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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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Episode 165: Meatless Meat Mash

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Recorded on August 15, 2018
Book Talk starts at 30:50

2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap!
Important Dates 
July 30th: Partner Assignments Sent, check-in #1 
August 15th: Check-In #2 
August 31st: Check-In #3 
September 14th check in #4 
September 28th: final check in 
October 5th: Mail-By Date


We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL, and it’s almost done!  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.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make by the end of the day on August 31!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL.

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!

Congratulations to Sequoiashelley for 3 blue ribbons at the Nevada County Fair! 



The Tracie’s Cakeride by Undead Yarn giveaway thread has closed - we will pick a winner on the next episode.

KNITTING
Tracie has finished
Mother Bears 146147148 and HSU bear for Allyn



Barb has finished:
Mystik Spiral Socksby Josh Ryks, using Matte Sock by Valkryie Fibers in the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway
Juniata Park Cowlby Erika Flory, using a Craftsy kit.

Tracie has cast on:
zoe cardi by Cheri Christian in Tahki Cotton Classic in Spruce
for my swap partner: Glam Cowl by Jacqui Harding in Fiberspates Scrumptious Lacein the Jen S Green colorway
test knit: One Perfect Skein by frediknits in Dragonfly Fibers Pixiein the Low Tide colorway

And she continues working on:
Fiddly Bits#6 by Jane Pihota
Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways
Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

Barb continues to work 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
Bear And a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using Plymouth Encore Worsted Solids In the Neon Green and Oatmeal color ways

And she has cast on:
Thank You Sarah socksby Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.
Mother Bear #145
Secret project for swap partner 

BOOKS

Tracie finished reading:
The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson
In-Between Days by Andrew Porter
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Under Cover of the Night: a True Story of Sex, Greed & Murder by Diane Fanning - narrated by John Miller

Barb has finished:
The Surgeon’s Wife by Kieran Crowley
Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family by Emily Jane Fox
Testimony by Anita Shreve
Force of Nature  by Jane Harper (Aaron Falk #2)


Tracie is reading:
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner

Barb is reading:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Outsider by Stephen King  
A Case of Need by Michael Crichton (written as Jeffrey Hudson in 1968)  

Thumbs Up: Life Below Zero on Netflix

Friday, August 3, 2018

Episode 164: Kinda Bonkers, But You Enjoy It Anyway

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Recorded on August 1, 2018
Book Talk starts: 25:40



Important Dates 
July 30th: Partner Assignments Sent, check-in #1 
August 15th: Check-In #2 
August 31st: Check-In #3 
September 14th check in #4 
September 28th: final check in 
October 5th: 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 #143144


Tracie has finished:
Mother Bears #143144145
Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway
Knitting at the Library Cowl, using Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Mini Set In the Forest colorway
Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway
Lake Effect cardigan by Amy Miller, using Baah La Jolla In the California Poppy colorway
Tracie in her Lake Effect cardigan



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.
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

She has cast on:
Bear And a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using Plymouth Encore Worsted Solids In the Neon Green and Oatmeal color ways

Tracie is working on:
Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways
Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org

She has cast on:
Another Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Out by Natsuo Kirin

Tracie has finished:
The Crow Trap by Ann Cleves
Neighborly by Ellie Monago

Barb is reading:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family by Emily Jane Fox 
The Surgeon's Wife by Kieran Crowley

Tracie is reading
The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson

Barb recommends the following podcasts:
30 For 30, Bikram series
Inside Jaws
Inside The Exorcist
Inside Psycho

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Episode 163: Blocking the Drain?

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Recorded on 7./18/18

Book Talk starts at 25:26

2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap!
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