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

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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).



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Episode 115: Mother Bears, Extra Boobs, and the Politics of Podcasting

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Recorded on June 10, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 29:50


 Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!  

We have started a Mother Bear KAL/CAL 2016 Chatter Thread.  The FO thread will go up on July 1st, the official start of the KAL.  


Thank you to Kristin (LaterKnitter on Rav) for donating 3 patterns from her daughter's Ravelry pattern store Strawberie Blonde (Erin Harper) for Mother Bear KAL prizes.  And thank you to KrisLusWool for her donation of her In Transit Hat and Cowl pattern.


Barb recommends the Skein Enable audio podcast with Jill (notice on Rav) and Michele (photospice 0n Rav).


To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, Win Annetarsia Knits! and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.


Lifefulloflaugh (Lisa) who hosts the Sock Yarn Swappers Ravelry Group  is running the Summer of Squares KAL.  Join the group and have some fun with those mini skeins!


Tracie will be in New York City  June 20-24 - message her if you want to meet up at a yarn store, or for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, etc!


KNITTING

Barb has finished:





  • Mother Bears #76, #77, #78 & #79.



  • Her Scraptastic Hat by Jane Tanner, using leftover fingering weight yarn.






Tracie has finished:


Barb is continuing to work on:



  • Crackerjack Cowl by Stacie Simpson Duke in 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK
  • Vanilla Socks for Will using Berroco Comfort Sock in a gray and white self-striping colorway.
  • Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessle in Fish Knits Divine gradient Lotus colorway.
  • Summer of '16 by Nidhi Kansal using Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Skinny Cotton in the Sprout colorway


  • Barb has frogged her Forest Foliage by Alana Dakos from the Botanical Knits 2 Book, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.


    Tracie is continuing to work on:

    Tracie has cast on:
    BOOKS


    Barb and Tracie both finished:
    • Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty.  They both loved this book!
    Barb also finished:
    Tracie did not finish Somethink Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury







    Tracie has finished:







    Barb is currently reading:













    Tracie is currently reading:












    At the end of this epsiode, we announce the four winners for the Joanna Johnson books!

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Episode 114: Mrs. Bennett is Never Cast in a Good Light

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    Book Talk Starts at 38:55
    Recorded on May 25, 2016

    Book Talk starts at:

     Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!

    We want to thank SSKnits (Joan) for her prize donation for the Mother Bear KAL.  She is donating a pattern of the winner's choice from her Ravelry Store and Knit Figures, her newly designed knitting app!


    Tracie and Barb will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  The cost is $5 person.  Don't forget:
    * sunscreen and a hat
    * a potluck dish to share
    * Whatever you would like to drink (wine is available for purchase)
    Come and join us!

    Please go over to the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to find out information about joining in the PalKal (the Podcaster-Along Knit Along).  Dates for this KAL will be 6/15/16 - 9/15/16.


    KNITTING


    Barb has finished:


    Schknit Happens Hat #3 by Myra Wood, using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.

    *  Mother Bear #75








    Tracie has finished:
    *  Drizzle hat by MelSki, using her own handspan
    *  Mother Bears # 73, 74 & 75.

    Barb is continuing to work on:


    Barb has cast on:


    Tracie is continuing to work on:

    Tracie has cast-on:
    • Weekend Cowl by Liz Capik in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply  in the Dahlia colorway
    • Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering - to the right is a picture of the yarn as it looked in the skein and then wound into a cake.  What a difference!










    KNITTING BOOK REVIEW


    Barb and Tracie reviewed Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia by Anne Berk. It is a beautiful book featuring a new technique invented by Anne for easy intarsia knitting in the round.  

    To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, "Win Annetarsia Knits" and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.

    BOOKS

    Barb has finished:

    Tracie has finished:







    Barb is currently reading:

    Tracie is currently reading: