Episode 169: A Second-Tier Women's College


Recorded on November 14, 2018
Book Talk starts at 40:02

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!

New bundle - bulky/chunky hats!  We also have a bundle for Quick/Easy gift patterns.

Northern California Knitting Retreat: the deadline for registrations (for both returning and hopeful newbies) is November 30

One Perfect Skein by Fredi Baker - We are giving away 3 copies, and will draw for winners at the end of this episode

Barb finished:
Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway
4 Never Not Gnoming gnomes by Sarah Schira (who is Imagined Landscapes on Rav and has a podcast.  I also bought her other gnome pattern - Here We Gnome Again, worsted weight Gnomes with cabled details)
Gather hat by tincanknits using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Stone Washed color way

Tracie finished:
Rikke Hat by Sarah Young in Knitting Fever Painted Mist in Venice Carnival
1st Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf
Zephyr by Celia McAdams Cahill in Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway
Galactic Hat by Julianna Puccini - a newborn size and an adult size in blue and charcoal gray for BIL and expected baby boy
Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira in blue and yellow
Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Schira in Debbie Bliss Andes (baby alpaca/mulberry silk) in 37009 colorway (sage green) and Cascade 220 Sport

Barb continues to work on:
Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway.

Barb has cast on:
Added Elegance #2 Socks for Ann - using Pairfect Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line in the Star Night color way
Hopcott Cowl by Chrissy Graham (test knit) using Knitting Rose Yarns Merry Blossom (single ply worsted weight) in the That’s Why They Call it the Blues color way

Barb frogged:
Wild Dandelion Hat by Thea Coleman, using Barrett Wool Co. Home Worsted Weight in the Folkstone colorway

Tracie has cast on:
2nd Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf
Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns
Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54

Tracie put into hibernation:
Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby in Knit Picks Lindy Chain in Thicket and Harbor
Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium

Tracie continues to work on:
Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue

Barb finished:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout

The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
No Time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay

Tracie finished:
Look For Me by Lisa Gardner
My Latest Grievance by Elinor Lipman
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Hi, Bob! by Bob Newhart


  1. Tracie, I agree with your thumbs down on the improper use of I and me! Oh, how I hate how the ubiquitous me. Would you say "me went to the store"? Then why is "Me and Deborah went to the store" okay? It makes the speaker sound like a three year old. And don't get me started on "very unique"! Either something is unique or it is not unique. There is no very unique. Unique is an absolute. Check out Grammar Girl!...thanks for letting me rant...I just started reading Swans of Fifth Avenue, thank you Barb!


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