Monday, December 22, 2014

Episode 82: Happy Holidays From the Chicks

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Book Talk starts at 38:27

This episode was recorded on December 19, 2014.


The Sweater KAL is ongoing!  Get your sweaters finished and post your FO picture here to be eligible to win one of three great prize packages.

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!

Barb recommends the Stitch Party Podcast (audio), with host flyingmuse.

She also recommends the video podcast The Knitting Den with Denise.

Events:
Barb will be attending the South Bay Knitting Retreat January 2-4, 2015 in San Juan Bautista.
Stitches West 2015, in Santa Clara California February 19 - 22, 2015.
The Northern California Knitting Retreat, in San Juan Bautista, California April 17 - 19, 2015.  We still have 1 spot open!  Email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for a registration form.

For those of you attending The Northern California Knitting Retreat, please join the NorCal Knitting Retreat Ravelry Group to stay up-to-date on all the information.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:



Tracie has finished:



                Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press
                Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten
                And The Horse You Rode In On fingerless mittens by Karin Aida
                Beer Lovers’ Mitts by Natalia Moreva



Tracie is currently working on:

Tracie has cast on:
Brenda Castiel's Hanging Gauge Swatch tutorial 

Barb is currently knitting:

Barb has cast-on:


Barb will be frogging her Custom-Fit Featherweight cardigan.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Apple Tree Yard by Louisa Doughty.  She heartily recommends this book!
















Barb is reading:

Tracie is reading:












You can see the bladder-related commercials that Tracie talked about in her "Thumbs Down" section here:

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Episode 81: A Podcast About a Podcast?

Book Talk starts at 48:00

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!

Can’t get enough of the Serial podcast?  Check out Slate’s Serial Spoilers Specials – a podcast about a podcast!

The Yarnit – coming soon to the Leading Men Fiber Arts store

Barb has finished
A Raspberry hat, using the 0-966 Sweet Pumpkin by DROPS design

  •       The Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilla using Cascade 220 worsted in a dark gray colorway

  •       Malabrigo Hand Thingies by Anne Sahakian, using leftover Malabrigo Rios in the lotus colorway – a free pattern on Ravelry.  Theses were supposed to be for her granddaughter Rachel, but they came out very small so she gave them to her manicurist instead.

  •       Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Beamer, using Malabrigo Rios in the Lotus colorway –a free pattern on Ravelry.  These are for Rachel, but Barb likes them so much that she plans to make a pair for herself!



Tracie has finished her Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane, made from Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway.  It fit perfectly, but then it grew!  So she will have to frog and reknit it in the original small/medium size.

Barb cast on a pair of socks using Fishknits MCN Opulence in the Weathered colorway.

She continues to work on:
Tracie has cast on:


She continues to work on:
                Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press
                Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten
                And The Horse You Rode In On fingerless mittens by Karin Aida
                Beer Lovers’ Mitts by Natalia Moreva
Three of four beer cozies completed!




4 patterns in the ebook, available on Ravelry for 9.80 GBP (about $15). 
Enter to win a copy here

Tracie liked
The Position by Meg Wolitzer
and
but did not finish
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige because it was too annoying
  
Barb highly recommends In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

She has also finished
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCrieght
The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Tracie is currently listening to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
and reading

Barb is currently reading
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Last Life by Claire Messud
and

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty