Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Episode 89: I Was Like, Yeah, I Hate That Too!

Recorded on April 13, 2015
Book Talk begins at 30:15

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!  Please limit your comments to the Chatter thread



 New KAL!  From May 1-July 1 – Come join our "Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along".  Knit any spring/summer cardigan, tank or tee, adult or for a little one and be eligible for prizes.  Come join the chatter thread on the Ravelry board as we all make our plans...












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

Knitting:
Tracie has finished:
Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho/Berocco Flicker in 3335 (earth tones)

Lengthening an Anne Klein black shrug to cardigan length/Plymouth Jeannee



 Barb has finished:

Her Gnarled Oak Cardigan, using Wollmeise Merino DK.  She is so happy with the final project!  It is a perfect fit, and looks great unbuttoned or buttoned up.











Tracie is working on:
The Skew socks by Lana Holden/Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in Flahriddah.  She has not touchedthis project!

The Soubrette cardigan by Mary Annarella/madelinetosh lace (discontinued) in Georgia O’Keeffe. 

The Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbi Stone/Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green

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

The Twigs and Willows Mitts  by Alana Dakos/Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in Laboradite.  She is having a terrible time with these!

Barb is working on:
The Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett, using 13 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze

The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.  She has hit a snag...

The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.

She has frogged the Richmond Hat by Brenda Castiel.  The yarn was too dark to show the beautiful pattern!

A pair of vanilla socks using Opal Shafpate in the 1810 color way.

Barb has cast-on the Copperline Mitts by Elizabeth Doherty, using Madelinetosh DK in the Calligraphy colorway.  She is not happy with this yarn for this project, so will probably frog them.  


Books:

Tracie has finished:
Mystery on the Isles of Shoals by J. Dennis Robinson

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey – the narration made her want to poke her eyes out!














Barb has finished:

Tracie is currently reading:




The Carrier by Sophie Hannah.  Tracie thinks that it is pretty convoluted so far, but she will stick with it.

Jumping in Mud Puddles by Vickie Mendenhall



Forgive me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.  Excellent narration by Noah Galvin







Barb is currently reading:

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnston.  Barb is enjoying it more, learning a lot about North Korea.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen via the CraftLit Podcast

Aftershock: A Thriller by Andrew Vachss.  Although Barb finds the book's main character somewhat annoying, she is enjoying the story anyway.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Episode 88: Because It's An Awesome Bandwagon

Listen
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
















EVENTS:
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

Knitting
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.  





Books

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