Sunday, August 9, 2015

Episode 96: We Aren't Hunters

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Book Talk starts at 30:55

Recorded on August 5, 2015

Our Cardi/Tank or Tee KAL has ended.  Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to hear the winners named.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is going strong!  We have over 240 bears so far.  Barb reminded everyone to send their bears into the Mother Bear Organization in Minneaplis, MN (including $3 per bear for shipping).  Please let either Tracie or Barb know if you would like to donate a prize.




Barb talked about how much she is enjoying the baby birds (House Finches) on her front porch.  They will be leaving the nest soon, and she will miss them.
















Events
Both Barb and Tracie will be attending the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat October 10, 2015.

Barb talked about how much she is enjoying the Serial Podcast, the Undisclosed Podcast, and the Serial Dynasty Podcast.


KNITTING

Tracie has finished:


Mother Bears #60, #61 & #62.  Pictured at left - the Beach Bears!

A pair of vanilla socks for her son, Will, using Berroco Sox, aptly called Boy Sox.

Se[ven]circle by Kristen Johnstone using Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite









Barb has finished:

 Her Woodfords Cardigan, by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock in the Camel color way.

Her Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Undead Yarn Vamphri in the Autism Awareness color way.

Mother Bear #67

Her #21 Classic Cardigan by Sandy Prosser, using Noro Maiko.  A dismal failure...way too big, way too boxy.  She will not frog it, because of the mohair in the yarn.








Tracie is working on:

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge color way.

The Endearment cardigan by Hanna Majiejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire color way.

The Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.

Vanilla socks, using Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahrida colorway.

Tracie has cast-on:

The Persimmon cowl by Jane Cochran, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Teal colorway.

Barb is working on:

The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth yarn DK Merino Superwash.

A pair of vanilla socks, using Fishknits Strong Heart in the Kitty Whiskers colorway.

The Last Frost scarf by Julia Trice, using Bee Mice Elf Sock in the Apple a Day colorway.



BOOKS

Barb has finished:
A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow - she recommends it.

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani - recommended


Tracie has finished:
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson - recommended

Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole - highly recommended (but might be hard to find)

Tracie did not finish:
The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn - she does not recommend this book


Barb is currently reading:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sender

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg


Tracie is currently reading:
Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders by Gregg Olsen

Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Paterson

Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards












Saturday, July 25, 2015

Episode 95: Top Down, Watchman and Grizzly Bears

Book Talk starts at 33:45
Recorded on July 22, 2015

Our Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along is almost over – get those last few items off the needles and up on our FOs thread by August 1.


Mother Bear KAL – Any bear knit in 2015 will qualify!  We have 220 bears in the FOs thread – wow!!  Let us know if you would like to donate a prize.

Tracie and Barb will be at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat – Oct 10, 2015 – La Quinta Inn, Tehachapi

Tracie has finished Mother Bears 56, 57, 58 and 59, (all crocheted), and her Gilda by Twisted Sisters in Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis colorway.

Barb got a lot done on her Alaska trip!  She finished:
Mother Bear #58, #59, #60, #61, #62, #63, #64. #65, #66

Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway
Autism Awareness Socks using Undead Yarn Vampyre in the Autism Awareness colorway

Tracie is still working on:




Two pairs of vanilla socks – one in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in the Flahriddah colorway, and one for Will in Berocco Sox

Barb is working on:
Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke – using Plymouth Select Merino DK in orange, black, white and gray.
Classic Cardigan by Sandi Prosser, using Noro Maiko (a silk, wool and mohair blend that feels like a cotton/linen blend) in a crème color.

And she has cast on:
Last Frost Scarf by Julia Trice, using BeeMiceElf in the Apple a Day colorway
Socks using Fishknits Strong Heart yarn in the Kitty Whiskers colorway
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner using leftover Undead Yarn Vampyre sock in the Autism Awareness colorway.


Review: Top Down: Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design by Elizabeth Doherty


Enter to Win a Copy here

Tracie recommends:

Barb recommends

Barb does not recommend Second Glance by Jodi Piccoult

Tracie thought the following books were decent, not great:


Tracie is reading

Barb is reading:

Guided Bear Viewing in Alaska

Friday, July 10, 2015

Episode 94: All By Myself


Book Talk Begins at 21:11

Recorded July 10, 2015

Our Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along deadline has been extended to August 1, so keep going!  Post finished objects here!

Our Mother Bear KAL began July 1, so start making those bears if you haven’t already!  Any bear knit in 2015 will qualify.  Be sure and make a separate post in the FOs thread for each bear you make.    We already have 50 bears– way to go!   Please let us know if you would like to donate a prize.

Tracie and Barb will be at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat – Oct 10, 2015 – location TBA.

Tracie has finished:
Mother Bears 53, 54 and 55


Pause by Norah Gaughan in Berocco Mixer.  At last!  After another major mishap, I put this in timeout for a few days and then got through it.  Much happier with the way it turned out the second time!

Soubrette by Mary Annarella in madelinetosh lace (discontinued).  This was all I worked on during my week at the beach and a couple of days afterward.  Probably put in 15 hours on it but got it finished!

She has cast-on



She continues to work on:
Gilda by Twisted Sisters in Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis (cleh-mat-is) colorway. 
(photo)

Two pairs of vanilla socks – one in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in the Flahriddah colorway, and one for Will in Berocco Sox





Tracie’s (and Will’s) Thumbs Up is Survivor on CBS


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Episode 93: We've Never Spent a Night in a Walmart Parking Lot

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Book Talk starts at: 34:25

This episode was recorded on June 15, 2015.

Come participate in our Cardi/Tank or Tee KAL/CAL!  You have until August 1st to complete your garment.



MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Our annual Mother Bear KAL/CAL is coming right up.  All the information is here.  It will run July 1 - August 30.  Any bears you have made in 2015 are eligible to enter.  Be sure and make a separate post for every bear you knit or crochet.  And we will have PRIZES of course (cause that's just how we roll).


Barb gave a brief update on her current RV trip to Alaska.  She is a fan of the British Columbia, Canada Provincial Parks and the Yukon Territorial Parks.

Upcoming Event:
The Cognitive Fiber Retreat, October 10th.  All the information is here.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

A special project for her friend Sahcha "Kombubucha Couture collection, which she will be showing at Paris Fashion Week in the fall!  This is a picture of the "yarn" knitted up.


Barb has finished:
* Her Yowza Weigh-It Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson, using Miss Babs Yowza - Whatta Skein! in the Believable colorway.
* Mother Bears #54, #55, #56 &#57
Woobie Monkey by Kris Carlson, using 2 colors of Knit Picks Brava Sport in brown and white.
Antler Hat by Tin Can Knits, using Plymouth Galway Worsted










Tracie is currently knitting:
*  Sev[en]circle necklace by Kristen Johnstone, using handspun by Redfish Dyeworks
*  Pause by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Mixer (Tracie has had quite a time with this garment - for full details, listen to the episode!)
*  Gilda by Twisted Sisters, using Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis colorway.
*  Vanilla socks, using Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahriddah colorway.
*  Soubrette by Mary Annarella, using Madelinetosh Lace in the Georgia O'Keefe colorway.
*  Wanda Estelle by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.
*  Vanilla socks in Berroco Sox

Barb is currently knitting:
*  #21 Classic Cardigan by Sandi Prosser, using Noro Maiko in a Creme colorway.
*  Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway/
*  Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 different colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash in orange, black, gray and white.
*  Vanilla Socks using Undead Yarn Vampyre in the Autism Awareness colorway.
*  Woodfords cardigan, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock in a Camel colorway.

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
*  Someone You Know by Brian McGilloway - Thumbs Up from Tracie!
*  The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon - Tracie agrees with Barb - Thumbs Up!
*  Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn - Thumbs Up from Tracie!
*  True Porn Clerk Stories by Ali Davis - Yes - another Thumbs Up from Tracie!
*  I Love You More by Jennifer Murphy - Tracie doesn't really recommend this one.

Both Tracie and Barb finished:
*  The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark - Barb says Thumbs Up, Tracie doesn't agree.

Barb has finished:
*  Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson - Barb says Thumbs Up!
*  The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas, Volume 1 by Kim Fields - Barb recommends it if you were a fan of the original Twilight Zone TV Series
*  Bone Dust White by Karin Salvalaggio - Barb doesn't recommend it.
*  The Children's Crusade by Ann Packer - Barb says Thumbs Up!
*  Finding Jake by Brian Reardon - anothe Thumbs Up from Barb

Tracie did not finish Black & White by Dani Shapiro

Tracie is currently reading:
Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith (so far, she is less than impressed)

Barb is currently reading:
*  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
*  Fire and Ice (Liam Campbell #1) by Dana Stabenow
*  Second Glance by Jodi Picoult
*  A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Tracie recommends the TV Show @midnight with Chris Hardwick.
Barb recommends the Netflix TV Series Grace and Frankie.





Friday, May 29, 2015

Episode 92: It's Kind of About Ghosts and Stuff

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Book Talk starts at 27:50

Recorded on May 27, 2015

Come join us in the Cardi, Tank or Tee KAL/CAL!  You have until July 1 to complete your project.

Barb recommends listening to Teaching Your Brain to Knit: Episode 16: Knitting and the Need for Novelty to find out more about why most of us have multiple projects on the needles at any one time and why we feel the need to switch projects.

