Episode 78: She's So Fancy!

Book Talk begins at 25:42

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is continuing until January 15, 2015, so get busy!  Please check out the chatter thread for all the information you need to participate, and post your finished sweaters in our FOs thread for a chance to win one of our prize packages!

The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!) will be held April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.  If you are interested in attending, please go here for all the information. $265 per person.  

Tracie has finished:
Mother Bear #50 - crocheted

Propeller by Woolly Wormhead for her niece Lauren

Tracie has cast on:

Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway, a beautiful sky blue/green variegated

She continues to work on:
Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway

Cleito sleeveless top by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarn Illaris in 111 (plum)

And has been giving no love to:
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-striping colorway.

Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood, using way too many yarns to list!

Barb has finished:
Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway for her granddaughter Jayla, who is turning 6!

Upstairs/Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuseli, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Nichole colorway.

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.  She has Halloween socks in time for Halloween!

She has been working on:

Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade Yarns 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple color way.

Barb is continuing to knit:
The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fakatsu, using Madelinietosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.
Bootstrap Socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel, using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Betelguese colorway.

Tracie does not recommend A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli, and thought The Shining by Stephen King what good in spite of an ending she did not find scary.

She is reading:
and 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster, a novel about a Montana man who has severe OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome that she is finding delightful.

Barb finished and highly recommends both The Farm by Tom Rob Smith and Stoner by John Edward Williams

She is currently reading a trio of chillers:
and Night Film by Marisha Pessl, which she is reading in book-book form because of the cool, creepy visuals included.

Barb gives King of Siam Restaurant in Tehachapi, CA a thumbs-up, and Tracie seconds!  The Chicks have enjoyed Thai food  at King of Siam every year that they have attended the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat!


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  1. Just listening to the podcast today and was surprised that Barb is reading Daphne du Maurier since I recently finished reading Rebecca. I remembered bits of a PBS production some time ago and really enjoyed reading the book. Afterwards I watched the movie on Netflix and it was not very satisfying compared to the book. Just finished reading The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. It is set in Maine where I live and that part rang true. Very interesting learning about the orphan trains from the 1930 that took orphans out of NYC to the midwest and offered the children up for adoption for anyone interested. Highly recommended! Thank you for your podcast, always entertaining!


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