Friday, September 25, 2015

Episode 99: A Corn Dog in the Night?

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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.

Upcoming Events:
*October 3, 4, 2015 - Lambtown USA in Dixon, CA.  Barb will be attending on Saturday, the 3rd.
*October 10, 2015 - the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA.  Both Barb and Tracie will be attending.
*February 18 - 21, 2016 - Barb and Tracie will be attending Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA.

Barb finished the Able Cable Hat by Kari Steinetz in Duren Dyeworks Kindness Aran in the Plum Crazy colorway.  It was a very fun knit, but the hat is way too big, so she is going to frog it and knit a different pattern.


She has cast on:
*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.

Barb is continuing to knit on:
*  Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash in 4 color ways - Orange, Gray, Black and White.
*  Wild Goose Shawlette by Paula Emons- Fuessle, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.
*  Dodgson #2 by the Berroco Design Team, using Berroco Boboli in the Strawberry Jam colorway.
*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish DK in 2 colors - orange and coal'

Tracie has finished a pair of  vanilla socks in Fishknit Boot Strap in the Fat Tuesday colorway.

She has cast on another pair of vanilla socks in Knitting Rose Budding Tracks Sock Set in Good Will Hunting Ombre

She continues to work on:
*  Longstreet cowl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge colorway.
*  Endearment cardigan by Hanna Maciejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire colorway.
*  Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbie Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.
*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.

Barb and Tracie enthusiastically recommend 
The Martian by Andy Weir


Barb recommends:
Olivay by Deborah Reed
Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe
The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Tracie thought The Pocket Wife by Susan H. Crawford was well written but not that memorable, and that Death Trap by M. William Phelps covered an interesting true crime case but was extremely poorly written.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins


Friday, September 11, 2015

Episode 98: Have Fun With That 'Cause I'll Be Dead

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Book Talk starts at 29:35

Recorded on September 9, 2015


The Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over!  Did you win a prize?  Listen to the podcast to find out.  We ended up with 313 bears knit for the KAL, plus another 30 knit by Barb and Tracie.  Wow.  Thank you all for making a child's life a little happier!

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.

Want to win a hard copy of the Elizabeth Doherty's book, Top Down:  Reimagining Set-In Sleeve Design?  You can enter here.  Contest will end on September 15th.

Tracie will be in France this fall.  She will be taking a personalized yarn store tour in Paris with Barbara of Stitching Up Paris Needlecraft Tours.  She will also be meeting up with Lolacha of the Maille Podcast.  Tracie is very excited!

Upcoming Events:
October 3, 4, 2015 - Lambtown USA in Dixon, CA.  Barb will be attending on Saturday, the 3rd.

October 10, 2015 - the CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA.  Both Barb and Tracie will be attending.

February 18 - 21, 2016 - Barb and Tracie will be attending Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA.

KNITTING




Barb has finished:

her Last Frost scarf by Julia Trice, using BeeMiceElf Sock in the Apple A Day colorway.













Tracie has finished:

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












Barb is continuing to knit on:
*  Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash in 4 color ways - Orange, Gray, Black and White.
*  Wild Goose Shawlette by Paula Emons- Fuessle, using GnomeAcres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.
*  Dodgson #2 by the Berroco Design Team, using Berroco Boboli in the Strawberry Jam colorway.
*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Knit Picks Swish DK in 2 colors - orange and coal'

Tracie is continuing to knit on:
*  Longstreet cowl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge colorway.
*  Endearment cardigan by Hanna Maciejewska, using Jill Draper Makes Stuff Esopus in the Sapphire colorway.
*  Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbie Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green.

Tracie has cast-on:
*  vanilla socks in Fishknit Boot Strap in the Fat Tuesday colorway.
*  Perpendicular Cowl by Brenda Castiel, using Cascade Elysian in the 08 colorway and Jojoland Splatter Dash in the 002 colorway.

Barb talked a bit about her upcoming plans for the Sweater KAL.  She is planning on knitting the Helvetica cardigan by Elizabeth Doherty, using Berroco Indigo in the Cut-Offs colorway.


BOOKS

Tracie has finished:






The Train Never Stops in Dixon: Carissa Carpenter Promised to Turn the Town Into Hollywood North; Some Took the Bait by Bil Paul - Tracie recommends it.

Nature Girl by Carl Hiaasen - Tracie recommends it.








Barb has finished:

The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell.  Barb recommends it.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosch.  Barb and Tracie both recommend it.

Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos.  Barb recommends it.








Tracie is currently reading:

The Pocket Wife by Susan H. Crawford

The Martian by Andy Weir


Barb is currently reading:

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe

Olivay by Deborah Reed