Saturday, March 18, 2017

Episode 132: Poncho Pikachu

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Book Talk Begins at 34:20
Recorded on March 15, 2017



We are hosting a Colorwork KAL starting on March 1, and ending on May 1, 2017. 

Chat it up and make plans in our Colorwork KAL Chatter Thread

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration. 

Knit anything with colorwork - that means intarsia, stranded colorwork, stripes, brioch, double knitting, or slipped stitches.  We encourage you to challenge yourself. 

Pick a project larger than a mug cozy and you're good to go!

Be sure and listen until the end of the podcast for the winners of the Namaste Bag Giveaway, and to hear the latest news for the NoCKRs Retreat.

2 Knit Lit Chicks 2017 SWAP!  Yes, we are doing it again.  And once again, our leader is the indomitable SandraMaz.  Do you want to join us?  If so, please read all about it and follow the instructions  to enter here.  The deadline to enter the swap is March 20, 2017, so hop to it!!

We would love it if you would join our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Ravelry Group.  We have a lot of fun over there!!  

KNITTING
 Barb has finished:

* Her Levitate Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Noro Kureopatora in the 2015 colorway 
 Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway
*  Knotted Rib hat by Cheryl Beckerich, using Vanna's Choice in the Cranberry colorway
* Her My Garter Slipped! Scarf by Bereni New, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Raspberry Swirl colorway
*  Vanilla is the New Black Socks by Anneh Fletcher, using Leading Men Fiber Arts ShowStopper in the 911 Butterfly colorway
*  Brain Hat for Science by Kristen McDonnell, using Lion Brand Heartland in colorway 103
*  3 Knitted Knockers
Ponchos" in the wild at" Stitches West!  Left to right - JChant, 1HundredProjects,  xchorse,  BetterinMotion, Barb, and Thumperina!

Tracie has finished:

*  School's Out child's cardigan by Katya Frankel in Shaggy Bear Farms merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk
*  Kallisti Cowl by Hillary Smith Callis in Caron Cake int the Blueberry Kiwi colorway
*  2 PussyHats - 1 in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow, and 1 in stripes of many different pink yarns
Barb is working on:

*  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
*   Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
*  Vanilla Socks, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway
*  My Rainbow Heart mitts by Stephanie Lotven, using Valley Yarns Huntington as the base color and fingering scraps from stash.
Smorgasbord Cowl by Cindy Garland, using a kit bought at the Stunning String Studio booth at Stitches West

Barb has frogged the Sabine Cardigan by Coco Knits, using Indigodragonfly Merino Single Lace in the 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea.  She just wasn't feeling it.

Tracie is working on:

*  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using leftovers from stash!
*  Coloring cardigan by Katrin Schneider, using  Anzula Nebula in the Lottie colorway
*  All That Jazz cowl by TheTwistedYarn Blog, using Greenwood Fibers Star Dust mini-skeins, scraps, bits & leftovers
Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using FishKnits Panache in the 42 Degrees Opposite the Sun colorway

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Runaway by Alice Munroe
The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva 


Tracie has finished:

*  The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
*  The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
*  Wilde Lake by Laura Lipman
Silent Witness: The Karla Brown Murder Case by Don W. Weber and Charles Bosworth
The Hundred Year House by Rebecca Makkai
Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr
Barb is currently reading:

The Last September by Nina de Garment
Tracie is currently reading:

No One Needs to Know by Kevin O'Brien
Evidence of Love by John Bloom & Jim Atkinson

Tracie talked about the HBO series, Big Little Lies

Barb talked about the new podcast The 45th, available on iTunes now




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Episode 131: You're Not Spending the Mortgage Money


All Our Adventures at Stitches West 2017!

No Book Talk

Franklin Habit’s blog,  The Panopticon
His column on the Skacel website, Fridays with Franklin
Tracie's Big Bang Theory Bag from Front Range Bags


Rainbow Wall at The Mother Bear Project booth


                 Barb's sweater's worth of the Stitches West 2017 Colorway by Inner Yarn Zen.   
She plans to make Meris by Elizabeth Doherty.

Franklin Habit’s I Dream of Yarn

The Stitches West 2017 Colorway in the Pixie base by Dragonfly Fibers
perhaps dyed just for Tracie!

The "wild" colorway Tracie picked to knit Ryan a sweater 
in Hard Twist at Lisa Souza Dyeworks 

Has she gone too far? 
(Update: Ryan likes it.)



Luiseach by Handiworks Ltd 

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= 
Barb's little splurge 
(but she's a contributing member of society so who cares)

And a bonus puppy picture because why not?





Friday, February 10, 2017

Episode 130: I Was Only Going to Round Down

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Recorded on February 8, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 32:03

The 2017 Sweater KAL is over!  The Winners are announced at the end of the podcast.


Get ready for our next Knit-along!  We will be hosting a Colorwork KAL starting on March 1, and ending on May 1, 2017.

Chat it up and make plans in our Colorwork KAL Chatter Thread.

Browse our Colorwork Bundle for inspiration.

Knit anything with colorwork - that means intarsia, stranded colorwork, stripes, brioch, double knitting, or slipped stitches.  We encourage you to challenge yourself.

Pick a project larger than a mug cozy and you're good to go!

The Chicks will be at Stitches West 2017  - February 23-26, 2017 at the 
Santa Clara Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be having our regular meet-up in the Hyatt bar on Saturday afternoon - come see us!  Also, check out the booths (and consider knitting or crocheting projects) for two of our favorite knitting charities: the Mother Bear Project will be at booth 704, and Knitted Knockers will be at in Booth 745.  Also, Halos of Hope will be in Booths 7545 & 1003.







NAMASTE BAG GIVEAWAY:  We have 2 Namaste Bags to give away!  The first one (the larger one above) is the Harlow Bag, donated by Barb.  The second one is the Poppins Bag (the smaller one below), donated by Stella650.  They are both gently used...but in truth, they look brand new!  Namaste is no longer in business, so if you always wanted a Namaste bag, now is your chance.

Go to our Ravelry Group and look for the Namaste Bag Giveaway and follow the prompt.

You must be a member of the group to win.

Contest ends on March 15th.




















KNITTING

Tracie has finished:
Pussyhat for her brother-in-law, using the Stashbusting Helix Hat pattern by Jessica Rose
forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100
* A set of C-cup Knitted Knockers, using Cascade Ultra-Pima in the Sage Colorway
Barb has finished:
* a KitKat Hat by Andre Sue Knits, using Big Twist in a light raspberry colorway.
Ex Boyfriends by Jennifer Beever using a Caron Cake in the Funfetti colorway

Tracie has cast-on:
* Another Pussycat in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow
School's Out child's cardigan by Katya Frankel in Shaggy Bear Farms merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk
Kallisti Cowl by Hillary Smith Callis in Caron Cake int the Blueberry Kiwi colorway

Tracie is continuing to work on:
*Vanilla Socks in ONline Supersocke 100 Living Color
Joey Sweater by Kate Oates, using Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway

Barb has cast-on:
Knotted Rib hat by Cheryl Beckerich, using Vanna's Choice in the Cranberry colorway
Levitate Poncho by Yvonne Poon, using Noro Kureopatora in the 2015 colorway

Barb is still working on:
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher
Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway
Sabine Cardigan by Coco Knits, using Indigodragonfly Merino Single Lace in the 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea

BOOKS


Tracie has finished:
The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel

Barb has finished:
Pioneer Doctor: The Story of a Woman’s Work by Mari Grana
6oo Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster
*  The Sleeper by Emily Barr
*  Bitterweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore









Tracie is currently reading:
* The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood
The Hypnotist's Love Story

Barb is currently reading:
The Last One: A Novel by Alexandra Oliva
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett


Barb recommends the Book Cougars Podcast!








Tracie got a new puppy!








Saturday, January 28, 2017

Episode 129: We Were Blocking the Egress

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Recorded on January 25, 2017
Book Talk starts at: 39:45


Qur annual Sweater KAL is drawing to a close - the FOs thread will be locked at the end of the day on January 31!  Each entry must be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover. We will draw for the winners of our prize packages at the end of our next episdoe.

Gadgets We Love:
Lilly Brush for depilling sweaters

The Chicks will be at Stitches West 2017  - February 23-26, 2017 at the 
Santa Clara Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be having our regular meet-up in the Hyatt bar on Saturday afternoon - come see us!  Also, check out the booths (and consider knitting or crocheting projects) for two of our favorite knitting charities: the Mother Bear Project will be at booth 704, and Knitted Knockers will be at in Booth 745.

