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April 4, 2020
Recorded on April 2, 2020 Book Talk Starts at 30:35 Our Poncho Knit Along is humming right along!  Join the Chatter thread and post your finished poncho in the FOs thread.   This KAL will run until May 1, 2020.   Sunnydale Cowl giveaway - we draw for winners at the end of the podcast   Spring Swap - If you are participating, please visit the Swap thread to keep up with questions at least once a week   KNITTING   Barb has finished Mother Bears 201 & 202 (such a difference in size!) Rodeo Drive Poncho by Staci Perry, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted, in the Stormy Weather color way   Tracie has finished 2 Never Not Gnoming Gnomes in my handspun for nieces’ birthdays Socks in Night Owl Fibers Self-Striping Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in Koi Pond   Barb is still working on Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway Zweig pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using the yarn from my frogged Trail Hoodie, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, and in the Sage colorway. Fibonacci Waves Scarf by Carolyn Greenwood, using a Simply Sock Mini set in the Speckled colorway     And has cast on  1-color brioche scarf (no pattern) using a Caron Cake    Tracie has cast on Effortless Cardigan by Zabeth (Lion Brand) in my SpinJones Merino/Mulberry Silk orange handspun Vanilla socks in Mountain Colors Crazyfoot - Chinook colorway   And continues to work on: 80-26 Poncho Air Lux by Fil Katia, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in the Wind Chill colorway Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll, using Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in the Melted Box of Crayons colorway BOOKS   Barb read Tell Me Lies by J.P. Pomare - 3 stars The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell - 4 stars   Tracie read: Bad Kid: A Memoir by David Crabb - 3.5 stars Blacklands by Belinda Bauer - 4 stars Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes - 3.5 stars   Thumbs Up - Pluto Living and SGN with John Krasinski Face Mask How-tos from Huffington Post
March 19, 2020
YOU DID NOT MISS EPISODE 200!  We are just waiting until we can record together again to record our milestone episode.  Sorry for the sound quality issues in this episode.  We hate recording remotely and are bad at it. Book Talk starts at: 29:36 Recorded on March 18, 2020 Our Poncho Knit Along is humming right along! Haven't picked a poncho to knit or crochet yet?  Get thee over to our Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run until May 1, 2020. You may have noticed that we have skipped episode 200!  We are going to answer your questions during that episode.  Right now, both Tracie and Barb are both "sheltering-in-place" in their respective towns due to the coronavirus and we must record remotely. We have decided to postpone Episode 200 until we can record together.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions.   KNITTING Barb has finished 1.  Beech Hill ruana by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry colorway 2.  Pioneer Braid Scarf #6 by Catherine Ryan, using Loops and Threads yarn 3.  Classic Ribbed Hat by Purl Soho, using a sport-weight yarn by Rising Moon Farm Tracie has finished: 1.  A total of 19 Knitted Knockers 2. Tracie's Rachel pullover by Josee Pacquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-ply in the Slate colorway 3.  Gnome is Where You Hang your Hat by Sarah Schira   Barb continues to work on: 1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway 2.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway And has cast on: 1.  Zweig pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using the yarn from my frogged Trail Hoodie, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, and in the Sage colorway. 2.  Fibonacci Waves Scarf by Carolyn Greenwood, using a Simply Sock Mini set in the Speckled colorway     Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way 2. 80-26 Poncho Air Lux by Fil Katia, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in the Wind Chill colorway 3.  Socks in Night Owl Fibers Self-Striping Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in the Koi Pond Colorway 4.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll, using Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in the Melted Box of Crayons colorway   BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars) Barb read:   1.  My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith - 4 stars 2.  Dopesick: Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy - 5 stars 3.  The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger - 5 stars     Tracie read 1.  Love Lies: A True Story of Marriage and Murder in the Suburbs by Amanda Lamb - 3 stars 2.  Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff - 3 stars   Tracie talked about Vote Forward, an organization that is helping to get out the vote in November! You Can Help! Sending a Vote Forward letter is one of the easiest things you can do to increase turnout. It takes two minutes and one stamp, and meaningfully increases the odds that the recipient will vote. A concrete action you can take, no matter where you live, to get unlikely-to-vote fellow citizens to the polls.  
February 27, 2020
Gwen Bortner Jill Bigelow Suttell - The Bean Knits Stunning String Studios Knitted Knockers Miss Purl Western Sky Knits Serendipidye Dyeworks Marianated Yarns Greenwood Fiberworks WEBS Koigu Prism Yarns Blue Heron Shawl Faerie Knitting by Alice and Lisa Hoffman Neighborhood Fiber Co. Lisa Souza Dyeworks Knitted Wit The Black Squirrel Comma Chameleon A Needle Runs Through It Houndstooth Fiber Arts Firebird Yarns Forbidden Fiber Co. Miss Babs Apple Fiber Studio The Violet Valentine The Dye Project Psych Ward Yarns Alexandra: The Art of Yarn The Farmer’s Daughter We interviewed Katy H. Carroll - Katinka Designs Ravelry Store Katinka Designs on Instagram Snake River Poncho Sunnydale Cowl Join Katy’s Ravelry Group here Enter to win a copy of the Sunnydale Cowl pattern here KnitBaahPurl The Yarn Guys La Laine Biscotte Bis-Sock Plucky Kniter Canon Hand Dyes/Dragonfly Fibers/White Birch Fiber Arts
February 25, 2020
Recorded on February 19, 2020 Book Talk starts at 32:15 Our Poncho Knit Along has started! Haven't picked a poncho to knit or crochet yet?  Get thee over to our Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run until May 1, 2020. Be sure to listen to the episode to find out who won in our Zephyr pattern giveaway!     We have our 200th episode coming up soon!  We are going to answer your questions during this episode.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions.   KNITTING Barb has finished 1.  Mother Bears #198, #199, & #200 2. Bankhead Hat #10, by Susie Gorley, using Caron Cake leftovers 3.  6 Knitted Knockers 4.  Multidirectional Scarf #8 using a Caron Cake 5.  Be Kind Hat #6 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake leftovers   Tracie has finished: 1.  A total of 12 Knitted Knockers 2. The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love Barb continues to work on: 1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway 2.  Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way   And has cast on: 1.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway 2.  Pioneer Braid Scarf #6 by Catherine Ryan, using Loops and Threads yarn 3.  Classic Ribbed Hat by Purl Soho, using a sport-weight yarn by Rising Moon Farm. Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate 2.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way Tracie has cast on: 1.  80-26 Poncho Air Lux by Fil Katia, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in the Wind Chill colorway 2.  Socks in Night Owl Fibers Self-Striping Superwash Merino & Nylon Sock in the Koi Pond Colorway 3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll, using Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in the Melted Box of Crayons colorway BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars) Barb read 1. Lying Next to Me by Gregg Olsen - 3 out of 5 stars 2.  My Antonia by Willa Cather - 4 stars 3. Cut and Run: A Light-Hearted Dark Comedy by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker - 2 stars 4. The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland - 3 stars   Tracie read 1.  If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - 3 stars 2.  Sticky Fingers short story collections 1, 2, & 3 by JT Lawrence - 4 stars 3.  The Running Girl by Sarah Bledel - 2 stars 4.  The Lost Child by Ann Troup - 3 stars Tracie talked about Talkspace, an online counseling service  
February 1, 2020
Recorded on January 29, 2020 Book Talk starts at 33:30 Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along. Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  Join the Chatter thread to join in on the fun of planning!!  This KAL will run from February 1 to May 1, 2020 Celia McAdam Cahill has given us three copies of her Zephyr cardigan pattern to give away - and one of them includes the yarn to knit it!   Please post a comment in this thread to be entered to win. We have our 200th episode coming up soon!  We are going to answer your questions during this episode.  Please go to this Ask Us Anything thread to post your questions. KNITTING Barb has finished 1.  Mother Bears 193, 194, and 196 2.  Bankhead Hat #9 using Caron Cake leftovers 3.  6 Knitted Knockers 4.  Multidirectional Scarf #8 using a Caron Cake in the White Truffle colorway Tracie has finished: 1.  Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway 2.  5 Knitted Knockers 3.  Wurstwarmer by Pamela Wynne in High Fiber Diet in Mermaid Mess and Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete Barb continues to work on 1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway 2.  Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way And has cast on 1.  Be Kind Hat by Melissa Simpson, using leftover Caron Cake yarn 2.  Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Key Lime colorway 3.  Rodeo Drive Poncho, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted in the Stormy Weather colorway Tracie continues to work on: 1.  The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Malabrigo Sock in Light of Love 2.  Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate 3.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way BOOKS (ratings are out of 5 stars) Barb read 1.  Roommates Wanted by Lisa Jewell - 4 stars 2.  Blood and Money by Thomas Thompson - 5 stars Tracie read 1.  Poison Orchids by Sarah A. Denzil and Anna Taylor -  2 1/2 stars 2.  Persuasion by Jane Austen - 5 stars 3.  Chomp by Carl Hiaasen - 4 stars Barb recommends 2 True Crime podcasts: 1  Catch and Kill podcast with Ronan Farrow 2. Chasing Cosby podcast  
January 18, 2020
Recorded on January 16, 2020 Book Talk starts at 30:07 Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has finished.  Listen to the end to find out if you won one of our prize packages.  Thanks to everyone who participated!   Western Sky Knits giveaway - winner at the end of the podcast!   Poncho photo Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along!  Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  This KAL will run from February 1 to May 1.   Celia McAdam Cahill has given us three copies of her Zephyr cardigan pattern to give away - and one of them includes the yarn to knit it!  Please post a comment in the thread to be entered to win.   KNITTING Barb has finished Mother Bears 191 and 192 Bankhead Hat #8 8 Knitted Knockers Helix Hat #9 The Great British Baking Shawl by LyricalKnits   Tracie has finished Plaidaptation by Aunt Ninny in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash and Malabrigos Rios   Barb continues to work on Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way   And has cast on Beech Hill by Leah McGlone, using Berroco Remix in the Strawberry color way Multidirectional Scarf #8 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cakes   Tracie has cast on The Stripe-on-Stripe Shawl by Fredi Baker in Speakeasy Yarns Shady Lady Gradient in Oasis and Serendipidye Sausalito Silken Sock in Papaya Rachel by Josee Paquin in Fyberspates Vivacious 4-Ply in Slate   And continues to work on: Bellefluer Cardigan in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way Rikke Hat by Sarah Young Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway   BOOKS Barb read The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood - 3 stars The Thinnest Air by Minka Kent - 3 stars The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing and Coming Out  by William Dameron- 4 stars We Were Mothers by Katie Sise - 4 stars Sports Fans Aren't All Crazy: Lessons From Forty Years of Sports Madness by Ryan Bezerra - 4 stars   Tracie read Death Sentence: Inside the Story of the John List Murders by Joe Sharkey - 5 stars Mothers & Murderers: A True Story of Love, Lies, Obsession… and Second Chances by Katherine Ellison Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Anya Blau Barb recommends the documentary series Cheer on Netflix - read all about it in this Texas Monthly article Tracie recommends the British police detective series Unforgotten on Prime Video (Season 3 available with PBS Masterpiece subscription on Prime Video)
December 26, 2019
Recorded on December 21, 2019 Book talk begins at 35:50 Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing!  It runs September 15 until January 15 wo we're getting very close to the finish line.  Post your completed sweaters in the FO thread to be eligible for one of our very excellent prizes. Our next KAL will be a Poncho Knit Along!  Start thinking about what you want to knit or crochet now.  We have a Poncho Bundle already!  Dates to be announced later.   Knitting Barb has finished: 1.  4  Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps 2.  Mother Bears #188m #189 & #190 3.  Jayla's Black Cherry Be Kind Hat by Megan Williams using Berocco Vintage Worsted in the Black Cherry color way 4.  December DVD Frankensocks - YAY!  Barb finished all 12 months of The Fifth Annual Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club!!   Tracie has finished: 1.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway 2.  Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey 3.  Rain Down Hat by Robyn Devine in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted. 4.  Chld's Chevron Beanie by Lammie Knits 5.  Tracie's Kaiya Mei #2 by Jamie Hoffman 6.  Tracie's 7 Tiny Sweaters by Malia Mae, using DK yarn scraps Barb contines to work on: 1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway 2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way 3.  The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ranco Solid fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway And has cast on: 1.  Bankhead Hat #9 by Susie Gorlay using Berocco Vintage in the Caribbean Sea colorway Tracie has continues to work on: 1.  Plaidaptation by Aunt Ninny in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash and Malabrigos Rios Tracie has frogged: 1.  My Oasis by Ririko in UnDead Yarn Vamphyri in Tracie’s Cakeride, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock and Western Sky Knits Willow Superwash Sport   And has cast on: 1.  Bellefluer Cardigan in Mdelinetosh Silk/Merino in the Mill Pond color way 2.  Rikke Hat by Sarah Young 3.  Vanilla Socks in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in the Rum Paradise colorway BOOKS Barb has finished: 1.  The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery - Barb says "thumbs up" if you're a real history buff, or are very curious about American Slavery 2.  Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake - thumbs up 3.  Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime and Obsession by Rachel Drake Tracie has finished and recommends:  1.  Sports Fans Aren't All Crazy: Lessons From Forty Years of Sports Madness by Ryan Bezerra  2.  Early Graves by Thomas H. Cooke  3.  The Day that Never Comes (The Dublin Trilogy #2) by Caimh McDonall  4.  Colors of All the Cattle (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency #19) by Alexander McCall 5.  Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata         Tracie and Barb both finished and talked about: Buried Deep by Margot Hunt - thumbs up
November 30, 2019
Recorded on November 28, 2019 Book Talks starts at 27:24   Our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing!  It runs September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself!   Knitting   Barb has finished: 4  Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps Mother Bear #187 Be Kind Hat #2 by Megan Williams using Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Madrigal color way Be Kind Hat #3 by Megan Williams using Berocco Vintage Worsted in the Black Cherry color way Fair Isle Multidirectional Scarf by Karen Baumer using Euro Baby Fair Isle in the Atlantis color way November DVD Socks in DVD Viso in the A Very Gradient Speckled Christmas   Tracie has finished: Bulky Neck Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple in Valley Yarns Valley Superwash Bulky in Classic Navy   Barb contines to work on: Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ranco Solid fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway   And has cast on: Bankhead Hat #8 by Susie Gorlay using Berocco Vintage in the Caribbean Sea colorway   Elizabeth Doherty’s Crochet Provisional Cast-on Tutorial Video   Tracie has cast on: Plaidaptation by Aunt Ninny in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash and Malabrigos Rios My Oasis by Ririko in UnDead Yarn Vamphyri in Tracie’s Cakeride, Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock and Western Sky Knits Willow Superwash Sport   And continues to work on: One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey BOOKS   Barb has finished: A Spoonful of Poison by M.C. Beaton - thumbs down A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay - thumbs up   Tracie has finished Clover Blue by Eldonna Edwards - thumbs up In Plain Sight: The Kaufman County Prosecutor Murders by Kathryn Casey - thumbs up   Tracie talked about  Sports Fans Aren't All Crazy: Lessons From Forty Years Of Sports Madness by Ryan Bezerra  
November 17, 2019
Recorded on November 15, 2019 Book Talk begins at 45:00 It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself! Barb had information about knitting or crocheting Knitted Knockers: 1.  You must use the current patterns that are on the Knitted Knockers Website.  Please do not use the old patterns that had the opening on the side!  The opening should be in the back. 2.  Do not "cinch" or pull the knocker "closed" at the end.  The opening must remain open so the recipient can add or take out the polypill to fit properly. 3.  Please stuff with poly fill only!  Do not use yarn scraps, or quilt batting, etc. 4.  Please do not overstuff the knocker. KNITTING Barb has finished: 1.  Multidirectional Scarf #5 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cakes Colorway 2.  3 Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps 3.  Barb's Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira using Plymouth Galway Dark Coral Rose 4.  October Cheeky Cables Socks (pattern by Mary Lukas) using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants color way 5.  Mother Bears #185 & #186 Tracie has finished 1.  Tutti Frutti by Miriam Pike in Rising Moon Farm in the Irish Splash colorway 2.  Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Locura Fluo 3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway 4.  Tracie's Heading North Hat by Rebecca Shepler 5.  Tracie's Kaiya Mei hat by Jamie Hoffman 6.  Tracie's Love the Winter hat by Emily Dormier     Barb contines to work on: 1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway 2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way   Barb has cast on: 1.  November Speckled Gradient Desert Vista Dyeworks socks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the It's a Very Speckled Gradient Christmas colorway 2.  The Great British Baking Shawl MKAL by Lyricalknits using Duren Dyeworks My Precious Fingering in the Fern colorway, Bella Hand Dyed Yarn Mendocino in the Imperial colorway, Auraucania Ramco Solide fingering in the 124Red colorway, and Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway. 3.  Declan's Hat#2 by Samantha Kirby, using Paton's Classic Wool in a denim colorway.   Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple 2.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway   And has Cast On: Seed Stitch scarf in Tess Designer yarns Superwash merino Worsted in tonal charcoal grey Tracie has put Into Hibernation: ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways BOOKS Barb finished: 1.  The Guest Book by Sarah Blake - thumbs up 2.  The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty - thumbs up 3.  Boar Island (Anna Pigeon #19) by Nevada Barr - thumbs up 4.  The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne - thumbs up 5.  You Can Thank Me Later by Kelly Harms - thumbs up   Tracie finished:  1.  A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay - thumbs up 2.  Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen - thumbs up 3.  The House on Cold Hill by Peter James - thumbs up  
October 26, 2019
Recorded on October 23, 2019 Book Talk starts at 29:00 It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself!   KNITTING   Barb has finished: Multidirectional Scarf #5 by Karen Baumer, using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cakes Colorway 3 Never Not Gnoming Gnomes by Sarah Schira using fingering scraps   Tracie has finished Knitables Cow by Sarah Gasson in Plymouth Select DK Merino   Barb contines to work on: Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake  October Cheeky Cables Socks by Mary Lukas, using Desert Visa Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants colorway Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira using Plymouth Galway Dark Coral Rose   And has cast on: Mother Bear #185   Tracie has cast on: Tutti Frutti by Miriam Pike in Rising Moon Farm in the Irish Splash colorway Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Alegria in Locura Fluo   She continues to work on: Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway   BOOKS   Barb finished: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine   Tracie finished:  Rage: The True Story of a Sibling Murder by Jerry Langton Failure is an Option: An Attempted Memoir by H. Jon Benjamen The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes   Barb is  reading: The Guest Book by Sarah Blake The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty   Tracie is reading: A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
October 13, 2019
Recorded on October 10, 2019 Book Talk starts at 32:00   It's time for our annual 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourself   Events Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp   KNITTING   Barb finished: 1.  Mother Bears # 182, #183 and #184 2. Multidirectional Scarf #4 by Karen Baumer using Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway 3.  Bankhead Hat #7 by Susie Gourlay using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cake Colorways 4.  Ribbed Beanie by Vanessa Ewing using Berroco Lodge 5.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and 52 color ways  6.  September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway 7. Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira Barb's ZickZack Scarf!  Started in April, finished in October.  Love it! Tracie Finished 1.   Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira   2.  Meret by Wooly Wormhead     Barb continues to work on: 1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway 2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way   Barb has Cast-on 1.  Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Faerie Cake color way 2.  October Cheeky Cables Socks by Mary Lukas, using Desert Visa Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants colorway. 3.  Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira, using a mystery raspberry worsted yarn.     Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple 2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways 3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway Tracie has Cast-on 1.  Knitables Cow by Sarah Gasson in Plymouth Select DK Merino 2.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway   BOOKS   Barb finished: 1.  Poisoned Blood by Phillip Ginsberg - Barb recommends! 2.  Clock Dance by Anne Tyler - recommended 3. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter - Barb does NOT recommend 4.  The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff - recommended         Tracie finished: 1.   The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day - Tracie does NOT recommend 2.  The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett - thumbs sideways! 3.  The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood - recommended   Tracie recommends RuPaul's Drag Race, Seasons 1-6, now streaming on Hulu!
September 25, 2019
Book Talk Begins at 29:00 Recorded on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It is running September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourselF!  Events Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp KNITTING Barb finished: 1.  Mother Bear #181 2.  Multidirectional Scarf #3 by Karen Baumer using Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway Tracie Finished 1.  Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Main in Miss Babs Yowza - rolled brim and umbilical cord top 2.  Ramble Hat by Shreen Nadir (The Blue Brick) in Madelinetosh Silk/Merino 3.  Tracie's Sparkling Moon Hat by SKEINO Llc, using SKEINO Venice in the don Carlos Colorway 4.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota. Barb continues to work on: 1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway 2.  Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way 3.  September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway 4.  Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira 5.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and 52 color ways  Barb has Cast-on 1.  Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles color way Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple 2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways 3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway 4.  Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira BOOKS Barb finished: 1.  The Apartment by K.L. Slater.  Thumbs sideways. 2.  Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.  Thumbs up! Tracie finished: 1.  The High Season by Judy Blundell 2.  The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater 3.  Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg by Barry Williams.  Thumbs up! Barb is currently reading: 1.  Poisoned Blood by Phillip Ginsberg 2.  Clock Dance by Anne Tyler Tracie is currently reading: 1.  The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day 2.  The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett Tracie also talked about the TV show:  HGTV A Very Brady Renovation
September 14, 2019
Recorded September 12, 2019 Book Talk starts at 26:15 Welcome to our new moderator, Sandi aka CakeAndFibre! Our annual Mother Bear KAL has finished!  If you put a picture of a finished bear on our FO thread, you won a prize!  Prizes announced at the end of the podcast. And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It will run September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles.  Challenge yourselF!  Stitches West registration?  The Catalogue is here, and registration began September 3rd. Events Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp KNITTING Barb finished: Mother Bear #180 Tracie Finished Ilse Sock Set Cowl by Heather Boos (Yellow Ribbon Knits) in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive and Greenwood Fiberworks Star Dust in Earthen Hues gradient set Daddy & Me Poor Boy Caps by Irene Johnston in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted Keepsies by Hunter Hammersen in Manos del Uruguay Allegria in the Locuro Fluo Barb continues to work on: ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way. Cast-on September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway 2 Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles color way Tracie cast on: Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira And continues to work on: Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway BOOKS Barb finished and recommends: Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm by Barbara Parry  Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone The Conception of Terror by M.R. James Tracie finished: A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean (okay not my thing) How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? by Ann Rule (5-star true crime!) Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton (thumbs down)
August 31, 2019
Recorded on August 28, 2019 Book Talk Begins at 27:50   Our annual Mother Bear KAL is finished!  If you put a picture of a finished bear on our FO thread, then you won a prize!  Prizes announced at the end of the podacast.       And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It will run September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the Chatter Thread, and check out our sweater bundles, and challenge yourself.     Stitches West registration?  The Catalogue is here, registration is 9/3/2019.   Events Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp   KNITTING Barb has finished: *  Mother bears # 178 and 179 *  Opal Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson, using Regia Yarn in the Star Night color way *. August DVD socks using DVD Viso in the Inuit Art color way.  The pattern is the Shell Cottage Socks by Helen Stewart *  Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers Barb wearing her Nightshift Cowl by Andrea Mowry Barb discussed the excellent face embroidering video tutorial by Susan B Anderson: Susan B. Anderson's Face Embroidery video Tutorial   Tracie has finished: *  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop Tracie's Dare to Dream by Boo Knits!     Barb continues to work on: * ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways * Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway * Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way.   Tracie has cast on: * Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple   Tracie continues to work on: * ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways * Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota * Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop * Ilse Sock Set Cowl by Heather Boos (Yellow Ribbon Knits) in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive and Greenwood Fiberworks Star Dust in Earthen Hues gradient set * Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorwayBOOKS   BOOKS Barb has finished and says thumbs up to: *  Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep *  The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray *  Every Last One by Anna Quindlen * Excellent Women by Barbara Pym       Tracie has finished and says thumbs up to: *  Murder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case by Steven B. Epstein *  The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost     Tracie did not finish: *  Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell     Barb is reading: *  Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan *  Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm by Barbara Parry         Tracie is reading: *  How to Build a Girl by Caitlen Moran *  Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer? by Ann Rule  
August 17, 2019
Recorded on August 15, 2019 Book Talk starts at 35:00 Our annual Mother Bear KAL is winding down, so finish up those last few bears!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!   And on to our Fall Sweater KAL!  It will run September 15 all the way to January 15 to give you plenty of time to finish a garment.  Join the chatter thread, and check out our sweater bundles, and challenge yourself!   Stitches West registration?  Catalogue out on Aug. 23, registration is 9/3   Events Lambtown - October 5-6 in Dixon, California Studio 49 Retreat - October 18-19 at Tuolomne Trails family camp   Knitting Barb’s FOs: Mother Bear #175 July DVD Socks in the RadioActive Zombody color way   Tracie has finished: Kick Up Your Heels by Sarah Shoo in Western Sky Knits Magnolia DK Mint chip vanilla socks in Anzula Nebula and KnitPicks Hawthorne The V-Back Tee by Jamie Hoffman in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in Apricot, Invictus Yarns Beyond in Flame, and Baah! La Jolla in Georgia Peach and My Sweet Valentine   Barb continues to work on: ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers   And has cast on: August DVD socks using DVD Viso in the Inuit Art color way.  Making the Shell Cottage socks by Helen Stewart Trail Hoodie by Marly Bird, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp color way. Opal Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B. Anderson, using Regia Yarn in the Star Night color way   Tracie has cast on: Ilse Sock Set Cowl by Heather Boos (Yellow Ribbon Knits) in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive and Greenwood Fiberworks Star Dust in Earthen Hues gradient set Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway   And continues to work on:  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop   BOOKS   Barb says thumbs up to: Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher  The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris  No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy   And thumbs down to: She Was the Quiet One by Michelle Campbell   Tracie says thumbs up to: A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story by Jeremy Grimaldi Chemistry by Wang Weike Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5 by Kate Atkinson The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer   And thumbs down to: The Pupil by Dawn Goodwin   Barb is reading: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray     Tracie is reading: Murder on Birchleaf Drive: The True Story of the Michelle Young Murder Case by Steven B. Epstein Before I Met You by Lisa Jewell
July 27, 2019
Recorded July 24, 2019 Book Talk Starts at 29:12 Our annual Mother Bear KAL is ongoing!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here! Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute. Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers. KNITTING Tracie has finished: 1.  Mother Bears 202-204 2.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway         Barb has finished: 1.  Mother Bears #175 & #176 2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway       Tracie continues to work on:    1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways 2.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota 3.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop Tracie has cast-on: 1.  Mint Chip vanilla Socks in Anzula Nebula and KnitPicks Hawthorne 2.  Kick Up Your Heels by Sarah Shoo, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia DK in the Isabella color way   Barb is still working on: 1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways 2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway 3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway 4.  July DVD Socks - Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the RadioActive Zombody color way 5.  Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers   Barb and Tracie talked about their ZickZack scarves and how different they were from each other because of the yarns used:    BOOKS Tracie has finished: 1.  Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Deman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.  Thumbs Up! 2.  My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh. Thumbs sideways!   Barb has finished: 1.  The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette.  Thumbs Up...sort of... Tracie is reading: 1.  A Daughter's Deadly Deception: The Jennifer Pan Story 2.  Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5 by Kate Atkinson   Barb recommends following BurraBears on Instagram and Facebook.   Barb is reading 1.  Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher Barb and Tracie discussed going to visit Western Sky Knits in Montana.  
