Monday, October 20, 2014

Episode 78: She's So Fancy!

Book Talk begins at 25:42

Our Sweater KAL/CAL is continuing until January 15, 2015, so get busy!  Please check out the chatter thread for all the information you need to participate, and post your finished sweaters in our FOs thread for a chance to win one of our prize packages!

The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!) will be held April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.  If you are interested in attending, please go here for all the information. $265 per person.  

Tracie has finished:
Mother Bear #50 - crocheted

Propeller by Woolly Wormhead for her niece Lauren



Tracie has cast on:


Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane in Araucania Tepa in the 1788 colorway, a beautiful sky blue/green variegated

She continues to work on:
Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway

Cleito sleeveless top by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarn Illaris in 111 (plum)

And has been giving no love to:
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-striping colorway.

Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood, using way too many yarns to list!

Barb has finished:
Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway for her granddaughter Jayla, who is turning 6!

Upstairs/Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuseli, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Nichole colorway.

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.  She has Halloween socks in time for Halloween!


She has been working on:

Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade Yarns 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple color way.

Barb is continuing to knit:
The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fakatsu, using Madelinietosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.
Bootstrap Socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel, using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Betelguese colorway.

Tracie does not recommend A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli, and thought The Shining by Stephen King what good in spite of an ending she did not find scary.

She is reading:
and 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster, a novel about a Montana man who has severe OCD and Asperger’s Syndrome that she is finding delightful.


Barb finished and highly recommends both The Farm by Tom Rob Smith and Stoner by John Edward Williams

She is currently reading a trio of chillers:
and Night Film by Marisha Pessl, which she is reading in book-book form because of the cool, creepy visuals included.

Barb gives King of Siam Restaurant in Tehachapi, CA a thumbs-up, and Tracie seconds!  The Chicks have enjoyed Thai food  at King of Siam every year that they have attended the Cogknitive Fiber Retreat!



EBOLA: A CASE IN INEQUALITY 

“As the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa shows, the importance of reducing inequality could not be more clear. The battle against the virus is a fight on many fronts -- human lives and health foremost among them. But the fight against Ebola is also a fight against inequality. The knowledge and infrastructure to treat the sick and contain the virus exists in high- and middle-income countries. However, over many years, we have failed to make these things accessible to low-income people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. So now thousands of people in these countries are dying because, in the lottery of birth, they were born in the wrong place.”

Friday, October 3, 2014

Episode 77: I Might Do Math, OMG

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Book Talk starts at 33:55

This episode was recorded on September 30, 2014.

The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs!) will be held April 17 - 19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA.  If you are interested in attending, please go here for all the information.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over and all the prizes have been claimed.


Our Sweater KAL/CAL is continuing until January 15, 2015, so get busy!  Please check out the chatter thread for all the information you need to participate.





The winner of the Hallowe'en project bag from the Art Institchtute etsy shop is announced at the end of this podcast.










You have until October 15th to enter the drawing for the ebook Sock Architecture by Lara Neel.  Go here to enter.

Barb highly recommends the Badass Survivors Podcast hosted by Melanie.  This is a podcast about dealing with breast cancer.  Melanie hopes to make it a gathering place for women with breast cancer, survivors of the disease, and those with loved ones going through the process.   Check out Melanie's blog for more information on dealing with breast cancer.  Warning:  Language!

Upcoming events:
Lambtown - October 4 & 5, 2015 in Dixon, CA.
The CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11.
Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 19-22, 2015.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
Mother Bear #49

Rose Garden Shawl by Vera Sanon, using Cascade Yarn Ultra Pima in a teal colorway
















Tracie has finished:
Mother Bear #49
Impunity Hat by Amana Schwabe, using Gnome Acres House Gnome in the Hulk Smash color way.

Barb has cast on:
Brooke's Column of Leaves scarf by Brooke Nelson, using Cascade Yarns 220 Worsted in the Mystic Purple color way.

Barb is continuing to knit:
The Hitofude cardigan by Hiroku Fakatsu, using Madelinietosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway.
Mini-Landing Cardi by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway.
Upstairs/Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuseli, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DK in the Nichole colorway.
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.

Tracie has cast on:
Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey using Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Deep Blue Sea colorway.
The Propeller hat by Woolly Wormhead, using The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze 100% Merino Worsted Superwash in the Kimberley colorway.

Tracie is still working on:
A second Vitamin D cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Knitting Rose Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway.
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Aradia Self-striping colorway.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White



The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White














Tracie has finished:
Reality Boy by A.S. King
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson





Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty












Barb is currently reading:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier




Stoner by John Edward Williams












Tracie is currently reading:


The Birth Order Book: Why You are the Way You Are by Kevin Lehman

Tracie also mentions the Stuff Mom Never Told You Episode, Middle Child Syndrome













A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
The Shining by Stephen King

Tracie mentions the website IMDB for all things trivia related to The Shining film.  She also recommends Room 237, an exploration of various interpretations of the movie, The Shining.

Barb mentions the current IRS Phone Scam.  Please go here to the IRS page on how to deal with these pervasive phone scams.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Episode 76: The Chicks' Big News!

Book Talk Starts at 41:20

OUR BIG NEWS! The Northern California Knitting Retreat will take place Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California. The retreat is organized by a committee of friends brought together by their love of fiber craft and knitting from Northern California and by The 2 Knit Lit Chicks and The Yarniacs podcasts.

Cost of the retreat is $265 per person.  This includes sleeping accommodations in a double (shared) room for the nights of Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, six meals, and use of common rooms and facilities.  Please note that all rooms are shared.  Special dietary needs can be accommodated.

SPACE IS LIMITED, and it is our desire to make things as fair as is humanly possible.   If you would like to attend:

Email Tracie Bezerra at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com to obtain the application. 

Mail the application with your payment beginning October 15, 2015.  Please note: No applications with a postmark date before October 15, 2015 will be accepted.

If you would like to attend and room with a friend, please send your applications and payments together in one envelope.  No more than two applications per envelope, please.

If more applications are received than retreat spaces are available, attendees will be chosen by lottery.  If your application is not chosen in the lottery, you will have the option to either be placed on a waiting list or have your check shredded.  We will hold the checks sent by those on the waiting list until it is determined whether they have a space at the retreat.

Our Sweater KAL/CAL has begun!  It will run from September 15 to January 15, and it must be an adult-sized sweater with some kind of sleeves to qualify for the prize drawing.  If you’ve never knit a sweater before, this is the time to give it a try!  We will have a list of some patterns that would work well for beginners on our Sweater KAL Chat thread.

Daisy, who sells everything from cool fabric to vintage ties to wonderful project bags in her Artinstitchtute etsy shop, will be sending this Alexander Henry fabric project bag (a $32 value) to one lucky winner!  Go over to our Ravelry group to enter to win.  And take a look at Daisy's shop; you can get a 20% discount using the coupon code endofsummer2014.

Mean Girls Yarn Club from Dizzy Blonde Studios

Barb and Tracie will both be attending the following events:
Lambtown in Dixon, CA, October 4 & 5.  We will be attending on Sunday, the 4th.
CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11.
Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 19 - 22, 2015.
Northern California Knitting Retreat – April 17-19, 2015 in San Juan Bautista, CA

Barb has Finished:

Cabled Hot Water BottleCover by Vivianne Kacal, using Plymouth Encore in the Hunter Green colorway

Tracie Has Finished:
Mother Bears 47 and 48

Autumn Whirlpool Hat with Earflaps by Natalie Pelykh/ Gnome Acres Fingering Sock in the Hulk Smash colorway

Ripples by Annelie Wallbom/Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway. 

She lined her 2nd Infamous Hobo Bag

Barb is working on:
Hitofude cardigan by Hirolu Fulatsu, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper color way

Rose Garden Shawl by Vera Sanon, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in a teal colorway

Mini-Landing Cardi, by Vera Sanon, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Summer Blooms colorway.

Upstairs Downstairs Cowl by Paula Emons-Fuesli in the Small, using Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde DKin the Nichole colorway.

Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Dia de los Muertos colorway.

Tracie is working on:
A second Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier in Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway.  

Mystic Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks in Invictus Yarns Master of my Feet in the Aradia Self Striping colorway.  


Enter to win a copy here

BOOKS:
As She Left It by Catriona McPherson
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Prayers for the Dying by Suzanne Jenkins
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Still Life by Louise Penny
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
A Place at the Table by Susan Rebecca White
The Qualities of Wood by Mary Vensel White

Reality Boy by A.S. King

If you haven't yet heard "Weird Al" Yancovic's brilliant "Word Crimes" song, here is the video:

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Episode 75: An Old Man's Bathrobe, or a Really Ugly Couch

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Thank you to our listeners for their patience during the last several weeks as we changed to a new hosting site and required everyone to un-subscribe and re-subscribe (information and directions are here).  You may have noticed old episodes popping up looking like "new" episodes…this is because we are uploading all of our previous episodes to Libsyn and iTunes.  Information on that is here!

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is over!  We drew for prizes, and the winners are listed at the bottom of this post.  Thanks to all of you who generously knitted and crocheted bears for this wonderful organization.

You knit and crocheted 125 bears this year.  Thank you so much to tmkr who is donating $1 per bear to the Mother Bear Organization!

Be sure and mail your completed bears (along with $3 per bear to cover shipping to their final destination!) to the Mother Bear Organization to this address:
Mother Bear Organization
P.O. Box 62188
Minneapolis, MN 55426

Our upcoming Sweater KAL/CAL will be starting September 15, 2014 and will run until January 15, 2015.  Start thinking about what you want to knit!

New Giveaway!



Daisy, who sells everything from cool fabric to vintage ties to wonderful project bags in her Artinstitchtute etsy shop, will be sending this Alexander Henry fabric project bag (a $32 value) to one lucky winner!  Go over to our Ravelry group to enter to win.  And take a look at Daisy's shop; you can get a 20% discount using the coupon code endofsummer2014.


Barb recommends the new video podcast, Yarnder Woman, available on YouTube here!

Barb and Tracie will both be attending the following events:
Lambtown in Dixon, CA, October 4 & 5.  We will be attending on Sunday, the 4th.
CogKNITive Fiber Retreat in Tehachapi, CA, October 11.
Stitches West in Santa Clara, CA, February 19 - 22, 2015.

Barb and Tracie are both on Instagram now!  Barb is KnittyBarb, and Tracie is alittleposy.  Come follow us!

KNITTING

Barb has finished:
* Another Autumn Whirlpool with Earflaps Hat by Pelykh Natalie, using Knit Picks Stroll Tonal Fingering in the Summer Blooms color way
HGV (High Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcroft, using FishKnits Divine in the Tea Rose Hybrid Full Gradient color way
* Mother Bear #47
Vanilla Ragg Socks, using Patons Kroy in the Blue Stripe Ragg colorway


*Vonica cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Highland Handmades Butternut DK, in the charcoal colorway.














Tracie has finished:
* Mother Bears 45 & 46

Tracie has cast-on:
Autumn Whirlpool with Earflaps Hat by Pelykh Natalie, using GnomeAcres House Gnome in the Hulk Smash colorway

Tracie is still working on:
* Her second Vitamin D cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Knitting Rose Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway
Mystik Spiral socks, using Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in he Aradia Self-Striping colorway
Ripples shawl by Annelie Wallbom, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway
Cleito sleeveless top by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarn Illaris in 111 (plum)
Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood, using way too many yarns to list!

Barb has cast-on:
Hitofude cardigan by Hirolu Fulatsu, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Jasper colorway
Rose Garden Shawl by Vera Sanon, using Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in a teal colorway
Cabled Hot Water Bottle Cover/Cozy by Vivianne Kacal, using Plymouth Encore in the Hunter Green colorway

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
The Absence of Mercy by John Burley

The Magpies by John Burley

















Tracie has finished:
Endless Love by Scott Spencer
Court TV Presents: Murder in Room 103 by Harriet Ryan




Tilt-a-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein


Download the Akinator app, a 20-questions style game that is fun
for the whole family.  Unfortunately, Tracie was completely wrong - it is not free :-(

Here is what the CDC has to say about preventing mosquito bites and therefore avoiding the West Nile Virus







MOTHER BEAR KAL/CAL WINNERS!

1.  Goygirrl won the Elementary Hats ebook - contact Leslie Gordon to claim your prize.

2.  PurlCrafty won downloadable Ravelry pattern up to $10 - please contact dptemple to claim your prize.

3.  PMack17 won a project bag from Pairie Bag Works - please contact suewilkens to claim your prize.

4.  PMack17DCAlaneKnits, and pawsandknits all won a Brenda Castiel design Ravelry downloadable pattern - please contact Brenda to claim your prize.

5.  KnittinSisterscolepispisa, and Brooksnana all won an Estella Haines downloadable Ravelry pattern - please contact Estella to claim your prize.

6.  WiscKnitterAlaskamama, and Miek have all won a Paula Emmons-Fuessle downloadable Ravelry pattern - please contact Paula to claim your prize.

7.  NigellaL has won a skein of GnomeAcres Scruffy Gnome Fingering in the Kiwi colorway - please PM your address to KnittyBarb.

8.   Brooksnana has won a skein of Dramaturg DK in the Fuzzy Navel colorway, donated by Leading Men Fiber Arts.  Please PM KnittyBarb with your address.

9.  moxymomma has won a skein of yarn (her choice) from Desert Vista Dye Works.  Please contact Susan to claim your prize.

10.  seestephykint has won a copy of the Mrs. Bakery Bear pattern by Kay Jones.  Please contact Kay to receive your pattern.

11.  DCAlaneknits has won a project bag from Kay (bryonybear).  Please PM your address to KnittyBarb to claim your prize.

12.  pumpkinknits1 has won a skein of Opal Smile Sock - please PM your address to KnittyBarb to claim your prize.

13.  lilbirdblue has won a Ravelry downloadable Woolly Wormhead pattern of her choice - please contact PrairiePoppins to claim your prize.

14.  istop2knit has won a project bag from the etsy shop Sweet Serendipity 37.  Please contact SandraMaz to claim your prize.

15.  Needles43 has won a lovely skein of Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Herme OOak colorway.  Please PM your address to KnittyBarb to claim your prize.

16.  jchant and miek have both won lovely stitch markers, made and donated by Pumpkinknits1 - please PM your mailing address to KnittyBarb.

17.  Domicroche has won 4 skeins of S.R. Kertzer Ovation in a pink color way, donated by FloridaKelly.  Please PM KnittyBarb with your mailing address.

18  Paoliva and loucat have each won a skein of Noro Sekku, donated by FloridaKelly.  Please PM your mailing addresses to KnittyBarb.

19.  witnwool has won the Knitting it Old School book, donated by FloridaKelly.  Please PM   KnittyBarb with your mailing address.

20.  Dagger51 has won the Wrapped in Lace book, donated by FloridaKelly.  Please PM your mailing address to KnittyBarb.

21.  MeaderingHome has won a skein of Knitting Rose Budding Sock yarn in the Pumpkin Harvest colorway.  Please PM KnittyBarb with your mailing address.

22.  KathyG has won a skein of Invictus Yarns Captain SW in the Beth colorway.  Please PM KnittyBarb with your mailing address.

23.  KnittyGinger has won a Chic-a Yarn Keeper.  Please PM KnittyBarb with your mailing address.

24.  grammajudyknits has won 2 skeins of The Fiber Company Terra in the Chestnut color way.  Please PM your mailing address to KnittyBarb.

Congratulations to all of you, and a big THANK YOU for making bears for deserving children!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Episode 74: It's a Cute Little Stash


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Keep cranking out those bears!  The Mother Bear KAL FOs thread will close September 1.  Make as many bears as possible!  Remember to post each bear in a separate comment, as each comment = 1 entr
Donated by floridakelly – a whole bunch of super nice yarn, mostly Noro, and 11 books! 
Thank you, Kelly – you are amazing!

We will be having another Sweater KAL/CAL to get you ready for winter!  It will run from September 15 to December 15, and it must be an adult-sized sweater with some kind of sleeves to qualify for the prize drawing.  If you’ve never knit a sweater before, this is the time to give it a try!  We will have a list of some patterns that would work well for beginners on our Sweater KAL Chat thread.

Tracie and Barb will be at:
Cogknitive Fiber Retreat 6 – October 11 – Tehachapi, CA
Lambtown – October 4-5 – Dixon, CA
Stitches West – February 19-22 – Santa Clara, CA

Barb finished her second pair of Stitch Surfers.  She loves this pattern, but is ready to be done with it for a while.

Tracie finished her second Infamous Hobo Bag (but still needs to line it) and her Drifting cardigan.  She also crocheted two Mother Bears, #43 and#44.

Barb is continuing to work on:
The Vonica cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Highland Handmades Butternut DK in the Charcoal colorway.
Vanilla socks using Patons North America Kroy Socks Ragg Shades in the 1301 colorway.
The TGV (High Speed Knitting) shawl by Susan Ashcroft, using Fishknits Divine Full Grandient in the Tea Rose Hybrid colorway.

Tracie is excited to be casting on:
A second Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier in Knitting Rose Yarns Blossom Sock in the Girl on Fire colorway
and
Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks in Invictus Yarns Master of my Feet in the Aradia Self Striping colorway.  This pattern is named for the band on the MTV series “Daria,” which just makes Tracie love it even more.
When our tires are bald, we'll still be freakin' friends...

She continues to work on:
Far East of Eden bag by Myra Wood using many skeins of scrap yarn!
The Ripples shawl by Annelie Wallbom, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway.
The Cleito sleeveless top, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow, and Mirasol Yarns Illaris in the 111 (Plum) colorway.

Tracie and Barb were intimidated by the beautiful patterns in

Cooperative Press. 
158 pages
$16.95, digital only, $26.95 for print and digital
14 designs

Enter to win an e-copy of this book by telling us about your most ambitious project here.

BOOKS: