Friday, August 26, 2016

Episode 119: What About Barb?


Book Talk starts at 42:05
Recorded on August 24, 2016


Just a few more days to participate in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  You have until August 31st to post a picture of any bear you have knit or crocheted in 2016 in our FO thread.  Lots of prizes, but your best reward is knowing you have given a child comfort.

Many thanks to our latest donor:
Kathleen (SweeTart77) has donated a project bag from her shop MakeThisFromThat.

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself! 

Knit Companion for Android is at last a thing!

EVENTS
Tracie will be at Lambtown - October 1 & 2 at the Dixon May Fair Grounds in Dixon, CA (9-6 on Saturday, 9-4 on Sunday)

Tracie and Barb will be at the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat - Saturday October 8, 2016 at the LaQuinta in Tehachapi, CA

KNITTING
Barb’s FOs
Mother Bear #93, 94, 95, 96
Added Elegance socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway


PastelMix Shortie Socks using Cascade Heritage in the PastelMix colorway

Tracie’s FOs
Mother Bears 95, 96, 97, 98, 99 & 100!
Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Böttger in Becoming Art Agave fingering in the Nebula colorway

Simple Striped Baby Hat by Sascha van Wagtendonk in Frog Tree Pediboo Sock in Tan and Red Heart Baby TLC Multis in Chocolate Mint

Barb has cast on:
Zigzagular Socks #2 by Susie White, using Fishknits Opulence MCN in the Shades of TPK colorway

And she is working on:
Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke using 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK
Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using my NoCKRs yarn from this year – Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering (silk/merino blend) in the Quietude and Forest Floor colorways.
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway

Tracie has cast on:
Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock in Aguas colorway
Summer Fringe Shawlette by Sarah Keller in Chevel Blanc Official Comete in the Cendre colorway

And she is working on:
Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton
Meris by Elizabeth Doherty in Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in the Carmen colorway

REVIEW - Stranded Magazine, Mild Weather 2016
To win a copy of this e-magazine, leave a comment here.

BOOKS
Tracie has finished:
Vertical by Rex Pickett
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Woman with A Secret (UK title: The Telling Error) by Sophie Hannah

Barb has finished:
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
by Monte Francis

Tracie is reading

Barb is reading:
Nature Girl by Carl Hiasson
Joyland by Stephen King



Stranger Things on Netflix

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Episode 118: It's the Condos That Are Concerning Me

Listen
Book Talk Begins at 30:15

Recorded on August 5, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is ongoing!  You have until August 31st to post a picture of any bear you have knit or crocheted in 2016 in our FO thread.  Lots of prizes, but your best reward is knowing you have given a child comfort.

Thank you to new prize donors:  DCAlaneKnitsredsknitsBostonJentmkr, and dptemple.

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself!  Soon we will start a chatter thread, and create a Ravelry Bundle of patters.

Knit Companion for Android is coming soon!  Please go to the  Knit Companion for Android thread to find out all about it - and to join in the fun with weekly puzzles/games.  Anyone can play - both IOS and Android users.  

EVENTS:
Lambtown at the Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon, CA is October 1 & 2, 2017.  Tracie will be attending.

Cogknitive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA on OctoberOctober 8th.  Both Barb and Tracie will be attending.

KNITTING



Tracie has finished:

* Mother Bears #88 - 94
Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry, using Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo.














Barb has finished:

* Her Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Graffiti colorway
*Christmas Vanilla socks using Wisdom Yarn Saki Bamboo Multis in the Crayon Box colorway
Declan Hat by Samantha Kirby using Vanna's Choice in the Colonial Blue colorway
*Hurricane Hat by Andrea Guldin in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers and Twists


Tracie is currently knitting:
*Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock 
*Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering
Allegra Cami by Svetlana Volkova, using Euro Baby Cotton 

Barb is currently knitting:
Crackerjack Cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash
Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using NoCKRs yarn - Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering 
Whippet by Ankestrick, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blush colorway
Wingspan by Mayan Tri'Coterie Designs, using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi

READING

Tracie has finished:

*  Give a Boy a Gun: The True Story of Law and Disorder in the American West by Jack Olsen
*  You Must Remember This Podcast by Karina Spencer - Charles Manson's Hollywood.  12 episodes, starting with episode 37.



Barb has finished:

*  Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell.
*  Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
*  Something Missing by Matthew DicksBear in the Back Seat I: *  Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Carolyn Jourdon & Kim DeLozer
*   Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town by Jon Krakauer









Tracie is currently reading:

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith Hahn Beer & Susan Dworkin
Vertical: The Follow-Up to Sideways by Rex Pickett












Barb is currently reading:

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Episode 117: Do Not Forget About the Kitty Capes


Book talk starts at 36:55
Recorded July 18, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has started! 


The Mother Bear FO thread is open and awaiting your FO pictures.  Please post a separate picture for each bear.  Let's see if we can beat last year's total of 313 bears!

We can always use more prizes!  If you have anything you want to donate, please contact us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com.

Many thanks to
Halcyon37 – Ravelry pattern of the winner’s choice
From Jamies900 (Jaime) – 4 yarn gifts and a yarn bowl
K8erpillar – set of bear stitch markers
Sue of Invictus Yarns - 3 skeins - 2 worsted and 1 sock
Stephanie of The Happy Buffalo for donating 2 skeins of her sport weight yarn

Start thinking about sweaters!

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself!

Knitting
Barb’s FOs
Mother Bear #83, 8485 & 86
In Transit Hat by Krisluvswool using Cascade Heritage in the PastelMix colorway

Tracie’s FOs
Hermione Loves Ron beanie by Christy Aylsworth (cable and lace beanie) in Mirasol Yarn Nuna
Mother Bears 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86 & 87
Never Forget

Barb’s WIPS 
Summer of ’16 tee by Nidhi Kansel using Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Skinny Cotton has been frogged - did not work out!
Added Elegance socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke using 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK
Christmas Vanilla socks using Wisdom Yarn Saki Bamboo Multis 

Barbs Cast-Ons
Molto Bella Shawl by Brenda Castiel, using NoCKRs yarn - Duren Dyeworks Luscious Fingering 

Tracie’s WIPs
Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering
Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino
Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock 

Barb’s Finished Books: 
Wish You Well by David Baldacci
The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker
Sphere by Michael Crichton
Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver


Tracie’s Finished Books
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (author) and Maira Kalman (illustrator)
The Girls by Emma Cline
The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen




Barb’s Current Books
Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Tracie’s Current Books


Barb’s Thumbs Up - Loopy Ewe's Loopie Groupies Program

and their Loopy Groupies program!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Episode 116: Go Back In Time to Enter Our Drawing

Listen
Book Talk Starts at 30:15

Recorded on July 1, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has started!

The Mother Bear FO thread is open and awaiting your FO pictures.  Please post a separate picture for each bear.  Let's see if we can beat last year's total of 313 bears!

We can always use more prizes!  If you have anything you want to donate, please contact us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com.

Thank you to Lalatricoter (Melissa) for donating her copy of Henry's Hat for a Mother Bear Prize.  Also, thank you to Steve of Leading Men Fiber Arts,  SweeTart77 (Kathleen) of MakeThisFromThat etsy shop, and Goodstuff (Brenda) of
 Good Stuff Crafts etsy shop for their donations of prizes for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

The Annetarsia Knits book giveaway is done.  The winner will be announced at the end of this podcast.


 Tracie had a great time in New York City!  She mentioned Knitty CityAnnie & Co. Needlepoint & Knitting and House of Needlepoint (Darien, CT).  She also spent time with her nieces (pictured at left). they were most interested in playing with her knitting notions.

Tracie also thanked jchant (Julie) for sending her a beautiful skein of HazelKnits yarn, and rozstitches (Rozanne) for the box of Knit Picks needles.


Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs) will be happening April 7-9, 2017.  There may be an option of adding an extra day (Thursday, April 6).




Tracie and Barb reviewed the Fix-A-Stitch.  They have 2 packs to give away.  Please go to the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Ravelry Group to enter the contest!


KNITTING

Barb has finished:
*  KnittyBarb's Monkey Socks #3 by Cookie A., using Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in the Pacific Tonal colorway
KnittyBarb's Socks for Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Dunedin colorway
KnittyBarb's Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Feussle, using FishKnits Divine in the Lotus colorway
* Mother Bears #79, #80, #81 and #82

Tracie has finished:
*  alittleposy's Schnit Happens Scratch Hat #2 by Myra Wood, in Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahrida colorway (pictured above)
*  Capelet Tank by Cathy Carrron in LanaKnits Hemp for Knitting in Aubergine colorway.  She thinks this one is a fail :>(  
*  Mother Bears #77, #78 & #79
Barb is continuing to knit on:
* her Summer of 16 by Nidhi Kansel, using Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton in the Sprout colorway  (pictured above)
* her In Transit hat by KrisLuvsWool, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in the Pastel Mix colorway
* the Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

Tracie is working on:
*  Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering
*  Vanilla socks in Araucania Ranco Multy
*  Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo
*  The Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in the Carmen colorway

Tracie has cast on:
*  Hermione Hearts Ron hat by Christy Aylsworth in Mirasol Yarn Nuna in a royal blue color
* stuffed kitty capes for niece Lexi

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
*  Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer.  Thumbs Up for a book that exposes this subject.
*  Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse - a good solid read
*  Binds That Tie by Kate Moratti
*  Sir Phillip's Folly (Poor Relation #4) by Marion Chesney - another good one in the Poor Relations series












Barb has finished:
*  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  She enjoyed the book.
*  The Good House by Anne Leary - she recommends it.* 
*  The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - this book has received a lot of hype.  She didn't love it as much as others have.
*  No One Knows by J.T. Ellison.  A very good suspense book.








Tracie is currently reading Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (author) and Maira Kalman (illustrator)

Barb is currently reading:
*  Wish You Well by David Baldacci
*  The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker

Barb recommends the book podcast What Should I Read Next?; Book Talk/Reading Recommendations/ Literary Matchmaking by Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy).



Episode 116: Go Back In Time to Enter Our Drawing

Listen
Book Talk Starts at 30:15

Recorded on July 1, 2016

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has started!

The Mother Bear FO thread is open and awaiting your FO pictures.  Please post a separate picture for each bear.  Let's see if we can beat last year's total of 313 bears!

We can always use more prizes!  If you have anything you want to donate, please contact us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com.

Thank you to Lalatricoter (Melissa) for donating her copy of Henry's Hat for a Mother Bear Prize.  Also, thank you to Steve of Leading Men Fiber Arts,  SweeTart77 (Kathleen) of MakeThisFromThat etsy shop, and Goodstuff (Brenda) of
 Good Stuff Crafts etsy shop for their donations of prizes for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

The Annetarsia Knits book giveaway is done.  The winner will be announced at the end of this podcast.


 Tracie had a great time in New York City!  She mentioned Knitty CityAnnie & Co. Needlepoint & Knitting and House of Needlepoint (Darien, CT).  She also spent time with her nieces (pictured at left). they were most interested in playing with her knitting notions.

Tracie also thanked jchant (Julie) for sending her a beautiful skein of HazelKnits yarn, and rozstitches (Rozanne) for the box of Knit Picks needles.


Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs) will be happening April 7-9, 2017.  There may be an option of adding an extra day (Thursday, April 6).




Tracie and Barb reviewed the Fix-A-Stitch.  They have 2 packs to give away.  Please go to the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Ravelry Group to enter the contest!


KNITTING

Barb has finished:
*  KnittyBarb's Monkey Socks #3 by Cookie A., using Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted in the Pacific Tonal colorway
KnittyBarb's Socks for Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Dunedin colorway
KnittyBarb's Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Feussle, using FishKnits Divine in the Lotus colorway
* Mother Bears #79, #80, #81 and #82

Tracie has finished:
*  alittleposy's Schnit Happens Scratch Hat #2 by Myra Wood, in Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahrida colorway (pictured above)
*  Capelet Tank by Cathy Carrron in LanaKnits Hemp for Knitting in Aubergine colorway.  She thinks this one is a fail :>(  
*  Mother Bears #77, #78 & #79
Barb is continuing to knit on:
* her Summer of 16 by Nidhi Kansel, using Blue Sky Fibers Skinny Cotton in the Sprout colorway  (pictured above)
* her In Transit hat by KrisLuvsWool, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in the Pastel Mix colorway
* the Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

Tracie is working on:
*  Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering
*  Vanilla socks in Araucania Ranco Multy
*  Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo
*  The Meris cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in the Carmen colorway

Tracie has cast on:
*  Hermione Hearts Ron hat by Christy Aylsworth in Mirasol Yarn Nuna in a royal blue color
* stuffed kitty capes for niece Lexi

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
*  Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town by Jon Krakauer.  Thumbs Up for a book that exposes this subject.
*  Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse - a good solid read
*  Binds That Tie by Kate Moratti
*  Sir Phillip's Folly (Poor Relation #4) by Marion Chesney - another good one in the Poor Relations series












Barb has finished:
*  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  She enjoyed the book.
*  The Good House by Anne Leary - she recommends it.* 
*  The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney - this book has received a lot of hype.  She didn't love it as much as others have.
*  No One Knows by J.T. Ellison.  A very good suspense book.








Tracie is currently reading Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (author) and Maira Kalman (illustrator)

Barb is currently reading:
*  Wish You Well by David Baldacci
*  The Drowning Game by L.S. Hawker

Barb recommends the book podcast What Should I Read Next?; Book Talk/Reading Recommendations/ Literary Matchmaking by Anne Bogel (Modern Mrs. Darcy).