2 Knit Lit Chicks

Book Talk starts at 38:27

 

This episode was recorded on December 19, 2014.

 

The Sweater KAL is ongoing!  Get your sweaters finished and post your FO picture here to be eligible to win one of three great prize packages.

 

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!


Barb recommends the Stitch Party Podcast (audio), with host flyingmuse.


She also recommends the video podcast The Knitting Den with Denise.


Events:

Barb will be attending the South Bay Knitting Retreat January 2-4, 2015 in San Juan Bautista.

Stitches West 2015, in Santa Clara California February 19 - 22, 2015.

The Northern California Knitting Retreat, in San Juan Bautista, California April 17 - 19, 2015.  We still have 1 spot open!  Email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for a registration form.

 

For those of you attending The Northern California Knitting Retreat, please join the NorCal Knitting Retreat Ravelry Group to stay up-to-date on all the information.

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

 

 

Tracie has finished:

                Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press

                Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten

                And The Horse You Rode In On fingerless mittens by Karin Aida

                Beer Lovers’ Mitts by Natalia Moreva

 

 

 

Tracie is currently working on:

 

Tracie has cast on:

Brenda Castiel's Hanging Gauge Swatch tutorial 

 

Barb is currently knitting:

 

Barb has cast-on:

 

 

Barb will be frogging her Custom-Fit Featherweight cardigan.

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

 

Apple Tree Yard by Louisa Doughty.  She heartily recommends this book!

 

Barb is reading:

Tracie is reading:

 

You can see the bladder-related commercials that Tracie talked about in her "Thumbs Down" section here:

Direct download: Episode_82.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm PDT

 

Book Talk starts at 48:00

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!

 

Can’t get enough of the Serial podcast?  Check out Slate’s Serial Spoilers Specials – a podcast about a podcast!

 

The Yarnit – coming soon to the Leading Men Fiber Arts store

 

Barb has finished

·      The Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilla using Cascade 220 worsted in a dark gray colorway

·      Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian, using leftover Malabrigo Rios in the lotus colorway – a free pattern on Ravelry.  Theses were supposed to be for her granddaughter Rachel, but they came out very small so she gave them to her manicurist instead.

·      Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Beamer, using Malabrigo Rios in the Lotus colorway –a free pattern on Ravelry.  These are for Rachel, but Barb likes them so much that she plans to make a pair for herself!

·      A Raspberry hat, using the 0-966 Sweet Pumpkin by DROPS design

 

Tracie has finished her Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane, made from Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway.  It fit perfectly, but then it grew!  So she will have to frog and reknit it in the original small/medium size.

 

Barb cast on a pair of socks using Fishknits MCN Opulence in the Weathered colorway.

 

She continues to work on:

·      Rivercat Socks by Brenda Patipa in some really old yarn that I won at the first CFR I went to – Knit Fit Knitting Jazzy in a Sea Blue colorway.

·      CustomFit Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein (750 – 822 yards) light fingering in the Pauo’le colorway.

·      Jet Set Cowl by Paulina Popiolek using Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in the Deep Sea Jellyfish colorway. 

·      Eilonwy Junior by Carol Feller using Berroco Weekend DK in 2 colors – a light blue and a pink.  $5.95 download on Rav.

 

Tracie has cast on:

Two pairs of socks, using Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist for both

For her friend Sue’s birthday, in Color Notes Claremont Sock in the Green stone colorway.  One sock done!

For niece Lexi, who requested a pair of pink sparkly socks, in Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in the  Runway colorway.  One sock almost done.

 

Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in Ella Rae Silkience in brown

 

She continues to work on:

For her brother-in-law’s Christmas gift, a set of 4 Garter Coaster Beer Cozies by Jessica Landers with help from

Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press

Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten

And The Horse You Rode In On fingerless mittens by Karin Aida

Beer Lovers’ Mitts by Natalia Moreva

She is using Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway and Knit Picks Chroma in Grey, both leftover from other projects.  Three of four beer cozies completed!

and

Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey/Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway

 

Knitvent 2014 by Helen Stewart

4 patterns in the ebook, available on Ravelry for 9.80 GBP (about $15). 

Enter to win a copy here

 

Tracie liked

The Position by Meg Wolitzer

and

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness or Murder by  Charles Graber

but did not finish

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

She is currently listening to

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

and reading

What Matters In Jane Austen?  Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved by John Mullan

 

Barb highly recommends In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

 

She has finished

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCrieght

The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

 

She is currently reading

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Last Life by Claire Messud

A Life in Stitches:  Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter by Rachael Herron

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_81.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm PDT

Book Talk starts at 36:45

 

This episode was recorded on November 20, 2014

 

Barb and Tracie were guests on the Yarn Thing with Marly Bird podcast on November 20th.

 

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is ongoing until January 15, 2015.  We currently have over 30 sweaters completely in our Sweater KAL FO thread.  Come on in and join us!

 

Thank you for your iTunes Reviews!

 

Win an autographed copy of The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  Enter to win via this thread on our Ravelry Forum.  Contest ends on December 1st.  Thank you to JanaNav for this donated prize!

 

Win this project bag, generously donated by Daisy50 of the Art Institchtute of Chicago etsy shop.  Be sure to check out her shop now for her Halloween/ Day of the Dead project bag sale!

 

Go to our blog to enter.  This contest will end on December 1, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Barb recommends 3 podcasts:

1.  The Minerva Turkey video podcast, hosted by minervaturkey (Shannon).  Available on YouTube and iTunes

2.  The Two Ewes Fiber Adventures audio podcast, hosted by 1hundredprojects (Kelly) and mfuesel (Marsha).

3.  The Serial Podcast.

 

Events:

Barb and Tracie will be attending:

Stitches West 2015, in Santa Clara California February 19 - 22, 2015.

The Northern California Knitting Retreat, in San Juan Bautista, California April 17 - 19, 2015.  We still have 1 spot open!  Email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for a registration form.

 

KNITTING

 

 

Barb has finished:

1.  Woobie Giraffe #2, using different colors of Knit Picks Brava Sport in various colors.  This pattern is from the Woobie Pattern Collection, Series 1 by Kris Carlson.

 

2.  Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple colorway.

 

3.  Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel (from the Sock Architecture book) using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Betelgeuse colorway.  Barb does not recommend using such a highly variegated yarn for this pattern as it doesn't let the pattern shine...

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie has finished:

 

1.  Her 2nd Ethan the Aviator hat, by Gabrielle Danskknit using Cascade Yarns Bentley.  How cute is baby Dominic in this hat?!!

 

2.  Cleito by Susan Mills, using Mirasol Yarns Ilaris in a plum color way, and Nashua Handkints Creative Focus Cotton DK in a yellow colorway.

 

3.  The Doodie hat by Woolly Wormed using Ella Pompe in a pink colorway.

 

4.  Opposite socks (Tracie's own pattern) using Anzula Nebula in the Kale colorway and Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in Laborite.  It took Tracie less than 2 weeks to knit up these socks!

 

5.  Basic Peanut Body by Rebecca Danger (from 50 Yards of Fun by Rebecca Danger.

 

Barb is working on:

1.  Rivercat Socks by Brenda Patipa, using Knit Fit Knitting Jazzy in the Sea Blue Colorway

2.  CustomFit Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fetig, using Must Stash Yarn Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.

 

Barb has cast-on:

1.  Jet Set Cowl by Paulina Popiolek, using Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in the Deep Sea Jellyfish colorway.

2. Eilonwy Junior cardigan by Carol Feller, using Berroco Weekend DK in a light blue and a pink colorway.

3.  Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilla, using Cascade 220 Worsted in a dark gray colorway.

 

Tracie is working on:

1.  Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane, using Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway.

2.  Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey, using Blue Heron Rayon Mettalic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway.

 

Tracie has cast-on:

1.  A set of 4 or 6 cozies using the  Garter Coaster Beer Cozy pattern by Jessica Landers for her BIL.  She is color working rude sayings onto the cozies with help from:

     *  Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press

     *  Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten

     *  And the Horse You Rode in on by Karin Aida

     *  Beer Lovers' Mitts by Natalia Moreva

All using leftover yarns!

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

1.  Don't Look Now: and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier - Barb recommends this short story collection.

2.  Night Film by Marisha Pessl - Barb recommends this book with reservations - don't expect a horror story...

 

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  Bitch in a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen From the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps, Volume 2 by Robert Rodi - Tracie recommends this for any reader who is a Jane Austen enthusiast!

2.  The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh - Tracie recommends this book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie and Barb have both finished and enthusiastically recommend:  The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell.  Two THUMBS UP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb is currently reading:

1.  Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight

2.  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie is currently reading:

1.  The Position by Meg Wolitzer

2.  Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Episode_80.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm PDT

 

Book Talk begins at 35:05

 

Recorded on October 27, 2014

 

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is ongoing until January 15, 2015.  Information can be found here.  You can post pictures of your finished sweater here.

 

Lambtown vendors that were mentioned:

Invictus Yarns

Fishknits

DurenDyeWorks

 

Barb and Tracie have been asked to be on The Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird on November 20, 2014.  If you listen live (9 am Mountain Time 11/20/14) you can participate in a live give-away!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Contest!  We are giving away a signed copy of the book, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  Please go to our Ravelry Group and answer the question in the contest thread. 

 

Thank you to JanaNav for donating this book to the podcast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb recommends the video podcast Undead Yarn with KnittyGirl (Heidi).

Barb also recommends the audio podcast Kitchen Stitches, with Someryarns (Somer).

 

Upcoming Events:

Stitches West, February19 - 22, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be hosting an informal meetup in the Lobby Bar, on Saturday, February 21 from 2-5 p.m.  Come join us if you can!

Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKrs), April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Ethan the Aviator hat by Gabrielle Danskknit, using Cascade Bentley yarn

 

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-Striping colorway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb has finished:

 

 

 

The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fukatsu, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie has Cast-On:

 

 

 

 

The Doodie hat by Woolly Wormhead, using Ella Rae Pompe in the pink color way.  Check out this yarn - it's pretty wild!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie continues to work on:

The Shalom Cardigan by Medgan McFarlan, using araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway.

Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey, using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway.

The Cleito by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yan Illaris in 111 (plum).  She is happy to report that this project is almost done!

 

Barb has Cast-On:

 

Rivercat Socks by Brenda Patipa, using VERY OLD STASH yarn, Knit Fit Knitting Jazzy in the Sea Blue colorway.

The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, which is now available using Amy Herzog's CustomFit program!  She is using Must Stash yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

Brooke's Column of Leaves Scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple colorway.

Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel (from the Sock Architecture book), using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Betelguise colorway.

 

BOOKS

 

Barb mentions the discussion on book groups on the  Books on the Nightstand podcast, Episode 301.

 

Tracie has finished:

 

 

600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster - she gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up!

 

The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Kevin Lehman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb has finished:

 

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith

 

He's Gone by Deb Caletti

 

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie has given up on, and will not finish These Things Hidden by Heather Dudenkauf

 

Tracie is currently reading:

Bitch in a Bonnet: Recaliming Jane Austen From the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps, Volume 2 by Robert Rodi

 

Barb and Tracie are both currently reading:

 

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell and are both really enjoying it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb is currently reading:

Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

 

Tracie would like your help in figuring out some kind of a knit gift for her brother-in law.  It must be 1. Obnoxious and/or sarcastic, and 2.  quick to knit!

Direct download: Episode79.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm PDT

Book Talk begins at 25:42

 

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is continuing until January 15, 2015, so get busy!  Please check out the chatter thread for all the information you need to participate, and post your finished sweaters in our FOs thread for a chance to win one of our prize packages!

 

The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!) will be held April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.  If you are interested in attending, please go here for all the information. $265 per person.  

 

Tracie has finished: 

Mother Bear #50 - crocheted

 

Propeller by Woolly Wormhead for her niece Lauren

 

 

 

Tracie has cast on:

 

 

Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway, a beautiful sky blue/green variegated

 

She continues to work on:

Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway

 

Cleito sleeveless top by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarn Illaris in 111 (plum)

 

And has been giving no love to:

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-striping colorway.

 

Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood, using way too many yarns to list!

 

Barb has finished:

Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway for her granddaughter Jayla, who is turning 6!

 

Upstairs/Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuseli, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Nichole colorway.

 

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.  She has Halloween socks in time for Halloween!

 

 

She has been working on:

 

Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade Yarns 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple color way.

 

Barb is continuing to knit:

The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fakatsu, using Madelinietosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

Bootstrap Socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel, using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Betelguese colorway.

 

Tracie does not recommend A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli, and thought The Shining by Stephen King what good in spite of an ending she did not find scary.

 

She is reading:

and 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster, a novel about a Montana man who has severe OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome that she is finding delightful.

 

 

Barb finished and highly recommends both The Farm by Tom Rob Smith and Stoner by John Edward Williams

 

She is currently reading a trio of chillers: 

and Night Film by Marisha Pessl, which she is reading in book-book form because of the cool, creepy visuals included.

 

Barb gives King of Siam Restaurant in Tehachapi, CA a thumbs-up, and Tracie seconds!  The Chicks have enjoyed Thai food  at King of Siam every year that they have attended the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat!

 

 

 

EBOLA: A CASE IN INEQUALITY 

 

“As the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa shows, the importance of reducing inequality could not be more clear. The battle against the virus is a fight on many fronts -- human lives and health foremost among them. But the fight against Ebola is also a fight against inequality. The knowledge and infrastructure to treat the sick and contain the virus exists in high- and middle-income countries. However, over many years, we have failed to make these things accessible to low-income people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. So now thousands of people in these countries are dying because, in the lottery of birth, they were born in the wrong place.”

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_78.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm PDT

Book Talk starts at 33:55

 

This episode was recorded on September 30, 2014.

 

The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!) will be held April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.  If you are interested in attending, please go here for all the information.

 

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over and all the prizes have been claimed.

 

 

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is continuing until January 15, 2015, so get busy!  Please check out the chatter thread for all the information you need to participate.

 

 

 

 

 

The winner of the Hallowe'en project bag from the Art Institchtute etsy shop is announced at the end of this podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have until October 15th to enter the drawing for the ebook Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.  Go here to enter.

 

Barb highly recommends the Badass Survivors Podcast hosted by Melanie.  This is a podcast about dealing with breast cancer.  Melanie hopes to make it a gathering place for women with breast cancer, survivors of the disease, and those with loved ones going through the process.   Check out Melanie's blog for more information on dealing with breast cancer.  Warning:  Language!

 

Upcoming events:

Lambtown - October 4 & 5, 2015 in Dixon, CA.

The CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11.

Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 19-22, 2015.

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #49

 

Rose Garden Shawl by Vera Sanon, using Cascade Yarn Ultra Pima in a teal colorway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie has finished:

Mother Bear #49

Impunity Hat by Amana Schwabe, using Gnome Acres House Gnome in the Hulk Smash color way.

 

Barb has cast on:

Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade Yarns 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple color way.

 

Barb is continuing to knit:

The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fakatsu, using Madelinietosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway.

Upstairs/Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuseli, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Nichole colorway.

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.

 

Tracie has cast on:

Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway.

The Propeller hat by Woolly Wormhead, using The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze 100% Merino Worsted Superwash in the Kimberley colorway.

 

Tracie is still working on:

A second Vitamin D cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Knitting Rose Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway.

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-striping colorway.

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

 

 

 

The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie has finished:

Reality Boy by A.S. King

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb is currently reading:

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier

 

 

 

 

Stoner by John Edward Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie is currently reading:

 

 

The Birth Order Book: Why You are the Way You Are by Kevin Lehman

 

Tracie also mentions the Stuff Mom Never Told You Episode, Middle Child Syndrome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli

The Shining by Stephen King

 

Tracie mentions the website IMDB for all things trivia related to The Shining film.  She also recommends Room 237, an exploration of various interpretations of the movie, The Shining.

 

Barb mentions the current IRS Phone Scam.  Please go here to the IRS page on how to deal with these pervasive phone scams.

Direct download: Ep77.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am PDT

Book Talk Starts at 41:20

 

OUR BIG NEWS! The Northern California Knitting Retreat will take place Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California. The retreat is organized by a committee of friends brought together by their love of fiber craft and knitting from Northern California and by The 2 Knit Lit Chicks and The Yarniacs podcasts.

 

Cost of the retreat is $265 per person.  This includes sleeping accommodations in a double (shared) room for the nights of Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, six meals, and use of common rooms and facilities.  Please note that all rooms are shared.  Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

 

SPACE IS LIMITED, and it is our desire to make things as fair as is humanly possible.   If you would like to attend:

 

Email Tracie Bezerra at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com to obtain the application. 

 

Mail the application with your payment beginning October 15, 2015.  Please note: No applications with a postmark date before October 15, 2015 will be accepted.

 

If you would like to attend and room with a friend, please send your applications and payments together in one envelope.  No more than two applications per envelope, please.

 

If more applications are received than retreat spaces are available, attendees will be chosen by lottery.  If your application is not chosen in the lottery, you will have the option to either be placed on a waiting list or have your check shredded.  We will hold the checks sent by those on the waiting list until it is determined whether they have a space at the retreat.

 

Our Sweater KAL/CAL has begun!  It will run from September 15 to January 15, and it must be an adult-sized sweater with some kind of sleeves to qualify for the prize drawing.  If you’ve never knit a sweater before, this is the time to give it a try!  We will have a list of some patterns that would work well for beginners on our Sweater KAL Chat thread.

 

Daisy, who sells everything from cool fabric to vintage ties to wonderful project bags in her Artinstitchtute etsy shop, will be sending this Alexander Henry fabric project bag (a $32 value) to one lucky winner!  Go over to our Ravelry group to enter to win.  And take a look at Daisy's shop; you can get a 20% discount using the coupon code endofsummer2014.

 

Mean Girls Yarn Club from Dizzy Blonde Studios

 

Barb and Tracie will both be attending the following events:
Lambtown in Dixon, CA, October 4 & 5.  We will be attending on Sunday, the 4th.
CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11.
Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 19 - 22, 2015.

Northern California Knitting Retreat – April 17-19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA

 

Barb has Finished:

Mother Bear #48

 

Cabled Hot Water BottleCover by Vivianne Kacal, using Plymouth Encore in the Hunter Green colorway

 

Tracie Has Finished:

Mother Bears 47 and 48

 

Autumn Whirlpool Hat with Earflaps by Natalie Pelykh/ Gnome Acres Fingering Sock in the Hulk Smash colorway

 

Ripples by Annelie Wallbom/Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway. 

 

She lined her 2nd Infamous Hobo Bag

 

Barb is working on:

Hitofude cardigan by Hirolu Fulatsu, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper color way

 

Rose Garden Shawl by Vera Sanon, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in a teal colorway

 

Mini-Landing Cardi, by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway.

 

Upstairs Downstairs Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuesli in the Small, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DKin the Nichole colorway.

 

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.

 

Tracie is working on:

A second Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier in Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway.  

 

Mystic Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks in Invictus Yarns Master of my Feet in the Aradia Self Striping colorway.  

 

Review: Sock Architectureby Lara Neel

 

Enter to win a copy here

 

BOOKS:

As She Left It by Catriona McPherson

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Prayers for the Dying by Suzanne Jenkins

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice by Maureen McCormick

Still Life by Louise Penny

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White

The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White

 

Reality Boy by A.S. King

 

If you haven't yet heard "Weird Al" Yancovic's brilliant "Word Crimes" song, here is the video:

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Thank you to our listeners for their patience during the last several weeks as we changed to a new hosting site and required everyone to un-subscribe and re-subscribe (information and directions are here).  You may have noticed old episodes popping up looking like "new" episodes…this is because we are uploading all of our previous episodes to Libsyn and iTunes.  Information on that is here!

 

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over!  We drew for prizes, and the winners are listed at the bottom of this post.  Thanks to all of you who generously knitted and crocheted bears for this wonderful organization.

 

You knit and crocheted 125 bears this year.  Thank you so much to tmkr who is donating $1 per bear to the Mother Bear Organization!

 

Be sure and mail your completed bears (along with $3 per bear to cover shipping to their final destination!) to the Mother Bear Organization to this address:

Mother Bear Organization

P.O. Box 62188

Minneapolis, MN 55426

 

Our upcoming Sweater KAL/CAL will be starting September 15, 2014 and will run until January 15, 2015.  Start thinking about what you want to knit!

 

New Giveaway!

Daisy, who sells everything from cool fabric to vintage ties to wonderful project bags in her Artinstitchtute etsy shop, will be sending this Alexander Henry fabric project bag (a $32 value) to one lucky winner!  Go over to our Ravelry group to enter to win.  And take a look at Daisy's shop; you can get a 15% discount using the coupon code endofsummer2014.

 

Barb recommends the new video podcast, Yarnder Woman, available on YouTube here!

 

Barb and Tracie will both be attending the following events:

Lambtown in Dixon, CA, October 4 & 5.  We will be attending on Sunday, the 4th.

CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11.

Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 19 - 22, 2015.

 

Barb and Tracie are both on Instagram now!  Barb is KnittyBarb, and Tracie is alittleposy.  Come follow us!

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

* Another Autumn Whirlpool with Earflaps Hat by Pelykh Natalie, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Summer Blooms color way

HGV (High Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcroft, using FishKnits Divine in the Tea Rose Hybrid Full Gradient color way

* Mother Bear #47

Vanilla Ragg Socks, using Patons Kroy in the Blue Stripe Ragg colorway

*Vonica cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Highland Handmades Butternut DK, in the charcoal colorway.

 

Tracie has finished:

* Mother Bears 45 & 46

 

Tracie has cast-on:

Autumn Whirlpool with Earflaps Hat by Pelykh Natalie, using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Hulk Smash colorway

 

Tracie is still working on:

* Her second Vitamin D cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Knitting Rose Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway

Mystik Spiral socks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in he Aradia Self-Striping colorway

Ripples shawl by Annelie Wallbom, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway

Cleito sleeveless top by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarn Illaris in 111 (plum)

Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood, using way too many yarns to list!

 

Barb has cast-on:

Hitofude cardigan by Hirolu Fulatsu, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway

Rose Garden Shawl by Vera Sanon, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in a teal colorway

Cabled Hot Water Bottle Cover/Cozy by Vivianne Kacal, using Plymouth Encore in the Hunter Green colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

The Absence of Mercy by John Burley

The Magpies by John Burley

 

Tracie has finished:

*Endless Love by Scott Spencer

*Court TV Presents: Murder in Room 103 by Harriet Ryan

*Tilt-a-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein

 

Download the Akinator app, a 20-questions style game that is fun

for the whole family.  Unfortunately, Tracie was completely wrong - it is not free :-(

 

Here is what the CDC has to say about preventing mosquito bites and therefore avoiding the West Nile Virus

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We still have some unclaimed prizes from our Prize-A-Palooza giveaway (to celebrate 2000 members in our Ravelry Group).  Please check our Episode 66 Blogpost to see if you won.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL will officially begin July 1.  You will have until August 31 to post pictures of any bears completed in 2014 to our FO thread to be eligible to win some great prizes.  Please go to the Mother Bear Website to purchase your knitted or crocheted bear pattern.



 


You have until June 15th to enter to win this skein of Dream in Color Jilly.  You can enter here.
















Tracie will be attending Spinning at the Winery at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA on June 7th.  Rumor has it that DH Ryan will be attending this event with her.

KNITTING

Barb's FO's

Afternoon Tea shawl by Helen Stewart, using Dream in Color Jilly in the Shy colorway


Stitch Surfers #1 by Louise Roberts, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the Midnight Mountain colorway and  Becoming Art Jolie Sport in the Looking Glass colorway.













Simple Skyp Socks #2 by Adrianne Ku, using Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Fantasy Sock Yarn.
Mother Bear #36
Knitted Knockers #2 & #3

Tracie's FO's


Flash Air Tote (the Plein Air Tote by Amanda Schuezger), using Newton's Yarn Country Flash in the Green colorway















Jilly Millrace by Elizabeth Doherty, using Dream in Color Jilly in the Cloudy colorway

Barb is working on:
Foolproof cowl by Louise Zass Bangham, using Forbidden Woolery Wrath in the Lump of Coal color way and Forbidden Woolery Pride in the Darkest Emerald colorway
Rhombi Cardigan by Terri Kruse, using Neighborhood Fiber Company's Studio Sport in the Columbus Circle colorway
Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman, using Gnome Acres House Gnome in the Tonto colorway

Tracie is working on:
Twisted Rib Neck Warmer by Michelle Johnstone, using Anzula Nebula in the Kale colorway
Coachella by Fathom Harvill, using Microfiber Ribbon by Tess Designer Yarns
Spring Showers by Joji Locatelli, using DK Superwash Merino/Nylon by Newton's Yarn Country
Victorian Birdcage Socks by Cat Bordhi, using Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet
Symbiotic Cowl by Hanna Maciejewska, using Baa! Sonoma in the Mystique and Blue Sapphire colorways

Tracie is setting aside the Knitting Rose Blossom Sock yarn in the Girl on Fire colorway until she decides for sure which cardigan she wants to knit!

Tracie is stalking the Hitofude Cardigan - she wants to make it in a silvery-gray color as a summer cardigan.  Coincidentally, Barb is also planning to knit this cardigan out of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light that she has in stash.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

Criminal Damage by Margaret York
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Barb was very lukewarm about this book)


The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (LOVED this book!)

















Tracie has finished:
Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway
Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (a big thank you to Pinneguri for the link to the YouTube narration!)

Barb is currently reading:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
A Good and Useful Hurt by Aric Davis

Tracie is currently reading:
Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah



I'm Down by Mishna Wolff
















Two Sisters by Mary Hogan 

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The Poncho Comeback KAL continues…

Our Colorwork KAL will continue until May 1, 2014.  Be sure to post your FO pictures in the Colorwork KAL FO thread to be eligible for 1 of our 3 great prize packages!

Be sure to listen to the end of this episode to hear all the winners from our Prize-A- Palooza celebrating 2000 members in our Ravelry Group.  List of prizes and winners is at the end of this blog post.

The previous winner announced for the ebook, California Revival Knits never contacted us, so a new winner has been drawn!  This is announced at the end of podcast.

KNITTING

Barbs has finished:













Tracie has finished:



 
 
 
 
Barb's Current Knitting Projects:
Tracie's Current Knitting Projects:
 
BOOKS:
 
Barb has finished:
 
Barb was unable to finish The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.  She does not recommend this book.
 
Tracie has finished:
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
Tracie does not recommend Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Tracie highly recommends this book!)
 
Tracie is currently reading:
 
Barb and Tracie read and discussed:
 
 
After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
 
AND
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Enter our Prize-a-palooza!  Prizes include yarn by Alpenglow andKnitting Rose, stitch markers from k8erpillar, and patterns fromElizabeth Doherty.  To enter the drawing, post a comment in the Prize-a-palooza thread telling us either what your favorite moment from the podcast has been or a pattern/yarn or gadget/book you have been inspired/enabled by the Chicks to do/buy/read.  If you haven’t joined our Ravelry group yet, do it now, because you must be a member of the group to win!
 
 
KNITTING PLANET EARTH: The Global Knitting Community Speaksis Deborah’s upcoming ebook.  Want to participate?  Cut and paste this questionnaire into an email, fill it out and send it toCoeDeborah@aol.com.
 
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Write a one-page summary that includes one or more of the following:
Why I knit* 

What knitting means to me 

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Knitting Inspiration 

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Knitting Aspirations 

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Thank you, and have fun!
Deborah Tomasello 
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I use the word “knit” to include knitting and/or crocheting
 
Join our Colorwork KAL!  Challenge yourself, have fun, ask questions! We will close the FOs thread May 1, and will have some great prizes to give away!
 
Tracie’s Finished Objects:
2 Mother Bears (35 & 36) and hats for Halos of Hope
 
 
 
 
 
Tracie recommends:
 
Tracie does NOT recommend:
 
 
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No book talk this episode
The  keynote speaker was Myra Wood, author of the new book Knit in New Directions: A Journey Into Creativity.  Tracie and Barb are huge fans of Myra!
 
Barb took a class on photographing your knits with Kellie Nuss
 
Tracie took a class on knitting with beads with Betsy Hershberg , author of Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter
Tracie's bead sample, created in Betsy's class
 
Hiya Hiya
Barmaids
 
 
Tracie and Barb both really missed Blue Moon Fiber Arts (because we wanted some Woobu and possibly some BFL Sport too) and Tess Designer Yarns (because we like to grope the Kitten and exclaim over their beautiful colors), who were not at Stitches this year :-(
 
 
Barb took a class on knitting socks in different stitch patterns with JC Briar, author of Charts Made Simple
 
Tracie took a class of special techniques with Anna Zilboorg, author ofMagnificent Mittens and Knitting For Anarchists
 
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who came to our Podcaster/Listener Meet-Up - it was great to see you all!
And of course, lots of wonderful listeners!
 
Did you think we were kidding about having Prize-A-Palooza when we passed 2000 members in our Ravelry group?  Well, think again!  
We’ve got books, patterns, stitch markers, yarn holders, pattern holders, and of course YARN YARN YARN!  Post in the Prizeapalooza thread to be entered to win!  And if you haven’t joined our Ravelry group yet – what are you waiting for?
 
California Revival Knits thread will close February 28!
 
Episode 64 will be just Tracie; Episode 65 will be Barb and her sister Ann; Tracie and Barb will be back recording together in Episode 66!
 
Our Colorwork KAL will begin March 1 – challenge yourself and join us!  Need some inspiration?  Check out the Tosh Tea Cakes set from Jimmy Beans Wool to make the Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden
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Come join our Ravelry group!  When we reach 2,000 members, we're planning a PRIZE-A-PALOOZA!!


Subversive Socks eBook Giveaway ends on January 31st - get your entry in now

The "unofficial" Poncho Comeback KAL continues on…come join us!

Kickstarter Campaign to bring knitCompanion to Android!  To donate, click here.  To find out more about what knitCompanion is, click here.  Barb and Tracie use and love knitCompanion and want to spread the joy of this fabulous program to all knitters!

Ravellenic Games Ravelry Group.  Team Sasquatch Ravelry Group

Stitches West 2014 is coming right up!  The dates are February 20 - 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA.  Barb and Tracie will be attending.

 


Colorwork KAL/CAL will start March 1, 2014 and run until May 1, 2014.  Pick a project and join us.  You can knit any colorwork project you like - stripes, stranded or Fair Isle, intarsia.  Our only rules are that your project must be bigger than a coffee cozy, and you must be a member of the group to win.  There will be PRIZES!!  If you would like to donate a prize, please let us know.
 




Our Read-Along Book is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that just can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  The discussion has been going very well!

KNITTING


Barb's FOs:
Halos of Hope hats:  The Gridiron Hat by Johnny Vasquez, and Robin's Egg Blue Hat by Robin Iufer.  Both were knit out of Ella Rae Seasons
GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley out of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed

Tracie's FOs:
Echo Reversible Drop-Stitch Moebius caplet by Kristin Omdahl out of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande
Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington out of Baby Ull
It's My Party Hat by Emily Williams, using Red Heart Baby TLC Multies
Marian Cowl by Jane Richmond out of Sirdar Big Softie

Barb's WIPs:



Zebra Woobie by Kris Carlson, using various colors of Knit Picks Brava Sport





Vanilla Socks out of Gnome Acres House Gnome fingering weight in the Gnome of the Lake color way
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea using Anzula Cricket
Woodstove Season Cardigan by Alicia Plummer out of Plymouth Encore Tweed
Greenwillow Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Becoming Art Agave Sport (new blend)

Tracie's WIPs:
TGV (High-Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcraft out of Gnome Acres Sparkle Gnome  fingering Sock in the Gnome of the Lake colorway
Socks for Will:  Using Paton's Kroy Socks and doing a Sweet Tomato Heel by Cat Bordhi
Owlie Mitts byJulie Elswick, using Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer
Entangled Vines Cardigan by Alana Dakos, using Invictus Yarns Captain SW in the "Beth" colorway
Tracie is performing major surgery on her Charleston Tea Hoodie!

BOOKS
Barb is currently reading:
A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Tracie is currely reading:
A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1) by Dennis Lehane
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Quiet by Susan Cain

Barb has finished:
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil
The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson

Tracie has finished:
Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois



Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Have Happened by Allie Brosh













Barb recommends Everest: Beyond the Limit, available on Netflix Watch Instantly

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Come join our Ravelry Group!  When we get to 2000 members, we will be giving away some great prizes.

You have until December 31, 2013 to enter the prize giveaway for an ebook copy of Head-To-Toe: Kids' Knit Accessories by Katya Frankel.

The Poncho Comeback KAL.  No deadline, no prizes, just relaxed fun!






How cute is this picture?  This is Ryan's cousin's son Isaac in the hat Tracie knit for him.  It's obvious that he loves it since he needs to wear it to eat his Cheerios!











Barb recommends Curious Handmade with Helen Stewart audio podcast.  She is offering a coupon code (knitventchicks) for 20% off the price of her latest pattern collection, KnitVent 2013.  The code is good December 26, 2013 - January 6, 2013.

Barb and Tracie will be going to Stitches West 2014 in Santa Clara, CA February 20 - 23, 2014.  Come join us!

KNITTING

Barb's Finished Projects:
After a year of knitting, the Reversible Cable Scarf by Bruce Weinstein out of Madelinetosh Merino Light in the Fig color way for Barb's husband is finally done!

Jayla's Cheviot Hills Mitts out of KnitPicks Brava Sport in the Lady Slipper color way.

Brooklyn's Farm Beanie out of Cascade Yarns Cherub Kaleidoscope DK.



Transitioning to Winter shawl by Tina Robbins, knit in Wollmeise 100% Superwash Merino.








Tracie's Finished Projects:
Cool Breezes Cowl by Christy Becker in the Bee Mice/Elf SW Merino/Nylon fingering weight in the Apple a Day color way.

The Infamous Hobo Bag by Katie Rose, using ArtFibers ZouZou.

Zuzu's Petals by Carina Spencer out of Becoming Art Agave Worsted in the Warming Earth color way.

Barb is currently working on:
The Tenaya  cardigan, using Malabrigo Arroyo in the Azules color way.

The Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, using Anzula Cricket in the Navy color way.

One more Farm Beanie byAllison Britt.  Love this pattern!

Tracie is currently working on:
Echo Reversible Drop-Stitch Modius by Kristin Omdahl using Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande.

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend, using some leftover Miss Babs Youza Whatta Skein in the Blue Ridge colorway.

Swirl Hat by Amanda Harrinton using Baby Ull.

More Toe-Up Socks with a Difference by Wendy D. Johnson, using KnitPicks Felici in the Minty color way.

Shore Shawl by Derya Davenport, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the Spring Dragon gardient color way.

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier by Tom Kizzia

Swish: A Quest by Joel Derfner

I Don't Care About Your Band by Julie Klausner

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Barb has finished:
The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass

Ghost Story by Peter Straub


Tracie is currently reading:
Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey

Barb is currently reading:
Listening to The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton via the  Craft-Lit Podcast

Harbor by John Lindquist

The Racketeer by John Grisham




Our next Read-Along book is Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  4+ stars, on Goodreads.  It is available in paperback, hardcover, on Kindle (only $2.99 through Amazon!) and in audio book form. 

We will start reading on January 15, 2014.  C'mon, you know you want to read it with us!

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Happy Hallowe'en!  As promised in this episode, here is a picture of Tracie's son Will dressed up as a Hawaiian Tourist Zombie!







Our Sweater KAL/CAL is ongoing.  As of this recording, YOU have about 50 sweaters completed!  You have until December 1, 2013 to complete any adult sweater.

We mention our upcoming Read-Along which will start in January, 2014.  It will be a non-fiction book.  Details to come...

The Chicks will be attending Stitches West in Santa Clara, California - February 21 - 24, 2014. 

BLIP TV and video podcasts hint:  If some of your favorite podcasts are no longer available on Blip TV but you still want to watch them on your home TV, do you have a Roku box?  If so, you can add the iTunes Channel to your list of Roku channels! 

KNITTING

Barb's FOs

 

 





Completed the Woobie Puppy and the Woobie Giraffe from Kris Carlson's Woobie Pattern Collection Series 1.  Really fun to make, but check out my notes on the Puppy for a MUCH easier way to make the outside hem.  Thank you to Bronwyndp for her advice.







Fire Socks
Lycaena Socks
Hyla Brook
Podcast Throwdown Hat #1 for Halos of Hope - Team Knotty Girls




Vitamin D Cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport - LOVE IT!
















Dreambird by Nadita Swings











Barb's current WIPs
Tenaya Cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Malabrigo Arroyo in the Azules colorway
Another Chemo Hat for Team Knotty Girls
Sock Scrap Blanket

Tracie's FOs
Mother Bear #33
Downtown Cowl by Christy Becker
Buzzbee  hat by Woolly Wormhead




Tracie wearing her completed Featherweight Cardigan!




Tracie's WIPs

Shore Shawl by Derya Davenport
Charleston Tea hoodie by Thea Coleman
The Infamous Hobo Bag by Katie Rose










Review of Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock edited by Stephanie Tallent.  For a in-depth review of this book, please go to Knitting Blooms' video review of Hitch.  Also - go to the thread "Win Hitch" in our Ravelry group to win an e-book; contest closes on November 15, 2013.


Also mentioned: Another Cooperative Press book,  California Revival Knits by Stephanie Tallent.  Check it out!

















BOOKS

Barb's Finished Books
Sybil Exposed: the Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan
Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities by Richard Baer
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Barb's Current Books
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton via the CraftLit Podcast
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
More Twisted: Collected Stories Vol. II by Jeffrey Deaver

Tracie's Finished Books
A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice & Fire: Book Two by George R.R. Martin
A Storm of Swords: A song of Ice 7 Fire: Book Three by George R.R. Martin
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Tracie's Current Books
A Feast for Crows: A Song of ice & Fire: Book Four by George R.R. Martin
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love & Musical Theatre by Seth Rudetsky

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Tracie - Up: Hallowe'en

              Down:  Jury Duty


Barb:  Up:  Beverage Infusion Pitcher - I have been filling the center section with sliced lemons and cucumbers - love the flavored water!
            Down:  losing my FitBit on vacation :>(

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Come join our SWEATER KAL/CAL!!  You have until December 1, 2013 to create something wonderful for you or another adult.











The Click for Babies KAL/CAL has started with Katie (jetgirl1313) of the Knittin' on the Fly Videocast.  Please go here to find out all about it.  This is a wonderful charity program that gives out handmade purple baby hats to parents of newborns to promote the education of normal crying patterns for babies.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over!  We had over 160 bears completed.  Please go to the end of this thread to see the winners of our fabulous prizes!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Make sure you send the completed bears to the Mother Bear Organization so they can find a child to love...

Barb will be in Washington DC 9/23 - 9/27.  She will be at Looped Yarn Works with Colleen (DCKnitter) and Jill (Jillsey) at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 9/25/13 - stop by and say hi!  She will also be in Bethany Beach, DE 9/28 - 10/4 and planning on meeting up with Christina4365 at some point during that week.  If you would like to get together, please let her know.

Tracie is having a "mini-contest".  While in Bath, she picked up some Jane Austen items - The History of England by a Parial, Prejudiced & Ignorant Historian by Jane Austen, a "Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen" tote bag from the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, and a Jane bookmark.  Please go to the We Love Jane Austen thread on our forum and answer a question to be eligible to win this Jane Austen prize!  This contest ends on September 15th.

Some podcasters will be participating in a "Podcaster Throw-down" to encourage their listeners to knit or crochet hats for the Halos of Hope and turn them in at Stitches West in February.  We are not a participating podcast, but you can read more about it via the Knotty Girls Knit Cast if you would like to participate.  The Knitmore Girls will also be participating.

Upcoming Events:
October 5 & 6, 2013 - Lambtown in Dixon California.  Tracie will be attending this, probably on Sunday, the 6th.
October 11 & 12, 2013 - Cognitive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, California.  Barb and Tracie will be attending.
February 20 - 23, 2013 - Stitches West 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  Barb and Tracie will be attending and hope to have a very casual meet-up again.

New podcast!  Paprika Purls Video Podcast with kaitlinh.


KNITTING

Tracie has finished:
Hatfield Scarf by Lauren Sanchez out of Forbidden Woolery Wrath in the Plum Lovin' colorway.
Grape Shortie Socks for Rachel, using the Toe-Up Socks with a Difference pattern by Wendy D. Johnson.



Barb has finished:

 Cloud Chaser vest by Amy Swenson out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK




Belgique Infinity Cowl by Brenda Lavell out of Shaggy Bear Farms Blue Faced Liecester Sportweight.















Tracie is currently knitting:

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm out of Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino Petite  in the Flahriddah colorway.
Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Tosh Merino Light in the Stargazing colorway.
Charleston Tea by Thea Coleman out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining 4 Ewe colorway.
Struan Hat by Ysolda Teague, using a mystery black acrylic yarn.
Panoramic Stole by Hannah Fettig, using Nebo Rock Kid Mohair

Barb is currently knitting:
Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang
Hyla Brook Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle using Quince & Co. Tern in the Boothbay Blue colorway.
Reversible Cable Scarf by Bruce Weinstein using Tosh Merino Light in the Fig colorway.
Dreambird by Nadita Swings using Spud & Cloe Fine in the Sidewalk colorway, and Lang yarns Jawoll Magic Degrade  in a blue and purple colorway.
Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier using Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in the Raspberry colorway.
Colorado Spring shawl by Wendy D. Johnson using Ella Rae Seasons in the Tan/Sand colorway.
Lycaena virgaurae Socks out of Cakewalk Yarns Footsie in the Edisto colorway.
Purple hats for the Click for Babies charity
Song of the Sea Cowl out of Madtosh Tosh Merino Light in the Betty Drapers' Blues colorway.

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Barb has finished:

At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances by Alexander McCall Smith
Crazy People: the Crazy for You Stories by Jennifer Crusie

Tracie is currently reading:
Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings Book 2 by George R. R. Martin
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Cradle in the Grave by Sophie Hannah
I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole

Barb is currently reading:
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton via the CraftLit Podcast
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
The Good Nurse: a True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder by Charles Graeber

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Tracie - Up:  Sunday Night Anti-Hero TV Double-Feature:  Breaking Bad and Dexter
              Down:  People stressing and naval-gazing about things they have no control over
Barb - Up:  a stranger paying for my coffee at Starbucks
           Down:  My Twitter account was hacked

On another note, Barb has recently started watching the Orange is the New Black TV series on Netflix and she finally succumbed and can't get enough of the series The Walking Dead.



All of these bears were made by Jan (itsinc on Rav) - way to go Jan!










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Mother Bear KAL/CAL ends on August 31, 2013.  Get your finished bear pictures posted in the FO thread to be eligible to win some great prizes!  Don't forget the following shop coupon codes that are good until August 31st also:

Cattail Knits - 10% off anything in her shop with the coupon code KNITLIT
Sweet Serendipity 37 - 10% off anything in her shop for those who post in the Mother Bear FO thread!  Use the coupon code KnitLit.

Knit along with us in our Sweater KAL/CAL!  You have plenty of time since it goes until December 1, 2013.  You know you want to...thank you to Katie (jetgirl1313 on Ravelry) for her prize donation of a Shawl Gem from the Tix Trinkets Etsy Shop, and to Lori (lemtaz on Ravelry) for her prize donation of the book, Cardigans by Louise Harding.

Congratulations to Suzanne Jenkins (UZO on Ravelry) on the birth of her beautiful new granddaughter!

Tracie's daughter Rachel has started working at Pride Industries.

Tracie talked about her wonderful trip to England!  She especially enjoyed meeting:


Caroline (Carotrike on Ravelry) and her husband
in Bath











Elly (elspeth81 on Ravelry) and her family at their home in Exeter













Jenny (Frenny on Ravelry) and her boyfriend in London...where they enjoyed Gin and Tonic floats!











Tracie is having a "mini-contest".  While in Bath, she picked up some Jane Austen items - The History of England by a Parial, Prejudiced & Ignorant Historian by Jane Austen, a "Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen" tote bag from the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, and a Jane bookmark.  Please go to the We Love Jane Austen thread on our forum and answer a question to be eligible to win this Jane Austen prize!

Barb will be in Washington DC 9/23 - 9/27, and Bethany Beach, Deaware  9/28 - 10/4.  If you want to meet up, let her know via PM on Ravelry.

The Click for Babies KAL/CAL has started with Katie (jetgirl1313) of the Knittin' on the Fly Videocast.  Please go here to find out all about it.  This is a wonderful charity program that gives out handmade purple baby hats to parents of newborns to promote the education of normal crying patterns for babies.

Barb recommends listening to the Fiber Hooligan Blog Talk Radio Podcast, and suggests you might want to start with the 8/19/2013 episode featuring an interview with author and designer Susan B. Anderson.  And be sure to visit Susan's Blog!

KNITTING

Both Barb and Tracie completed their 31st Mother Bears!





Tracie's Mother Bear #31
















Barb's Mother Bear #31
















Barb also finished knitting her Cloud Chaser vest by Amy Swenson...but it's not blocked yet!

Tracie is currently working on:
Hitchhiker by Martina Behm out of Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino Petite in the Flahriddah colorway.
Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Tosh Merino Light in the Stargazing colorway.
Hatfield Scarf by Lauren Sanchez out of Forbidden Woolery Wrath in the Plum Lovin' colorway.
Charleston Tea by Thea Coleman out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining 4 Ewe colorway.
Grape Shortie Socks for Rachel, using the Toe-Up Socks with a Difference pattern by Wendy D. Johnson.

Barb is currently working on:
Belgique Infinity Cowl by Brenda Lavell out of Shaggy Bear Farms Blue Faced Liecester Sportweight.
Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang
Hyla Brook Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle using Quince & Co. Tern in the Boothbay Blue colorway.
Reversible Cable Scarf by Bruce Weinstein using Tosh Merino Light in the Fig colorway.
Dreambird by Nadita Swings using Spud & Cloe Fine in the Sidewalk colorway, and Lang yarns Jawoll Magic Degrade  in a blue and purple colorway.
Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier using Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in the Raspberry colorway.
Colorado Spring shawl by Wendy D. Johnson using Ella Rae Seasons in the Tan/Sand colorway.


BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
Game of Thrones: a Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin.  Thumbs up!
Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Tracie is currently reading:
Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings Book 2 by George R. R. Martin
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Barb has finished:
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bernier
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Barb is currently reading:
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton via the CraftLit Podcast
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances by Alexander McCall Smith
Crazy People: the Crazy for You Stories by Jennifer Crusie

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Tracie:
Thumbs Up - the The London Tube System
Thumbs Down - being behind in so many podcasts!
Barb:
Thumbs Up - podcasts that teach us about dyeing yarn and fiber.  These are the ones that I watch (Video )podcasts:  90% KnittingThe Dyer's NotebookWatcha Swatchin' PodcastGnome Acres PodcastKnit Me HappySockbunny Knit and FitFiberista Files, and The Fat Squirrel Speaks.  Audio podcasts I enjoy that focus on dyeing yarn and fiber are: Just One More RowKnitting RoseKnotty Girls Knitcast, and Dramatic Knits.
Thumbs Down - people talking on cell phones while driving (heads up - it's AGAINST THE LAW here in California!).

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Tracie’s FOs
 
 
Barb’s FO’s
 

 

 
 
Edited by Sarah Barbour, published by Cooperative Press
 
 
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Rachel's High School Graduation in Davis, California.  It was the hottest day of the year, but she got it done anyway!







The Mother Bear KAL/CAL thread for chatter and FO's will run 7/1 - 8/31/13.  Get your pattern here and start your bears!  You may post ANY BEARS YOU HAVE FINISHED IN 2013 in the FO thread to be eligible to win a prize.

Tracie would love to meet up with UK listener Chicks when she travels to the UK this summer.  All the details and dates are here, so let her know if you want to meet up.

Barb will be in the Washington DC area 9/23 - 9/27/13 and would also like to arrange to meet any listener Chicks at that time.  Share any ideas you might have!

Episode 30 of the Literary Disco podcast - listen to it if you would enjoy a humerous discussion on V.C. Andrews Flowers in the Attic.  Warning:  language!

Podcast Shout Outs:
Tapgurl On the Go podcast

Ellys knit (in')sanity podcast

KNITTING TALK

Barb's FOs:

The Old Man and the Sea by Mel Ski out of Blue Moon fiber Arts Woobu in the Neptune colorway:


Dunes shawl by Rose Beck out of Becoming Art Cielo Sport in the New Moon colorway
The Breezy Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Stonewashed colorway

Tracie's FOs:
Freeform Purse - started by Tracie in her class with Myra Wood at Stitches West, 2013:


Barb's Current Projects:
Daybreak by Stephen West using Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in the Fossil colorway, and Knit Picks Pallete in the Verdent Heather colorway.  She is copying afreespirit's Daybreak!
Cloud Chaser vest by Amy Swenson, using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in a gray colorway.  Thanks Knittinwolf for the inspiration
Aurora Borealis Socks by Kimberly Pacini (Sockbunny)
Belgique Infinity Scarf by Brenda Lavell

Tracie's Current Projects:
The Old Man and the Sea by Mel Ski out of Universal Yarn Pace Step in the Coral colorway
Hatfield Scarf by Lauren Sanchez, using Forbidden Woolery Wrath in the Plum Lovin' colorway
TGV High Speed Knitting by Susan Ashcroft, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Vista in the Aquamarine colorway
Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes out of Malabrigo Lace Silkpaca  in the Arco Iris colorway

Knitting Needles Discussed:
Knit Picks Interchangables and Fixed Circulars
Chia Goo Interchangables and Fixed Circulars
Hiya Hiya Interchangables and Fixed Circulars
Denise Interchangable Needles
Signature Needle Arts
Clover (Takumi) Needles

Hiya Hiya Interchangable Needle Grips

BOOK TALK

Tracie has finished and HIGHLY recommends:  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Barb has finished:
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay - recommended!
Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve - recommended for a good summer read
Cheer by Leslie Gordon - recommended!
Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway



Ernest Hemingway's 1923 passport photo!  Now, we can all understand why Hadley was smitten....








Tracie is currently reading:
Farewell Dorothy Parker by Ellen Meister
A Game of Thrones Book 1, by George R.R. Martin


Barb is currently reading:
The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
Escaping the Arroyo by Joyce Nance

Tracie recommends the following HGTV programs - Property BrothersI Hate My Kitchen, and Renovation Raiders

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"Administrata"
2KLC Kardigan KAL/CAL continues until 5/1/2013. 
Join us for Fleeces Food and Fun (also known as "Wine and Wool" and "spinning at the Winery") at the Retzlaff Winery  in Livermore, CA on May 25, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Don't forget to bring:

  • a chair
  • sunblock
  • hat
  • a potluck dish to share
  • your spinning and/or knitting


iTunes reviews are very much appreciated.  If you want to do something nice for us, or for any of your favorite podcast hosts, please take the time to go over to iTunes and leave a review, or a star rating.

Barb won the Sparkle Gear/Webs Giveaway with a bag, needles pattern and the yarn to knit the Pelagic Shawl!



Knitting Talk

Finished Projects:

Tracie has finished 2 Mother Bears for the Mother Bear Project.

Barb has finished 18 preemie hats for the Remembering Remy Preemie Hat Drive.

She has also finished...
her Citron 2 by Hilary Smith Callis, out of Elegant Yarns Daphne.
her Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in King Cole Riot DK.
her Twin Leaf Loop by Alana Dakos out of Berroco Lodge.
her Vesper Stripey Socks. out of Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Yarn.
her Milanese Loop by tante ehm out of Plymouth Galway Worsted.

Current Knitting Projects:
Tracie has frogged the Burdock Cardigan and is now knitting the Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.  She is using Knit Picks Full Circle yarn.
She is also making a pair of toe-up socks, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Nodding Violet colorway.
She is also working on the Litchfirld Hat by Elizabeth Doherty out of Kollage Yarns Riviting in the Forest Denim colorway, and the TGV High-Speed Knitting shawl by Susan Ashcroft out of Desert Vista Dyeworks Mono Grandiant in the Aquamarine colorway.

Barb is making good progress on the Agatha Cardigan by Snowden Becker out of Knit Picks Andean Treasure in the Hot Rod Heather colorway.  She is also knitting the Pamuya Shawl by Alexandra Wiedmayer out of Wollmeise "Pure: 100% Superwash Merino in the Stella Polaris colorway.  She is making a SF Giants hat out of Vanna's Choice in black and orange - using the Pittsburgh Steelers Hat by Lorna Miser, and is also working on a pair of vanilla socks using Opal Cotton.


Book Talk

Tracie has finished:
3 Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitaian Hero, Lost His Way by Jon KrakauerI'm Not Myself These Days: a Memoir (P.S.) by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
    



 Josh Kilmer-Purcell - you may know him from the TV series, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, and as one of the winners of the 21st season of The Amazing Race.  But did you know that he also had a career as a drag queen?  Yes indeedy! 




He can go from this....











To this!  His stage name was "Aquadesiac" and yes, those are live goldfish in the breasts of the costume.  PETA sent him a letter protesting his use of the goldfish. 












Barb has finished:
Trustee From the Toolroom by Nevil Shute
What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love by Carole Radziwill
A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman

Tracie is currently reading:
11-22-63 by Stephen King
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend: A Novel by Matthew Dicks
Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple

Barb is currently reading:
The Dead Lie Down by Sophie Hannah
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte via The Craftlit Podcast
Mendocino and Other Stories by Ann Packer

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Tracie - UP - her new leaf blower can suck and mulch too!
              DOWN - husband got the MLB Channel on DirectTV so now he can watch baseball 24/7 :>/

Barb - UP - T-Ball  granddaughter Jayla playing T-Ball - these tiny children are so much fun to watch.


Here she is ready to assume the catcher position!

















DOWN - husband uplugging the TV before going on a 5-week vacation...leading to none of the programs set to DVR being recorded  :>(  

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Artful Color, Mindful Knits: The Definitive Guide to Working with Hand-dyed Yarn by Laura Bryant
Melissa Leapman
Cookie A
Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu
Retreating Sweater by Samantha Kirby
The Giving Flower podcast with Kimberlolly
Awareness in Ribbons & Lace shawl by Kimberly Gintar - All proceeds from this pattern go to the Dana-Fabar Cancer Institute
Becoming Art
Imaginknit
Malabrigo Silky Merino in "Bahia" colorway
Knitting Rose Yarns
Knitting Rose Blossom Sock
Knitting Rose Silk Petals laceweight
WEBS
Berocco Lodge
Twin Leaf Loop


Featherweight Cardigan
Tosh Merino Light in Stargazing colorway
Malabrigo Rios
Lisa Souza Dyeworks
Lisa Souza Hardtwist Petite in "Flahriddah" colorway
Botanical Knits by Alana Dakos 
Knit One Below by Elise Duvekot
Myra Wood


Elizabeth Doherty, Blue Bee Studio
Greenwillow cowl by Elizabeth Doherty
Christine Bylsma
Knitting Rose Budding Sock yarn
Alpenglow Bollistic Tweed
Oregon Woodworker
Tess Designer Yarns
Siesta top by Carol Feller
Quince & Company Chickadee
Charleston Tea by Thea Coleman


Allison - The Hollywood Knitter podcast
Erin - Doubleknit podcast
Gayle & Sharlene - the Yarniacs podcast
Dr. Gemma - Cogknitive podcast
Pat (DataKnitter)'s prize-winning knit top
Literary Knits
Kardigan KAL
Our Read-Along: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 

 
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No Book Talk
 

Lambtown
 
The beautiful saturated hues of Color Notes Yarn
 
 
Barb’s East Coast Trip
 
In Looped Yarn Works - left to right: Colleen (DCKnitter), Jill (Jillsey), Barb, Heather (MamaOKnits), and Zoe (zbmorgan). Unfortunately, Marilyn (vapmore) had to leave before we took the picture
 
 
Barb and Christina (Christina4635)
 
Cogknitive Fiber Retreat Goody Bag
& Door Prize Donors - 
Please Check Out These Generous Independent Businesses!
TurtleMade Claw Tree Fibers
Slap Your Llama Yarn Hollow
 
 
Cogknitive Fiber Retreat Vendors
Jamie’s Metalworks and Lex’s Patterns for Crochet – sold throughArachnes Threads on Etsy
 
What happens at the CFR stays at the CFR - until we blab about it on our podcast
 
 
Many Thanks to Our Special Guests
Brenda Castiel – Designs available on Ravelry and her blog KnitandTravel 
 
CFR Veterans in their CFR5 Shawls (The Tehachapi Project by Michelle Miller)
l-r: Shari (sonyaesther), Dr. Gemma (GemmaDW), Carol (Whiskeyweaver), Pat (DataKnitter) and Barb
 
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You can knit bears for The Children’s Cancer Recovery Project in the United Kingdom!
 
Leslie Gordon is donating a copy of her Elementary Hats e-book as a prize for our sweater KAL – Thanks, Leslie!  
 
The Sweater KAL – Chatter Thread and FOs Thread
 
Lambtown – October 5 & 6 in Dixon, CA
 
Stitches West – Feb 20-23, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA
 
Tracie has finished:

 

 

 

She has in progress:
 

 

Tracie recommends:
 

 

She is slogging through:
 

 

 

eCarre’s George Smiley books:

George Smiley is not James Bond

Ryan has been reading:
 
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Book Talk starts at 35:05

All-Natural Lip Balm by Wolfe Farms 
Shorty’s Sutures 
Snappy Stitches 
The Mother Bear Project 
Please check out our Mother Bear KAL sponsors:

Ravelympics Team Sasquatch

Brenda Castiel contest

Tracie’s Rainbow Summer Bear

Tracie’s Vitamin D Cardigan

Tracie’s Lydia Crescent Lace Shawl

Aegean Mitts by Amy Polcyn

Milk Run Shawl by Cat Wong

Madelinetosh Vintage

Tracie’s Tote

Signature circular needles

Chinook Scarf by Ali Green ay

Kollage Milky Whey

Defending Jacob Read-Along

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

The Rope by Nevada Barr

The Volunteer by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Book Rooster – free books for the Kindle if you write a review on Amazon

The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by 
Douglas Starr

Barb recommends: 
• 11-22-63 by Stephen King 
• 
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell

Tracie recommends Island of the Sequinned Love Nun by Christopher Moore

Tracie does not recommend Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Direct download: 2KLC_ep22.mp3
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Direct download: 2KLC_ep24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Fiber at the Winery at Retzlaff Winery 
Retzlaff Winery 
Tracie’s Vitamin D Cardigan 
Knit Picks Cotlin 
Cascade Ultra Pima 
Nashua Creative Focus Cotton DK 
Barb’s Helena Baby Sweater 
Barb’s Lydia Crescent Shawl 
Becoming Art Agave Fingering 
Knit Picks Felici Sock Yarn 
Blue Heron Rayon Metallic 
Hit by a Farm by Catherine Friend 
Dog Ear Audio 
Defending Jacob by William Landay 
Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore 
Mother Bear Project 
Black Diamond Alpacas 
Shaggy Bear Farms is not online  
Nebo Rock Textiles

Direct download: 2KLC_Ep21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Book Talk starts at 32:58
 
60 More Quick Knits:20 Hats20 Scarves20 Mittens in Cascade 220 Sport 
Spinning at the Winery – Retzlaff Winery on June 2 
Draw Something 
Wolfe Farms products – allergy-free 
Tracie’s Bears: Let’s Get PhysicalLittle Bear Blue & Lucky 
Mother Bear Project 
James C. Brett Monsoon 
InSpinity Wires 
Barb’s Baby Bear 
Layout Tank (free pattern from Berocco) 
Tess Designer Yarns Microfiber Ribbon 
Helena by Allison Green Will 
Cascade Kaleidoscope Cherub DK 
Garden Cardigan by Jennifer Thompson 
Our 2nd Read-Along begins June 1! We are reading Defending Jacob* .
Tracie does not recommend Therese Raquin  

Started Early, Took My Dog (Jackson Brodie #4) by Kate Atkinson 
Desperate Passage: The Donner Party’s Perilous Journey West by Ethan Rarick 
When Will There be Good News? (Jackson Brodie #3) By Kate Atkinson 
Close Range: Wyoming Stories by Annie Proulx 
Crash Diet by Jill McCorkle 
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King 
Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King 
Nightmares and Dreamscapes 2 by Stephen King 
Nightmares and Dreamscapes 3 by Stephen King 
Fully Loaded Thrillers by Blake Crouch 
“Friday Night Lights” TV Series 
Free Knitting Magazine: Yarn Market News
Direct download: 2KLC_Ep_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Book Talk Starts At 35:40

Ravelympics – Team Sasquatch 
Jane and Jen Knit Funny 
Stephen West 
Brenda Castiel Patterns 
Tracie’s Quinn Cabled Bag by Yvonne Kao 
Barb’s Mother Bear #15. 
Barb’s Rainbow Baby Cardigan 
Barb’s Traveling Sweater 
Barb’s Walnut Grove Shawlette 
Barb’s Holden Shawlette 
Taygete by Romi Hill 
Studio June Super Cash Sock 
Jeweled Cowl by Sachiko Uemura 
Lydia shawl by Brenda Castiel 
Becoming Art Agave Fingering 
Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere 
Defending Jacob by William Landay 
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs by Alexander McCall Smith 
The Puppetmaker’s Bones by Alisa Tangredi 
A Death on the Wolf by G.M. Frazier 
Hit by a Farm: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Barn by Catherine Friend 
Therese Raquin by Emil Zola 
The ExPats by Chris Pavone 
11-22-63 by Stephen King 
Don’t You Forget About Me by Suzanne Jenkins 
The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt 
Knit Companion

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm PDT

Book Talk starts at 31:28
 

Purl Soho

Knitty City

Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Never Not Knitting Podcast is back!

Gnome Acres Etsy Shop – 10% off from 4/28 –
5/12 – code 2KNITLITCHICKS

Just One More Row Podcast
– Episode 34 about indie dyers

Buffy Anne Designs

Chocolate Mints in a Jar

Malabrigo Sock

Tracie’s Irving the Ice Box Monster

Tracie’s Sunnyside Cardigan

Tracie’s Sleeveheart Shawl

Barb’s Traveling Sweater

Barb’s Jillian shawl

Barb’s preemie hats for Remembering Remy

Barb’s first pair of toe up socks

Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted

Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes

Classic Elite Alpaca Sox yarn

Walnut Grove Shawl by Karrie Steinmetz

Wollmeise 80/20 Twin

11-22-63 by Stephen King 

The ExPats by Chris Pavon 

Don’t You Forget About Me by Suzanne Jenkins 

Therese Raquin by Emil Zola 

The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson

Barb and Tracie recommend The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen 

Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen 

Never Enough by Joe McGuiness 

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper 

Getting Stoned With Savages by J. Maarten Troost 

The Chicks Book Club #2 

 

 

Twisted Sistahs Beads

Grandma’s Hand Knitting

Direct download: 2KLC_ep18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

Book Talk begins at 37:24

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - Barb does NOT recommend the Audible version narrated by Anna Fields
 
 
 
Direct download: 2KLC_ep17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

Book Talk begins at 25:25

Mother Bear Project

Tess Designer Yarns Supersock and Baby

Annelena Mattison Designs KAL

Bubbles Shawl 

Wollmeise

The Yarniacs Podcast

The Yarn Tamer

Tracie’s 2nd Socks

Frog Tree Pediboo

Pemberley Slippers from Jane Austen Knits

madelinetosh DK

Tracie’s Molly Beret

Dale Baby Ull

Katia Luna

Tracie’s Lurleen the Laundry Room Monster

Caron Simply Soft Paints

Rowan Calmer

Irving the Ice Box Monster

Sunnyside Cardigan from Tanis Fiber Arts

Panel Jacket by Carol Lapin

Berocco Vintage

Tess Designer Yarns Superwash Merino

Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier in

Wagtail Yarns 5-ply

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Rachel with Big Time Rush on the best day of her life

Direct download: Episode16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09pm PDT

 

Ellen’s Wooly Wonders
Becoming Art
Alana Dakos – Never Not Knitting
Blue Heron Yarns
A Verb For Keeping Warm
Alpenglow Yarn
The Yarn Boutique
The Knitmore Girls
Miss Babs
Miss Purl
Knitting Iceland Knitting Tours
Tess Designer Yarn
Kollage Yarn
Erin Lane Bags
Blue Moon Fiber Arts
Knit Picks Classic Lines Cardigan
Lopi yarn
Malabrigo Silky Merino
Fix-a-Stitch
CogKNITive Podcast
Chic-A
WEBS
Charts Made Simple by JC Briar
Stitch Red
Halos of Hope
Warn Up America
Knitting for Peace
Lotus Bag by Jennifer Tallapeneni from Stitch and Bitch Superstar Knitting
Berroco Boboli
Dodgson cardigan
Knit Swirl by Sandra McIver
Knit Knit Cafe

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_15b.mp3
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Mommy Needs Yarn 

Knittin’ On the Fly 

Books on the Nightstand 

Wexford Knits Video Podcast 

The Yarniacs 

Stitches West 

We will be collecting Mother Bears at
Stitches West at Booth 941 - Ellen’s Woolly Wonders - thanks,
Ellen!  Limit 5 bears per person, $3 per bear – bags and envelopes
will be there for you to use.  

