Sunday, December 13, 2015

Episode 104: What's New, Knit Companion?

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Book Talk Begins at 57:30

Recorded on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Our Sweater KAL is ongoing!  You have until January 15, 2016 to complete an adult sweater and be eligible a great prize package that will include:
  • A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
  • A package of Yarn Cozies
  • A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
  • And more!
Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:


*  Baa-ble Hat #1 and #2 (pictured here), using Plymouth Yarns Galway Worsted in various colors.

*  Zigzagular Socks by Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway.

*  Rachel's Rollers (Rose City Rollers socks) by Susie White, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis color way








Tracie has finished:

Tri-Peak hat by Woolly Wormed, using Classic Elite Yarns Waterlily in the 1938 colorway.

*  Two Little Hats - no patterns and she has no idea what the yarns are.

*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.

*  Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagen in Valley Yarns Goshen





Barb is working on:
*  The Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Yarns Cash Vero DK in a royal blue colorway (this yarn is discontinued).
*  Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, usingCascade 220 Sport in the Charcoal Gray colorway.

Tracie is working on:
* The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.
*  The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.
*  Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos in Fishknits Boot Strap in the Fat Tuesday colorway.
*  The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.






Tracie and Barb interview Sally Holt (slyknits on Ravelry, and the creator of Knit Companion) about all the new, cool features of the app, Knit Companion.   What they were most excited about is:

*  the new linking feature to your Ravelry library
*  Knit Companion for Android will be coming after the new year!


Be sure to enter the contest to win a KC pattern package from Knit Companion, here.  We will announce the winners on the next podcast.





BOOKS

Barb has finished:

*  Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology, and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill - Barb recommends this book!
*  Forsaken by Andrew Van Wey - Barb was very "meh" about this one.



Tracie has finished:
*  Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle - Tracie highly recommends this book, especially the audiobooks with excellent narration by Alison McLemore!
*  The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith - recommended.












Barb is currently reading:
*  The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft
*  The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore

Barb Did Not Finish:
*  The Alphabet of Birds by S.J. Naude.  She just couldn't do it.

Tracie is currently reading:
*  The Family by Marissa Kennerson
*  Double Life: The Shaterring Affair between Chief Judge Sol Wachtler and Socialite Joy Silverman by Linda Wolfe
*  The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Tracie's Thumbs Up was Carrie Fisher - check her out in this great interview!
Carrie's dog now has his own Instagram account!  He's @garyfisher - the Chicks are following him now - you should too!




Sunday, November 29, 2015

Episode 103: You Can Look Forward to That...or Not...


Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until Jan 16.  Challenge yourself!


Post your FO in the FOs thread to be entered to win one of 4 fabulous prize packages that will contain:
A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
A package of Yarn Cozies
A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
And more!

New podcast – Unraveling with Greg (KnittingDaddy) and Joey (JoeyGibson)
Barb also recommends Two Ewes Fiber Adventures with Kelly and Marsha, and Teaching Your Brain to Knit with Margaret and Catherine.


Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!


Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

Barb has been busy!  She has finished:
Over & Over Cowl & Infinity Loop by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, using Duren Dyeworks
Tappee Hattee by Allison Britt, using Dizzy Blond Studios Superwash DK in the Camilla colorway (free)
Maize Mitts #2 by Tin Can Knits, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showcase Worsted in the Love Potion #9 colorway (free)
Barley Hat #2 by Tin Can Knits using Leading men Fiber arts Showcase Worsted in the Love Potion #9 colorway (free)
Minecraft Creeper Beanie by Tracy McDowell using a bright green color of Vanna’s Choice and Plymouth Encore Black.


Tracie finished:
Fair Winds Beanie by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas in Alpenglow Yarn Skinny Singular Corrie in Mermaid Tail


Barb cast on:
Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Bryner using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.
Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith, using 4 colors of Plymouth Galway Worsted.

And she continues to work on
Zigzagular Socks by  Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway (free)
Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway ($9)

Tracie cast on:

And is working on:
Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.
Longstreet by Nancy Totten (Front Range Bags), using Abstract Fiber Temptations in The Gorge colorway
Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagan, using Valley Yarns Goshen.
Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos (free pattern) in FishKnits Boot Strap in Fat Tuesday Colorway

Barb finished:
Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts


Tracie finished:
Endangered Species by Nevada Barr
Bad Blood by John Sanford
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Barb is reading:
The Alphabet of Birds by S. J. Naude
Forsaken by Andrew Van Wey

Tracie is reading
The Woman Who Walked in the Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

The Family by Marissa Kennerson



Monday, November 16, 2015

Episode 102: Nothing's Wrong with an Eggplant

Recorded on November 12, 2015
Book Talk starts at 35:16

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until Jan 16.  Post your FO in the FOs thread to be entered to win one of 4 fabulous prize packages that will contain:
  • A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
  • A package of Yarn Cozies
  • A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
  • And more!


Listen all the way to the end of  the podcast to find out if you won:
One of the two project bags donated by Daisy of Art Institchtute of Chicago 
or
The new pattern  A View from the Charles, designed and donated by Jennifer Lassonde

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

Barb has finished:




Tracie has finished a lot of hats!



Barb’s Current Knitting Projects: 


And she has cast on:


Tracie is working on:


Barb has finished:


Tracie has finished:

Barb is reading:


Tracie is reading

Barb says thumbs up to Pumpkin Spice cream cheese



Tracie says thumbs up to the Fargo tv series - Season 1 is available on Hulu Plus, and Season 2 is in progress on FX

Monday, November 2, 2015

Episode 101: You Are Not the Dude

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Book Talk starts at: 43:14

Recorded on October 30, 2015

Our Sweater KAL is still going strong!  You have until January 15, 2016 to compete a sweater, enter it into our Sweater FO Thread to win a prize.

We have 2 project bags to give away from Art Institchtute of Chicago.  Go here to enter!  This contest will end on November 15, 2015.


New giveaway!  Thank you to BostonJen for donating a copy of her new shawl pattern,  View from the Charles.  To enter, please go to the thread on our Ravelry forum and comment on:
1.  Your favorite handknit shawl
2.  Any shawl knitting adventure
3.  If you have never knitted a shawl, tell us that!

This contest will end on November 15th.










Barb and Tracie recommend the Wild Plum Etsy Shoppe for cute handmade children's gifts - bandana dresses, pacifier clips, tote bags, crayon and coloring bags, etc.


Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat!  Open registration for a limited number of spots is open October 15-November 15.  Send an email to us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for information and applications.


KNITTING

Barb has finished:

*  Her Helvetica Cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty.  She used Berroco Indigo yarn (recycled cotton) in the Cut-Offs colorway.  She is very happy with the way this cardigan stays on her shoulders!

*  The Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish DK in the Orange and Coal colorways.

*  Barley Hat #1 and Maize Mits #1 by Tin Can Knits, both using Dancing Dog Dyeworks Waltz Worsted in the Sugar Skulls colorway.








Tracie has finished:
*  Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbie Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green (pictured at left) and she loves it!

*  Endearment cardigan by Hanna Maciejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire colorway.

*  A pair of vanilla socks in Knitting Rose Budding Tracks Sock Set in Good Will Hunting Ombre.

*  Full-Tilt hat by Laura Wilson-MartosCascade Yarns Elysian in a purple colorway.

*  Beetle Cap (Lippapipo on Ravelry) by Veera Valimaki, using Newton’s Yarn Country DK Superwash Merino Nylon.


Barb is working on:
*  Zigzagular Socks by Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway.

*  Over & Over Cowl & Infinity Loop by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, using Duren DyeWorks Love Fingering in the Witchy Woo Woo colorway.

*  Nordic Trail Vest by Elizabeth Smith, using Cascade Yarns Ecological Wool in the Latte colorway.

*  A secret test knit for Elizabeth Doherty.

Tracie is working on:
*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.

*  Longstreet by Nancy Totten (Front Range Bags), using Abstract Fiber Temptations in The Gorge colorway

*  Saddleback Cardigan by Jennifer Hagan, using Valley Yarns Goshen.


BOOKS

Barb has finished:
*  A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation by Catherine Crier - she heartily recommends this book for fans of the True Crime genre.

*  Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout - she recommends this book.

Tracie did not finish:  I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Tracie has finished:
*  I Hated Hated Hated This Movie by Roger Ebert - she recommends it!

*  The King of Pain: A Novel with Stories by Seth Kaufman

*  The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol.

*  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin - highly recommended!

Barb is continuing to read:
*  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, listening to it through the excellent CraftLit Podcast.

*  The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James - Barb says that it's a good read for Halloween!

*  People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Perry.
Tracie is currently reading:
*  Don't Try to Find Me by Holly Brown.

In Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down, Tracie talked about a new character on Sesame Street named Julia.  Julia has autism, and becomes Elmo's friend.  Thumbs Up to you, Sesame Street!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Episode 100: In the Reflection of a Microwave


Book Talk Starts at 34:30

Recorded October 10, 2015 at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA.  A great time was had by all, of course – great job to GemmaDW and loretta1031 for organizing such a fun event!


Our Fall Sweater 2015 KAL will be running from September 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016.  Come and join us.  Knit or crochet an adult-size cardigan or pullover - any style, any weight yarn.


New giveaway – Daisy of Art Institchtute of Chicago has given us 2 of her project bags to give away.  1 in a Day of the Dead fabric, and 1 in a Raven fabric.  To enter, please go over to Art Institchtute of Chicago Etsy shop and tell us your favorite fabric in the thread.

 Tracie & Ryan welcome you to the Palace at Versailles
Tracie went many wonderful places, saw many wonderful things, ate many wonderful foods, and just all around had a wonderful time on her 15-day trip to France!  A few of the yarniest highlights…

Her yarn crawl with Barbara of Stitching Up Paris Needlecraft Tours was so much fun!  Barbara is a knitter and seamstress from New Zealand who puts what she’s learned from her 30 years living in Paris to take you to shop for whatever strikes your fancy: yarn, fabric, notions, etc.  She took Tracie to 8 yarn stores, finishing up with lunch here at L'OisiveThé, which doubles as a café.

On the night of September 30, Sacha Laurin’s Kombucha Couture collection showed at the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris – including Tracie’s knit Kombucha dress:


The collection got lots of great feedback, and it was a thrilling night!


Tracie also got to meet Laurence (Rav name: Lolacha), a listener and fellow podcaster!  They had a great afternoon talking over lunch about knitting, podcasting, learning languages, parenting and all sort of other things!  Laurence is the host of Maille Podcast.

  
Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat!  Open registration for a limited number of spots is open October 15-November 15.  Send an email to us at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for information and applications.

Barb’s FOs:
Irish Hiking Hat #1 by Blackhorse for SIL using Duren Dyeworks Kindness Aran in a purple colorway.  Followed pattern exactly.
Irish Hiking Hat #2 , also for a gift  – modified by using 1x1 ribbing for the brim, and also added a pom pom.
Wild Goose  Shawlette by Paula Emmons-Fuesle, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome (MCN blend) in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway
Dodgson #2 by the Berroco Design Team, using Berroco Boboli in the Strawberry Jam colorway
Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke – using Plymouth Select Merino DK in orange, black, white and gray.


Tracie didn’t get much knitting done in France, but she did work on her
Vanilla socks in Knitting Rose Budding Tracks Sock Set in Good Will Hunting Ombre and  Endearment cardigan by Hanna Maciejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire colorway.Her other projects got no love.

Barb is working on:
Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish Worsted in 2 colors – Orange and Coal
Helvetica cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Berroco Indigo in the Cut-Offs colorway
Zigzagular Socks by  Susie White, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody Loves the 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway
She also cast on the Maize Mitts by Tin Can Knits, using Dancing Dog Dyeworks Worsted in the Sugar Skulls colorway

Barb’s Books:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Tracie’s Books