Episode 274: But... It's a Fruitcake


Recorded Friday, September 22, 2023

Book talk begins at 27:50

Our annual Fall Sweater KAL has started!  Knit or crochet a sweater for yourself or another adult.  

Here are the rules:

  1. Dates - 9/1/2023 - 1/15/24. That’s 4 months…plenty of time to knit or crochet an adult-size sweater…or two!
  2. We have bundles for inspiration! Beginner sweaters are here.
  3. Adventurous Beginners to Advanced sweaters are here
  4. Crocheters! Your sweaters are here
  5. ANYONE can add sweaters to the bundles!
  6. There will be prizes - just post a picture of your lovely finished sweater in our FOs thread.
  7. Do you have some sweaters in progress? WIPs count as long as the sweater is less than 50% done on September 1st. Less than 50% done is your call. We don’t have to “approve” your project.
  8. It must be an adult-sized sweater, and it must have sleeves. Short sleeves are fine.

You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win a prize.

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom


Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • Lambtown - October 7-8, 2023 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • New Year Fiber Retreat - January 4-7, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA


Barb finished

Tracie finished:

Darling Darby #7 by Jean Clement in Red Heart Super Saver in the Retro Stripe colorway

Barb is working on:

  • Hungry Horse Hat by Aimee Alexander using Polka Dot Sheep Stumptown DK in the Aurora, Depths, Juneberry color ways
  • Vanilla Socks for Will, using Paton’s Kroy Socks in the Route 66 colorway.

Barb has Cast On

Rock It Tee #2, by Tanis Lavalee, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in 3 colors, UBlue, Clarity and Rouge

Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Knit Pick Lindy Chain in the Sage Brush colorway

Tracie has ast on:

Dawning Top by Ainur Berkimbayeva in Zealana Kiwi (Merino/Brushtail Possum/Cotton Blend) in Rococco 

Tracie is working on:

Pixelated Pullover by Jennifer Beaumont in madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK, madelinetosh Tosh Sport and Duren Dyeworks Love Sport

Socks in Tosh Merino Light Glitter in T’Challa colorway


Barb read:

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson - 3 stars

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager - 3 stars

The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen - 4 stars

Tracie read:

Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Davidians and a Legacy of Rage by Jeff Guin - 5 stars

Election by Tom Perotta - 3 stars

Raylan (Raylan Givens #4)  by Elmore Leonard - 3 stars

Tracie has launched her side hustle - The Knitting Coach - in person, one-on-one knitting instruction for beginners and anyone who wants to push their knitting skills forward