Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday and new podcast

Episode 30 is now live (recorded September 19, 2016):



In this episode, I talk about:
FO: 
Coffee Date shawl. Pattern by CC Almon. Yarn is Ceridwen Sock in Miss Fanny Price, Low Tide and Unicorn.
WIP: 
Sekret Knitting project for March in Kid Silk Haze. 
Sekret Knitting project for March in Wooly Wonka Fibers Aeslin DK. 
Ribbed socks for my mum in Jawoll sock yarn
Ongoing KALs: 
Handspun KAL: Hosted by me. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Box O Sox KAL: Hosted by Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
TBK Sock Club 2016: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Coffee with CC KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Gilmore Girls KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through September 30, 2016. 
Filament KAL – any pattern from the new Filament Fall 2016 issue. See more details in the Ravelry forum.
Upcoming: 
Soctoberfest and sock yarn sale
Handspun Yarn: 
SW merino/nylon in Sushi colorway from FatCatKnits. 
August club fiber – 1967 colorway from Oceanwind Knits. 
BFL packs in the Persimmon colorway from Greenwood Fiberworks

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WIP Wednesday and Episode 28 Podcast

Episode 28 (recorded August 28, 2016) is now live:


For those of you interested in the drive-by version, here are all the links to things I talk about in this episode:

In this episode, I talk about:
WIP: 
Sekret Knitting project for March. 
Coffee Date shawl. Pattern by CC Almon. Yarn is Ceridwen Sock in Miss Fanny Price, Low Tide and Unicorn.
Ongoing KALs: 
Handspun KAL: Hosted by me. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Box O Sox KAL: Hosted by Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
TBK Sock Club 2016: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Coffee with CC KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Gilmore Girls KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through September 30, 2016.
Upcoming: 
Soctoberfest and sock yarn sale
Handspun Yarn: 
SW merino/nylon in Indian Corn colorway from FatCatKnits

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge: Week 36

Not much to report on The List this week.  I'm still waiting on some books on hold at the library, so in the interim, I've been re-reading several of the Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries.  Light, entertaining reads, they are just what I needed right now to finish out summer.

I'm currently waiting on The Rosie Project to get started on week #20.


The 2016 List
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't.  Entwined by Heather Dixon - DONE.
2. A book set in a different continent: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain - DONE.
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (audio) - DONE.
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr - DONE.
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name:  Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose - DONE.
6. The highest rated on your TBR: The Clockmaster by Betsy Tobin - DONE.
7. A book about books - Gutenberg's Apprentice - Alix Christie - DONE.
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages:  Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence - DONE
9. A book that was mentioned in another book:  West with the Night - Beryl Markham - DONE
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: Thud - Terry Pratchett - DONE.
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - DONE.
12. A childhood classic:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling - DONE.
13. Reader’s Choice:  Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell - DONE.
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) What She Left - T.R. Richmond - DONE.
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago):  Cervantes Street by Jamie Manrique - DONE.
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels:  The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman - DONE.
17. A book with a beautiful cover: Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - DONE.
19. A non-fiction book - Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson - DONE.
20. A book with a first name in the title
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
22. The first book in a new to you series: The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham - DONE.
23. The next book in a series you are reading: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - DONE.
24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.):  The Three Monarchs by Anthony Horowitz - DONE.
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: Mind of the Raven by Bernd Henrich - DONE.
26. A book everyone is talking about - Knitlandia by Clara Parkes - DONE.
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): Belle Cora - Richard Margulies - DONE.
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor - DONE.
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name:  The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - DONE.
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley - DONE.
31. A work of young adult fiction:  The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. DONE.
32. A historical fiction book: The Scribe by Matthew Guin - DONE.
33. The 16th book on your TBR:  The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell - DONE.
34. A book about mental illness: Adeline by Norah Vincent - DONE
35. An award winning book: River of Doubt by Candice Millard - DONE.
36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation:  Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - DONE.
37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read - The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - DONE.
38. A book about an anti hero:  Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace - DONE.
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
40. A novella from your favorite genre:
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure - DONE.
42. A top 100 fantasy novel:  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - DONE.
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night:  The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley - DONE.
44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public: A Stolen Rose by Amy Corwin - DONE.
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - DONE.
46. A crime story:  The Cutting Season by Attica Locke - DONE.
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title - Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen - DONE.
48. A dystopia
49. A book with a great opening line
50. A book originally written in a language other than English:  Tove Jansson's The Summer Book - DONE.
51. A short story from a well-known author
52. A book published in 2016 - The Dark Lady's Mask by Mary Sharratt - DONE.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WIP Wednesday and Podcast Episode 27

Episode 27 of the podcast (recorded Sunday, August 21st) is now live:



In this episode, I talk about:
FOs: 
Plain vanilla socks in the “Janis” colorway from Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Viso yarn base.
WIPs: 
Sekret Knitting project for the Wooly Wonka Fibers shop. 
Coffee Date Shawl: Pattern by CC Almon. Yarn is Wooly Wonka Fibers Ceridwen Sock in Unicorn, Miss Fanny Price, and Low Tide.
Ongoing KALs: 
Handspun KAL: Hosted by me. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Box O Sox KAL: Hosted by Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
TBK Sock Club 2016: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Stash Dash 2016: Hosted by the Knit Girrls Podcast. Runs from May 27 through August 21, 2016. 
Coffee with CC KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Gilmore Girls KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through September 30, 2016.
Sewing: 
Bertie’s Year applique quilt blocks 
Little House Needleworks cross-stitch ornament

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge: Weeks 34 and 35

I've been doing some off-list reading, so I didn't have anything to add to the challenge list last week. This week, however, I finished up a book for week 47: A book with a food or drink in the title.  I picked up Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen and zipped thru it.  If you are a fan of mystery writers like Sue Grafton, you'd probably enjoy this one.  It is not, however, a "cozy mystery".  I personally enjoyed it.  The characters were well-developed and there were good plot twists to keep you turning pages.  I'll probably read book #2 in this series at some point.

This week, I'm re-reading some of Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael mysteries, as our library has all of those as ebooks.  I have The Rosie Project for week #20 (a book with a first name in the title) on hold, so when that's available, I'll snag it.


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The 2016 List
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't.  Entwined by Heather Dixon - DONE.
2. A book set in a different continent: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain - DONE.
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) - The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (audio) - DONE.
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr - DONE.
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name:  Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose - DONE.
6. The highest rated on your TBR: The Clockmaster by Betsy Tobin - DONE.
7. A book about books - Gutenberg's Apprentice - Alix Christie - DONE.
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages:  Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence - DONE
9. A book that was mentioned in another book:  West with the Night - Beryl Markham - DONE
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: Thud - Terry Pratchett - DONE.
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge - The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - DONE.
12. A childhood classic:  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling - DONE.
13. Reader’s Choice:  Vienna Nocturne by Vivien Shotwell - DONE.
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) What She Left - T.R. Richmond - DONE.
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago):  Cervantes Street by Jamie Manrique - DONE.
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels:  The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman - DONE.
17. A book with a beautiful cover: Bluebeard's Egg by Margaret Atwood
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - DONE.
19. A non-fiction book - Lives in Ruins by Marilyn Johnson - DONE.
20. A book with a first name in the title
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
22. The first book in a new to you series: The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham - DONE.
23. The next book in a series you are reading: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - DONE.
24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.):  The Three Monarchs by Anthony Horowitz - DONE.
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: Mind of the Raven by Bernd Henrich - DONE.
26. A book everyone is talking about - Knitlandia by Clara Parkes - DONE.
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): Belle Cora - Richard Margulies - DONE.
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: Jack London: An American Life by Earle Labor - DONE.
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name:  The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) - DONE.
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley - DONE.
31. A work of young adult fiction:  The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge. DONE.
32. A historical fiction book: The Scribe by Matthew Guin - DONE.
33. The 16th book on your TBR:  The Dark Lantern by Gerri Brightwell - DONE.
34. A book about mental illness: Adeline by Norah Vincent - DONE
35. An award winning book: River of Doubt by Candice Millard - DONE.
36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation:  Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - DONE.
37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read - The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje - DONE.
38. A book about an anti hero:  Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace - DONE.
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
40. A novella from your favorite genre:
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure - DONE.
42. A top 100 fantasy novel:  The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - DONE.
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night:  The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckley - DONE.
44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public: A Stolen Rose by Amy Corwin - DONE.
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova - DONE.
46. A crime story:  The Cutting Season by Attica Locke - DONE.
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title - Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen - DONE.
48. A dystopia
49. A book with a great opening line
50. A book originally written in a language other than English:  Tove Jansson's The Summer Book - DONE.
51. A short story from a well-known author
52. A book published in 2016 - The Dark Lady's Mask by Mary Sharratt - DONE.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WIP Wednesday and New Podcast - August 17, 2016

Episode 26, recorded August 14, 2016, is now live!



In this episode, I talk about:

FOs: 
Boardwalk: Pattern by Heidi Kirrmaier. Yarn is Scottish Campion in the Mogit colorway. 
Corrugated scarf: Pattern by Cabin Four. Yarn is Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia in the Wisteria colorway.
WIPs: 
Sekret Knitting project for the Wooly Wonka Fibers shop. 
Plain vanilla socks in the “Janis” colorway from Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Viso yarn base. 
Coffee Date Shawl: Pattern by CC Almon. Yarn is Wooly Wonka Fibers Ceridwen Sock in Unicorn, Miss Fanny Price, and Low Tide.
Ongoing KALs: 
Handspun KAL: Hosted by me. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Box O Sox KAL: Hosted by Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
TBK Sock Club 2016: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Stash Dash 2016: Hosted by the Knit Girrls Podcast. Runs from May 27 through August 21, 2016. 
Coffee with CC KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Gilmore Girls KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through September 30, 2016.
Classes for the Austin Yarn Crawl: Contact The Happy Ewe at 512-284-7408.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WIP Wednesday and Wooly Wonka Podcast - August 10, 2016

Episode 25 of the Wooly Wonka Fibers podcast is now live:



In this episode, I talk about:
WIPs: 
New Sekret Knitting project for the Wooly Wonka Fibers shop. 
Boardwalk: Pattern by Heidi Kirrmaier. Yarn is Scottish Campion in the Mogit colorway. 
Corrugated scarf: Pattern by Cabin Four. Yarn is Spirit Trail Fiberworks Brigantia in the Wisteria colorway. 
Plain vanilla socks in the “Janis” colorway from Desert Vista Dyeworks in the Viso yarn base.
Ongoing KALs: 
Handspun KAL: Hosted by me. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Box O Sox KAL: Hosted by Kristen of the Yarngasm Podcast. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
TBK Sock Club 2016: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016. 
Stash Dash 2016: Hosted by the Knit Girrls Podcast. Runs from May 27 through August 21, 2016. 
Coffee with CC KAL: Hosted by Jilly of The Knitting Broomstick. Runs through December 31, 2016.