Friday, August 23, 2013

Episode 51: It's so Anne Tyler

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Mother Bear KAL/CAL ends on August 31, 2013.  Get your finished bear pictures posted in the FO thread to be eligible to win some great prizes!  Don't forget the following shop coupon codes that are good until August 31st also:

Cattail Knits - 10% off anything in her shop with the coupon code KNITLIT
Sweet Serendipity 37 - 10% off anything in her shop for those who post in the Mother Bear FO thread!  Use the coupon code KnitLit.

Knit along with us in our Sweater KAL/CAL!  You have plenty of time since it goes until December 1, 2013.  You know you want to...thank you to Katie (jetgirl1313 on Ravelry) for her prize donation of a Shawl Gem from the Tix Trinkets Etsy Shop, and to Lori (lemtaz on Ravelry) for her prize donation of the book, Cardigans by Louise Harding.

Congratulations to Suzanne Jenkins (UZO on Ravelry) on the birth of her beautiful new granddaughter!

Tracie's daughter Rachel has started working at Pride Industries.

Tracie talked about her wonderful trip to England!  She especially enjoyed meeting:


Caroline (Carotrike on Ravelry) and her husband
in Bath











Elly (elspeth81 on Ravelry) and her family at their home in Exeter













Jenny (Frenny on Ravelry) and her boyfriend in London...where they enjoyed Gin and Tonic floats!











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!

Barb will be in Washington DC 9/23 - 9/27, and Bethany Beach, Deaware  9/28 - 10/4.  If you want to meet up, let her know via PM on Ravelry.

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.

Barb recommends listening to the Fiber Hooligan Blog Talk Radio Podcast, and suggests you might want to start with the 8/19/2013 episode featuring an interview with author and designer Susan B. Anderson.  And be sure to visit Susan's Blog!

KNITTING

Both Barb and Tracie completed their 31st Mother Bears!




Tracie's Mother Bear #31
















Barb's Mother Bear #31
















Barb also finished knitting her Cloud Chaser vest by Amy Swenson...but it's not blocked yet!

Tracie is currently working on:
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.
Hatfield Scarf by Lauren Sanchez out of Forbidden Woolery Wrath in the Plum Lovin' colorway.
Charleston Tea by Thea Coleman out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining 4 Ewe colorway.
Grape Shortie Socks for Rachel, using the Toe-Up Socks with a Difference pattern by Wendy D. Johnson.

Barb is currently working on:
Belgique Infinity Cowl by Brenda Lavell out of Shaggy Bear Farms Blue Faced Liecester Sportweight.
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.


BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
Game of Thrones: a Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 by George R. R. Martin.  Thumbs up!
Dark Places: A Novel by Gillian Flynn

Tracie is currently reading:
Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings Book 2 by George R. R. Martin
The Beginner's Goodbye by Anne Tyler
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Barb has finished:
The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bernier
The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Barb is currently reading:
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton via the CraftLit Podcast
At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances by Alexander McCall Smith
Crazy People: the Crazy for You Stories by Jennifer Crusie

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down
Tracie:
Thumbs Up - the The London Tube System
Thumbs Down - being behind in so many podcasts!
Barb:
Thumbs Up - podcasts that teach us about dyeing yarn and fiber.  These are the ones that I watch (Video )podcasts:  90% KnittingThe Dyer's NotebookWatcha Swatchin' PodcastGnome Acres PodcastKnit Me HappySockbunny Knit and FitFiberista Files, and The Fat Squirrel Speaks.  Audio podcasts I enjoy that focus on dyeing yarn and fiber are: Just One More RowKnitting RoseKnotty Girls Knitcast, and Dramatic Knits.
Thumbs Down - people talking on cell phones while driving (heads up - it's AGAINST THE LAW here in California!).


Friday, August 9, 2013

Episode 50: Visiting the Frog Pond


Come join our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  You can purchase the pattern from Mother Bear, and knit or crochet a bear to be eligible to win some fabulous prizes.  You have until August 31st to complete and post a picture of your finished bear.  We have a new prize donation:
tmkr is donating $20 in Ravelry patterns or an ebook available from Ravelry for one lucky listener!

Start making plans for our upcoming Sweater KAL/CAL!  Any adult-size sweater (cardigan or pullover) - starting on August 15th and will end on December 1st.  Get a jump on winter.

Give the Knotty Girls Knit Cast (an audio podcast) a listen.

Knitting Talk






Barb's finished projects:
 - Elly's Colvert Cowl knitted out of Arucania Pomair in a
lovely purple colorway













 - Babushka Cable Socks out of Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Babuska colorway
 - Jayla's Hulk Smash Mitts out of Gnome Acres Merino Nylon Fingering in the Hulk Smash colorway

Barb's Works-in-Progress:
 - Lycaena Socks by Hunter Hammerson (from the Knitters' Curiosity Cabinet, Vol II.  Using Cakewalk Yarns Footsie in the Edisto colorway
 - Cloud Chaser by Amy Swenson, using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (sadly, the yarn is discontinued)
 - Villane cardigan by Suvi Simola out of Plymouth Encore in the Hunter colorway - HAS BEEN FROGGED :>(
 - Belgique Infinity Cowl out of BFL Sportweight from Shaggy Bear Farms
 - Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang
 - Reversible Scarf by Bruce Weinstein (from the Knits Men Want book), using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Fig colorway





Barb has cast on the Dreambird shawl, using Spud & Cloe Fine in the Sidewalk colorway, and Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic Degrade in a purple and blue colorway.  Someday it will look like this (hopefully!).



Have you seen the new Woobie Pattern Collection Series 1 by Kris Carlson?  So cute!  Great gifts for babies...










Review of Circular Knitting Workshop: Essential Techniques to Master Knitting in the Round by Margaret Radcliffe.  An excellent book - check it out!
















Book Talk

Barb's Current Books:
 - The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton - listening to this book via the CraftLit Podcast
 - The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
 - The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
 - The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D by Nichole Bernier

Walt Disney Family Museum, located in the Presidio, San Francisco, CA.