Saturday, July 21, 2018

Episode 163: Blocking the Drain?

Important Dates 
July 20th: Partner Assignments Sent, check-in #1 
August 3rd: Check-In #2 
August 17th: Check-In #3 
August 31st check in #4 
September 5th: final check in 
September 28th: Mail-By Date



We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes. If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.


Prison’s not supposed to be a cakeride - but your knitting can! Heidi of Undead Yarn took up the challenge to create a colorway based on my slip of the tongue, and she’s giving away a skein of this beautiful fingering weight yarn!  The base in Vamphyri, Undead’s lovely 75% Merino/25% Nylon sock yarn with 462 yards per skein. To enter the drawing, please leave a comment on this thread telling us about a favorite colorway name you’ve seen or worked with, or a colorway name you’ve thought up yourself. The thread will close August 15, and we will draw for a winner in the next podcast.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
Mother Bears 139, 140 , 141 and 142
Bankhead hat #5, using Patons Worsted in the Bird of Paradise colorway
Fragment Tee by Sister Mountain using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blue Bell colorway



Tracie has finished:
Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Maine in Sirdir Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Effect 4ply in Archie (blues and grays)
Mother Bears 139, 140, 141 and 142

Barb is working on:
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryk-Robinsky, using Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock In the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway
Juniata Park Cowl by Erika Flory, using a kit bought from Craftsy.

She has cast 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.
Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, using Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in the 305 (a very pale blush pink) colorway



Tracie continues to work on:
Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway
Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway
Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways
Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway
Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

BOOKS

Barb has finished
Big Alma by Bernice Scharlach
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah



Tracie has finished:
The Good Samaritan by John Marrs



Barb is reading
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Out by Natsuo Kirin

Tracie is reading
Reading:
The Crow Trap by Ann Cleves
The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

Tracie and Barb recommend Anne With an “E” on Netflix



Tracie also recommends Whitechapel (Amazon Prime), The Sinner and Marcella on Netflix, and Harlots on Hulu

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Episode 162: True Confessions

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Recorded on July 4, 2018
Book Talk starts at 29:00





We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes.  If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.

2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap!  Sign ups are going on NOW until July 11th.  Please see Post # 91 in this thread for the sign-up form and for all the rules.  In this same thread, please see Post # 94 for the questionairre that you need to fill out.  If you are joining us, you need to fill out the questionnaire - it's a start to helping your swap partner find out all about you.  

KNITTING
Tracie finished:
1.  Mother Bears 136, 137 and 138

Barb finished:
1.  Mother Bears 137 and 138
2.  Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways
3.  Gilda scarf by Twisted Sisters using Fiesta Yarns Linette in the Tourmaline colorway
4.  Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Byner, using leftover Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle Yarn in the Cosmic Speckle colorway
Barb's Tale as Old as Time Cowl

Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway
2.  Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway
3.  Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways
4.  Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway.


Tracie has cast on:
1.  a blanket for the Welcome Blanket organization

Barb continues to work on:
1.  Fragment Tee by Clare Mountain using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blue Bell colorway

Barb has cast on:
1.  Bankhead Hat #5 by Susie Gorlay, using Paton's Classic Wool in the Bird of Paradise colorway
2.  Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryk-Robinsky, using Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock In the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway
3.  Juanita Park Cowl by Erika Flory, using a kit bought from Craftsy.

Barb talked about the wonderful Craftsy.com Kits available. Check 'em out!


BOOKS

Tracie finished:
1.  Calypso by David Sedaris
2.  Fatal Vision by Joe McGuinness
3.  Flush by Carl Hiaasen
4.  Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Street


Barb finished:
1.  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
2.  Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout



Tracie is reading:
1.  The Stranger (Patrik Hedstrom #4) by Camilla Lackberg

Barb is reading
1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
2.  Big Alma by Bernice Scharlach
3.  The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine






Saturday, June 23, 2018

Episode 161: Give It Here, Malfoy!


Recorded June 20, 2018
Book Talk starts at 18:30

Get ready for our summer swap (slated to begin in late June), hosted by the wonderful Sandra (check out her Etsy store, SweetSerendipity37!).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate.


We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes.  If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.

KINITTING
Tracie finished:
Cumulus Bear - a Mother Bear in Juniper Moon Farms Cumulus to go with the baby hat for Tracie’s niece- or nephew-to-be
Mother Bears 131, 132, 133, 134 and 135


Barb finished:
Mother Bear 135 and 136
Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using 2 skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway.

Tracie continues to work on:
Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway
Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway
Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways
Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway

Barb continues to work on:
Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways
3.  Fragment Tee by Clare Mountain using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blue Bell colorway
1.  Gilda scarf by Twisted Sisters using Fiesta Yarns Linette in the Tourmaline colorway
2.  Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Byner, using leftover Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle Yarn in the Cosmic Speckle colorway


BOOKS

Tracie finished:
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Barb finished:

Tracie is reading:
Calypso by David Sedaris
Fatal Vision by Joe McGuinness
Barb is reading
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Tracie recommends The Office



Barb recommends Anne of Green Gables on Craftlit

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Episode 160: I Didn't Want Leg-Sized Arms on My Bear

Listen

Recorded on June 6, 2018
Book Talk starts at 28:20

Get ready for our summer swap (slated to begin in late June), hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate.



We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes.  If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.

Tracie talked about the Knitting on the Run podcast and thanked Monique for her mention of the Mother Bear Project on her podcast and encouraging people to knit or crochet bears!

KNITTING



Barb in her Welcome Spring cowl



















Barb has finished:
1.  Welcome Spring Cowl by Diane L. Augustin, using Stitch Together Dreamy DK in the This Pussy Grabs Back colorway
2.  Mount Airy Socks by Mary Lucas, using Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock Blank 
3.  Mother Bears #132, 133, 134

Tracie in her Leaf Press Shawl





















Tracie has finished:
1.  Mother Bears 125-130
2.  Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways
3. Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Maine in Juniper Moon Farms Cumulus Dappled in the Coral Coast colorway

Barb continues to work on:
1.  Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways
2.  Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway.
3.  Fragment Tee by Clare Mountain using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blue Bell colorway

Gilda scarf




















Barb has cast on:
1.  Gilda scarf by Twisted Sisters using Fiesta Yarns Linette in the Tourmaline colorway
2.  Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Byner, using leftover Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle Yarn in the Cosmic Speckle colorway


Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway
2.  Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway
3.  Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways
4.  Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway

BOOKS

Barb finished:
1.  Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
2.  Knitlandia by Clara Parkes
3.  The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson
4.  Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
5.  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See




Tracie has finished:
1.  Light in August by William Faulkner
2.  Beyond Obsession: The Shocking True Story of a Teenage Love Affair Turned Deadly by Richard Hammer

Barb is currently reading:
The House by the River by Lena Manta
















Tracie is currently reading:
2.  The Hot House: Life inside Leavenworth Prison by Pete Earley
2.  The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling













Podcasts recommended by Barb in Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down:  Happier with Gretchen Rubin and Happier in Hollywood - both are audio podcasts

Tracie recommends the podcast Little House on the Podcast.