2 Knit Lit Chicks (general)

Recorded on November 29, 2020

Book Talk starts at 32:41

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 15, 2021.  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

New Giveaway - Tracie wants to send you a skein of her handspun!  She will be giving out these skeins to three lucky winners:

  • 149 yds Twisted Sunshine 50% Silk/50% Merino in bright coral
  • 210 yds Malabrigo Nube 100% Pure Merino Wool in jade greens
  • 252 yds Living Dreams Yarn 70% Merino/30% Tussah Silk in Midnight in Paris (periwinkle)

Leave a comment here to be entered to win.  The contest thread will close December 15, 2020.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Tracie has finished:

 
Barb continues working on:

Barb has cast on:

 

Tracie continues to work on:

Tracie has cast on:

 

BOOKS

Barb and Tracie finished:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama - 5 stars from both!

Barb also finished:

Tracie finished

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Episode_215_-_11_30_20_12.51_PM.mp3
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Recorded on November 11, 2020

Book Talk starts at 32:45

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_214_-_11_15_20_9.57_AM.mp3
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Recorded on October 29, 2020

Book Talk starts at 32:00

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has officially started!  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Our friend Dinaripper is making wonderful 3D masks with adjustable elastic ear-loops!  They come in lots of fun prints and are really comfortable and well-made.  Check them out here.  For free shipping on masks and anything else you order from her online store until Christmas, use coupon code 2KLCSHIP.

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Invictus Yarns YakLux in the Nockers 2020 colorway

Multidirectional Scarf #9, using a Caron Cake

Bear and a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using 2 skeins of Plymouth Encore in an oatmeal and a turquoise

Octopus by Susan B. Anderson, using Knitpicks Felici Worsted in the Lost Lakes colorway

 

Tracie finished

Eyelet Messy Bun Hat #2 by Miranda Riley in KFI Luxury Collection  Indulgence Hand Painted in Cirque Royale

Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Alexandra The Art of Yarn in Pendleton - Midnight colorway

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

Dog Sweater test-knit by Fredi Baker in Plymouth Encore

 

Barb continues working on

Granito pullover by Joji Locatelli, using Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock in an unknown colorway

Union Table Runner by Joan Beebe, using Knit Picks Swish DK Bare

 

And has cast on

 Yowza Weigh It Shawl #4 by Susan B. Anderson, using Feza Yarns Viva Glitz in a pink and green colorway

Bankhead Hat  #12 by Karen Baumer

 

Tracie pulled out of hybernation

Bellefleur Cardigan by Valerie Hobbs in madelinetosh Silk/Merino in Mill Pond

 

And cast on

Kindling Hat by Helen Stewart in Alexandra the Art of Yarn Pendelton in Midnight

 

Books

Barb read

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline - 4 stars

Snow Creek by Gregg Olsen - 3 stars

 

Tracie read 

In Her Skin by Alex Kiester

The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy by Tiffany Cross

The Couple Next Door by Shari LaPeña

 

Barb recommends the Canary podcast

 

Tracie recommends The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

If you are an American citizen, PLEASE VOTE!  

Are you registered to vote?  You can check your voter registration HERE.  

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The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has officially started!  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Our friend Dinaripper is making wonderful 3D masks with adjustable elastic ear-loops!  They come in lots of fun prints and are really comfortable and well-made.  Check them out here.

 

Want a giggle and some fabulous yarn?  Check out Despondent Dyes, a duo of dyers whose tagline is "We Set Our Colors with the Acidity of our Bitter Tears..."  Their colorway names are hilarious, and their yarns are beautiful.

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Eyelet Messy Bun Hat #1 by Miranda Riley in The Violet Valentine Winsome Worsted in  Coral Fixation

Darling Darby Sweater by Jean Clement in tangerine acrylic

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bears 230 & 231

Lineate by Elizabeth Doherty, using 3 colors of Knit Picks Palette - cream, dark gray and a pinky red

Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue and pink 

Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

 

Tracie has cast on:

Eyelet Messy Bun Hat by Miranda Riley in KFI Luxury Collection  Indulgence Hand Painted in Cirque Royale

 

And continues to work on:

Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton

 

Barb is working on:

Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

 Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer, using a Caron Cake

And has cast on:

Granito pullover by Joji Locatelli, using Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock in an unknown colorway

Union Table Runner by Joan Beebe, using Knit Picks Swish DK Bare

Bear and a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using 2 skeins of Plymouth Encore in an oatmeal and a turquoise 

 

BOOKS 

Tracie read:

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover & Me by Adrienne Brodeur - 5 stars

The Golden Child by Wendy James - 3.5 stars

Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers Finished Books - 2.5 stars

 

Barb read:

One Little Secret by Cate Holahan - 3 stars

Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff - 4 stars

Anxious People by Frederik Bachman - 5 stars

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So sorry for all the barking dogs in the background of this episode!

Recorded on Monday, September 27, 2020

Book talk starts at 17:50

 

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has officially started!  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is over!  What did you win?  Listen until the end of the podcast to find out.

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

If you are an American citizen, PLEASE VOTE!  

Are you registered to vote?  You can check your voter registration HERE

 


Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

 

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Mother Bears 228 & 229

 

Tracie has finished:

1. Her Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarns, using Debbie Bliss Andes (baby alpaca and mulberry silk) and Mirasol Nuna (merino, silk, and bamboo)


 
Barb continues to work on

1.  Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue and pink 

2.  Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stern using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

3.  Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

4.  Lineate by Elizabeth Doherty, using Knit Picks Palette in the Lipstick, Cream and Fog color ways

 

Barb has Cast On:

1.  Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer, using a Caron Cake

 

Tracie continues to work on

1.  Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

2.  Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

3.  Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  How Quickly She Disapprears by Raymond Fleischman - 2 stars

2.  Growing Up at Grossinger's by Tania Grossinger - 4 stars

 

Tracie Read:

1.  We Were Mothers by Katie Sise - 3 stars

2.  Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell - 3 stars

3.  Mother by S.E. Lynes - 4 Stars

 

 

Direct download: Episode_211_-_9_30_20_10.30_AM.mp3
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Recorded on September 15, 2020

Book Talk starts at 28:05

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has officially started!  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is over!  Prizes will be announced in Episode 211.

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Mother Bears 225 through 228

Tracie has finished:
Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky (kit from Rumpelstiltskin) in Freshly Cut, Happily Ever After and Whisper
 
 

Barb continues to work on

1.  Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue and pink 

2.  Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stern using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

3.  Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

 

Barb has Cast On:

1.  Mother Bear #229

2.  Lineate by Elizabeth Doherty, using Knit Picks Palette in the Lipstick, Cream and Fog color ways

 

Tracie continues to work on

1.  Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

2.  Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

 

Tracie has Cast-On:

1.  Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn in Debbie Bliss Andes and Mirasol Nuna

2.  Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - 5 stars

2.  Death Sentence: The Inside Story of the John List Murders by Joe Sharkey - 3 stars

 

Tracie Read:

1.  Euphoria by Lily King - 3 stars

2.  The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World by Nancy J. Sales - 4 stars

3.  Squirm by Carl Hiaasen - 3 stars

4.  Sourdough by Robin Sloan - 4 stars

5.  Beautiful on the Outside by Adam Rippon - 5 stars

Direct download: Episode_210_-_9_19_20_11.11_AM.mp3
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Recorded on August 27, 2020

Book Talk starts at 19:25

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is almost over!  Please join the discussion in the 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and post your finished bears in the Mother Bear FOs Thread by September 1.

 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Mother Bears 222 through 224

Nice to Gnome You MKAL by Sarah Schira, using a kit from Leading Men Fiber Arts

Bull & Braids hat by Cheryl Breckerich, using Cascade Elysian in the Crimson colorway 

 

Tracie finished

Nice to Gnome You MKAL by Sarah Schira in Marianated Yarns, Duren Dyeworks, Greenwood Fiber Works, and Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

emPower People cowl by Casapinka in purple fingering weight scraps plied into a DK/worsted on my spinning wheel

 

Barb continues to work on

Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue and pink 

Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stern using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

 

Tracie continues to work on

Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky (kit from Rumpelstiltskin) in Freshly Cut, Happily Ever After and Whisper

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

 

BOOKS

Barb read

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (5 stars)

Finding Grace by K.L. Slater (3 stars)

 

Tracie read 

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (5 stars)

How to Be An AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi (4 stars)

Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle (4 stars)

Love’s Blood: The Shocking True Story of a Teenager Who Would Do Anything for the Older Man She Loved - Even Kill Her Whole Family by Clark Howard (3.5 stars)

Barb recommends the podcast Nice White Parents

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Recorded on August 15, 2020

Book Talk starts at 23:36

Recorded August 13, 2020

Our Mother Bear KAL runs until September 1, 2020.  Please join the discussion in the 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and post your finished bears in the Mother Bear FOs Thread

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished

Penny’s Bandana Cowl by Adrian Gergler in Baah La Jolla and Forbidden Fiber Pride - for Posy

Doggie Poo Bag Pouch by Kathy Glaes in Malabrigo Sock Light of Love

That’s My Jam by Steve Fegert in Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in London Fog and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in Drops of Jupiter

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bears 218-221

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie Soxxi

Stillness MKAL by Helen Stewart, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, Tess Designer Yarns Super Socks and Baby in the Green colorway, Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye in the Purple colorway.

Tracie cast on:

Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

Nice to Gnome You MKAL by Sarah Schira in Marianated Yarns, Duren Dyeworks, Greenwood Fiber Works, and Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

And continues to work on:

Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky (kit from Rumpelstiltskin) in Freshly Cut, Happily Ever After and Whisper

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

Barb is working on:

Bull & Braids hat by Cheryl Breckerich, using Cascade Elysian in the Crimson colorway

Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in lilac and pink 

And has cast on:

Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stern using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

Nice to Gnome You MKAL by Sarah Schira in Leading Men Fiber Arts kit - Beach

Mother Bear 222

 

BOOKS 

Tracie read:

No Conscience by Phil M. Williams (2 stars)

Destroyer Angel (Anna Pigeon #18) by Nevada Barr (5 stars)

Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond (3 stars)

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin (3 stars)

Thicker Than Water (Audible Original) by Tyler Schultz (4 stars)

Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah (4 stars)

Barb read:

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David M. Oshinsky - 5 stars

The Cuckoo’s Cry by Caroline Overington - 4 stars

Fever by Mary Beth Keane - 4 stars

 

Barb recommends face masks from Stark’s Vacuum

Tracie recommends the Radio Rental podcast

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_208_-_8_15_20_2.31_PM.mp3
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Recorded on July 20, 2020

Book Talk starts at 23.12

Our Mother Bear KAL runs until September 1, 2020.  Please join the discussion in the 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and post your finished bears in the Mother Bear FOs Thread

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

Giveaway - 3 copies of the Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker - drawing at the end of the podcast

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Mother Bears 214-217

Stoa Scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way. 

Papillion (butterfly) by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

One-row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl McFee using a Premier Sweet Roll

 

Tracie finished

Mother Bears 221-228

Green Vanilla Socks in Fish Knits Boot Strap Sock Gradient in Greens

 

Barb is working on

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie SoxxiCast-on 

Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in lilac and pink 

 

And has cast on

Mother Bear #218

Bull & Braids hat by Cheryl Breckerich, using Cascade Elysian in the Crimson colorway

Stillness MKAL by Helen Stewart, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, Tess Designer Yarns Super Socks and Baby in the Green colorway, Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye in the Purple colorway.

 

 

Tracie has frogged for now:

Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

 

She cast on

Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky (kit from Rumpelstiltskin) in Freshly Cut, Happily Ever After and Whisper

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

 

And continues working On:

That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway

 

BOOKS 

Barb read 

Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump

Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker

The Argument by Victoria Jenkins 

 

Tracie read

The House of Stairs by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)

Big Cats: Stories by Holiday Reinhorn

Prime Suspect by Lynda LaPlante

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

 

Barb recommends Knit Companion class on Vogue Knitting Live online.  Another session in August! 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_207_-_7_24_20_9.36_AM.mp3
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Recorded Wednesday 24 June 10, 2020

Our Mother Bear KAL runs until September 1, 2020.  Please join the discussion in the 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and post your finished bears in the Mother Bear FOs Thread

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU

 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

 Mother Bears 212 & 213

 

Tracie finished:

Mother Bears 218, 219 and 220

80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chill 

 

Barb is working on

Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

Papillion /Butterfly by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie SoxxiCast-on Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in lilac and pink 

One-row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl McFee using a Caron Cake

 

Tracie is working on:

Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

Vanilla socks  in a Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished

The Daughter in Law by Nina Manning

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston

 

Tracie has finished

The Ladies’ Man by Elinor Lipman

 

Chirp is a great place to get audiobooks at deeply discounted prices!

Tracie got a pedicure and a haircut

Barb recommends Lenox Hill on Netflix

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_200Barb_-_7_5_20_10.53_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am PST

Recorded Wednesday, June 24, 2020
 

Our Mother Bear KAL is ongoing until September 1, 2020!  Check out 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread to find out everything you need to know.

 
Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here
 
We are giving away 3 copies of Fredi Baker’s new pattern, the Ciara Shawl!  Enter to win here by July 1, 2020.  You can buy Ciara Kits at Rumplestilskin Yarn Shop in Sacramento.
Direct download: Episode_200_Part_1_-_6_28_20_11.16_AM.mp3
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Recorded on June 10, 2020

Book Talk starts at 40:25

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is starting on June 1, 2020!  I have started a 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and you can find everything you need to know over there.

 

Spring Swap - mail-out-by deadline is June 15 - check 2020 Swap Thread for details

 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

We are giving away 3 copies of Fredi Baker’s new pattern, the Ciara Shawl!  I interviewed Fredi about her designs as well as her work as a life coach.  I apologize for the fact that my voice is difficult to hear on the interview!

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Mother Bears 210 & 211

Eco Duo Cabled Scarf by Shannon Dunbabin using a Caron Cake

Boyfriend Beanie by Expression Fiber Arts, using destash table yarn.

 

Tracie finished:

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

2nd Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer in 

Mother Bears 216 and 217, a postal worker

 

Barb is working on:

Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

Papillion /Butterfly by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie SoxxiCast-on 

 

And has cast-on:

One-row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl McFee using a Caron Cake

 

Tracie continues to work on:

Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chill

That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

Vanilla socks  in a Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt - thumbs up

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Corinne May Botz - thumbs up

 

Tracie read: 

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene - 4 stars

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman - 4 stars

Barb Says Thumbs Up:  The Perfect Scam podcast by AARP

Thumbs Up -  the ChomChom Roller pet hair remover

Direct download: 2KLC_ep206_-_6_14_20_10.40_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am PST

Recorded on May 28, 2020

Book Talk starts at 22:34

Our Mother Bear KAL is starting on June 1, 2020!  I have started a 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and you can find everything you need to know over there.

Spring Swap - If you are participating, please visit the 2020 Swap Thread to keep up with questions at least once a week.

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

For fans of the My Favorite Murder Podcast only!  We announce the winners of the 3 Stay Out of the Forest hat patterns by the fabulous Jennifer Lassonde.  

Tracie made an announcement about the 2020 NoCKRs Retreat swag and refunds.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

1.  Mother Bears #208 and #209

Tracie has finished:

1.  Mother Bears #213#214 and #215

2.  Gnome de Plume by Sarah Schira in purple and teal fingering weight scraps

Barb is working on

1. Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

2. Eco Duo Cabled Scarf by Shannon Dunbabin using a Caron Cake

3. Papillion /Butterfly by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

4. Boyfriend Beanie by Expression Fiber Arts, using destash table yarn.

5.  Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie Soxxi

Tracie is working on:

1. Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

2. 80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chill

3. That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

4. Vanilla socks  in a Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

1.  Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the El Faro by Rachel Slade.  5 stars!

2. My Lost Family by Ben-Moshe and Dasha Lisitsina - 4 stars

3. A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite - 3 stars

4. The Deep Deep Snow by Brian Freeman - 3 stars

5. God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet - 5 stars

Tracie has finished:

1. When He Vanished by T.J. Brearton - 3 stars

2. Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler - 3.5 stars

3. Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun - 4 stars

Tracie talked about 2 shows she is enjoying:

1.  We're Here by HBO

2. Dragnificent on TLC

Barb talked about BluPrint Closing

 

Direct download: Episode_205_-_5_31_20_10.19_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am PST

Recorded on May 15, 2020

Book Talk Starts at 29:00

Our Poncho Knit Along is done!  Prize winners are announced at the end of this episode

Spring Swap - If you are participating, please visit the 2020 Swap Thread to keep up with questions at least once a week.

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 1pm PST - Details here

For fans of the My Favorite Murder Podcast only!  We are giving away 3 Stay Out of the Forest hat patterns by the fabulous Jennifer Lassonde.  Please comment in the thread in Ravelry.  This contest will end on May 20, 2020.

Tracie’s son Will made a film about Tracie, her fiber addiction, her mom, the podcast, etc for his documentary film class.  There are two cuts, because Will’s professor liked the Knitted Knockers cut better but Tracie and Barb like the Mother Bear cut better!

https://youtu.be/83hlLeY1O4s

https://youtu.be/83hlLeY1O4s

KNITTING

Barb has finished

Mother Bears 205, 206, 207 & 208

Zweig pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using the yarn from my frogged Trail Hoodie, Western Sky Knits Magnolia sock in the Wisp colorway, and WSK Magnolia sock in the Sage color way

Jason’s Cashmere Hat by Melissa Tomson, using Lion Brand Heartland in the Hot Springs colorway.

Swap partner gift

 

Tracie has finished

Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer in Lisa Souza Blue Faced Leicester Worsted in Styx and Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in Pining 4 Ewe

Mother Bears 209, 210, 211 & 212

Effortless Cardigan by Zabeth (Lion Brand) in my SpinJones Merino/Mulberry Silk orange handspun

 

Barb is working on

Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

 

and has cast on 

Eco Duo Cabled Scarf by Shannon Dunbabin using a Caron Cake

Papillion /Butterfly by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

Boyfriend Beanie by Expression Fiber Arts, using destash table yarn.

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie Soxxi

 

Tracie has cast on

Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

 

and continues to work on

80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chilll

That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

Vanilla socks in Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

BOOKS

Barb has finished

The Getaway by Greer Hendricks - 3 stars

Inside Jobs: Tales from a Time of Quarantine Ben H. Winters - 3.5 stars

BAD KARMA: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip From Hell by Paul Wilson - 4 stars

The Weight of Silence by Gregg Olsen - 4 stars

 

Tracie has finished:

Scat by Carl Hiaassen - 3 stars

The Suspects by Katharine Johnson - nah

Little by Edward Carey - 4 stars

The Weight of Silence by Greg Olson - 3 1/2 stars

Blood Mist by Mark Roberts - 4 stars

The Keeper by Graham Norton - 4 1/2 stars

Barb was attacked by a turkey!  There were no injuries.  It  looks a lot like the attack in this video: https://www.newsflare.com/video/279288/animals/turkey-attack-on-college-campus

 

Tracie loves her iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Direct download: 2KLC_ep204_-_5_16_20_2.57_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm PST

Book Talk starts at: 29.15

Recorded on April 21, 2020

Our Poncho Knit Along is humming right along!  Join the Chatter thread and post your finished poncho in the FOs thread.   This KAL will run until May 1, 2020.We have 2 new giveaways!

1.  Our own Dinaripper has made 25 knitting-themed face masks!  They will be given away to the first 25 people that comment on the giveaway thread that will go up on APRIL 28, 2020.  

2.  For fans of the My Favorite Murder Podcast only!  We are giving away 3 Stay Out of the Forest hat patterns by the fabulous Jennifer Lassonde.  Please comment in the thread in Ravelry.  This contest will end on May 20, 2020.

Spring Swap - If you are participating, please visit the 2020 Swap Thread to keep up with questions at least once a week.

KNITTING:

Barb has finished

1.  Mother Bears #203 & #204

2.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

3.   Fibonacci Waves Scarf by Carolyn Greenwood, using a Simply Sock Mini set in the Speckled colorway  

4.  1-Color Brioche Scarf (no pattern) using a Caron Cake

5.  Bankhead Hat #11 by Susie Gourlay

Tracie has finished:

1.  Vanilla socks in Mountain Colors Crazyfoot - Chinook colorway

2.  25 Knitted Knockers

3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll in Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in Melted Box of Crayons

4  Mother Bears #205, #206#207, #208

Barb is still working on:

1.  Zweig pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using the yarn from my frogged Trail Hoodie, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, and in the Sage colorway.

And has cast-on:

1.  Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

2.  Mother Bear #205

3.  Super-secret hand knit for my swap partner!

 

Tracie is continuing to work on:

1.  Effortless Cardigan by Zabeth (Lion Brand) in my SpinJones Merino/Mulberry Silk orange handspun

2.  80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chill

Tracie has cast on:

1.  That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

2.  Vanilla socks  in a Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  The Deep Deep Snow by Brian Freeman - 3.5 stars

2.  Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting - 3 stars

3.  Wild Game: My Mother, her Lover and Me by Adrienne Brodeur - 5 stars

Tracie read:

1.  The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell - 5 stars

2.  She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge - 4 stars

3.  This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel - 4 stars

4.  Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler - 2 stars

5.  Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story by Ran Franscell - 3.5 stars

Direct download: Episode_203_-_4_25_20_10.49_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am PST

Recorded on April 2, 2020

Book Talk Starts at 30:35

Our Poncho Knit Along is humming right along!  Join the Chatter thread and post your finished poncho in the FOs thread.   This KAL will run until May 1, 2020.

 

Sunnydale Cowl giveaway - we draw for winners at the end of the podcast

 

Spring Swap - If you are participating, please visit the Swap thread to keep up with questions at least once a week

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished

Mother Bears 201 & 202 (such a difference in size!)

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted, in the Stormy Weather color way

 

Tracie has finished

2 Never Not Gnoming Gnomes in my handspun for nieces’ birthdays

Socks in Night Owl Fibers Self-Striping Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in Koi Pond

 

Barb is still working on

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

Zweig pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using the yarn from my frogged Trail Hoodie, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, and in the Sage colorway.

Fibonacci Waves Scarf by Carolyn Greenwood, using a Simply Sock Mini set in the Speckled colorway  

 

And has cast on 

1-color brioche scarf (no pattern) using a Caron Cake 

 

Tracie has cast on

Effortless Cardigan by Zabeth (Lion Brand) in my SpinJones Merino/Mulberry Silk orange handspun

Vanilla socks in Mountain Colors Crazyfoot - Chinook colorway

 

And continues to work on:

80-26 Poncho Air Lux by Fil Katia, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in the Wind Chill colorway

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll, using Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in the Melted Box of Crayons colorway

BOOKS

 

Barb read

Tell Me Lies by J.P. Pomare - 3 stars

The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell - 4 stars

 

Tracie read:

Bad Kid: A Memoir by David Crabb - 3.5 stars

Blacklands by Belinda Bauer - 4 stars

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes - 3.5 stars

 

Thumbs Up - Pluto Living and SGN with John Krasinski

Face Mask How-tos from Huffington Post

Direct download: 2KLC_ep202Barb_-_4_4_20_12.08_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm PST

YOU DID NOT MISS EPISODE 200!  We are just waiting until we can record together again to record our milestone episode.  Sorry for the sound quality issues in this episode.  We hate recording remotely and are bad at it.


Book Talk starts at: 29:36

Recorded on March 18, 2020

Our Poncho Knit Along is humming right along! Haven't picked a poncho to knit or crochet yet?  Get thee over to our Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run until May 1, 2020.

You may have noticed that we have skipped episode 200!  We are going to answer your questions during that episode.  Right now, both Tracie and Barb are both "sheltering-in-place" in their respective towns due to the coronavirus and we must record remotely. We have decided to postpone Episode 200 until we can record together.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions.

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished

1.  Beech Hill ruana by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry colorway

2.  Pioneer Braid Scarf #6 by Catherine Ryan, using Loops and Threads yarn

3.  Classic Ribbed Hat by Purl Soho, using a sport-weight yarn by Rising Moon Farm


Tracie has finished:

1.  A total of 19 Knitted Knockers

2. Tracie's Rachel pullover by Josee Pacquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-ply in the Slate colorway

3.  Gnome is Where You Hang your Hat by Sarah Schira

 

Barb continues to work on:

1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

2.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway


And has cast on:

1.  Zweig pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using the yarn from my frogged Trail Hoodie, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, and in the Sage colorway.

2.  Fibonacci Waves Scarf by Carolyn Greenwood, using a Simply Sock Mini set in the Speckled colorway  

 

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way

2. 80-26 Poncho Air Lux by Fil Katia, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in the Wind Chill colorway

3.  Socks in Night Owl Fibers Self-Striping Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in the Koi Pond Colorway

4.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll, using Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in the Melted Box of Crayons colorway

 

BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars)

Barb read:

 

1.  My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith - 4 stars

2.  Dopesick: Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy - 5 stars

3.  The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger - 5 stars

 

 

Tracie read

1.  Love Lies: A True Story of Marriage and Murder in the Suburbs by Amanda Lamb - 3 stars

2.  Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff - 3 stars

 

Tracie talked about Vote Forward, an organization that is helping to get out the vote in November!

You Can Help!

Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout. It takes two minutes and one stamp, and meaningfully increases the odds that the recipient will vote. A concrete action you can take, no matter where you live, to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens to the polls.

 

Direct download: Episode_201_-_3_19_20_2.45_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm PST

Gwen Bortner

Jill Bigelow Suttell - The Bean Knits

Stunning String Studios

Knitted Knockers

Miss Purl

Western Sky Knits

Serendipidye Dyeworks

Marianated Yarns

Greenwood Fiberworks

WEBS

Koigu

Prism Yarns

Blue Heron Shawl

Faerie Knitting by Alice and Lisa Hoffman

Neighborhood Fiber Co.

Lisa Souza Dyeworks

Knitted Wit

The Black Squirrel

Comma Chameleon

A Needle Runs Through It

Houndstooth Fiber Arts

Firebird Yarns

Forbidden Fiber Co.

Miss Babs

Apple Fiber Studio

The Violet Valentine

The Dye Project

Psych Ward Yarns

Alexandra: The Art of Yarn

The Farmer’s Daughter

We interviewed Katy H. Carroll - Katinka Designs Ravelry Store

Katinka Designs on Instagram

Snake River Poncho

Sunnydale Cowl

Join Katy’s Ravelry Group here

Enter to win a copy of the Sunnydale Cowl pattern here

KnitBaahPurl

The Yarn Guys

La Laine Biscotte Bis-Sock

Plucky Kniter

Canon Hand Dyes/Dragonfly Fibers/White Birch Fiber Arts

Direct download: Episode_199_-_2_27_20_11.31_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm PST

Recorded on February 19, 2020

Book Talk starts at 32:15

Our Poncho Knit Along has started! Haven't picked a poncho to knit or crochet yet?  Get thee over to our Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run until May 1, 2020.

Be sure to listen to the episode to find out who won in our Zephyr pattern giveaway!  

 

We have our 200th episode coming up soon!  We are going to answer your questions during this episode.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions.

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished

1.  Mother Bears #198#199, & #200

2. Bankhead Hat #10, by Susie Gorley, using Caron Cake leftovers

3.  6 Knitted Knockers

4.  Multidirectional Scarf #8 using a Caron Cake

5.  Be Kind Hat #6 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake leftovers

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  A total of 12 Knitted Knockers

2. The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love

Barb continues to work on:

1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

2.  Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way

 

And has cast on:

1.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway

2.  Pioneer Braid Scarf #6 by Catherine Ryan, using Loops and Threads yarn

3.  Classic Ribbed Hat by Purl Soho, using a sport-weight yarn by Rising Moon Farm.

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate

2.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way


Tracie has cast on:

1.  80-26 Poncho Air Lux by Fil Katia, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in the Wind Chill colorway

2.  Socks in Night Owl Fibers Self-Striping Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in the Koi Pond Colorway

3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll, using Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in the Melted Box of Crayons colorway

BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars)

Barb read

1. Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen - 3 out of 5 stars

2.  My Antonia by Willa Cather - 4 stars

3. Cut and Run: A Light-Hearted Dark Comedy by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker - 2 stars

4. The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland - 3 stars

 

Tracie read

1.  If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - 3 stars

2.  Sticky Fingers short story collections 1, 2, & 3 by JT Lawrence - 4 stars

3.  The Running Girl by Sarah Bledel - 2 stars

4.  The Lost Child by Ann Troup - 3 stars

Tracie talked about Talkspace, an online counseling service

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_198_-_2_25_20_12.49_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm PST

Recorded on January 29, 2020

Book Talk starts at 33:30

Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along. Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run from February 1 to May 1, 2020

Celia McAdam Cahill has given us three copies of her Zephyr cardigan pattern to give away - and one of them includes the yarn to knit it!  

Please post a comment in this thread to be entered to win.

We have our 200th episode coming up soon!  We are going to answer your questions during this episode.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions.

KNITTING

Barb has finished

1.  Mother Bears 193194, and 196

2.  Bankhead Hat #9 using Caron Cake leftovers

3.  6 Knitted Knockers

4.  Multidirectional Scarf #8 using a Caron Cake in the White Truffle colorway

Tracie has finished:

1.  Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway

2.  5 Knitted Knockers

3.  Wurstwarmer by Pamela Wynne in High Fiber Diet in Mermaid Mess and Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete

Barb continues to work on

1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

2.  Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way

And has cast on

1.  Be Kind Hat by Melissa Simpson, using leftover Caron Cake yarn

2.  Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Key Lime colorway

3.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love

2.  Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate

3.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way

BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars)

Barb read

1.  Roommates Wanted by Lisa Jewell - 4 stars

2.  Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson - 5 stars

Tracie read

1.  Poison Orchids by Sarah A. Denzil and Anna Taylor -  2 1/2 stars

2.  Persuasion by Jane Austen - 5 stars

3.  Chomp by Carl Hiaasen - 4 stars

Barb recommends 2 True Crime podcasts:

1  Catch and Kill podcast with Ronan Farrow

2. Chasing Cosby podcast

 

Direct download: Episode_197_-_2_1_20_1.39_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm PST

Recorded on January 16, 2020

Book Talk starts at 30:07

Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has finished.  Listen to the end to find out if you won one of our prize packages.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

 

Western Sky Knits giveaway - winner at the end of the podcast!

 

Poncho photo

Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along!  Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  This KAL will run from February 1 to May 1.

 

Celia McAdam Cahill has given us three copies of her Zephyr cardigan pattern to give away - and one of them includes the yarn to knit it!  Please post a comment in the thread to be entered to win.

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished

Mother Bears 191 and 192

Bankhead Hat #8

8 Knitted Knockers

Helix Hat #9

The Great British Baking Shawl by LyricalKnits

 

Tracie has finished

Plaidaptation by Aunt Ninny in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash and Malabrigos Rios

 

Barb continues to work on

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

 

And has cast on

Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way

Multidirectional Scarf #8 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cakes

 

Tracie has cast on

The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Serendipidye Sausalito Silken Sock in Papaya

Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate

 

And continues to work on:

Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way

Rikke Hat by Sarah Young

Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway

 

BOOKS

Barb read

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood - 3 stars

The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent - 3 stars

The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing and Coming Out  by William Dameron- 4 stars

We Were Mothers by Katie Sise - 4 stars

Sports Fans Aren't All Crazy: Lessons From Forty Years of Sports Madness by Ryan Bezerra - 4 stars

 

Tracie read

Death Sentence: Inside the Story of the John List Murders by Joe Sharkey - 5 stars

Mothers & Murderers: A True Story of Love, Lies, Obsession… and Second Chances by Katherine Ellison

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton

The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau

Barb recommends the documentary series Cheer on Netflix - read all about it in this Texas Monthly article

Tracie recommends the British police detective series Unforgotten on Prime Video (Season 3 available with PBS Masterpiece subscription on Prime Video)

Direct download: 2KLC_ep196-_1_18_20_1.06_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:16pm PST

Recorded on December 21, 2019

Book talk begins at 35:50


Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing!  It runs September 15 until January 15 wo we're getting very close to the finish line.  Post your completed sweaters in the FO thread to be eligible for one of our very excellent prizes.


Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along!  Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  Dates to be announced later.  

Knitting

Barb has finished:

1.  4  Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps

2.  Mother Bears #188m #189 & #190

3.  Jayla's Black Cherry Be Kind Hat by Megan Williams using Berocco Vintage Worsted in the Black Cherry color way

4.  December DVD Frankensocks - YAY!  Barb finished all 12 months of The Fifth Annual Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club!!

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway

2.  Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey

3.  Rain Down Hat by Robyn Devine in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted.

4.  Chld's Chevron Beanie by Lammie Knits

5.  Tracie's Kaiya Mei #2 by Jamie Hoffman

6.  Tracie's 7 Tiny Sweaters by Malia Mae, using DK yarn scraps

Barb contines to work on:

1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

3.  The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ranco Solid fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway

And has cast on:

1.  Bankhead Hat #9 by Susie Gorlay using Berocco Vintage in the Caribbean Sea colorway

Tracie has continues to work on:


Tracie has frogged:

1.  My Oasis by Ririko in UnDead Yarn Vamphyri in Tracie’s Cakeride, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock and Western Sky Knits Willow Superwash Sport

 

And has cast on:

1.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Mdelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way

2.  Rikke Hat by Sarah Young

3.  Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

1.  The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery - Barb says "thumbs up" if you're a real history buff, or are very curious about American Slavery

2.  Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake - thumbs up

3.  Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession by Rachel Drake

Tracie has finished and recommends:

 

 

 

Tracie and Barb both finished and talked about:

Buried Deep by Margot Hunt - thumbs up

Direct download: Episode_195_-_12_26_19_1.38_PM_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm PST

Recorded on November 28, 2019

Book Talks starts at 27:24

 

Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing!  It runs September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself!

 

Knitting

 

Barb has finished:

4  Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps

Mother Bear #187

Be Kind Hat #2 by Megan Williams using Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Madrigal color way

Be Kind Hat #3 by Megan Williams using Berocco Vintage Worsted in the Black Cherry color way

Fair Isle Multidirectional Scarf by Karen Baumer using Euro Baby Fair Isle in the Atlantis color way

November DVD Socks in DVD Viso in the A Very Gradient Speckled Christmas

 

Tracie has finished:

Bulky Neck Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky in Classic Navy

 

Barb contines to work on:

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ranco Solid fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway

 

And has cast on:

Bankhead Hat #8 by Susie Gorlay using Berocco Vintage in the Caribbean Sea colorway

 

Elizabeth Doherty’s Crochet Provisional Cast-on Tutorial Video

 

Tracie has cast on:

Plaidaptation by Aunt Ninny in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash and Malabrigos Rios

My Oasis by Ririko in UnDead Yarn Vamphyri in Tracie’s Cakeride, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock and Western Sky Knits Willow Superwash Sport

 

And continues to work on:

One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway

Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

A Spoonful of Poison by M.C. Beaton - thumbs down

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay - thumbs up

 

Tracie has finished

Clover Blue by Eldonna Edwards - thumbs up

In Plain Sight: The Kaufman County Prosecutor Murders by Kathryn Casey - thumbs up

 

Tracie talked about 

Sports Fans Aren't All Crazy: Lessons From Forty Years Of Sports Madness by Ryan Bezerra

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_194_-_11_30_19_11.33_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

Recorded on November 15, 2019

Book Talk begins at 45:00

It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself!

Barb had information about knitting or crocheting Knitted Knockers:

1.  You must use the current patterns that are on the Knitted Knockers Website.  Please do not use the old patterns that had the opening on the side!  The opening should be in the back.

2.  Do not "cinch" or pull the knocker "closed" at the end.  The opening must remain open so the recipient can add or take out the polypill to fit properly.

