Showing posts from 2012

Episode 35: Too Good For That Yarn!

Download  | Duration: 01:21:05 Book Talk starts at 39:13 ShinyBees Podcast Tracie’s Socks for Ryan Tracie’s Trudy the Turtle   Tracie’s Struan hat Barb’s Christmas Scarf for Zoe Barb’s SF Giants Cowl Color Affection by Veera Valimaki Baah! La Jolla Alpenglow Sylvan Crosswords at the Coffeeshop shawl by Karrie Steinmetz Araucania Pomaire Solid Sock Scrap blanket by Shelly Kang Textured Knots Afghan by Norah Gaughan Grandma's Hand Knitting And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman Strip Tease by Carl Hiassen What Happened to Sophie Wilder by Christopher R. Beha Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte CraftLit Podcast Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice by Alisa Statman and Brie Tate Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) By Mindy Kahling New University of California logo Charity Navigator 

Episode 34: And Chaos Ensues

Download  | Duration: 01:04:49 Book Talk starts at 32:50 In Memoriam: KnitPurlGurl Karrie Steinmetz What you can do: Leave a condolence message for her family in the Online Guest Book Knit or crochet a snowflake for her family Christmas tree Karrie’s Crosswords at the Coffee Shop Design KAL Purchase the Hiwassee Creek Dyeworks Knit Purl Girl colorway yarn Random Acts of Pattern KP Knitter’s Carry-All giveaway on the blog ends December 15th Tracie’s Wonder Wave Jacket by DROPS Design Tracie’s Kilkenny baby hat from Wee Wooly Toppers by Wooly Wormhead Tracie’s Ruby Slippers Shawlette Barb’s Kat the Kitchen Monster by Rebecca Danger Barb’s Small-fry fingerless mitts by Daniel McBride Barb’s Handy Hat from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns Barb’s Skyp Rib Sparkly Green socks Barb’s 2 afghan squares for the Squares for Comfort KAL Barb’s socks for Jayla Top-Down Icelandic Sweater   by Ragnheiður Eiríksdóttir Ella Rae Latte GGH Tara T

Episode 33: Thanksgiving With the Family!

Download   | Duration: 00:36:47 Our Gradient Shawl KAL Win a KnitPicks Knitters Carry-All Kit - Leave a comment on our blog before December 15 Literary Disco podcast Tracie’s Kilkenny hat for Lauren Lauren in her Molly hat Tracie’s Wonder Wave sweater for Lexi Brother-in-Law Basket Weave Hat by Kody May Kline For Good Hat by Megan Williams Barb’s Rocky Coast Cardigan Ebbtide by Elizabeth Doherty Cakewalk Yarns Book Talk with the Family ·             Jayla recommends her My Little Pony book Will recommends The Hunger Games series Angela recommends The Hunger Games series, the Harry Potter series , and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series Rachel recommends The Magic Treehouse  series for kids Ryan recommends The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes Chad recommends The Walking Dead graphic novels by Robert Kirkman Mark recommends A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Episode 32: Just Do It!

Download   | Duration: 01:15:00 Book talk starts at 39:46 Donate to the Red Cross to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy Squares for Comfort – Knitting Brooklyn podcast Cat's Sweet Tomato Heel Socks ebook by Cat Bordhi Gradient Shawl KAL Leave a comment on our blog to win the KnitPicks Knitters’ Carry-All Kit! Stitches West 2013 -  Santa Clara, CA - February 21-24 Tracie’s Winter Waves jacket from Knit Swirl by Sandra McIver Barb’s 50 Shades of Teal by Brenda Castiel Barb’s Coffee Club Cowl by  by Ellen Donohoe Barb’s Lurleen the Laundry Monster by Rebecca Danger Ruby Slippers Shawlette  by Wendy Weber Twisted Rib Infinity Scarf by Kathleen Lam Gnome Acres fingering Ebbtide  Shawl by Elizabeth Doherty Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir Ethereal Yarns Starlight Sock The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen Tracie and Barb recommend

Win this Knit Picks Kit!

A few years ago, I bought a kit from Knit Picks to make a "Knitters' Handy Carry-All" - basically a project tote.  Well, as you can see...I have yet to knit it!  And realistically, I know I won't.  So my loss can be your gain! Here is a picture of the bag (not a great picture because I took it through the plastic cover of the kit): This kit has never been opened.  It includes the pattern for the bag (finished measurement will be 12" wide x 9" high; 30" opening circumference), the yarn (4 skeins of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted weight wool), and heavyweight interfacing for the project. If you are interested in winning the kit, leave a comment under this post to enter.  Please don't enter if you have no intention of knitting the bag...I want it to go to someone who will knit it up! This contest has ended and the winner is MORGAN!  Congratulations Morgan!! Good luck!

Episode 31: A View to the Queue

Download   | Duration: 01:06:14 Book Talk starts at 43:36 Gradient Shawl KAL Fishknits Invictus Yarns Royal Hare Calendar of Hope 2013 Barb’s Baby Colorwork Hat Barb’s Wonder Wave Cardigan Tracie’s Textured Mitts by Wendy Bernard Tracie’s Seedling beret by Alana Dakos Tracie’s Azzu’s Shawl by Emma Fassio Tracie’s Skullkerchief by Knitty or Nice Tracie’s Honey Cowl by Ann Maria at madelinetosh Barb's Trick or Treat Socks Coffee Club Cowl by Ellen Donohoe Zitron Unisono sportweight 50 Shades of Teal by Brenda Castiel Fingerless Pomatomus Gloves Fishknits Panache Fingering Wonder Wave Jacket by DROPS Design Sirdir Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Little Lamb from Spud and Chloe at the Farm by Susan B. Anderson KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Cambrian Cowl by Alana Dakos from Coastal Knits Misti Alpaca Baby Me Boo The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown Twisted by Amity Hope The Anniversary by Amy Gutman Ferris Beach

Episode 30: We Love Fiber Retreats!

