Monday, January 26, 2015

Episode 84: Let's Try This Again


Book Talk starts at: 30:46

Recorded on January 21, 2015

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along – starts in less than 2 week! February 1-April 1. 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.   Please go here to participate on the chatter thread.

Our Sweater KAL is over!  There were 107 completed sweaters - congratulations to all who participated.  The winners of the 3 prize packages are announced at the end of the podcast. 

Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen – A number of people have expressed interest so we will go ahead with it.  The dates will be announced later.

Alice's Embrace:  Barb discussed a charity seeking volunteers to knit and crochet prayer shawls and lap blankets for those suffering from Alheimer's Disease.  You can find more information about it here.

Tracie and Barb will be at:
Stitches West – February 19-22 – Santa Clara, CA
Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 17-19, 2015 - San Juan Bautista


Tracie has finished:
Mushishi Ruffled Scarf from Plymouth Yarns/Plymouth Mushishi in Stained Glass

Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden/Sock Yarns from Invictus Yarns and Fishknits plus Knitted Wit Shine and KnitPicks Chroma

Barb has finished:
135-31 DROPS Tristen Hat, using Becoming Art DK weight in the Warm Spice Colorway

*  Mother Bear #51

Tracie is still working on:
*  Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown
 * Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Sock Yarn Blanket in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage

Barb is still working on:
Top-Down Icelandic Sweater by Ragga Eriksdotter, using Isex Lett-Lopi in the Glacial Blue Heather, White and Sun Yellow colorways. 
Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang.
* The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorwway.
Snicket Socks by Sabine Riefer, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid in the Tranquility colorway.

 Tracie has cast-on:
*Mrs. Bakery Bear by Kay F. Jones, using scrap yarn from her stash.  She is currently working on the body and completely enjoying herself!

Barb has cast-on:

 * a pair of vanilla socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Plymouth Yarn Neon Now in a green/pink/blue colorway.

Tracie's knitting 2014 Year In Review:

17 Mother Bears
13 hats
9 shawls and scarves
7 pairs of socks
7 sweaters
4 pairs of fingerless mitts
3 cowls
2 bags


Total of 80 projects completed in 2014. 15.2 miles knitted.
a.     8 sweaters
b.     19 pair of socks
c.      6 shawls
d.     3 toys
e.     6 cowls
f.      5 mitts
g.     1 mittens
h.     1 poncho
i.       10 hats
j.       3 scarves
k.     2 other
l.       19 Mother Bears
m.   4 preemie hats


Tracie has finished:
The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald.  She recommends it with reservations.
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Barb has finished:
Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas.  Barb gives it a very enthusiastic thumbs up!

Tracie is currently reading:
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

Barb is currently reading:
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, through the CraftLit podcast.
Section 132 by Helga Zeiner
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Tracie read 66 books in 2014...Barb read 80 books in 2014.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Episode 83: Tracie Administers Some Tough Love

Book Talk Begins at 48:23

There’s less than a week to get those sweaters finished!  Post FOs in our Sweater FOs thread to be entered to win one of our three prize packages.  The FOs thread will close at the end of the day on January 15, and we will draw winners at the end of Episode 84.

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!

Let us know if you have any interest in a Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Barb’s Finished Objects
 Jet Set Cowl by Paulina Popiolek

Multidirectional Scarf by Karen Baumer

Tracie’s Finished Objects:
Earbud Pouch by Mary Keenan

Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Barb has cast on:
Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.

Snicket Socks by Sabene Riefer, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid  in the Tranquility colorway

135-31 DROPS Tristan Hat, using Becoming Art DK in the Warm Spice colorway.  Manly hat!

And continues to work on:
Top-Down Icelandic Sweater by Ragga Eriksdotter with the Craftsy class, using Letllopi yarns.  It looked small to Tracie, so she gave Barb some tough love, much like this boy does to his little sister:

Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang – did many squares!

Tracie has cast on:
Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown

Mushishi Ruffled Scarf from Plymouth Yarns/Plymouth Mushishi in Stained Glass

Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden/Sock Yarns from Invictus Yarns and Fishknits plus Knitted Wit Shine and KnitPicks Chroma

And continues to work on:
Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage

It's the cat's pajamas!  Leave a comment telling us which pattern you’d like to knit here to be entered to win an ecopy!

Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen

The Magpies by Mark Edwards

BookBub newsletter – discount and free ebooks

The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

Death on Account by Margaret Yorke

The Last Life by Claire Messud

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

World War Z by Max Brooks

An 1952 Life article about "practice house" babies

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon

LL Bean Comfort Jeans – thank you Marcha (teal on Ravelry)!