Friday, May 27, 2016

Episode 114: Mrs. Bennett is Never Cast in a Good Light

Book Talk Starts at 38:55
Recorded on May 25, 2016

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 Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL starts on June 1!  Any Mother Bears that you have knit or crocheted in 2016 are eligible for prizes in our KAL.  Please go to the Mother Bear Project Homepage to request your pattern, under the tab "How to Help".  We hope you will join us!

We want to thank SSKnits (Joan) for her prize donation for the Mother Bear KAL.  She is donating a pattern of the winner's choice from her Ravelry Store and Knit Figures, her newly designed knitting app!

Tracie and Barb will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  The cost is $5 person.  Don't forget:
* sunscreen and a hat
* a potluck dish to share
* Whatever you would like to drink (wine is available for purchase)
Come and join us!

Please go over to the Actually Knitting Podcast Group to find out information about joining in the PalKal (the Podcaster-Along Knit Along).  Dates for this KAL will be 6/15/16 - 9/15/16.


Barb has finished:

Schknit Happens Hat #3 by Myra Wood, using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.

*  Mother Bear #75

Tracie has finished:
*  Drizzle hat by MelSki, using her own handspan
*  Mother Bears # 73, 74 & 75.

Barb is continuing to work on:

Barb has cast on:

Tracie is continuing to work on:

Tracie has cast-on:
  • Weekend Cowl by Liz Capik in Miss Babs Yummy 2-ply  in the Dahlia colorway
  • Just Autumn Cowl by Janina Bottger in Becoming Art Fingering - to the right is a picture of the yarn as it looked in the skein and then wound into a cake.  What a difference!


Barb and Tracie reviewed Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia by Anne Berk. It is a beautiful book featuring a new technique invented by Anne for easy intarsia knitting in the round.  

To win an autographed hardbound copy of Annetarsia Knits: a New Link to Intarsia, please go to our Ravelry Group thread, "Win Annetarsia Knits" and tell us about any type of colorwork that you have done in the past.  This contest will close on June 31st.  You must be a member of the group to win.


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Episode 113: Thumbs Up for Harriet Tubman!

Recorded on May 11, 2016
Book Talk starts at 39:30

Our Vest-Along ends today.  If you posted an FO in the FOs thread, please listen to the end of the podcast to find out if you won a prize!

If anyone would like to donate a prize for the Mother Bear KAL/CAL (July-August 2016), please let us know!   Our donors so far are:
  • LGordon555 is donating a copy of her novel Heads or Tails, and a pattern of the winner’s choice
  • Stephanie, aka TheHappyBuffalo on etsy – 2 skeins of yarn - and she puts them in jars with a hole in the lid for the yarn to go through - so cute!
  • Paula Emmons-Fuessle – 3 copies of her Crooked Ewe pattern
  • WendyWhalen of Knitty Kitty Bags has started dying yarn and is giving away 2 skeins of yarn of the winner’s choice
  • Joanna Johnson’s Green Gables Knits, reviewed by the Chicks in Episode 112

Phoebe’s Sweater Contest: To win one of Joanna Johnson’s children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread and tell us about the little ones you love to knit for!  The contest will close May 31.

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!

Tracie’s FOs

Barb’s FOs

Tracie’s Cast-Ons:

Tracie’s Current Projects:

Barb’s Current Knitting Projects: 

Barb’s Cast-Ons

Barb Finished Reading 
The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

Tracie Finished Reading: 
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Barb is reading:
Two in the Far North by Margaret Mudie
Descent by Tim Johnston
The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White

Longbourn by Jo Baker
Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Barb says thumbs up to Happy Valley, a British procedural drama on Netflix

Tracie and Barb both say thumbs up to Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill!