Episode 76: The Chicks' Big News!

Book Talk Starts at 41:20

OUR BIG NEWS! The Northern California Knitting Retreat will take place Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California. The retreat is organized by a committee of friends brought together by their love of fiber craft and knitting from Northern California and by The 2 Knit Lit Chicks and The Yarniacs podcasts.

Cost of the retreat is $265 per person.  This includes sleeping accommodations in a double (shared) room for the nights of Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, six meals, and use of common rooms and facilities.  Please note that all rooms are shared.  Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

SPACE IS LIMITED, and it is our desire to make things as fair as is humanly possible.   If you would like to attend:

Email Tracie Bezerra at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com to obtain the application. 

Mail the application with your payment beginning October 15, 2015.  Please note: No applications with a postmark date before October 15, 2015 will be accepted.

If you would like to attend and room with a friend, please send your applications and payments together in one envelope.  No more than two applications per envelope, please.

If more applications are received than retreat spaces are available, attendees will be chosen by lottery.  If your application is not chosen in the lottery, you will have the option to either be placed on a waiting list or have your check shredded.  We will hold the checks sent by those on the waiting list until it is determined whether they have a space at the retreat.

Our Sweater KAL/CAL has begun!  It will run from September 15 to January 15, and it must be an adult-sized sweater with some kind of sleeves to qualify for the prize drawing.  If you’ve never knit a sweater before, this is the time to give it a try!  We will have a list of some patterns that would work well for beginners on our Sweater KAL Chat thread.

Daisy, who sells everything from cool fabric to vintage ties to wonderful project bags in her Artinstitchtute etsy shop, will be sending this Alexander Henry fabric project bag (a $32 value) to one lucky winner!  Go over to our Ravelry group to enter to win.  And take a look at Daisy's shop; you can get a 20% discount using the coupon code endofsummer2014.

Mean Girls Yarn Club from Dizzy Blonde Studios

Barb and Tracie will both be attending the following events:
Lambtown in Dixon, CA, October 4 & 5.  We will be attending on Sunday, the 4th.
CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11.
Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 19 - 22, 2015.
Northern California Knitting Retreat – April 17-19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA

Barb has Finished:

Cabled Hot Water BottleCover by Vivianne Kacal, using Plymouth Encore in the Hunter Green colorway

Tracie Has Finished:
Mother Bears 47 and 48

Autumn Whirlpool Hat with Earflaps by Natalie Pelykh/ Gnome Acres Fingering Sock in the Hulk Smash colorway

Ripples by Annelie Wallbom/Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway. 

She lined her 2nd Infamous Hobo Bag

Barb is working on:
Hitofude cardigan by Hirolu Fulatsu, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper color way

Rose Garden Shawl by Vera Sanon, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in a teal colorway

Mini-Landing Cardi, by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway.

Upstairs Downstairs Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuesli in the Small, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DKin the Nichole colorway.

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.

Tracie is working on:
A second Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier in Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway.  

Mystic Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks in Invictus Yarns Master of my Feet in the Aradia Self Striping colorway.  

Enter to win a copy here

As She Left It by Catriona McPherson
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Prayers for the Dying by Suzanne Jenkins
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Still Life by Louise Penny
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White

Reality Boy by A.S. King

If you haven't yet heard "Weird Al" Yancovic's brilliant "Word Crimes" song, here is the video: