Monday, July 17, 2017

Mother Bear Face How-tos

Barb's bear face demonstration, with surprisingly unskilled camerawork :-/

And here is Tracie's, which is a bit better after a conversation with the camera operator:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Episode 140: And You Knit It, Like, Three Times

Tracie apologizes for all the ambient noise in this episode.  She shouldn't have been fiddling with stuff so much during recording!

Listen

Recorded on July 8, 2015
Book Talk Begins 23:07

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!



We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
1.  The KAL will run from now - 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.  
5.  Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear.


Thank you to everyone who has downloaded, read, and/or reviewed Tracie's novel Regret & Return: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra is available for $2.99, or free as part of Kindle Unlimited.

KNITTING


Barb highly recommends Cloudborn Fibers Wool Worsted Twist, available from Craftsy.com

Barb has finished:
* Mother Bears #109 & #110
Peer Pressure Shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Abstract Fiber O'Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway
Close-up of Barb's Peer Pressure


Tracie has finished
Mother Bears #110 and #111

Barb is currently working on:
ScWiNoNa by Weezalana in Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
* Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway
Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.
Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.
Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.
Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

Tracie is currently working on:
* Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in SF State colors
New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive
* 3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”
Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and * (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)
(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie
Bad Blood (Lucy Black #4) by Brian McGilloway


Barb is reading:
People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

Tracie is reading:
Murder at McDonalds: The Killers Next Door by Phonse Jessom
The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick

Barb recommends:

Ear Hustle podcast
Shetland TV Series (available on Netflix)
The Handmaid's Tale TV series (available on Hulu

Monday, July 3, 2017

Episode 139: The Chocolate is All Gone


Recorded June 28, 2017
Book Talk starts at 34:20

The 2 Knit Lit Chicks SWAP is done - thank you, SandraMaz!

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded, read, and/or reviewed my novel Regret & Return: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra is available for $2.99, or free as part of Kindle Unlimited.

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
1.  The KAL will run from now - 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.   And thank you:
DCAlaneKnits – a mystery prize to a winner, and  a prize for people knitting or crocheting their first bear!
PattyB – pattern up to $8
An anonymous donor will gift a Ravelry pattern of the winner’s choice up to $7 
PinotNoir has donated a whole bunch of lovely yarn
LetsGoBows has made a $15 directly to the MBP

Barb has finished
Slip and Swirl Socks by krisluvswool, using Ladybug Fibers Company Sparkly Sock Self-Striping in the Twinkle Toes colorway.
Pioneer Braid Scarf using a Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Gelato Pop colorway
Noro Woven Stitch Shawl by Zapasi, using a Caron Cake in the Blueberry Cheesecake colorway

Tracie has finished
Mother Bears 107108 and 109 
Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey (linen & cotton)


Barb has cast on
ScWiNoNa by Weezalana in Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

And continues to work on
Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.
Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  
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.
Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Abstract Fiber O’Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway
Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.
Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

Tracie has cast on
Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in SF State colors
New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

And continues to work
3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”
Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)
(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway

Barb has finished
The Green Road by Anne Enright
Celine by Peter Heller
Ask Him Why by Catherine Ryan Hyde


Tracie has finished
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
How It All Began by Penelope Lively
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp


Barb is reading

Tracie is reading
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie
Bad Blood (Lucy Black #4) by Brian McGilloway

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Episode 138: That Is Not An Act of God


Recorded on June 14, 2017
Book Talk Starts at 33:30
Tracie has a published novel available through Amazon on Kindle:  Regret & Return: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra.  It is available for $2.99, or free as part of Kindle Unlimited.  Check it out!

2KLC Swap is almost over!  JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date.  When you get your swap package, please take pictures and post in the "THANK YOU" thread.

Framework: Ten Architectural Knits by Norah Gaughan!  The winner will be announced at the end of this podcast.

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
1.  The KAL will run from now - 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.

Listen to the end of the podcast to hear the 3 winners of the Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill!  This contest ended on June 15, 2017.

KNITTING
Tracie has finished:
Mother Bears #106 & #107
Her second Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota from a fingering weight "Magic Cake"
Barb has finished:
*  her Edin Cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain’s Blue Colorway.
*  Noro Woven Stitch Shawl by Zapasi, using a Caron Cake in the Blueberry Cheesecake colorway.
*  Mother Bears #106 & #107
Mother Bears #106 & #107 for both Tracie and Barb!
Tracie has cast on:
*  Her 3rd Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jane Pihota, again using a "Magic Cake" of fingering scraps.

Tracie continues to work on:
*  Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)
*  (Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway
*  Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 
Barb has cast on:
*  Her 2nd Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota 
*  A 2nd Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fukatso, using Madelinetosh Feather in the Odyssey colorway

Barb Continues to work on:
*  Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.
*  Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  
*  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.
*  Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Abstract Fiber O’Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway
*  Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.
*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
*  Lily & the Octopus by Steven Rowley
Barb has finished:
*  What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
*  Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith

Tracie is currently reading Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Barb is currently reading:
*  The Green Road by Anne Enright













Saturday, May 27, 2017

Episode 137: It Was Their Version of a Bud Lite


Book Talk starts at 28:45
Recorded May 25, 2017

2KLC Swap is moving along.  Please check in frequently!  It is so important...
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.

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.

Tracie and Barb will both be at Spinning at the Winery on June 3!  The event will run from 10am to 4pm at Retzlaff Vineyards in Livermore, California.  Enjoy some wine, bring a dish to share in the excellent potluck lunch, pick up some yarn or spinning supplies in the vendor’s market, and don't forget your knitting, drop spindle or spinning wheel!  This is the 20th annual event put on by the Treadles to Threads Spinning Guild.

KNITTING
Tracie has finished:
Mother Bears 103 (knit) and 104 (crochet)
Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge colorway


Barb has cast on:
Edin Cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain’s Blue Colorway.
Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.
Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  
Noro Woven Stitch Shawl by Zapasi, using a Caron Cake in the Blueberry Cheesecake colorway.
And continues 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.
*  Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Abstract Fiber O’Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway
*  Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.
*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.


Tracie has cast on:
Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)

And continues to work on:
(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway
Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK 
2nd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”

BOOKS
Barb finished;
The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Tracie didn’t finish Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

She did finish:
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny


Barb is reading:
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith




And Tracie is reading:
Lily & the Octopus by Steven Rowley


Thumbs Up – Dos Coyotes Border Cafe.  There are now 10 locations in the Sacramento Area and the East Bay.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Episode 136: It Has a Little Nub

Listen

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