Sunday, April 16, 2017

Episode 134: I'll Never Stop Reading About Bad People

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Recorded on April 13, 2017

Book Talk starts at 26.50




Our Colorwork KAL started March 1 and will go until May 1.  Challenge yourself!  The FOs thread is open.  You still have time!

The 2 Knit Lit Chicks Spring Fling Swap has started!  You should have received your swap partner by now.  If you are participating, be sure and check the Swap thread a couple of times a week to keep up.








We had a fabulous time at the NoCKRs 2017 retreat!  



KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!
*  3 Knitted Knockers
Barb has finished: 
Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West (pictured above
*  5 Knitted Knockers

Barb has cast on:
*  Edin cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain's Blue colorway
*  Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering weight scraps

Barb is working on:
*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
*  Test knit - Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar (the Giving Flower) using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways.
*  Skew socks by Lana Holden using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Asphalt Jungle colorway

Tracie has cast on:
*  Retreat Bath Mitt by Elizabeth Doherty, using Quince & Co Sparrow 

Tracie is working on:
* Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway
* Test knit: Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns Desert Dream in the Deep colorway
Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi
* Her Allegra tank top by Svetlana Volkova in Euro Baby Kid Cotton has come out of hibernation

Tracie has frogged:  Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway

Discussion of the Magic Knot (Double Knot):
Jane Richmond - The Double Knot YouTube Video
How to Remember the Double Knot by Paula Emons-Fuesle YouTube video


BOOKS



Tracie has finished:
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple














 Barb has finished:
Breaking Wild by Diane les Becquets



Tracie is currently reading:
*  Mommy Deadliest by Michael Benson


Barb is currently reading:
*  The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead



















Saturday, April 1, 2017

Episode 133: Boy The Fashion Was Ugly Then...


Recorded March 29, 2017
Book Talk starts at 24:20

Our Colorwork KAL started March 1 and will go until May 1.  Challenge yourself!  The FOs thread is open.

Barb has finished: 
3 Knitted  Knockers
My Rainbow Heart by Stephanie Lotven, using Valley Yarns Huntington

That Easy Guernsey Hat by Christine Roy, using leftover aran weight yarns
Vanilla socks using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway

Tracie has finished:
5 knitted knockers
All That Jazz by TheTwistedYarn blog in Greenwood Fibers Star Dust mini-skeins in Earthen Hues


Barb has cast on:
Test knit - Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar (the Giving Flower) using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways.
Skew socks by Lana Holden using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Asphalt Jungle colorway

Barb is working on:
Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West

Tracie has cast on:
Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway
Test knit: Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns Desert Dream in the Deep colorway

Tracie is working on:
Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!
Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway

Barb finished
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
The Last September by Nina de Gramont


Tracie has finished
Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson
No One Needs to Know by Kevin O’Brien


Barb is reading:
Breaking Wild by Diane les Becquets

Tracie is reading:
Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Episode 132: Poncho Pikachu

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Book Talk Begins at 34:20
Recorded on March 15, 2017



We are hosting a Colorwork KAL starting on March 1, and ending on May 1, 2017. 

Chat it up and make plans in our Colorwork KAL Chatter Thread

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration. 

Knit anything with colorwork - that means intarsia, stranded colorwork, stripes, brioch, double knitting, or slipped stitches.  We encourage you to challenge yourself. 

Pick a project larger than a mug cozy and you're good to go!

Be sure and listen until the end of the podcast for the winners of the Namaste Bag Giveaway, and to hear the latest news for the NoCKRs Retreat.

2 Knit Lit Chicks 2017 SWAP!  Yes, we are doing it again.  And once again, our leader is the indomitable SandraMaz.  Do you want to join us?  If so, please read all about it and follow the instructions  to enter here.  The deadline to enter the swap is March 20, 2017, so hop to it!!

We would love it if you would join our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Ravelry Group.  We have a lot of fun over there!!  

KNITTING
 Barb has finished:

* Her Levitate Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Noro Kureopatora in the 2015 colorway 
 Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway
*  Knotted Rib hat by Cheryl Beckerich, using Vanna's Choice in the Cranberry colorway
* Her My Garter Slipped! Scarf by Bereni New, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
*  Vanilla is the New Black Socks by Anneh Fletcher, using Leading Men Fiber Arts ShowStopper in the 911 Butterfly colorway
*  Brain Hat for Science by Kristen McDonnell, using Lion Brand Heartland in colorway 103
*  3 Knitted Knockers
Ponchos" in the wild at" Stitches West!  Left to right - JChant, 1HundredProjects,  xchorse,  BetterinMotion, Barb, and Thumperina!

Tracie has finished:

*  School's Out child's cardigan by Katya Frankel in Shaggy Bear Farms merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk
*  Kallisti Cowl by Hillary Smith Callis in Caron Cake int the Blueberry Kiwi colorway
*  2 PussyHats - 1 in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow, and 1 in stripes of many different pink yarns
Barb is working on:

*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
*   Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
*  Vanilla Socks, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway
*  My Rainbow Heart mitts by Stephanie Lotven, using Valley Yarns Huntington as the base color and fingering scraps from stash.
Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West

Barb has frogged the Sabine Cardigan by Coco Knits, using Indigodragonfly Merino Single Lace in the 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea.  She just wasn't feeling it.

Tracie is working on:

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!
*  Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway
*  All That Jazz cowl by TheTwistedYarn Blog, using Greenwood Fibers Star Dust mini-skeins, scraps, bits & leftovers
Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using FishKnits Panache in the 42 Degrees Opposite the Sun colorway

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Runaway by Alice Munroe
The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva 


Tracie has finished:

*  The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
*  The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
*  Wilde Lake by Laura Lipman
Silent Witness: The Karla Brown Murder Case by Don W. Weber and Charles Bosworth
The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
Barb is currently reading:

The Last September by Nina de Garment
Tracie is currently reading:

No One Needs to Know by Kevin O'Brien
Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson

Tracie talked about the HBO series, Big Little Lies

Barb talked about the new podcast The 45th, available on iTunes now




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Episode 131: You're Not Spending the Mortgage Money


All Our Adventures at Stitches West 2017!

No Book Talk

Franklin Habit’s blog,  The Panopticon
His column on the Skacel website, Fridays with Franklin
Tracie's Big Bang Theory Bag from Front Range Bags


Rainbow Wall at The Mother Bear Project booth


                 Barb's sweater's worth of the Stitches West 2017 Colorway by Inner Yarn Zen.   
She plans to make Meris by Elizabeth Doherty.

Franklin Habit’s I Dream of Yarn

The Stitches West 2017 Colorway in the Pixie base by Dragonfly Fibers
perhaps dyed just for Tracie!

The "wild" colorway Tracie picked to knit Ryan a sweater 
in Hard Twist at Lisa Souza Dyeworks 

Has she gone too far? 
(Update: Ryan likes it.)



Luiseach by Handiworks Ltd 

+

= 
Barb's little splurge 
(but she's a contributing member of society so who cares)

And a bonus puppy picture because why not?





Friday, February 10, 2017

Episode 130: I Was Only Going to Round Down

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Recorded on February 8, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 32:03

The 2017 Sweater KAL is over!  The Winners are announced at the end of the podcast.


Get ready for our next Knit-along!  We will be hosting a Colorwork KAL starting on March 1, and ending on May 1, 2017.

Chat it up and make plans in our Colorwork KAL Chatter Thread.

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration.

Knit anything with colorwork - that means intarsia, stranded colorwork, stripes, brioch, double knitting, or slipped stitches.  We encourage you to challenge yourself.

Pick a project larger than a mug cozy and you're good to go!

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!  Also, check out the booths (and consider knitting or crocheting projects) for two of our favorite knitting charities: the Mother Bear Project will be at booth 704, and Knitted Knockers will be at in Booth 745.  Also, Halos of Hope will be in Booths 7545 & 1003.







NAMASTE BAG GIVEAWAY:  We have 2 Namaste Bags to give away!  The first one (the larger one above) is the Harlow Bag, donated by Barb.  The second one is the Poppins Bag (the smaller one below), donated by Stella650.  They are both gently used...but in truth, they look brand new!  Namaste is no longer in business, so if you always wanted a Namaste bag, now is your chance.

Go to our Ravelry Group and look for the Namaste Bag Giveaway and follow the prompt.

You must be a member of the group to win.

Contest ends on March 15th.




















KNITTING

Tracie has finished:
Pussyhat for her brother-in-law, using the Stashbusting Helix Hat pattern by Jessica Rose
forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100
* A set of C-cup Knitted Knockers, using Cascade Ultra-Pima in the Sage Colorway
Barb has finished:
* a KitKat Hat by Andre Sue Knits, using Big Twist in a light raspberry colorway.
Ex Boyfriends by Jennifer Beever using a Caron Cake in the Funfetti colorway

Tracie has cast-on:
* Another Pussycat in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow
School's Out child's cardigan by Katya Frankel in Shaggy Bear Farms merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk
Kallisti Cowl by Hillary Smith Callis in Caron Cake int the Blueberry Kiwi colorway

Tracie is continuing to work on:
*Vanilla Socks in ONline Supersocke 100 Living Color
Joey Sweater by Kate Oates, using Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway

Barb has cast-on:
Knotted Rib hat by Cheryl Beckerich, using Vanna's Choice in the Cranberry colorway
Levitate Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Noro Kureopatora in the 2015 colorway

Barb is still working on:
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher
Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway
Sabine Cardigan by Coco Knits, using Indigodragonfly Merino Single Lace in the 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea

BOOKS


Tracie has finished:
The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel

Barb has finished:
Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman’s Work by Mari Grana
6oo Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster
*  The Sleeper by Emily Barr
*  Bitterweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore









Tracie is currently reading:
* The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
The Hypnotist's Love Story

Barb is currently reading:
The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett


Barb recommends the Book Cougars Podcast!








Tracie got a new puppy!