Friday, August 28, 2015

Episode 97: Can Be Good Dog!


Tracie's dress knit from Kombucha,
coming soon to the runway at Paris Fashion Week!


Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL ends in just a few days.  We have almost 300 bears! 

Next KAL?  Fall Sweater 2015 KAL!   This will run September 15 – January 15.  To enter to win, you must knit or crochet an adult-sized sweater with sleeves (even if they are short).  We will have some suggestions for beginner sweater knitters in our chatter thread.

Barb and Tracie will be at the CogKnitive Fiber Retreat – Oct 10, 2015 – at the La Quinta Inn in Tehachapi, California

Barb finished:
Kitty Whiskers socks using Fishknits Strong Heart yarn in the Kitty Whiskers colorway
Nordic Trail Vest by Elizabeth Smith, using Cascade Ecological Wool in a brownish/gray colorway


Tracie finished
Vanilla socks in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in Flahriddah
5 Mother Bears 63, 64, 65, 66 & 67


Barb continues to work on:
The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth yarn DK Merino Superwash.
The Last Frost scarf by Julia Trice, using Bee Mice Elf Sock in the Apple a Day colorway.

Barb cast on
Wild Goose  Shawlette by Paula Emmons-Fuesle, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome (MCN blend) in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.
Her second Dodgson by the Berroco Design Team, using Berroco Boboli in the Strawberry Jam colorway.
Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish Worsted in 2 colors – Orange and Coal

Tracie continues to work on:
The Persimmon cowl by Jane Cochran, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Teal colorway.
The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge color way.
The Endearment cardigan by Hanna Majiejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire color way.
The Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sender


Tracie and Barb DO NOT recommend Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards

Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Paterson
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders
Cicada Spring by Christian Galacar
Faith by Jennifer Haigh

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos

Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Episode 96: We Aren't Hunters

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Book Talk starts at 30:55

Recorded on August 5, 2015

Our Cardi/Tank or Tee KAL has ended.  Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to hear the winners named.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is going strong!  We have over 240 bears so far.  Barb reminded everyone to send their bears into the Mother Bear Organization in Minneaplis, MN (including $3 per bear for shipping).  Please let either Tracie or Barb know if you would like to donate a prize.




Barb talked about how much she is enjoying the baby birds (House Finches) on her front porch.  They will be leaving the nest soon, and she will miss them.
















Events
Both Barb and Tracie will be attending the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat October 10, 2015.

Barb talked about how much she is enjoying the Serial Podcast, the Undisclosed Podcast, and the Serial Dynasty Podcast.


KNITTING

Tracie has finished:


Mother Bears #60, #61 & #62.  Pictured at left - the Beach Bears!

A pair of vanilla socks for her son, Will, using Berroco Sox, aptly called Boy Sox.

Se[ven]circle by Kristen Johnstone using Universal Yarn Classic Shades Sequins Lite









Barb has finished:

 Her Woodfords Cardigan, by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock in the Camel color way.

Her Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Undead Yarn Vamphri in the Autism Awareness color way.

Mother Bear #67

Her #21 Classic Cardigan by Sandy Prosser, using Noro Maiko.  A dismal failure...way too big, way too boxy.  She will not frog it, because of the mohair in the yarn.








Tracie is working on:

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge color way.

The Endearment cardigan by Hanna Majiejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire color way.

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

Vanilla socks, using Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in the Flahrida colorway.

Tracie has cast-on:

The Persimmon cowl by Jane Cochran, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Teal colorway.

Barb is working on:

The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth yarn DK Merino Superwash.

A pair of vanilla socks, using Fishknits Strong Heart in the Kitty Whiskers colorway.

The Last Frost scarf by Julia Trice, using Bee Mice Elf Sock in the Apple a Day colorway.



BOOKS

Barb has finished:
A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow - she recommends it.

Trail of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani - recommended


Tracie has finished:
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson - recommended

Norman Bray, In the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole - highly recommended (but might be hard to find)

Tracie did not finish:
The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn - she does not recommend this book


Barb is currently reading:
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sender

The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg


Tracie is currently reading:
Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters, and the Seattle Cyanide Murders by Gregg Olsen

Jacob I Have Loved by Katherine Paterson

Because She Loves Me by Mark Edwards