Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Episode 59: La Cabeza Pequena!


Download | Duration: 01:00:25
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!

KNITTING

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.

BOOKS

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


Download | Duration: 01:08:28
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