Episode 41: It's closed Sunday through Tuesday

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Book Talk starts at 24:37

We are staying at a condo within walking distance of the Punalu'u Black Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.

It is a "resting spot" for Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and you are able to see many of them during the course of a day spent at the Black Sand Beach.

Congratulations to Ravelry on now having 3 MILLION members!

Congratulations to Jenny of the Stash and Burn Podcast on the birth of her daughter, Matilda Jane!

The 2KLC Kardigan KAL/CAL continues until May 1, 2013.  There will be 3 prize packages that will include:

Podcast Promo:  Knit Obsession Podcast

Love for Alex Charity KAL through the Fiber and Fabric Podcast

Doubleknit Podcast fundraising for Erin's sister's Ethiopian School Project

Remembering Remy KAL/CAL

The winners of the 2 ebook copies of Botanical Knits by Alana Dakos are...Lcubed and VixKnits!  Contact Knittybarb to get your ebooks.  3/20 - this just in!  VixKnits has contacted me with the news that she already has the ebook, so Tracie will be drawing ANOTHER winner on our Episode 42 (due out 3/30/13).

Spinning at the Winery - Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA on May 25, 2013

Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth

Mother Bear Knit Bears

Drew Preemie Hat by Leslie Gordon
Basic Preemie Hat by Karin Everitt
Basic Baby Hat by Heather Tucker

Honey Cowl by Madelinetosh

Citron Grand Shawl

Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty

Barb's Vesper Stripey Socks, knit out of Vesper Sock Yarn in the Smoke on the Water colorway

Book Talk:
The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory

The Lacemakers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri

All God's Creatures by Carolyn McSparren

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

Twisted Triangle: A famous crime writer, a lesbian love affair and an FRB husband's violent revenge by Caitlen Rother

Faith: a novel by Jennifer Haigh

Barb and Ann (Graeagleknitter on Ravelry) at Volcanos National Park, on the Big Island of Hawaii.


  1. The Lacemakers of Glenmara is the worst book I have ever read. Understand that any other book this awful I put down after a couple of pages. But this is fiber (needlework) and Ireland related so I slogged through it. I feel the author was taking advantage of the popularity of Irish themes and needlework among American readers. It is so full of ridiculous inaccuracies, it made me cringe. I went to Goodreads to see reviews. There were many comments on details that were hard to believe (such as planning on camping out in Ireland without a tent), but none on the inaccuracies regarding Ireland. I thought to myself, hasn’t this woman heard of the internet? Here are some examples:
    Coracles - rather than curraghs she describes locals as using coracles and having coracle races. Have there been many corracles around since the time of St. Brendan in 900 AD?
    Travelers - though she gets the terminology right, the young traveler in her book supposedly drives the back roads of western Ireland in a horse drawn caravan, and earns his living “fixing things”. I checked to make sure this story wasn’t set in the 1970’s and it’s not. Travelers haven't lived this way for over 20 to 30 years.
    Gaelic - the name of the local paper is The Gaelic News though it’s all in “gaelic”. I know us Yanks have a hard time remembering the language is Irish, but in the story it is jarring to hear about ‘Gaelic’ all the time.
    Crofter - one of the locals is described as a crofter. Maybe he dropped in from Scotland where there are crofters. It is a unique form of land tenure found in the Scottish Highlands and islands.
    Dragons, kings and queens etc. are the motifs made by the lacemakers. Maybe they export this lace to Wales where those motifs would be found.
    Cromwell - supposedly he burnt a village near this fictional village in the west. Cromwell’s activities were limited to the east, northeast and southeast.
    Tea - the local woman she stays with drinks Earl Grey and some other kind of tea - it would have been better to have been unspecific if the author didn’t know common teas that Irish drink.
    Lacemaking - Clones in Monaghan is famous for lacemaking, and Limerick is also associated with it. But a small village on the west coast of Ireland? Maybe this is more of a fantasy story than I thought.


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