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

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 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:

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Episode 113: Thumbs Up for Harriet Tubman!


Recorded on May 11, 2016
Book Talk starts at 39:30

Our Vest-Along ends today.  If you posted an FO in the FOs thread, please listen to the end of the podcast to find out if you won a prize!

If anyone would like to donate a prize for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL (July-August 2016), please let us know!   Our donors so far are:
  • LGordon555 is donating a copy of her novel Heads or Tails, and a pattern of the winner’s choice
  • Stephanie, aka TheHappyBuffalo on etsy – 2 skeins of yarn - and she puts them in jars with a hole in the lid for the yarn to go through - so cute!
  • Paula Emmons-Fuessle – 3 copies of her Crooked Ewe pattern
  • WendyWhalen of Knitty Kitty Bags has started dying yarn and is giving away 2 skeins of yarn of the winner’s choice
  • Joanna Johnson’s Green Gables Knits, reviewed by the Chicks in Episode 112


Phoebe’s Sweater Contest: To win one of Joanna Johnson’s children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread and tell us about the little ones you love to knit for!  The contest will close May 31.

Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

Tracie’s FOs



Barb’s FOs



Tracie’s Cast-Ons:


Tracie’s Current Projects:


Barb’s Current Knitting Projects: 


Barb’s Cast-Ons



Barb Finished Reading 
The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

Tracie Finished Reading: 
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty



Barb is reading:
Two in the Far North by Margaret Mudie
Descent by Tim Johnston
The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White


Reading:
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Barb says thumbs up to Happy Valley, a British procedural drama on Netflix


Tracie and Barb both say thumbs up to Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill!






Saturday, April 30, 2016

Episode 112: And a Pair of Crazy Rhoda Pants

Many apologies for the loud page-turning noise during our review segment!

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Book Talk starts at 54:27

Recorded on April 27, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...

If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have received your package.  Thank you again to SandraMaz for organizing and moderating the swap.


Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

Tracie recommends a new podcast, Destined2Knit with Marcy and Kim.  Give it a listen!



KNITTING

Barb has finished:
*  Really Fits Top Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.

*  2 Knitted Knockers

*  Mother Bears #73

*  Blossom Gradient Socks, using Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in a purple gradient colorway.








Tracie has finished:

*  Her Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

*  Vanilla socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport  You can see them here.










Barb is working on:

NoCKRs 2016 Frankensocks, using Knit Picks Strol Kettle Dyed Sock in a navy color for the cuffs, heels and toes.  The body of the sock is being knit in mini-skeins traded for at the 2016 NoCKRs retreat.  You can see the Clasp Weft Join she is using for the mini-skeins here.

*  Vanilla Socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a Gray and White colorway.

*  The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.

*  Forest Foliage shawl by Alana Dakos, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

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


Tracie is working on:

*  Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper in Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Freesia colorway.

*  The Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessie, using Quare Fibers Gradient Sock in the Iced Melon colorway.

*  The Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson, usi
ng Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals in the Belle colorway.

*  The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

*  Tracie has put the Rodeo Drive Poncho into hibernation.

Tracie and Barb reviewed the following books by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by her husband, Eric Johnson:



*  Phoebe's Sweater

*  Freddie's Blanket

*  Henry's Hat

*  Phoebe's Birthday







  Freddie's Blanket


Tracie and Barb also reviewed Joanna's book, Green Gables Knits.
















To win one of these children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread.      The Green Gables Knits book will be offered as a prize in our upcoming Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by Marion Chesney.  Barb recommends it, and the entire "Poor Relations" series.

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette.  It was...OK...

Tracie has finished:
*  After Anna by Alex Lake - Tracie recommends it

*  A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore - Tracie recommends it

*  Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - it wasn't her favorite...


Barb is currently reading:

*  The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

*  Two in the Far North by Margaret E. Murie













Tracie is currently reading:

*  Longbourn by Jo Baker

*  One Step Too Far by Tina Seskadis



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Episode 111: Between Pretty and Really Good

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Recorded on April 14, 2016

We are on Stitcher Radio!


Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...


If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have or will be receiving your package very soon.



Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

KNITTING


Barb has finished:

Knitted Knockers, using Cascade Ultra Pima

The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, using Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.

Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway


Hannah's Courage Hat by MelSki, using Lane Borgosesia in a teal color way

Tracie has finished


Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel) in Invictus Reward in Linear XL Black Rainbow Splash.  Ryan is wearing them!




Barb is continuing to knit on:
Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!

Barb has cast on:

A pair of vanilla socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a white and gray self-striping colorway

Another Crackerjack Cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth DK Merino Superwash


Tracie has cast on: 
Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel, of course) in Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport Self-Striping sock set in the Mallard colorway



She continues to work on:
The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.


BOOKS

Barb has finished:


The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian.  Barb gives it a "thumbs up"

Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline - recommended

The Longest Night by Andria Williams - recommended


Tracie did not finish Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin.  She got bored and did not care what happened.

She finished:







 Barb is currently reading:

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (Poor Relation #2) by Marion Chesney


Tracie is reading:
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore


After Anna by Alex Lake







True Crime Podcasts recommended by Barb:

Someone Knows Something - a CBC broadcast about a 5-year-old boy who disappeared in 1972 - still unsolved

Serial

Truth and Justice - a listener-driven podcast that originally focused on the Adnan Syed case from Serial, and now is focusing on other cases of the wrongly convicted

Crime Writers On...a podcast about a podcast and Serial, Journalism, True Crime, and Pop Culture

Real Crime Profile  Jim Clemente (former FBI profiler, Laura Richards (formerly of Scotland Yard and founder and Director of Paladine, Nationg Staalking Advocacy Service), and Lisa Zambetti (casting director of TV's Criminal Minds) host this podcast profiling behavior from real criminal cases.

Generation Why - Two friends, Aaron and Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies and true crime.

Sword and Scale - covers the underworld of criminal activity and true crime.

Tracie is very disappointed in the people running her alma mater, UC Davis