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

Monday, January 26, 2015

Episode 84: Let's Try This Again

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Book Talk starts at: 30:46

Recorded on January 21, 2015

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along – starts in less than 2 week! February 1-April 1. You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.   Please go here to participate on the chatter thread.


Our Sweater KAL is over!  There were 107 completed sweaters - congratulations to all who participated.  The winners of the 3 prize packages are announced at the end of the podcast. 

Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen – A number of people have expressed interest so we will go ahead with it.  The dates will be announced later.

Alice's Embrace:  Barb discussed a charity seeking volunteers to knit and crochet prayer shawls and lap blankets for those suffering from Alheimer's Disease.  You can find more information about it here.

Events:
EVENTS:
Tracie and Barb will be at:
Stitches West – February 19-22 – Santa Clara, CA
Northern California Knitting Retreat - April 17-19, 2015 - San Juan Bautista


Knitting

Tracie has finished:
Mushishi Ruffled Scarf from Plymouth Yarns/Plymouth Mushishi in Stained Glass

Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden/Sock Yarns from Invictus Yarns and Fishknits plus Knitted Wit Shine and KnitPicks Chroma

Barb has finished:
135-31 DROPS Tristen Hat, using Becoming Art DK weight in the Warm Spice Colorway

*  Mother Bear #51

















Tracie is still working on:
*  Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown
 * Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Sock Yarn Blanket in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage

Barb is still working on:
Top-Down Icelandic Sweater by Ragga Eriksdotter, using Isex Lett-Lopi in the Glacial Blue Heather, White and Sun Yellow colorways. 
Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang.
* The Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorwway.
Snicket Socks by Sabine Riefer, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid in the Tranquility colorway.

 Tracie has cast-on:
*Mrs. Bakery Bear by Kay F. Jones, using scrap yarn from her stash.  She is currently working on the body and completely enjoying herself!













Barb has cast-on:

 * a pair of vanilla socks with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, using Plymouth Yarn Neon Now in a green/pink/blue colorway.














Tracie's knitting 2014 Year In Review:

17 Mother Bears
13 hats
9 shawls and scarves
7 pairs of socks
7 sweaters
4 pairs of fingerless mitts
3 cowls
2 bags

BARB'S KNITTING 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW:

Total of 80 projects completed in 2014. 15.2 miles knitted.
a.     8 sweaters
b.     19 pair of socks
c.      6 shawls
d.     3 toys
e.     6 cowls
f.      5 mitts
g.     1 mittens
h.     1 poncho
i.       10 hats
j.       3 scarves
k.     2 other
l.       19 Mother Bears
m.   4 preemie hats


Books:

Tracie has finished:
The Irresistible Henry House by Lisa Grunwald.  She recommends it with reservations.
My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Barb has finished:
Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas.  Barb gives it a very enthusiastic thumbs up!








Tracie is currently reading:
Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty






Barb is currently reading:
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, through the CraftLit podcast.
Section 132 by Helga Zeiner
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Tracie read 66 books in 2014...Barb read 80 books in 2014.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Episode 83: Tracie Administers Some Tough Love


Book Talk Begins at 48:23

There’s less than a week to get those sweaters finished!  Post FOs in our Sweater FOs thread to be entered to win one of our three prize packages.  The FOs thread will close at the end of the day on January 15, and we will draw winners at the end of Episode 84.

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!

Let us know if you have any interest in a Read-Along of Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Barb’s Finished Objects
 Jet Set Cowl by Paulina Popiolek



Multidirectional Scarf by Karen Baumer


Tracie’s Finished Objects:
Earbud Pouch by Mary Keenan

Canyonlands Shawl by verybusymonkey

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Barb has cast on:
Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart, using Highland Handmades Mountain Laurel Lace in the White Brook colorway.

Snicket Socks by Sabene Riefer, using Invictus Yarns Unafraid  in the Tranquility colorway

135-31 DROPS Tristan Hat, using Becoming Art DK in the Warm Spice colorway.  Manly hat!

And continues to work on:
Top-Down Icelandic Sweater by Ragga Eriksdotter with the Craftsy class, using Letllopi yarns.  It looked small to Tracie, so she gave Barb some tough love, much like this boy does to his little sister:



Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelly Kang – did many squares!


Tracie has cast on:
Cloud Bay by Justina Lorkowska/Ella Rae Silkience in brown

Mushishi Ruffled Scarf from Plymouth Yarns/Plymouth Mushishi in Stained Glass

Modicum Mitts by Rachel Roden/Sock Yarns from Invictus Yarns and Fishknits plus Knitted Wit Shine and KnitPicks Chroma

And continues to work on:
Alewives Cowl by Elizabeth Doherty in Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in Sage


It's the cat's pajamas!  Leave a comment telling us which pattern you’d like to knit here to be entered to win an ecopy!


Basket Case by Carl Hiaasen



The Magpies by Mark Edwards

BookBub newsletter – discount and free ebooks

The Back Road by Rachel Abbott

Death on Account by Margaret Yorke

The Last Life by Claire Messud

We Are Water by Wally Lamb

World War Z by Max Brooks

An 1952 Life article about "practice house" babies

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

Harvest Home by Thomas Tryon


LL Bean Comfort Jeans – thank you Marcha (teal on Ravelry)!



Monday, December 22, 2014

Episode 82: Happy Holidays From the Chicks

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Book Talk starts at 38:27

This episode was recorded on December 19, 2014.


The Sweater KAL is ongoing!  Get your sweaters finished and post your FO picture here to be eligible to win one of three great prize packages.

Our Next KAL – the Alana-Along!  You can knit any accessory or garment pattern by Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting, starting February 1, 2015 and finishing by April 1 (we may extend the deadline if we have lots of people knitting sweaters).  You can knit multiple NNK designs, but we will be allowing only one entry per knitter for this KAL.  Start thinking about what you’d like to make, and gathering your materials!

Barb recommends the Stitch Party Podcast (audio), with host flyingmuse.

She also recommends the video podcast The Knitting Den with Denise.

Events:
Barb will be attending the South Bay Knitting Retreat January 2-4, 2015 in San Juan Bautista.
Stitches West 2015, in Santa Clara California February 19 - 22, 2015.
The Northern California Knitting Retreat, in San Juan Bautista, California April 17 - 19, 2015.  We still have 1 spot open!  Email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for a registration form.

For those of you attending The Northern California Knitting Retreat, please join the NorCal Knitting Retreat Ravelry Group to stay up-to-date on all the information.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:



Tracie has finished:



                Subversive Socks from Cooperative Press
                Fornicating Deer Chart by Ann Rutten
                And The Horse You Rode In On fingerless mittens by Karin Aida
                Beer Lovers’ Mitts by Natalia Moreva



Tracie is currently working on:

Tracie has cast on:
Brenda Castiel's Hanging Gauge Swatch tutorial 

Barb is currently knitting:

Barb has cast-on:


Barb will be frogging her Custom-Fit Featherweight cardigan.

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
Apple Tree Yard by Louisa Doughty.  She heartily recommends this book!
















Barb is reading:

Tracie is reading:












You can see the bladder-related commercials that Tracie talked about in her "Thumbs Down" section here: