2 Knit Lit Chicks (general)

Recorded on April 3, 2019

Book Talk begins at 36.40

Our 2019 Colorwork KAL will continue until May 15, 2019.  Come join the conversation on the Chatter Thread, and post your finished objects on the FOs thread.

 

 

We are giving away a copy of the Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn the Brave.  Comment on the thread to be entered to win.  The contest will end on April 20.  Bronwyn has also  set up a coupon code for $2 off the Frost Heaves pattern: THELONGWINTER, and says “It’s a nod to the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, not to mention this crazy winter we’ve had.”

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished

1.  a few Knitted Knockers in Cascade Pima Cotton, CoBaSi and Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton

2.  Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Berocco Elements in 4937 Bismuth, James C Brett Twinkle Fashion DK, etc

3.  Gnome de Plume MKAL

 

Barb has finished

1.  Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way

2.  Sally Stripe Scarf by Tara Miller using Cloudborn Sprightly in the Black, Orange and Yellow color ways.

3.  Vanilla socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Grunge

 

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustenader in Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic in Spruce

2.  Confetti by Veera Valimaki in Anzula Nebula in Lottie and Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in Rockaway

3.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

4.  Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway

5.  Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium


Barb is continuing to work on

1.  Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.  

2. Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways

3.  Christmas Vanilla Socks, using The Yarn Jar Shop sock yarn in The Grinch colorway

4.  Gnome de Plume MKAL by Sarah Schira using scrap yarn

5.  Knitted Knockers, using Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK

6.  Her 8th Stashbusting Helix hat in DK yarn scraps

 

 

She has cast on:

1.  April's socks for The Fifth Annual Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club, using  Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Tea for Two colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman

2. Winterkill (Joe Pickett, #3) by C.J. Box

 

Barb has finished

1.  The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - she thought it was pretty good until the completely improbable ending.

2.  Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou - Barb HIGHLY recommends this book!

3.  The River by Peter Heller - Barb recommends this good book.

4.  The Blissfully Dead (Detective Patrick Lennon #2) by Mark Edwards and Louise Voss - a good quick read.

 

Tracie is currently reading:

1.  Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg

2.  Holding by Graham Norton

 

Barb is currently reading:

1.  Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison

2.  Beshert by Erin Gordon

Tracie discussed the effects of plastic trash on the environment and recycling.  2 websites she found interesting are:

1. Plastic recycling waste/ocean trash - National Geographic

2.  Recycling Crisis - The Week

 
 

 

 

Direct download: Episode_179_-_4_6_19_12.31_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:16pm PDT

Recorded on March 17, 2019

Book Starts at 35:30

Recorded Sunday, March 17, 2019

 

Our 2019 Colorwork KAL will continue until May 15, 2019.  Come join the conversation on the Chatter Thread, and post your finished objects on the FOs thread.

 

We announce the winner of BostonJen’s new shawl pattern, Go with the Flow, at the end of this episode.

 

We are giving away a copy of the Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn the Brave.  Comment on the thread to be entered to win.  The contest will end on April 20.  Bronwyn has also  set up a coupon code for $2 off the Frost Heaves pattern: THELONGWINTER, and says “It’s a nod to the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, not to mention this crazy winter we’ve had.”

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished

Mother Bear #155 & 156

Helix Hat #8 by Jessica Rose

Vanilla Socks using DVD Viso in Rainbow Pantsuit.  

Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn the Brave, using Malabrigo Rios in the Azures color way

 

Tracie has finished

a few Knitted Knockers in Cascade Pima Cotton, CoBaSi and Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton

Knit Mermaid Doll by Lorraine Pistorio in Berocco Elements in 4937 Bismuth, James C Brett Twinkle Fashion DK, etc

Zephyr #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill in Elemental Affects Cormo Sport in Cypress

Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in Amethyst

Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn Hahn in Cedar House Yarns Old Growth Worsted in the Rhododendron colorway

Eole by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne in Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Effect DK

 

Barb is continuing to work on

Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way

Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.  

Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways

Vanilla Socks using DVD Viso in Rainbow Pantsuit.

 

She has cast on

Vanilla socks using DVD Viso in Grunge

Sally Stripe Scarf by Tara Miller using Cloudborn Sprightly in the Black, Orange and Yellow color ways.

Gnome de Plume MKAL by Sarah Schira using scrap yarn

Knockers

 

Tracie has cast on

Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustenader in Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic in Spruce

Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Berocco Elements in 4937 Bismuth, James C Brett Twinkle Fashion DK, etc

Confetti by Veera Valimaki in Anzula Nebula in Lottie and Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in Rockaway

Gnome de Plume MKAL

 

She continues to work on

Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway

Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

 

BOOKS

Tracie and Barb both recommend Duped:  Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married by Abby Ellin

 

Barb recommends:

Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild by James Campbell

Behind the Scenes at the Museum: a novel by Kate Atkinson

Educated by Tara Westover

Strong Ending: a Journey from Combat to Comedy by Audible Originals

 

Barb does not recommend Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

 

Tracie thought the following were just okay:

The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen

 

Tracie recommends:

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Creepy Crawling: Charles Manson and the Many Lives of America's Most Infamous Family by Jeffrey Melnick

 

Tracie recommends

Line of Duty on Acorn and Netflix

Bondi Rescue on Netflix

Leaving Neverland on HBO

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_178_-_3_20_19_12.38_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm PDT

Recorded on February 22 & 23, 2019

 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Laura Bryant - Prism Yarn

Patty Lyons

Leading Men Fiber Arts - Go Big or Go Gnome Hat and Mittens (by Sarah Schira)

The Go Big or Go Gnome Hat and Mittens

 

Dragonfly Fibers - Nightshift Shawl Kit (Andrea Mowry)

NightShift Shawl Kit from Dragonfly Fibers

 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Lily Chin  Tips and Tricks class

Stunning String Studio

Gateway to Fall Shawl Kit

 
 

 

 

Marinated Yarns - Sunnydale Cowl by Katinka Designs

Marianted Yarns

Apple Fiber Studio

 

Tracie talked about a discontinued yarn, Trendsetter Yarns Transition from discontinued yarns.com

 

handknitting.com - their Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton is a good affordable alternative to Cascade Ulta Pima for Knitted Knockers

 

Never Not Knitting Take-Along Tote kit

Lisa Souza Dyeworks

Serendipidye Dyeworks

Yarn Snobs

Bar-Maids

Invictus Yarns - Create Your Own Adventure by Fredi Baker

The Blue Brick

Alexandra's Crafts has become Alexandra: The Art of Yarn

Our dinner Friday night with (L to R) Andy and Steve (Leading Men Fiber Arts), designer Sarah Schira (Imagined Landscape) , designer Lisa Ross (Paper Daisy Creations)

 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Bottle Rocket Sweater Design by Michelle Porter

 

 

Trends noticed at Stitches:  lots of color work patterns!  Especially the Nightshift Shawl and colorwork yoke sweaters.

 

Discussion about:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_177_-_2_27_19_4.02_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:12pm PDT

 

Recorded February 7, 2019

Book Talk starts at 35:45

Our 2019 Colorwork KAL has begun and will continue until May 15, 2019.  Come join the conversation on the Chatter Thread, and post your finished objects on the FOs thread.

We are giving away a copy of BostonJen’s new shawl pattern, Go with the Flow - comment on the thread to be entered to win.  The contest will end March 15.

We talked a little bit about inclusiveness in the Fiber Community.  Me and White Supremacy workbook by Laaya Saad 

If you’d like to follow Paula Emmons-Fuessle’s updates about her battle with ovarian cancer and leave her a message,  you can do so here.

We will be at Stitches West - February 21-24, Santa Clara Convention Center.  If you see us around the marketplace or bar area, come say hi!  Or come to the meet-up at Hyatt Bar Saturday afternoon.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished

1 Knitted Knocker, plus retro-fitted all my 2019 knockers so far with Cascade Ultra Pima rainbow yarn on the backs

First Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in the Arizona colorway

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #153 & 154

Winter Dreamer hat by whiletheyplay designs, using MistiAlpace Chunky in the Pewter colorway

Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub.

 

Tracie cast on:

Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway

 

Tracie is working on:

Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway

Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

Mermaid Dolls by Lorraine Pistorio using Berroco Elements in 4973 Bismuth, and other yarns

 

Barb is working on:

Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way

Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.  

Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways

 

Cast-on

Helix Hat #8 by Jessica Rose

Vanilla Socks using DVD Viso in Rainbow Pantsuit.  

 

BOOKS

Tracie has finished: 

Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin - this one was okay

Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson - juicy little thriller!

The Stranger in Our Home by Sophie Draper - thumbs down

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty - excellent!  Tracie and Barb will discuss this book on the next episode

 

Barb has finished:

The House of Unexpected Sisters (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agancy #18) by Alexander McCall Smith - Barb recommends

A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley - Barb highly recommends

 

Tracie is reading: 

The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

 

Barb is currently reading:

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Nine Perfect Lives by Liane Moriarty

Direct download: 2KLC_ep176.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm PDT

Recorded on January 24, 2019

Winners for our Sweater KAL are announced at the end of the podcast, after ThumbsUp/ThumbsDown.  The winner of Helen Stewart's book, The Shawl Society, Season 1 is announced also.


Our 2019 Colorwork KAL will start on February 1, 2019, and will go until May 15, 2019.  Come join the Chatter Thread and make your plans...

KNITTING

Barb’s FOs

1.  Mother Bear #152

2.  Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist

3.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway

4.  Whinstone Hat #3 by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor color way.

 

Tracie’s FOs

1.  Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik-MacDonald in arkaik fibers swanky aran in Jealous Sea - she didn't like the finished product, so she ribbed it out and made a Pussyhat!

2.  Pony Tail Hat by Knikki Knits, using purple spirit Yarn

3.  Rib-a-Roni hat by Jane Tanner using spirit yarn in gold and purple

4.  Simonside Hat by Katya Frankle, using Big twist Yarns Premium Hombres

5.  Golden Gate Bridge Hat by Sophie Kurnik in blue and yellow for Will's friend

 

Barb is working on:

1.  Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way

2.  Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub.


 

Barb has cast on:

1.  Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.  

2.  Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways

3.  Winter Dreamer Hat by Whiletheyplay Designs, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway

 

Tracie is working on:

1.  Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

2.  Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway

3. Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

4.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54


Tracie has cast on:

1.  First Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in the Arizona colorway

2.  Mermaid Dolls by Lorraine Pistorio using Berroco Elements in 4973 Bismuth, and other yarns


She hasn't touched:

1.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

1.  Into the Abyss:  How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben - Barb gives it a Thumbs Up!

2.  Under Cover of the Night by Diane Fanning - Thumbs sideways

3.  Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen = Thumbs Up!

 

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  Blind Faith by Joe McGuinness - Thumbs Up!

2.  The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld - Thumbs up

3.  The Last Days of August by Jon Ronson - Thumbs Up

 

Barb is currently reading:

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

1.  A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

 

Tracie is reading:

1.  Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin

Direct download: Episode_175_-_1_26_19_11.31_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am PDT

Recorded on January 5, 2019

 

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!  You have until January 15, 2019 to post your FO picture.

You can enter to win an autographed copy of The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart by going to our Ravelry group here and entering the contest.  It is available on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  Here in the U.S., it is $13.88 - you can buy it here!  The contest ends on January 15, 2019.

 

 

KNITTING

 

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #151

Hopcott Mitts test knit for Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in a blue-green colorway

Bankhead Hat #7 by Susie Gorlay, using leftover Berroco Vintage - teal blue and forest brown

 

Tracie’s FOs

3 More Never Not Gnomings

Rib-a-Roni in Classic Elite Yarns Water Lily in the Woodbine colorway

1 Knitted Knocker in CoBaSi Plus

Galactic Hat/Rikke Hat

Barb is working on:

Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist

Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway

Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video

 

And has cast on:

Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way

Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub.

Whinstone Hat #3 by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor color way.

 

Tracie has cast on:

Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik-MacDonald in arkaik fibers swanky aran in Jealous Sea

 

And is working On:

Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway

Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway

 

 

BOOKS

Barb highly recommends:

Ohio by Stephen Markley

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman 

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan 

North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunshine Person

Barb is currently reading

Into the Abyss:  How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben

Under Cover of the Night by Diane Fanning

Tracie highly recommends:

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever

Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - 5 stars!

To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder by Nancy Rommelman

 

She does not recommend:

Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah

 

Tracie is reading:

Blind Faith by Joe McGuinness

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_174.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32am PDT

Book talk starts at 25:05

Recorded on December 21, 2018

 

 

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!  You have until January 15, 2019 to post your FO picture.



 

 

Barb and Tracie discussed the book,  The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart.   It is a beautiful book.  You can win an autographed copy of this book by going to our Ravelry group here and entering the contest.  It is available on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  Here in the U.S., it is $13.88 - you can buy it here!  The contest ends on January 15, 2019.

 

 

KNITTING

 

 

 

Tracie finished:

1.  Gnome Pun Intended by Sarah Schira in James C. Brett Twinkle in the gold color way

2.  3 more Never Not Gnoming gnomes by Sarah Schira - 1 large in worsted weight Istex Lettlopi in Heather Lagoon.

3.  Ponytail Hat by Knikki Knits using Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in the Caberet colorway.

4.  Golden Gate Bridge Hat by Sophie Kurnik in orange and grey Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted.

Tracie's Gnome Pun Intended!

Barb finished:

1.  Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Loopy Legends in the Leah's Hot Stuff colorway

2.  The Done by Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf by Abby Tohline using 2 colors of Cloudborn Sprightly Acrylic Worsted in a Black color way and a dark orange colorway.

3.  Frost at Midnight cowl by Helen Stewart, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway

 

4.  Mother Bear #150 !!!

Barb's Done-By-Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf - Hufflepuff  modeled by Jayla!

 

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

2.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

3.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway

4.  Another Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway

 

 Barb continues to work on:

1.   Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist

2.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway

Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video

 

Barb cast on:

1.  Hopcott Mitts test knit for Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in a blue-green colorway.

2.  Mother Bear #151

One Hopcott Mitt done!

BOOKS 


Tracie finished:

1.  The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer

2.  Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

3.  Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

4.  The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland

 



Barb finished:

1.  Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brandt




Tracie is reading

1.  Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson

2. Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever

 

 

Barb is reading:

1.  Ohio by Stephen Markley

2.  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

 

 

 

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Direct download: Episode_173_-_12_27_18_12.44_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am PDT

Recorded on December 10, 2018

Book talk starts at 34:03

 

There is no Episode 171!  We recorded it twice...both times with technical difficulties.  We took it as a sign that the universe doesn't want us to put out an Episode 171.

 

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!



 

 

Barb and Tracie discussed the book,  The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart.   It is a beautiful book.  You can win an autographed copy of this book by going to our Ravelry group and entering the contest.

 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

1.  Here We Gnome Again, worsted weight Gnomes with cabled details) by Sarah Schira, using Plymouth Galway Worsted in a raspberry color way

2.  Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits using Malabrigo Rios in the Cirrus Gray color way

3.  Barb's Giants' Rib-A-Roni hat by Jane Tanner, using Cloudborn Fibers Sprightly Acrylic Worsted

4.  Added Elegance #2 Socks for Ann - using Pairfect Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line in the Star Night color way

5.  Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

Barb's Here We Gnome Again gnomes!

 

 

Tracie finished:

1.  Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue 

2.  Galactic Hat by Julianna Puccini in the newborn size

3.  Never Not Gnoming gnome by Sarah Schira 

4.  2nd Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf

5.  Shining Star Cowl by Allison Isaacs, using Katia Air Lux in the #69 colorway, and Universal Yarn Universe in the Bronze colorway

6.  Galactic Hat #4 in Knitting Fever Painted Mist

7.  Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Maine, using Plymouth Rainbow Toybox

Tracie made this Never Not Gnoming gnome for Ryan, representing one of his favorite LA Dodger players.


Barb continues to work on:

1.   Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist

2.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway

Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video

 

Barb cast on:

1.  Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Loopy Legends in the Leah's Hot Stuff colorway

2.  The Done by Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf by Abby Tohline using 2 colors of Cloudborn Sprightly Acrylic Worsted in a Black color way and a dark orange colorway.

3.  Frost at Midnight cowl by Helen Stewart, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway

 

 

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

3.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54


Tracie has cast-on:

1.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway

2.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway

 

 

BOOKS 


Barb finished:

1.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

2.  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

3.  The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Stephen Finkel

4.  All Happy Families by Jeanne McCullough

 

 


Tracie finished:

1.  In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

2.  The Rabbi and the Hitman by Arthur J. Majida

3.   You'll Never Know, Dear by Hattie Ephron

4.  Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

 

Barb is reading

1.  Ohio by Stephen Markley

2. Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brandt

 

 

 

Tracie is reading:

1.  The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer

2.  Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

 

Podcasts mentioned on Barb's Thumbs Up:

1.  The Dream

2.  Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football

3.  Unerased

 

In Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down, Tracie talked about her very special Christmas Light Affixing Gadget that she invented:

 

 
Direct download: Episode_172_-_12_15_18_12.14_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm PDT

Recorded on November 22, 2018

Book Talk Starts at 29:30

 

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!

New bundle - bulky/chunky hats!  We also have a bundle for Quick/Easy gift patterns.

Northern California Knitting Retreat: the deadline for registrations (for both returning and hopeful newbies) is November 30

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Here We Gnome Again, worsted weight Gnomes with cabled details) by Sarah Schira, using Plymouth Galway Worsted in a teal color way

Hopcott Cowl by Chrissy Graham (test knit) using Knitting Rose Merry Blossom (single ply worsted weight) in the That’s Why They Call it the Blues color way

Tracie finished:

Golden Gate Bridge Hat by in Sophie Kurnik in Plymouth Encore

Barb continues to work on:

Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

Added Elegance #2 Socks for Ann - using Pairfect Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line in the Star Night color way

Barb cast on:

Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits using Malabrigo Rios in the Cirrus Gray color way

Another Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Schira, using Plymouth Galway Worsted in a Raspberry color way.

Tracie continues to work on:

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue

2nd Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf

Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

 

 BOOKS

Tracie finished:

Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne

Close to Home by Cara Hunter

 

Barb is reading

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

 

Tracie is reading:

 

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Direct download: 2KLC_ep170.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:16pm PDT

Recorded on November 14, 2018

Book Talk starts at 40:02

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!

New bundle - bulky/chunky hats!  We also have a bundle for Quick/Easy gift patterns.

Northern California Knitting Retreat: the deadline for registrations (for both returning and hopeful newbies) is November 30

One Perfect Skein by Fredi Baker - We are giving away 3 copies, and will draw for winners at the end of this episode

KNITTING

Barb finished:

4 Never Not Gnoming gnomes by Sarah Schira (who is Imagined Landscapes on Rav and has a podcast.  I also bought her other gnome pattern - Here We Gnome Again, worsted weight Gnomes with cabled details)

Mother Bear #149

2 Knitted Knockers

Will’s Christmas Socks 2018

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway.

Gather hat by tincanknits using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Stone Washed color way.

Tracie finished:

Rikke Hat by Sarah Young in Knitting Fever Painted Mist in Venice Carnival

1st Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf

Zephyr by Celia McAdams Cahill in Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway

Galactic Hat by Julianna Puccini - a newborn size and an adult size in blue and charcoal gray for BIL and expected baby boy

Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira in blue and yellow

Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Schira in Debbie Bliss Andes (baby alpaca/mulberry silk) in 37009 colorway (sage green) and Cascade 220 Sport

Barb continues to work on:

Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist

Barb has cast on:

Added Elegance #2 Socks for Ann - using Pairfect Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line in the Star Night color way

Hopcott Cowl by Chrissy Graham (test knit) using Knitting Rose Yarns Merry Blossom (single ply worsted weight) in the That’s Why They Call it the Blues color way

Barb frogged:

Wild Dandelion Hat by Thea Coleman, using Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight in the Folkstone colorway

Tracie has cast on:

2nd Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf

Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

Tracie put into hibernation:

Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby in Knit Picks Lindy Chain in Thicket and Harbor

Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

Tracie continues to work on:

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue

 

BOOKS

Barb finished:

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

When Will There be Good News? By Kate Atkinson

No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Tracie finished:

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

Poisoned Blood: A True Story of Murder, Passion and an Astonishing Hoax by Philip E. Ginsburg

My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Hi, Bob! by Bob Newhart

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_169.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:27am PDT

Recorded October 16, 2018

Book Talk starts at 36:10

Our Summer Swap is over!  If you haven't received your package yet, it is on it's way!

 

Our Fall Sweater KAL has begun!  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!

 

 

 

The One Perfect Skein pattern by Fredi Baker has been released, and we are giving away 3 copies!  Please leave a comment on the prize thread telling us what yarn you would use to knit it to be entered to win.  This contest will end on October 31st.

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

1.  4 Never Not Gnoming gnomes by Sarah Schira

Jayla in her new birthday poncho!

2.  Jayla's F829 Girls Poncho, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Pixie Pop colorway.  This was knit for granddaughter/niece Jayla 10th birthday!

3.  Garter Bliss Shawl by Faith Schmidt, using Dizzy Blond Studios Lambie Toes in the I Aim to Misbehave colorway.  This was knit for Barb's swap partner, Angela.

4.  Mother Bear #148

5.  2 Knitted Knockers

 

Tracie has finished:

Tracie's Little Hipster Cardigan for an upcoming nephew

 

1.  Tracie's Little Hipster Cardigan by Kate Gondwana in Juniper Moon Cumulus in the Aquarium colorway

2.  Fiddly Bits #6 by Jane Pihota

3.  Rikke Hat #2 by Sarah Young in Knitting Fever Painted Mist in the Venice Carnival colorway



Barb is still working on:

1.  Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway.

One Thank You Sarah sock competed!


