Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Episode 66: She'll Wear It Till She's in Kindergarten

Download | Duration: 01:18:35
Book Talk starts at 33:49

The Poncho Comeback KAL continues…

Our Colorwork KAL will continue until May 1, 2014.  Be sure to post your FO pictures in the Colorwork KAL FO thread to be eligible for 1 of our 3 great prize packages!

Be sure to listen to the end of this episode to hear all the winners from our Prize-A- Palooza celebrating 2000 members in our Ravelry Group.  List of prizes and winners is at the end of this blog post.

The previous winner announced for the ebook, California Revival Knits never contacted us, so a new winner has been drawn!  This is announced at the end of podcast.


Barbs has finished:

Tracie has finished:

Barb's Current Knitting Projects:
Tracie's Current Knitting Projects:


Barb has finished:

Barb was unable to finish The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian.  She does not recommend this book.

Tracie has finished:
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
Tracie does not recommend Don't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Tracie highly recommends this book!)

Tracie is currently reading:

Barb and Tracie read and discussed:

After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman


Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

One skein of Alpenglow SMerF :  Archaeo
One skein Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Pumpkin Harvest colorway:  Anniinalsaka
K8terpillar's Etsy Shop - stitch markers from K8terpiller: Gwenshweitzer
A pattern of your choice from Elizabeth Doherty (Blue Bee Studio):  Domicroche AND Penelope
An ebook copy of Wrapped in Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century by Deborah Tomasello:  Solstitches and Pitknitter
Orange Dual Stitch Markers:  Kiwiria
A Raverly pattern of your choice:  Sanga
A Knitting Wrapsody by Kristen Omdahl:  alaskamama
A Knitter's Template: Easy Steps to Great-Fitting Garments by Laura Bryant and Barry Klein:  golfgirl417
Victorian Lace Today by Jane Sowerby:  KnittingKathy
Slipped Stitch Studios Pattern Wallet (pink):  DCKnitter
Slipped Stitch Studios Pattern Wallet (blue):  floridakelly
The Knitter's Handbook by XRX Books:  mtc07
Snapware Yarn Trainer:  HollyCJ
Chic-a Single Yarn Keeper (pink and white):  bmgmom
Chic-a Single Yarn Keeper (black and white):  stephaniesews
2 skeins Queensland Llama Soft Cotton (purple):  Jennycarver
2 skeins Queensland Llama Soft Cotton Sky):  hudgensf
2 skeins Queensland Llama Soft Cotton (Lilac):  sarajanie
2 skeins Queensland Sweet Pea (Ocean Purple):  goygirrl
1 skein Malabrigo Rasta:  kathyg
1 skein of Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (Emerald Green):  KathNits
3 skeins Mirasol Asikita (peach):  eyeletstitch
Invictus Yarns Captain SW (Beth colorway):  bettinag1

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Episode 65: I put it in backwards 5 times!


Barb is recording from sunny Punalu'u on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Joining her is her sister Ann, GraeagleKnitter, on Ravelry.

The Poncho Comeback KAL  continues.

The PRIZE-A-PALOOZA continues until April 1st.  Be sure to listen to Episode 66 when we announce all the winners!

The Colorwork KAL is continuing…you have until May 1st to post a picture of your FO to be eligible to win one of 3 prize packages which will include:

New audio podcast to check out:  Midnight Fiber and Fabric Podcast

New video podcast to check out:  Dark Matter Knits


Ann's Current Knitting Projects:
Silver and Bold Cowl by Irish Girlie Knits, using Anzula Nebula

A dishcloth from Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham

Pop-Top Mittens by Cynthia Spence using Cascade 220 Worsted

Barb's Current Knitting Projects:
Bristlecone Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty using Quince & Co. Osprey

Gnome Mittens by Spilly Jane using various colors of Knit Picks Palette

Breaking Hearts Socks by Christi Brockway using Knitting Rose Yarns Budding Sock in the Stormy color way

Whispers pullover by Veera Valimaki using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Barb's FOs:

Woodstove Season cardigan by Alicia Plummer.  Epic fail - just don't like the fit!  To be donated…
Weekend Wrap by CocoKnits out of Quince & Co. Sparrow.  The jury is still out - need to do a little work on it…
Click for Babies hats (charity) using the following patterns:

Tealtember Socks using Unwind Yarn Company Journey Sock in the Tealtember color way

A Knitted Piece - LYS in Littleton, Colorado

Discount Fabric Warehouse  in Hilo, HI - where Ann bought this fun fabric!

