Thursday, April 14, 2016

Episode 111: Between Pretty and Really Good

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Recorded on April 14, 2016

We are on Stitcher Radio!


Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...


If you are participating in the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, you should have or will be receiving your package very soon.



Tracie will be at Spinning at the Winery on Saturday,  June 4 at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  Barb may be there too!  This is a fun, relaxed fiber event with a vendor fair, raffle, wine and a great potluck lunch.  Come and join us!

KNITTING


Barb has finished:

Knitted Knockers, using Cascade Ultra Pima

The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, using Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.

Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway


Hannah's Courage Hat by MelSki, using Lane Borgosesia in a teal color way

Tracie has finished


Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel) in Invictus Reward in Linear XL Black Rainbow Splash.  Ryan is wearing them!




Barb is continuing to knit on:
Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!

Barb has cast on:

A pair of vanilla socks for grandson Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in a white and gray self-striping colorway

Another Crackerjack Cowl by Stacey Simpson Duke, using 4 colors of Plymouth DK Merino Superwash


Tracie has cast on: 
Vanilla socks (Fish Lips Kiss Heel, of course) in Canon Hand Dyes Charles Merino Sport Self-Striping sock set in the Mallard colorway



She continues to work on:
The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.


BOOKS

Barb has finished:


The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian.  Barb gives it a "thumbs up"

Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline - recommended

The Longest Night by Andria Williams - recommended


Tracie did not finish Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin.  She got bored and did not care what happened.

She finished:







 Barb is currently reading:

Disappearing in Plain Sight by Francis Guenette

Miss Tonks Turns to Crime (Poor Relation #2) by Marion Chesney


Tracie is reading:
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore


After Anna by Alex Lake







True Crime Podcasts recommended by Barb:

Someone Knows Something - a CBC broadcast about a 5-year-old boy who disappeared in 1972 - still unsolved

Serial

Truth and Justice - a listener-driven podcast that originally focused on the Adnan Syed case from Serial, and now is focusing on other cases of the wrongly convicted

Crime Writers On...a podcast about a podcast and Serial, Journalism, True Crime, and Pop Culture

Real Crime Profile  Jim Clemente (former FBI profiler, Laura Richards (formerly of Scotland Yard and founder and Director of Paladine, Nationg Staalking Advocacy Service), and Lisa Zambetti (casting director of TV's Criminal Minds) host this podcast profiling behavior from real criminal cases.

Generation Why - Two friends, Aaron and Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies and true crime.

Sword and Scale - covers the underworld of criminal activity and true crime.

Tracie is very disappointed in the people running her alma mater, UC Davis

Friday, April 1, 2016

Episode 110: And You Look Like You're on Miami Vice!


Book Talk Starts at 43:45

Recorded March 30, 2016

Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...

If you are participating in 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap, the day to mail your package is coming up on April 10!  Many thanks to Sandramaz for organizing this fun swap.

Barb has finished:

Knitted Knockers 
The Jenny Vest by Andra Knight-Bowman, using Knit Picks City Tweed in the Marsh colorway - but it needs some surgery on the shoulders
Schknit Happens Hat by Myra Wood, using  Gnomeacres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

Tracie has finished:
Sugar Pop by Gabrielle Danskknit in Knit Picks Brava Sport
Mother Bears 70 and 71
4 Knitted Knockers - 1 in Valley Yarns Goshen and 3 in Rauma HelÄrsgarn
A New Sock Monkey by Susan B. Anderson in Bernat Satin Ombres


Barb has cast on:
Really Fits Top-Down Cardigan for All Seasons by Kathy Cairns Hendershott, using Cascade Ultra Pima in the Periwinkle colorway.  Loving this knit!
Schknit Happens #2 hat using Duren Dyeworks Love in the Witchy Woo-Woo colorway
Starshower Cowl #2 by Hillary Smith Callis using Unwind Yarn Twinkle Sock in the Faded Graffiti colorway

She continues to work on:
The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, using Mrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.
Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

Tracie has cast on:
Vanilla socks using the fabulous Fish Lips Kiss Heel (of course!) in Invictus Reward in Linear XL Black Rainbow Splash

She continues to work on:
The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.
Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo
The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

Leave a comment on the Ravelry thread to be entered to win an e-copy of the book.  The thread will close April 30.

Barb has finished reading:
Tracie & Barb both finished reading The Mourning Hours by Paula Trieck DeBoard.  Barb loved it and Tracie thought it was okay/good.


