Friday, September 20, 2013

Episode 53: A Highball Before Lunch

Download | Duration: 01:05:58
Book Talk starts at 31:14

Our Sweater KAL is ongoing – join the discussion in our chatter thread and check out the early birds in our FOs thread

Thank you to Brenda Castiel, who is donating 3 of her patterns as prizes in our Sweater KAL.  Go to her blog to win 1 of 4 copies of The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits.  

The We Love Jane Austen mini contest has ended - listen to the end of the episode to find out if you are the winner!  And if you'd like to read a fun Jane-related book, check out Jane Austen in Boca Raton by Paula Marantz Cohen.

Barb will be meeting up with podcast listeners at Looped Yarn Works in Washington DC on Wednesday, September 25 at 11 a.m. and visiting  the yarn store in Rehobeth Beach, DE on September 30.  PM her (knittybarb) if you can join her at either location.

Tracie will be at Lambtown in Dixon, CA on Sunday, October 6
We are also attending:
Cogknitive Fiber Retreat – Oct 11-13 - Tehachapi, CA
Stitches West – Feb 20-23, 2014 – Santa Clara, CA

Click for Babies – you have until the end of September to get your purple baby hats to Katie of Knittin’ on the Fly Videocast

Another mini contest!  Just comment in the contest thread for a chance to win the Jean Frost book Custom Knit Jackets: Casual to Couture before October 31.

If you haven’t already, you must check out the awesomeness that is The Fiber Factor!  Then listen to The KnottyGirls Knitcast to hear their excellent commentary on the judging.

Tracie’s Projects:
Nebo Rock Kid Mohair Mill Spun

Barb’s Projects:

“Can I please take the girls to Colorado for some mountains?” Mom asked Dad, her eyes shining with a facsimile of Austrian naïveté.  “The kids need some nature to dry up their mucus.”

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Episode 52: Happy Podiversary! The Chicks Are 2 Years Old

Download Duration: 01:04:51
Book Talk starts at 34:10

Come join our SWEATER KAL/CAL!!  You have until December 1, 2013 to create something wonderful for you or another adult.

The Click for Babies KAL/CAL has started with Katie (jetgirl1313) of the Knittin' on the Fly Videocast.  Please go here to find out all about it.  This is a wonderful charity program that gives out handmade purple baby hats to parents of newborns to promote the education of normal crying patterns for babies.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over!  We had over 160 bears completed.  Please go to the end of this thread to see the winners of our fabulous prizes!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Make sure you send the completed bears to the Mother Bear Organization so they can find a child to love...

Barb will be in Washington DC 9/23 - 9/27.  She will be at Looped Yarn Works with Colleen (DCKnitter) and Jill (Jillsey) at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 9/25/13 - stop by and say hi!  She will also be in Bethany Beach, DE 9/28 - 10/4 and planning on meeting up with Christina4365 at some point during that week.  If you would like to get together, please let her know.

Tracie is having a "mini-contest".  While in Bath, she picked up some Jane Austen items - The History of England by a Parial, Prejudiced & Ignorant Historian by Jane Austen, a "Keep Calm and Read Jane Austen" tote bag from the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, and a Jane bookmark.  Please go to the We Love Jane Austen thread on our forum and answer a question to be eligible to win this Jane Austen prize!  This contest ends on September 15th.

Some podcasters will be participating in a "Podcaster Throw-down" to encourage their listeners to knit or crochet hats for the Halos of Hope and turn them in at Stitches West in February.  We are not a participating podcast, but you can read more about it via the Knotty Girls Knit Cast if you would like to participate.  The Knitmore Girls will also be participating.

Upcoming Events:
October 5 & 6, 2013 - Lambtown in Dixon California.  Tracie will be attending this, probably on Sunday, the 6th.
October 11 & 12, 2013 - Cognitive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, California.  Barb and Tracie will be attending.
February 20 - 23, 2013 - Stitches West 2014 in Santa Clara, California.  Barb and Tracie will be attending and hope to have a very casual meet-up again.

New podcast!  Paprika Purls Video Podcast with kaitlinh.


Tracie has finished:
Hatfield Scarf by Lauren Sanchez out of Forbidden Woolery Wrath in the Plum Lovin' colorway.
Grape Shortie Socks for Rachel, using the Toe-Up Socks with a Difference pattern by Wendy D. Johnson.