2.  Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

3.  Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist

4.  Socks for Will using Opal yarn. 


She has cast on:

1.  Wild Dandelion Hat by Thea Coleman, using Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight in the Folkstone colorway

 

Tracie is working on:

1.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Cascade Hollywood In the Walnut colorway

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

3.  Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

4.  Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue

 

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

1.  A Town Like Alice by Nevil Schute

2.  Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

3.  Girls and Boys by Dennis Kelly

4.  The People vs Alex Cross by James Patterson

5.  The Ocean Liner by Marius Gabriel

 

 



Tracie has finished:

1.  To Die For by Joyce Maynard

2.  Trespassing by Brandi Reeds

3.  Deception by Jonathan Kellerman



Barb is currently reading

1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

2.  A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

3.  Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout

 

 

 

Thumbs Up:  

1.  Bear Brook Podcast

2.  American Scandal podcast

3.  Fraulein Maria's Bicycle Tour of Salzburg, Austria

 

Thumbs Down:  SUTMM Wine Opener - Barb says "don't waste your money"

 

Direct download: Episode_168_-_10_19_18_12.20_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm PDT

Recorded on September 25, 2018

Book Talk starts at 25:40

Our Summer Swap is coming to and end - the mail-by date was October 5!

 

Our Mother Bear KAL has ended - prizes are announced at the end of this episode.

 

Our Fall Sweater KAL has begun!  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.

 

The One Perfect Skein pattern by Fredi Baker has been released, and we are giving away 3 copies!  Please leave a comment on the prize thread telling us what yarn you would use to knit it to be entered to win.

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira

 

Tracie has finished:

2 more Never Not Gnoming gnomes - one for my friend Judy and one for my niece Jayla

for my swap partner: Glam Cowl by Jacqui Harding in Fiberspates Scrumptious Lace in the Jen S Green colorway

test knit: One Perfect Skein by frediknits in Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in the Low Tide colorway

Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

 

Barb is still working on:

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway.

Thank You Sarah socksby Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

F829 Girls' Poncho by Plymouth Yarns, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll In the Pixie Pop colorway.

 

She has cast on:

Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist

Socks for Will using Opal yarn. 

 

Tracie left at home:

Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Cascade Hollywood In the Walnut colorway

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

 

She has cast on:

Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue

 

She is still working on:

Fiddly Bits #6 by Jane Pihota

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

 

Tracie has finished:

The Echo by Minette Walters

The Party by Elizabeth Day

Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do by Sarah Knight

Where We Went Wrong by Andi Holloway

 

Barb is currently reading

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Schute

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

 

Tracie is reading:

To Die For by Joyce Maynard

 

Thumbs Up: Dr. Death podcast

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_167.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am PDT

Recorded on August 29, 2018

 

2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap!

Important Dates 

August 31st: Check-In #3 

September 14th check in #4 

September 28th: final check in 

October 5th: Mail-By Date

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is ending on August 31, 2018.  Winners and prizes will be announced during Episode 167, which will not be airing until the end of September, 2018!  Thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.

 

It's time to think about our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Annual 2018 Fall Sweater KAL!  Go here to find out all about it and to chat about your plans.  


Barb will be in Paris September 11-19.  Tracie will be in the Munich area September 26-October 4.  If you are in either of those areas and want to meet up, PM us on Ravelry!


The Tracie’s Cakeride by Undead Yarn giveaway thread has closed - we will pick a winner at the end of the episode!

Recorded August 29, 2018

Book Talk starts at 30:50

There is still one spot available at the Studio 49 Retreat put on by the Motherlode Spinners and Weavers at Tuolomne Trails outside Groveland, CA.  The retreat is September 28-30, and you can find out all about it by clicking here.

Emily of the video podcast Andersmill Knits is doing an Advent Calendar Swap!  


CORRECTIONS CORNER:  Barb had 2 corrections from the last episode

1.  When talking about the Netflix series Life Below Zero, the Native- American (Agnes Hailstone) woman is a member of the Inupiaq tribe

2.  Regarding the Thank You Sarah pattern: Sarah Josepha Hale Wikipedia page, and the  book Barb talked about - Thank You Sarah: the Woman who Saved Thanksgiving


KNITTING

 

Tracie has finished

1.  Mother Bears #149 & #150

2.  Never Not Gnoming Gnome #1 and Gnome #2 by Sarah Schira, using fingering weight scraps.

 

Barb has finished:

1.  Mother Bears #145#146, and #147

2.  Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns & Tea

3.  Bear And a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using Plymouth Encore Worsted Solids In the Neon Green and Oatmeal color ways

 

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Fiddly Bits#6 by Jane Pihota

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

3.  Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

4.  or my swap partner: Glam Cowl by Jacqui Harding in Fiberspates Scrumptious Lacein the Jen S Green colorway

5.  test knit: One Perfect Skein by frediknits in Dragonfly Fibers Pixiein the Low Tide colorway

 

Tracie has cast on:

1.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Cascade Hollywood In the Walnut colorway

 

Tracie has put in hibernation:

zoe cardi by Cheri Christian in Tahki Cotton Classic in Spruce

 

 

Barb continues to work on:

1.  Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway.

 

2.  Thank You Sarah socksby Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

3.  Secret project for swap partner 


Barb has cast-on:

1.  F829 Girls' Poncho by Plymouth Yarns, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll In the Pixie Pop colorway.


BOOKS

 


Tracie finished reading:

1.  The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner

2.  Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

3.  Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant

 


Barb has finished:

1.  The Outsider by Stephen King  

2.  A Case of Need by Michael Crichton (written as Jeffrey Hudson in 1968) 

3.  438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin (Barb LOVED this book!)


Tracie is reading:

1.  The Echo by Minette Walters

2.  Written in Blood by Diane Fanning

 

Tracie did-not-finish: The First fifteen Lives of Harry August by Clair North


Barb is reading:

1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

2.  The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER by Brian Goldman

3.  Written in Blood by Diane Fanning

Thumbs Up: REGISTER TO VOTE (U.S. Citizens). Rock the Vote Website: Register to Vote, Find Election Info, and more!

 

Direct download: _2KLC_Episode_166_-_9_1_18_12.50_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm PDT

Recorded on August 15, 2018

Book Talk starts a 30:50

2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap!

Important Dates 

July 30th: Partner Assignments Sent, check-in #1 

August 15th: Check-In #2 

August 31st: Check-In #3 

September 14th check in #4 

September 28th: final check in 

October 5th: Mail-By Date

We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL, and it’s almost done!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes. If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make by the end of the day on August 31!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.

Barb will be in Paris September 11-19.  Tracie will be in the Munich area September 26-October 4.  If you are in either of those areas and want to meet up, PM us on Ravelry!

Congratulations to Sequoiashelley for 3 blue ribbons at the Nevada County Fair! 

The Tracie’s Cakeride by Undead Yarn giveaway thread has closed - we will pick a winner on the next episode.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished

Mother Bears 146, 147, 148 and HSU bear for Allyn

Barb has finished:

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Matte Sock by Valkryie Fibers in the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway

Juniata Park Cowl by Erika Flory, using a Craftsy kit.

 

Tracie has cast on:

zoe cardi by Cheri Christian in Tahki Cotton Classic in Spruce

for my swap partner: Glam Cowl by Jacqui Harding in Fiberspates Scrumptious Lace in the Jen S Green colorway

test knit: One Perfect Skein by frediknits in Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in the Low Tide colorway

 

And she continues working on:

Fiddly Bits #6 by Jane Pihota

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

Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

 

Barb continues to work on:

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway.

Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, using Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in the 305 (a very pale blush pink) colorway

Bear And a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using Plymouth Encore Worsted Solids In the Neon Green and Oatmeal color ways

 

And she has cast on:

Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer (MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

Mother Bear #145

Secret project for swap partner 

BOOKS

Tracie finished reading:

The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

In-Between Days by Andrew Porter

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Under Cover of the Night: a True Story of Sex, Greed & Murder by Diane Fanning - narrated by John Miller

 

Barb has finished

The Surgeon’s Wife by Kieran Crowley

Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family by Emily Jane Fox

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Force of Nature by Jane Harper (Aaron Falk #2)

 

Tracie is reading:

Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner

 

Barb is reading:

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Outsider by Stephen King  

A Case of Need by Michael Crichton (written as Jeffrey Hudson in 1968)  

 

Thumbs Up: Life Below Zero - Netflix

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_165.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39am PDT

Recorded on August 1, 2018

Book Talk starts: 25:40

 

Important Dates 

July 30th: Partner Assignments Sent, check-in #1 

August 15th: Check-In #2 

August 31st: Check-In #3 

September 14th check in #4 

September 28th: final check in 

October 5th: Mail-By Date

 

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

 

 

Prison’s not supposed to be a cakeride - but your knitting can! Heidi of Undead Yarn took up the challenge to create a colorway based on my slip of the tongue, and she’s giving away a skein of this beautiful fingering weight yarn!  The base in Vamphyri, Undead’s lovely 75% Merino/25% Nylon sock yarn with 462 yards per skein. To enter the drawing, please leave a comment on this thread telling us about a favorite colorway name you’ve seen or worked with, or a colorway name you’ve thought up yourself. The thread will close August 15, and we will draw for a winner in the next podcast.

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Mother Bears #143144

Tracie has finished:

Mother Bears #143144145

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

Knitting at the Library Cowl, using Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Mini Set In the Forest colorway

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

Lake Effect cardigan by Amy Miller, using Baah La Jolla In the California Poppy colorway

Tracie in her Lake Effect cardigan

 

 

 

Barb is working on:

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryk-Robinsky, using Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock In the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway

Juniata Park Cowl by Erika Flory, using a kit bought from Craftsy.

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway.

Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, using Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in the 305 (a very pale blush pink) colorway

 

She has cast on:

Bear And a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using Plymouth Encore Worsted Solids In the Neon Green and Oatmeal color ways

 

Tracie is working on:

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

Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

 

She has cast on:

Another Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota

 

BOOKS


Barb has finished:

Out by Natsuo Kirin


Tracie has finished:

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleves

Neighborly by Ellie Monago

 

Barb is reading:

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Tracie is reading

The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

 

Barb recommends the following podcasts:

30 For 30, Bikram series

Inside Jaws

Inside The Exorcist

Inside Psycho

 

 

Direct download: Episode_164_-_8_3_18_10.49_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am PDT

Important Dates 

July 20th: Partner Assignments Sent, check-in #1 

August 3rd: Check-In #2 

August 17th: Check-In #3 

August 31st check in #4 

September 5th: final check in 

September 28th: Mail-By Date

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

Prison’s not supposed to be a cakeride - but your knitting can! Heidi of Undead Yarn took up the challenge to create a colorway based on my slip of the tongue, and she’s giving away a skein of this beautiful fingering weight yarn!  The base in Vamphyri, Undead’s lovely 75% Merino/25% Nylon sock yarn with 462 yards per skein. To enter the drawing, please leave a comment on this thread telling us about a favorite colorway name you’ve seen or worked with, or a colorway name you’ve thought up yourself. The thread will close August 15, and we will draw for a winner in the next podcast.

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Mother Bears 139, 140 , 141 and 142

Bankhead hat #5, using Patons Worsted in the Bird of Paradise colorway

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

 

Tracie has finished:

Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Maine in Sirdir Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Effect 4ply in Archie (blues and grays)

Mother Bears 139, 140, 141 and 142

 

Barb is working on:

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryk-Robinsky, using Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock In the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway

Juniata Park Cowl by Erika Flory, using a kit bought from Craftsy.

