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message 1: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Well as Heather is always saying we listeners are "just better" I'm wanting to know all about the rest of you!

I just discovered Craftlit a couple moths ago and decided to start with The Woman in White, since I had been meaning to read it forever. I love the mix of analysis and novel, and it's become a soothing treat for either knitting or a long ramble through the park. I'm a stay at home mom of 2 daughters in Northern VA, not the best knitter ever, but a very enthusiastic one. I love reading romance, mystery, classics (although have a tough time finding good modern lit) and children's books from picture to YA. I am also a writer and avid cross-stitcher.

So I'd love to know more about the rest of you!


message 2: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (peaceweaver) | 1 comments I live out in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, about 60 miles due west of Washington DC. Voracious reader since childhood, compulsive knitter since high school, learned to weave in 1980 and haven't looked back - I also spin and dye a little and teach a lot of fiber craft and I love, love Craft Lit.
As my daughters say, it's like a great college English class without the papers!


message 3: by Violinknitter (new)

Violinknitter | 1 comments Hey, I'm Violinknitter from Ravelry. I found CraftLit three or four years ago in a Ravelry list of podcasts. "Books and yarn in one podcast! This sounds like my kind of thing!" I spent an entire summer getting caught up (and knitting my first lace shawl.)

I play and teach violin, and knit and cook and spend inordinate amounts of time on Ravelry and Twitter.


message 4: by Kathryn (new)

Kathryn (kapope) | 4 comments Hello, Violinknitter, Melissa, and Zoe!
I'm Kathryn, and I've been listening to Craftlit from the very start. It makes me so happy.


message 5: by Jill (new)

Jill (tigerjill) | 2 comments Hi all. I'm Tigerjill on Ravelry. I found Craftlit a couple of years ago I think, I first listened to Tristan and Isolde from the archives and loved it. My first book in real time was A Scarlett Letter. I'm loving Dracula. Craftlit is truly the coolest place on the internet!
I'm from Yorkshire in England and work full-time in an office. I have two sons, one at University and one studying to get there. I'm a knitter, reader and a real ale enthusiast.


message 6: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Okay, Jill, dying to know - what is real ale? And is the microbrew I drink fake ale? I went to London about 12 years ago and can honestly say, your beer over there is better. Even warm.

I am still not in 'real time' on craftlit, and while I'm dying to know how Heather has made the transition to our Metro DC area, I just noticed that the Tale of Two Cities was done on craftlit, which I am dying to read once I finish the woman in white. I am hampered by so much - children, say, and the fact that my ipod keeps needing to be recharged. ::sigh::


message 7: by Sorcha (new)

Sorcha (nordie) | 6 comments Zoe wrote: "Okay, Jill, dying to know - what is real ale? And is the microbrew I drink fake ale? I went to London about 12 years ago and can honestly say, your beer over there is better. Even warm.

I am sti..."


According to the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA http://www.camra.org.uk/) there's the following: "In the early 1970s CAMRA coined the term ‘real ale' to make it easy for people to differentiate between the bland processed beers being pushed by the big brewers and the traditional beers whose very existence was under threat."

So if you want to drink Carlsberg, Coors, Bud etc, then fine, but "Real Ale" I think is the same as your
microbrew. Smaller brewers, sometimes selling only in one or two breweries, doing only a couple of lines, in smaller-than-Budweiser-volumes.


message 8: by Zoe (new)

Zoe Very Cool. Or very room temp, depending on the hemisphere. Thanks Sorcha!


message 9: by Lise (new)

Lise (knittingrose) | 2 comments I have been listening to Craftlit forever and have even gotten to travel with Heather to London! I just joined Goodreads and it has helped rekindle my reading (ironically on a Kindle) and of course I listen to books as often as possible. I have been reading/listening and knitting in happiness and I am tickled to find a place to discuss the books! Fun! I am KnittingRose on Ravelry - come and friend me and let me know that you saw me here!


message 10: by Jill (new)

Jill (tigerjill) | 2 comments Zoe wrote: "Okay, Jill, dying to know - what is real ale? And is the microbrew I drink fake ale? I went to London about 12 years ago and can honestly say, your beer over there is better. Even warm

OH My Gosh! I am so sorry that I didn't see this until now. I feel terrible about not replying to you Zoe.

I think Sorcha covered it for me in her reply really but yes, Real Ale is a living product and is matured in the cask. You might hear it called Cask Ale too. It's usually served through traditional hand pulled pumps though sometimes is served by a tap straight from the cask. If you are really interested, here is a link to the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) explanation :-) http://www.camra.org.uk/page.php?id=14.

If you ever come to the UK again, you must look out for hand pumps in the pubs and go in and ask the bar staff to recommend one for you.

Jill



message 11: by Wylie Kay (new)

Wylie Kay (wklilly) I have been listening to the podcast for a little over a year. I didn't know there was a Goodreads group until I stumbled upon it! Heather has the best podcast out there. I so glad to be able to connect with everyone here. :)


message 12: by Tammy (new)

Tammy | 1 comments I just wanted to share that Heather Ordover will be on the Fiber Hooligans podcast Monday, November 18th at 11am CDT. This is the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fiberhoo...
You can listen live or to the archive after it's finished. See you there!


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