Monday, January 26, 2015

Episode 84: Let's Try This Again

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Book Talk starts at: 30:46

Recorded on January 21, 2015

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along – starts in less than 2 week! February 1-April 1. You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.   Please go here to participate on the chatter thread.


Our Sweater KAL is over!  There were 107 completed sweaters - congratulations to all who participated.  The winners of the 3 prize packages are announced at the end of the podcast. 

Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen – A number of people have expressed interest so we will go ahead with it.  The dates will be announced later.

Alice's Embrace:  Barb discussed a charity seeking volunteers to knit and crochet prayer shawls and lap blankets for those suffering from Alheimer's Disease.  You can find more information about it here.

Events:
EVENTS:
Tracie and Barb will be at:
Stitches West – February 19-22 – Santa Clara, CA
Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 17-19, 2015 - San Juan Bautista


Knitting

Tracie has finished:
Mushishi Ruffled Scarf from Plymouth Yarns/Plymouth Mushishi in Stained Glass

Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden/Sock Yarns from Invictus Yarns and Fishknits plus Knitted Wit Shine and KnitPicks Chroma

Barb has finished:
135-31 DROPS Tristen Hat, using Becoming Art DK weight in the Warm Spice Colorway

*  Mother Bear #51

















Tracie is still working on:
*  Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown
 * Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Sock Yarn Blanket in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage

Barb is still working on:
Top-Down Icelandic Sweater by Ragga Eriksdotter, using Isex Lett-Lopi in the Glacial Blue Heather, White and Sun Yellow colorways. 
Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang.
* The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorwway.
Snicket Socks by Sabine Riefer, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid in the Tranquility colorway.

 Tracie has cast-on:
*Mrs. Bakery Bear by Kay F. Jones, using scrap yarn from her stash.  She is currently working on the body and completely enjoying herself!













Barb has cast-on:

 * a pair of vanilla socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Plymouth Yarn Neon Now in a green/pink/blue colorway.














Tracie's knitting 2014 Year In Review:

17 Mother Bears
13 hats
9 shawls and scarves
7 pairs of socks
7 sweaters
4 pairs of fingerless mitts
3 cowls
2 bags

BARB'S KNITTING 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW:

Total of 80 projects completed in 2014. 15.2 miles knitted.
a.     8 sweaters
b.     19 pair of socks
c.      6 shawls
d.     3 toys
e.     6 cowls
f.      5 mitts
g.     1 mittens
h.     1 poncho
i.       10 hats
j.       3 scarves
k.     2 other
l.       19 Mother Bears
m.   4 preemie hats


Books:

Tracie has finished:
The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald.  She recommends it with reservations.
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Barb has finished:
Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas.  Barb gives it a very enthusiastic thumbs up!








Tracie is currently reading:
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty






Barb is currently reading:
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, through the CraftLit podcast.
Section 132 by Helga Zeiner
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Tracie read 66 books in 2014...Barb read 80 books in 2014.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Episode 83: Tracie Administers Some Tough Love


Book Talk Begins at 48:23

There’s less than a week to get those sweaters finished!  Post FOs in our Sweater FOs thread to be entered to win one of our three prize packages.  The FOs thread will close at the end of the day on January 15, and we will draw winners at the end of Episode 84.

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!

Let us know if you have any interest in a Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Barb’s Finished Objects
 Jet Set Cowl by Paulina Popiolek



Multidirectional Scarf by Karen Baumer


Tracie’s Finished Objects:
Earbud Pouch by Mary Keenan

Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Barb has cast on:
Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.

Snicket Socks by Sabene Riefer, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid  in the Tranquility colorway

135-31 DROPS Tristan Hat, using Becoming Art DK in the Warm Spice colorway.  Manly hat!

And continues to work on:
Top-Down Icelandic Sweater by Ragga Eriksdotter with the Craftsy class, using Letllopi yarns.  It looked small to Tracie, so she gave Barb some tough love, much like this boy does to his little sister:



Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang – did many squares!