 

She has cast on:

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway.

Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, using Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in the 305 (a very pale blush pink) colorway

Tracie continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished

Big Alma by Bernice Scharlach

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah

 

Tracie has finished:

The Stranger (Patrik Hedstrom #4) by Camilla Lackberg

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs

 

Barb is reading

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Out by Natsuo Kirin

 

Tracie is reading

Reading:

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleves

The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

 

Tracie and Barb recommend Anne With an “E” on Netflix

Tracie also recommends Whitechapel (Amazon Prime), The Sinner and Marcella on Netflix, and Harlots on Hulu

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_163_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05am PDT

Recorded on July 4, 2018

Book Talk starts at 29:00

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


2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap!  Sign ups are going on NOW until July 11th.  Please see Post # 91 in this thread for the sign-up form and for all the rules.  In this same thread, please see Post # 94 for the questionairre that you need to fill out.  If you are joining us, you need to fill out the questionnaire - it's a start to helping your swap partner find out all about you.  

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

1.  Mother Bears 136, 137 and 138

 

Barb finished:

1.  Mother Bears 137 and 138

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

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

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

 

Tracie continues to work on:

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

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

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

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



Tracie has cast on:

1.  a blanket for the Welcome Blanket organization

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

 

Barb has cast on:

1.  Bankhead Hat #5 by Susie Gorlay, using Paton's Classic Wool in the Bird of Paradise colorway

2.  Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryk-Robinsky, using Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock In the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway

3.  Juanita Park Cowl by Erika Flory, using a kit bought from Craftsy.

 

Barb talked about the wonderful Craftsy.com Kits available. Check 'em out!

 

 

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie finished:

1.  Calypso by David Sedaris

2.  Fatal Vision by Joe McGuinness

3.  Flush by Carl Hiaasen

4.  Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Street

 

Barb finished:

1.  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

2.  Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

 

Tracie is reading:

1.  The Stranger (Patrik Hedstrom #4) by Camilla Lackberg

 

Barb is reading

1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

2.  Big Alma by Bernice Scharlach

3.  The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

Direct download: Mother_Bear_162_-_7_12_18_9.23_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am PDT

Recorded on June 20, 2018

Book Talk starts at 18:30

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

 

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

 

KINITTING

Tracie finished:

Cumulus Bear - a Mother Bear in Juniper Moon Farms Cumulus to go with the baby hat for Tracie’s niece- or nephew-to-be

Mother Bears 131, 132, 133, 134 and 135

 

Barb finished:

Mother Bear 135 and 136

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

 

Tracie continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie finished:

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison by Pete Earley

 

Barb finished:

The House by the River by Lena Manta

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

 

Tracie is reading:

Calypso by David Sedaris

Fatal Vision by Joe McGuinness

 

Barb is reading

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

 

Tracie recommends The Office

 

Barb recommends Anne of Green Gables on Craftlit

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_161.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:13pm PDT

Recorded on June 6, 2018

 

Book Talk starts at 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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


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

 

KNITTING

 

 

Barb in her Welcome Spring cowl




















Barb has finished:

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

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

3.  Mother Bears #132, 133, 134

 

 

Tracie in her Leaf Press Shawl






















Tracie has finished:

1.  Mother Bears 125-130

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

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


Barb continues to work on:

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

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

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

 

Gilda scarf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb has cast on:

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

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



Tracie continues to work on:

 

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

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

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

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

 

BOOKS

 

 

Barb finished:

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

2.  Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

3.  The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

4.  Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

5.  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

 

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  Light in August by William Faulkner

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

 

Barb is currently reading:

The House by the River by Lena Manta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracie is currently reading:

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

2.  The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Tracie recommends the podcast Little House on the Podcast.  

 

Direct download: Episode_160_-_6_9_18_11.54_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm PDT

Recorded on May 19, 2018

Book Talk starts at 26:35

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

 

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

 

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

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

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

Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian, using leftover worsted scraps

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

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

Mother Bear #131

 

Tracie has finished:

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

Mother Bears 122 & 123

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

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

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

 

And has cast on:

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

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

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

 

And continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb finished:

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

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

The Last Thing She Ever Did by Gregg Olson

 

Tracie finished:

Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

Family Album by Penelope Lively

 

Barb is reading:

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Knitlandia by Clara Parkes

 

Tracie is reading:

Light in August by William Faulkner

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

 

 

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_159.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:05pm PDT

Recorded on Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Talk begins at 37:20

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

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

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

 

EVENTS:

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

 

KINITTING

Tracie’s finished projects:

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


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

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

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

Barb's finished projects:

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

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

Mother Bear #130

Tracie is working on:

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

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

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


Tracie has cast-on:

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

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

 

Barb is still working on:

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

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

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

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

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

 

She has cast on:

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

 

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

News of the World by Paulette Giles

The Wife by Alafair Burke

 

Barb has finished:

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

Loner by Teddy Wayne

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones

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

Tracie is currently reading The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson

Barb is currently reading:

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

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Direct download: Episode_158_-_5_5_18_10.36_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56am PDT

Recorded on April 12 and April 15, 2018

Book Talk starts at 36:50

 

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

 

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

 

KINITTING

Tracie’s FOs:

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

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

 

Barb’s FOs:

Knitted Knockers

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

 

Tracie has cast on: 

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

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

 

She is working on:

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

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

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

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

 

Barb is still working on:

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

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

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

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

 

She has cast on:

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

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

 

BOOKS

Finished:

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

 

Finished books

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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

The Flight Attendant by Chris Boujalian

 

Reading:

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

Alice by Christina Henry

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

 

Currently reading

Classic Krakauer by Jon Krakauer

Loner by Teddy Wayne

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_157.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:35pm PDT

Recorded March 27, 2018

Book Talk Starts at 40:45

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

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

KNITTING

Finished:

New Wave by Mary Annerella in Invictus Reward in Olive

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

3 Knitted Knockers in Cascade Ultra Pima

FO’s

Knitted Knockers

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

Cast-on: 

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

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

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

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

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

Still working on

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

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

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

Cast-on

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

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

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

BOOKS

Finished:

Savage Run by C.J. Box

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

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

Finished books

The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent

Colony of the Lost by Derik Cavagnano

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

Reading:

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

Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

Currently reading

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

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

Direct download: 2KLC_ep156.2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08pm PDT

Recorded on March 13, 2018

Book Talk starts at 12:20

 

 

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

 

Knitting Rose Yarn Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway

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


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

KNITTING

 

Mother Bear #129

Barb has finished:

Royal Mile Cowl in Delicious Yarns Frosting Chunky

 

Tracie's Vernal Vanilla Bean Socks

Tracie has finished:

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

 

 

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

 

Tracie has finished reading:

 

 

 
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People:

Gwen Bortner

Patty Lyons

Alana Dakos

Susan B. Anderson

Elizabeth Doherty

Myra Wood

Carson Demers

 

Vendors mentioned:

Miss Babs

Barrett Wool Co.

Bead Biz

Leading Men Fiber Arts

Adela’s

Great Yarns

Imagiknit

Western Sky Knits

Blue Moon Fiber Arts

Mother Bear Project

Bar-Maids

WEBS

Duren Dyeworks

Lazer Sheep Yarns

Wool & Wire

Invictus Yarns

Lisa Souza Dyeworks

Honey Girl Farms

Serendipidye

Miss Purl 

Knit Picks

Craftsy

Farmers’ Daughter Fibers

Baah Yarn

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_154.mp3
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Recorded on February 2, 2018

Book Talk starts at 32:18


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


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

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

 

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Stitches West - February 22-25, 2018

NoCKRs 2018 - April 12-15

Knitting

Barb has finished:

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

 

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

 

Mother Bear #127

 

 

Tracie has finished:

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

 

Barb is currently working on:

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Vanilla Socks using Knit Picks Felici in the Hopscotch color way

 

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

 

 

Tracie is working on:

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

 

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


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

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

 

 

 

Books

 

Barb has finished:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

 

X by Sue Grafton


Two Old Women by Velma Wallis

 

 

 

 

Tracie has finished reading:

Tracie is currently reading:

 

Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

 

 

 

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

Direct download: Episode_153_-_2_7_18_12.31_PM.mp3
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Recorded on January 20, 2018

Book Talk starts at 35:50


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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Sacramento Knitting Guild - February 1, 2018

Stitches West - Feb 25-28, 2018

 

Knitting

 

Tracie has finished: 

4 more pussycats, using the KitKat Hat by AndreSue

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

 

 

 

 

 

Barb has finished: 

Mother Bear #126

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

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

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

 

Stashbusting Helix Hat #6 DK by Jessica Rose

Pussyhat for Barb, using Zombie Yarns Shell Shock

 

Tracie is working on:

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

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

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

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

 

Barb is currently working on:

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

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

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

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

 

 

Books

 

Tracie has finished reading:

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Lit by Mary Karr

 

 

Barb has finished:

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

 

 

 

Tracie is reading:

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

The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

 

And Barb is reading:

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

X by Sue Grafton

 

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

 

 

 
 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_152_-_1_24_18_8.30_AM.mp3
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Recorded on January 7, 2018

Book Talk starts at 21:18

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

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

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

 

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Sacramento Knitting Guild - February 1, 2018

Stitches West - Feb 25-28, 2018

 

Knitting

Tracie has finished:

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

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

KitKat Hat by Andre Sue

 

Barb has finished: 

Mother Bear #125

 

Tracie is working on:

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

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

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

 

Barb is currently working on:

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

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

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

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

And she has cast on:

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

 

Books

Tracie finished reading

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

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

 

Barb has finished:

Murder in Room 305 by Gary King

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

 

Tracie is reading:

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Lit by Mary Karr

 

And Barb is reading:

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_151.mp3
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Recorded on December 23, 2017

Book Talk starts at 31:15

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

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

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

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

 

EVENTS:

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

Stitches West 2018 - February 25-28, 2018

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #124

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tracie has finished:

Maize Mitts in Hufflepuff colors by Tin Can Knits

Hive Hat by Tanya Patterson

 

Barb is currently working on:

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

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

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


Barb has cast-on:

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


Tracie is working on:

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

Her 5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota

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

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

 

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

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

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

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

 

Barb has finished:

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

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

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

 

Barb and Tracie both reviewed:

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

 

Tracie is reading:

A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

 

Barb is reading:

Murder in Room 305  by Gary King

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

 

Other podcasts mentioned:

Heaven's Gate audio podcast

Skein Enable audio podcast

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Recorded on December 6, 2017

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

Giveaway Time!  

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


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

 

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

 

EVENTS:

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

Stitches West 2018 - February 25-28, 2018

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

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

Mother Bear #123

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

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

Barb is currently working on:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tracie is working on:

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

Her 5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota


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

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

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

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

How My Book Club Got Arrested by Leslie O’Kane

River Road by Carol Goodman

Tracie is reading:

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

Barb is reading:

Other podcasts mentioned:

Done Disappeared

Young Charlie

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Recorded on November 23, 2017

Book Talk starts at 25:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_148.mp3
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Recorded on November 1, 2017

Book Talk starts at 40:01

 

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

 

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

 

Tracie has finished:

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

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose for charity

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

colorway

Ruby’s Hat by Caroline Spillane in Plymouth Toybox Rainbow

Barb has finished:

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

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

Tracie has cast on:

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

And has continued to work on:

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

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

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

She is anxious to cast on:

Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice

Barb is working on:

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

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

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

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

And has cast on:

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

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

Finished Books: 

The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding

Mortal Fall by Christine Garbo

 

Finished:

Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

 

Current Books

Capture by Roger Smith

Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

Reading:

Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron

 

 
Direct download: 2KLC_ep_147.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:32pm PDT

Recorded on October 11, 2017

Book Talk Starts at 22:40

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

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

Tracie & Barb will be at: 

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


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

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Helix Hat #5 by Jessica Rose

Tracie has finished:

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

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

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

Agathis Hat by Agata Smektala in Rowan Pure Woll Superwash Worsted 

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Barb has cast on:

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

* Mother Bear #121

 

Tracie continues to work on:

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

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

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

 

BOOKS

 

Barb finished reading: 

The Whistler by John Grisham

Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker

 

Tracie has finished:

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

Inside-Out Girl by Tish Cohen

* This is Not Over by Holly Brown

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

 

Barb is currently reading:

The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding

Mortal Fall: Glacier Mystery #2 by Christine Carbo

 

Tracie is currently reading:

The Privileges by Jonathan Dee

Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe

 

 

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

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_146_-_10_14_17_1.00_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09pm PDT

Recorded September 27, 2017

Book Talk Starts at 30:25

 

We would really appreciate some new iTunes reviews!  

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

 

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

 

Tracie & Barb will be at: 

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

 

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

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #119

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

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

 

Tracie finished:

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

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

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

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

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

 

And she has cast on:

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

Stashbusting Helix Hat#5 by Jessica Rose

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

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

 

She frogged

Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

 

 

Tracie frogged:

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

 

She has cast on: 

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

 

And continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

colorway

 

Barb finished reading: 

Vanished: Cold-Blooded Murder in Steeltown by Jon Wells

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

 

Tracie finished:

The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner

 

Barb is reading:

The Whistler by John Grisham

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

 

Tracie is reading:

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_145.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:28pm PDT

Recorded September 14, 2017

Book Talk Begins at 39:40

 

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

 

Tracie & Barb will be at 

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

 

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

 

KNITTING


Barb has finished:

*  Mother Bear #118

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Tracie has finished

 

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

 

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


Barb has cast on:

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

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

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

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

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

*  Her 2nd Puppy Pullover by Kitterly Kits

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

 

Tracie continues to work on:

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

colorway

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

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

*  Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota


PRODUCT REVIEW

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


BOOKS

Barb is reading:

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

And Tracie is reading:

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

 

 
Direct download: Episode_144_-_9_16_17_11.40_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am PDT

Recorded on September 2, 2017.

Book Talk starts at 28:14

Casual Hitofude KAL

Mother Bear KAL!  

 

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

 

Tracie & Barb will be at 

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

 

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

 

Barb has finished:

 Mother Bears #116 & 117

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

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

Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan in Premier Yarns Sweet Roll

 

Tracie has finished

Mother Bears 117, 118 & 119

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

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps

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

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

 

And has cast on:

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

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

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

 

Tracie has put into hibernation:

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

 

She has cast on:

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

colorway

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

 

And continues to work on:

Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota

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

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii

 

Barb has finished reading:

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

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

 

Tracie has finished:

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robothom

Overkill by Lyn Riddle

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

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

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

 

Barb is reading:

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

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

 

And Tracie is reading:

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_143.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm PDT

Recorded August 12, 2017

Book Talk starts at 1:07:54

 

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

 

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!

 

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

*The KAL will run until August 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tracie & Barb will be at 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Celia has finished:

Hey Teach by Helene Rush

Lotus Gradient, her own original design

 

 

Tracie has finished:

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

3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar

 

 

Celia is working on:

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

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

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

 

Tracie has cast-on:

Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota

 

And continues to work on:

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

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

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

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii

 

Celia finished reading:

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken

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

 

She did not finish:

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

 

Tracie has finished:

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone

Murder in Room 305 by Gary C. King

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

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

 

Celia is reading:

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

 

Tracie is reading:

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robothom

 

Thumbs Up:  Freeway Service Patrol in California

Direct download: Episode_142_-_8_14_17_2.04_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm PDT

Recorded on July 27, 2017

Book Talk starts at 25:55

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Tracie & Barb will be at 

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

 

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

 

Barb finished: 

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

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

 

Tracie finished:

Mother Bears 111 & 112 

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

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

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

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

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

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

Tracie has cast on:

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

 

And continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii

 

Barb did not finish:

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

 

She did finish:

People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

Regret & Return by Tracie Kluver Bezerra

Theft by Finding Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

 

Tracie finished:

Murder at McDonalds: The Killers Next Door by Phonse Jessom

The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick

Father of the Rain by Lily King

 

Barb is reading:

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

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

 

Tracie is reading:

In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_142.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm PDT

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

Recorded on July 8, 2015

Book Talk Begins at 23:07

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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


KNITTING

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


Barb has finished:

* Mother Bears #109 & #110

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

Tracie has finished

Mother Bears #110 and #111

 

Barb is currently working on:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

 

Tracie is currently working on:

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie has finished:

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie

Bad Blood (Lucy Black #4) by Brian McGilloway

 

Barb is reading:

People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

 

Tracie is reading:

Murder at McDonalds: The Killers Next Door by Phonse Jessom

The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick


Barb recommends:

Ear Hustle podcast

Shetland TV Series (available on Netflix)

The Handmaid's Tale TV series (available on Hulu

Direct download: Episode_140_-_7_14_17_10.37_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am PDT

Recorded June 28, 2017

Book Talk starts at 34:20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

PattyB – pattern up to $8

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

PinotNoir has donated a whole bunch of lovely yarn

LetsGoBows has made a $15 directly to the MBP

 

Barb has finished

Mother Bear #108

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

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

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

 

Tracie has finished

Mother Bears 107, 108 and 109 

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

 

Barb has cast on

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

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

 

And continues to work on

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

 

Tracie has cast on

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

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

 

And continues to work

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

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

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

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii

 

Barb has finished

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

The Green Road by Anne Enright

Ask Him Why by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Celine by Peter Heller

 

Tracie has finished

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

How It All Began by Penelope Lively

Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp

Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

 

Barb is reading

Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 by David Sedaris

People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

 

Tracie is reading

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie

Bad Blood (Lucy Black #4) by Brian McGilloway

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_139.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:34pm PDT

Recorded on June 14, 2017

Book Talk Starts at 33:30

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Mother Bears #106 & #107

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

 

Barb has finished:

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

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

*  Mother Bears #106 & #107

 

Tracie has cast on:

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

 

Tracie continues to work on:

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

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

*  Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

 

Barb has cast on:

*  Her 2nd Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota 

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

 

Barb Continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

BOOKS

 

 

Tracie has finished:

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

*  Lily & the Octopus by Steven Rowley

 

Barb has finished:

*  What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

*  Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

 

Tracie is currently reading Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

 

Barb is currently reading:

*  The Green Road by Anne Enright

Direct download: Episode_138_-_6_17_17_12.22_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:32pm PDT

Book Talk starts at 28:45

 

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

May 31st check in #4 

JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

This contest will end on June 15, 2017.

 

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

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Mother Bears 103 (knit) and 104 (crochet)

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

 

Barb has cast on:

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

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

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

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

And continues to work on:

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

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

 

And continues to work on:

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

Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

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

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi

 

BOOKS

Barb finished;

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

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

 

Tracie didn’t finish Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

 

She did finish:

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

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

 

Barb is reading:

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

 

And Tracie is reading:

Lily & the Octopus by Steven Rowley

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

 

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

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_137.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm PDT

Recorded May 10, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 32:2)

 

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

 

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

May 15th: Check-In #3 

May 31st check in #4 

JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

This contest will end on June 15, 2017.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

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

* Mother Bear #105

 

Tracie has finished: Mother Bears #101 and #102

Barb has cast on:

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

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

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


Tracie is continuing to work on:

*  Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

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

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

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

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

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

Tracie has finished reading:

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

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

*  The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

Barb is currently reading:

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

*  The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Tracie is currently reading:

*  A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

*  Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

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

 
Direct download: Episode_136_-_5_12_17_11.43_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55am PDT

Recorded April 26, 2017

Book Talk Begins at 42:35

 

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

 

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

April 30th: Check-In #2 

May 15th: Check-In #3 

May 31st check in #4 

JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date

 

Tracie has finished

Retreat Bath Mitt by Elizabeth Doherty in Quince & Co Sparrow

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

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

(photo)

 

Barb has finished:

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

 

And she continues to work on:

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

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

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi

 

Barb is working on:

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

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

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

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

 

And cast on:

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

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

 

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

(phot0)

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

 

Tracie has finished reading

Mommy Deadliest by Michael Benson

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

 

Barb has finished:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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

 

Tracie is reading:

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen

 

Barb is reading

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder by Mary S. Lovell

 

Barb recommends the Very Pink Podcast

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_135.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm PDT

Recorded on April 13, 2017

Book Talk starts at 26:50

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

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

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

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

*  3 Knitted Knockers

Barb has finished: 

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

*  5 Knitted Knockers

Barb has cast on:

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

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

Barb is working on:

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

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

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

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


Tracie has cast on:

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

Tracie is working on:

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

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

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi

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


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


Discussion of the Magic Knot (Double Knot):

Jane Richmond - The Double Knot YouTube Video

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


BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

 Barb has finished:

Breaking Wild by Diane les Becquets

Tracie is currently reading:

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

*  Mommy Deadliest by Michael Benson

Barb is currently reading:

*  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

 
Direct download: Episode_134_-_4_16_17_10.48_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58am PDT

Recorded March 29, 2017

Book Talk starts at 24:20

 

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

 

Barb has finished: 

3 Knitted  Knockers

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

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

Vanilla socks using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway

 

Tracie has finished:

5 knitted knockers

Sprig Cloche by Alana Dakos in Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

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

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

 

Barb has cast on:

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

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

 

Barb is working on:

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

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

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

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

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi

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

 

Tracie is working on:

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

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

 

 

 

Barb finished

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

The Last September by Nina de Gramont

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

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

 

Tracie has finished

Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson

No One Needs to Know by Kevin O’Brien

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood & Scientology by Leah Remini

 

Barb is reading:

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

Breaking Wild by Diane les Becquets

 

Tracie is reading:

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

 

“Feud: Bette & Joan” on FX

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_133.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:56am PDT

Book Talk Begins at 34:20

Recorded on March 15, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

KNITTING

 Barb has finished:

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

*  3 Knitted Knockers

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

 

Tracie has finished:

 

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

 

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

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

Barb is working on:

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Tracie is working on:

 

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

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

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

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

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Runaway by Alice Munroe

The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva 

 

 

Tracie has finished:

 

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

 The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty

*  Wilde Lake by Laura Lipman

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

The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai

Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

Barb is currently reading:

 

The Last September by Nina de Garment

Tracie is currently reading:

 

No One Needs to Know by Kevin O'Brien

Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson

 

Tracie talked about the HBO series, Big Little Lies

 

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

Direct download: Episode_132_-_3_18_17_12.52_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm PDT

Recorded at Stitches West February 23 - 26, 2017

No Book Talk

Waze app

Franklin Habit’s blog,  The Panopticon

His column on the Skacel website, Fridays with Franklin

Barry Klein

Trendsetter Yarns

Front Range Bags 

The Altered Stitch

Planned Parenthood

Alexandra’s Crafts

The FiberLady

Newton’s Yarn Country

Bar-Maids

Anne Berk

Annetarsia

Mother Bear 

Halos of Hope

Inner Yarn Zen 

Meris by Elizabeth Doherty 

Franklin Habit’s I Dream of Yarn

Dragonfly Fibers 

Lisa Souza Dyeworks 

Luiseach by Handiworks Ltd

Knitting Rose Yarns Buffboo 

Lang Merino+ Color

Myra Wood

Bead Biz

Stunning String Studio

Smorgasbord Cowl

Ho’onanea Shawl 

Knitting Rose Yarns

Fishknits

Dizzy Blonde Studios

2 Guys Yarn Company 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_131.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:36pm PDT

Recorded on February 8, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 32:03

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

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

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

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration. 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

You must be a member of the group to win.

Contest ends on March 15th.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

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

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

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

 

Barb has finished:

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

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


Tracie has cast-on:

* Another Pussycat in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow

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

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


Tracie is continuing to work on:

*Vanilla Socks in ONline Supersocke 100 Living Color

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


Barb has cast-on:

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

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


Barb is still working on:

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

Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher

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

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


BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel


Barb has finished:

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

6oo Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

*  The Sleeper by Emily Barr

*  Bitterweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

 

Tracie is currently reading:

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

The Hypnotist's Love Story


Barb is currently reading:

The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Barb recommends the Book Cougars Podcast!













Direct download: Episode_130_-_2_9_17_3.43_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm PDT

Recorded on January 25, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 39:45

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

 

Gadgets We Love:

Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers

Lilly Brush for depilling sweaters

The Sock Ruler

 

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

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

 

Barb’s FOs 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Tracie’s FOs:

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

Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

 

Barb has cast on:

Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher

Kitkat Hat by AndreSue Knits

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

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

 

And she continues to work on:

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

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

Pussyhat for my brother-in-law

Vanilla Socks in ONline Supersocke 100 Living Color

 

Working On:

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

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

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

 

Barb has finished:

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory

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

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

 

Tracie has finished:

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

Act of Violence by Margaret Yorke

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

There Was An Old Woman by Hallie Ephron

 

Barb is reading:

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

6oo Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

 

Tracie is reading:

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_129.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22am PDT

Recorded on January 8, 2017

 

Book Talk starts at: 21:20

 

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

 

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

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


KNITTING


Barb's FOs:

*One Pussycat, using Joann Fabrics Big Twist

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


Tracie’s FOs:

*Sprig Cloche by Alana Dakos in Cascade 220 Sport Superwash

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

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

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

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

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

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


Barb has cast-on:

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

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

*Mother Bear #201


Tracie continues to work on:

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

*A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

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

 

Tracie has frogged:

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

and

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

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


BOOKS

 

 

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


Tracie has also finished:

 

Ill Wind by Nevada Barr

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

 

Barb is currently reading:

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross


Tracie did not finish:

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix


Tracie is currently reading:


Act of Violence by Margaret Yorke

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


RIP George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds


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

Direct download: Episode_128_-_1_10_17_11.54_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm PDT

Recorded December 22, 2016

Book Talk starts at: 30:58

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

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

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

Tracie’s FOs:

Finished:

2 Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose

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

Barb’s FOs: 

Tupshin Socks by Erin Birnel in Knit Picks Tonal Fingering 

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

Fast and Easy Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Beamer in Malabrigo Rios 

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

Two Pussyhats in Joanne Fabrics Big Twist

Tracie has cast on:

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

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

or

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

Sprig Cloche by Alana Dakos in Cascade 220 Sport Superwash

And continues working on:

A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

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

Barb has cast on:

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

And continues to work on

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

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

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

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

Tracie finished reading:

The Widow by Fiona Barton

Tease by Amanda Maciel

Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster

Barb finished:

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

Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen

Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman

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

Tracie is  reading

Ill Wind by Nevada Barr

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Barb is reading:

Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton

 

 

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_127.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28am PDT

Recorded on December 9, 2016

Book Talk starts at 37:00

 

 

 

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

 

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


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

Knitted Knockers Support Foundation

1780 Iowa St.

Bellingham, WA 98229

 

 

Knitting

Barb’s has finished:

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

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

Another Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

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

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


Tracie has finished:

 

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

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


Barb is working on:

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

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

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


Barb has cast on:

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

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


Tracie is continuing to work on:

A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

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


Tracie has cast on:

Another Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose


Barb and Tracie Reviewed:

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

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger


Tracie has finished:

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

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

 

Barb is currently reading:

Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen

 

Tracie is currently reading:

The Widow by Fiona Barton

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

 

 

 

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_126_-_12_11_16_12.18_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm PDT

Recorded on November 24, 2016

Book Talk starts at 17:45

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

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

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

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

Knitting

Barb’s FO’s:

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

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Tracie’s FOs

Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

Vanilla Socks in Araucania Ranco Sock

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Barb has cast on:

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

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

And continues working on:

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

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

Tracie has cast on:

Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock

And continues working on:

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

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

Books:

Barb Finished

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCrieght

Tracie Finished: 

Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell

Pippi Longstocking byAstrid Lindgren

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

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

Barb is reading:

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger

Tracie is Reading:

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

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_125.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm PDT

Recorded on November 11, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 33:00

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

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


Current Giveaways:

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

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

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

This giveaway will last until December 15th.

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

For Good Hat by Megan Williams in Berocco Vintage

Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose

Barb’s FOs

Jayla's Christmas Bear using scraps of yarn

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

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

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

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

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


Tracie has Cast-On

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


Tracie is continuing to work on:

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

Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

Vanilla Socks using Araucania Ranco Sock

Barb has cast-on:

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

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

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

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

Barb is continuing to work on:

Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi

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

BOOKS

Tracie Finished: 

Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue by Marion Chesney

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee

Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

Barb Finished:

No One You Know by Michelle Richmond

Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James

Tracie is reading

Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell

Pippi Longstocking byAstrid Lindgren

Barb is reading

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCrieght

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

Movies mentioned (Movie trailers linked):

Girl on the Train

A Man Called Ove

Barb talked about a new Netflix series, Doctor Foster

Barb and Tracie discussed the audio podcast, My Favorite Murder

 

Direct download: Episode_124_-_11_13_16_2.45_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm PDT

Recorded on October 26, 2016

Book Talk starts at 47:09

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

 

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

 

Tracie has Finished:

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

Meret by Woolly Wormhead in Coffee Beenz in gray

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

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

 

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #101

Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain

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

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

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

 

Tracie has cast-on:

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

For Good Hat by Megan Williams in Berocco Vintage

 

And is working on:

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

Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

 

Barb has cast on:

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

Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi

 

And is working on: 

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

 

REVIEW: Grown by Kate Oakley

(cover photo)

Enter to win a copy of the ebook here.

 

 

BOOKS

Tracie Finished: 

Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

I Let You Go by Claire McIntosh

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

 

Barb Finished:

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

 

Tracie is reading

Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue by Marion Chesney

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee

 

Barb is reading

Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

No One You Know by Michelle Richmond

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_123.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:37pm PDT

Recorded on October 12, 2016

Book Talk starts at 30:42

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

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

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

 

KNITTING

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

Tracie has finished:

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

*Her second Rainbow Sprinkles by Kristy Harrison 

Barb is currently working on:

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

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

*Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain 

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

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

Tracie is currently working on:

*Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

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

 

*Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock


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


BOOKS

Barb has finished:

*My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

*The Girls by Emma Cline

Tracie has finished:

*The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

*Savage Son by Corey Mitchell

*The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

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

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

Tracie is currently reading:

*Practical Jean by Trevor Cole

Direct download: Episode_122_-_10_13_16_3.04_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm PDT

Recorded September 26, 2016

Book Talk starts at 30:01

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

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

EVENTS:

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

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

 

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #100 

Be Kind Hat by Melissa Simpson, using Vannas Choice

Directional Scarf by Lion Brand, using Lion Brand Amazing.

Mata Shawl by Chrissy Graham, using Gnomeacres Scruffy Gnome DK

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

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

 

Tracie’s FOs

Meris by Elizabeth Doherty in Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock 

Rainbow Sprinkles by Kristy Harrison

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

 

Barb has cast on

Intergalactic Shawl by Jen Hiebert – using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering

Another Bankhead Hat using Lion Brand Amazing

 

Barb continues to work on

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke in Plymouth Merino Select DK

Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain

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

 

Tracie has cast on

Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience

Rainbow Sprinkles by Kristy Harrison

 

Tracie continues to work on

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock

Summer Fringe Shawlette by Sarah Keller in Chevel Blanc Official Comete

 

Barb’s Finished Books

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Heads or Tails by Leslie A. Gordon 

 

Tracie’s Finished Books

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

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

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

The Hunt Club Bret Lot

The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley 

 

Barb’s Current Books

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

The Girls by Emma Cline

 

Tracie’s Current Books

Savage Son by Corey Mitchell

The End of Everything by Megan Abbott

 

Barb likes the good customer service from Crate & Barrel 

Tracie recommends Vanishing Edge Panties from Soma

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_121.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm PDT

Book Talk begins at 26.53

Recorded on September 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

EVENTS

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

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

Barb has about 35 knitting books for sale here!

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

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

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

Tracie has finished:

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

Suture Hat by Alex Tinsley, using Plymouth Encorein Charcoal

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

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

Barb is working on: 

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

Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain

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

Barb has cast-on:

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

* The Directional Colors scarf, using Lion Brand Amazing

Tracie is working on:

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

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

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

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

She has cast-on:

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

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

*  The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell - excellent book!

*  Nature Girl by Carl Hiasson - recommended

*  Joyland by Stephen King - recommended

*  Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

Tracie has finished:

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

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

The Unraveling of Mercy Lewis by Keija Parssinen

*  The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Barb is currently reading:

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards

Tracie is currently reading:

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

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

Tracie recommends Schofferhofer Grapefruit

Mother Bear KAL prizes and winners:

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

2.  donated by LGordon555 - any Ravelry pattern - moxymomma

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12.  donated by knrisluvswool - a copy of her In Transit hat and cowl pattern - jcampo

13.  donated by Sweetart 77 - a project bag from her makethisfromthat etsy store - Brooksnana

14.  donated by Goodstuff - 3 patterns from her Ravelry store - pjpurls, smithMKS, janeos2000

15.  donated by Goodstuff - a project bag from her etsy story - DCAlaneKnits

16.  donated by k8erpillar - 5 sets of bear stitch markers from her etsy shop - Obenya, GailBN, maddiesmom, seestephyknit and jchant

17.  $20 gift certificate donated by Leading Men Fiber Arts  - MariKnits

18.  Halcyon37 donated a Ravelry pattern of the winner's choice -TiaandCat

19.  donated by Jamies900 - 3 gifts of 2skeins of yarn each - Jasdel, rozstitches,  and stella650

20.  donated by Jamies900 - a yarn valet - cobbieknits

21.  donated by Invictus Yarns - 2 skeins of her Captain SW Sweet Clementine - kannasoup and notprunes

22.  donated by Invictus Yarns - 1 skein of MCN Content -  humbledaisy

23.  a copy of Henry's Hat by Joanna Johnson - KnitAdmin

24.  donated by tmkr - a skein of her handspun - MimaB

25.  donated by dptemple - a Ravelry pattern of the winner's choice, up to $10 - Corrinesknits

26.  donated by BostonJen - a copy of the Riley Rose Shawl - Halcyon37

27.  donated by DCAlaneKnits - handmade project bag with DPN holder and stitch markers - WiscKnitter

28.  donated by RedsKnits - teddy bear project bag - KrissyVB

29.  donated by an anonymous donor - a skein of Wollmeise - purlpumpkin

30.  a NoCKRs 2016 wine glass sippy cup - cmillerwise

31.  a NoCKRs 2016 tote bag - farmwife99

32.  2 Knit Lit Chicks project bag, made by Tracie - Belle717

33.  donated by Poppy - single skeins of yarn - pennyforyourthoughts, K8erpillar, straightfork, MEKW and cwyneken

 

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_120_-_9_10_16_1.11_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm PDT

Book Talk starts at 42:05

Recorded on August 24, 2016

Just a few more days to participate in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  You have until August 31st to post a picture of any bear you have knit or crocheted in 2016 in our FO thread.  Lots of prizes, but your best reward is knowing you have given a child comfort.

Many thanks to our latest donor:

Kathleen (SweeTart77) has donated a project bag from her shop MakeThisFromThat.

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

Knit Companion for Android is at last a thing!

 

EVENTS

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

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

 

KNITTING

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #93, 94, 95, 96

Added Elegance socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

PastelMix Shortie Socks using Cascade Heritage in the PastelMix colorway

 

Tracie’s FOs

Mother Bears 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 & 100!

Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Böttger in Becoming Art Agave fingering in the Nebula colorway

Simple Striped Baby Hat by Sascha van Wagtendonk in Frog Tree Pediboo Sock in Tan and Red Heart Baby TLC Multis in Chocolate Mint

 

Barb has cast on:

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

 

And she is working on:

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

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

Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain

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

 

Tracie has cast on:

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

Summer Fringe Shawlette by Sarah Keller in Chevel Blanc Official Comete in the Cendre colorway

 

And she is working on:

Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

Meris by Elizabeth Doherty in Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in the Carmen colorway

 

REVIEW - Stranded Magazine, Mild Weather 2016

To win a copy of this e-magazine, leave a comment here.

 

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

Vertical by Rex Pickett

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Woman with A Secret (UK title: The Telling Error) by Sophie Hannah

 

Barb has finished:

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

By Their Father's Hand: The True Story of the Wesson Family Massacre

by Monte Francis

 

Tracie is reading

Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders by Dick Lehr

North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State by John Sweeney

 

Barb is reading:

Nature Girl by Carl Hiasson

Joyland by Stephen King

 

Stranger Things on Netflix

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep119.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm PDT

Book Talk Begins at 30:15

Recorded on August 5, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is ongoing!  You have until August 31st to post a picture of any bear you have knit or crocheted in 2016 in our FO thread.  Lots of prizes, but your best reward is knowing you have given a child comfort.

Thank you to new prize donors:  DCAlaneKnitsredsknitsBostonJentmkr, and dptemple.

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself!  Soon we will start a chatter thread, and create a Ravelry Bundle of patters.


Knit Companion for Android is coming soon!  Please go to Knit Companion for Android thread to find out all about it - and to join in the fun with weekly puzzles/games.  Anyone can play - both IOS and Android users.  


EVENTS:

Lambtown at the Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon, CA is October 1 & 2, 2017.  Tracie will be attending.


Cogknitive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA on OctoberOctober 8th.  Both Barb and Tracie will be attending.


KNITTING

Tracie has finished:


* Mother Bears #88 - 94

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry, using Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo.

 

Barb has finished:


* Her Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Graffiti colorway

*Christmas Vanilla socks using Wisdom Yarn Saki Bamboo Multis in the Crayon Box colorway

Declan Hat by Samantha Kirby using Vanna's Choice in the Colonial Blue colorway

*Hurricane Hat by Andrea Guldin in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers and Twists

 

Tracie is currently knitting:

*Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock 

*Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering

Allegra Cami by Svetlana Volkova, using Euro Baby Cotton 


Barb is currently knitting:

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash

Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using NoCKRs yarn - Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering 

Whippet by Ankestrick, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blush colorway

Wingspan by Mayan Tri'Coterie Designs, using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

 

READING

Tracie has finished:

*  Give a Boy a Gun: The True Story of Law and Disorder in the American West by Jack Olsen

*  You Must Remember This Podcast by Karina Spencer - Charles Manson's Hollywood.  12 episodes, starting with episode 37.

Barb has finished:

*  Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell. 

*  Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

*  Something Missing by Matthew DicksBear in the Back Seat I: *  Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Carolyn Jourdon & Kim DeLozer

*   Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Tracie is currently reading:

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith Hahn Beer & Susan Dworkin

Vertical: The Follow-Up to Sideways by Rex Pickett

Barb is currently reading:

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

 

Direct download: Episode_118.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am PDT

Book talk starts at 36:55

Recorded July 18, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has started! 

 

The Mother Bear FO thread is open and awaiting your FO pictures.  Please post a separate picture for each bear.  Let's see if we can beat last year's total of 313 bears!

 

We can always use more prizes!  If you have anything you want to donate, please contact us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com.

 

Many thanks to

Halcyon37 – Ravelry pattern of the winner’s choice

From Jamies900 (Jaime) – 4 yarn gifts and a yarn bowl

K8erpillar – set of bear stitch markers

Sue of Invictus Yarns - 3 skeins - 2 worsted and 1 sock

Stephanie of The Happy Buffalo for donating 2 skeins of her sport weight yarn

 

Start thinking about sweaters!  Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself!

 

Knitting

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bear #83, 84, 85 & 86

In Transit Hat by Krisluvswool using Cascade Heritage in the PastelMix colorway

 

Tracie’s FOs

4 Kitty Capes!

Hermione Loves Ron beanie by Christy Aylsworth (cable and lace beanie) in Mirasol Yarn Nuna

 

Mother Bears 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 & 87

 

Barb’s WIPS 

Summer of ’16 tee by Nidhi Kansel using Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Skinny Cotton has been frogged - did not work out!

Added Elegance socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke using 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK

Christmas Vanilla socks using Wisdom Yarn Saki Bamboo Multis 

 

Barbs Cast-Ons

Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using NoCKRs yarn - Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering 

Hurricane Hat by Andrea Guldin in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers and Twists

 

Tracie’s WIPs

Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino

Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock 

 

Barb’s Finished Books: 

Wish You Well by David Baldacci

The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker

Sphere by Michael Crichton

Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

 

Tracie’s Finished Books

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (author) and Maira Kalman (illustrator)

The Girls by Emma Cline

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

 

Barb’s Current Books

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

 

Tracie’s Current Books

Give a Boy a Gun: The True Story of Law and Disorder in the American West by Jack Olsen

The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

by Edith Hahn Beer

 

Barb’s Thumbs Up - Loopy Ewe and their Loopy Rewards program!

 

Tracie’s Thumbs Up - Neutrogena Beach Defense Water + Sun Protection Sunscreen Stick

Direct download: 2KLC_ep177.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am PDT

Book Talk Starts at 30.15

Recorded on July 1, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has started! 

The Mother Bear FO thread is open and awaiting your FO pictures.  Please post a separate picture for each bear.  Let's see if we can beat last year's total of 313 bears!

We can always use more prizes!  If you have anything you want to donate, please contact us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com.

Thank you to Lalatricoter (Melissa) for donating her copy of Henry's Hat for a Mother Bear Prize.  Also, thank you to Steve of Leading Men Fiber Arts,  SweeTart77 (Kathleen) of MakeThisFromThat etsy shop, and Goodstuff (Brenda) of

Good Stuff Crafts etsy shop for their donations of prizes for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

The Annetarsia Knits book giveaway is done.  The winner will be announced at the end of this podcast.

Tracie had a great time in New York City!  She mentioned Knitty CityAnnie & Co. Needlepoint & Knitting and House of Needlepoint (Darien, CT).  She also spent time with her nieces (pictured at left). they were most interested in playing with her knitting notions.

Tracie also thanked jchant (Julie) for sending her a beautiful skein of HazelKnits yarn, and rozstitches (Rozanne) for the box of Knit Picks needles.

Tracie and Barb reviewed the Fix-A-Stitch.  They have 2 packs to give away.  Please go to the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Ravelry Group to enter the contest!

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

*  KnittyBarb's Monkey Socks #3 by Cookie A., using Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in the Pacific Tonal colorway

KnittyBarb's Socks for Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Dunedin colorway

KnittyBarb's Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Feussle, using FishKnits Divine in the Lotus colorway

* Mother Bears #79, #80, #81 and #82

Spring Foliage Mitts by Alana Dakos, using Bungalow Farms Silver Blizzard

Tracie has finished:

*  alittleposy's Schnit Happens Scratch Hat #2 by Myra Wood, in Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahrida colorway (pictured above)

*  Capelet Tank by Cathy Carrron in LanaKnits Hemp for Knitting in Aubergine colorway.  She thinks this one is a fail :>(  

*  Mother Bears #77, #78 & #79

Barb is continuing to knit on:

* her Summer of 16 by Nidhi Kansel, using Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton in the Sprout colorway  (pictured above)

* her In Transit hat by KrisLuvsWool, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in the Pastel Mix colorway

* the Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

Tracie is working on:

*  Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering

*  Vanilla socks in Araucania Ranco Multy

*  Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo

*  The Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in the Carmen colorway

Tracie has cast on:

*  Hermione Hearts Ron hat by Christy Aylsworth in Mirasol Yarn Nuna in a royal blue color

* stuffed kitty capes for niece Lexi

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

*  Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town by Jon Krakauer.  Thumbs Up for a book that exposes this subject.

*  Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse - a good solid read

*  Binds That Tie by Kate Moratti

*  Sir Phillip's Folly (Poor Relation #4) by Marion Chesney - another good one in the Poor Relations series

Barb has finished:

*  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  She enjoyed the book.

*  The Good House by Anne Leary - she recommends it.* 

*  The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - this book has received a lot of hype.  She didn't love it as much as others have.

*  No One Knows by J.T. Ellison.  A very good suspense book.

Tracie is currently reading Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (author) and Maira Kalman (illustrator)

Barb is currently reading:

*  Wish You Well by David Baldacci

*  The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker

Barb recommends the book podcast What Should I Read Next?; Book Talk/Reading Recommendations/ Literary Matchmaking by Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy).

