Saturday, April 30, 2016

Episode 112: And a Pair of Crazy Rhoda Pants

Many apologies for the loud page-turning noise during our review segment!

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Book Talk starts at 54:27

Recorded on April 27, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...

If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have received your package.  Thank you again to SandraMaz for organizing and moderating the swap.


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 recommends a new podcast, Destined2Knit with Marcy and Kim.  Give it a listen!



KNITTING

Barb has finished:
*  Really Fits Top Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.

*  2 Knitted Knockers

*  Mother Bears #73

*  Blossom Gradient Socks, using Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in a purple gradient colorway.








Tracie has finished:

*  Her Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten, using Abstract Fiber Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

*  Vanilla socks using the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport  You can see them here.










Barb is working on:

NoCKRs 2016 Frankensocks, using Knit Picks Strol Kettle Dyed Sock in a navy color for the cuffs, heels and toes.  The body of the sock is being knit in mini-skeins traded for at the 2016 NoCKRs retreat.  You can see the Clasp Weft Join she is using for the mini-skeins here.

*  Vanilla Socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a Gray and White colorway.

*  The Crackerjack cowl by Stacy Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.

*  Forest Foliage shawl by Alana Dakos, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.

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


Tracie is working on:

*  Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper in Knit Picks Brava Sport in the Freesia colorway.

*  The Crooked Ewe Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuessie, using Quare Fibers Gradient Sock in the Iced Melon colorway.

*  The Atoll Cowl by Jenn Emerson, usi
ng Knitting Rose Yarns Silk Petals in the Belle colorway.

*  The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

*  Tracie has put the Rodeo Drive Poncho into hibernation.

Tracie and Barb reviewed the following books by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by her husband, Eric Johnson:



*  Phoebe's Sweater

*  Freddie's Blanket

*  Henry's Hat

*  Phoebe's Birthday







  Freddie's Blanket


Tracie and Barb also reviewed Joanna's book, Green Gables Knits.
















To win one of these children's books, please go to our Phoebe's Sweater thread.      The Green Gables Knits book will be offered as a prize in our upcoming Mother Bear KAL/CAL.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Miss Tonks Turns to Crime by Marion Chesney.  Barb recommends it, and the entire "Poor Relations" series.

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette.  It was...OK...

Tracie has finished:
*  After Anna by Alex Lake - Tracie recommends it

*  A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore - Tracie recommends it

*  Dumplin' by Julie Murphy - it wasn't her favorite...


Barb is currently reading:

*  The Obituary Writer by Ann Hood

*  Two in the Far North by Margaret E. Murie













Tracie is currently reading:

*  Longbourn by Jo Baker

*  One Step Too Far by Tina Seskadis



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Episode 111: Between Pretty and Really Good

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Recorded on April 14, 2016

We are on Stitcher Radio!


Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...


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!

KNITTING


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.


BOOKS

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

Serial

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

Friday, April 1, 2016

Episode 110: And You Look Like You're on Miami Vice!


Book Talk Starts at 43:45

Recorded March 30, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...

If you are participating in 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, the day to mail your package is coming up on April 10!  Many thanks to Sandramaz for organizing this fun swap.

Barb has finished:

Knitted Knockers 
The Jenny Vest by Andra Knight-Bowman, using Knit Picks City Tweed in the Marsh colorway - but it needs some surgery on the shoulders
Schknit Happens Hat by Myra Wood, using  Gnomeacres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

Tracie has finished:
Sugar Pop by Gabrielle Danskknit in Knit Picks Brava Sport
Mother Bears 70 and 71
4 Knitted Knockers - 1 in Valley Yarns Goshen and 3 in Rauma HelÄrsgarn
A New Sock Monkey by Susan B. Anderson in Bernat Satin Ombres


Barb has cast on:
Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!
Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway
Starshower Cowl #2 by Hillary Smith Callis using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

She continues to work on:
The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, using Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.
Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

Tracie has cast on:
Vanilla socks using the fabulous Fish Lips Kiss Heel (of course!) in Invictus Reward in Linear XL Black Rainbow Splash

She continues to work on:
The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.
Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo
The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

Leave a comment on the Ravelry thread to be entered to win an e-copy of the book.  The thread will close April 30.

Barb has finished reading:
Tracie & Barb both finished reading The Mourning Hours by Paula Trieck DeBoard.  Barb loved it and Tracie thought it was okay/good.


Barb has finished:
Lady Fortescue Steps Out by Marion Chesney
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Squall by Sean Costello

Tracie has finished:
A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Girl in a Maze by R.K. Jackson
Cruel Death by M. William Phelps

Barb in reading
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline
The Longest Night by Andria Willaims

Tracie is reading
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Barb’s  thumbs-up - Watch bald eagles Mr. President and The First Lady with their two babies on the DC Eagle Cam


Tracie’s thumbs-up - Better Call Saul on AMC.  Stream Season 1 on Netflix, and Season 2 is currently showing on AMC and On Demand.