Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Episode 174: She Starts with a Bikini Wax

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Recorded on January 5, 2019

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!  You have until January 15, 2019 to post your FO picture.

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You can enter to win an autographed copy of The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart by going to our Ravelry group here and entering the contest.  It is available on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  Here in the U.S., it is $13.88 - you can buy it here!  The contest ends on January 15, 2019.


KNITTING

Barb’s FOs
Hopcott Mitts test knit for Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in a blue-green colorway
Bankhead Hat #7 by Susie Gorlay, using leftover Berroco Vintage - teal blue and forest brown

Tracie’s FOs
3 More Never Not Gnomings
Rib-a-Roni in Classic Elite Yarns Water Lily in the Woodbine colorway
1 Knitted Knocker in CoBaSi Plus



Barb is working on:
Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway

And has cast on:
Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way
Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub.
Whinstone Hat #3 by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor color way.

Tracie has cast on:
Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik-MacDonald in arkaik fibers swanky aran in Jealous Sea

And is working 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
Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway
Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway


BOOKS
Barb highly recommends:
Ohio by Stephen Markley
Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman 
Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan 



Barb is currently reading
Under Cover of the Night by Diane Fanning

Tracie highly recommends:
Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - 5 stars!



She does not recommend:
Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah

Tracie is reading:

Blind Faith by Joe McGuinness

Friday, December 28, 2018

Episode 173: Don't Sugarcoat It

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Recorded on December 21, 2018
Book talk starts at 25:05


Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!  You have until January 15, 2019 to post your FO picture.





Barb and Tracie discussed the book,  The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart.   It is a beautiful book.  You can win an autographed copy of this book by going to our Ravelry group here and entering the contest.  It is available on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  Here in the U.S., it is $13.88 - you can buy it here!  The contest ends on January 15, 2019.

KNITTING

Tracie finished:
1.  Gnome Pun Intended by Sarah Schira in James C. Brett Twinkle in the gold color way
2.  3 more Never Not Gnoming gnomes by Sarah Schira - 1 large in worsted weight Istex Lettlopi in Heather Lagoon.
3.  Ponytail Hat by Knikki Knits using Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in the Caberet colorway.
4.  Golden Gate Bridge Hat by Sophie Kurnik in orange and grey Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted.
Tracie's Gnome Pun Intended!
Barb finished:
1.  Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Loopy Legends in the Leah's Hot Stuff colorway
2.  The Done by Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf by Abby Tohline using 2 colors of Cloudborn Sprightly Acrylic Worsted in a Black color way and a dark orange colorway.
3.  Frost at Midnight cowl by Helen Stewart, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway

4.  Mother Bear #150 !!!
Barb's Done-By-Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf - Hufflepuff  modeled by Jayla!

Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns
2.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54
3.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway
4.  Another Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway

 Barb continues to work on:
1.   Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist
2.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway
Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video

Barb cast on:
1.  Hopcott Mitts test knit for Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in a blue-green colorway.
2.  Mother Bear #151
One Hopcott Mitt done!
BOOKS 

Tracie finished:
1.  The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer
2.  Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters
3.  Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
4.  The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland



Barb finished:
1.  Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brandt.  Barb's thoughts - it's OK, not a real strong recommendation, but a good solid 3 stars.



Tracie is reading
1.  Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson
2. Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever


Barb is reading:
1.  Ohio by Stephen Markley - EXCELLENT - heartily recommend!
2.  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman - a slow start but when it gets going - WOW!



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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Episode 172: There Is No Episode 171

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Recorded on December 10, 2018
Book talk starts at 34:03

There is no Episode 171!  We recorded it twice...both times with technical difficulties.  We took it as a sign that the universe doesn't want us to put out an Episode 171.

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!





Barb and Tracie discussed the book,  The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart.   It is a beautiful book.  You can win an autographed copy of this book by going to our Ravelry group here and entering the contest.  It is available on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  Here in the U.S., it is $13.88 - you can buy it here!

KNITTING
Barb finished:
1.  Here We Gnome Again, worsted weight Gnomes with cabled details) by Sarah Schira, using Plymouth Galway Worsted in a raspberry color way
2.  Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits using Malabrigo Rios in the Cirrus Gray color way
3.  Barb's Giants' Rib-A-Roni hat by Jane Tanner, using Cloudborn Fibers Sprightly Acrylic Worsted
4.  Added Elegance #2 Socks for Ann - using Pairfect Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line in the Star Night color way
5.  Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.
Barb's Here We Gnome Again gnomes!


Tracie finished:
1.  Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue 
2.  Galactic Hat by Julianna Puccini in the newborn size
3.  Never Not Gnoming gnome by Sarah Schira 
4.  2nd Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf
5.  Shining Star Cowl by Allison Isaacs, using Katia Air Lux in the #69 colorway, and Universal Yarn Universe in the Bronze colorway
6.  Galactic Hat #4 in Knitting Fever Painted Mist
7.  Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Maine, using Plymouth Rainbow Toybox
Tracie made this Never Not Gnoming gnome for Ryan, representing one of his favorite LA Dodger players.

Barb continues to work on:
1.   Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist
2.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway
Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video

Barb cast on:
1.  Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Loopy Legends in the Leah's Hot Stuff colorway
2.  The Done by Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf by Abby Tohline using 2 colors of Cloudborn Sprightly Acrylic Worsted in a Black color way and a dark orange colorway.
3.  Frost at Midnight cowl by Helen Stewart, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway

Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns
3.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

Tracie has cast-on:
1.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway
2.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway


BOOKS 

Barb finished:
1.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
2.  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
3.  The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Stephen Finkel
4.  All Happy Families by Jeanne McCullough


Tracie finished:
1.  In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
2.  The Rabbi and the Hitman by Arthur J. Majida
3.   You'll Never Know, Dear by Hattie Ephron
4.  Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Barb is reading
1.  Ohio by Stephen Markley
2. Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brandt



Tracie is reading:
1.  The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer

Podcasts mentioned on Barb's Thumbs Up:
1.  The Dream
2.  Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football
3.  Unerased

In Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down, Tracie talked about her very special Christmas Light Affixing Gadget that she invented:


Monday, November 26, 2018

Episode 170: Tracie Gives Barb Her Marching Orders!

Recorded on November 22, 2018




Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!

New bundle - bulky/chunky hats!  We also have a bundle for Quick/Easy gift patterns.

Northern California Knitting Retreat: the deadline for registrations (for both returning and hopeful newbies) is November 30


KNITTING
Barb finished:
Here We Gnome Again, worsted weight Gnomes with cabled details) by Sarah Schira, using Plymouth Galway Worsted in a teal color way
Hopcott Cowl by Chrissy Graham (test knit) using Knitting Rose Merry Blossom (single ply worsted weight) in the That’s Why They Call it the Blues color way

Tracie finished:
Golden Gate Bridge Hat by in Sophie Kurnik in Plymouth Encore


Barb continues to work on:
Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.
Added Elegance #2 Socks for Ann - using Pairfect Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line in the Star Night color way

Barb cast on:
Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits using Malabrigo Rios in the Cirrus Gray color way
Another Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Schira, using Plymouth Galway Worsted in a Raspberry color way.

Tracie continues to work on:
Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue
2nd Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf
Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns
Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54


BOOKS
Tracie finished:
Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne
Close to Home by Cara Hunter

Barb is reading
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


Tracie is reading:

Friday, November 16, 2018

Episode 169: A Second-Tier Women's College

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Recorded on November 14, 2018
Book Talk starts at 40:02


Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!

New bundle - bulky/chunky hats!  We also have a bundle for Quick/Easy gift patterns.

Northern California Knitting Retreat: the deadline for registrations (for both returning and hopeful newbies) is November 30

One Perfect Skein by Fredi Baker - We are giving away 3 copies, and will draw for winners at the end of this episode


KNITTING
Barb finished:
Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway
4 Never Not Gnoming gnomes by Sarah Schira (who is Imagined Landscapes on Rav and has a podcast.  I also bought her other gnome pattern - Here We Gnome Again, worsted weight Gnomes with cabled details)
Gather hat by tincanknits using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Stone Washed color way



Tracie finished:
Rikke Hat by Sarah Young in Knitting Fever Painted Mist in Venice Carnival
1st Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf
Zephyr by Celia McAdams Cahill in Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway
Galactic Hat by Julianna Puccini - a newborn size and an adult size in blue and charcoal gray for BIL and expected baby boy
Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira in blue and yellow
Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Schira in Debbie Bliss Andes (baby alpaca/mulberry silk) in 37009 colorway (sage green) and Cascade 220 Sport



Barb continues to work on:
Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

Barb has cast on:
Added Elegance #2 Socks for Ann - using Pairfect Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line in the Star Night color way
Hopcott Cowl by Chrissy Graham (test knit) using Knitting Rose Yarns Merry Blossom (single ply worsted weight) in the That’s Why They Call it the Blues color way

Barb frogged:
Wild Dandelion Hat by Thea Coleman, using Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight in the Folkstone colorway

Tracie has cast on:
2nd Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf
Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns
Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

Tracie put into hibernation:
Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby in Knit Picks Lindy Chain in Thicket and Harbor
Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

Tracie continues to work on:
Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue

BOOKS
Barb finished:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Tracie finished:
Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Hi, Bob! by Bob Newhart