Thursday, January 11, 2018

Episode 151: Tracie's Cold Black Heart

Recorded on January 7, 2018
Book Talk starts at 21:18

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.

New Giveaway!  Win a 2 Knit Lit Chicks hooded sweatshirt, size L (unisex size).  Leave a comment on the Ravelry group thread telling us about the best sweatshirt you’ve ever had. 

Get ready for our next KAL – the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along which will run February 14 through May 15.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Stay tuned at our Ravelry group for more details.

Tracie and Barb will be at:
Sacramento Knitting Guild - February 1, 2018
Stitches West - Feb 25-28, 2018

Knitting

Tracie has finished: 
Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot colorway
KitKat Hat by Andre Sue
Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice in the Ruby colorway


Barb has finished: 
Mother Bear #125


Tracie is working on:
KitKat Hat by Andre Sue - making as many of these as I can before January 20
5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake
Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde colorway

Barb is currently working 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
Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry, using Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering in the Magical Dyepot D3, D5 and D6 color ways.  And many thanks to Zen Yarn Garden for gifting the yarn to Barb for review!
Cast on
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose - Barb’s 6th in dk

Books

Tracie finished reading
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg
Catch Me by Lisa Gardner


Barb has finished:
Murder in Room 305 by Gary King
Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough


Tracie is reading:
The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
Lit by Mary Karr

And Barb is reading:
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Episode 150: Look At Me, Doing Math!

Listen

Recorded on December 23, 2017
Book Talk starts at 31:15

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.


Listen until the end of the podcast to find out who won the gorgeous skein of Duren Dyeworks Barbie Time!

Frog Peak Creations - offering 25% off all merchandise until January 7th with the code HOHOHO2017.  Get yours now!

We have 2 Knit Lit Chicks merchandise!  Please go here to see all the choices available.

EVENTS:
Sacramento Knitting Guild, February 1, 2018 - Barb and Tracie will be the featured speakers.

Stitches West 2018 - February 25-28, 2018

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #124

Another Whinstone hat by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorwa

The Medaki Cardigan by Kristen Johnstone, using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Royalty colorway

Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet  

Thunderstorm Toque by AbbyeKnits using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Royalty color way

Will's Christmas Socks, a vanilla sock with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Patons Kroy Sock FX in the Clover colorway

Tracie has finished:
Maize Mitts in Hufflepuff colors by Tin Can Knits

Hive Hat by Tanya Patterson


Barb is currently working 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

Barb has cast-on:


Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry, using Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering in the Magical Dyepot D3, D5 and D6 color ways.  And many thanks to Zen Yarn Garden for gifting the yarn to Barb for review!



Tracie is working on:
Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice in the Ruby colorway
Her 5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota

Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde colorway

Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Miss Babs Hot Shot in the Hot to Trot color way
BOOKS

Tracie has finished:
Cartwheels in a Sari: A Memoir of Crowing Up Cult by Jayant Tamm - Tracie liked it a lot

The Good Neighbor by A.J. Banner - meh!

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Ann Quindlen - Tracie recommends it!
Barb has finished:

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery by Frank Vertosick - Barb loved it

The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness by Paula Poundstone - thumbs up!

Don't Look Back by Greg Hurwitz - good, don't read it at night by yourself!




Barb and Tracie both reviewed:
The Child by Fiona Barton - thumbs up from both Chicks!

Tracie is reading:
A Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon



Barb is reading:
Murder in Room 305  by Gary King

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix



Other podcasts mentioned:
Heaven's Gate audio podcast
Skein Enable audio podcast

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Episode 149: There are Decorative Pillows!

Recorded on December 6, 2017

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.


Giveaway Time!  
Enter to win a skein of Duren Dyeworks Self-Control Fingering (100% BFL SW) in the Barbie Time colorway by leaving a comment here.  The thread will close December 15.

We talk about the Netflix series, American Vandal.

Watch how Tracie knits with a broken wrist!

Thank you to Diane of  Dinaripper Creations for sending Pussyhat project bags to Barb and Tracie!   Check out her shop for cute project bags, handknit items and other good things

We have 2 Knit Lit Chicks merchandise!  Please go here to see all the choices available!

EVENTS:
Sacramento Knitting Guild, February 1, 2018 - Barb and Tracie will be the featured speakers.
Stitches West 2018 - February 25-28, 2018

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Added Elegance Socks for Ann, using Knit Picks Felici in the Nassau colorway

Mother Bear #123

Whinstone hat by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorwa


Tracie has finished the Top This Puppy Hat, using a DMC Creative World Top This Kit

Barb is currently working on:
Will's Christmas Socks, a vanilla sock with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Patons Kroy Sock FX in the Clover colorway
The Medaki Cardigan by Kristen Johnstone, using Duren Dyeworks Joy DK in the Royalty colorway

Barb didn't work on, but hopes to get back to:
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
Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet  

Tracie is working on:
Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice in the Ruby colorway
Her 5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota

She didn't work on but hopes to get back to:
Redford pullover by Julie Hoover, using Lisa Souza Hardtwist Merino in the Monteverde colorway
Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Miss Babs Hot Shot in the Hot to Trot color way
BOOKS



Barb has finished:
How My Book Club Got Arrested by Leslie O’Kane


River Road by Carol Goodman
Tracie is reading:


Both Barb and Tracie are reading The Child by Fiona Barton and will discuss it together in Episode 150.


Barb is reading:
Other podcasts mentioned:
Done Disappeared
Young Charlie

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Episode 148: I Can Flat-Iron My Hair with One Hand!


Recorded on November 23, 2017
Book Talk starts at 25:31


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.

Giveaway Time!  
Enter to win a skein of Duren Dyeworks Self-Control Fingering (100% BFL SW) in the Barbie Time colorway by leaving a comment here.  The thread will close December 15.
Want to win an copy of Helen Stewart’s Knitvent 2017?  Leave a comment on knittybarb’s Instagram post to enter.   This contest will close November 30.

Barb completely enjoyed the Authors Luncheon benefiting the National Kidney Foundation:  authors Joyce Maynard, Lee Child, Lisa See, Christine Carter, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) and Lisa Brown, Stuart Brioza & Nicole Krasinski

Tracie has finished:
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose
Purl Rib hat by me in Plymouth Encore
Purl Rib hat by me in Naturally Nazareth


Barb has finished:
Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Cherry Swirl colorway
2 pair of child-size Maize mitts using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorway
Mitts for Your Little Paws by Holly Marie using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorway
Jayla’s Birthday Socks using Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns and Fishknits Boot Strap yarn in the NorCal Vernal Pools colorway
Rachel’s Christmas Shortie Socks, using the BFF Shortie Socks pattern by Ashlynn Alexander
Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington, using GnomeAcres Sparkle Gnome in the Wuv Twue Wuv colorway
Germinate Mitts by Hannah Colbert using Dascade 220 Superwash in the 1910 (Blue-Green) colorway


Tracie is not working on anything, but she did cast on: 
Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice in the Ruby colorway

Barb is working 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
Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet  

And she has cast on:
Added Elegance Socks by Mary Lukas, using Knit Picks Felici in the Nassau colorway
Will’s Christmas Socks, using Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity in an Olive Green colorway and Patons Kroy FX in the Clover colorway.
Whinstone Hat by Chrissy Graham (test knit) using Berroco Vintage in the Dungaree colorway.

Tracie has finished:
Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron
The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell
Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil

Barb has finished
Capture by Roger Smith
Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil
Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard
The Girl Who was Taken by Charlie Donlea



Tracie is reading:



Barb is reading:
How My Book Club Got Arrested by Leslie O’Kane
River Road by Carol Goodman



Saturday, November 4, 2017

Episode 147: There's Dung Everywhere


Recorded November 1, 2017
Book Talk Starts at 40:01

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!).

New Giveaway!  Duren Dyeworks Self-Control Fingering (100% BFL SW) in the Barbie Time colorway

Tracie has finished:
Top This! snowflake hat in DMC Creative World Top This for Audrey
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose for charity
Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe 
colorway
Ruby’s Hat by Caroline Spillane in Plymouth Toybox Rainbow


Barb has finished:
Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Black Pepper Swirl colorway
Another Ridge Runner Hat by Chrissy Graham, using leftover Plymouth Galway Worsted



Tracie has cast on:
Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose

And has continued to work on:
5th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake
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

She is anxious to cast on:
Rachel by Jose Paquin in Alexandra’s Crafts Timberline Ice

Barb is working 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
Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet 

And has cast on:
Socks for Jayla using  the Basic Sock Pattern from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns with Fishknits Bootstrap yarn in the NorCal Vernal Pools colorway.
Pioneer Braid #4 using Premier Sweet Roll in the Sweet Cherry colorway


Finished Books: 
The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding
Mortal Fall by Christine Garbo

Finished:
Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe
The Privileges by Jonathan Dee


Current Books
Capture by Roger Smith
Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil



Reading:
Never Tell a Lie by Hallie Ephron