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WIP Wednesday and Episode 28 Podcast

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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: FO/Design Release:
Blackberries Stole and Scarf pattern 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 Sewing:
Little House Needleworks cross-stitch …

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 - Ali…

WIP Wednesday and Podcast Episode 27

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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. Filament:
Ravelry group
Instagram.
Pinterest.
Pre-order page on the websit…

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…

WIP Wednesday and New Podcast - August 17, 2016

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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 …

WIP Wednesday and Wooly Wonka Podcast - August 10, 2016

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



In this episode, I talk about:
Londonderry Jacket pattern 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. Filament: 
Ravelry group.
Instagram.
Pinterest.
Pre-order page on the website.
Look…

2016 Reading Challenge: Week 33

I finished up The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova for week #45: A book related to a hobby or passion you have.  A lot of you probably know one of my undergrad degrees and my Master's degree are in American History, and I read enough historical fiction that was probably a big hint that I love history. This book was an interesting premise and reminded me a little bit of A Discovery of Witches but the pace was S.L.O.W.  This one could have used a lot of editing and it would have been a better read. So... I skimmed thru some of the "primary source" passages which didn't lend a lot to what we already knew, and enjoyed the parts with action and intrigue.

I also read The Dark Lantern this week, for week #33:  The 16th book on my Goodreads to-be-read list.  This one was also kind of a slow read for me for a different reason - I think it needed a little more front-end of the story.  There were several intertwined stories in this late 19th century mystery of misplaced identity…

Wooly Wonka Fibers Podcast - Episode 24

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The newest episode is now live!  (Recorded July 31, 2016).



2016 Reading Challenge: Week 32

I finished reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for week #11 (a book from the Rory Gilmore challenge).  Definitely not a favorite of this year's reading group.  Too much teenage angst.  I am glad now I didn't also see the movie as I can't imagine I'd have liked it either.

I also read The Lazarus Gate by Mark Latham as week #22's "First book in a new-to-you series."  A fun, entertaining read.  Lots of suspension of disbelief albeit wrapped in an appealing package.  This one combines late 19th century history, a retired military man, some Dr. Who-vian time warping, a parallel universe and all sorts of adventure.  You kind of have to read it to see how he pulls all of this together.

I then started The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova.  An interesting premise involving some ancient books and old letters - I suspect I'm going to agree with my friend, Christine's, review that this one could have used some editing.  The story concept …