories by Ali Davis - Yes - another Thumbs Up from Tracie!

*  I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy - Tracie doesn't really recommend this one.

 

Both Tracie and Barb finished:

*  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark - Barb says Thumbs Up, Tracie doesn't agree.

 

Barb has finished:

*  Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson - Barb says Thumbs Up!

*  The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Volume 1 by Kim Fields - Barb recommends it if you were a fan of the original Twilight Zone TV Series

*  Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio - Barb doesn't recommend it.

*  The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer - Barb says Thumbs Up!

*  Finding Jake by Brian Reardon - anothe Thumbs Up from Barb

 

Tracie did not finish Black & White by Dani Shapiro

 

Tracie is currently reading:

Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith (so far, she is less than impressed)

 

Barb is currently reading:

*  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

*  Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell #1) by Dana Stabenow

*  Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

*  A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

 

Tracie recommends the TV Show @midnight with Chris Hardwick.

Barb recommends the Netflix TV Series Grace and Frankie.

 

 

 

 
 

 

Jun 19, 2015
Episode 92: It's Kind of About Ghosts and Stuff
01:04:48

Book Talk starts at 27:50

 

Recorded on May 27, 2015

 

Come join us in the Cardi, Tank or Tee KAL/CAL!  You have until July 1 to complete your project. 

 

Barb recommends listening to Teaching Your Brain to Knit: Episode 16: Knitting and the Need for Novelty to find out more about why most of us have multiple projects on the needles at any one time and why we feel the need to switch projects.

 

Tracie will be attending Spinning at the Winery June 6, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

Her Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett using 12 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

 

Her Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pau'ole colorway.

Mother Bear #53

 

Tracie has finished her spinning her Redfish Dyeworks Fiber that she has had on the spindle for 2 years!

 

Barb is currently working on:

The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.

Yowza Weigh-It Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson, using 1 skein of Miss Babs Yowza - Whatta Skein! in the Believable color way.

Vanilla Socks using Undead Yarns Vamphyri in the Autism Awareness colorway.

 

Barb has frogged the Vesper Tee.

 

Tracie is currently working on:

Pause by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Mixer.

The Gilda scarf by Twisted Sisters, using Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis colorway.  She had to order more beads for this project and was very impressed with the customer service at Bead Biz!

Vanilla socks using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Socks in the Flahrida color way.

The Soubrette cardigan by Mary Annarella, using Madelinetosh Lace in the Georgia O'Keefe colorway.

Vanilla Socks for Will using Berroco Sox.

The Wanda Estelle poncho using Kollage Yarns Fantastic.

 

Barb has cast-on:

The Woodfords cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock in a camel colorway.

Woobie Monkey by Kris Carlson, using Knit Picks Brava Sport in both brown and white colorways.

 

 

Tracie talked about a very special project that she is currently knitting for her friend Sacha Laurin's Kombucha Couture Collection, which she will be debuting at Paris Fashion Week this coming fall.  You can contribute to her Indiegogo campaign here.

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.  Barb does NOT recommend this book, unless you enjoy in-depth descriptions of male genetalia in your in-the-bedroom scenes.

Unintended Consequences by Marti Green - Barb recommends this as a good solid mystery read.

The Borden Tragedy: A Memoir of the Infamous Double Murder at Falls River, Mass  by Rick Geary - this was Barb's first graphic novel and she enjoyed it!

 

 

 

Tracie has finished:

King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman - Tracie recommends the first book in this series, King Dork over this one.

Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik - Tracie does NOT recommend this book.  Don't believe the hype.

And Then She Was Gone by Rosalind Noonan - Tracie felt this story was obviously based on the Jaycee Dugard case.

The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nexbit - Tracie recommends this book as a glimpse into a little-known portion of American history.

 

 

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz - Tracie recommends it!

Isabel Spellman's Guide to Etiquette: What is Wrong with you People? by Lisa Lutz - more of a short story...

 

Barb is currently reading:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen through the Craftlit Podcast.

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to DeClutter, Organize and Complify Your Life by Francine Joy

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson

Second Glance by Jodi Piccolt

 

 

Tracie is currently reading:

Someone You Know: Part Three by Brian McGilloway

 

 

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

May 29, 2015
Episode 91: BUT - Here's the Thing
01:22:52

Book Talk starts at 51:20

 

Recorded on May 13, 2015

 

Come join the Cardi/Tank or Tee KAL/CAL!  Knit any cardigan, tank or tee (adult or child size) between May 1 - July 1.  If you have a project less than 50% done on May 1st, that will work too.  See the FO thread for the prizes we have so far.

