Sunday, December 1, 2019

Episode 194: Stay Away from the Fetes in Small English Villages

Recorded November 28, 2019
Book talk begins at 27:24



Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing!  It runs September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself!

Knitting

Barb has finished:
Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps
Be Kind Hat #2 by Megan Williams using Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Madrigal color way
Be Kind Hat #3 by Megan Williams using Berocco Vintage Worsted in the Black Cherry color way
Fair Isle Multidirectional Scarf by Karen Baumer using Euro Baby Fair Isle in the Atlantis color way
November DVD Socks in DVD Viso in the A Very Gradient Speckled Christmas



Tracie has finished:
Bulky Neck Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky in Classic Navy

Barb contines to work on:
Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way
The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ranco Solid fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway



And has cast on:
Bankhead Hat #8 by Susie Gorlay using Berocco Vintage in the Caribbean Sea colorway


Tracie has cast on:

And continues to work on:
One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway
Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey
BOOKS


Barb has finished:
A Spoonful of Poison by M.C. Beaton - thumbs down
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay - thumbs up

Tracie has finished
Clover Blue by Eldonna Edwards - thumbs up

Tracie talked about 

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Episode 193: A Podcast of Many Tangents

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Recorded on November 15, 2019
Book Talk begins at 45:00



It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself!


Knitted Knockers
Barb had information about knitting or crocheting Knitted Knockers:
1.  You must use the current patterns that are on the Knitted Knockers Website.  Please do not use the old patterns that had the opening on the side!  The opening should be in the back.
2.  Do not "cinch" or pull the knocker "closed" at the end.  The opening must remain open so the recipient can add or take out the polypill to fit properly.
3.  Please stuff with poly fill only!  Do not use yarn scraps, or quilt batting, etc.
4.  Please do not overstuff the knocker.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
1.  Multidirectional Scarf #5 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cakes Colorway
2.  3 Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps
3.  Barb's Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira using Plymouth Galway Dark Coral Rose
4.  October Cheeky Cables Socks (pattern by Mary Lukas) using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants color way
5.  Mother Bears #185 & #186
Barb's Cheeky Cables Socks



Tracie has finished
1.  Tutti Frutti by Miriam Pike in Rising Moon Farm in the Irish Splash colorway
2.  Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Locura Fluo
3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway
4.  Tracie's Heading North Hat by Rebecca Shepler
5.  Tracie's Kaiya Mei hat by Jamie Hoffman
6.  Tracie's Love the Winter hat by Emily Dormier
Tracie's Gridlines Pullover


Barb contines to work on:
1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

Barb has cast on:
1.  November Speckled Gradient Desert Vista Dyeworks socks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the It's a Very Speckled Gradient Christmas colorway
2.  The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ranco Solid fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway.
3.  Declan's Hat#2 by Samantha Kirby, using Paton's Classic Wool in a denim colorway.


Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple
2.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway

And has Cast On:
Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey

Tracie has put Into Hibernation:

ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

BOOKS

Barb finished:
1.  The Guest Book by Sarah Blake - thumbs up
2.  The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty - thumbs up
3.  Boar Island (Anna Pigeon #19) by Nevada Barr - thumbs up
4.  The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne - thumbs up
5.  You Can Thank Me Later by Kelly Harms - thumbs up

Tracie finished: 
1.  A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay - thumbs up
2.  Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen - thumbs up
3.  The House on Cold Hill by Peter James - thumbs down











Saturday, October 26, 2019

Episode 192: Spent the Summer Not Building the Shelves

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Recorded on October 23, 2019
Book Talk starts at 29:00


It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself!

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
Multidirectional Scarf #5 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cakes Colorway
3 Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps


Tracie has finished
Knitables Cow by Sarah Gasson in Plymouth Select DK Merino


Barb contines to work on:
Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way
Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake 
October Cheeky Cables Socks by Mary Lukas, using Desert Visa Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants colorway
Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira using Plymouth Galway Dark Coral Rose

And has cast on:
Mother Bear #185

Tracie has cast on:
Tutti Frutti by Miriam Pike in Rising Moon Farm in the Irish Splash colorway
Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Locura Fluo

She continues to work on:
Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple
ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways
Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway
One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway

BOOKS

Barb finished:
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine


Tracie finished: 

Barb is  reading:
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty


Tracie is reading:

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Episode 191: Why Not Chuck E. Cheese?

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Recorded on October 10, 2019
Book Talk starts at 32:00

It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself

Events
Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp

KNITTING

Barb finished:
1.  Mother Bears # 182, #183 and #184
2. Multidirectional Scarf #4 by Karen Baumer using Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway
3.  Bankhead Hat #7 by Susie Gourlay using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cake Colorways
4.  Ribbed Beanie by Vanessa Ewing using Berroco Lodge
5.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and 52 color ways 
6.  September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway
7. Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira
Barb's ZickZack Scarf!  Started in April, finished in October.  Love it!

Tracie Finished
1.   Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira
2.  Meret by Wooly Wormhead



Barb continues to work on:
1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way

Barb has Cast-on
1.  Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Faerie Cake color way
2.  October Cheeky Cables Socks by Mary Lukas, using Desert Visa Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants colorway.
3.  Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira, using a mystery raspberry worsted yarn.

Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple
2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways
3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

Tracie has Cast-on
1.  Knitables Cow by Sarah Gasson in Plymouth Select DK Merino
2.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway

BOOKS

Barb finished:
1.  Poisoned Blood by Phillip Ginsberg - Barb recommends!
2.  Clock Dance by Anne Tyler - recommended
3. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter - Barb does NOT recommend
4.  The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff - recommended



Tracie finished:
1.   The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day - Tracie does NOT recommend
2.  The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett - thumbs sideways!
3.  The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood - recommended

Tracie recommends RuPaul's Drag Race, Seasons 1-6, now streaming on Hulu!


Saturday, September 28, 2019

Episode 190: I Don't Feel Good About That

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Recorded on Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Book Talk starts at 29:00


And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourselF! 

Events
Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California
Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp

KNITTING

Barb finished:
1.  Mother Bear #181
2.  Multidirectional Scarf #3 by Karen Baumer using Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway
Barb's Mother Bear #181


Tracie Finished
1.  Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Main in Miss Babs Yowza - rolled brim and umbilical cord top
2.  Ramble Hat by Shreen Nadir (The Blue Brick) in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino
3.  Tracie's Sparkling Moon Hat by SKEINO Llc, using SKEINO Venice in the don Carlos Colorway
4.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota.
Tracie's Sparkling Moon Hat


Barb continues to work on:
1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way
3.  September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway
4.  Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira
5.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and 52 color ways 


Barb's September DVD Monthly Sock Club  socks in the No Soggy Bottoms colorway


Barb has Cast-on

1.  Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles color way


Tracie continues to work on:
1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple
2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways
3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway
4.  Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira

BOOKS

Barb finished:
1.  The Apartment by K.L. Slater.  Thumbs sideways.
2.  Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.  Thumbs up!



Tracie finished:
1.  The High Season by Judy Blundell
2.  The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater
3.  Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg by Barry Williams.  Thumbs up!

Barb is currently reading:
1.  Poisoned Blood by Phillip Ginsberg
2.  Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Tracie is currently reading:
1.  The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day
2.  The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett

Tracie also talked about the TV show:  HGTV A Very Brady Renovation

Barb talked about the Alabama Hills in the Eastern Sierras of California



Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Episode 189: Mother Bear Prizes and Soggy Bottoms!


Recorded September 12, 2019
Book Talk starts at 26:15

Welcome to our new moderator, Sandi aka CakeAndFibre!

Our annual Mother Bear KAL has finished!  If you put a picture of a finished bear on our FO thread, you won a prize!  Prizes announced at the end of the podcast.




And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It will run September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourselF! 

Stitches West registration?  The Catalogue is here, and registration began September 3rd.

Events
Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California
Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Tracie Finished
Ilse Sock Set Cowl by Heather Boos (Yellow Ribbon Knits) in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive and Greenwood Fiberworks Star Dust in Earthen Hues gradient set
Daddy & Me Poor Boy Caps by Irene Johnston in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted
Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Allegria in the Locuro Fluo




Barb continues to work on:
Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way
ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and 52 color ways - and using stitch holders to keep it manageable



Cast-on
September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway
2 Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira
Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles color way

Tracie cast on:
Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira

And continues to work on:
Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple
ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways
Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota
Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

BOOKS

Barb finished and recommends:
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone


Tracie finished:
A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean (okay not my thing)
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? by Ann Rule (5-star true crime!)
Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton (thumbs down)