Saturday, January 16, 2016

Episode 106: These Are Not Sexy Vampires

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Recorded on January 15, 2016

Book Talk Starts at 44:37

Our Sweater KAL ends today!  Listen to the end of this podcast to find out who the 4 winners are...




Announcing our next Knit Along!  Yes, it's a VEST KAL/CAL.  Here are the particulars:
1.  The Vest KAL will run 2/15 - 5/15/16.
2.  The Vest KAL includes short-sleeve sweaters.
3.  Any adult-sized vest or short-sleeve sweater may be entered for the KAL
4.  You must be a member of our  Ravelry Group to enter.
5.  Barb will start a Chatter Thread and put up a Bundle of vest patterns to start the planning.









Our first 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap is on!  The deadline has passed for you to join, but if you are participating, chatter away here.  Thank you to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast for organizing the swap!

You have until February 1, 2016 to enter the giveaway for Modern Lopi: One (New Approaches to An Icelandic Classic).  To win a copy of the ebook, leave a comment here.

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:
* Doing major sweater surgery on her Saddleback Cardigan to make it more wearable.  You can see the difference between the sweater as it is in the pattern and what Tracie's looks like now!

Fletcher hat by Elizabeth Doherty in Universal Yarn Uptown DK Anti Pilling Acrylic in the Granite colorway.









Barb has finished:
* The Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway  (pictured at left)

Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, merino, microfiber, and blend) in a royal blue colorway.

*Geometry Scarf by Knitculture.com, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall-colors colorway.

* a Barley Hat by TinCanKnits, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall colors colorway.

Mother Bear #68





Tracie is currently working on:
Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).

* Vanilla socks with a Fish-Lips-Kiss Heel, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway.

* The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.

* The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.



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

Barb is currently working on:
* Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway

Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Invictus Yarns Victorious in the Exotic colorway and Knit Picks Aloft in the Carbon Colorway.


Tracie and Barb had a short discussion regarding "Sweater Surgery".  Tracie has started a thread on the Ravelry Group for all of us to talk about this topic and encourage each other to take steps to make our sweaters more wearable!



Barb and Tracie reviewed a new book from Cooperative Press, SpillyJane Knits Mittens.  An enthusiastic "Thumbs Up! for this book.  Want to win an ebook copy for yourself? Go on over to our Ravelry Group and go to the SpillyJane Knits Mittens thread and follow the prompts.  This giveaway will end on February 15th.











BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by M.C. Beaton writing as Marian Chesney.  Tracie recommends this book.

*  The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle.  She recommends it, with reservations.

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penney.  Tracie felt it was way too long and wasn't her favorite of the Louise Penney books she has read.









Barb has finished:
*  Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole.  She heartily reommends this book.

*  Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle.  She loved this book.

*  The Life We Bury by Allen Eskers.  She recommends this book.

Tracie is currently reading:
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

*  The Bone House by Brian Freeman




Barb is currently reading:
Salem's Lot by Stephen King

The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo












Friday, January 1, 2016

Episode 105: The Voice of a Cartoon Taxi

Recorded December 30, 2015


Our Sweater KAL is ongoing  until January 15, 2016.  Complete an adult sweater and post it in the FOs thread to be eligible a great prize package that will include:
  • A 2015 NoCKRs retreat bag
  • A package of Yarn Cozies
  • A sweater’s quantity of yarn (thank you to SandyKnitsSocks!)
  • And more!

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!

Tracie and Barb will also be at 2 NoCKRs - the 2016 Northern California Knitting Retreat - registration is full.

Thanks to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast, there will be a 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap!  You have until January 10th to sign up.  Go to the swap thread on our boards and follow the instructions in the first post.  Both Tracie and Barb will be participating - this will be fun!

Would you like to see your pattern in the next Madame Defarge book,  A Madame and a Detective Walked Into a Bar… Defarge Does Sherlock?  If so, please click here to get all the info on submission from Erica Hernandez.

Be sure to enter the contest to win a KC pattern package from Knit Companion, here.  We will announce the winners on the next podcast.

Barb has no FOs.  How weird is that?

Tracie has finished:

Leap! fingerless gloves by Brooke Ramos (free pattern) in FishKnits Boot Strap in Fat Tuesday colorway for Rachel.  Fingers part was very fiddly but fun!


Deep Fork Hat by Heather Brumbelow-Scott in Lion Brand Alpine Wool (Black) and Schachenmayr SMC Boston in Orange - quick Giants hat for Chad for Christmas

Barb has cast on:
Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway
Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Invictus Yarns Victorious in the Exotic colorway.
Geometry Scarf by Knitculture.com, using Universal Yarns Classic Shades in a fall-colors colorway.

And she continues to work on:
Etched Rio Wrap by Sarah Smuland, using Cascade 220 Sport in a dark gray colorway ($9)
Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, (a merino, microfiber, and cashmere blend) in a royal blue colorway (a $6.50 pattern).  

Tracie has cast on:
Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).  Second try!
Vanilla socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel in Knit Picks Felici (Baker Street colorway) for Will
Fletcher hat by Elizabeth Doherty in Universal Yarn Uptown DK Anti Pilling Acrylic in the Granite colorway - for Kevin

And she continues working on:
 The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.
The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.
 The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

Lars Rains.  To win a copy of the ebook, leave a comment here.


Barb really enjoyed I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

She has also finished reading:
The Admissions by Meg Mitchell Moore
The Far End of Happy by Kathryn Craft

Tracie highly recommends The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson and The Forgotten Ones by Brian McGilloway

She also finished reading:
The Family by Marissa Kennerson
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

Barb is very much enjoying both Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life by Trevor Cole and Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle



Tracie is enjoying Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by M.C. Beaton writing as Marian Chesney and The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle