Sunday, March 22, 2020

Episode 201: Not That People Aren't Tall Sometimes

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YOU DID NOT MISS EPISODE 200!  We are just waiting until we can record together again to record our milestone episode.  Sorry for the sound quality issues in this episode.  We hate recording remotely and are bad at it.

Book Talk starts at: 29:36
Recorded on March 18, 2020


Our Poncho Knit Along is humming right along! Haven't picked a poncho to knit or crochet yet?  Get thee over to our Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run until May 1, 2020.


You may have noticed that we have skipped episode 200!  We are going to answer your questions during that episode.  Right now, both Tracie and Barb are both "sheltering-in-place" in their respective towns due to the coronavirus and we must record remotely. We have decided to postpone Episode 200 until we can record together.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions.

KNITTING
Barb has finished
1.  Beech Hill ruana by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry colorway
2.  Pioneer Braid Scarf #6 by Catherine Ryan, using Loops and Threads yarn
3.  Classic Ribbed Hat by Purl Soho, using a sport-weight yarn by Rising Moon Farm


Barb in her Beech Hill ruana


Barb's Classic Ribbed Hat

Tracie has finished:
1.  A total of 19 Knitted Knockers
2. Tracie's Rachel pullover by Josee Pacquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-ply in the Slate colorway
3.  Gnome is Where You Hang your Hat by Sarah Schira
Tracie's Rachel pullover



Barb continues to work on:
1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
2.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway

And has cast on:
1.  Zweig pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using the yarn from my frogged Trail Hoodie, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, and in the Sage colorway.
2.  Fibonacci Waves Scarf by Carolyn Greenwood, using a Simply Sock Mini set in the Speckled colorway  


Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way
2. 80-26 Poncho Air Lux by Fil Katia, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in the Wind Chill colorway
3.  Socks in Night Owl Fibers Self-Striping Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in the Koi Pond Colorway
4.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll, using Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in the Melted Box of Crayons colorway


BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars)
Barb read:
1.  My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith - 4 stars
2.  Dopesick: Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy - 5 stars
3.  The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger - 5 stars





Tracie read
1.  Love Lies: A True Story of Marriage and Murder in the Suburbs by Amanda Lamb - 3 stars
2.  Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff - 3 stars



Tracie talked about Vote Forward, an organization that is helping to get out the vote in November!

You Can Help!

Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout. It takes two minutes and one stamp, and meaningfully increases the odds that the recipient will vote. A concrete action you can take, no matter where you live, to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens to the polls.






Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Episode 198: Hanging Gloomily Over the Town...


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Recorded on February 19, 2020
Book Talk starts at 32:15



Our Poncho Knit Along has started! Haven't picked a poncho to knit or crochet yet?  Get thee over to our Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run until May 1, 2020.
Tracie has cast on:


We have our 200th episode coming up soon!  We are going to answer your questions during this episode.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions.

KNITTING
Barb has finished
1.  Mother Bears #198#199, & #200
2. Bankhead Hat #10, by Susie Gorley, using Caron Cake leftovers
3.  6 Knitted Knockers
4.  Multidirectional Scarf #8 using a Caron Cake
5.  Be Kind Hat #6 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake leftovers
Barb's Bankhead Hat #10

Tracie has finished:
1.  A total of 12 Knitted Knockers
2. The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love
Tracie's Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl

Barb continues to work on:
1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
2.  Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way

And has cast on:
1.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway
2.  Pioneer Braid Scarf #6 by Catherine Ryan, using Loops and Threads yarn
3.  Classic Ribbed Hat by Purl Soho, using a sport-weight yarn by Rising Moon Farm.

Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate
2.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way

1.  80-26 Poncho Air Lux by Fil Katia, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in the Wind Chill colorway
2.  Socks in Night Owl Fibers Self-Striping Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in the Koi Pond Colorway
3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll, using Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in the Melted Box of Crayons colorway


BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars)
Barb read
1. Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen - 3 out of 5 stars
2.  My Antonia by Willa Cather - 4 stars
3. Cut and Run: A Light-Hearted Dark Comedy by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker - 2 stars
4. The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland - 3 stars


Tracie read
1.  If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - 3 stars
2.  Sticky Fingers short story collections 1, 2, & 3 by JT Lawrence - 4 stars
3.  The Running Girl by Sarah Bledel - 2 stars
4.  The Lost Child by Ann Troup - 3 stars

Tracie talked about Talkspace, an online counseling service



Be sure to listen to the episode to find out who won in our Zephyr pattern giveaway!  





Saturday, February 1, 2020

Episode 197: You Did the Math?

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Recorded on January 29, 2020
Book Talk starts at 33:30


Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along. Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run from February 1 to May 1, 2020.

Zephyr Cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill
Beautiful yarn to knit the Zephyr cardigan for one lucky winner
Barb's Mother Bears 193, 194 & 196



A perplexed Sally wearing her Wurstwarmer


Celia McAdam Cahill has given us three copies of her Zephyr cardigan pattern to give away - and one of them includes the yarn to knit it!  
Please post a comment in this thread to be entered to win.

We have our 200th episode coming up soon!  We are going to answer your questions during this episode.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions.

KNITTING
Barb has finished
1.  Mother Bears 193194, and 196
2.  Bankhead Hat #9 using Caron Cake leftovers
3.  6 Knitted Knockers
4.  Multidirectional Scarf #8 using a Caron Cake in the White Truffle colorway
Tracie has finished:
1.  Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway
2.  5 Knitted Knockers
3.  Wurstwarmer by Pamela Wynne in High Fiber Diet in Mermaid Mess and Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete


Barb continues to work on
1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
2.  Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way

And has cast on
1.  Be Kind Hat by Melissa Simpson, using leftover Caron Cake yarn
2.  Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Key Lime colorway
3.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway

Tracie continues to work on:
1.  The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love
2.  Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate
3.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way




BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars)
Barb read
1.  Roommates Wanted by Lisa Jewell - 4 stars
2.  Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson - 5 stars

Tracie read
1.  Poison Orchids by Sarah A. Denzil and Anna Taylor - 3 stars
2.  Persuasion by Jane Austen - 5 stars
3.  Chomp by Carl Hiaasen - 4 stars



Barb recommends 2 True Crime podcasts:
1  Catch and Kill podcast with Ronan Farrow
2. Chasing Cosby podcast







Sunday, January 19, 2020

Episode 196: He Went Back to Being a Crappy Accountant

Recorded on January 16, 2020
Book Talk starts at 30:07

Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has finished.  Listen to the end to find out if you won one of our prize packages.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Western Sky Knits giveaway - winner at the end of the podcast!


Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along!  Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  This KAL will run from February 1 to May 1, 2020.

Celia McAdam Cahill has given us three copies of her Zephyr cardigan pattern to give away - and one of them includes the yarn to knit it!  Please post a comment in the thread to be entered to win.

KNITTING
Barb has finished
Mother Bears 191 and 192
8 Knitted Knockers



Tracie has finished
Plaidaptation by Aunt Ninny in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash and Malabrigos Rios



Barb continues to work on
Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

And has cast on
Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way
Multidirectional Scarf #8 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cakes

Tracie has cast on
The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Serendipidye Sausalito Silken Sock in Papaya
Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate

And continues to work on:
Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way
Rikke Hat by Sarah Young
Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway


BOOKS
Barb read
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood - 3 stars
The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent - 3 stars
We Were Mothers by Katie Sise - 4 stars

Tracie read
The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau


Barb recommends the documentary series Cheer on Netflix - read all about it in this Texas Monthly article



Tracie recommends the British police detective series Unforgotten on Prime Video (Season 3 available with PBS Masterpiece subscription on Prime Video)

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Episode 195: If This Is Your Jam


Recorded on December 21, 2019
Book talk begins at 35:50



Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing!  It runs September 15 until January 15 wo we're getting very close to the finish line.  Post your completed sweaters in the FO thread to be eligible for one of our very excellent prizes.

Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along!  Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  Dates to be announced later.  

Knitting

Barb has finished:
1.  4  Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps
2.  Mother Bears #188m #189 & #190
3.  Jayla's Black Cherry Be Kind Hat by Megan Williams using Berocco Vintage Worsted in the Black Cherry color way
4.  December DVD Frankensocks - YAY!  Barb finished all 12 months of The Fifth Annual Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club!!
Barb's Mother Bears #188 - 190




Tracie has finished:
1.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway
2.  Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey
3.  Rain Down Hat by Robyn Devine in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted.
4.  Chld's Chevron Beanie by Lammie Knits
5.  Tracie's Kaiya Mei #2 by Jamie Hoffman
6.  Tracie's 7 Tiny Sweaters by Malia Mae, using DK yarn scraps
Tracie's One Festive Skein Shawl


Barb contines to work on:
1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way
3.  The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ranco Solid fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway



And has cast on:
1.  Bankhead Hat #9 by Susie Gorlay using Berocco Vintage in the Caribbean Sea colorway


Tracie has continues to work on:

Tracie has frogged:
1.  My Oasis by Ririko in UnDead Yarn Vamphyri in Tracie’s Cakeride, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock and Western Sky Knits Willow Superwash Sport

And has cast on:
1.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Mdelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way
2.  Rikke Hat by Sarah Young
3.  Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
1.  The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery - Barb says "thumbs up" if you're a real history buff, or are very curious about American Slavery
2.  Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake - thumbs up
3.  Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession by Rachel Drake
4.  


Tracie has finished and recommends:


Tracie and Barb both finished and talked about:
Buried Deep by Margot Hunt - thumbs up