July 14, 2019
Recorded on July 13, 2019 Book Talk starts at 15:00 Our annual Mother Bear KAL has begun!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!   We have new prizes donated by PattyB, CraftBuzz, Heidi Wulfraat, KDunne and super sock designer Becky Greene.  Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute.   Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers.   KNITTING   Tracie has finished: Octopus #2 by Susan B. Anderson in Universal Yarns Uptown DK Mother Bears 193-201    Barb has finished: Mother Bears #170 - #174   Tracie continues to work on:  1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways 2.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway 3.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota 4.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop   Still working on 1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways 2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway 3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway   Cast-on  July DVD Socks - Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the RadioActive Zombody color way Nightshift  by Andrea Mowry using a kit from Dragonfly Fibers   BOOKS Tracie has finished: Secrets of a Marine’s Wife: A True Story of Marriage, Obsession & Murder by Shanna Hogan - thumbs up American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin - thumbs up Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov thumbs up if you can stomach the subject matter God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut - enh   Barb says thumbs up to all her finished books: Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders that Became My Family’s Secret by Pamela Everett The Lost Man by Jane Harper Alien III by William Gibson - Audible Original Atomic Marriage by Curtis Sittenfeld Girls’ Night Out by Liz Fenton In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick   Tracie is reading: Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Deman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh   Barb is reading The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher   Barb gives The Man in the Window podcast a thumbs up
June 30, 2019
Recorded on June 27, 2019 Book Talk starts at 28:38         Our annual Mother Bear KAL has begun!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!   We have new prizes donated by hikeknitcamp (designer Cheryl Beckerich).  Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute.   Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers.   KNITTING       Barb's Mother Bears #166 - #169   Barb’s FOs 1.  Mother Bears #166 - #169 2.  Christmas Vanilla Socks, using The Yarn Jar Shop sock yarn in The Grinch colorway 3.  DVD June socks -  Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Zombody is Like a Writing Desk   Tracie’s FOs 1.  Mother Bears #185 - #192.  These included a Drag Queen bear! 2.  Two Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira gnomes 3.  Vanilla Socks, using Lollipop Yarn Quintessential in the Wide Awake colorway     Barb is still working on   1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways 2.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway 3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway     Tracie continues working on  1.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways 2.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway 3.  Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns 4.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop       BOOKS   Barb read 1.  Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armand Keteyian.  Thumbs WAY up! 2.  Confidential by Ellie Monago.  Thumbs up.         Tracie read:  1.  And the Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi.  Thumbs Up. 2.  Sex, Love and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce by Gerald Nissenbaum.  Thumbs up. 3.  Heads in Beds: a Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles and So-Called Hospitality by Jacob Tomsky             Barb is reading 1.  Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders that Became My Family’s Secret by Pamela Everett 2.  The Lost Man by Jane Harper     Tracie is reading 1.  Secrets of a Marine's Wife: A True Story of Marriage, Obsession & Murder by Shanna Hogan 2.  American Heiress: The Wild Sage of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin  
June 15, 2019
Recorded on June 13, 2019 Book Talk starts at 21:19 Our annual Mother Bear KAL has begun!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post in our FOs thread. Each bear is an entry.  Come join the Chatter thread here!   We have new prizes donated by Erin Gordon, Catmujer (Trish), TMY in HNL (Betty), Leaner (Eileen), Celia Cahill, and Sue of Invictus Yarns.  Please message alittleposy or knittybarb if you have a prize you’d like to contribute.   Want to start your Mother Bear-making journey?  Check out the Mother Bear Project website to buy a pattern, make a donation, or see the gallery of children and their new bears, and the MBP Ravelry group for great ideas and community with other bear makers.   KNITTING   Barb’s FOs Mother Bears #162, #163, #164, #165 Zephyr by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Teal Feather color way   Tracie’s FOs Mother Bears 173-184 Never Not Gnoming #17 by Sarah Schira - Large in sport weight purple and grey Octopus by Susan B. Anderson in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted   Barb is still working on Christmas Vanilla Socks, using The Yarn Jar Shop sock yarn in The Grinch colorway ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway   She cast on DVD June socks -  Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Zombody is Like a Writing Desk   Tracie continues working on  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway Fiddly Bits #9 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop Vanilla Socks, using Lollipop Yarn Quintessential in the Wide Awake colorway     BOOKS   Barb read The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist thumbs up The Silence of the North by Olive R. Fredrickson - thumbs up   Tracie read:  In the Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2) by Cara Hunter - thumbs up Bad Monkey (Andrew Yancy, #1) by Carl Hiaasen - thumbs up The Past is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson - enh   Barb and Tracie both enthusiastically recommend Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark    Barb is reading Little Shoes: The Sensational Depression-Era Murders that Became My Family’s Secret by Pamela Everett Confidential by Ellie Monago     Tracie is reading And The Sea Will Tell by Vincent Bugliosi Sex, Love and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce by Gerald Nissenbaum
June 2, 2019
Recorded on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Book Talk starts at 32:07 Our next Knit-Along will be our annual Mother Bear KAL!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post pictures of in our FO thread (which will be started after June 1, 2019).  Come join the Chatter thread here!    What?  You say that you have never knitted or crocheted a Mother Bear but would like to join the fun?  All the information to get you started is in the first post of  The Chatter ThreadThe rules for the KAL and all the information to get    The winners of the 2 new sock patterns by Jenn Sheelen (Dragon Toes and Hint of Sophistication) will be announced at the end of the podcast.   Barb and Tracie attended the annual Spinning at the Winery event a Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA.  A good time was had by all! Tracie recommends the audio podcast Craft Cook Read Repeat.        KNITTING   Barb’s finished objects: 1.  Mother Bears #160 and #161 2.   If They Kill Daryl Socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the If They Kill Daryl colorway   Tracie’s Finished Objects: 1.  Mother Bears #167 - #172 2.  Confetti by Veera Valimaki in Anzula Nebula in Lottie and Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in Rockaway   Barb continues to work on: 1.  Christmas Vanilla Socks, using The Yarn Jar Shop sock yarn in The Grinch colorway 2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways 3.  Zephyr Cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Teal Feather color way 4.  Yolks Pullover by Natalie V, using a Craftsy Kit with Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK in the Magenta Colorway   She has cast on: 1.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway Barb has frogged: 1.  Poulia cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway   Tracie has cast on: 1. Another Never Not Gnoming gnome in the large size 2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways She continues to work on: 1.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway 2.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns 3. Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop 4.  Vanilla Socks, using Lollipop Yarn Quintessential in the Wide Awake colorway Tracie has put in to Hibernation: 1.   Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway   BOOKS   Barb has finished: 1.   The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough (Thumbs Up) 2.  To The Bridge by Nancy Rommelman.(Thumbs Up)   Tracie has finished: 1.  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Thumbs Up) 2.   Death on the River: A Fiancee's Dark Secrets and a Kayak Trip Turned Deadly by Diane Fanning (Thumbs Down) 3.  The Mystery of Alice (Audible Original) (Thumbs Sideways)   Barb is currently reading: 1. The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist Tracie is currently reading: 1. In the Dark (DI Adam Fawley, #2) by Cara Hunter 2. Bad Monkey (Andrew Yancy, #1) by Carl Hiaasen  