Tracie will be attending Spinning at the Winery June 6, 2015 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
Her Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett using 12 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.


Her Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pau'ole colorway.
Mother Bear #53


Tracie has finished her spinning her Redfish Dyeworks Fiber that she has had on the spindle for 2 years!

Barb is currently working on:
The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.
Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.
Yowza Weigh-It Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson, using 1 skein of Miss Babs Yowza - Whatta Skein! in the Believable color way.
Vanilla Socks using Undead Yarns Vamphyri in the Autism Awareness colorway.

Barb has frogged the Vesper Tee.

Tracie is currently working on:
Pause by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Mixer.
The Gilda scarf by Twisted Sisters, using Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis colorway.  She had to order more beads for this project and was very impressed with the customer service at Bead Biz!
Vanilla socks using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Socks in the Flahrida color way.
The Soubrette cardigan by Mary Annarella, using Madelinetosh Lace in the Georgia O'Keefe colorway.
Vanilla Socks for Will using Berroco Sox.
The Wanda Estelle poncho using Kollage Yarns Fantastic.

Barb has cast-on:
The Woodfords cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock in a camel colorway.
Woobie Monkey by Kris Carlson, using Knit Picks Brava Sport in both brown and white colorways.


Tracie talked about a very special project that she is currently knitting for her friend Sacha Laurin's Kombucha Couture Collection, which she will be debuting at Paris Fashion Week this coming fall.  You can contribute to her Indiegogo campaign here.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas.  Barb does NOT recommend this book, unless you enjoy in-depth descriptions of male genetalia in your in-the-bedroom scenes.
Unintended Consequences by Marti Green - Barb recommends this as a good solid mystery read.
The Borden Tragedy: A Memoir of the Infamous Double Murder at Falls River, Mass  by Rick Geary - this was Barb's first graphic novel and she enjoyed it!


Tracie has finished:
King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman - Tracie recommends the first book in this series, King Dork over this one.
Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik - Tracie does NOT recommend this book.  Don't believe the hype.
And Then She Was Gone by Rosalind Noonan - Tracie felt this story was obviously based on the Jaycee Dugard case.
The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nexbit - Tracie recommends this book as a glimpse into a little-known portion of American history.

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz - Tracie recommends it!
Isabel Spellman's Guide to Etiquette: What is Wrong with you People? by Lisa Lutz - more of a short story...

Barb is currently reading:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen through the Craftlit Podcast.
The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to DeClutter, Organize and Complify Your Life by Francine Joy
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Eric Larson
Second Glance by Jodi Piccolt

Tracie is currently reading:
Someone You Know: Part Three by Brian McGilloway

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon










Saturday, May 16, 2015

Episode 91: BUT - Here's the Thing

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Book Talk starts at: 51:20

Recorded on May 13, 2015

Come join the Cardi/Tank or Tee KAL/CAL!  Knit any cardigan, tank or tee (adult or child size) between May 1 - July 1.  If you have a project less than 50% done on May 1st, that will work too.  See the FO thread for the prizes we have so far.

Win a pattern of your choice by Debbi Stone!  Go to the contest thread on our Ravelry group and tell us which pattern you would like to win.  We will pick the winner when we podcast Episode 92

Barb talked about and recommended 2 audio podcasts:
1.  ACTUally KNITting podcast, hosted by ACTually KNITting (Michelle)
2.  Teaching Your Brain to Knit, hosted by Margaret924 (Margaret) and MagicWombat (Catherine)

Tracie talked about The Yarnit.  She and Barb both have one and really like this tool.






Events:
Tracie will be attending Spinning at the Winery, AKA Food, Fleeces and Fun! at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA. on June 6, 10 - 4 pm.







Barb will be going on a motorhome trip up through Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Yukon Territory and Alaska.  She will be leaving 5/25 and will be gone about 6 weeks.  She would love to meet up with anyone along the way - PM her on Ravelry!






Tracie talked about how much she is enjoying her bag from the Etsy shop, Silver Shed USA.  Note the clear pocket in the front; it's an add-on you can custom pick at the time you order!












Here is the Silver Shed USA bag Barb ordered and absolutely love!










KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Twigs and Willows Mitts by Alana Dakos, usiang Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Labordite colorway.















Tracie has Cast-On:
The Gilda scarf, using Fiesta Yarns Linnette in the Clematis colorway.

Tracie has frogged the Skew Socks by Lana Holden...she's just not feelin' it right now.  She is re-purposing the Lisa Souza Dyeworks Delux Sock in a vanilla sock right now.

Tracie is continuing to work on:
Red Fish Dyeworks fiber on her spindle
* The Soubrette cardigan. using Madelinietosh Lace in the Georgia O'Keefe colorway.
* The Wanda Estelle poncho, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in the Slate Green colorway.
* Vanilla Socks for Will, using Berroco Sox.

