Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Episode 127: They've Clawed Their Way to the Top of the Social Heap in High School

Recorded December 22, 2016
Book Talk starts at: 30:58


Fall is long gone, but our annual Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 31!  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions.  You still have time!

The Chicks will be at Stitches West 2017  - February 23-26, 2017 at the 
Santa Clara Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be having our regular meet-up in the Hyatt bar on Saturday afternoon - come see us!

Tracie’s FOs:
Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose
One-Cable Mitts by Valerie Teppo in Classic Elite Yarns Water Lily


Barb’s FOs: 
Tupshin Socks by Erin Birnel in Knit Picks Tonal Fingering 
Toasty Texters fingerless mitts by Betsy Stuyvesant, in Dizzy Blond Studios Bombshell Superwash Worsted
Fast and Easy Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Beamer in Malabrigo Rios 
Sweet-ish Fish by Susan B. Anderson in Dizzy Blonde Studios Superwash Worsted 
Two Pussyhats in Joanne Fabrics Big Twist


Tracie has cast on:
forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100
Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in KnitPicks Full Circle Worsted in the Passion colorway
or
Sylvia Cardigan by Meghan Jones in Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway
Sprig Cloche by Alana Dakos in Cascade 220 Sport Superwash

And continues working on:
A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock
Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

Barb has cast on:
Vanilla Socks using Gale’s Art Double Secret Sock Blank in the Rockstar Rainbow colorway

And continues to work on
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi
Tilbury Mittens – by Chrissy Graham (yes, another test knit! so no Ravelry page yet) using Cattail Knits Nugget’s Girlfriend DK in the Sexy Eyes colorway
Project Peace cowl by Christina Campbell, using Madelinetosh Dandelion in the Magic colorway
Antler Cardigan by TinCan Knits using Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist in the Natural colorway

Tracie finished reading:
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Tease by Amanda Maciel
Edward Unspooled by Craig Lancaster


Barb finished:
Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen
Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman

Tracie is  reading
Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix


Barb is reading:
Find Her by Lisa Gardner



Sunday, December 11, 2016

Episode 126: So That's Not a Recommendation

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Recorded on December 9, 2016
Book Talk starts at 37:00



Our annual fall Sweater KAL is running from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

Barb is giving away an unopened Chinook Shawl Kit from Knit Picks in the white-to-black gradient color way.  This giveaway will last until December 15th.


The Knitted Knockers Organization needs your help!  They are in urgent need of as many Knitted Knockers as possible.  Please send your Knockers (unstuffed is fine) to:
Knitted Knockers Support Foundation
1780 Iowa St.
Bellingham, WA 98229


Knitting
Barb’s has finished:
Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi - it fits well and she loves it!
Café au Lait hat by Kathryn C. (free pattern on Rav) using Knit Picks Swish DK in the Hollyberry colorway
Another Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose
Nemo Mittens by Siguarlaug Eva Stephansdottir, using Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Orange, Black and White color ways
Another Bankhead Hat by Susie Gourlay, using some leftover Lion Brand Amazing

Tracie has finished:
Her Zuzu's Petals by Carina Spencer, using Mini Mochi in the Jungle colorway
Her Water and Stone cardigan by Veera Valimaki, using Imperial Yarn Tracie Too in the Cosmos colorway

Barb is working on:
Tilbury Mittens – by Chrissy Graham (yes, another test knit! so no Ravelry page yet) using Cattail Knits Nugget’s Girlfriend DK in the Sexy Eyes colorway
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi
Tupshin Socks, using leftover Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pansy and Heartfelt colorways

Barb has cast on:
Another pair of Toasty Texters fingerless mitts, using Dizzy Blond Studios Bombshell Superwash Worsted in the Phoebe colorway
The Project Peace cowl, using Madelinetosh Dandelion in the Magic Colorway

Tracie is continuing to work on:
A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock
Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

Tracie has cast on:
Another Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Barb and Tracie Reviewed:
Double or Nothing: Reversible Knitting for the Adventurous by Alasdair Post-Quinn.  If you would like to win a copy of this book, please go over to our Ravelry Forum and look for the "Double or Nothing" thread.  This contest will close on January 15th.


BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger

Tracie has finished:
The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shocked a Nation by Dennis L. Breo and William J. Martin

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon
Brighton Rock by Graham Greene


Barb is currently reading:

Kingdom Come by Jane Jensen


Tracie is currently reading:



The Widow by Fiona Barton



Tracie mentioned an article on charities that are pro-women, earth-friendly and anti- bigotry from the Jezebel.com site:





Monday, November 28, 2016

Episode 125: Ear Worm Courtesy of Mom


Recorded on November 24, 2016
Book Talk starts at 17:45


Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

So Many Giveaways!
Enter to win a copy of the ebook Grown by Kate Oakley here.  This thread will close December 1.
Giveaway for Helen Stewart's Curious Handmade Knitvent 2016 will run until December 1st.  Helen has kindly given us 5 copies to gift to the lucky recipients!
Barb is giving away an unopened Chinook Shawl Kit from Knit Picks in the white-to-black gradient color way.  This giveaway will last until December 15th.

Knitting
Barb’s FO’s:
Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B Anderson using leftover Cascade Eco Plus in the brown colorway.
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose


Tracie’s FOs
Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience
Vanilla Socks in Araucania Ranco Sock
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

Barb has cast on:
Café ua Lait hat by Kathryn C. (free pattern on Rav) using Knit Picks Swish DK in the Hollyberry colorway
Tilbury Mittens – by Chrissy Graham (yes, another test knit! so no Ravelry page yet) using Cattail Knits Nugget’s Girlfriend DK in the Sexy Eyes colorway.
And continues working on:
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi
Tupshin Socks, using leftover Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pansy and Heartfelt colorways

Tracie has cast on:
Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock
And continues working on:
Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway
Water and Sky by Veera Valimaki in Tracie Too in the Quail colorway



Books:
Barb Finished:
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCrieght
Tracie Finished: 
Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell
Pippi Longstocking byAstrid Lindgren
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


Barb is reading:
Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Kreuger



Tracie is Reading:
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Episode 124: She's Gonna Do What She Wants to Do

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Book Talk starts at 33:00
Recorded on November 11, 2016

Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

Amplitude pattern by Greg Cohoon – listen to the end of this episode to find out who won.

Current Giveaways:

1.  The givaway for an ebook copy of Grown by Kate Oates will run until December 1st.  Enter to win a copy of the ebook here.
2.  Giveaway for Helen Stewart's Curious Handmade Knitvent 2016 will run until December 1st.  Helen has kindly given us 5 copies to gift to the lucky recipients!
3.  Barb is giving away a Chinook Shawl Kit from Knit Picks in the white-to-black gradient color way.  The kit has never been opened:

And this is what the finished product looks like:

This giveaway will last until December 15th.

KNITTING
Tracie has finished:
For Good Hat by Megan Williams in Berocco Vintage
Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose

Barb’s FOs
Jayla's Christmas Bear using scraps of yarn
Intergalactic Shawl by Jan Heibert, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pansy and Heartfelt colorways, and Knit Picks Stroll Sock Yarn in the Peapod colorway
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose, using 3 different colors of Encore Tweed Worsted
Fast & Easy Fingerless Mitts by Lisa Beamer, using Malabrigo Rios in the Azules colorway
Maize Mitts #3 by Tin Can Knits, using Malabrigo Rios in the Azules colorway
Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B. Anderson, using Noro Kureyon in the 381 colorway

Tracie has Cast-On

Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

Tracie is continuing to work on:

Water and Sky by Veera Valimaki in Tracie Too in the Quail colorway
Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience
Vanilla Socks using Araucania Ranco Sock

Barb has cast-on:
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose, using scraps of worsted weight yarn
The Tupshin Socks, using leftover Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Pansy and Heartfelt colorways
Another pair of Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B. Anderson, using leftover Cascade Eco Plus in a brown colorway
Sweet-ish Fish (by Susan B. Anderson) ornament using leftover DK yarn

Barb is continuing to work on:
Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi 


BOOKS
Tracie Finished: 
Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue by Marion Chesney
A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee
Precious and Grace by Alexander McCall Smith


Barb Finished:
No One You Know by Michelle Richmond
Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James


Tracie is reading
Shirley by Susan Scarf Merrell
Pippi Longstocking byAstrid Lindgren



Barb is reading
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCrieght
Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry
Movies mentioned (Movie trailers linked):
Girl on the Train
A Man Called Ove

Barb talked about a new Netflix series, Doctor Foster
Barb and Tracie discussed the audio podcast, My Favorite Murder

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Episode 123: I Never Gave Him A Bottom

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Book Talk Begins at 47:09

Recorded October 26, 2016



Our annual fall Sweater KAL will run from October 1 to January 31.  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Challenge yourself - be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions!

Win a copy of the Amplitude pattern by Greg Cohoon – will end on Halloween.  

KNITTING
Tracie has finished:
Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas in Malabrigo Sock in Aguas colorway
Meret by Woolly Wormhead in Coffee Beenz in gray
Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson in Plymouth Encore in Denim
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in Anzula For Better or Worsted, Universal Yarn Uptown DK and Cascade Cherub Aran


Barb’s FOs
Toasty Texters Mitts by Betsy Stuyvesant, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Phoebe colorway.
Crackerjack Cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke using 4 colors of Plymouth Merino Select DK
Watershed Hat by Chrissy Graham, using Plymouth Yarn Tweed in a raspberry colorway
Whippet Cardigan by ANKESTRICK using Knit Picks Lindy Chain


Tracie has cast-on:
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose
For Good Hat by Megan Williams in Berocco Vintage

And is working on:
Water and Sky by Veera Valimaki in Tracie Too in the Quail colorway
Skykomish by Lee Meredith in Ella Rae Silkience
Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton

Barb has cast on:
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose, using 3 different colors of Encore Tweed Worsted
Grenadine by Amy Christoffers using Plymouth Mushishi

And is working on: 
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi Intergalactic Shawl by Jen Hiebert – using Knit Picks Stroll Fingering


REVIEW: Grown by Kate Oates
Enter to win a copy of the ebook here.


BOOKS
Tracie Finished: 
Practical Jean by Trevor Cole
I Let You Go by Claire McIntosh

Barb Finished:
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica


Tracie is reading
A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee


Barb is reading
Adnan’s Story by Rabia Choudry

No One You Know by Michelle Richmond