May 18, 2019
Book Talk Begins at 27:30 Recorded on Wednesday May 15, 2019 Our 2019 Colorwork KAL is over!   Be sure to listen until the end of the podcast to hear the prize winners!   Our current Giveaway!  We have 2 new sock patterns from Jenn Sheelan: Dragon Toes Socks and Hit of Suspicion.  Comment on this thread for a chance to win.  This contest will close June 30.   The Spinning at the Winery date has been changed from 5/18/19, to Saturday, May 25 at Retzlaff Winery.   Our next Knit-Along will be our annual Mother Bear KAL!  Any bears you have knit or crocheted on 2019 are eligible to post pictures of in our FO thread (which will be started after June 1, 2019).  Come join the Chatter thread here!   KNITTING Barb’s finished objects: 1.  Mother Bears #157, #158 & #159   Tracie’s Finished Objects: 1.  Gnome #15 (Never Not Gnoming) by Sarah Schira 2.  Annie Bear for niece Jayla 3.  Mother Bears # 156 - 166 Barb continues to work on: 1.  Christmas Vanilla Socks, using The Yarn Jar Shop sock yarn in The Grinch colorway 2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways 3.  Zephyr Cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Teal Feather color way She has cast on: 1.  If They Kill Daryl Socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the If They Kill Daryl colorway 2.  Poulia cowl by Hilary Smith Callis, using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway Barb has frogged: Fire Bird Hat Test Knit for Carson of Rage Knit for Choice moderator Carson, using Alpenglow yarn and Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the grasshopper color way     Tracie has cast on: 1.  Another Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustanader in Valley Yarns Goshen in the Pacific colorway   She continues to work on: 1.  Confetti by Veera Valimaki in Anzula Nebula in Lottie and Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in Rockaway 2.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns 3.  Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway 4.  Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop BOOKS Barb has finished: 1.  Black Water Rising (Jay Porter #1) by Attica Locke - recommend 2.  Greyhound by Steffan Piper - recommends 3.  The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon - recommend 4.  A Curve in the Road by Julianne MacLean - so-so 5.  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - recommend 6.  Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar - this is the Audible Original - recommend!   Barb is currently reading: 1.  The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough  2.  The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist   Tracie has finished: 1.  Tell Me by Lisa Jackson - thumbs down 2.  Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - Tracie thinks "meh" 3.  Deadly Greed: The Riveting True Story of the Stuart Murder Case the Rocked Boston and Shocked the Nation by Joe Sharkey - thumbs up 4.  The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland - thumbs down 5.  What We Kill by Howard Odentz - Thumbs up Tracie is currently reading: 1.  A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 2.  Death on the River: A Fiancee's Dark Secrets and a Kayak Trip Turned Deadly by Diane Fanning            
April 27, 2019
Recorded on April 24, 2019 Book Talk starts at 31:20 Our 2019 Colorwork KAL will continue until May 15, 2019.  Come join the conversation on the Chatter Thread, and post your finished objects on the FOs thread. We draw the winner of  the Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn the Brave at the end of this episode!  Coupon code for $2 off the Frost Heaves pattern: THELONGWINTER until April 30. New Giveaway!  We have 2 new sock patterns from Jenn Sheelan: Dragon Toes Socks and Hit of Suspicion.  Comment on the context thread for a chance to win.  This contest will close June 30. Tracie and Barb will be at Spinning at the Winery, Saturday, May 18 at Retzlaff Winery   KNITTING Barb’s finished objects: Helix Hat #8 by Jessica Rose Vanilla socks using DVD Viso in Tea for Two color way Gnome de Plume mystery gnome by Sarah Schira using scrap yarn Fox Paws scarf by Xandy Peters, using the Craftsy kit in the Winter Night color palette.  Cloudborn Highland Sport in Black, Gray Heather, Lavender Heather, Dolphin Blue and White (photo) Candy Hug Hat by Taiga Hillard Designs using yarn picked up at the NoCKRs destash table. Mother Bear #157   Tracie’s Finished Objects: 16 Knitted Knockers  for 2019! Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye King’s Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustenader in Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic in Spruce Mother Bears 151-155   Barb continues to work on: Christmas Vanilla Socks, using The Yarn Jar Shop sock yarn in The Grinch colorway   She has cast on: ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and52 color ways Fire Bird Hat Test Knit for Carson of Rage Knit for Choice moderator Carson, using Alpenglow yarn and Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the grasshopper color way Zephyr Cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Yarn Rios in the Teal Feather color way   Tracie has cast on: Dare to Dream by Boo Knits in Duren Dyeworks Heavenly Fingering in Cherry Pop   She continues to work on: Confetti by Veera Valimaki in Anzula Nebula in Lottie and Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in Rockaway Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway   BOOKS Barb recommends:  Beshert by Erin Gordon Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon   She does not recommend:  Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison   She is currently reading Black Water Rising (Jay Porter #1) by Attica Locke Greyhound by Steffan Piper   Tracie recommends:  Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg Holding by Graham Norton His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae by Graeme Macrae Burnet   She does not recommend: The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de Luce #2) by Alan Bradley American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates   She is currently reading Tell Me by Lisa Jackson Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
April 6, 2019
Recorded on April 3, 2019 Book Talk begins at 36.40 Our 2019 Colorwork KAL will continue until May 15, 2019.  Come join the conversation on the Chatter Thread, and post your finished objects on the FOs thread.     We are giving away a copy of the Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn the Brave.  Comment on the thread to be entered to win.  The contest will end on April 20.  Bronwyn has also  set up a coupon code for $2 off the Frost Heaves pattern: THELONGWINTER, and says “It’s a nod to the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, not to mention this crazy winter we’ve had.”   KNITTING Tracie has finished 1.  a few Knitted Knockers in Cascade Pima Cotton, CoBaSi and Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton 2.  Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Berocco Elements in 4937 Bismuth, James C Brett Twinkle Fashion DK, etc 3.  Gnome de Plume MKAL   Barb has finished 1.  Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way 2.  Sally Stripe Scarf by Tara Miller using Cloudborn Sprightly in the Black, Orange and Yellow color ways. 3.  Vanilla socks using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in Grunge   Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustenader in Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic in Spruce 2.  Confetti by Veera Valimaki in Anzula Nebula in Lottie and Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in Rockaway 3.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns 4.  Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway 5.  Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium Barb is continuing to work on 1.  Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.   2. Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways 3.  Christmas Vanilla Socks, using The Yarn Jar Shop sock yarn in The Grinch colorway 4.  Gnome de Plume MKAL by Sarah Schira using scrap yarn 5.  Knitted Knockers, using Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK 6.  Her 8th Stashbusting Helix hat in DK yarn scraps     She has cast on: 1.  April's socks for The Fifth Annual Desert Vista Dyeworks Monthly Sock Club, using  Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Tea for Two colorway   BOOKS   Tracie has finished: 1.  The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman 2. Winterkill (Joe Pickett, #3) by C.J. Box   Barb has finished 1.  The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - she thought it was pretty good until the completely improbable ending. 2.  Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou - Barb HIGHLY recommends this book! 3.  The River by Peter Heller - Barb recommends this good book. 4.  The Blissfully Dead (Detective Patrick Lennon #2) by Mark Edwards and Louise Voss - a good quick read.   Tracie is currently reading: 1.  Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg 2.  Holding by Graham Norton   Barb is currently reading: 1.  Tear Me Apart by J.T. Ellison 2.  Beshert by Erin Gordon Tracie discussed the effects of plastic trash on the environment and recycling.  2 websites she found interesting are: 1. Plastic recycling waste/ocean trash - National Geographic 2.  Recycling Crisis - The Week        
March 20, 2019