3.  Please stuff with poly fill only!  Do not use yarn scraps, or quilt batting, etc.

4.  Please do not overstuff the knocker.


KNITTING

Barb has finished:

1.  Multidirectional Scarf #5 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cakes Colorway

2.  3 Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps

3.  Barb's Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira using Plymouth Galway Dark Coral Rose

4.  October Cheeky Cables Socks (pattern by Mary Lukas) using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants color way

5.  Mother Bears #185 & #186

Tracie has finished

1.  Tutti Frutti by Miriam Pike in Rising Moon Farm in the Irish Splash colorway

2.  Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Locura Fluo

3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

4.  Tracie's Heading North Hat by Rebecca Shepler

5.  Tracie's Kaiya Mei hat by Jamie Hoffman

6.  Tracie's Love the Winter hat by Emily Dormier

 
 

Barb contines to work on:

1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

 

Barb has cast on:

1.  November Speckled Gradient Desert Vista Dyeworks socks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the It's a Very Speckled Gradient Christmas colorway

2.  The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ramco Solide fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway.

3.  Declan's Hat#2 by Samantha Kirby, using Paton's Classic Wool in a denim colorway.

 

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple

2.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway

 

And has Cast On:

Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey


Tracie has put Into Hibernation:

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways


BOOKS

Barb finished:

1.  The Guest Book by Sarah Blake - thumbs up

2.  The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty - thumbs up

3.  Boar Island (Anna Pigeon #19) by Nevada Barr - thumbs up

4.  The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne - thumbs up

5.  You Can Thank Me Later by Kelly Harms - thumbs up

 

Tracie finished: 

1.  A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay - thumbs up

2.  Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen - thumbs up

3.  The House on Cold Hill by Peter James - thumbs up

 

Direct download: Episode_193_-_11_17_19_12.24_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33pm PST

Recorded on October 23, 2019

Book Talk starts at 29:00

It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself!

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

Multidirectional Scarf #5 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cakes Colorway

3 Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps

 

Tracie has finished

Knitables Cow by Sarah Gasson in Plymouth Select DK Merino

 

Barb contines to work on:

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake 

October Cheeky Cables Socks by Mary Lukas, using Desert Visa Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants colorway

Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira using Plymouth Galway Dark Coral Rose

 

And has cast on:

Mother Bear #185

 

Tracie has cast on:

Tutti Frutti by Miriam Pike in Rising Moon Farm in the Irish Splash colorway

Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Locura Fluo

 

She continues to work on:

Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Barb finished:

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

 

Tracie finished: 

Rage: The True Story of a Sibling Murder by Jerry Langton

Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir by H. Jon Benjamen

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

 

Barb is  reading:

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty

 

Tracie is reading:

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Direct download: 2KLC_ep192_-_10_26_19_1.18_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm PST

Recorded on October 10, 2019

Book Talk starts at 32:00

 

It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself

 

Events

Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp

 

KNITTING

 

Barb finished:

1.  Mother Bears # 182, #183 and #184

2. Multidirectional Scarf #4 by Karen Baumer using Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway

3.  Bankhead Hat #7 by Susie Gourlay using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cake Colorways

4.  Ribbed Beanie by Vanessa Ewing using Berroco Lodge

5.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and 52 color ways 

6.  September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway

7. Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira

Barb's ZickZack Scarf!  Started in April, finished in October.  Love it!


Tracie Finished

1.   Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira

 

2.  Meret by Wooly Wormhead

 

 


Barb continues to work on:

1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

 

Barb has Cast-on

1.  Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Faerie Cake color way

2.  October Cheeky Cables Socks by Mary Lukas, using Desert Visa Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants colorway.

3.  Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira, using a mystery raspberry worsted yarn.

 

 

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple

2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway


Tracie has Cast-on

1.  Knitables Cow by Sarah Gasson in Plymouth Select DK Merino

2.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Barb finished:

1.  Poisoned Blood by Phillip Ginsberg - Barb recommends!

2.  Clock Dance by Anne Tyler - recommended

3. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter - Barb does NOT recommend

4.  The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff - recommended

 

 

 

 

Tracie finished:

1.   The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day - Tracie does NOT recommend

2.  The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett - thumbs sideways!

3.  The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood - recommended

 

Tracie recommends RuPaul's Drag Race, Seasons 1-6, now streaming on Hulu!

Direct download: Episode_191_-_10_13_19_12.52_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:09pm PST

Book Talk Begins at 29:00

Recorded on Tuesday, September 24, 2019

And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourselF! 

Events

Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California

Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp

KNITTING

Barb finished:

1.  Mother Bear #181

2.  Multidirectional Scarf #3 by Karen Baumer using Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway

Tracie Finished

1.  Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Main in Miss Babs Yowza - rolled brim and umbilical cord top

2.  Ramble Hat by Shreen Nadir (The Blue Brick) in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino

3.  Tracie's Sparkling Moon Hat by SKEINO Llc, using SKEINO Venice in the don Carlos Colorway

4.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota.

Barb continues to work on:

1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

3.  September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway

4.  Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira

5.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and 52 color ways 

Barb has Cast-on

1.  Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles color way

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple

2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

4.  Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira


BOOKS

Barb finished:

1.  The Apartment by K.L. Slater.  Thumbs sideways.

2.  Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.  Thumbs up!

Tracie finished:

1.  The High Season by Judy Blundell

2.  The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater

3.  Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg by Barry Williams.  Thumbs up!

Barb is currently reading:

1.  Poisoned Blood by Phillip Ginsberg

2.  Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Tracie is currently reading:

1.  The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day

2.  The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett

Tracie also talked about the TV show:  HGTV A Very Brady Renovation

Direct download: Episode_190_-_9_25_19_2.55_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm PST

Recorded September 12, 2019

Book Talk starts at 26:15

Welcome to our new moderator, Sandi aka CakeAndFibre!

Our annual Mother Bear KAL has finished!  If you put a picture of a finished bear on our FO thread, you won a prize!  Prizes announced at the end of the podcast.

And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It will run September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourselF! 

Stitches West registration?  The Catalogue is here, and registration began September 3rd.

Events

Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California

Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Mother Bear #180

Tracie Finished

Ilse Sock Set Cowl by Heather Boos (Yellow Ribbon Knits) in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive and Greenwood Fiberworks Star Dust in Earthen Hues gradient set

Daddy & Me Poor Boy Caps by Irene Johnston in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted

Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Allegria in the Locuro Fluo

Barb continues to work on:

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way.

Cast-on

September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway

2 Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira

Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles color way

Tracie cast on:

Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira

And continues to work on:

Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota

Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

BOOKS

Barb finished and recommends:

Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan

Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm by Barbara Parry 

Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone

The Conception of Terror by M.R. James

Tracie finished:

A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean (okay not my thing)

How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran

Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? by Ann Rule (5-star true crime!)

Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton (thumbs down)

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_189_-_9_14_19_2.19_PM_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm PST

Recorded on August 28, 2019

Book Talk Begins at 27:50

 

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is finished!  If you put a picture of a finished bear on our FO thread, then you won a prize!  Prizes announced at the end of the podacast.

 

 

 

And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It will run September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles, and challenge yourself.  

 

Stitches West registration?  The Catalogue is here, registration is 9/3/2019.

 

Events

Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California

Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp

 

KNITTING


Barb has finished:

*  Mother bears # 178 and 179

*  Opal Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson, using Regia Yarn in the Star Night color way

*. August DVD socks using DVD Viso in the Inuit Art color way.  The pattern is the Shell Cottage Socks by Helen Stewart

*  Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers

Barb wearing her Nightshift Cowl by Andrea Mowry

Barb discussed the excellent face embroidering video tutorial by Susan B Anderson:

Tracie has finished:

*  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

Tracie's Dare to Dream by Boo Knits!