Download  | Duration: 00:32:42 No Book Talk this episode Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 2012 Lambtown 2012 A Verb For Keeping Warm The Yarniacs Podcast CFR 2012 Official Colorway by  Desert Vista Dyeworks Spindling Instructor Extraordinaire DataKnitter Pat The Loopy Ewe Mother Bear Project Stranded Knitting Instructor/Cookie Provider redsknits aka Sister Mary Eileen Our Gradient Shawl KAL 50 Shades of Teal by Brenda Castiel Wolfe Farms Slipped Stitch Studios Alpenglow Yarn Forbidden Yarns The Tehachapi Project (Official CFR 2012 Shawl Design) by  Fickleknitter Redfish Dyeworks

Meetup with the Yarniacs!

Tracie and I spent a day with Gayle and Sharlene - hosts of The Yarniacs Podcast !  We spent a delightful morning exploring A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland, then had a nice lunch.  They are two delightful (and stylish) ladies.  We did not lack for things to talk about.  Hey, we're all podcasters so we know how to talk! If you haven't listened to their podcast, you're missing out.  I'm just sayin'.  Get on over there and give them a listen.  You'll be glad you did!

Episode 29: We Don't Do Humidity

Download Book Talk starts at 58:25 Gradient Shawl KAL starts October 1! Desert Vista Dyeworks Order a Bead Feeder from She-Knits 50 Shades of Teal is almost ready – price goes up to $6 on October 1 so hurry! Artfibers in San Francisco – their yarn-tasting room and yarns are yummy! Lambtown on October 6 CFR October 12-14 Stitches West Feb 21-24 Mother Bear Project Tracie’s Cedar Leaf Shawlette Tracie’s Hydrangea Neckwarmer Barb’s Cupcake socks Barb’s Rockefeller Barb’s Hugo the Couch Potato monster Barb’s Click for Babies Hats 8, 9  and  10 Seedling beret by Alana Dakos Zealana Heron yarn honey cowl Louisa Harding Grace Hand-dyed   Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Tonal Wonder Wave Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder KnitPicks Felici Fingering Holiday Boutique Knitting by Mary Jean Daigneult For Holiday Gifts, Tracie Recommends: ·       Darkside Cowl by Sara Fama ·    

The Rockefeller Rocks!

On July 13 2012, like thousands of other knitters, I cast on the Westkints Mystery Rockefeller shawl.  As the weeks went by, I went through the emotions of hating the design, loving the design, and looking forward with happy anticipation to the next clue.  I couldn't imagine what was coming next.   For this project, I chose 2 yarns in my stash that I knew I probably couldn't get more of if I ran out.  I trusted Stephen West with his estimated yardages.  I love Stephen West!  I have met Stephen West and he is my boyfriend.  He doesn't know he's my boyfriend, because it is just that big of a secret.  But now YOU know.  Shhhhh...don't tell anyone.   The yarns I chose were 1. Freckle Face Fibers (sadly, no longer dying yarn) Kimono Sock Yarn in the Tehachapi Moonshadow colorway, and 2. Ceallach Dyes Fingering in the Dusty Pink colorway - which was a custom-dyed colorway for the Yarn Boutique in Lafayette, one of my favorite LYS's.  I thought they went well toget

Too Much Inspiration

I've mentioned on the podcast that I resisted learning how to knit because some part of my brain had an inkling of what kind of knitter I would become: the obsessive kind.  That part of my brain was correct, and now, 2 1/2 years later, I can't remember what I used to do with the time that I now spend knitting.  That inkling, though, was not just about how much I would end up knitting, but about the kind of crazy I've experienced in the past few days since I returned from a weekend in San Francisco - the kind of knitting schizophrenia that afflicts me when an abundance of inspiration begets a crazy tornado of cast-on-itis, yarn stroking, swatching and pattern-stalking on Ravelry that is not unlike the proverbial chicken with its head cut off. The first thing that happened was that I finished my second "rebuilt" bag (I promise there is a blog post including pictures and perhaps even a written-up pattern coming on this subject) - this was a project that I cast on

Episode 28: Finishing & Earworms

Download Book Talk starts at 52:56 Podiversary Giveaway Threads – Win a book or some yarn Our Gradiant Shawl KAL will be October 1-December 1 - Check out the thread on our Ravelry group for pattern and yarn ideas, and to suggest your favorites! Desert Vista Dyeworks 2 Knit Lit Chicks colorway! available for pre-orders 9/1-9/15 – includes a 5% discount! Plus, 20% discount with code 2KNITLIT20 on all yarn 50 Shades of Teal shawl designed by Brenda Castiel especially for our KAL – Until Sept 15, 2012, get this pattern for $3.00 . From Sept 16-30, price is $4.00 . From Oct 1 on, price is $6.00 . Code is 2KNITLIT . Ladies of the Knit Podcast with SusanVKnits and Shineon Robinznest Podcast We have a new email address: Tracie’s Mother Bears 21 & 22 Tracie’s Click for Babies Simple Hats Tracie’s Tote Barb’s Click for Babies Hats ·       Zaggity Ha t by Jenny Sorenson ·       Little Boy Blue Ribbed Baby Hat by Tonya W