Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Episode 89: I Was Like, Yeah, I Hate That Too!

Recorded on April 13, 2015
Book Talk begins at 30:15

Join our Alana-Along- deadline extended till May 1! You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting.  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.   Post your FO here to be entered to win!  Please limit your comments to the Chatter thread



 New KAL!  From May 1-July 1 – Come join our "Cardi, Tank or Tee-Along".  Knit any spring/summer cardigan, tank or tee, adult or for a little one and be eligible for prizes.  Come join the chatter thread on the Ravelry board as we all make our plans...












EVENTS:
Tracie and Barb will be at:
Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 17-19, 2015 - San Juan Bautista
Spinning at the Winery AKA Fleeces, Food and Fun – Retzlaff Winery, June 6, 10-4pm

Knitting:
Tracie has finished:
Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho/Berocco Flicker in 3335 (earth tones)

Lengthening an Anne Klein black shrug to cardigan length/Plymouth Jeannee



 Barb has finished:

Her Gnarled Oak Cardigan, using Wollmeise Merino DK.  She is so happy with the final project!  It is a perfect fit, and looks great unbuttoned or buttoned up.











Tracie is working on:
The Skew socks by Lana Holden/Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in Flahriddah.  She has not touchedthis project!

The Soubrette cardigan by Mary Annarella/madelinetosh lace (discontinued) in Georgia O’Keeffe. 

The Wanda Estelle poncho by Debbi Stone/Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Green

The Sprig of Hope shawl by Robin Wiest/Cascade Sunseeker in 09 (Green).  Proceeds from this pattern will be donated to Autism Speaks until mid-April so check it out!

The Twigs and Willows Mitts  by Alana Dakos/Unwind Yarn Company Twinkle Sock in Laboradite.  She is having a terrible time with these!

Barb is working on:
The Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett, using 13 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze

The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.  She has hit a snag...

The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarns Helluva Skein in the Pauo'le colorway.

She has frogged the Richmond Hat by Brenda Castiel.  The yarn was too dark to show the beautiful pattern!

A pair of vanilla socks using Opal Shafpate in the 1810 color way.

Barb has cast-on the Copperline Mitts by Elizabeth Doherty, using Madelinetosh DK in the Calligraphy colorway.  She is not happy with this yarn for this project, so will probably frog them.  


Books:

Tracie has finished:
Mystery on the Isles of Shoals by J. Dennis Robinson

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey – the narration made her want to poke her eyes out!














Barb has finished:

Tracie is currently reading:




The Carrier by Sophie Hannah.  Tracie thinks that it is pretty convoluted so far, but she will stick with it.

Jumping in Mud Puddles by Vickie Mendenhall



Forgive me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.  Excellent narration by Noah Galvin







Barb is currently reading:

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnston.  Barb is enjoying it more, learning a lot about North Korea.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen via the CraftLit Podcast

Aftershock: A Thriller by Andrew Vachss.  Although Barb finds the book's main character somewhat annoying, she is enjoying the story anyway.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Episode 88: Because It's An Awesome Bandwagon

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Recorded on March 30, 2015
Book Talk starts at 34:30

Join our Alana-Along- deadline extended till May 1! You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting.  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.   Post your FO here to be entered to win!  We love you all and are glad to see the enthusiasm, but we ask you to please stop posting random comments in the FOs thread!


Our Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen is ongoing - March 1-31
















EVENTS:
Tracie and Barb will be at:
The Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 17-19, 2015 - San Juan Bautista 
Fleeces, Food and Fun – Retzlaff Winery, June 6, 10-4pm

Knitting
Barb has finished:

Rivercat #2 Socks by Brenda Patipa, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid in the Tranquility colorway.

Vanilla Zombody DeComp Socks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Zombody DeComp colorway.










Tracie has finished:

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist/Dizzy Blonde Studios

Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown

Horseshoe Lace Cowl by Sashka Macievich, using Zen Garden Glitter Sock in Mama Dawn colorway

GAP-Tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley, using Malabrigo Mecha in the Queguay colorway


Mr. Bakery Bear in Red Heart Super Saver, Malabrigo Silky Merino and some old acrylic Tracie found in her stash



Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage













Her 2nd Wee Wildflower by Alana Dakos, using Knit Picks Brava Sport in Freesia










Barb continues to work on:
The The Gnarled Oak Cardigan by Alana Dakos, using Wollmeise Merino DK in the Mistelzweig colorway.

The Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fassett, using 12 colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

Barb has cast-on:
The Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Must Stash Yarn Helluva Skein in a Pauo-le colorway.

The Richmond Hat by Brenda Castiel, using Malabrigo Mechita in the Sheri color way

Another pair of Vanilla socks using Opal Schafpate in 8120 colorway.

Tracie cast-on:
Skew socks by Lana Holden Lisa Souza Dyeworks Delux Socks! in the Flahriddah colorway.

The Soubrette cardigan by Mary Annarella, using Madelinietosh Tosh Lace (a discontinued yarn) in the Georgia O’Keeffe colorway.

The Wanda Estelle  poncho by Debbi Stone, using Kollage Yarns Fantastic in Slate Gree.

The Sprig of Hope shawl by Robin Wiest using Cascade Sunseeker in 09 (Green).  Proceeds from this pattern will be donated to Autism Speaks until mid-April so check it out!

Twigs and Willows Mitts by Alana Dakos using Unwind Yarn Company in Laboradite.

Barb and Tracie are huge fans of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.  This pattern, written by Sox Therapist, is only $1!  Although it is 16 pages long (with very detailed directions on making a cardboard cutout of your foot, along with measuring instructions), both Tracie and Barb "cheated" and went straight to the heel instructions.  This pattern works for both toe-up and cuff-down patterns.  





Books

Barb has had a good stretch of great books!  She has finished:
The Silent Girls by Eric Riskstad - thumbs up for a quick read

Gray Mountain by John Grisham - thumbs up for Grisham fans

Persuasion by Jane Austen - thumbs up!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - an enthusiastic thumbs up

The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew - a thumbs up for a good coming-of-age story set in the 1950s segregated South

Show Me Good Land by Shonna Milliken Humphrey - thumbs up









Tracie has finished:
Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster - thumbs up

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham - thumbs up

Mr. Kiss-and-Tell (Veronica Mars) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham - Tracie didn't like it as much as The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line, especially since the Audible version wasn't narrated by Kristen Bell

The Perfect Stranger by Wendy Corsi Staub

Persuasion by Jane Austen




The Handsome Man's Delux Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith - an enthusiastic thumbs up!

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell











Barb is currently reading:


The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnston

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen










Tracie is currently reading:

Wool Omnibus by Hugh Howey

The Mystery on the Isles of Shoals by J. Dennis Robinson















Tracie's Thumbs Up: http://mccallspatternbehavior.tumblr.com - old sewing pattern illustrations with very dry commentary

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Episode 87: She's Almost Down to the End of the Alphabet

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Recorded on March 12 and March 15, 2015

Book Talk starts at 25:00

Barb is joined by her sister Ann (Graeagleknitter on Revelry) for this episode, as they record from the Big Island of Hawaii!

The ending date for our Alana-Along KAL has been extended until May 1, 2015!  Come join in the fun.


KNITTING
Barb's lone FO:

Barb's Neon Now Socks, using Plymouth Yarn Neon Now.














Ann's Current Projects:

Donatella Multidirectional Tee by Irina Poludneko and Takhi Stacy Charles, using Filatura Di Crosa Tempo

Entangled Vines cardigan by Alana Dakos, using Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed

Sock Yarn Scarf, using sock yarn scraps



Barb and Ann are both planning on casting on the Crackerjack Cowl when the SF Giants season starts!  They are both really excited about this project.  Ann will be using all worsted weight yarns: Cascade 220 and Lambs Pride Shepherd Worsted.  Barb will be using Plymouth Yarn DK Merino Superwash.











Barb's Current Projects:
Gnarled Oak cardigan by Alana Dakos, using Wollmeise Merino DK in a deep bright green colorway.

Rivercat #2 Socks by Brenda Patipa, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid in the Traquility colorway.

Vanilla Socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Zombody DeComp colorway.

Alder Wrap by Kaffe Fasset, using 13 different colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze

BOOKS
Ann's Finished Books (and she recommends all of them):

The Aloha Quilt by Jennifer Chlaverini

Wheat Belly: Lose the Weat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand



Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
















Barb's Finished Books:

If I Can't Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children by Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris - if you are a fan of a good True Crime book, Barb recommends this one.

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, listened via the CraftLit Podcast.  Recommended, but Barb hated the ending.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica - Barb recommends it.

W is For Wasted by Sue Grafton.  Barb says "yes" to another fun romp with Kinsey Milhone, the PI of the "A is for Alibi" series.








New Year Island by Paula Draker - thumbs up!

















