Saturday, October 14, 2017

Episode 146: Stay Safe Out There

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Recorded on October 11, 2017
Book Talk Starts at 22:40

We really appreciate your iTunes reviews!  And we also really appreciate you joining our Ravelry group.  Thank you so much.

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread (coming soon!).


Tracie & Barb will be at: 
Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

Sacramento Knitting Guild February 1, 2018.  Tracie and & Barb will be the speakers at this meeting.

KNITTING
Barb has finished:
Helix Hat #5 by Jessica Rose















Tracie has finished:
Twist Hat (Twisted Up Reversible Striped Hat by Nicole Gehrig in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazareth in the Winter colorway (see picture at left)
Slouchy Star-Crossed Beret by Natalie Larson in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazereth in the Winter colorway
4th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake
Agathis Hat by Agata Smektala in Rowan Pure Woll Superwash Worsted 

Barb continues to work on:
*Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways
*  Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway
Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway
Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Black Pepper Swirl colorway
Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet 

Barb has cast on:
* Another Ridge Runner Hat by Chrissy Graham, using leftover scraps of two colors of Plymouth Galway Worsted
* Mother Bear #121

Tracie continues to work on:
Redford by Julie Hoover in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Hardtwist in the Monteverde colorway
Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot
Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe 

colorway

BOOKS

Barb finished reading: 
The Whistler by John Grisham
Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker
Tracie has finished:
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Inside-Out Girl by Tish Cohen
* This is Not Over by Holly Brown

Barb is currently reading:
The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Mortal Fall: Glacier Mystery #2 by Christine Carbo
Tracie is currently reading:
The Privileges by Jonathan Dee
Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe

Barb recommended the Dirty John Podcast (link goes to the first episode)


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Episode 145: You Know I Love a Good Tonal...


Recorded September 27, 2017
Book Talk Starts at 30:25

We would really appreciate some new iTunes reviews!  
We are so close to 3000 members - please come join our Ravelry group!

Our sweater KAL is coming right up - October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread (coming soon!)

Tracie & Barb will be at: 
Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will be attending on Saturday, October 7th.

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

Barb has finished:
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
Thundertwist by Greg Cohoon, using Plymouth Galway in the 121 colorway (light green)


Tracie finished:
2nd Puppy Pullover by Kitterly (free pattern) for Posy
Crumpet Beret by Maura Kirk for Mano Del Uruguay (free pattern) in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde Superwash DK in the Mae colorway


Barb continues to work on:
Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways
Out of hibernation – Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway

And she has cast on:
Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway
Stashbusting Helix Hat#5 by Jessica Rose
Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Black Pepper Swirl colorway

She frogged
Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway

Tracie frogged:

She has cast on: 
Slouchy Star-Crossed Beret by Natalie Larson in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazereth in the Winter colorway

And continues to work on:
Redford by Julie Hoover in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Hardtwist in the Monteverde colorway
Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot
4th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake
colorway

Barb finished reading: 
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Tracie finished:
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner

Barb is reading:
The Whistler by John Grisham


Tracie is reading:

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Episode 144: Fall Weater SKAL!

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Recorded September 14, 2017
Book Talk Begins at 39:40

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has ended!  We will give the winners another week to hear their names and contact us before we PM them.

Our 2017 Fall Sweater KAL/CAL will be starting October 1, 2017 and go until January 31, 2018.  Come chat it up here and make your plans!
Tracie & Barb will be at: 
Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will be attending on Saturday, October 7th.

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
*  Mother Bear #118
*  Her 2nd Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps
*  Blenheim Hat by Chrissy Graham, using Vanna’s Choice in the Colonial Blue colorway
*  Ridge Runner Hat by Chrissy Graham, using Lane Boroesia in a turquoise color way
*  Stashbusting Helix Hat #4 by Jessica Rose, using worsted weight scraps
*  Candy Jar Socks (Vanilla Bean by Emily O’Grady) using Knit Picks Felici in the Candy Jar colorway.
*  Hitofude cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu, using madelinetosh Feather in the Oddessy colorway



Tracie has finished
Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii (shown here on the recipient!)
*  Puppy Pullover for Sally, designed by Bitterly in Universal Uptown Worsted and Cascade Anthem

Barb has cast on:
*  Thundertwist (a hat) by Greg Cohoon, using Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted in the 121 colorway
*  Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock Multi in the Voyager color way, along with Lorna's Laces String Quintet in the Voyager colorways.

Barb is continuing to work on:
*  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway.  She is determined to have this finished by the time Episode 145 is recorded!
*  Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways

Tracie has cast on:
*  Her 2nd Puppy Pullover by Kitterly Kits
*  The Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde color way
Tracie continues to work on:
Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe 
colorway
*  Smoky Mountain Moebius Cowl by Leedra Scott in Malabrigo Rueca in the Indicita Colorway
*  Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Miss Babs Hot Shot in the Hot to Trot colorway
*  Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota

PRODUCT REVIEW
Barb and Tracie reviewed Knitter's Pride Royale Knitting Needles.  Thumbs up from both of them!

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Wreckage by Emily Bleeker - Barb and Tracie do NOT recommend this book
The Winter Over by Matthew Iden - Barb says "it was OK"
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck - Barb recommends it
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede - Barb recommends it highly

Tracie has finished:
Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick - Tracie does not recommend it
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute - Tracie recommends it

Barb is currently reading:
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle



Tracie is currently reading:
The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen


Monday, September 4, 2017

Episode 143: I Have Stoken

Recorded on September 2, 2017.
Book Talk starts at 28:14

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL has ended!  Thank you to everyone who has participated and/or donated prizes.  Listen to the end to hear the list of winners!

Tracie & Barb will be at 
Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will let you know which day we’ll be attending closer to the event.

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

Barb has finished:
 Mother Bears #116 & 117
Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lacegarn in the 13 A1 colorway.
Vanilla Socks for Will’s birthday using Knit Picks Chroma Twisted in the Fog Bank colorway
Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan in Premier Yarns Sweet Roll


Tracie has finished
Mother Bears 117, 118 & 119
Fingering/sport-weight Stashbusing Helix Hat by Jessica Rose (with slip stitch!) hat in SF State colors


Barb continues to work on:
Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway
Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps
Brioche Knitting Made Easy (Mercedes Tarasoich-Clark) Craftsy class - Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway
Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu, using madelinetosh Feather in the Odessy colorway

And has cast on:
Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways
Candy Jar Socks (Vanilla Bean by Emily O’Grady) using Knit Picks Felici in the Candy Jar colorway.
Blenhieim hat by Chrissy Graham, using Vanna’s Choice in the Colonial Blue colorway.

Tracie has put into hibernation:
 New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

She has cast on:
colorway
Smoky Mountain Moebius Cowl by Leedra Scott in Malabrigo Rueca in the Indicita Colorway

And continues to work on:
Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota
Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot

Barb has finished reading:
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter


Tracie has finished:
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robothom
Overkill by Lyn Riddle
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I Found You by Lisa Jewell


Barb is reading:
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

And Tracie is reading:
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute

Bad Little Girl by Frances Vick

Barb says thumbs up to the breakfast spreads in European hotels

Tracie says to be sure and check out these Netflix series:
Glow
Master of None


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Episode 142: Everybody Wants Affordable Hair


Recorded August 12, 2017
Book Talk starts at 1:07:54

This episode features my special guest, Celia McAdam Cahill, aka PinotNoir on Ravelry!  Celia is the designer of the Peer Pressure shawlette and many other designs for Cast-On Magazine, as well as being certified as a Master Hand Knitter by the Knitting Guild Association.  Her most recent design is the Wayfarer cardigan.
The Wayfarer

Come join our casual Hitofude KAL!

We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know:
*The KAL will run until August 31, 2017
*Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 
*Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 
*After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread.
*We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.  
*Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear.



Tracie & Barb will be at 
Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will let you know which day we’ll be attending closer to the event.

Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar.

Thank you so much to Jimmy Beans Wool - we had a fabulous time on the very first Biggest Little Bus Tour!  


Celia has finished:
Hey Teach by Helene Rush
Lotus Gradient, her own original design


Tracie has finished:
3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota
Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar


Celia is working on:
Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes in Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect in the 7122 Black/Tan colorway
Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Neighborhood Fiber Rustic Fingering in Kalorama Circle
A new design for the Winter issue of a Cast On Magazine with the working name Caprice: a standard fitting pullover with confetti color lower arms and bodice, with chevron duplicate stitching in Invictus Yarns Beyond

Tracie has cast-on:
Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota

And continues to work on:
Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot
Sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat (now with slipped stitches!) by Jessica Rose in SF State colors
New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive

Celia finished reading:

She did not finish:

Tracie has finished:
Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange
Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone

Murder in Room 305 by Gary C. King
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Celia is reading:


Tracie is reading:
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robothom

Thumbs Up:  Freeway Service Patrol in California