Sunday, June 12, 2016

Episode 115: Mother Bears, Extra Boobs, and the Politics of Podcasting

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Recorded on June 10, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 29:50


 Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!  

We have started a Mother Bear KAL/CAL 2016 Chatter Thread.  The FO thread will go up on July 1st, the official start of the KAL.  


Thank you to Kristin (LaterKnitter on Rav) for donating 3 patterns from her daughter's Ravelry pattern store Strawberie Blonde (Erin Harper) for Mother Bear KAL prizes.  And thank you to KrisLusWool for her donation of her In Transit Hat and Cowl pattern.


Barb recommends the Skein Enable audio podcast with Jill (notice on Rav) and Michele (photospice 0n Rav).


To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, Win Annetarsia Knits! and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.


Lifefulloflaugh (Lisa) who hosts the Sock Yarn Swappers Ravelry Group  is running the Summer of Squares KAL.  Join the group and have some fun with those mini skeins!


Tracie will be in New York City  June 20-24 - message her if you want to meet up at a yarn store, or for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, etc!


KNITTING

Barb has finished:





  • Mother Bears #76, #77, #78 & #79.



  • Her Scraptastic Hat by Jane Tanner, using leftover fingering weight yarn.






Tracie has finished:


Barb is continuing to work on:



  • Crackerjack Cowl by Stacie Simpson Duke in 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK
  • Vanilla Socks for Will using Berroco Comfort Sock in a gray and white self-striping colorway.
  • Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessle in Fish Knits Divine gradient Lotus colorway.
  • Summer of '16 by Nidhi Kansal using Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Skinny Cotton in the Sprout colorway


  • Barb has frogged her Forest Foliage by Alana Dakos from the Botanical Knits 2 Book, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.


    Tracie is continuing to work on:

    Tracie has cast on:
    BOOKS


    Barb and Tracie both finished:
    • Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty.  They both loved this book!
    Barb also finished:
    Tracie did not finish Somethink Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury







    Tracie has finished:







    Barb is currently reading:













    Tracie is currently reading:












    At the end of this epsiode, we announce the four winners for the Joanna Johnson books!

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Episode 114: Mrs. Bennett is Never Cast in a Good Light

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    Book Talk Starts at 38:55
    Recorded on May 25, 2016

    Book Talk starts at:

     Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!

    We want to thank SSKnits (Joan) for her prize donation for the Mother Bear KAL.  She is donating a pattern of the winner's choice from her Ravelry Store and Knit Figures, her newly designed knitting app!


    Tracie and Barb will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  The cost is $5 person.  Don't forget:
    * sunscreen and a hat
    * a potluck dish to share
    * Whatever you would like to drink (wine is available for purchase)
    Come and join us!

    Please go over to the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to find out information about joining in the PalKal (the Podcaster-Along Knit Along).  Dates for this KAL will be 6/15/16 - 9/15/16.


    KNITTING


    Barb has finished:


    Schknit Happens Hat #3 by Myra Wood, using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.

    *  Mother Bear #75








    Tracie has finished:
    *  Drizzle hat by MelSki, using her own handspan
    *  Mother Bears # 73, 74 & 75.

    Barb is continuing to work on:


    Barb has cast on:


    Tracie is continuing to work on:

    Tracie has cast-on:
    • Weekend Cowl by Liz Capik in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply  in the Dahlia colorway
    • Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering - to the right is a picture of the yarn as it looked in the skein and then wound into a cake.  What a difference!










    KNITTING BOOK REVIEW


    Barb and Tracie reviewed Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia by Anne Berk. It is a beautiful book featuring a new technique invented by Anne for easy intarsia knitting in the round.  

    To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, "Win Annetarsia Knits" and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.

    BOOKS

    Barb has finished:

    Tracie has finished:







    Barb is currently reading:

    Tracie is currently reading:

    Sunday, May 15, 2016

    Episode 113: Thumbs Up for Harriet Tubman!


    Recorded on May 11, 2016
    Book Talk starts at 39:30

    Our Vest-Along ends today.  If you posted an FO in the FOs thread, please listen to the end of the podcast to find out if you won a prize!

    If anyone would like to donate a prize for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL (July-August 2016), please let us know!   Our donors so far are:
    • LGordon555 is donating a copy of her novel Heads or Tails, and a pattern of the winner’s choice
    • Stephanie, aka TheHappyBuffalo on etsy – 2 skeins of yarn - and she puts them in jars with a hole in the lid for the yarn to go through - so cute!
    • Paula Emmons-Fuessle – 3 copies of her Crooked Ewe pattern
    • WendyWhalen of Knitty Kitty Bags has started dying yarn and is giving away 2 skeins of yarn of the winner’s choice
    • Joanna Johnson’s Green Gables Knits, reviewed by the Chicks in Episode 112


    Phoebe’s Sweater Contest: To win one of Joanna Johnson’s children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread and tell us about the little ones you love to knit for!  The contest will close May 31.

    Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

    Tracie’s FOs



    Barb’s FOs



    Tracie’s Cast-Ons:


    Tracie’s Current Projects:


    Barb’s Current Knitting Projects: 


    Barb’s Cast-Ons



    Barb Finished Reading 
    The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

    Tracie Finished Reading: 
    Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty



    Barb is reading:
    Two in the Far North by Margaret Mudie
    Descent by Tim Johnston
    The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White


    Reading:
    Longbourn by Jo Baker
    Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

    Barb says thumbs up to Happy Valley, a British procedural drama on Netflix


    Tracie and Barb both say thumbs up to Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill!






    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    Episode 112: And a Pair of Crazy Rhoda Pants

    Many apologies for the loud page-turning noise during our review segment!

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    Book Talk starts at 54:27

    Recorded on April 27, 2016

    Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...

    If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have received your package.  Thank you again to SandraMaz for organizing and moderating the swap.


    Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

    Tracie recommends a new podcast, Destined2Knit with Marcy and Kim.  Give it a listen!



    KNITTING

    Barb has finished:
    *  Really Fits Top Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.

    *  2 Knitted Knockers

    *  Mother Bears #73

    *  Blossom Gradient Socks, using Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in a purple gradient colorway.








    Tracie has finished:

    *  Her Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

    *  Vanilla socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport  You can see them here.










    Barb is working on:

    NoCKRs 2016 Frankensocks, using Knit Picks Strol Kettle Dyed Sock in a navy color for the cuffs, heels and toes.  The body of the sock is being knit in mini-skeins traded for at the 2016 NoCKRs retreat.  You can see the Clasp Weft Join she is using for the mini-skeins here.

    *  Vanilla Socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a Gray and White colorway.

    *  The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.

    *  Forest Foliage shawl by Alana Dakos, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

    *  Schknit Happens Scratch Cap #3 by Myra Wood, using leftover Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.


    Tracie is working on:

    *  Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper in Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Freesia colorway.

    *  The Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessie, using Quare Fibers Gradient Sock in the Iced Melon colorway.

    *  The Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson, usi
    ng Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals in the Belle colorway.

    *  The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

    *  Tracie has put the Rodeo Drive Poncho into hibernation.

    Tracie and Barb reviewed the following books by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by her husband, Eric Johnson:



    *  Phoebe's Sweater

    *  Freddie's Blanket

    *  Henry's Hat

    *  Phoebe's Birthday







      Freddie's Blanket


    Tracie and Barb also reviewed Joanna's book, Green Gables Knits.
















    To win one of these children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread.      The Green Gables Knits book will be offered as a prize in our upcoming Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

    BOOKS

    Barb has finished:
    Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by Marion Chesney.  Barb recommends it, and the entire "Poor Relations" series.

    Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette.  It was...OK...

    Tracie has finished:
    *  After Anna by Alex Lake - Tracie recommends it

    *  A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore - Tracie recommends it

    *  Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - it wasn't her favorite...


    Barb is currently reading:

    *  The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

    *  Two in the Far North by Margaret E. Murie













    Tracie is currently reading:

    *  Longbourn by Jo Baker

    *  One Step Too Far by Tina Seskadis