Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Episode 142: Everybody Wants Affordable Hair


Recorded August 12, 2017
Book Talk starts at 1:07:54

This episode features my special guest, Celia McAdam Cahill, aka PinotNoir on Ravelry!  Celia is the designer of the Peer Pressure shawlette and many other designs for Cast-On Magazine, as well as being certified as a Master Hand Knitter by the Knitting Guild Association.  Her most recent design is the Wayfarer cardigan.
The Wayfarer

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
*The KAL will run until August 31, 2017
*Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 
*Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 
*After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.
*We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.  
*Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear.



Tracie & Barb will be at 
Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will let you know which day we’ll be attending closer to the event.

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

Thank you so much to Jimmy Beans Wool - we had a fabulous time on the very first Biggest Little Bus Tour!  


Celia has finished:
Hey Teach by Helene Rush
Lotus Gradient, her own original design


Tracie has finished:
3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota
Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar


Celia is working on:
Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes in Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect in the 7122 Black/Tan colorway
Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Neighborhood Fiber Rustic Fingering in Kalorama Circle
A new design for the Winter issue of a Cast On Magazine with the working name Caprice: a standard fitting pullover with confetti color lower arms and bodice, with chevron duplicate stitching in Invictus Yarns Beyond

Tracie has cast-on:
Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota

And continues to work on:
Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot
Sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat (now with slipped stitches!) by Jessica Rose in SF State colors
New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

Celia finished reading:

She did not finish:

Tracie has finished:
Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange
Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone

Murder in Room 305 by Gary C. King
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Celia is reading:


Tracie is reading:
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robothom

Thumbs Up:  Freeway Service Patrol in California


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Episode 141: Can That be True?


Recorded on July 27, 2017
Book Talk starts at 25:55

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!


We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
*The KAL will run from now - August 31, 2017
*Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 
*Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 
*After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.
*We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.  
*Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear.

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar..

Tracie & Barb will be at 
Jimmy Beans Wool Biggest Little Bus Tour - the maiden voyage on August 5 is sold out, but stayed tuned on the JBW website for future dates

Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will let you know which day we’ll be attending closer to the event.


Barb finished: 
Mother Bear #111, 112, 113, 114 & 115
Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway

Tracie finished:
Mother Bears 111 & 112 
(Ho’onanea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland in Stunning Strings Studio Serenity in the Reflecting Pool Colorway


Barb continues to work on:
ScWiNoNa by Weezalana in Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
* Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway
* Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.
Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.
Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.
*ScWiNoNa by Weezalana – using Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
*Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu, using madelinetosh Feather in the Odessy colorway.
Tracie has cast on:
Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot

And continues to work on:
* Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in SF State colors
New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive
* 3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”
Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and * (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)

Barb did not finish:
Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris


She did finish:
Regret & Return by Tracie Kluver Bezerra
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Tracie finished:
The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick
Father of the Rain by Lily King


Barb is reading:
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter

Tracie is reading:
In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mother Bear Face How-tos

Barb's bear face demonstration, with surprisingly unskilled camerawork :-/

And here is Tracie's, which is a bit better after a conversation with the camera operator:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Episode 140: And You Knit It, Like, Three Times

Tracie apologizes for all the ambient noise in this episode.  She shouldn't have been fiddling with stuff so much during recording!

Listen

Recorded on July 8, 2015
Book Talk Begins 23:07

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!



We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
1.  The KAL will run from now - August 31, 2017
2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 
3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 
4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.
We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.  
5.  Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear.


Thank you to everyone who has downloaded, read, and/or reviewed Tracie's novel Regret & Return: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra is available for $2.99, or free as part of Kindle Unlimited.

KNITTING


Barb highly recommends Cloudborn Fibers Wool Worsted Twist, available from Craftsy.com

Barb has finished:
* Mother Bears #109 & #110
Peer Pressure Shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Abstract Fiber O'Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway
Close-up of Barb's Peer Pressure


Tracie has finished
Mother Bears #110 and #111

Barb is currently working on:
ScWiNoNa by Weezalana in Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
* Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway
Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.
Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.
Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.
Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

Tracie is currently working on:
* Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in SF State colors
New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive
* 3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”
Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and * (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)
(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway

BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie
Bad Blood (Lucy Black #4) by Brian McGilloway


Barb is reading:
People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder

Tracie is reading:
Murder at McDonalds: The Killers Next Door by Phonse Jessom
The Promise Girls by Marie Bostwick

Barb recommends:

Ear Hustle podcast
Shetland TV Series (available on Netflix)
The Handmaid's Tale TV series (available on Hulu

Monday, July 3, 2017

Episode 139: The Chocolate is All Gone


Recorded June 28, 2017
Book Talk starts at 34:20

The 2 Knit Lit Chicks SWAP is done - thank you, SandraMaz!

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded, read, and/or reviewed my novel Regret & Return: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra is available for $2.99, or free as part of Kindle Unlimited.

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
1.  The KAL will run from now - August 31, 2017
2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 
3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 
4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.
We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.   And thank you:
DCAlaneKnits – a mystery prize to a winner, and  a prize for people knitting or crocheting their first bear!
PattyB – pattern up to $8
An anonymous donor will gift a Ravelry pattern of the winner’s choice up to $7 
PinotNoir has donated a whole bunch of lovely yarn
LetsGoBows has made a $15 directly to the MBP

Barb has finished
Slip and Swirl Socks by krisluvswool, using Ladybug Fibers Company Sparkly Sock Self-Striping in the Twinkle Toes colorway.
Pioneer Braid Scarf using a Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Gelato Pop colorway
Noro Woven Stitch Shawl by Zapasi, using a Caron Cake in the Blueberry Cheesecake colorway

Tracie has finished
Mother Bears 107108 and 109 
Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey (linen & cotton)


Barb has cast on
ScWiNoNa by Weezalana in Premier Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

And continues to work on
Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twist in the Fog Bank colorway.
Jungle Vines socks by Becky Greene (CraftBuzz) using Invictus Master of my Feet in the Storm Chaser colorway.  
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.
Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Abstract Fiber O’Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway
Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway.
Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps.

Tracie has cast on
Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in SF State colors
New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

And continues to work
3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake”
Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar in Tosh Merino Light in Copper Penny and (Vi)laine Malicieuses (Malicious Wool) in the A La Peche Aux Coquillages (Shell-picking)
(Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Cindy Garland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway

Barb has finished
The Green Road by Anne Enright
Celine by Peter Heller
Ask Him Why by Catherine Ryan Hyde


Tracie has finished
Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman
How It All Began by Penelope Lively
Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra
Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp


Barb is reading

Tracie is reading
The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth Mckenzie
Bad Blood (Lucy Black #4) by Brian McGilloway