Recorded on March 17, 2019 Book Starts at 35:30 Recorded Sunday, March 17, 2019   Our 2019 Colorwork KAL will continue until May 15, 2019.  Come join the conversation on the Chatter Thread, and post your finished objects on the FOs thread.   We announce the winner of BostonJen’s new shawl pattern, Go with the Flow, at the end of this episode.   We are giving away a copy of the Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn the Brave.  Comment on the thread to be entered to win.  The contest will end on April 20.  Bronwyn has also  set up a coupon code for $2 off the Frost Heaves pattern: THELONGWINTER, and says “It’s a nod to the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, not to mention this crazy winter we’ve had.”   KNITTING Barb has finished Mother Bear #155 & 156 Helix Hat #8 by Jessica Rose Vanilla Socks using DVD Viso in Rainbow Pantsuit.   Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn the Brave, using Malabrigo Rios in the Azures color way   Tracie has finished a few Knitted Knockers in Cascade Pima Cotton, CoBaSi and Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton Knit Mermaid Doll by Lorraine Pistorio in Berocco Elements in 4937 Bismuth, James C Brett Twinkle Fashion DK, etc Zephyr #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill in Elemental Affects Cormo Sport in Cypress Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54 Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in Amethyst Frost Heaves Cowl by Bronwyn Hahn in Cedar House Yarns Old Growth Worsted in the Rhododendron colorway Eole by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne in Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Effect DK   Barb is continuing to work on Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.   Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways Vanilla Socks using DVD Viso in Rainbow Pantsuit.   She has cast on Vanilla socks using DVD Viso in Grunge Sally Stripe Scarf by Tara Miller using Cloudborn Sprightly in the Black, Orange and Yellow color ways. Gnome de Plume MKAL by Sarah Schira using scrap yarn Knockers   Tracie has cast on Judah Cardigan by Juliana Lustenader in Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic in Spruce Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Berocco Elements in 4937 Bismuth, James C Brett Twinkle Fashion DK, etc Confetti by Veera Valimaki in Anzula Nebula in Lottie and Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Multi in Rockaway Gnome de Plume MKAL   She continues to work on Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54   BOOKS Tracie and Barb both recommend Duped:  Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married by Abby Ellin   Barb recommends: Braving It: A Father, a Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild by James Campbell Behind the Scenes at the Museum: a novel by Kate Atkinson Educated by Tara Westover Strong Ending: a Journey from Combat to Comedy by Audible Originals   Barb does not recommend Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris   Tracie thought the following were just okay: The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen   Tracie recommends: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou Creepy Crawling: Charles Manson and the Many Lives of America's Most Infamous Family by Jeffrey Melnick   Tracie recommends Line of Duty on Acorn and Netflix Bondi Rescue on Netflix Leaving Neverland on HBO
February 28, 2019
Recorded on February 22 & 23, 2019   Thursday, February 21, 2019 Laura Bryant - Prism Yarn Patty Lyons Leading Men Fiber Arts - Go Big or Go Gnome Hat and Mittens (by Sarah Schira) The Go Big or Go Gnome Hat and Mittens   Dragonfly Fibers - Nightshift Shawl Kit (Andrea Mowry) NightShift Shawl Kit from Dragonfly Fibers Franklin Habit   Friday, February 22, 2019 Lily Chin  Tips and Tricks class Stunning String Studio Gateway to Fall Shawl Kit         Marinated Yarns - Sunnydale Cowl by Katinka Designs Marianted Yarns Apple Fiber Studio   Tracie talked about a discontinued yarn, Trendsetter Yarns Transition from discontinued yarns.com   handknitting.com - their Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton is a good affordable alternative to Cascade Ulta Pima for Knitted Knockers   Never Not Knitting Take-Along Tote kit Lisa Souza Dyeworks Serendipidye Dyeworks Yarn Snobs Bar-Maids Invictus Yarns - Create Your Own Adventure by Fredi Baker The Blue Brick Alexandra's Crafts has become Alexandra: The Art of Yarn Our dinner Friday night with (L to R) Andy and Steve (Leading Men Fiber Arts), designer Sarah Schira (Imagined Landscape) , designer Lisa Ross (Paper Daisy Creations)   Saturday, February 23, 2019 Webs Yarn Store Bottle Rocket Sweater Design by Michelle Porter   Forbidden Fiber Mini's Needle Basket Canon Hand Dyes KnitBaahPurl   Trends noticed at Stitches:  lots of color work patterns!  Especially the Nightshift Shawl and colorwork yoke sweaters.   Discussion about: Nine Perfect Strangers                
February 9, 2019
  Recorded February 7, 2019 Book Talk starts at 35:45 Our 2019 Colorwork KAL has begun and will continue until May 15, 2019.  Come join the conversation on the Chatter Thread, and post your finished objects on the FOs thread. We are giving away a copy of BostonJen’s new shawl pattern, Go with the Flow - comment on the thread to be entered to win.  The contest will end March 15. We talked a little bit about inclusiveness in the Fiber Community.  Me and White Supremacy workbook by Laaya Saad  If you’d like to follow Paula Emmons-Fuessle’s updates about her battle with ovarian cancer and leave her a message,  you can do so here. We will be at Stitches West - February 21-24, Santa Clara Convention Center.  If you see us around the marketplace or bar area, come say hi!  Or come to the meet-up at Hyatt Bar Saturday afternoon. KNITTING Tracie has finished 1 Knitted Knocker, plus retro-fitted all my 2019 knockers so far with Cascade Ultra Pima rainbow yarn on the backs First Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in the Arizona colorway   Barb has finished: Mother Bear #153 & 154 Winter Dreamer hat by whiletheyplay designs, using MistiAlpace Chunky in the Pewter colorway Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub.   Tracie cast on: Jewel Box Cowl in Stunning String Studios Stunning Superwash in Jewel Box minis colorway   Tracie is working on: Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54 Mermaid Dolls by Lorraine Pistorio using Berroco Elements in 4973 Bismuth, and other yarns   Barb is working on: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.   Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways   Cast-on Helix Hat #8 by Jessica Rose Vanilla Socks using DVD Viso in Rainbow Pantsuit.     BOOKS Tracie has finished:  Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin - this one was okay Friends Like These by Sarah Alderson - juicy little thriller! The Stranger in Our Home by Sophie Draper - thumbs down Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty - excellent!  Tracie and Barb will discuss this book on the next episode   Barb has finished: The House of Unexpected Sisters (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agancy #18) by Alexander McCall Smith - Barb recommends A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley - Barb highly recommends   Tracie is reading:  The Dark Heart: A True Story of Greed, Murder, and an Unlikely Investigator by Joakim Palmkvist Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins   Barb is currently reading: Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris Nine Perfect Lives by Liane Moriarty
January 26, 2019
Recorded on January 24, 2019 Winners for our Sweater KAL are announced at the end of the podcast, after ThumbsUp/ThumbsDown.  The winner of Helen Stewart's book, The Shawl Society, Season 1 is announced also. Our 2019 Colorwork KAL will start on February 1, 2019, and will go until May 15, 2019.  Come join the Chatter Thread and make your plans... KNITTING Barb’s FOs 1.  Mother Bear #152 2.  Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist 3.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway 4.  Whinstone Hat #3 by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor color way.   Tracie’s FOs 1.  Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik-MacDonald in arkaik fibers swanky aran in Jealous Sea - she didn't like the finished product, so she ribbed it out and made a Pussyhat! 2.  Pony Tail Hat by Knikki Knits, using purple spirit Yarn 3.  Rib-a-Roni hat by Jane Tanner using spirit yarn in gold and purple 4.  Simonside Hat by Katya Frankle, using Big twist Yarns Premium Hombres 5.  Golden Gate Bridge Hat by Sophie Kurnik in blue and yellow for Will's friend   Barb is working on: 1.  Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way 2.  Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub.   Barb has cast on: 1.  Fox Paws by Xandy Peters, using a Craftsy Fox Paws Kit (utilizing Clouborn Highland Sport)  in the Winter Sky color combination.   2.  Shetland Peerie Mittens MKAL by Kathy Lewiniski, using Knit Picks Palette in the Pimento, Blush, Grey and White colorways 3.  Winter Dreamer Hat by Whiletheyplay Designs, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway   Tracie is working on: 1.  Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium 2.  Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway 3. Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns 4.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54 Tracie has cast on: 1.  First Impressions Shawl by Brenda Castiel in Greenwood Fiberworks Simply Sock in the Arizona colorway 2.  Mermaid Dolls by Lorraine Pistorio using Berroco Elements in 4973 Bismuth, and other yarns She hasn't touched: 1.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway   BOOKS Barb has finished: 1.  Into the Abyss:  How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben - Barb gives it a Thumbs Up! 2.  Under Cover of the Night by Diane Fanning - Thumbs sideways 3.  Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen = Thumbs Up!     Tracie has finished: 1.  Blind Faith by Joe McGuinness - Thumbs Up! 2.  The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld - Thumbs up 3.  The Last Days of August by Jon Ronson - Thumbs Up 4.  Blood and Money: The Classic True Story of Murder, Passion and Power by Thomas Thompson   Barb is currently reading: 1.  The House of Unexpected Sisters (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agancy #18) by Alexander McCall Smith 1.  A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley   Tracie is reading: 1.  Pretend I'm Dead by Jen Beagin
January 9, 2019
Recorded on January 5, 2019   Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!  You have until January 15, 2019 to post your FO picture. You can enter to win an autographed copy of The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart by going to our Ravelry group here and entering the contest.  It is available on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  Here in the U.S., it is $13.88 - you can buy it here!  The contest ends on January 15, 2019.     KNITTING   Barb’s FOs Mother Bear #151 Hopcott Mitts test knit for Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in a blue-green colorway Bankhead Hat #7 by Susie Gorlay, using leftover Berroco Vintage - teal blue and forest brown   Tracie’s FOs 3 More Never Not Gnomings Rib-a-Roni in Classic Elite Yarns Water Lily in the Woodbine colorway 1 Knitted Knocker in CoBaSi Plus Galactic Hat/Rikke Hat Barb is working on: Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video   And has cast on: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub. Whinstone Hat #3 by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor color way.   Tracie has cast on: Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik-MacDonald in arkaik fibers swanky aran in Jealous Sea   And is working On: Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54 Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway     BOOKS Barb highly recommends: Ohio by Stephen Markley Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman  Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan  North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunshine Person Barb is currently reading Into the Abyss:  How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben Under Cover of the Night by Diane Fanning Tracie highly recommends: Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - 5 stars! To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder by Nancy Rommelman   She does not recommend: Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah   Tracie is reading: Blind Faith by Joe McGuinness
December 28, 2018
Book talk starts at 25:05 Recorded on December 21, 2018     Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!  You have until January 15, 2019 to post your FO picture.     Barb and Tracie discussed the book,  The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart.   It is a beautiful book.  You can win an autographed copy of this book by going to our Ravelry group here and entering the contest.  It is available on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  Here in the U.S., it is $13.88 - you can buy it here!  The contest ends on January 15, 2019.     KNITTING       Tracie finished: 1.  Gnome Pun Intended by Sarah Schira in James C. Brett Twinkle in the gold color way 2.  3 more Never Not Gnoming gnomes by Sarah Schira - 1 large in worsted weight Istex Lettlopi in Heather Lagoon. 3.  Ponytail Hat by Knikki Knits using Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in the Caberet colorway. 4.  Golden Gate Bridge Hat by Sophie Kurnik in orange and grey Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted. Tracie's Gnome Pun Intended! Barb finished: 1.  Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Loopy Legends in the Leah's Hot Stuff colorway 2.  The Done by Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf by Abby Tohline using 2 colors of Cloudborn Sprightly Acrylic Worsted in a Black color way and a dark orange colorway. 3.  Frost at Midnight cowl by Helen Stewart, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway   4.  Mother Bear #150 !!! Barb's Done-By-Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf - Hufflepuff  modeled by Jayla!   Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns 2.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54 3.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway 4.  Another Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway    Barb continues to work on: 1.   Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist 2.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video   Barb cast on: 1.  Hopcott Mitts test knit for Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in a blue-green colorway. 2.  Mother Bear #151 One Hopcott Mitt done! BOOKS  Tracie finished: 1.  The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer 2.  Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters 3.  Lethal White (Cormoran Strike #4) by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) 4.  The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland   Barb finished: 1.  Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brandt Tracie is reading 1.  Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson 2. Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever     Barb is reading: 1.  Ohio by Stephen Markley 2.  Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman       :          
December 15, 2018
Recorded on December 10, 2018 Book talk starts at 34:03   There is no Episode 171!  We recorded it twice...both times with technical difficulties.  We took it as a sign that the universe doesn't want us to put out an Episode 171.   Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!     Barb and Tracie discussed the book,  The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart.   It is a beautiful book.  You can win an autographed copy of this book by going to our Ravelry group and entering the contest.     KNITTING Barb finished: 1.  Here We Gnome Again, worsted weight Gnomes with cabled details) by Sarah Schira, using Plymouth Galway Worsted in a raspberry color way 2.  Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits using Malabrigo Rios in the Cirrus Gray color way 3.  Barb's Giants' Rib-A-Roni hat by Jane Tanner, using Cloudborn Fibers Sprightly Acrylic Worsted 4.  Added Elegance #2 Socks for Ann - using Pairfect Regia Arne & Carlos Design Line in the Star Night color way 5.  Thank You Sarah socks by Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway. Barb's Here We Gnome Again gnomes!     Tracie finished: 1.  Archer by Elizabeth Doherty in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Shaggy Bear Farms Merino with Superwash and Tussah Silk LF in cornflower blue  2.  Galactic Hat by Julianna Puccini in the newborn size 3.  Never Not Gnoming gnome by Sarah Schira  4.  2nd Katia Cat Scarf in Katia Cat Scarf 5.  Shining Star Cowl by Allison Isaacs, using Katia Air Lux in the #69 colorway, and Universal Yarn Universe in the Bronze colorway 6.  Galactic Hat #4 in Knitting Fever Painted Mist 7.  Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Maine, using Plymouth Rainbow Toybox Tracie made this Never Not Gnoming gnome for Ryan, representing one of his favorite LA Dodger players. Barb continues to work on: 1.   Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist 2.  Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video   Barb cast on: 1.  Rose City Rollers socks by Mara Catherine Bryner, using Loopy Legends in the Leah's Hot Stuff colorway 2.  The Done by Halloween Harry Potter House Scarf by Abby Tohline using 2 colors of Cloudborn Sprightly Acrylic Worsted in a Black color way and a dark orange colorway. 3.  Frost at Midnight cowl by Helen Stewart, using Misti Alpaca Chunky in the Pewter colorway     Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns 3.  Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54 Tracie has cast-on: 1.  Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway 2.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway     BOOKS  Barb finished: 1.  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 2.  The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield 3.  The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Stephen Finkel 4.  All Happy Families by Jeanne McCullough     Tracie finished: 1.  In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume 2.  The Rabbi and the Hitman by Arthur J. Majida 3.   You'll Never Know, Dear by Hattie Ephron 4.  Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike #3) by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)   Barb is reading 1.  Ohio by Stephen Markley 2. Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brandt       Tracie is reading: 1.  The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer 2.  Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters   Podcasts mentioned on Barb's Thumbs Up: 1.  The Dream 2.  Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football 3.  Unerased   In Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down, Tracie talked about her very special Christmas Light Affixing Gadget that she invented:    
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