Sunday, February 10, 2019

Episode 176: That Doesn't Sound Healthy


Recorded February 7, 2019

Book Talk starts at 35:45


Our 2019 Colorwork KAL has begun and will continue until May 15, 2019.  Come join the conversation on the Chatter Thread, and post your finished objects on the FOs thread.


We are giving away a copy of BostonJen’s new shawl pattern, Go with the Flow - comment on the thread to be entered to win.  The contest will end March 15.

We talked a little bit about inclusiveness in the Fiber Community.  Me and White Supremacy workbook by Laaya Saad 

If you’d like to follow Paula Emmons-Fuessle’s updates about her battle with ovarian cancer and leave her a message,  you can do so here.

We will be at Stitches West - February 21-24, Santa Clara Convention Center.  If you see us around the marketplace or bar area, come say hi!  Or come to the meet-up at Hyatt Bar Saturday afternoon.



KNITTING
Tracie has finished
1 Knitted Knocker, plus retro-fitted all my 2019 knockers so far with Cascade Ultra Pima rainbow yarn on the backs
First Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in the Arizona colorway

Barb has finished:
Mother Bear #153 & 154
Winter Dreamer hat by whiletheyplay designs, using MistiAlpace Chunky in the Pewter colorway
Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub.



Tracie cast on:

Tracie is working on:
Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium
Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway
Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns
Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54
Mermaid Dolls by Lorraine Pistorio using Berroco Elements in 4973 Bismuth, and other yarns

Barb is working on:
Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way
Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.  
Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways

Cast-on
Helix Hat #8 by Jessica Rose
Vanilla Socks using DVD Viso in Rainbow Pantsuit.  

BOOKS

Tracie has finished: 
Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin - this one was okay
Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson - juicy little thriller!
The Stranger in Our Home by Sophie Draper - thumbs down
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty - excellent!  Tracie and Barb will discuss this book on the next episode


Barb has finished:
A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley - Barb highly recommends



Tracie is reading: 
Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Barb is currently reading:
Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

Nine Perfect Lives by Liane Moriarty

Tracie KonMari'd all her knitted objects - her friends were happy to take them off her hands!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Episode 175: I Usually Take Pictures of Mine

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Recorded on January 24, 2019


Winners for our Sweater KAL are announced at the end of the podcast, after ThumbsUp/ThumbsDown.  The winner of Helen Stewart's book, The Shawl Society, Season 1 is announced also.


From the Ravelry Hiberkntting cowl pattern page  (Stephen West)

Our 2019 Colorwork KAL will start on February 1, 2019, and will go until May 15, 2019.  Come join the Chatter Thread and make your plans...


KNITTING
Barb's Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli

Barb’s FOs
1.  Mother Bear #152
3.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway
4.  Whinstone Hat #3 by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor color way.


Tracie's Ponytail Hat by Knikki Knits
Tracie’s FOs
1.  Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik-MacDonald in arkaik fibers swanky aran in Jealous Sea - she didn't like the finished product, so she ribbed it out and made a Pussyhat!
2.  Pony Tail Hat by Knikki Knits, using purple spirit Yarn
3.  Rib-a-Roni hat by Jane Tanner using spirit yarn in gold and purple
4.  Simonside Hat by Katya Frankle, using Big twist Yarns Premium Hombres
5.  Golden Gate Bridge Hat by Sophie Kurnik in blue and yellow for Will's friend

Barb is working on:
1.  Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way
2.  Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub.
Barb's first row of the Fox Paws pattern!

Barb has cast on:
1.  Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.  
2.  Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways
3.  Winter Dreamer Hat by Whiletheyplay Designs, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway

Tracie is working on:
1.  Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium
2.  Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway
3. Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns
4.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

Tracie has cast on:

1.  First Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in the Arizona colorway
2.  Mermaid Dolls by Lorraine Pistorio using Berroco Elements in 4973 Bismuth, and other yarns

She hasn't touched:
1.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway

BOOKS
Barb has finished:
1.  Into the Abyss:  How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben - Barb gives it a Thumbs Up!
2.  Under Cover of the Night by Diane Fanning - Thumbs sideways
3.  Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen = Thumbs Up!


Tracie has finished:
1.  Blind Faith by Joe McGuinness - Thumbs Up!
2.  The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld - Thumbs up
3.  The Last Days of August by Jon Ronson - Thumbs Up


Barb is currently reading:
1.  The House of Unexpected Sisters (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agancy #18) by Alexander McCall Smith
1.  A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Tracie is reading:
1.  Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin







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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