The Yarn Basket in Hilo, HI


Ann's book recommendations:
Firestorm (Anna Pigeon #4) by Nevada Barr
Gone by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
Death and Judement (Commissario Brunetti) by Donna Leon

Barb has finished:
Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) by Stephen King
Skeleton Crew by Stephen King (short stories)
The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio: or How my Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan
Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen

Barb is currently reading:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that just can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
After I'm Gone by Laura Lippmann
Welcome to Paradise, Now Go to Hell: A True Story of Violence, Corruption, and the Soul of Surfing by Chas Smith

The State Bird of Hawaii - the Hawaiian Goose - the Nene

And of course, Barb's "thumbs down"…the hated Asian Mongoose!  Read all about 'em here.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Episode 64: The Chick Who Is Not at the Beach

Download | Duration: 00:42:38
Book Talk Begins at 19:57

Enter our Prize-a-palooza!  Prizes include yarn by Alpenglow and Knitting Rose, stitch markers from k8erpillar, and patterns from Elizabeth Doherty.  To enter the drawing, post a comment in the Prize-a-palooza thread telling us either what your favorite moment from the podcast has been or a pattern/yarn or gadget/book you have been inspired/enabled by the Chicks to do/buy/read.  If you haven’t joined our Ravelry group yet, do it now, because you must be a member of the group to win!

KNITTING PLANET EARTH: The Global Knitting Community Speaks is Deborah’s upcoming ebook.  Want to participate?  Cut and paste this questionnaire into an email, fill it out and send it to

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Write a one-page summary that includes one or more of the following:
Why I knit* 

What knitting means to me 

A knitting anecdote-- funny or otherwise 

Personal history or story related to the topic 

Knitting Inspiration 

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Knitting Aspirations 


Knitting Pros/Cons
Unfortunately, I will not be able to use all of the submissions. If I choose to use yours, I will notify you and present you with a permission to publish form for your signature.
Thank you, and have fun!
Deborah Tomasello 
Deborah Tomasello on Ravelry
I use the word “knit” to include knitting and/or crocheting

Join our Colorwork KAL!  Challenge yourself, have fun, ask questions!  We will close the FOs thread May 1, and will have some great prizes to give away!

Tracie’s Finished Objects:
2 Mother Bears (35 & 36) and hats for Halos of Hope

Tracie recommends:

Tracie does NOT recommend:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Episode 63: Live From Stitches West 2014!

Download | Duration: 01:03:21
No book talk this episode
The  keynote speaker was Myra Wood, author of the new book Knit in New Directions: A Journey Into Creativity.  Tracie and Barb are huge fans of Myra!

Barb took a class on photographing your knits with Kellie Nuss

Tracie took a class on knitting with beads with Betsy Hershberg , author of Betsy Beads: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter
Tracie's bead sample, created in Betsy's class

Hiya Hiya

Tracie and Barb both really missed Blue Moon Fiber Arts (because we wanted some Woobu and possibly some BFL Sport too) and Tess Designer Yarns (because we like to grope the Kitten and exclaim over their beautiful colors), who were not at Stitches this year :-(

Barb took a class on knitting socks in different stitch patterns with JC Briar, author of Charts Made Simple

Tracie took a class of special techniques with Anna Zilboorg, author of Magnificent Mittens and Knitting For Anarchists

Thank you to everyone who came to our Podcaster/Listener Meet-Up - it was great to see you all!
And of course, lots of wonderful listeners!

Did you think we were kidding about having Prize-A-Palooza when we passed 2000 members in our Ravelry group?  Well, think again!  
We’ve got books, patterns, stitch markers, yarn holders, pattern holders, and of course YARN YARN YARN!  Post in the Prizeapalooza thread to be entered to win!  And if you haven’t joined our Ravelry group yet – what are you waiting for?

California Revival Knits thread will close February 28!

Episode 64 will be just Tracie; Episode 65 will be Barb and her sister Ann; Tracie and Barb will be back recording together in Episode 66!

Our Colorwork KAL will begin March 1 – challenge yourself and join us!  Need some inspiration?  Check out the Tosh Tea Cakes set from Jimmy Beans Wool to make the Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden

Friday, February 7, 2014

Episode 62: Tracie Will Not Be Climbing Mt. Everest Either.

Book Talk starts at 41:25
Join our Read-Along!  We are reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The "unofficial" Poncho Comeback KAL continues on…come join us!

Kickstarter Campaign to bring knitCompanion to Android!  To donate, click here.  To find out more about what knitCompanion is, click here.  Barb and Tracie use and love knitCompanion and want to spread the joy of this fabulous program to all knitters!

Our Colorwork KAL starts March 1 and goes till May 1!

Stripes, stranded, intarsia – challenge yourself!  Anything bigger than a coffee cozy will count in our prize thread.  And please let us know if you’d like to donate a prize.  

Shorty’s Sutures audio podcast – crochet-friendly!

We will be at Stitches West 2014 - Feb 20-23, 2014, in Santa Clara, CA!  Please join us in the hotel bar on Saturday afternoon for a fun, relaxed meet-up – bring your knitting and hang out!