Ann is currently reading:

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Ann talked about the great customer service at Fitbit!

The winner of the Infinite Twist Shawl Kit is lifeandyarn (Lydia).

The winner of the Orange, CA Yarn Store Kickstarter prize is Nomennescio1840 (Julia).



NoCKRs Retreat News:

Make sure you have joined the Northern California Knitting Retreat Ravelry Group to keep up with the latest news.

We will have a massage therapist at the retreat!  Go here to find out all about it.  You can make your appointment ahead of time, if you like.

We have threads started on Social Media linksthe Stitch Marker Workshop, and carpooling/airport rides on the forum.


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Episode 86: She'll Charge You Like, 2 Bucks!

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It's a crazy episode, without regular segments.  Links are in order as they appear in the episode.

Margaret Fisher

Kellie Nuss

Invictus Yarns

Jill Draper Makes Stuff

Oasis Yarns/D J International


Joji Locatelli

Ecuador















NannyKnitter AKA Nancy Totten AKA Front Range Knits

Longstreet

Becoming Art Yarns

Abstract Fiber

Knitting Rose Yarns

Win an Infinite Twist Shawl Kit!

Fiberlicious Yarn Shop Kickstarter Page - go take a look at the Kickstarter page and tell us which prize you like in the thread on our Ravelry Group.  The winner (contest closes on March 15) will win a project bag and a skein of yarn from abingham.

Michelle Hunter, AKA Knit Purl Hunter

Webs

Madelinetosh Feather

Knits That Breathe by Julie Turjomen

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu

Richmond Hat by Brenda Castiel

Knitting Rose Budding Tracks Socks Yarn

Desert Vista Dyeworks

Valley Yarns Goshen

Dizzy Blonde Studios

Newtons Yarn Country

Prism Yarns Radiant Petite Madison Layers

Fiesta Linnette

Gilda Scarf by Twisted Sisters


Carrie Sundra, the genius hand dyer behind Alpenglow Yarn

and, The SkeinMinder!




















Read all about the SkeinMinder here on the Kickstarter page!













Alana Dakos, knitwear designer, podcaster and author of the really great blog, Never Not Knitting


Check out Kitterly.com to see Alana's latest design, the Cabled Leaf Pullover.  You can get the pattern through Kitterly, plus order all the yarn you need to knit up this project!









All of Alana's patterns that we discussed during our interview with Alana are here:

Wee Wildflower Cardigan

Shawl-Collared Cowl

Playful Stripes Cardigan

Gnarled Oak Cardigan

Entangled Vines Cardigan

Twigs and Willows Cardigan

Sprig Cardigan








Sunday, February 15, 2015

Episode 85: Better Living Through Chemistry


Book Talk starts at 35:26

Join our Alana-Along, on going until April 1! You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting.  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.   Post your FO here to be entered to win!

Our Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen will take place March 1-31

Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz is a wonderful children’s book about a little

boy who likes to knit and sew


Anne Lena Mattison is a knit designer and friend whose husband is very ill with cancer.  This FundMe site is collecting donations to cover the costs a very expensive but promising experimental drug.  Please help if you can.

New contest – win the Hayward Shawl Kit from Infinite Twist!  Leave us a comment here telling us about a knitted gift you made for someone in your life.  Contest ends on March 15th.

Barb’s Finished Projects :


Top-Down Icelandic Sweater by Ragga Eriksdotter



Tracie’s Finished Projects:

Mrs Bakery Bear by Kay F. Jones
1st Wee Wildflower by Alana Dakos

Barb is working on:
Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.
A pair of vanilla socks using Plymouth Neon Now Sock yarn in a neon greens, pinks and blue.
Gnarled Oak Cardigan by Alana Dakos, using Wollmeise DK in a deep green colorway.

Tracie is working on:
Mr Bakery Bear by Kay F. Jones in Red Heart

Yet another pair of vanilla socks using Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist – this pair in Dizzy Blonde Studios Lambie Toes in the Pretty Floral Bonnet colorway

Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown

Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage

Barb’s Books:
Orphan Train by Kristina Baker Klein

Section 132 by Helga Zeiner




New Year Island by Paul Draker

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica




Tracie’s Books:

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Also “Reflections of the Past - True Crime Documentary (Parker Hulme Murder Case) Alexander Roman Film”, available on YouTube for $1.99 rental, and “Heavenly Creatures” which can be streamed on Netflix

Edward Adrift by Craig Lancaster


The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars) by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham