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

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



 


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
















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

KNITTING

Barb's FO's

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


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













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

Tracie's FO's


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















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

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

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

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

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

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

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


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

















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

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

Tracie is currently reading:
Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah



I'm Down by Mishna Wolff
















Two Sisters by Mary Hogan 

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The Poncho Comeback KAL continues…

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

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

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

KNITTING

Barbs has finished:













Tracie has finished:



 
 
 
 
Barb's Current Knitting Projects:
Tracie's Current Knitting Projects:
 
BOOKS:
 
Barb has finished:
 
Barb was unable to finish The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.  She does not recommend this book.
 
Tracie has finished:
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
Tracie does not recommend Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Tracie highly recommends this book!)
 
Tracie is currently reading:
 
Barb and Tracie read and discussed:
 
 
After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
 
AND
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Enter our Prize-a-palooza!  Prizes include yarn by Alpenglow andKnitting Rose, stitch markers from k8erpillar, and patterns fromElizabeth Doherty.  To enter the drawing, post a comment in the Prize-a-palooza thread telling us either what your favorite moment from the podcast has been or a pattern/yarn or gadget/book you have been inspired/enabled by the Chicks to do/buy/read.  If you haven’t joined our Ravelry group yet, do it now, because you must be a member of the group to win!
 
 
KNITTING PLANET EARTH: The Global Knitting Community Speaksis Deborah’s upcoming ebook.  Want to participate?  Cut and paste this questionnaire into an email, fill it out and send it toCoeDeborah@aol.com.
 
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Join our Colorwork KAL!  Challenge yourself, have fun, ask questions! We will close the FOs thread May 1, and will have some great prizes to give away!
 
Tracie’s Finished Objects:
2 Mother Bears (35 & 36) and hats for Halos of Hope
 
 
 
 
 
Tracie recommends:
 
Tracie does NOT recommend:
 
 
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No book talk this episode
The  keynote speaker was Myra Wood, author of the new book Knit in New Directions: A Journey Into Creativity.  Tracie and Barb are huge fans of Myra!
 
Barb took a class on photographing your knits with Kellie Nuss
 
Tracie took a class on knitting with beads with Betsy Hershberg , author of Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter
Tracie's bead sample, created in Betsy's class
 
Hiya Hiya
Barmaids
 
 
Tracie and Barb both really missed Blue Moon Fiber Arts (because we wanted some Woobu and possibly some BFL Sport too) and Tess Designer Yarns (because we like to grope the Kitten and exclaim over their beautiful colors), who were not at Stitches this year :-(
 
 
Barb took a class on knitting socks in different stitch patterns with JC Briar, author of Charts Made Simple
 
Tracie took a class of special techniques with Anna Zilboorg, author ofMagnificent Mittens and Knitting For Anarchists
 
 
 
 
Thank you to everyone who came to our Podcaster/Listener Meet-Up - it was great to see you all!
And of course, lots of wonderful listeners!
 
Did you think we were kidding about having Prize-A-Palooza when we passed 2000 members in our Ravelry group?  Well, think again!  
We’ve got books, patterns, stitch markers, yarn holders, pattern holders, and of course YARN YARN YARN!  Post in the Prizeapalooza thread to be entered to win!  And if you haven’t joined our Ravelry group yet – what are you waiting for?
 
California Revival Knits thread will close February 28!
 
Episode 64 will be just Tracie; Episode 65 will be Barb and her sister Ann; Tracie and Barb will be back recording together in Episode 66!
 
Our Colorwork KAL will begin March 1 – challenge yourself and join us!  Need some inspiration?  Check out the Tosh Tea Cakes set from Jimmy Beans Wool to make the Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden
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Come join our Ravelry group!  When we reach 2,000 members, we're planning a PRIZE-A-PALOOZA!!


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

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

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

Ravellenic Games Ravelry Group.  Team Sasquatch Ravelry Group

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

 


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




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

KNITTING


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

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

Barb's WIPs:



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





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

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

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

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

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

Tracie has finished:
Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois



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













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

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

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

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






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











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

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

KNITTING

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

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

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



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








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

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

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

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

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

One more Farm Beanie byAllison Britt.  Love this pattern!

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

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

Swirl Hat by Amanda Harrinton using Baby Ull.

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

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

BOOKS

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

Swish: A Quest by Joel Derfner

I Don't Care About Your Band by Julie Klausner

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

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

Ghost Story by Peter Straub


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

Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey

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

Harbor by John Lindquist

The Racketeer by John Grisham




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

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

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







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

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

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

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

KNITTING

Barb's FOs

 

 





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







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




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
















Dreambird by Nadita Swings











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

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




Tracie wearing her completed Featherweight Cardigan!




Tracie's WIPs

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










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


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

















BOOKS

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

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

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

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

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Tracie - Up: Hallowe'en

              Down:  Jury Duty


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

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











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

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

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

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

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

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

New podcast!  Paprika Purls Video Podcast with kaitlinh.


KNITTING

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



Barb has finished:

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




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















Tracie is currently knitting:

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

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

BOOKS

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

Barb has finished:

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

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

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

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

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



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










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

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

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

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

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

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


Caroline (Carotrike on Ravelry) and her husband
in Bath











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













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











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

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

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

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

KNITTING

Both Barb and Tracie completed their 31st Mother Bears!





Tracie's Mother Bear #31
















Barb's Mother Bear #31
















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

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

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


BOOKS

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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

Podcast Shout Outs:
Tapgurl On the Go podcast

Ellys knit (in')sanity podcast

KNITTING TALK

Barb's FOs:

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


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

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


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

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

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

Hiya Hiya Interchangable Needle Grips

BOOK TALK

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

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

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



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








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


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

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

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