Tracie’s Fo’s
Christian’s Hat by Ágnes Kutas-Keresztes.  Tracie has no idea why Ravelry posted this picture upside-down.
Spring Thaw cowl by Rebecca Hill

Barb’s FO’s
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea

Close-Knit Waffle Hat by Leah Bandstra
Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington
Zebra Woobie from the Woobie ebook by Kris Carlson

Greenwillow Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty

Review: California Revival Knits by Stephanie Tallent

Click here to enter to win the ebook, courtesy of Cooperative Press

Barb is watching Breaking Bad

Tracie thinks the International Skating Union’s “new” system of scoring (instituted in the wake of the 2002 Pairs gold medal controversy) is actually helping!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Episode 61: KnittyBarb Will Not Be Climbing Mt. Everest in 2016

Download | Duration: 00:59:30
Book Talk Begins at 36:15

Come join our Ravelry group!  When we reach 2,000 members, we're planning a PRIZE-A-PALOOZA!!

Subversive Socks eBook Giveaway ends on January 31st - get your entry in now

The "unofficial" Poncho Comeback KAL continues on…come join us!

Kickstarter Campaign to bring knitCompanion to Android!  To donate, click here.  To find out more about what knitCompanion is, click here.  Barb and Tracie use and love knitCompanion and want to spread the joy of this fabulous program to all knitters!

Ravellenic Games Ravelry Group.  Team Sasquatch Ravelry Group

Stitches West 2014 is coming right up!  The dates are February 20 - 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA.  Barb and Tracie will be attending.

Colorwork KAL/CAL will start March 1, 2014 and run until May 1, 2014.  Pick a project and join us.  You can knit any colorwork project you like - stripes, stranded or Fair Isle, intarsia.  Our only rules are that your project must be bigger than a coffee cozy, and you must be a member of the group to win.  There will be PRIZES!!  If you would like to donate a prize, please let us know.

Our Read-Along Book is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that just can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  The discussion has been going very well!


Barb's FOs:
Halos of Hope hats:  The Gridiron Hat by Johnny Vasquez, and Robin's Egg Blue Hat by Robin Iufer.  Both were knit out of Ella Rae Seasons
GAP-tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley out of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande Tweed

Tracie's FOs:
Echo Reversible Drop-Stitch Moebius caplet by Kristin Omdahl out of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande
Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington out of Baby Ull
It's My Party Hat by Emily Williams, using Red Heart Baby TLC Multies
Marian Cowl by Jane Richmond out of Sirdar Big Softie

Barb's WIPs:

Zebra Woobie by Kris Carlson, using various colors of Knit Picks Brava Sport

Vanilla Socks out of Gnome Acres House Gnome fingering weight in the Gnome of the Lake color way
Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea using Anzula Cricket
Woodstove Season Cardigan by Alicia Plummer out of Plymouth Encore Tweed
Greenwillow Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty, using Becoming Art Agave Sport (new blend)

Tracie's WIPs:
TGV (High-Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcraft out of Gnome Acres Sparkle Gnome  fingering Sock in the Gnome of the Lake colorway
Socks for Will:  Using Paton's Kroy Socks and doing a Sweet Tomato Heel by Cat Bordhi
Owlie Mitts byJulie Elswick, using Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer
Entangled Vines Cardigan by Alana Dakos, using Invictus Yarns Captain SW in the "Beth" colorway
Tracie is performing major surgery on her Charleston Tea Hoodie!

Barb is currently reading:
A Widow's Story by Joyce Carol Oates
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison

Tracie is currely reading:
A Drink Before the War (Kenzie & Gennaro, #1) by Dennis Lehane
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Quiet by Susan Cain

Barb has finished:
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Dark Summit: The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season by Nick Heil
The Age of Miracles by Karen Walker Thompson

Tracie has finished:
Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem and Other Things That Have Happened by Allie Brosh

Barb recommends Everest: Beyond the Limit, available on Netflix Watch Instantly

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Episode 60: We Think Chad Took It

Download | Duration: 01:12:25
Book Talk starts at 45:20

Stitches West 2014 – Feb 20-23, 2014 – Santa Clara, CA

Tracie’s FOs
Tapestry Petals: Zuzu’s Petals by Carina Spencer in Rowan Tapestry

Lustra Garland: Garland Cowl by Galzanne Knits in Berocco Lustra

Those Blue Mitts: Those Mitts by Leslie Friend/Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein in Blue Ridge

Shore shawl by Derya Davenport
out of
Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir in Spring Dragon

Barb’s FOs
My Tenaya Cadigan: pattern by Elizabeth Doherty out of Malabrigo Arroyo in the Azules colorway using size 4 needles

Mark’s Farm Beanie: pattern by Allison Britt out of Alpenglow Silver Lining and Ranch of the Oaks Alpaca

Steps to Recovery Socks: test knit of a pattern by Elspeth Campbell out of Unwind Yarn Journey Sock in the Tealtember colorway. 

pattern by Jo Bangles out of King Cole Riot DK yarn

Enter to win an e-copy of this rude collection of sock patterns here!