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)




Saturday, August 31, 2019

Episode 188: He Thinks He Can Do Stuff

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Recorded on August 28, 2019
Book Talk Starts at 27:50

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is finished!  If you put a picture of a finished bear on our FO thread, then you won a prize!  Prizes announced at the end of the  NEXT podcast, Episode 189.



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, and challenge yourself.  
Stitches West registration?  The Catalogue is here, registration is 9/3/2019.

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

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
*  Mother bears # 178 and 179
*  Opal Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson, using Regia Yarn in the Star Night color way
*. August DVD socks using DVD Viso in the Inuit Art color way.  The pattern is the Shell Cottage Socks by Helen Stewart
*  Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers
Barb wearing her Nightshift Cowl by Andrea Mowry
Barb discussed the excellent face embroidering video tutorial by Susan B Anderson:
Tracie has finished:
*  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop
Tracie's Dare to Dream by Boo Knits!


Barb continues to work on:
ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways
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.

Tracie has cast on:
* Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple

Tracie continues to work on:
ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways
Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota
Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop
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
Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorwayBOOKS

BOOKS

Barb has finished and says thumbs up to:

Tracie has finished and says thumbs up to:
Tracie did not finish:
*  Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell

Barb is reading:



Tracie is reading:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Episode 187: We Should Just Get Rid of That Word

Recorded on August 15, 2019
Book Talk starts at 35:00

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is winding down, so finish up those last few bears!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!



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, and challenge yourself!

Stitches West registration?  Catalogue out on Aug. 23, registration is 9/3

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

Knitting
Barb’s FOs:
July DVD Socks in the RadioActive Zombody colorway


Tracie has finished:
Kick Up Your Heels by Sarah Shoo in Western Sky Knits Magnolia DK
Mint chip vanilla socks in Anzula Nebula and KnitPicks Hawthorne
The V-Back Tee by Jamie Hoffman in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in Apricot, Invictus Yarns Beyond in Flame, and Baah! La Jolla in Georgia Peach and My Sweet Valentine


Barb continues to work on:
ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways
Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers

And has cast on:
August DVD socks using DVD Viso in the Inuit Art color way.  Making the Shell Cottage socks by Helen Stewart
Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way.
Opal Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson, using Regia Yarn in the Star Night color way

Tracie has cast on:
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
Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

And continues to work on:
 ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways
Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota
Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

BOOKS

Barb says thumbs up to:
Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher 
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 
No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy



And thumbs down to:
She Was the Quiet One by Michelle Campbell

Tracie says thumbs up to:
Chemistry by Wang Weike
Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5 by Kate Atkinson
The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer


And thumbs down to:
The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin

Barb is reading:


Tracie is reading:

Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Episode 186: Some Fiber Physicist Could Explain It to Us

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Recorded on July 24, 2019
Book Talk Starts at 29:12


Our annual Mother Bear KAL is ongoing!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!

Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute.

Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers.



KNITTING

Tracie has finished:
1.  Mother Bears 202-204
2.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway
Tracie's Mother Bear #204


Barb has finished:
1.  Mother Bears #175 & #176
2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway
Barb's Mother Bear #175


Tracie continues to work on:
 1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways
2.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota
3.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop

Tracie has cast-on:
1.  Mint Chip vanilla Socks in Anzula Nebula and KnitPicks Hawthorne
2.  Kick Up Your Heels by Sarah Shoo, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia DK in the Isabella color way

Barb is still working on:
1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways
2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway
3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway
4.  July DVD Socks - Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the RadioActive Zombody color way
5.  Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers

Barb and Tracie talked about their ZickZack scarves and how different they were from each other because of the yarns used:
On the left is Barb's scarf using 2 different colorway of Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby.  On the right is Tracie's scarf using 2 colors of Louisa Harding Amitla

 BOOKS
Tracie has finished:
1.  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Deman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.  Thumbs Up!
2.  My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh. Thumbs sideways!

Barb has finished:
1.  The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette.  Thumbs Up...sort of...

Tracie is reading:
Barb recommends following BurraBears on Instagram and Facebook.


Barb is reading
1.  Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher

Barb and Tracie discussed going to visit Western Sky Knits in Montana.

Tracie dying yarn at WSK


Eileen getting expert advice from Kim, of Western Sky Knits
Kim, our host and the owner of WSK!