 

Direct download: Episode_116_-_7_2_16_11.55_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm PDT

Recorded on June 10, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 29:50

 Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!  


We have started a Mother Bear KAL/CAL 2016 Chatter Thread.  The FO thread will go up on July 1st, the official start of the KAL.  


Thank you to Kristin (LaterKnitter on Rav) for donating 3 patterns from her daughter's Ravelry pattern store Strawberie Blonde (Erin Harper) for Mother Bear KAL prizes.  And thank you to KrisLusWool for her donation of her In Transit Hat and Cowl pattern.


Barb recommends the Skein Enable audio podcast with Jill (notice on Rav) and Michele (photospice 0n Rav).


To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, Win Annetarsia Knits! and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.


Lifefulloflaugh (Lisa) who hosts the Sock Yarn Swappers Ravelry Group  is running the Summer of Squares KAL.  Join the group and have some fun with those mini skeins!


Tracie will be in New York City  June 20-24 - message her if you want to meet up at a yarn store, or for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, etc!

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

  • Mother Bears #76, #77, #78 & #79.
  • Her Scraptastic Hat by Jane Tanner, using leftover fingering weight yarn.

Tracie has finished:

Barb is continuing to work on:

 

 

Barb has frogged her Forest Foliage by Alana Dakos from the Botanical Knits 2 Book, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

Tracie is continuing to work on:

 

Tracie has cast on:

BOOKS

Barb and Tracie both finished:

Barb also finished:

Tracie did not finish Somethink Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Tracie has finished:

Barb is currently reading:

Tracie is currently reading:

At the end of this epsiode, we announce the four winners for the Joanna Johnson books!

Direct download: Episode_115_-_6_12_16_12.45_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:59pm PDT

Book Talk Starts at 38:55

Recorded on May 25, 2016

 

Book Talk starts at: 

 Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!

 

We want to thank SSKnits (Joan) for her prize donation for the Mother Bear KAL.  She is donating a pattern of the winner's choice from her Ravelry Store and Knit Figures, her newly designed knitting app!

 

Tracie and Barb will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  The cost is $5 person.  Don't forget:

* sunscreen and a hat

* a potluck dish to share

* Whatever you would like to drink (wine is available for purchase)

Come and join us!


Please go over to the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to find out information about joining in the PalKal (the Podcaster-Along Knit Along).  Dates for this KAL will be 6/15/16 - 9/15/16.


KNITTING


Barb has finished:


Schknit Happens Hat #3 by Myra Wood, using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.

*  Mother Bear #75

 

Tracie has finished:

*  Drizzle hat by MelSki, using her own handspan

*  Mother Bears # 73, 74 & 75.

 

Barb is continuing to work on:

Barb has cast on:

 

 

Tracie is continuing to work on:

 

Tracie has cast-on:

  • Weekend Cowl by Liz Capik in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply  in the Dahlia colorway
  • Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering - to the right is a picture of the yarn as it looked in the skein and then wound into a cake.  What a difference!

 

Barb and Tracie reviewed Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia by Anne Berk. It is a beautiful book featuring a new technique invented by Anne for easy intarsia knitting in the round.  

 

To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, "Win Annetarsia Knits" and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

 

Tracie has finished:

 

Barb is currently reading:

 

Tracie is currently reading:

Direct download: Episode_114_-_5_26_16_12.56_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm PDT

Recorded on May 11, 2016

Book Talk starts at 39:30

Our Vest-Along ends today.  If you posted an FO in the FOs thread, please listen to the end of the podcast to find out if you won a prize!

 

If anyone would like to donate a prize for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL (July-August 2016), please let us know!   Our donors so far are:

LGordon555 is donating a copy of her novel Heads or Tails, and a pattern of the winner’s choice

Stephanie, aka TheHappyBuffalo on etsy – 2 skeins of yarn - and she puts them in jars with a hole in the lid for the yarn to go through - so cute!

Paula Emmons-Fuessle – 3 copies of her Crooked Ewe pattern

WendyWhalen of Knitty Kitty Bags has started dying yarn and is giving away 2 skeins of yarn of the winner’s choice

Joanna Johnson’s Green Gables Knits, reviewed by the Chicks in Episode 112

 

Phoebe’s Sweater Contest: To win one of Joanna Johnson’s children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread and tell us about the little ones you love to knit for!  The contest will close May 31.

 

Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

 

Tracie’s FOs

Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson in Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals

Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper (strawberie blonde) in Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Freesia colorway

Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessle in Quaere Fibre Gradient Sock in Iced Melon

 

Barb’s FOs

Knitted Knockers

Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer, using Freia Flux Sport in the Vertigo colorway

NoCKRS 2016 Frankensocks, using Knit Picks Stroll in a Navy colorway and all the mini-skeins I traded for at the retreat

Mother Bear #74

 

Tracie’s Cast-Ons:

Drizzle hat by Mel Ski in my handspun silk/merino

Vanilla socks in Araucania Ranco Multy

 

Tracie’s Current Projects:

The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

She obviously needs to cast on more! :-)

 

Barb’s Current Knitting Projects: 

Vanilla Socks for Will using Berroco Comfort Sock in a gray and white self-striping colorway.

Crackerjack Cowl by Stacie Simpson Duke in 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK

Forest Foliage by Alana Dakos from the Botanical Knits 2 Book, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

Schknit Happens #3 using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway

 

Barb’s Cast-Ons

Wee Wildflower by Alana Dakos, using Knit Picks Shine Sport in the Crocus colorway

Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessle in Fish Knits Divine

 

 

Barb Finished Reading 

The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

 

Tracie Finished Reading: 

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

Barb is reading:

Two in the Far North by Margaret Mudie

Descent by Tim Johnston

The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White

 

Reading:

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

 

Barb says thumbs up to Happy Valley, a British procedural drama on Netflix

Tracie and Barb both say thumbs up to Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill!

 

 

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_113_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm PDT

Many apologies for the loud page-turning noise during our review segment!

Book Talk starts at 54:27

Recorded on April 27, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...


If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have received your package.  Thank you again to SandraMaz for organizing and moderating the swap.


Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

Tracie recommends a new podcast, Destined2Knit with Marcy and Kim.  Give it a listen! 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

*  Really Fits Top Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.

*  2 Knitted Knockers

*  Mother Bears #73

*  Blossom Gradient Socks, using Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in a purple gradient colorway.

 

Tracie has finished:

*  Her Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

*  Vanilla socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport  You can see them here.

Barb is working on:

NoCKRs 2016 Frankensocks, using Knit Picks Strol Kettle Dyed Sock in a navy color for the cuffs, heels and toes.  The body of the sock is being knit in mini-skeins traded for at the 2016 NoCKRs retreat.  You can see the Clasp Weft Join she is using for the mini-skeins here.

*  Vanilla Socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a Gray and White colorway.

*  The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.

*  Forest Foliage shawl by Alana Dakos, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

*  Schknit Happens Scratch Cap #3 by Myra Wood, using leftover Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.

Tracie is working on:

*  Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper in Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Freesia colorway.

*  The Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessie, using Quare Fibers Gradient Sock in the Iced Melon colorway.

*  The Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson, using Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals in the Belle colorway.

*  The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

*  Tracie has put the Rodeo Drive Poncho into hibernation.

Tracie and Barb reviewed the following books by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by her husband, Eric Johnson:

*  Phoebe's Sweater

*  Freddie's Blanket

*  Henry's Hat

*  Phoebe's Birthday

Tracie and Barb also reviewed Joanna's book, Green Gables Knits

To win one of these children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread.    The Green Gables Knits book will be offered as a prize in our upcoming Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by Marion Chesney.  Barb recommends it, and the entire "Poor Relations" series.

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette.  It was...OK...

Tracie has finished:

*  After Anna by Alex Lake - Tracie recommends it

*  A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore - Tracie recommends it

*  Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - it wasn't her favorite...

Barb is currently reading:

*  The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

*  Two in the Far North by Margaret E. Murie

 

Tracie is currently reading:

*  Longbourn by Jo Baker

*  One Step Too Far by Tina Seskadis

Direct download: Episode_112_-_4_30_16_12.22_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm PDT

Recorded on April 14, 2016


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Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...


If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have or will be receiving your package very soon.

 

Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!


KNITTING


Barb has finished:

Knitted Knockers, using Cascade Ultra Pima

 

The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, using Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.


Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway

 

Hannah's Courage Hat by MelSki, using Lane Borgosesia in a teal color way

 

Tracie has finished

 

 

Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel) in Invictus Reward in Linear XL Black Rainbow Splash.  Ryan is wearing them!

 

 

 

Barb is continuing to knit on:

Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

 

Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!


Barb has cast on:

A pair of vanilla socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a white and gray self-striping colorway


Another Crackerjack Cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth DK Merino Superwash

 

Tracie has cast on: 

Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel, of course) in Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport Self-Striping sock set in the Mallard colorway

 

 

Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson in Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals

 

She continues to work on:

The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

 

 

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

 

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian.  Barb gives it a "thumbs up"

 

Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline - recommended

 

The Longest Night by Andria Williams - recommended

 

 

Tracie did not finish Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin.  She got bored and did not care what happened.

 

She finished:

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold

 

 

Disposable Income A True Story of Sex, Greed and Im-purr-fect Murder by Tammy Mal

 

 

 

 

 Barb is currently reading:

 

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette

 

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (Poor Relation #2) by Marion Chesney

 

 

Tracie is reading:

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

 

 

After Anna by Alex Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Crime Podcasts recommended by Barb:

 

Someone Knows Something - a CBC broadcast about a 5-year-old boy who disappeared in 1972 - still unsolved

 

Serial

 

Truth and Justice - a listener-driven podcast that originally focused on the Adnan Syed case from Serial, and now is focusing on other cases of the wrongly convicted

 

Crime Writers On...a podcast about a podcast and Serial, Journalism, True Crime, and Pop Culture

 

Real Crime Profile -im Clemente (former FBI profiler), Laura Richards (formerly of New Scotland Yards, Founder and Director of Paladin, National Stalking Advocacy Service) and Lisa Zambetti (Casting director for CBS' Criminal Minds) as they profile behavior from real criminal cases.


Generation Why - 2 friends discuss unsolved mysteries, true crime, etc.


Sword and Scale

 

Tracie is very disappointed in the people running her alma mater, UC Davis

 

 
Direct download: 2KLC_ep_111.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:38pm PDT

Book Talk Starts at 43:45

Recorded March 30, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...

If you are participating in 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, the day to mail your package is coming up on April 10!  Many thanks to Sandramaz for organizing this fun swap.

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #71 & 72.

Knitted Knockers 

The Jenny Vest by Andra Knight-Bowman, using Knit Picks City Tweed in the Marsh colorway - but it needs some surgery on the shoulders

Schknit Happens Hat by Myra Wood, using  Gnomeacres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

Tracie has finished:

Sugar Pop by Gabrielle Danskknit in Knit Picks Brava Sport

Mother Bears 70 and 71

4 Knitted Knockers - 1 in Valley Yarns Goshen and 3 in Rauma Helårsgarn

A New Sock Monkey by Susan B. Anderson in Bernat Satin Ombres

Barb has cast on:

Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!

Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway