Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Episode 178: An Epic Fashion Moment


Recorded Sunday, March 17, 2019
Book Talk starts at 35:30


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

She continues to work 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

BOOKS


Barb recommends:
Educated by Tara Westover



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

Tracie thought the following were just okay:
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen

Tracie recommends:


Tracie recommends
Line of Duty on Acorn and Netflix
Bondi Rescue on Netflix


Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Episode 177: Stitches West 2019 - Plus a Book Review!

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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:







Sunday, February 10, 2019

Episode 176: That Doesn't Sound Healthy


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:

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:
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley - Barb highly recommends



Tracie is reading: 
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Barb is currently reading:
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Nine Perfect Lives by Liane Moriarty

Tracie KonMari'd all her knitted objects - her friends were happy to take them off her hands!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Episode 175: I Usually Take Pictures of Mine

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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.


From the Ravelry Hiberkntting cowl pattern page  (Stephen West)

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 Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli

Barb’s FOs
1.  Mother Bear #152
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 Ponytail Hat by Knikki Knits
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's first row of the Fox Paws pattern!

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