Friday, May 12, 2017

Episode 136: It Has a Little Nub

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Recorded May 10, 2017
Book Talk starts at 32:20


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

2KLC Swap is moving along.  Please check in frequently!  It is so important...
May 15th: Check-In #3 
May 31st check in #4 
JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date

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


It's time to get ready for our annual Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
1.  The KAL will run from July 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017
2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread.
3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet".
4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.

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



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

This contest will end on June 15, 2017.











KNITTING
Barb has finished:
*  Her Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar, using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways. 
* Mother Bear #105

Tracie has finished: Mother Bears #101 and #102
Barb has cast on:
The Peer Pressure Shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Abstract Fiber O'Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway

Barb is continuing to work on:
*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway.
*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.
*  A project she can’t talk about it because it’s a project for her swap partner!
*  Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.
*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

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

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

Tracie is continuing to work on:
*  Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 
*  2nd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”
*  Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway

BOOKS


Barb has finished:
*  The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - she gives it a "thumbs sideways"
The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante - again, a "thumbs sideways"


















Tracie has finished reading:
*  Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman - she recommends this book
*  Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica - she does not recommend this book
*  The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen








Barb is currently reading:
*  Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder by Mary S. Lovell
*  The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr
Tracie is currently reading:
*  A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
*  Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner


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







Saturday, April 29, 2017

Episode 135: She May be a Bubble off Plumb...

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Recorded April 26, 2017
Book Talk Begins at 42:35

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

2KLC Swap is moving along.  Please check in frequently!
April 30th: Check-In #2 
May 15th: Check-In #3 
May 31st check in #4 
JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date

Tracie has finished
Retreat Bath Mitt by Elizabeth Doherty in Quince & Co Sparrow
Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns Desert Dream in the Deep colorway
Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton


Barb has finished:
Skew Socks by Lana Holden using 
Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Asphalt Jungle colorway


Tracie has cast on:
Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 

And she continues to work on:
2nd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”
Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway

Barb is working on:
Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
*  Test knit - Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar (the Giving Flower) using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways. Edin cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain's Blue colorway
Retreat Bath Mitt by Elizabeth Doherty, using Quince & Co. Sparrow in the Sans colorway

And cast on:
A project she can’t talk about it because it’s a project for her swap partner!
Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.

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

Tracie has finished reading
Mommy Deadliest by Michael Benson

Barb has finished:
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Tracie is reading:
Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica



Barb is reading
The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante




Barb recommends the Very Pink Podcast

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Episode 134: I'll Never Stop Reading About Bad People

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Recorded on April 13, 2017

Book Talk starts at 26.50




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

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








We had a fabulous time at the NoCKRs 2017 retreat!  



KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!
*  3 Knitted Knockers
Barb has finished: 
Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West (pictured above
*  5 Knitted Knockers

Barb has cast on:
*  Edin cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain's Blue colorway
*  Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering weight scraps

Barb is working on:
*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
*  Test knit - Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar (the Giving Flower) using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways.
*  Skew socks by Lana Holden using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Asphalt Jungle colorway

Tracie has cast on:
*  Retreat Bath Mitt by Elizabeth Doherty, using Quince & Co Sparrow 

Tracie is working on:
* Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway
* Test knit: Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns Desert Dream in the Deep colorway
Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi
* Her Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton has come out of hibernation

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

Discussion of the Magic Knot (Double Knot):
Jane Richmond - The Double Knot YouTube Video
How to Remember the Double Knot by Paula Emons-Fuesle YouTube video


BOOKS



Tracie has finished:
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple














 Barb has finished:
Breaking Wild by Diane les Becquets



Tracie is currently reading:
*  Mommy Deadliest by Michael Benson


Barb is currently reading:
*  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead



















Saturday, April 1, 2017

Episode 133: Boy The Fashion Was Ugly Then...


Recorded March 29, 2017
Book Talk starts at 24:20

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

Barb has finished: 
3 Knitted  Knockers
My Rainbow Heart by Stephanie Lotven, using Valley Yarns Huntington

That Easy Guernsey Hat by Christine Roy, using leftover aran weight yarns
Vanilla socks using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway

Tracie has finished:
5 knitted knockers
All That Jazz by TheTwistedYarn blog in Greenwood Fibers Star Dust mini-skeins in Earthen Hues


Barb has cast on:
Test knit - Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar (the Giving Flower) using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways.
Skew socks by Lana Holden using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Asphalt Jungle colorway

Barb is working on:
Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West

Tracie has cast on:
Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway
Test knit: Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns Desert Dream in the Deep colorway

Tracie is working on:
Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!
Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway

Barb finished
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
The Last September by Nina de Gramont


Tracie has finished
Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson
No One Needs to Know by Kevin O’Brien


Barb is reading:
Breaking Wild by Diane les Becquets

Tracie is reading:
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Episode 132: Poncho Pikachu

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Book Talk Begins at 34:20
Recorded on March 15, 2017



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

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

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration. 

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

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

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

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

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

KNITTING
 Barb has finished:

* Her Levitate Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Noro Kureopatora in the 2015 colorway 
 Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway
*  Knotted Rib hat by Cheryl Beckerich, using Vanna's Choice in the Cranberry colorway
* Her My Garter Slipped! Scarf by Bereni New, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
*  Vanilla is the New Black Socks by Anneh Fletcher, using Leading Men Fiber Arts ShowStopper in the 911 Butterfly colorway
*  Brain Hat for Science by Kristen McDonnell, using Lion Brand Heartland in colorway 103
*  3 Knitted Knockers
Ponchos" in the wild at" Stitches West!  Left to right - JChant, 1HundredProjects,  xchorse,  BetterinMotion, Barb, and Thumperina!

Tracie has finished:

*  School's Out child's cardigan by Katya Frankel in Shaggy Bear Farms merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk
*  Kallisti Cowl by Hillary Smith Callis in Caron Cake int the Blueberry Kiwi colorway
*  2 PussyHats - 1 in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow, and 1 in stripes of many different pink yarns
Barb is working on:

*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
*   Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
*  Vanilla Socks, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway
*  My Rainbow Heart mitts by Stephanie Lotven, using Valley Yarns Huntington as the base color and fingering scraps from stash.
Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West

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

Tracie is working on:

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!
*  Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway
*  All That Jazz cowl by TheTwistedYarn Blog, using Greenwood Fibers Star Dust mini-skeins, scraps, bits & leftovers
Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using FishKnits Panache in the 42 Degrees Opposite the Sun colorway

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Runaway by Alice Munroe
The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva 


Tracie has finished:

*  The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
*  The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
*  Wilde Lake by Laura Lipman
Silent Witness: The Karla Brown Murder Case by Don W. Weber and Charles Bosworth
The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
Barb is currently reading:

The Last September by Nina de Garment
Tracie is currently reading:

No One Needs to Know by Kevin O'Brien
Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson

Tracie talked about the HBO series, Big Little Lies

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