Tracie has cast on:
Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown

Mushishi Ruffled Scarf from Plymouth Yarns/Plymouth Mushishi in Stained Glass

Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden/Sock Yarns from Invictus Yarns and Fishknits plus Knitted Wit Shine and KnitPicks Chroma

And continues to work on:
Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage


It's the cat's pajamas!  Leave a comment telling us which pattern you’d like to knit here to be entered to win an ecopy!


Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen



The Magpies by Mark Edwards

BookBub newsletter – discount and free ebooks

The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

Death on Account by Margaret Yorke

The Last Life by Claire Messud

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

World War Z by Max Brooks

An 1952 Life article about "practice house" babies

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon


LL Bean Comfort Jeans – thank you Marcha (teal on Ravelry)!



Monday, December 22, 2014

Episode 82: Happy Holidays From the Chicks

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Book Talk starts at 38:27

This episode was recorded on December 19, 2014.


The Sweater KAL is ongoing!  Get your sweaters finished and post your FO picture here to be eligible to win one of three great prize packages.

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!

Barb recommends the Stitch Party Podcast (audio), with host flyingmuse.

She also recommends the video podcast The Knitting Den with Denise.

Events:
Barb will be attending the South Bay Knitting Retreat January 2-4, 2015 in San Juan Bautista.
Stitches West 2015, in Santa Clara California February 19 - 22, 2015.
The Northern California Knitting Retreat, in San Juan Bautista, California April 17 - 19, 2015.  We still have 1 spot open!  Email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for a registration form.

For those of you attending The Northern California Knitting Retreat, please join the NorCal Knitting Retreat Ravelry Group to stay up-to-date on all the information.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:



Tracie has finished:



                Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press
                Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten
                And The Horse You Rode In On fingerless mittens by Karin Aida
                Beer Lovers’ Mitts by Natalia Moreva



Tracie is currently working on:

Tracie has cast on:
Brenda Castiel's Hanging Gauge Swatch tutorial 

Barb is currently knitting:

Barb has cast-on:


Barb will be frogging her Custom-Fit Featherweight cardigan.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Apple Tree Yard by Louisa Doughty.  She heartily recommends this book!
















Barb is reading:

Tracie is reading:












You can see the bladder-related commercials that Tracie talked about in her "Thumbs Down" section here:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Episode 81: A Podcast About a Podcast?

Book Talk starts at 48:00

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!

Can’t get enough of the Serial podcast?  Check out Slate’s Serial Spoilers Specials – a podcast about a podcast!

The Yarnit – coming soon to the Leading Men Fiber Arts store

Barb has finished
A Raspberry hat, using the 0-966 Sweet Pumpkin by DROPS design

  •       The Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilla using Cascade 220 worsted in a dark gray colorway

  •       Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian, using leftover Malabrigo Rios in the lotus colorway – a free pattern on Ravelry.  Theses were supposed to be for her granddaughter Rachel, but they came out very small so she gave them to her manicurist instead.

  •       Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Beamer, using Malabrigo Rios in the Lotus colorway –a free pattern on Ravelry.  These are for Rachel, but Barb likes them so much that she plans to make a pair for herself!



Tracie has finished her Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane, made from Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway.  It fit perfectly, but then it grew!  So she will have to frog and reknit it in the original small/medium size.

Barb cast on a pair of socks using Fishknits MCN Opulence in the Weathered colorway.

She continues to work on:
Tracie has cast on:


She continues to work on:
                Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press
                Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten
                And The Horse You Rode In On fingerless mittens by Karin Aida
                Beer Lovers’ Mitts by Natalia Moreva
Three of four beer cozies completed!




4 patterns in the ebook, available on Ravelry for 9.80 GBP (about $15). 
Enter to win a copy here

Tracie liked
The Position by Meg Wolitzer
and
but did not finish
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige because it was too annoying
  
Barb highly recommends In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

She has also finished
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCrieght
The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Tracie is currently listening to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
and reading

Barb is currently reading
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Last Life by Claire Messud
and

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Episode 80: Most of the Stuff Was Really Immature

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Book Talk starts at 36:45

This episode was recorded on November 20, 2014

Barb and Tracie were guests on the Yarn Thing with Marly Bird podcast on November 20th.

