Friday, August 22, 2014

Episode 74: It's a Cute Little Stash


Direct download: 2KLC_Ep_74.mp3

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Keep cranking out those bears!  The Mother Bear KAL FOs thread will close September 1.  Make as many bears as possible!  Remember to post each bear in a separate comment, as each comment = 1 entr
Donated by floridakelly – a whole bunch of super nice yarn, mostly Noro, and 11 books! 
Thank you, Kelly – you are amazing!

We will be having another Sweater KAL/CAL to get you ready for winter!  It will run from September 15 to December 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.

Tracie and Barb will be at:
Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 6 – October 11 – Tehachapi, CA
Lambtown – October 4-5 – Dixon, CA
Stitches West – February 19-22 – Santa Clara, CA

Barb finished her second pair of Stitch Surfers.  She loves this pattern, but is ready to be done with it for a while.

Tracie finished her second Infamous Hobo Bag (but still needs to line it) and her Drifting cardigan.  She also crocheted two Mother Bears, #43 and#44.

Barb is continuing to work on:
The Vonica cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Highland Handmades Butternut DK in the Charcoal colorway.
Vanilla socks using Patons North America Kroy Socks Ragg Shades in the 1301 colorway.
The TGV (High Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcroft, using Fishknits Divine Full Grandient in the Tea Rose Hybrid colorway.

Tracie is excited to be casting on:
A second Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier in Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway
and
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks in Invictus Yarns Master of my Feet in the Aradia Self Striping colorway.  This pattern is named for the band on the MTV series “Daria,” which just makes Tracie love it even more.
When our tires are bald, we'll still be freakin' friends...

She continues to work on:
Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood using many skeins of scrap yarn!
The Ripples shawl by Annelie Wallbom, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway.
The Cleito sleeveless top, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarns Illaris in the 111 (Plum) colorway.

Tracie and Barb were intimidated by the beautiful patterns in

Cooperative Press. 
158 pages
$16.95, digital only, $26.95 for print and digital
14 designs

Enter to win an e-copy of this book by telling us about your most ambitious project here.

BOOKS:


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Episode 73: The Word of the Day is "Cool"

Direct download: Episode_73.mp3
Book Talk Starts at 29:12

We have a new hosting site for the 2 KNIT LIT CHICKS podcast!  There are 3 ways to listen:

1.  If you subscribe to our podcast through iTunes, or a "podcast catcher" such as Downcast, you will need to unsubscribe, delete the old feed, and resubscribe through the iTunes Store, or through your pod catcher.
2.  If you use an RSS feed to subscribe to the podcast, you will need to delete the previous feed and add our new one:  http://2knitlitchicks.libsyn.com/RSS.
3.  If you listen through this blog, no changes are necessary!

Here are the 12 bears that Barb has knit since March!

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is going until  September 1, 2014.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2014 are eligible for great prizes!  Post a picture in our Mother Bear FO Thread to enter to win - a separate post for each bear you complete.

A big THANK YOU to SandraMaz for her donation of a project bag of the winner's choice up to $25 from her Etsy shop, Sweet Serendipity37.

Sandra is also offering 2 Knit Lit Chicks listeners a coupon code during the Mother Bear KAL/CAL to be used at her shop.  Enter the code bears10 for 10% off anything in the shop!

Win a copy of Knits That Breathe by Julie Turjoman!  Enter here by August 15th to win a copy of the ebook.

Barb recommends a non-knitting audio podcast,  the Spilled Milk Podcast.

Barb recommends the Knit Companion Tutorial by Tina of the Knitting Blooms Video Podcast.

Wild Plum Etsy Shoppe on Etsy.

Upcoming Events that Tracie and Barb will be attending:
Lambtown Festival in Dixon, CA, October 4,5 2014.  Please go here to find out all about it!
The CogKNITive Fiber Retreaat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11, 2014
Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February19 - 22, 2015.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:
Simple Newborn Hat with a Touch of Lace by Ginny Sheller, using Cascade Cherub Baby.
Perfect Fit Baby Hat by Heidi Mikitish using "mystery acrylic" yarn.

Barb has finished:
Mother Bears #45 and #46.
This is the pattern picture…not the one that Barb knit!
She has almost finished Autumn Whirlpool with Earflaps Hat by Pelykh Natalie, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Blue Violet colorway.  This hat is a lot more difficult than it looks!
















Tracie has cast-on:
Infamous Hobo Bag by Katie Rose, using Cascade Casablanca in the Peacock colorway.
Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood using many skiens of scrap yarn!

Tracie is currently working on:
The Ripples shawl by Annelie Wallbom, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway.
The Drifting cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, using Rumpelstilskin Sock-Weight Superwash merino/Yak/ Silk blend.
The Cleito sleeveless top, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarns Illaris in the 111 (Plum) colorway.
Coachella sleeveless top by Fathom Harvill, using Tess Designer Yarns Microfiber Ribbon.

Barb is continuing to work on:
The Vonica cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Highland Handmades Butternut DK in the Charcoal colorway.
Vanilla socks using Patons North America Kroy Socks Ragg Shades in the 1301 colorway.
The TGV (High Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcroft, using Fishknits Divine Full Grandient in the Tea Rose Hybrid colorway.
Stitch Surfers #2 by Louise Rovert, using GnomeAcres House Gnome Doppleganger Socks Set in the Bunny Foo-Foo colorway.
















BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
I'm Down by Mishna Wolff
The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silverman
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh

Dear Daughter by Elizabeth Little


















Barb has finished:
The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
Paris Trout by Pete Dexter
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

















Tracie is currently reading:
Court TV Presents: Murder in Room 103 by Harriet Ryan

Endless Love by Scott Spencer

















Barb is currently reading:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell through the CraftLit Podcast
Bittersweet by Nevada Barr

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
















Tracie's Thumbs-Down is an article in Slate Magazine about how the word "novel" is increasingly used to mean any book, fiction or non-fiction.  You can read it here.