Barb has finished:
Lady Fortescue Steps Out by Marion Chesney
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
The Widow by Fiona Barton
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Squall by Sean Costello

Tracie has finished:
A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Girl in a Maze by R.K. Jackson
Cruel Death by M. William Phelps

Barb in reading
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Desire Lines by Christina Baker Kline
The Longest Night by Andria Willaims

Tracie is reading
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Barb’s  thumbs-up - Watch bald eagles Mr. President and The First Lady with their two babies on the DC Eagle Cam


Tracie’s thumbs-up - Better Call Saul on AMC.  Stream Season 1 on Netflix, and Season 2 is currently showing on AMC and On Demand.



Saturday, March 12, 2016

Episode 109: There Is No Driving Allowed in the Residential Area

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Book Talk Begins at 31:10
Recorded on March 9, 2016



Our Vest KAL/CAL is continuing until May 15, 2016.  Please see the Chatter thread for more information...













Our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap is ongoing.  If you are participating, please come over to the Chatter Thread to make sure you are up to date!



The winner of Spilly Jane Knits Mittens is announced at the end of this podcast.















If anyone would like to donate a prize for the Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!), please contact either Barb or Tracie.

KNITTING

Barb's finished projects:


Barb's Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK.  After some "sweater surgery" was performed, she loves it!

Mother Bear #70

Knitted Knockers

Barb's Silverthorne Hat, using Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted in the Coral colorway (for charity)

Barb's Starshower Cowl, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the NoCKRs 2015 colorway.

Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway.


Barb finished her Never Not Knitting Mystery KAL shawl, the Four Seasons Shawl, using Berroco Vintage in the 5194 colorway.  Deep stash for this yarn...2010!











Tracie has finished:

*Tracie's Yipes Strips Cowl, using Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted.  She has enough yarn leftover to make another one!
*2 Knitted Knockers, using Knitting Fever King Tut
*Tracie's Fair Winds Beanie, using Alpenglow Skinny Singular Corrie in the Mermaid Tail color way.
*Mother Bears #68 & #69
*Tracie's Blossom Tank by Lori Sternberg in Knitting Rose Blossom Sock in the Eye-Catching colorway.

Tracie's Because I Can Bunny Rabbit by Jane Hickman, using Cascade Cherub Baby in the Baby Pick colorway.

Vanilla socks for Will, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway.

Tracie's Vintage Sebasco vest in Berroco Vintage in the Neptune colorway.










Barb is currently knitting:

The Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabella, usingMrs. Crosby Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.

The Jenny Vest by Andra Knight-Bowman, using Knit Picks City Tweed in the Marsh colorway.

Vanilla Socks using a gradient set of Knitting Rose Blossom Sock

Schknit Happens Hat by Myra Wood, using  Gnomeacres Fancy Gnome in the Aurora Gnomealis colorway.

Tracie is currently knitting:

The Ecuador cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in the Sage colorway.

Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

BOOKS

Barb and Tracie have both read Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan.  They both recommend this book!

They also both read Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias by Jane Velez- Mitchell.  If you like the true crime genre, they heartily recommend this book also.












Barb has finished:

In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on anAmerican Street, One Sleepover at a Time by Peter Lovenheim.  She recommends this book.

Survivors (Stranded #3) by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbit.  Barb strongly recommends this trilogy for ages 8 - adult...maybe get the audio to listen to on a family car trip?

Girl in the Dark by Marion Pauw.  Thumbs up!

Still Life by Louise Penny.  Recommend.





Tracie has finished:

Alice + Freda: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe.  Tracie recommends this book - interesting!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - Tracie loved it.

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry.  Tracie was very "meh" about this book,









Barb is currently reading:

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Beckderf.  A graphic novel - very interesting so far.

The Mourning Hours by Paula Trieck DeBoard

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, with the CraftLit Podcast

Lady Fortescue Steps Out by Marian Chesney








Tracie is currently reading:

Me before You by Jojo Mayes

A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison
Tracie with her friends in Las Vegas!  What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right??

Friday, February 26, 2016

Episode 108: Stitches West 2016, With Knockers!

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Recorded at Stitches West, 2016 in Santa Clara, CA


Very limited show notes!


Steven Be and Stephen West star in an online TV show!  Watch this episode and you'll be hooked as we are.

Bar-Maids - all things moisturizing!

Invictus Yarns

Knitting Rose Yarns

Never Not Knitting

Blue Bee Studio

Barb bought Skacel CoBaSi DK for Knitted Knockers

Serendipidye Dyeworks

WEBS

Knitted Knockers








Mother Bear Project













Our Instructors:

Christine Bylsma

Gwen Bortner

Patty Lyons

Stacey Trock - FreshStitches

Podcasters who joined us at the Saturday gathering:


 Jan of Twinset 





Our Sunday Market Adventures:


Miss Purl tins





Saturday, February 6, 2016

Episode 107: Why You Gotta Play Me That Way?


Recorded on February 3, 2016
Book Talk Starts at 32:00

Are you ready for the 2 Knit Lit Chicks VEST KAL/CAL?  Well, hurry up and gather your materials, because we start on February 15th!

Any adult-sized vest or short-sleeve sweater, open-front or pullover, may be entered for the KAL.  You must be a member of our  Ravelry Group to enter.
We already have a very active Chatter Thread and a rapidly growing Bundle of vest patterns to start the planning!  Once we get started, we’ll put up an FOs where you can post your garments to be entered to win.  The KAL will end on May 15.

Our first 2 Knit Lit Chicks Swap is on!  The deadline has passed for you to join, but if you are participating, chatter away here.  Thank you to SandraMaz, the proprietress of the SweetSerendipity37 shop on Easy and friend to our podcast, for organizing the swap!

A Message from Sox Therapist – creator of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel:
CHECK YOUR GIRLS! I’m going through my Stage 3B cancer journey right now. Wasn’t due for a mammogram, but found sore nodes and got diagnosed on the 3rd anniversary of my sweet Mom’s death from cancer. It’s a very tough journey, but I’m doing it, and plan to get more active on Ravelry soon, and publish more $1.00 patterns, so I can earn enough to gather our kids and their families from around the country for a “Mom’s gonna beat cancer” reunion. CHECK YOUR GIRLS!

Stay tuned to the end of this podcast to find out who won our Modern Lopi ebook giveaway

Tracie and Barb will be at Stitches West  - February 18-21, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  Come join us in the bar on Saturday afternoon for our meet-up with the Yarniacs and lots of other fun people!  Also - Knit some Knockers and turn them in at the Knitted Knockers booth!  They have a goal to collect 1,000 Knockers at Stitches this year!

2015 - The Chicks Year in Review

Barb knit a total of 64 projects:
6 sweaters
4 cowls
5 scarves
11 hats
5 mitts
10 socks
2 vests
2 shawls
17 bears
2 other

Tracie knit 56 items total, including:
17 Mother Bears
10 hats
7 cowls
6 sweaters
5 pairs of socks
3 pairs of mitts
2 Bakery Bears
1 scarf
1 poncho
1 top
1 shawl
1 Earbud Pouch
and 1 dress for the runway at Paris Fashion Week

Barb read 73 books in  2015, and Tracie read 74.


Barb has finished:
Grandpa Cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Cascade Cash Vero DK (a cashmere, (a merino, microfiber, and cashmere blend) in a royal blue colorway (a $6.50 pattern).  

Winter Wander Shawl by Helen Stewart


Barley Hat by TinCanKnits using leftover Universal Yarns Classic Shades - free

Luuk Hat by Annis Jones, using leftover Universal Yarns Classic Shades - free

Kindling Hat by Helen Stewart using leftover King Cole Riot DK (part of the Knitvent 2015 collection)


Knitted Knockers

Tracie has finished:
Posy’s Little Black Sweater
Posy is never really ready for her close-up
Dog-o-matic by Angela Kreutzer (in Stitch’n’Bitch Superstar Knitting) in Universal Yarns Classic Worsted Holiday (black).  No idea why this was a UFO for 3 years!

The Starshower cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using La Bien Aimee MCN Light in the Jon Snow colorway.

The Meditate cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Redfish Dyeworks Silk Sock.

Lacy Boot Toppers ($1 on Ravelry) by Jillian Mellan in  Frog Tree Pediboo Sock in Tan


Barb is currently working on:
Vanilla Socks using Fishknits Warm Heart 2-ply in the Cadillac colorway


And has cast on:
Silverthorne Hat by Becky Kelly,  using Plymouth Galway in the Dark Coral Rose colorway.  $4

More Knitted Knockers

Poppy Poncho by Cathy Donnabello, using Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play Satchel in the Port Vintage colorway.


Tracie has cast on the Yipes Stripes Cowl by Ann Weaver in  5 colors of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted (kit purchased at Stitches)


She is working on:
Rodeo Drive Poncho by Stacy Perry in Fonty BB Merino in Brun Scooby Doo

Vanilla socks with a Fish-Lips-Kiss Heel, using Knit Picks Felici in the Baker Street colorway.

The Longstreet shawl by Nancy Totten using Abstract Fibers Temptation in The Gorge colorway.

And she gave up and frogged her Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa (bulky, wool/mohair/silk).  This yarn + this pattern + Tracie = no bueno!


Barb’s finished books:
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo
The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon


Tracie did not finish
The Bone House by Brian Freeman

Tracie finished reading: 
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
September Sacrifice by Mark Horner
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer



Barb is reading:
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

Tracie is reading:
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry



Thumbs Up – Grease Live!