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is ongoing until January 15, 2015.  We currently have over 30 sweaters completely in our Sweater KAL FO thread.  Come on in and join us!

Thank you for your iTunes Reviews!

Win an autographed copy of The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  Enter to win via this thread on our Ravelry Forum.  Contest ends on December 1st.  Thank you to JanaNav for this donated prize!

Win this project bag, generously donated by Daisy50 of the Art Institchtute of Chicago etsy shop.  Be sure to check out her shop now for her Halloween/ Day of the Dead project bag sale!

Go to our blog to enter.  This contest will end on December 1, 2014.




Barb recommends 3 podcasts:
1.  The Minerva Turkey video podcast, hosted by minervaturkey (Shannon).  Available on YouTube and iTunes
2.  The Two Ewes Fiber Adventures audio podcast, hosted by 1hundredprojects (Kelly) and mfuesel (Marsha).
3.  The Serial Podcast.

Events:
Barb and Tracie will be attending:
Stitches West 2015, in Santa Clara California February 19 - 22, 2015.
The Northern California Knitting Retreat, in San Juan Bautista, California April 17 - 19, 2015.  We still have 1 spot open!  Email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for a registration form.

KNITTING


Barb has finished:
1.  Woobie Giraffe #2, using different colors of Knit Picks Brava Sport in various colors.  This pattern is from the Woobie Pattern Collection, Series 1 by Kris Carlson.

2.  Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple colorway.

3.  Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel (from the Sock Architecture book) using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Betelgeuse colorway.  Barb does not recommend using such a highly variegated yarn for this pattern as it doesn't let the pattern shine...





Tracie has finished:

1.  Her 2nd Ethan the Aviator hat, by Gabrielle Danskknit using Cascade Yarns Bentley.  How cute is baby Dominic in this hat?!!

2.  Cleito by Susan Mills, using Mirasol Yarns Ilaris in a plum color way, and Nashua Handkints Creative Focus Cotton DK in a yellow colorway.

3.  The Doodie hat by Woolly Wormed using Ella Pompe in a pink colorway.

4.  Opposite socks (Tracie's own pattern) using Anzula Nebula in the Kale colorway and Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in Laborite.  It took Tracie less than 2 weeks to knit up these socks!

5.  Basic Peanut Body by Rebecca Danger (from 50 Yards of Fun by Rebecca Danger.

Barb is working on:
1.  Rivercat Socks by Brenda Patipa, using Knit Fit Knitting Jazzy in the Sea Blue Colorway
2.  CustomFit Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fetig, using Must Stash Yarn Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.

Barb has cast-on:
1.  Jet Set Cowl by Paulina Popiolek, using Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply in the Deep Sea Jellyfish colorway.
2. Eilonwy Junior cardigan by Carol Feller, using Berroco Weekend DK in a light blue and a pink colorway.
3.  Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilla, using Cascade 220 Worsted in a dark gray colorway.

Tracie is working on:
1.  Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane, using Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway.
2.  Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey, using Blue Heron Rayon Mettalic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway.

Tracie has cast-on:
1.  A set of 4 or 6 cozies using the  Garter Coaster Beer Cozy pattern by Jessica Landers for her BIL.  She is color working rude sayings onto the cozies with help from:
     *  Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press
     *  Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten
     *  And the Horse You Rode in on by Karin Aida
     *  Beer Lovers' Mitts by Natalia Moreva
All using leftover yarns!

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
1.  Don't Look Now: and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier - Barb recommends this short story collection.
2.  Night Film by Marisha Pessl - Barb recommends this book with reservations - don't expect a horror story...


Tracie has finished:
1.  Bitch in a Bonnet: Reclaiming Jane Austen From the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps, Volume 2 by Robert Rodi - Tracie recommends this for any reader who is a Jane Austen enthusiast!
2.  The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh - Tracie recommends this book
















Tracie and Barb have both finished and enthusiastically recommend:  The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell.  Two THUMBS UP!












Barb is currently reading:
1.  Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
2.  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson





Tracie is currently reading:
1.  The Position by Meg Wolitzer
2.  Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige