Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Episode 59: La Cabeza Pequena!

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Book Talk begins at 29:55

Come join our Ravelry Group!  When we get to 2000 members, we will be giving away some great prizes.

You have until December 31, 2013 to enter the prize giveaway for an ebook copy of Head-To-Toe: Kids' Knit Accessories by Katya Frankel.

The Poncho Comeback KAL.  No deadline, no prizes, just relaxed fun!

How cute is this picture?  This is Ryan's cousin's son Isaac in the hat Tracie knit for him.  It's obvious that he loves it since he needs to wear it to eat his Cheerios!

Barb recommends Curious Handmade with Helen Stewart audio podcast.  She is offering a coupon code (knitventchicks) for 20% off the price of her latest pattern collection, KnitVent 2013.  The code is good December 26, 2013 - January 6, 2013.

Barb and Tracie will be going to Stitches West 2014 in Santa Clara, CA February 20 - 23, 2014.  Come join us!


Barb's Finished Projects:
After a year of knitting, the Reversible Cable Scarf by Bruce Weinstein out of Madelinetosh Merino Light in the Fig color way for Barb's husband is finally done!

Jayla's Cheviot Hills Mitts out of KnitPicks Brava Sport in the Lady Slipper color way.

Brooklyn's Farm Beanie out of Cascade Yarns Cherub Kaleidoscope DK.

Transitioning to Winter shawl by Tina Robbins, knit in Wollmeise 100% Superwash Merino.

Tracie's Finished Projects:
Cool Breezes Cowl by Christy Becker in the Bee Mice/Elf SW Merino/Nylon fingering weight in the Apple a Day color way.

The Infamous Hobo Bag by Katie Rose, using ArtFibers ZouZou.

Zuzu's Petals by Carina Spencer out of Becoming Art Agave Worsted in the Warming Earth color way.

Barb is currently working on:
The Tenaya  cardigan, using Malabrigo Arroyo in the Azules color way.

The Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, using Anzula Cricket in the Navy color way.

One more Farm Beanie byAllison Britt.  Love this pattern!

Tracie is currently working on:
Echo Reversible Drop-Stitch Modius by Kristin Omdahl using Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande.

Those Mitts by Leslie Friend, using some leftover Miss Babs Youza Whatta Skein in the Blue Ridge colorway.

Swirl Hat by Amanda Harrinton using Baby Ull.

More Toe-Up Socks with a Difference by Wendy D. Johnson, using KnitPicks Felici in the Minty color way.

Shore Shawl by Derya Davenport, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the Spring Dragon gardient color way.


Tracie has finished:
Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier by Tom Kizzia

Swish: A Quest by Joel Derfner

I Don't Care About Your Band by Julie Klausner

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Barb has finished:
The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass

Ghost Story by Peter Straub

Tracie is currently reading:
Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey

Barb is currently reading:
Listening to The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton via the  Craft-Lit Podcast

Harbor by John Lindquist

The Racketeer by John Grisham

Our next Read-Along book is Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  4+ stars, on Goodreads.  It is available in paperback, hardcover, on Kindle (only $2.99 through Amazon!) and in audio book form.

We will start reading on January 15, 2014.  C'mon, you know you want to read it with us!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Episode 58: The Chicks Talk Flicks

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Book Talk starts at 23:23

Our Sweater KAL has ended, just in time for sweater-wearing season!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  We announce the winners of our prize drawing at the end of the show, with many thanks to our prize donors:

Swants followup – a YouTube video sent by Susan B. Anderson – Katy and Katie have a video podcast “Just the Tips.  Taking the Internet’s Advice.  Seriously,” where they apparently test out internet claims.  They MADE swants.  Hilarious!

Barb’s FOs

Tracie’s FOs:

Alpenglow Small Farm Yarn Silver Lining

Barb and Tracie both heartily recommend The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Our next Read-Along will begin January 15!  We will be reading Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Just Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  

And some movie recommendations and holiday wishes from our family to yours
Jayla recommends “Despicable Me
Will recommends “Inception
Rachel recommends “The Muppets
Angela recommends “Life of Pi
Chad recommends “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Mark recommends “Avatar
Barb recommends “Crimes of the Heart
Tracie recommends “Adventureland

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Episode 57: I Don't Know What That Is.

Download | Duration: 01:09:55
Book talk starts at 42:19

Join Knittybarb and friends for a Mini KAL: the Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns – starting on December 1st


Enter to win a copy of this adorable book here

Tracie’s Books:

Barb’s Books:

Stop the holiday (and year-round) catalog madness at

Just Say No to Swants

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Episode 56: Wear It Like Grace Kelly

Download | Duration: 01:20:48
Book Talk Starts At 50:15

Happy Hallowe'en!  As promised in this episode, here is a picture of Tracie's son Will dressed up as a Hawaiian Tourist Zombie!

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is ongoing.  As of this recording, YOU have about 50 sweaters completed!  You have until December 1, 2013 to complete any adult sweater.

We mention our upcoming Read-Along which will start in January, 2014.  It will be a non-fiction book.  Details to come...

The Chicks will be attending Stitches West in Santa Clara, California - February 21 - 24, 2014.

BLIP TV and video podcasts hint:  If some of your favorite podcasts are no longer available on Blip TV but you still want to watch them on your home TV, do you have a Roku box?  If so, you can add the iTunes Channel to your list of Roku channels!


Barb's FOs

Completed the Woobie Puppy and the Woobie Giraffe from Kris Carlson's Woobie Pattern Collection Series 1.  Really fun to make, but check out my notes on the Puppy for a MUCH easier way to make the outside hem.  Thank you to Bronwyndp for her advice.

Fire Socks
Lycaena Socks
Hyla Brook
Podcast Throwdown Hat #1 for Halos of Hope - Team Knotty Girls

Vitamin D Cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier out of Cascade 220 Superwash Sport - LOVE IT!

Dreambird by Nadita Swings

Barb's current WIPs
Tenaya Cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Malabrigo Arroyo in the Azules colorway
Another Chemo Hat for Team Knotty Girls
Sock Scrap Blanket

Tracie's FOs
Mother Bear #33
Downtown Cowl by Christy Becker
Buzzbee  hat by Woolly Wormhead

Tracie wearing her completed Featherweight Cardigan!

Tracie's WIPs
Shore Shawl by Derya Davenport
Charleston Tea hoodie by Thea Coleman
The Infamous Hobo Bag by Katie Rose

Review of Hitch: Patterns Inspired by the Films of Alfred Hitchcock edited by Stephanie Tallent.  For a in-depth review of this book, please go to Knitting Blooms' video review of Hitch.  Also - go to the thread "Win Hitch" in our Ravelry group to win an e-book; contest closes on November 15, 2013.

Also mentioned: Another Cooperative Press book,  California Revival Knits by Stephanie Tallent.  Check it out!

Barb's Finished Books
Sybil Exposed: the Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case by Debbie Nathan
Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities by Richard Baer
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

Barb's Current Books
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton via the CraftLit Podcast
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
More Twisted: Collected Stories Vol. II by Jeffrey Deaver

Tracie's Finished Books
A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice & Fire: Book Two by George R.R. Martin
A Storm of Swords: A song of Ice 7 Fire: Book Three by George R.R. Martin
The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

Tracie's Current Books
A Feast for Crows: A Song of ice & Fire: Book Four by George R.R. Martin
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Broadway Nights: A Romp of Life, Love & Musical Theatre by Seth Rudetsky

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down

Tracie - Up: Hallowe'en
              Down:  Jury Duty

Barb:  Up:  Beverage Infusion Pitcher - I have been filling the center section with sliced lemons and cucumbers - love the flavored water!
            Down:  losing my FitBit on vacation :>(

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Travel Edition: All Yarn, No Books!

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No Book Talk


The beautiful saturated hues of Color Notes Yarn

Barb’s East Coast Trip

In Looped Yarn Works - left to right: Colleen (DCKnitter), Jill (Jillsey), Barb, Heather (MamaOKnits), and Zoe (zbmorgan). Unfortunately, Marilyn (vapmore) had to leave before we took the picture

Barb and Christina (Christina4635)

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Cogknitive Fiber Retreat Vendors
Jamie’s Metalworks and Lex’s Patterns for Crochet – sold through Arachnes Threads on Etsy

What happens at the CFR stays at the CFR - until we blab about it on our podcast

Many Thanks to Our Special Guests
Brenda Castiel – Designs available on Ravelry and her blog KnitandTravel 

CFR Veterans in their CFR5 Shawls (The Tehachapi Project by Michelle Miller)
l-r: Shari (sonyaesther), Dr. Gemma (GemmaDW), Carol (Whiskeyweaver), Pat (DataKnitter) and Barb