 

Win a pattern of your choice by Debbi Stone!  Go to the contest thread on our Ravelry group and tell us which pattern you would like to win.  We will pick the winner when we podcast Episode 92

 

Barb talked about and recommended 2 audio podcasts:

1.  ACTUally KNITting podcast, hosted by ACTually KNITting (Michelle)

2.  Teaching Your Brain to Knit, hosted by Margaret924 (Margaret) and MagicWombat (Catherine)

 

 

Tracie talked about The Yarnit.  She and Barb both have one and really like this tool.

 

Events:

Tracie will be attending Spinning at the Winery, AKA Food, Fleeces and Fun! at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA. on June 6, 10 - 4 pm.

 

Barb will be going on a motorhome trip up through Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and Alaska.  She will be leaving 5/25 and will be gone about 6 weeks.  She would love to meet up with anyone along the way - PM her on Ravelry!

 

 

Tracie talked about how much she is enjoying her bag from the Etsy shop, Silver Shed USA.  Note the clear pocket in the front; it's an add-on you can custom pick at the time you order!

 

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie has finished:

 

 

Twigs and Willows Mitts by Alana Dakos, usiang Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Labordite colorway.

 

Tracie has Cast-On:

The Gilda scarf, using Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis colorway.

 

Tracie has frogged the Skew Socks by Lana Holden...she's just not feelin' it right now.  She is re-purposing the Lisa Souza Dyeworks Delux Sock in a vanilla sock right now.

 

Tracie is continuing to work on:

Red Fish Dyeworks fiber on her spindle

* The Soubrette cardigan. using Madelinietosh Lace in the Georgia O'Keefe colorway.

* The Wanda Estelle poncho, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in the Slate Green colorway.

* Vanilla Socks for Will, using Berroco Sox.

 

Barb has finished:

 

 

* A pair of Vanilla Socks, using Zwerger Garn Opal Schafpate  in the 8120 colorway.

* A Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer using Plymouth Yarn Gina in colorway 15.

 

 

Barb has Cast-On:

* A pair of Vanilla socks using Undead Yarn fingering weight in the Autism Awareness colorway.

* The Vesper tee by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Berroco Weekend DK in the 2972 (raspberry) colorway.

 

                                                                                                               

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

 

* The Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors (orange, black, grey and white) of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.  It is happily living in her SF Giants project bag, made by Front Range Bags!

* The Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett, using 12 colors of  Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

* The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.

* The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.

* The original Yowza Weigh-It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson, using Miss Babs Yowza- Whatta Skein in the Believable colorway.

 

 

 

 

Barb and Tracie discussed the recently- released scarf pattern, Last Frost by designer Julia Trice.  They both want to knit this gorgeous pattern!

 

 

MAGAZINE REVIEW

 

Cooperative Press sent Barb and Tracie digital copies of Knit Edge Magazine, Issue 7 to review.  Both of them found many quality articles and several favorite patterns in this issue.

 

You can win a digital copy of this issue - go over to the Ravelry thread and answer the question to be entered.  This contest will end when Episode 92 is recorded.

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie has finished:

*  Me Again by Keith Cronin.  She recommends this book.

*  Wreckage by Emily Bleeker.  She does NOT recommend this book.

 

 

Tracie is currently reading"

King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman

Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik

 

Barb has finished:

As Far As You Can Go by Lesley Glaister.  She doesn't recommend this book.

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood.  She recommends this book.

 

Barb is currently reading:

Jurassic Park by Michael Crighton.  She is competely enjoying this book!

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Joy of Less, a Minimalist Living Guide: How to DeClutter, Organize and Simplify Your Life by Francine Joy

The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas

 

 

May 15, 2015
Episode 90: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That
01:15:39

Book Talk starts at 37:20

Recorded on April 29, 2015

 

Our Alana-Along is a wrap (or a sweater or a pair of mitts…)  If you entered, stay tuned till the end of the podcast to find out if you won a prize!  Thanks to all who participated

 

Our new KAL has begun - the Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along will run May 1-July 1

 

Robin Wiest raised $1489 for Autism Speaks  with her Sprig of Hope pattern, and she helped her LYS, Twist Knitting and Spinning, raise over $5000 at  their Third Annual Sheep to Shawl Benefit for Autism Speaks.  Congratulations and many kudos to them all!

 

Click for Kiley – Kiley is a high school senior doing a project collecting hats for the Click for Babies project to help inform new parents about crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome.  If you’d like to help by making a purple baby hat, visit Kiley’s Ravelry page for details.

 

Tracie will be at:

Fleeces, Food & Fun – Retzlaff Winery in Livermore California - June 6, 10-4pm

 

Barb finished:

1 Ear Bud Pouch by Mary Keenen – and she’s planning to make another!

3 newborn hats for the Click for Kiley project  Three Textured Baby Hats by Heather Tucker

 

Tracie finished

1 Knitted Knocker (for a total of four, which she turned in at NoCKRs)

and

the Sprig of Hope shawl by Robin Wiest

 

Barb worked on:

Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett using many different colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway. 

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo’le colorway

Vanilla Socks using Opal Shafpate in the 8120 colorway

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke – using Plymouth Select Merino DK in orange, black, white and gray.

Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer, Using Plymouth Gina in colorway 15

Yowza Weigh-it Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson, using Miss Babs Yowza in the Believable colorway.

 

Tracie worked on:

Soubrette by Mary Annarella/madelinetosh lace (discontinued) in Georgia O’Keeffe.  Coming along…

 

Wanda Estelle by Debbi Stone/Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green

 

Twigs & Willows Mitts by Alana Dakos/Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in Laboradite.  One done!

 

And cast-on:

Vanilla Socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel/Berocco Sox in colorway 1494

 

Barb highly recommends

The Orphan Masters’ Son by Adam Johnston

and

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Houseini

 

And found okay reads in

Aftershock: A Thriller by Andrew Vachss

His Other Life by Beth Thomas

 

She is currently reading:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

As Far As You Can Go by Lesley Gaister

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

 

Tracie Did Not Finish

Jumping In Mud Puddles: A Memoir of a Hyper, Picky Big Fat Liar by Vickie Mendenhall

 

She recommends

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.  The audiobook has excellent narration by Noah Galvin

 

She did not care for

The Carrier by Sophie Hannah (but if you’d like to read one of Hannah’s good thrillers, check out Hurting Distance, The Other Half Lives, or Kind of Cruel

 

And she found solid reads in

Lady Fortescue Steps Out by Marion Chesney.  First of the Poor Relations

series

 

Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders: One Family’s Greed, Love & Rage by Marvin J. Wolf

 

She is currently listening to

King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman

May 01, 2015
Episode 89: I Was Like, Yeah, I Hate That Too!
01:13:50

Recorded on April 13, 2015

Book Talk begins at 30:15

 

Join our Alana-Along- deadline extended till May 1! You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting.  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.   Post your FO here to be entered to win!  Please limit your comments to the Chatter thread

 

New KAL!  From May 1-July 1 – Come join our "Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along".  Knit any spring/summer cardigan, tank or tee, adult or for a little one and be eligible for prizes.  Come join the chatter thread on the Ravelry board as we all make our plans...

 

 

EVENTS:

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 17-19, 2015 - San Juan Bautista

Spinning at the Winery AKA Fleeces, Food and Fun – Retzlaff Winery, June 6, 10-4pm

 

KNITTING:

Tracie has finished:

Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho/Berocco Flicker in 3335 (earth tones)

 

Lengthening an Anne Klein black shrug to cardigan length/Plymouth Jeannee

 

 

 Barb has finished:

 

Her Gnarled Oak Cardigan, using Wollmeise Merino DK.  She is so happy with the final project!  It is a perfect fit, and looks great unbuttoned or buttoned up.

 

 

Tracie is working on:

The Skew socks by Lana Holden/Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in Flahriddah.  She has not touched this project!

 

The Soubrette cardigan by Mary Annarella/madelinetosh lace (discontinued) in Georgia O’Keeffe. 

 

The Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbi Stone/Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green

 

The Sprig of Hope shawl by Robin Wiest/Cascade Sunseeker in 09 (Green).  Proceeds from this pattern will be donated to Autism Speaks until mid-April so check it out!

 

The Twigs and Willows Mitts  by Alana Dakos/Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in Laboradite.  She is having a terrible time with these!

 

Barb is working on:

The Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett, using 13 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze

 

The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.  She has hit a snag...

 

The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.

 

She has frogged the Richmond Hat by Brenda Castiel.  The yarn was too dark to show the beautiful pattern!

 

A pair of vanilla socks using Opal Shafpate in the 1810 color way.

 

Barb has cast-on the Copperline Mitts by Elizabeth Doherty, using Madelinetosh DK in the Calligraphy colorway.  She is not happy with this yarn for this project, so will probably frog them.  

 

 

BOOKS:

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Mystery on the Isles of Shoals by J. Dennis Robinson

 

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey – the narration made her want to poke her eyes out!

 

 

Barb has finished:

 

Tracie is currently reading:

 

 

 

 

 

The Carrier by Sophie Hannah.  Tracie thinks that it is pretty convoluted so far, but she will stick with it.

 

Jumping in Mud Puddles by Vickie Mendenhall

 

 

 

Forgive me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.  Excellent narration by Noah Galvin

 

 

 

Barb is currently reading:

 

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnston.  Barb is enjoying it more, learning a lot about North Korea.

 

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen via the CraftLit Podcast

 

Aftershock: A Thriller by Andrew Vachss.  Although Barb finds the book's main character somewhat annoying, she is enjoying the story anyway.

Apr 15, 2015
Episode 88: Because It's An Awesome Bandwagon
01:11:19

Book Talk starts at 34:30

Recorded on March 30, 2015.

 

Join our Alana-Along- deadline extended till May 1! You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting.  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.   Post your FO here to be entered to win!  We love you all and are glad to see the enthusiasm, but we ask you to please stop posting random comments in the FOs thread!

 

Our Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen is ongoing - March 1-31

 

EVENTS:

Tracie and Barb will be at:

The Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 17-19, 2015 - San Juan Bautista 

Fleeces, Food and Fun – Retzlaff Winery, June 6, 10-4pm

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

 

Rivercat #2 Socks by Brenda Patipa, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid in the Tranquility colorway.

 

Vanilla Zombody DeComp Socks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Zombody DeComp colorway.

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist/Dizzy Blonde Studios

 

Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown

 

Horseshoe Lace Cowl by Sashka Macievich, using Zen Garden Glitter Sock in Mama Dawn colorway

 

GAP-Tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley, using Malabrigo Mecha in the Queguay colorway

 

Mr. Bakery Bear in Red Heart Super Saver, Malabrigo Silky Merino and some old acrylic Tracie found in her stash

 

Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage

 

Her 2nd Wee Wildflower by Alana Dakos, using Knit Picks Brava Sport in Freesia

 

Barb continues to work on:

The The Gnarled Oak Cardigan by Alana Dakos, using Wollmeise Merino DK in the Mistelzweig colorway.

 

The Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett, using 12 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

 

Barb has cast-on:

The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarn Helluva Skein in a Pauo-le colorway.

 

The Richmond Hat by Brenda Castiel, using Malabrigo Mechita in the Sheri color way

 

Another pair of Vanilla socks using Opal Schafpate in 8120 colorway.

 

Tracie cast-on:

Skew socks by Lana Holden Lisa Souza Dyeworks Delux Socks! in the Flahriddah colorway.

 

The Soubrette cardigan by Mary Annarella, using Madelinietosh Tosh Lace (a discontinued yarn) in the Georgia O’Keeffe colorway.

 

The Wanda Estelle  poncho by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Gree.

 

The Sprig of Hope shawl by Robin Wiest using Cascade Sunseeker in 09 (Green).  Proceeds from this pattern will be donated to Autism Speaks until mid-April so check it out!

 

Twigs and Willows Mitts by Alana Dakos using Unwind Yarn Company in Laboradite.

 

 

Barb and Tracie are huge fans of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  This pattern, written by Sox Therapist, is only $1!  Although it is 16 pages long (with very detailed directions on making a cardboard cutout of your foot, along with measuring instructions), both Tracie and Barb "cheated" and went straight to the heel instructions.  This pattern works for both toe-up and cuff-down patterns.  

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has had a good stretch of great books!  She has finished:

The Silent Girls by Eric Riskstad - thumbs up for a quick read