 

 

Barb continues to work on:

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way.

 

Tracie has cast on:

* Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple

 

Tracie continues to work on:

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota

Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

Ilse Sock Set Cowl by Heather Boos (Yellow Ribbon Knits) in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive and Greenwood Fiberworks Star Dust in Earthen Hues gradient set

Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorwayBOOKS

 

BOOKS


Barb has finished and says thumbs up to:

 

 

Tracie has finished and says thumbs up to:

 

Tracie did not finish:

*  Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell

 

 

Barb is reading:

 

 

 

Tracie is reading:

*  How to Build a Girl by Caitlen Moran

*  Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? by Ann Rule

 

Direct download: Episode_188_-_8_31_19_1.13_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm PST

Recorded on August 15, 2019

Book Talk starts at 35:00

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is winding down, so finish up those last few bears!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!

 

And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It will run September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the chatter thread, and check out our sweater bundles, and challenge yourself!

 

Stitches West registration?  Catalogue out on Aug. 23, registration is 9/3

 

Events

Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California

Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp

 

Knitting

Barb’s FOs:

Mother Bear #175

July DVD Socks in the RadioActive Zombody color way

 

Tracie has finished:

Kick Up Your Heels by Sarah Shoo in Western Sky Knits Magnolia DK

Mint chip vanilla socks in Anzula Nebula and KnitPicks Hawthorne

The V-Back Tee by Jamie Hoffman in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in Apricot, Invictus Yarns Beyond in Flame, and Baah! La Jolla in Georgia Peach and My Sweet Valentine

 

Barb continues to work on:

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers

 

And has cast on:

August DVD socks using DVD Viso in the Inuit Art color way.  Making the Shell Cottage socks by Helen Stewart

Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way.

Opal Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson, using Regia Yarn in the Star Night color way

 

Tracie has cast on:

Ilse Sock Set Cowl by Heather Boos (Yellow Ribbon Knits) in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive and Greenwood Fiberworks Star Dust in Earthen Hues gradient set

Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

 

And continues to work on:

 ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota

Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

 

BOOKS

 

Barb says thumbs up to:

Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

 

And thumbs down to:

She Was the Quiet One by Michelle Campbell

 

Tracie says thumbs up to:

A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story by Jeremy Grimaldi

Chemistry by Wang Weike

Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5 by Kate Atkinson

The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer

 

And thumbs down to:

The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin

 

Barb is reading:

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

 

 

Tracie is reading:

Murder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case by Steven B. Epstein

Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_187_-_8_17_19_1.20_PM_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm PST

Recorded July 24, 2019

Book Talk Starts at 29:12

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is ongoing!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!

Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute.

Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

1.  Mother Bears 202-204

2.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway

 

 

 

 

Barb has finished:

1.  Mother Bears #175 & #176

2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway

 

 

 

Tracie continues to work on:

 

 1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

2.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota

3.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop


Tracie has cast-on:

1.  Mint Chip vanilla Socks in Anzula Nebula and KnitPicks Hawthorne

2.  Kick Up Your Heels by Sarah Shoo, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia DK in the Isabella color way

 

Barb is still working on:

1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway

3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

4.  July DVD Socks - Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the RadioActive Zombody color way

5.  Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers

 

Barb and Tracie talked about their ZickZack scarves and how different they were from each other because of the yarns used:

 

 BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

1.  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Deman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.  Thumbs Up!

2.  My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh. Thumbs sideways!

 

Barb has finished:

1.  The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette.  Thumbs Up...sort of...


Tracie is reading:

Barb recommends following BurraBears on Instagram and Facebook.

 

Barb is reading

1.  Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher


Barb and Tracie discussed going to visit Western Sky Knits in Montana.

 

Direct download: Episode_186_-_7_27_19_12.52_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am PST

Recorded on July 13, 2019

Book Talk starts at 15:00

Our annual Mother Bear KAL has begun!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!

 

We have new prizes donated by PattyB, CraftBuzz, Heidi Wulfraat, KDunne and super sock designer Becky Greene.  Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute.

 

Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers.

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie has finished:

Octopus #2 by Susan B. Anderson in Universal Yarns Uptown DK

Mother Bears 193-201 

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bears #170 - #174

 

Tracie continues to work on:

 1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

2.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway

3.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota

4.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

 

Still working on

1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway

3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

 

Cast-on

 July DVD Socks - Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the RadioActive Zombody color way

Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers

 

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:

Secrets of a Marine’s Wife: A True Story of Marriage, Obsession & Murder by Shanna Hogan - thumbs up

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

Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov thumbs up if you can stomach the subject matter

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut - enh

 

Barb says thumbs up to all her finished books:

Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders that Became My Family’s Secret by Pamela Everett

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Alien III by William Gibson - Audible Original

Atomic Marriage by Curtis Sittenfeld

Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton

In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

 

Tracie is reading:

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Deman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

 

Barb is reading

The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette

Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher

 

Barb gives The Man in the Window podcast a thumbs up

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_184_-_7_14_19_2.53_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:07pm PST

Recorded on June 27, 2019

Book Talk starts at 28:38

 

 

 

 

Our annual Mother Bear KAL has begun!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!

 

We have new prizes donated by hikeknitcamp (designer Cheryl Beckerich).  Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute.

 

Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers.

 

KNITTING

 

 

 

Barb's Mother Bears #166 - #169

 

Barb’s FOs

1.  Mother Bears #166 - #169

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

3.  DVD June socks -  Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Zombody is Like a Writing Desk

 


Tracie’s FOs

1.  Mother Bears #185 - #192.  These included a Drag Queen bear!

2.  Two Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira gnomes

3.  Vanilla Socks, using Lollipop Yarn Quintessential in the Wide Awake colorway

 

 

Barb is still working on

 

1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway

3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

 

 

Tracie continues working on

 1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

2.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway

3.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

4.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

 

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb read

1.  Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armand Keteyian.  Thumbs WAY up!

2.  Confidential by Ellie Monago.  Thumbs up.

 

 

 

 

Tracie read: 

 

 

 

 

 

Barb is reading

2.  The Lost Man by Jane Harper

 

 

Tracie is reading

Direct download: Episode_184_-_6_30_19_1.04_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm PST

Recorded on June 13, 2019

Book Talk starts at 21:19

Our annual Mother Bear KAL has begun!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!

 

We have new prizes donated by Erin Gordon, Catmujer (Trish), TMY in HNL (Betty), Leaner (Eileen), Celia Cahill, and Sue of Invictus Yarns.  Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute.

 

Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers.

 

KNITTING

 

Barb’s FOs

Mother Bears #162, #163, #164, #165

Zephyr by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Teal Feather color way

 

Tracie’s FOs

Mother Bears 173-184

Never Not Gnoming #17 by Sarah Schira - Large in sport weight purple and grey

Octopus by Susan B. Anderson in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted

 

Barb is still working on

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

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway

Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

 

She cast on

DVD June socks -  Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Zombody is Like a Writing Desk

 

Tracie continues working on

 ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway

Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

Vanilla Socks, using Lollipop Yarn Quintessential in the Wide Awake colorway

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb read

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

The Silence of the North by Olive R. Fredrickson - thumbs up

 

Tracie read: 

In the Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2) by Cara Hunter - thumbs up

Bad Monkey (Andrew Yancy, #1) by Carl Hiaasen - thumbs up

The Past is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson - enh

 

Barb and Tracie both enthusiastically recommend Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark 

 

Barb is reading

Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders that Became My Family’s Secret by Pamela Everett

Confidential by Ellie Monago

 

 

Tracie is reading

And The Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi

Sex, Love and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce by Gerald Nissenbaum

Direct download: 2KLC_ep183_-_6_15_19_11.11_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am PST

Recorded on Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Book Talk starts at 32:07

Our next Knit-Along will be our annual Mother Bear KAL!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post pictures of in our FO thread (which will be started after June 1, 2019).  Come join the Chatter thread here! 

 

What?  You say that you have never knitted or crocheted a Mother Bear but would like to join the fun?  All the information to get you started is in the first post of  The Chatter ThreadThe rules for the KAL and all the information to get 

 

The winners of the 2 new sock patterns by Jenn Sheelen (Dragon Toes and Hint of Sophistication) will be announced at the end of the podcast.

 

Barb and Tracie attended the annual Spinning at the Winery event a Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  A good time was had by all!


Tracie recommends the audio podcast Craft Cook Read Repeat

 

 

 

KNITTING

 

Barb’s finished objects:

1.  Mother Bears #160 and #161

2.   If They Kill Daryl Socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the If They Kill Daryl colorway


 

Tracie’s Finished Objects:

1.  Mother Bears #167 - #172

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

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

3.  Zephyr Cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Teal Feather color way

4.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway

 


She has cast on:

1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway


Barb has frogged:

1.  Poulia cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

 


Tracie has cast on:

1. Another Never Not Gnoming gnome in the large size

2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways


She continues to work on:

1.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway

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

3. Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

4.  Vanilla Socks, using Lollipop Yarn Quintessential in the Wide Awake colorway


Tracie has put in to Hibernation:

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

 

BOOKS

 

Barb has finished:

1.   The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough (Thumbs Up)

2.  To The Bridge by Nancy Rommelman.(Thumbs Up)

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Thumbs Up)

2.   Death on the River: A Fiancee's Dark Secrets and a Kayak Trip Turned Deadly by Diane Fanning (Thumbs Down)

3.  The Mystery of Alice (Audible Original) (Thumbs Sideways)

 

Barb is currently reading:



Tracie is currently reading:

1. In the Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2) by Cara Hunter

2. Bad Monkey (Andrew Yancy, #1) by Carl Hiaasen

 

Direct download: Episode_182_-_6_2_19_12.33_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm PST

Book Talk Begins at 27:30

Recorded on Wednesday May 15, 2019

Our 2019 Colorwork KAL is over!   Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to hear the prize winners!

 

Our current Giveaway!  We have 2 new sock patterns from Jenn Sheelan: Dragon Toes Socks and Hit of Suspicion.  Comment on this thread for a chance to win.  This contest will close June 30.

 

The Spinning at the Winery date has been changed from 5/18/19, to Saturday, May 25 at Retzlaff Winery.  


Our next Knit-Along will be our annual Mother Bear KAL!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post pictures of in our FO thread (which will be started after June 1, 2019).  Come join the Chatter thread here!

 

KNITTING

Barb’s finished objects:

1.  Mother Bears #157, #158 & #159

 

Tracie’s Finished Objects:

1.  Gnome #15 (Never Not Gnoming) by Sarah Schira

2.  Annie Bear for niece Jayla

3.  Mother Bears # 156 - 166

Barb continues to work on:

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

2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

3.  Zephyr Cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Teal Feather color way


She has cast on:

1.  If They Kill Daryl Socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the If They Kill Daryl colorway

2.  Poulia cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway


Barb has frogged:

Fire Bird Hat Test Knit for Carson of Rage Knit for Choice moderator Carson, using Alpenglow yarn and Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the grasshopper color way

 

 

Tracie has cast on:

1.  Another Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway

 

She continues to work on:

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

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

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

4.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop



BOOKS

Barb has finished:

1.  Black Water Rising (Jay Porter #1) by Attica Locke - recommend

2.  Greyhound by Steffan Piper - recommends

3.  The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon - recommend

4.  A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean - so-so

5.  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - recommend

6.  Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar - this is the Audible Original - recommend!

 

Barb is currently reading:

1.  The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough 

 

Tracie has finished:

1.  Tell Me by Lisa Jackson - thumbs down

2.  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - Tracie thinks "meh"

3.  Deadly Greed: The Riveting True Story of the Stuart Murder Case the Rocked Boston and Shocked the Nation by Joe Sharkey - thumbs up

4.  The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland - thumbs down

5.  What We Kill by Howard Odentz - Thumbs up

Tracie is currently reading:

1.  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

2.  Death on the River: A Fiancee's Dark Secrets and a Kayak Trip Turned Deadly by Diane Fanning

 

 

 

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_181_-_5_18_19_11.00_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11am PST

Recorded on April 24, 2019

Book Talk starts at 31:20

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 draw the winner of  the Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn the Brave at the end of this episode!  Coupon code for $2 off the Frost Heaves pattern: THELONGWINTER until April 30.

New Giveaway!  We have 2 new sock patterns from Jenn Sheelan: Dragon Toes Socks and Hit of Suspicion.  Comment on the context thread for a chance to win.  This contest will close June 30.

Tracie and Barb will be at Spinning at the Winery, Saturday, May 18 at Retzlaff Winery

 

KNITTING

Barb’s finished objects:

Helix Hat #8 by Jessica Rose

Vanilla socks using DVD Viso in Tea for Two color way

Gnome de Plume mystery gnome by Sarah Schira using scrap yarn

Fox Paws scarf by Xandy Peters, using the Craftsy kit in the Winter Night color palette.  Cloudborn Highland Sport in Black, Gray Heather, Lavender Heather, Dolphin Blue and White (photo)

Candy Hug Hat by Taiga Hillard Designs using yarn picked up at the NoCKRs destash table.

Mother Bear #157

 

Tracie’s Finished Objects:

16 Knitted Knockers  for 2019!

Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye King’s Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

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

Mother Bears 151-155

 

Barb continues to work on:

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

 

She has cast on:

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways

Fire Bird Hat Test Knit for Carson of Rage Knit for Choice moderator Carson, using Alpenglow yarn and Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the grasshopper color way

Zephyr Cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Teal Feather color way

 

Tracie has cast on:

Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

 

She continues to work on:

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

Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns

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

 

BOOKS

Barb recommends: 

Beshert by Erin Gordon

Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon

 

She does not recommend: 

Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison

 

She is currently reading

Black Water Rising (Jay Porter #1) by Attica Locke

Greyhound by Steffan Piper

 

Tracie recommends: 

Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg

Holding by Graham Norton

His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet

 

She does not recommend:

The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de Luce #2) by Alan Bradley American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates

 

She is currently reading

Tell Me by Lisa Jackson

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_180_-_4_27_19_10.05_AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

 

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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:

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_155_-_3_16_18_12.00_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15pm PST

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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
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:43pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44am PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:06am PST

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

Direct download: Episode_150_-_12_26_17_2.29_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm PST

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

 

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

Direct download: Episode_149_with_add-ons_-_12_8_17_2.00_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:10pm PST

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm PST

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

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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

 

IĂ°unn by Ragga EirĂ­ksdĂłttir 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 PST

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

IĂ°unn by Ragga EirĂ­ksdĂłttir 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 PST

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

IĂ°unn by Ragga EirĂ­ksdĂłttir 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 PST

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)

IĂ°unn by Ragga EirĂ­ksdĂłttir 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 PST

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