Friday, October 31, 2014

Episode 79: Mini-Thumbs Down Is the Theme of the Day

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Book Talk begins at 35:05

Recorded on October 27, 2014

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is ongoing until January 15, 2015.  Information can be found here.  You can post pictures of your finished sweater here.

Lambtown vendors that were mentioned:
Invictus Yarns
Fishknits
DurenDyeWorks

Barb and Tracie have been asked to be on The Yarn Thing Podcast with Marly Bird on November 20, 2014.  If you listen live (9 am Mountain Time 11/20/14) you can participate in a live give-away!







New Contest!  We are giving away a signed copy of the book, The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.  Please go to our Ravelry Group and answer the question in the contest thread.

Thank you to JanaNav for donating this book to the podcast!











Barb recommends the video podcast Undead Yarn with KnittyGirl (Heidi).
Barb also recommends the audio podcast Kitchen Stitches, with Someryarns (Somer).

Upcoming Events:
Stitches West, February19 - 22, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be hosting an informal meetup in the Lobby Bar, on Saturday, February 21 from 2-5 p.m.  Come join us if you can!
Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKrs), April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Ethan the Aviator hat by Gabrielle Danskknit, using Cascade Bentley yarn

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-Striping colorway.











Barb has finished:



The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fukatsu, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.















Tracie has Cast-On:




The Doodie hat by Woolly Wormhead, using Ella Rae Pompe in the pink color way.  Check out this yarn - it's pretty wild!






Tracie continues to work on:
The Shalom Cardigan by Medgan McFarlan, using araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway.
Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey, using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway.
The Cleito by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yan Illaris in 111 (plum).  She is happy to report that this project is almost done!

Barb has Cast-On:

Rivercat Socks by Brenda Patipa, using VERY OLD STASH yarn, Knit Fit Knitting Jazzy in the Sea Blue colorway.
The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, which is now available using Amy Herzog's CustomFit program!  She is using Must Stash yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.

Barb is continuing to work on:
Brooke's Column of Leaves Scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple colorway.
Bootstrap Socks by Lara Neel (from the Sock Architecture book), using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Betelguise colorway.

BOOKS

Barb mentions the discussion on book groups on the  Books on the Nightstand podcast, Episode 301.

Tracie has finished:


600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster - she gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up!

The Birth Order Book: Why You Are the Way You Are by Kevin Lehman











Barb has finished:

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith

He's Gone by Deb Caletti

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell













Tracie has given up on, and will not finish These Things Hidden by Heather Dudenkauf

Tracie is currently reading:
Bitch in a Bonnet: Recaliming Jane Austen From the Stiffs, the Snobs, the Simps and the Saps, Volume 2 by Robert Rodi

Barb and Tracie are both currently reading:

The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell and are both really enjoying it!














Barb is currently reading:
Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Tracie would like your help in figuring out some kind of a knit gift for her brother-in law.  It must be 1. Obnoxious and/or sarcastic, and 2.  quick to knit!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Episode 78: She's So Fancy!

Book Talk begins at 25:42

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is continuing until January 15, 2015, so get busy!  Please check out the chatter thread for all the information you need to participate, and post your finished sweaters in our FOs thread for a chance to win one of our prize packages!

The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!) will be held April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.  If you are interested in attending, please go here for all the information. $265 per person.  

Tracie has finished:
Mother Bear #50 - crocheted

Propeller by Woolly Wormhead for her niece Lauren



Tracie has cast on:


Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway, a beautiful sky blue/green variegated

She continues to work on:
Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway

Cleito sleeveless top by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarn Illaris in 111 (plum)

And has been giving no love to:
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-striping colorway.

Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood, using way too many yarns to list!

Barb has finished:
Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway for her granddaughter Jayla, who is turning 6!

Upstairs/Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuseli, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Nichole colorway.

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.  She has Halloween socks in time for Halloween!


She has been working on:

Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade Yarns 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple color way.

Barb is continuing to knit:
The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fakatsu, using Madelinietosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.
Bootstrap Socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel, using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Betelguese colorway.

Tracie does not recommend A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli, and thought The Shining by Stephen King what good in spite of an ending she did not find scary.

She is reading:
and 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster, a novel about a Montana man who has severe OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome that she is finding delightful.


Barb finished and highly recommends both The Farm by Tom Rob Smith and Stoner by John Edward Williams

She is currently reading a trio of chillers:
and Night Film by Marisha Pessl, which she is reading in book-book form because of the cool, creepy visuals included.

Barb gives King of Siam Restaurant in Tehachapi, CA a thumbs-up, and Tracie seconds!  The Chicks have enjoyed Thai food  at King of Siam every year that they have attended the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat!



EBOLA: A CASE IN INEQUALITY 

“As the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa shows, the importance of reducing inequality could not be more clear. The battle against the virus is a fight on many fronts -- human lives and health foremost among them. But the fight against Ebola is also a fight against inequality. The knowledge and infrastructure to treat the sick and contain the virus exists in high- and middle-income countries. However, over many years, we have failed to make these things accessible to low-income people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. So now thousands of people in these countries are dying because, in the lottery of birth, they were born in the wrong place.”

Friday, October 3, 2014

Episode 77: I Might Do Math, OMG

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Book Talk starts at 33:55

This episode was recorded on September 30, 2014.

The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!) will be held April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.  If you are interested in attending, please go here for all the information.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over and all the prizes have been claimed.


Our Sweater KAL/CAL is continuing until January 15, 2015, so get busy!  Please check out the chatter thread for all the information you need to participate.





The winner of the Hallowe'en project bag from the Art Institchtute etsy shop is announced at the end of this podcast.










You have until October 15th to enter the drawing for the ebook Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.  Go here to enter.

Barb highly recommends the Badass Survivors Podcast hosted by Melanie.  This is a podcast about dealing with breast cancer.  Melanie hopes to make it a gathering place for women with breast cancer, survivors of the disease, and those with loved ones going through the process.   Check out Melanie's blog for more information on dealing with breast cancer.  Warning:  Language!

Upcoming events:
Lambtown - October 4 & 5, 2015 in Dixon, CA.
The CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11.
Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 19-22, 2015.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
Mother Bear #49

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
















Tracie has finished:
Mother Bear #49
Impunity Hat by Amana Schwabe, using Gnome Acres House Gnome in the Hulk Smash color way.

Barb has cast on:
Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade Yarns 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple color way.

Barb is continuing to knit:
The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fakatsu, using Madelinietosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.
Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway.
Upstairs/Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuseli, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Nichole colorway.
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.

Tracie has cast on:
Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway.
The Propeller hat by Woolly Wormhead, using The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze 100% Merino Worsted Superwash in the Kimberley colorway.

Tracie is still working on:
A second Vitamin D cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Knitting Rose Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway.
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-striping colorway.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White



The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White














Tracie has finished:
Reality Boy by A.S. King
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson





Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty












Barb is currently reading:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier




Stoner by John Edward Williams












Tracie is currently reading:


The Birth Order Book: Why You are the Way You Are by Kevin Lehman

Tracie also mentions the Stuff Mom Never Told You Episode, Middle Child Syndrome













A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
The Shining by Stephen King

Tracie mentions the website IMDB for all things trivia related to The Shining film.  She also recommends Room 237, an exploration of various interpretations of the movie, The Shining.

Barb mentions the current IRS Phone Scam.  Please go here to the IRS page on how to deal with these pervasive phone scams.