Saturday, February 6, 2016

Episode 107: Why You Gotta Play Me That Way?


Recorded on February 3, 2016
Book Talk Starts at 32:00

Are you ready for the 2 Knit Lit Chicks VEST KAL/CAL?  Well, hurry up and gather your materials, because we start on February 15th!

Any adult-sized vest or short-sleeve sweater, open-front or pullover, may be entered for the KAL.  You must be a member of our  Ravelry Group to enter.
We already have a very active Chatter Thread and a rapidly growing Bundle of vest patterns to start the planning!  Once we get started, we’ll put up an FOs where you can post your garments to be entered to win.  The KAL will end on May 15.

Our first 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap is on!  The deadline has passed for you to join, but if you are participating, chatter away here.  Thank you to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast, for organizing the swap!

A Message from Sox Therapist – creator of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel:
CHECK YOUR GIRLS! I’m going through my Stage 3B cancer journey right now. Wasn’t due for a mammogram, but found sore nodes and got diagnosed on the 3rd anniversary of my sweet Mom’s death from cancer. It’s a very tough journey, but I’m doing it, and plan to get more active on Ravelry soon, and publish more $1.00 patterns, so I can earn enough to gather our kids and their families from around the country for a “Mom’s gonna beat cancer” reunion. CHECK YOUR GIRLS!

Stay tuned to the end of this podcast to find out who won our Modern Lopi ebook giveaway

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!  Also - Knit some Knockers and turn them in at the Knitted Knockers booth!  They have a goal to collect 1,000 Knockers at Stitches this year!

2015 - The Chicks Year in Review

Barb knit a total of 64 projects:
6 sweaters
4 cowls
5 scarves
11 hats
5 mitts
10 socks
2 vests
2 shawls
17 bears
2 other

Tracie knit 56 items total, including:
17 Mother Bears
10 hats
7 cowls
6 sweaters
5 pairs of socks
3 pairs of mitts
2 Bakery Bears
1 scarf
1 poncho
1 top
1 shawl
1 Earbud Pouch
and 1 dress for the runway at Paris Fashion Week

Barb read 73 books in  2015, and Tracie read 74.


Barb has finished:
Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, (a merino, microfiber, and cashmere blend) in a royal blue colorway (a $6.50 pattern).  

Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart


Barley Hat by TinCanKnits using leftover Universal Yarns Classic Shades - free

Luuk Hat by Annis Jones, using leftover Universal Yarns Classic Shades - free

Kindling Hat by Helen Stewart using leftover King Cole Riot DK (part of the Knitvent 2015 collection)


Knitted Knockers

Tracie has finished:
Posy’s Little Black Sweater
Posy is never really ready for her close-up
Dog-o-matic by Angela Kreutzer (in Stitch’n’Bitch Superstar Knitting) in Universal Yarns Classic Worsted Holiday (black).  No idea why this was a UFO for 3 years!

The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.

The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.

Lacy Boot Toppers ($1 on Ravelry) by Jillian Mellan in  Frog Tree Pediboo Sock in Tan


Barb is currently working on:
Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway


And has cast on:
Silverthorne Hat by Becky Kelly,  using Plymouth Galway in the Dark Coral Rose colorway.  $4

More Knitted Knockers

Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabello, using Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.


Tracie has cast on the Yipes Stripes Cowl by Ann Weaver in  5 colors of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted (kit purchased at Stitches)


She is working on:
Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo

Vanilla socks with a Fish-Lips-Kiss Heel, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway.

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

And she gave up and frogged her Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).  This yarn + this pattern + Tracie = no bueno!


Barb’s finished books:
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon


Tracie did not finish
The Bone House by Brian Freeman

Tracie finished reading: 
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
September Sacrifice by Mark Horner
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer



Barb is reading:
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

Tracie is reading:
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry



Thumbs Up – Grease Live!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Episode 106: These Are Not Sexy Vampires

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Recorded on January 15, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 44:37

Our Sweater KAL ends today!  Listen to the end of this podcast to find out who the 4 winners are...




Announcing our next Knit Along!  Yes, it's a VEST KAL/CAL.  Here are the particulars:
1.  The Vest KAL will run 2/15 - 5/15/16.
2.  The Vest KAL includes short-sleeve sweaters.
3.  Any adult-sized vest or short-sleeve sweater may be entered for the KAL
4.  You must be a member of our  Ravelry Group to enter.
5.  Barb will start a Chatter Thread and put up a Bundle of vest patterns to start the planning.









Our first 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap is on!  The deadline has passed for you to join, but if you are participating, chatter away here.  Thank you to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast for organizing the swap!

You have until February 1, 2016 to enter the giveaway for Modern Lopi: One (New Approaches to An Icelandic Classic).  To win a copy of the ebook, leave a comment here.

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:
* Doing major sweater surgery on her Saddleback Cardigan to make it more wearable.  You can see the difference between the sweater as it is in the pattern and what Tracie's looks like now!

Fletcher hat by Elizabeth Doherty in Universal Yarn Uptown DK Anti Pilling Acrylic in the Granite colorway.









Barb has finished:
* The Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway  (pictured at left)

Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, merino, microfiber, and blend) in a royal blue colorway.

*Geometry Scarf by Knitculture.com, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall-colors colorway.

* a Barley Hat by TinCanKnits, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall colors colorway.

Mother Bear #68





Tracie is currently working on:
Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).

* Vanilla socks with a Fish-Lips-Kiss Heel, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway.

* The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.

* The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.



* The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

Barb is currently working on:
* Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway

Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Invictus Yarns Victorious in the Exotic colorway and Knit Picks Aloft in the Carbon Colorway.


Tracie and Barb had a short discussion regarding "Sweater Surgery".  Tracie has started a thread on the Ravelry Group for all of us to talk about this topic and encourage each other to take steps to make our sweaters more wearable!



Barb and Tracie reviewed a new book from Cooperative Press, SpillyJane Knits Mittens.  An enthusiastic "Thumbs Up! for this book.  Want to win an ebook copy for yourself? Go on over to our Ravelry Group and go to the SpillyJane Knits Mittens thread and follow the prompts.  This giveaway will end on February 15th.











BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by M.C. Beaton writing as Marian Chesney.  Tracie recommends this book.

*  The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle.  She recommends it, with reservations.

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penney.  Tracie felt it was way too long and wasn't her favorite of the Louise Penney books she has read.









Barb has finished:
*  Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole.  She heartily reommends this book.

*  Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle.  She loved this book.

*  The Life We Bury by Allen Eskers.  She recommends this book.

Tracie is currently reading:
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

*  The Bone House by Brian Freeman




Barb is currently reading:
Salem's Lot by Stephen King

The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo












Friday, January 1, 2016

Episode 105: The Voice of a Cartoon Taxi

Recorded December 30, 2015


Our Sweater KAL is ongoing  until January 15, 2016.  Complete an adult sweater and post it in the FOs thread to be eligible a great prize package that will include:
  • A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
  • A package of Yarn Cozies
  • A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
  • And more!

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

Thanks to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast, there will be a 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap!  You have until January 10th to sign up.  Go to the swap thread on our boards and follow the instructions in the first post.  Both Tracie and Barb will be participating - this will be fun!

Would you like to see your pattern in the next Madame Defarge book,  A Madame and a Detective Walked Into a Bar… Defarge Does Sherlock?  If so, please click here to get all the info on submission from Erica Hernandez.

Be sure to enter the contest to win a KC pattern package from Knit Companion, here.  We will announce the winners on the next podcast.

Barb has no FOs.  How weird is that?

Tracie has finished:

Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos (free pattern) in FishKnits Boot Strap in Fat Tuesday colorway for Rachel.  Fingers part was very fiddly but fun!


Deep Fork Hat by Heather Brumbelow-Scott in Lion Brand Alpine Wool (Black) and Schachenmayr SMC Boston in Orange - quick Giants hat for Chad for Christmas

Barb has cast on:
Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway
Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Invictus Yarns Victorious in the Exotic colorway.
Geometry Scarf by Knitculture.com, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall-colors colorway.

And she continues to work on:
Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway ($9)
Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, (a merino, microfiber, and cashmere blend) in a royal blue colorway (a $6.50 pattern).  

Tracie has cast on:
Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).  Second try!
Vanilla socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel in Knit Picks Felici (Baker Street colorway) for Will
Fletcher hat by Elizabeth Doherty in Universal Yarn Uptown DK Anti Pilling Acrylic in the Granite colorway - for Kevin

And she continues working on:
 The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.
The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.
 The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

Lars Rains.  To win a copy of the ebook, leave a comment here.


Barb really enjoyed I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

She has also finished reading:
The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore
The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft

Tracie highly recommends The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson and The Forgotten Ones by Brian McGilloway

She also finished reading:
The Family by Marissa Kennerson
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

Barb is very much enjoying both Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole and Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle



Tracie is enjoying Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by M.C. Beaton writing as Marian Chesney and The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Episode 104: What's New, Knit Companion?

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Book Talk Begins at 57:30

Recorded on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Our Sweater KAL is ongoing!  You have until January 15, 2016 to complete an adult sweater and be eligible a great prize package that will include:
  • A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
  • A package of Yarn Cozies
  • A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
  • And more!
Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:


*  Baa-ble Hat #1 and #2 (pictured here), using Plymouth Yarns Galway Worsted in various colors.

*  Zigzagular Socks by Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway.

*  Rachel's Rollers (Rose City Rollers socks) by Susie White, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis color way








Tracie has finished:

Tri-Peak hat by Woolly Wormed, using Classic Elite Yarns Waterlily in the 1938 colorway.

*  Two Little Hats - no patterns and she has no idea what the yarns are.

*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.

*  Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagen in Valley Yarns Goshen





Barb is working on:
*  The Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Yarns Cash Vero DK in a royal blue colorway (this yarn is discontinued).
*  Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, usingCascade 220 Sport in the Charcoal Gray colorway.

Tracie is working on:
* The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.
*  The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.
*  Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos in Fishknits Boot Strap in the Fat Tuesday colorway.
*  The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.






Tracie and Barb interview Sally Holt (slyknits on Ravelry, and the creator of Knit Companion) about all the new, cool features of the app, Knit Companion.   What they were most excited about is:

*  the new linking feature to your Ravelry library
*  Knit Companion for Android will be coming after the new year!


Be sure to enter the contest to win a KC pattern package from Knit Companion, here.  We will announce the winners on the next podcast.





BOOKS

Barb has finished:

*  Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology, and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill - Barb recommends this book!
*  Forsaken by Andrew Van Wey - Barb was very "meh" about this one.



Tracie has finished:
*  Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle - Tracie highly recommends this book, especially the audiobooks with excellent narration by Alison McLemore!
*  The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith - recommended.












Barb is currently reading:
*  The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft
*  The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore

Barb Did Not Finish:
*  The Alphabet of Birds by S.J. Naude.  She just couldn't do it.

Tracie is currently reading:
*  The Family by Marissa Kennerson
*  Double Life: The Shaterring Affair between Chief Judge Sol Wachtler and Socialite Joy Silverman by Linda Wolfe
*  The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Tracie's Thumbs Up was Carrie Fisher - check her out in this great interview!
Carrie's dog now has his own Instagram account!  He's @garyfisher - the Chicks are following him now - you should too!




Sunday, November 29, 2015

Episode 103: You Can Look Forward to That...or Not...


Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until Jan 16.  Challenge yourself!


Post your FO in the FOs thread to be entered to win one of 4 fabulous prize packages that will contain:
A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
A package of Yarn Cozies
A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
And more!

New podcast – Unraveling with Greg (KnittingDaddy) and Joey (JoeyGibson)
Barb also recommends Two Ewes Fiber Adventures with Kelly and Marsha, and Teaching Your Brain to Knit with Margaret and Catherine.


Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!


Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

Barb has been busy!  She has finished:
Over & Over Cowl & Infinity Loop by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, using Duren Dyeworks
Tappee Hattee by Allison Britt, using Dizzy Blond Studios Superwash DK in the Camilla colorway (free)
Maize Mitts #2 by Tin Can Knits, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showcase Worsted in the Love Potion #9 colorway (free)
Barley Hat #2 by Tin Can Knits using Leading men Fiber arts Showcase Worsted in the Love Potion #9 colorway (free)
Minecraft Creeper Beanie by Tracy McDowell using a bright green color of Vanna’s Choice and Plymouth Encore Black.


Tracie finished:
Fair Winds Beanie by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas in Alpenglow Yarn Skinny Singular Corrie in Mermaid Tail


Barb cast on:
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.
Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith, using 4 colors of Plymouth Galway Worsted.

And she continues to work on
Zigzagular Socks by  Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway (free)
Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway ($9)

Tracie cast on:

And is working on:
Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.
Longstreet by Nancy Totten (Front Range Bags), using Abstract Fiber Temptations in The Gorge colorway
Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagan, using Valley Yarns Goshen.
Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos (free pattern) in FishKnits Boot Strap in Fat Tuesday Colorway

Barb finished:
Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts


Tracie finished:
Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
Bad Blood by John Sanford
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Barb is reading:
The Alphabet of Birds by S. J. Naude
Forsaken by Andrew Van Wey

Tracie is reading
The Woman Who Walked in the Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

The Family by Marissa Kennerson