CogKNITive 

Knit Naturally 

SockBunny Knit & Fit 

Knitabulls 

Knit Me Happy 

The Yarn-Tamer 

Barb’s Quixote Scarf 

Tracie’s Escargot by Veronica Parsons 

Trendsetter Victory Yarns 

Barb’s Serrated Shawl by Megan William (justrunknit) 

Dyelot Yarns BAM! 

Piper’s Journey by Paula Emons-Fuessle 

Rowan Tapestry 

Stockinette Zombies 

Stitch Markers by MSotherdenArtGlass - Coupon Code for our Listeners: YARNLOVER

Designs by jessyz 

Yarn Cozies by Buffy Anne Designs 

Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd 

Sock Innovation by Cookie A 

2-At-A-Time Socks by Melissa Morgan Oaks 

Frog Tree Pediboo 

Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey 

The Monkeys’ Raincoat (Elvis Cole #1) by Robert Crais 

Downton Abbey

Barb’s LaPorte Ave Tote

Free Range Kids website book 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30pm PDT

Book Talk Begins at 30:35

Stitches West

Correction –  The price of Shepherd’s Wool at the Yarn Boutique in Lafayette, CA is $13.50, NOT $15! 

Knitting Blogcast – Lisa’s (jamlknitter) weekly blog

Knit Me Happy  with Rachel (TinyGeekCrafter)

Watcha Swatchin with Emily (oohfancypants)

Tracie’s Baby Jester Hat by Wooly Wormhead

Tracie’s Jester Hat by Wooly Wormhead

Tracie’s Frontier Blues Jacket by Wendy Bernard

Tracie’s Mother Bear

Cascade Heritage 150 Sock Yarn 

Knit Picks Chroma Fingering (Mix Tape colorway)

Barb’s 3-Hour-Cowl by Ijeoma Oluo

Barb’s Quixote Scarf by Brenda Castiel

Barb’s Stock Socks

Swans Island Certified Organic Fingering

No More Tears - All proceeds from the sale of this pattern (less fees) will be donated to Autism Speaks in conjunction with the designer’s family’s annual participation in Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

BMFA Socks that Rock lightweight – Clare de Lune colorway

Online Craftsy course with Donna Drucanas

Cria by Ysolda Teague

Madelinetosh Pashmina in the Oxblood colorway

Pipers Journey Shawl by Paula of Knitting Pipeline available soon!

Knitting Pipeline KAL

Stitch Light from Buffy Ann Designs

Knit Light

Tracie Recommends

 

Getting Stoned With Savages by J. Maarten Troost

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiassen

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Barb does not recommend The Killing Edge by Heather Graham

At Home: a Short History of a Private Life by Bill Bryson

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Non-fiction.

Polio: an American Story by David Ochinsky

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated by Alison Arngrim

Try-it-on Tubing by Machine Knitting to Dye For

Lily Chin Park Avenue

Direct download: 2KLC_ep13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT

Book Talk Begins at 29:55

 

Stitches West is just 5 weeks away!  Let us know if you’re going to be there – we’d love to meet you!

We will be collecting Mother Bears at Stitches West at Booth 941 - Ellen’s Woolly Wonders - thanks, Ellen!  Limit 5 bears per person, $3 per bear – bags and envelopes will be there for you to use.  

Vote for our first Chicks Book Club selection.  The poll will close February 1st, and we will begin reading/discussing February 15.

Cast-On Podcast

There
is still plenty of time to join the Spectra KAL!!  We will begin on February 1st.

 

Exclusive For Our Listeners: 20% Desert Vista Dyeworks!

 

  • Coupon code 2KNITLIT20 
  • Valid January 7 – February 7

Contest: What Would You Do With 500 Yards of Shepherd’s Wool?  Sponsored by The Yarn Boutique in Lafayette, CA.   Contest will end on 2/1 – thread will be
locked.  Must be a member of the
group.

Tracie’s Sweater for Ryan

Tracie’s Twist and Flounce by Sharon Dreifuss

Quinn Cabled Bag by Yvonne Kao

Cascade Ultra Pima

Frontier Blues Jacket by Wendy Bernard

Knit Picks Simply Cotton Worsted

Barb’s Shalom by Meghan McFarlane

Barb’s Lava Flow Cowl by Dixie Norton

Barb’s BonBons mitts by Susanna IC

Barb’s Bedsocks for Nanny

Socks for the Wolfe Farms Knit Together

Deborah Norville Premier Yarns Serenity Garden

Knitting Book Review: The Knitter’s Book of Wool by Clara Parkes

Tracie
does not recommend: 
Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay (Dexter #3 – but she
does recommend #1#2 & #5 in the series)

One Mississippi by Mark Childress

 

 

Zodiac: the Shocking True Story of the Nation’s most Bizarre Mass Murderer – by Robert Graysmith

 

 

Barb
does not recommend: The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

The Killing Edge by Heather Graham

The Rope by Nevada Barr!  First chapter available now on Audible – FREE!

The Sweet Potato Queens books by Jill Connor Browne

The Sweet Potato Queen’s Official Website

BuffyAnn Designs

The Yarn Tamer 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep12_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm PDT

Book Talk Starts at 33:40

Mother Bear  

Stitches West 2012  

Vonica by Bonne Marie Burns
– Thanks, thumperina! 

Magrathea by Martina Behm – Thanks, fibernymph!

Walnut Grove Shawlette by Karrie Steinmetz – Thanks, knitpurlgurl!

Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart – Thanks, hellsbells!

Seaside Shawlette by WendyKnits – Thanks, fibernymph!

Contest: What Would You Do With 500 Yards of Shepherd’s Wool?  Sponsored byThe Yarn Boutique in Lafayette, CA

Quixote Scarf by Brenda Castiel

A Yarn Less Raveled in Danville, CA

Audible Contest

Tracie’s Sustainable Bamboo Scarf

Tracie’s Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos

Tracie’s Enthusiastic socks 

Tracie’s 2nd Set of Autumnal Mitts by Jo Bangle

Tracie’s Darkside Cowl by Sarah Fama

Barb’s Tuck Shawl

A Verb For Keeping Warm Creating Fingering

Barb’s Lintella by Martina Behm 

Barb’s Twist & Flounce by She-Knits

Fiberspates Scrumptious Solid

Barb’s Watermelon Socks

Abi Grasso Self-Striping Watermelon with Seeds Fingering Weight

Barb’s Girl Bear for Jayla

Barb’s Molly Hat by Alana Dakos

Baby Jester Hat by Wooly Wormhead 

Caron Simply Soft 

Simple Baby Hat with a Touch of Lace by Ginny Schelling

Brown Sheep Nature Soft Sport

Cascade Venezia

Basket Hand Rib Towel by Traci Heiner

Lion Brand Cotton Ease

Cabled Hobo Bag by Amanda Reed

Quinn Cabled Bag By Yvonne Kao 

Lavender Messenger Bag from One Ball Knits: Purses by Fatema Habibur-Rahman, Khadija Habibur-Rahman, and Hajera Habibur-Rahman 

Lava Flow Cowl by Dixie Norton 

Malabrigo Silky Merino 

BonBons Fingerless Mitts by Susanna IC 



1st Official 2
Knit Lit Chicks KAL!
  
We are doing
the Spectra Shawl by Stephen West and will begin February 1. 
You will need:

 

  • Color A: 420 yds of
    fingering (solid color)
  • Color B: 230 yds of fingering (variegated, self-striping, etc)

 

 


 

Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen

Tracie Recommends the book
AND movie adaptations of

Dexter in the Dark

Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation’s Most Bizarre Mass Murderer by Robert Graysmith

The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

 1st Official 2
Knit Lit Chicks Read-Along!
  We
will be deciding by poll (you can vote here) from the following three books:

 

Fresh Produce clothes 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep11.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm PDT

Tracie’s 2nd Baby Doll Set from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B.
Anderson

Sustainable Bamboo Scarf from Knitting Green by Ann Budd

Autumnal Mitts by Jo Bangle

V Neck-Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure & Simple 

Tracie’s Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos from Coastal Knits

Craftsy Daily Deals

Barb’s Sweet Fern Mitts by Clara Parkes

Barb’s Multnomah by Kate

Barb’s Molly Hat

Tracie Recommends:

 

The Shark Net by Robert Drewe

Barb Recommends:

 

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

Handmade Jewelry by Dragonfly Charm

Direct download: 2klc_ep10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm PDT

Estelle by Melissa LeBarre

A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA

Little Red in the City by Ysolde Teague

Knit Picks Bare Fingering Weight

Barb’s Indigo Dyed Yarn

Tracie’s Oh Delilah scarf 

Autumnal Mitts by Jo Bangle

Tracie’s Autumnal Mitts

Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash

Tracie’s 2nd Baby Doll Set from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson

Barb’s Dreaming of Spring Mitts from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson

Barb’s Kat Monsters by Rebecca Danger

Cria Sweater from Little Red in the City by Ysolde Teague

Madeleine Tosh Pashmina

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, narrated by Tim Robbins

Tracie Recommends: Connivance by Helen Baker

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Leenarrated by Sissy Spacek

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

Cool for Cats by Andrew Ordover

Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins (uzo on Ravelry)

Bedbugs by Ben Winters

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee

Speak by Laurie Halse-Anderson

Shelf Discoveries: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading by Lizzie Skurnick

Knitting Green by Anne Budd

A Yarn Less Raveled in Danville, CA

The Yarn Boutique in Lafayette, Calfornia

Direct download: 2klc_ep9.mp3
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Direct download: 2KLC_ep8-prime.mp3
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A Verb For Keeping Warm’s Creating: Superwash Sock 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Novel by a Raveler!  Pam of Babylon by Suzanne Jenkins (aka Uzo on Ravelry)
 
The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct download: 2KLC_ep7.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am PDT

This week’s Drawing is sponsored by Alpenglow Yarns – thanks, Carrie!

Eugenia’s Mittens by Mollie Woodworth

Quince & Co. Lark

Barb’s My Wish Shawl

Barb’s Dancing Batty Shawl

BeeKeepers Quilt by Tiny Owl Knits

Tracie’s Bunny Blanket Buddy

Tracie’s Hippo from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson

Tracie’s Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos

Araucania Liwen

Tracie’s Oh Delilah scarf  by She-Knits

Blue Heron Rayon Metallic

Rustling Leaves Beret from Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos

Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn

Baby Doll Set from Itty Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson

Cascade Pacific

Barb recommends Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen

 

A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres

 

The Knitter’s Life List by Gwen Steege

 

Hard Truth by Nevada Barr

 

It Looked Different On the Model by Laurie Notaro 

 

Tracie & Barb Recommend: 

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett 

and Davis Sedaris

David Sedaris: “Six to Eight Black Men”

 

David Sedaris: “Stadium Pal”

 

Daily Special on Craftsy.com

 

Great Deals at The Dizzy Sheep

 

Arctic Lace: Knitting
Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska’s Native Knitters
 by Donna

Druchunas

Direct download: 2KLC_ep6.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am PDT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct download: 2KLC_ep5.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am PDT

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat

Lambtown Dixon

Knitting World Record!

Barb’s Textured Knots Afghan WIP

Traveling Sweater

Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu

My Wish Shawl by Laura Linneman

KnitPicks Palatte

Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce

Walk Now Socks by Irish Girlie Knits Designs

KnitPicks Stroll Glimmer

Mother Bear Project Knit In the Round Pattern Now Available!

Barb’s Maia Shawl

Tracie’s Enthusiastic Sock

Tracie’s Cardigan for Arwen WIP

Trifecta of Awesome Yarn Club

Barb Does Not Recommend Love Me If You Must or Geek Love

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

The Last Child by John Hart – Good book, bad narrator

The Truth-Teller’s Lie by Sophie Hannah (UK Title: Hurting Distance

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry

Carl Hiaasen

Michaelangelo’s David aka Tracie’s new boyfriend

Catalog Choice

Nuclear is pronounced “noo-clee-ar”

The Knitter’s Guide to Hand-dyed and Variegated Yarn by Lorna Miser

Malabrigo Silky Merino

Direct download: 2KLCep4.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am PDT

Download us on iTunes!

 
Direct download: 2KLCep3.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am PDT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direct download: 2_Knit_Lit_Chicks_Episode_2A.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Barb: knittybarb on Ravelry or email – knittybarb@2knitlitchicks.com

Tracie: alittleposy on Ravelry or emai – tracie@2knitlitchicks.com

Learn to Knit a Scarf & Hat – KnitPicks

Sugar & Cream Cowl – Never Not Knitting

Wool Candy Meringue Merino Sock

She-Knits Cynthia Shawl

Studio June Cash

Chic Knits Cassidy Sweater

Cascade Venezia

Traveling Woman Shawl by Liz Abinante

Kollage Riveting

Clapotis by Kate Gilbert

Blue Heron Rayon Metallic

Cabled Carry-All by Deborah Newton

Knitting Fever King Tut

The Ruins by Scott Smith

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Jill McCorkle

Ann Rule

Laura Lippman

The Sweet Potato Queens

Direct download: 2Knit_Lit_Chicks_Episode_1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am PDT

Keep cranking out those bears!  The Mother Bear KAL FOs thread will close September 1.  Make as many bears as possible!  Remember to post each bear in a separate comment, as each comment = 1 entr

Donated by floridakelly – a whole bunch of super nice yarn, mostly Noro, and 11 books! 

Thank you, Kelly – you are amazing!

 

We will be having another Sweater KAL/CAL to get you ready for winter!  It will run from September 15 to December 15, and it must be an adult-sized sweater with some kind of sleeves to qualify for the prize drawing.  If you’ve never knit a sweater before, this is the time to give it a try!  We will have a list of some patterns that would work well for beginners on our Sweater KAL Chat thread.

 

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 6 – October 11 – Tehachapi, CA

Lambtown – October 4-5 – Dixon, CA

Stitches West – February 19-22 – Santa Clara, CA

 

Barb finished her second pair of Stitch Surfers.  She loves this pattern, but is ready to be done with it for a while.

 

Tracie finished her second Infamous Hobo Bag (but still needs to line it) and her Drifting cardigan.  She also crocheted two Mother Bears, #43 and#44.

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

The Vonica cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Highland Handmades Butternut DK in the Charcoal colorway.

Vanilla socks using Patons North America Kroy Socks Ragg Shades in the 1301 colorway.

The TGV (High Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcroft, using Fishknits Divine Full Grandient in the Tea Rose Hybrid colorway.

 

Tracie is excited to be casting on:

A second Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier in Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway

and

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks in Invictus Yarns Master of my Feet in the Aradia Self Striping colorway.  This pattern is named for the band on the MTV series “Daria,” which just makes Tracie love it even more.

When our tires are bald, we'll still be freakin' friends...

 

She continues to work on:

Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood using many skeins of scrap yarn!

The Ripples shawl by Annelie Wallbom, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway.

The Cleito sleeveless top, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarns Illaris in the 111 (Plum) colorway.

 

Tracie and Barb were intimidated by the beautiful patterns in

Mystic Shawls by  Anna Dalvi

 

Cooperative Press. 

158 pages

$16.95, digital only, $26.95 for print and digital

14 designs

 

Enter to win an e-copy of this book by telling us about your most ambitious project here.

 

BOOKS:

 

Bittersweet by Nevada Barr

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

The Absence of Mercy by John Burley

Endless Love by Scott Spencer

Court TV Presents: Murder in Room 103 by Harriet Ryan

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

 

Direct download: 2KLC_Ep_74.mp3
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Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is going until  September 1, 2014.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2014 are eligible for great prizes!  Post a picture in our Mother Bear FO Thread to enter to win - a separate post for each bear you complete.

 

A big THANK YOU to SandraMaz for her donation of a project bag of the winner's choice up to $25 from her Etsy shop, Sweet Serendipity37.

 

Sandra is also offering 2 Knit Lit Chicks listeners a coupon code during the Mother Bear KAL/CAL to be used at her shop.  Enter the code bears10 for 10% off anything in the shop!

 

Win a copy of Knits That Breathe by Julie Turjoman!  Enter here by August 15th to win a copy of the ebook.

 

Barb recommends a non-knitting audio podcast,  the Spilled Milk Podcast.

 

Barb recommends the Knit Companion Tutorial by Tina of the Knitting Blooms Video Podcast.

 

Wild Plum Etsy Shoppe on Etsy.

 

Upcoming Events that Tracie and Barb will be attending:

Lambtown Festival in Dixon, CA, October 4,5 2014.  Please go here to find out all about it!

The CogKNITive Fiber Retreaat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11, 2014

Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February19 - 22, 2015.

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie has finished:

Simple Newborn Hat with a Touch of Lace by Ginny Sheller, using Cascade Cherub Baby.

Perfect Fit Baby Hat by Heidi Mikitish using "mystery acrylic" yarn.

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bears #45 and #46.

She has almost finished Autumn Whirlpool with Earflaps Hat by Pelykh Natalie, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Blue Violet colorway.  This hat is a lot more difficult than it looks!

 

Tracie has cast-on:

Infamous Hobo Bag by Katie Rose, using Cascade Casablanca in the Peacock colorway.

Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood using many skiens of scrap yarn!

 

Tracie is currently working on:

The Ripples shawl by Annelie Wallbom, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway.

The Drifting cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, using Rumpelstilskin Sock-Weight Superwash merino/Yak/ Silk blend.

The Cleito sleeveless top, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarns Illaris in the 111 (Plum) colorway.

Coachella sleeveless top by Fathom Harvill, using Tess Designer Yarns Microfiber Ribbon.

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

The Vonica cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Highland Handmades Butternut DK in the Charcoal colorway.

Vanilla socks using Patons North America Kroy Socks Ragg Shades in the 1301 colorway.

The TGV (High Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcroft, using Fishknits Divine Full Grandient in the Tea Rose Hybrid colorway.

 

Stitch Surfers #2 by Louise Rovert, using GnomeAcres House Gnome Doppleganger Socks Set in the Bunny Foo-Foo colorway.

 

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie has finished:

I'm Down by Mishna Wolff

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh

 

 

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little

 

 

Barb has finished:

The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Paris Trout by Pete Dexter

 

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

 

 

Tracie is currently reading:

Court TV Presents: Murder in Room 103 by Harriet Ryan

Endless Love by Scott Spencer

 

 

Barb is currently reading:

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell through the CraftLit Podcast

Bittersweet by Nevada Barr

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie's Thumbs-Down is an article in Slate Magazine about how the word "novel" is increasingly used to mean any book, fiction or non-fiction.  You can read it here.

 
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Episode 71: RIP Emma's Taco House

Book Talk starts at 57:25

Come join our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Post your FO pictures of each and every bear you have knit or crocheted in 2014 in our Mother Bear FO thread and you are eligible to win some great prizes, including:

- A skein of yarn (your choice!) from Desert Vista Dyeworks

- A skein of Gnome Acres Scruffy Gnome Fingering in the Kiwi colorway

 

You have until September 1, 2014 to post your pictures!

 

The Knitty Ginger Podcast

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie has finished:

 

 

 

 

Spring Showers cardigan by Joji Locatelli, usingNewton's Yarn Country DK Superwash in the purple colorway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symbiotic Cowl by Hanna Maciejewska, using Baa! Sonoma in the Mystique & Blue Sapphire color ways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb has finished:

  • Mother Bears 42 and 43

 

 

The Pelagic Shawl by Kirstin Hipsky, using Valley Yarns Northampton Sport in various colors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twist cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tonal in the Deep Waters colorway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie has cast-on:

Barb is working on:

KNITTING BOOK REVIEW

 

Knits That Breathe: 12 Breezy Projects to Keep You Cool by Julie Turjoman.  Win an ebook copy!  Go over to the Ravelry thread to enter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie has finished:

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Unusual Uses for Olive Oil by Alexander McCall Smith

 

Barb has finished:

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

Rules of Prey by John Sanford

Sous Chef by Michael Gibney

 

Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah.  A hearty "thumbs up" from both Barb and Tracie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie is currently reading:

I'm Down by Misha Wolff

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 

Barb is currently reading:

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell via the Craft-Lit Podcast

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

 

 

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie's Thumbs Up is Amazon Prime TV Selections

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