Barb has finished:

* A pair of Vanilla Socks, using Zwerger Garn Opal Schafpate  in the 8120 colorway.
* A Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer using Plymouth Yarn Gina in colorway 15.













Barb has Cast-On:
* A pair of Vanilla socks using Undead Yarn fingering weight in the Autism Awareness colorway.
* The Vesper tee by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Berroco Weekend DK in the 2972 (raspberry) colorway.

                                                                                                             
Barb is continuing to work on:

* The Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors (orange, black, grey and white) of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.  It is happily living in her SF Giants project bag, made by Front Range Bags!
* The Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett, using 12 colors of  Rowan Kidsilk Haze.
* The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.
* The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.
* The original Yowza Weigh-It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson, using Miss Babs Yowza- Whatta Skein in the Believable colorway.




Barb and Tracie discussed the recently- released scarf pattern, Last Frost by designer Julia Trice.  They both want to knit this gorgeous pattern!














MAGAZINE REVIEW

Cooperative Press sent Barb and Tracie digital copies of Knit Edge Magazine, Issue 7 to review.  Both of them found many quality articles and several favorite patterns in this issue.

You can win a digital copy of this issue - go to the Ravelry thread and answer the question to be entered.  This contest will end when Episode 92 is recorded.









BOOKS


Tracie has finished:
*  Me Again by Keith Cronin.  She recommends this book.
*  Wreckage by Emily Bleeker.  She does NOT recommend this book.


Tracie is currently reading"
King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman
Dark Rooms by Lili Anolik










Barb has finished:
As Far As You Can Go by Lesley Glaister.  She doesn't recommend this book.
The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood.  She recommends this book.

Barb is currently reading:
Jurassic Park by Michael Crighton.  She is competely enjoying this book!
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
The Joy of Less, a Minimalist Living Guide: How to DeClutter, Organize and Simplify Your Life by Francine Joy
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas



Friday, May 1, 2015

Episode 90: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

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Book Talk Starts at 37:20

Recorded on April 29, 2015

Our Alana-Along is a wrap (or a sweater or a pair of mitts…)  If you entered, stay tuned till the end of the podcast to find out if you won a prize!  Thanks to all who participated

Our new KAL has begun - the Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along will run May 1-July 1


Robin Wiest raised $1489 for Autism Speaks  with her Sprig of Hope pattern, and she helped her LYS, Twist Knitting and Spinning, raise over $5000 at  their Third Annual Sheep to Shawl Benefit for Autism Speaks.  Congratulations and many kudos to them all!


Click for Kiley – Kiley is a high school senior doing a project collecting hats for the Click for Babies project to help inform new parents about crying and Shaken Baby Syndrome.  If you’d like to help by making a purple baby hat, visit Kiley’s Ravelry page for details.

Tracie will be at:
Fleeces, Food & Fun – Retzlaff Winery in Livermore California - June 6, 10-4pm

Barb finished:
1 Ear Bud Pouch by Mary Keenen – and she’s planning to make another!
3 newborn hats for the Click for Kiley project  Three Textured Baby Hats by Heather Tucker


Tracie finished
1 Knitted Knocker (for a total of four, which she turned in at NoCKRs)
and
the Sprig of Hope shawl by Robin Wiest


Barb worked on:
Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett using many different colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.
Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway. 
Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo’le colorway
Vanilla Socks using Opal Shafpate in the 8120 colorway
Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke – using Plymouth Select Merino DK in orange, black, white and gray.
Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer, Using Plymouth Gina in colorway 15
Yowza Weigh-it Shawl #1 by Susan B. Anderson, using Miss Babs Yowza in the Believable colorway.

Tracie worked on:
Soubrette by Mary Annarella/madelinetosh lace (discontinued) in Georgia O’Keeffe.  Coming along…

Wanda Estelle by Debbi Stone/Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green

Twigs & Willows Mitts by Alana Dakos/Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in Laboradite.  One done!

And cast-on:
Vanilla Socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel/Berocco Sox in colorway 1494

Barb highly recommends
The Orphan Masters’ Son by Adam Johnston
and
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Houseini


And found okay reads in
Aftershock: A Thriller by Andrew Vachss
His Other Life by Beth Thomas

She is currently reading:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
As Far As You Can Go by Lesley Gaister
The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

Tracie Did Not Finish

She recommends
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick  
The audiobook has excellent narration by Noah Galvin


She did not care for
The Carrier by Sophie Hannah (but if you’d like to read one of Hannah’s good thrillers, check out Hurting Distance, The Other Half Lives, or Kind of Cruel

And she found solid reads in
Lady Fortescue Steps Out by Marion Chesney.  First of the Poor Relations
series


She is currently listening to

King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman