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



Friday, October 19, 2018

Episode 168: She's Got a Degree in Fabric

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Recorded on October 15, 2018

Book Talk starts at 36:10

Our Summer Swap is over!  If you haven't received your package yet, it is on it's way!

Our Fall Sweater KAL has begun!  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!


The One Perfect Skein pattern by Fredi Baker has been released, and we are giving away 3 copies!  Please leave a comment on the prize thread telling us what yarn you would use to knit it to be entered to win.  This contest will end on October 31st.

KNITTING
Barb finished:
1.  4 Never Not Gnoming gnomes by Sarah Schira
Jayla in her new birthday poncho!
2.  Jayla's F829 Girls Poncho, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Pixie Pop colorway.  This was knit for granddaughter/niece Jayla 10th birthday!
3.  Garter Bliss Shawl by Faith Schmidt, using Dizzy Blond Studios Lambie Toes in the I Aim to Misbehave colorway.  This was knit for Barb's swap partner, Angela.
4.  Mother Bear #148
5.  2 Knitted Knockers

Tracie has finished:
Tracie's Little Hipster Cardigan for an upcoming nephew

1.  Tracie's Little Hipster Cardigan by Kate Gondwana in Juniper Moon Cumulus in the Aquarium colorway
2.  Fiddly Bits #6 by Jane Pihota
3.  Rikke Hat #2 by Sarah Young in Knitting Fever Painted Mist in the Venice Carnival colorway


Barb is still working on:
1.  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.
One Thank You Sarah sock competed!

2.  Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.
3.  Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist
4.  Socks for Will using Opal yarn. 

She has cast on:
1.  Wild Dandelion Hat by Thea Coleman, using Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight in the Folkstone colorway

Tracie is working on:
1.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Cascade Hollywood In the Walnut colorway
2.  Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways
3.  Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium
4.  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 has finished:
1.  A Town Like Alice by Nevil Schute
2.  Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
3.  Girls and Boys by Dennis Kelly
4.  The People vs Alex Cross by James Patterson
5.  The Ocean Liner by Marius Gabriel




Tracie has finished:
1.  To Die For by Joyce Maynard
2.  Trespassing by Brandi Reeds
3.  Deception by Jonathan Kellerman


Barb is currently reading
1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
2.  A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
3.  Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout



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Friday, October 5, 2018

Episode 167: Lots of Mother Bear KAL Prizes!

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Recorded on September 25, 2018
Book Talk starts at 25:40

Our Summer Swap is coming to and end - the mail-by date was October 5!

Our Mother Bear KAL has ended - prizes are announced at the end of this episode.

Our Fall Sweater KAL has begun!  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.


The One Perfect Skein pattern by Fredi Baker has been released, and we are giving away 3 copies!  Please leave a comment on the prize thread telling us what yarn you would use to knit it to be entered to win.

KNITTING
Barb finished:
Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira


Tracie has finished:
2 more Never Not Gnoming gnomes - one for my friend Judy and one for my niece Jayla
for my swap partner: Glam Cowl by Jacqui Harding in Fiberspates Scrumptious Lace in the Jen S Green colorway
test knit: One Perfect Skein by frediknits in Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in the Low Tide colorway
Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

Barb is still working on:
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.
Thank You Sarah socksby Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.
F829 Girls' Poncho by Plymouth Yarns, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll In the Pixie Pop colorway.

She has cast on:
Socks for Will using Opal yarn. 

Tracie left at home:
Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Cascade Hollywood In the Walnut colorway
Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways

She has cast on:
Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium
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

She is still working on:
Fiddly Bits #6 by Jane Pihota

BOOKS
Barb has finished:
Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

Tracie has finished:
The Echo by Minette Walters
The Party by Elizabeth Day
Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen
Where We Went Wrong by Andi Holloway

Barb is currently reading
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Schute
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Tracie is reading:
To Die For by Joyce Maynard


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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Episode 166: Aggressively Mediocre

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Recorded on August 29, 2018
Book Talk starts at 30:50

2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap!
Important Dates 
August 31st: Check-In #3 
September 14th check in #4 
September 28th: final check in 
October 5th: Mail-By Date


Our Mother Bear KAL is ending on August 31, 2018.  Winners and prizes will be announced during Episode 167, which will not be airing until the end of September, 2018!  Thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.

It's time to think about our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Annual 2018 Fall Sweater KAL!  Go here to find out all about it and to chat about your plans.  

Barb will be in Paris September 11-19.  Tracie will be in the Munich area September 26-October 4.  If you are in either of those areas and want to meet up, PM us on Ravelry!


The Tracie’s Cakeride by Undead Yarn giveaway thread has closed - we will pick a winner at the end of the episode!


There is still one spot available at the Studio 49 Retreat put on by the Motherlode Spinners and Weavers at Tuolomne Trails outside Groveland, CA.  The retreat is September 28-30, and you can find out all about it by clicking here.

Emily of the video podcast Andersmill Knits is doing an Advent Calendar Swap!  


CORRECTIONS CORNER:  Barb had 2 corrections from the last episode

1.  When talking about the Netflix series Life Below Zero, the Native- American (Agnes Hailstone) woman is a member of the Inupiaq tribe
2.  Regarding the Thank You Sarah pattern: Sarah Josepha Hale Wikipedia page, and the  book Barb talked about - Thank You Sarah: the Woman who Saved Thanksgiving

KNITTING

Tracie's Gnome #2
Tracie has finished
1.  Mother Bears #149 & #150
2.  Never Not Gnoming Gnome #1 and Gnome #2 by Sarah Schira, using fingering weight scraps.
Barb's Bear and a Bunny Suit



Barb has finished:
1.  Mother Bears #145#146, and #147
2.  Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns & Tea
3.  Bear And a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using Plymouth Encore Worsted Solids In the Neon Green and Oatmeal color ways


Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Fiddly Bits#6 by Jane Pihota
2.  Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways
3.  Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org
4.  or my swap partner: Glam Cowl by Jacqui Harding in Fiberspates Scrumptious Lacein the Jen S Green colorway
5.  test knit: One Perfect Skein by frediknits in Dragonfly Fibers Pixiein the Low Tide colorway

Tracie has cast on:
1.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Cascade Hollywood In the Walnut colorway

Tracie has put in hibernation:
zoe cardi by Cheri Christian in Tahki Cotton Classic in Spruce


Barb continues to work on:
1.  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.

2.  Thank You Sarah socksby Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.
3.  Secret project for swap partner 

Barb has cast-on:

1.  F829 Girls' Poncho by Plymouth Yarns, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll In the Pixie Pop colorway.

BOOKS


Tracie finished reading:

1.  The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner
2.  Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
3.  Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant

Barb has finished:

1.  The Outsider by Stephen King  
2.  A Case of Need by Michael Crichton (written as Jeffrey Hudson in 1968) 
3.  438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin (Barb LOVED this book!)




Tracie is reading:

1.  The Echo by Minette Walters
2.  Written in Blood by Diane Fanning


Tracie did-not-finish: The First fifteen Lives of Harry August by Clair North

Barb is reading:

1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
2.  The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER by Brian Goldman
3.  Written in Blood by Diane Fanning



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