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Epic Project DONE!

 On July 26, 2011, I started this afghan - the  Textured Knots Afghan by Norah Gaughan .  I knit it out of  Plymouth Encore Worsted  in the Cream colorway.  This yarn is a durable acrylic/wool blend that washes and dries very well.  It is well-suited to children's clothes and items that take a lot of abuse, such as afghans. So, I have basically worked on this afghan off and on for about 1 1/2 years.  When it outgrew the "take-along project" size, it lived permanently next to my chair in the family room.  Although the pattern has a complicated cable pattern, I found I could keep up with it pretty well by enlarging the chart, and color-coding the different types of cables:                                   So.  What began as THIS:                                     Has turned into THIS: I am very happy with our new afghan!  The pattern called for you to stop knitting the 32-row cable repeat at 60 inches to start the edging.  I

Episode 37: KAL and RAL news!

Download  | Duration: 01:03:11 Book Talk starts at 37.35 Mary, Barb, Sharlene, Pat and Gayle at the Swift Stitch in Santa Cruz Goodbye, Foodie Knitter Podcast Teen Knitter Queen Podcast   New Years Knitting Retreat 2KLC Kardigan KAL Our Third Read-Along - Vote for the book you want to read! Stitches West Feb 21-24 .   Only a month away!!! Tracie’sGarden Effects Fingerless Mitts by Chris Shearer Barb’s   Color Affection Barb’s Mother Bear #26 Clapotis  by Kate Gilbert Malabrigo Rios Reversible Scarf by Bruce Weinstein Tosh Merino Light A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss and Laughter by Rachael Herron People Who Eat Darkness: The Fate of Lucie Blackman by Richard Lloyd Parry Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritson 14 by Peter Clines Bowling Avenue by Ann Shayne Kaia Fit Blooming Knitter (Knitting Blooms Podcast) tutorials Lite

Episode 36: Rockin' with the Chicks!

Download   | Duration: 01:07:39 Book Talk starts at 27:14 2KLC Kardigan KAL - 2/1 – 5/1 Knitmeter The Organized Knitter podcast Buy the Yarn With Which Barb Is Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together!   Wool of the Andes Tonal in the Pearlescent colorway selling for $20, which will include shipping within the U.S - THIS YARN HAS BEEN SOLD!! Stitches West Feb 21-24 Barb’s Crosswords at the Coffeehouse Barb’s Bertie Bott’s Socks Barb’s 3 tiny stocking ornaments Tracie’s Malabrigo Honey Cowl That Clever Clementine Bags Etsy Shop That Clever Clementine bag Zwerger Garn Vincent Van Gogh sock yarn Ellison Bay Shawl by Paula of Knitting Pipeline Alpenglow Skinny Singular Corrie Loppem cardigan by Norah Gaughan The Yarniacs Self-Indulgent KAL Ella Rae Extrafine Heathers Toe-Up Socks with a Difference by Wendy Knits Fishknits Opulence self-striping sock Garden Effects Fingerless Mitts by Chris Shearer

2012's Number Is...

Recently a friend of mine said she'd set a goal to read 175 books in 2012, and she had met it in October.  I am astounded by this!  In the early 2000s, I had a goal to read 50 books a year and used to just barely make it.  I stopped counting several years ago, but this 175 books thing got me curious, so through the magic of show notes and Goodreads, I was able to make a list of the books I read in 2012.  Apparently either the podcast or my habit of listening to books most of the time has increased my numbers, because I blew past 50 without even trying!  Here is every book I read in 2012: Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay One Mississippi by Mark Childress Bossypants by Tina Fey The Language of Secrets by Diane Dixon Getting Stoned With Savages by J. Maarten Troost Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais The Paris Wife by Paula McLain The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde What I Saw and How I Li