Episode 111: Between Pretty and Really Good


Recorded on April 14, 2016

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If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have or will be receiving your package very soon.

Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!


Barb has finished:

Knitted Knockers, using Cascade Ultra Pima

The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, using Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.

Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway

Hannah's Courage Hat by MelSki, using Lane Borgosesia in a teal color way

Tracie has finished

Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel) in Invictus Reward in Linear XL Black Rainbow Splash.  Ryan is wearing them!

Barb is continuing to knit on:
Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!

Barb has cast on:

A pair of vanilla socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a white and gray self-striping colorway

Another Crackerjack Cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth DK Merino Superwash

Tracie has cast on: 
Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel, of course) in Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport Self-Striping sock set in the Mallard colorway

She continues to work on:
The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.


Barb has finished:

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian.  Barb gives it a "thumbs up"

Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline - recommended

The Longest Night by Andria Williams - recommended

Tracie did not finish Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin.  She got bored and did not care what happened.

She finished:

 Barb is currently reading:

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (Poor Relation #2) by Marion Chesney

Tracie is reading:
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

After Anna by Alex Lake

True Crime Podcasts recommended by Barb:

Someone Knows Something - a CBC broadcast about a 5-year-old boy who disappeared in 1972 - still unsolved


Truth and Justice - a listener-driven podcast that originally focused on the Adnan Syed case from Serial, and now is focusing on other cases of the wrongly convicted

Crime Writers On...a podcast about a podcast and Serial, Journalism, True Crime, and Pop Culture

Real Crime Profile  Jim Clemente (former FBI profiler, Laura Richards (formerly of Scotland Yard and founder and Director of Paladine, Nationg Staalking Advocacy Service), and Lisa Zambetti (casting director of TV's Criminal Minds) host this podcast profiling behavior from real criminal cases.

Generation Why - Two friends, Aaron and Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies and true crime.

Sword and Scale - covers the underworld of criminal activity and true crime.

Tracie is very disappointed in the people running her alma mater, UC Davis


  1. I just listened to this episode as I love to do while walking in the neighborhood. I hope to someday be able to join your Nockers (sp?) retreat it sounds like a lot of fun. Barb, while talking about your FO's, you mentioned a yarn that you had purchased years ago at Uncommon Threads in Los Altos and thought that the shop might be closed. I'm happy to let you know that it is alive and well and continues to thrive. The previous owner, Louise, retired in 2009 and sold the store to Stephanie who has added many new lines of yarn. I hope you'll be able to stop by some day when you're in the area.


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