Barb has finished:
 Cloud Chaser vest by Amy Swenson out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK

Belgique Infinity Cowl by Brenda Lavell out of Shaggy Bear Farms Blue Faced Liecester Sportweight.

Tracie is currently knitting:

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm out of Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino Petite  in the Flahriddah colorway.
Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig out of Tosh Merino Light in the Stargazing colorway.
Charleston Tea by Thea Coleman out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining 4 Ewe colorway.
Struan Hat by Ysolda Teague, using a mystery black acrylic yarn.
Panoramic Stole by Hannah Fettig, using Nebo Rock Kid Mohair

Barb is currently knitting:
Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang
Hyla Brook Shawl by Paula Emons-Fuessle using Quince & Co. Tern in the Boothbay Blue colorway.
Reversible Cable Scarf by Bruce Weinstein using Tosh Merino Light in the Fig colorway.
Dreambird by Nadita Swings using Spud & Cloe Fine in the Sidewalk colorway, and Lang yarns Jawoll Magic Degrade  in a blue and purple colorway.
Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier using Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in the Raspberry colorway.
Colorado Spring shawl by Wendy D. Johnson using Ella Rae Seasons in the Tan/Sand colorway.
Lycaena virgaurae Socks out of Cakewalk Yarns Footsie in the Edisto colorway.
Purple hats for the Click for Babies charity
Song of the Sea Cowl out of Madtosh Tosh Merino Light in the Betty Drapers' Blues colorway.


Tracie has finished:
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Barb has finished:

At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances by Alexander McCall Smith
Crazy People: the Crazy for You Stories by Jennifer Crusie

Tracie is currently reading:
Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings Book 2 by George R. R. Martin
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Cradle in the Grave by Sophie Hannah
I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole

Barb is currently reading:
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton via the CraftLit Podcast
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara
The Good Nurse: a True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder by Charles Graeber

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Tracie - Up:  Sunday Night Anti-Hero TV Double-Feature:  Breaking Bad and Dexter
              Down:  People stressing and naval-gazing about things they have no control over
Barb - Up:  a stranger paying for my coffee at Starbucks
           Down:  My Twitter account was hacked

On another note, Barb has recently started watching the Orange is the New Black TV series on Netflix and she finally succumbed and can't get enough of the series The Walking Dead.

All of these bears were made by Jan (itsinc on Rav) - way to go Jan!

Mother Bear Prize Winners!

One copy each of the pattern Puss in Boots by LeilaCarolineDes - Karenannica, Memaknits, and Sunkist-Socks - please contact LeilaCarolineDes directly!

One skein of yarn from  Desert Vista Dyeworks - CobbieKnits - please contact Susan directly.

A copy of the book Cheer: A Novel - DebbieMe - please contact Leslie Gordon directly.

A project bag from This is Sew in the Bag Etsy Shop - humbledaisy - please contact Frenny directly.

A pattern of your choice from Sheila O'Keefe Designs - Gemmadw - please contact Sheila directly.

Stitchmarkers from Cattail Knits - Jezstarr and Goygirrl - please contact tinygeekcrafter directly.

From Gnome Acres:  1 skein of Fawkes the Phoenix worsted weight yarn goes to pmack17, and a totebag with a needle guage and a WPI guage goes to DCAlaneKnits - for both prizes, please contact KnittyBarb.

One copy each of the Spring Noggin hat pattern - miek and K8terpiller - please contact AnneLena Mattison directly.

A project bag from CozyCouch - KnitAdmin - Please contact Tracie.

A project bag from the Sweet Serendipity 37 Etsy Shop - istop2knit - please contact Sandra Maz directly.

$20 in Ravelry patterns or an e-book giftable through Ravelry - cozycouch - please contact tmkr directly.

Buffy Ann Designs has donated 5 Stitch Lights to Domichroche, dpns4now, moxymomma, jollypondknitter and nursekimknits.  She has donated 5 packs of yarn cozies and they will go to thistleridgefarm, finasc, zbmorgan, jchant, and danainboulder.  There are 4 "Snappy Bags" going to itsinc, puente, sarasnana, and melcauble.  All Buffy Ann winners - please contact KnittyBarb.

HiyaHiya Grips - 1 set each - snowmeltknits, kitfun4me, and bareblueskin.  Please contact Tracie.