Barb’s FOs 
Project Peace cowl by Christina Campbell, using Madelinetosh Dandelion in the Magic colorway
Antler Cardigan by TinCan Knits using Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist in the Natural colorway
Vanilla Socks using Gale’s Art Double Secret Sock Blank in the Rockstar Rainbow colorway
Rikke Hat by Sarah Young using CatTail Knits Nugget’s Girlfriend DK in the Sexy colorway
Tilbury Mitts by Chrissy Graham using Alpenglow Bollistic Tweed in the Bruised Grapes colorway
Boreal Forest Cowl by Renee Callahan, using Malabrigo Rios in the Teal Feather and Sand Bank colorways, and Cascade 220 in the natural colorway
Adorable Kids’ Fingerless Mitts by Wei S. Leong, using leftover Gale’s Art Double Secret Sock Blank in the Rockstar Rainbow colorway


Tracie’s FOs:
3 Pussyhats, using the Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose for #5 and #7And a regular one with a rolled brim in Plymouth Toybox Collection Rainbow
Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock


Barb has cast on:
Vanilla is the New Black by Anneh Fletcher
Kitkat Hat by AndreSue Knits
Endless Spring Cardigan by Anna Rauf using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway
Sabine Cardigan by Coco Knits, using Indigodragonfly Merino Single Lace in the 20,000 Lawyers Under the Sea

And she continues to work on:
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
Ex Boyfriends by Jennifer Beever using a Caron Cake in the Funfetti colorway

Tracie has cast on:
Pussyhat for my brother-in-law

Working On:
Joey Sweater by Kate Oates, using Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway
forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100
Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

Barb has finished:
What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross
The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory
The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly


Tracie has finished:
Act of Violence by Margaret Yorke
Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming
There Was An Old Woman by Hallie Ephron


Barb is reading:
6oo Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster

Tracie is reading:
The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Temple Secrets by Susan Gabriel


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Episode 128: It Doesn't Matter, 'Cause I Frogged It

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Recorded on January 8, 2017

Book Talk starts at: 21:20

Fall is long gone, but our annual Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 31!  All entries to our FOs thread will need to be an adult-size sweater with sleeves (short is okay!), cardigan or pullover.  Be sure to check out the Bundles of pattern suggestions.  You still have time!

The Chicks will be at Stitches West 2017  - February 23-26, 2017 at the 
Santa Clara Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, CA.  We will be having our regular meet-up in the Hyatt bar on Saturday afternoon - come see us!

KNITTING

Barb's FOs:
*One Pussycat, using Joann Fabrics Big Twist
*Project Peace Cowl by Christina Campbell, using Madelinetosh Dandelion in the magic colorway

Tracie’s FOs:
*Sprig Cloche by Alana Dakos in Cascade 220 Sport Superwash
*4 Pussycats, in Plymouth Encore, Red Heart, Cascade 220 Superwash
*Quick and Easy Slouchy Hat by Jessica Gutoski, in Lion Brand Thick and Quick in a green colorway
*Instant Raspberry Hat by Tara Bogh, using Bernat Softee Chunky in hot pink

Barb continues to work on:
*Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi
*Antler Cardigan by TinCan Knits using Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist in the Natural colorway
Vanilla Socks using Gale's Art Double Secret Sock Blank in the Rockstar Rainbow colorway

Barb has cast-on:
*Ex Boyfriends shawl/scarf, using Caron Cakes in the Funfetti colorway
*Boreal Forest Cowl by Renee Callahan, using Cascade 220 in the natural colorway, Malabrigo Yarn Ríos in the Teal Feather and Sand Bank colorwaysm, and Cascade 220 Superwash in a pale pink colorway
*Mother Bear #201

Tracie continues to work on:
*forest park cowl by Liz Abinante (free) in Noro Cash Aroha colorway 100
*A pair of Vanilla socks in Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock
*Terribly Simple shawl by Caitlin ffrench, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Cosmos colorway

Tracie has frogged:
*Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in KnitPicks Full Circle Worsted in the Passion colorway
and
*Sylvia Cardigan by Meghan Jones in Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway

Tracie has cast on:
*Joey Sweater by Kate Oates, using Cascade Hollywood in the Walnut colorway

BOOKS



Barb and Tracie have both finished Find Her by Lisa Gardner.  They both highly recommend this book!

Tracie has also finished:

Ill Wind by Nevada Barr
A Killer Among Us: A True Story of Murder and Justice by Charles Bosworth Jr.

Barb is currently reading:
Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton
What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross

Tracie did not finish:
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Tracie is currently reading:

Act of Violence by Margaret Yorke
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

RIP George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Carrie Fisher's speech at the George Lucas AFI Lifetime Achievement Award