Episode 88: Because It's An Awesome Bandwagon

Recorded on March 30, 2015
Book Talk starts at 34:30

Join our Alana-Along- deadline extended till May 1! You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting.  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.   Post your FO here to be entered to win!  We love you all and are glad to see the enthusiasm, but we ask you to please stop posting random comments in the FOs thread!

Our Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen is ongoing - March 1-31

Tracie and Barb will be at:
The Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 17-19, 2015 - San Juan Bautista 
Fleeces, Food and Fun – Retzlaff Winery, June 6, 10-4pm

Barb has finished:

Rivercat #2 Socks by Brenda Patipa, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid in the Tranquility colorway.

Vanilla Zombody DeComp Socks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Zombody DeComp colorway.

Tracie has finished:

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist/Dizzy Blonde Studios

Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown

Horseshoe Lace Cowl by Sashka Macievich, using Zen Garden Glitter Sock in Mama Dawn colorway

GAP-Tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley, using Malabrigo Mecha in the Queguay colorway

Mr. Bakery Bear in Red Heart Super Saver, Malabrigo Silky Merino and some old acrylic Tracie found in her stash

Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage

Her 2nd Wee Wildflower by Alana Dakos, using Knit Picks Brava Sport in Freesia

Barb continues to work on:
The The Gnarled Oak Cardigan by Alana Dakos, using Wollmeise Merino DK in the Mistelzweig colorway.

The Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett, using 12 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

Barb has cast-on:
The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarn Helluva Skein in a Pauo-le colorway.

The Richmond Hat by Brenda Castiel, using Malabrigo Mechita in the Sheri color way

Another pair of Vanilla socks using Opal Schafpate in 8120 colorway.

Tracie cast-on:
Skew socks by Lana Holden Lisa Souza Dyeworks Delux Socks! in the Flahriddah colorway.

The Soubrette cardigan by Mary Annarella, using Madelinietosh Tosh Lace (a discontinued yarn) in the Georgia O’Keeffe colorway.

The Wanda Estelle  poncho by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Gree.

The Sprig of Hope shawl by Robin Wiest using Cascade Sunseeker in 09 (Green).  Proceeds from this pattern will be donated to Autism Speaks until mid-April so check it out!

Twigs and Willows Mitts by Alana Dakos using Unwind Yarn Company in Laboradite.

Barb and Tracie are huge fans of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  This pattern, written by Sox Therapist, is only $1!  Although it is 16 pages long (with very detailed directions on making a cardboard cutout of your foot, along with measuring instructions), both Tracie and Barb "cheated" and went straight to the heel instructions.  This pattern works for both toe-up and cuff-down patterns.  


Barb has had a good stretch of great books!  She has finished:
The Silent Girls by Eric Riskstad - thumbs up for a quick read

Gray Mountain by John Grisham - thumbs up for Grisham fans

Persuasion by Jane Austen - thumbs up!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - an enthusiastic thumbs up

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew - a thumbs up for a good coming-of-age story set in the 1950s segregated South

Show Me Good Land by Shonna Milliken Humphrey - thumbs up

Tracie has finished:
Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster - thumbs up

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham - thumbs up

Mr. Kiss-and-Tell (Veronica Mars) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham - Tracie didn't like it as much as The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, especially since the Audible version wasn't narrated by Kristen Bell

The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The Handsome Man's Delux Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith - an enthusiastic thumbs up!

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell

Barb is currently reading:

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnston

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Tracie is currently reading:

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

The Mystery on the Isles of Shoals by J. Dennis Robinson

Tracie's Thumbs Up: http://mccallspatternbehavior.tumblr.com - old sewing pattern illustrations with very dry commentary