2 Knit Lit Chicks

Recorded May 9, 2024

Our Summer Tops KAL has begun and goes until to June 1, 2024.  To enter your  top in our prize thread, it must be an adult-sized top that you consider to be appropriate for use in the summer, and we will leave the parameters of that to you!  Come chat with us about summer tops on our KAL thread, and check out our Summer Tops bundle for pattern ideas!

Every Saturday at noon Pacific time - Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

 

KNITTING

Barb Finished:

  • 2 Knockers
  • Rock It Tee #2 by Tanis Lavalee, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain, in the colors Clarity, Rouge, and U Blue
  • Mother Bear #291

 

Tracie finished:

  • Knitted Knockers - 10 f0r 2024
  • 3 Mother Bears
  • Posie Doll by Manon Lemaire in worsted weight from stash
  • Scraps Chaps Pig by Barbara Prime in Plymouth Encore in Peach
  • Rachel #3 by Josée Paquin in white Juniper Moon Farms Zooey and other assorted bits of cotton/linen/silk

 

Barb working on:

 

Barb has frogged:  

 

Barb has cast On:

Tracie continues to work on:

Fiddly Bits cowl #11 by Jana Pihota

Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty in Berroco Remix in Artichoke

 

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths by Bernie Chowdury - 5 stars

Red Zone: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones - 4 stars

Calypso by David Sedaris - 5 stars

 

Tracie read:

Butcher on the Moor by Ric Brady - 3 stars

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Iggie’s House by Judy Blume - 4 stars

Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson - 4 stars

Ms. Demeanor by Elinor Lipman - 4 stars

While She Slept: A Husband, A Wife, A Brutal Murder by Marion Collins - 4 stars

Direct download: 2KLC_New_Ep_286_-_5_12_24_11.12AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm PDT

Recorded on April 15, 2024

Book talk starts at 25:36

Our Summer Tops KAL has begun and goes until to June 1, 2024.  It needs to be an adult-sized top that you consider to be appropriate for use in the summer, and we will leave the parameters of that to you!  Come chat with us about summer tops on our KAL thread, and check out our Summer Tops bundle for pattern ideas!

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

 

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will 

  • NoCKRs - April 25-28, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA  The 2024 retreat is full, but please contact Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com to be informed about registration for the 2025 event when registration begins in the fall
  • Fiber Frolic - June 1 at the Soul Food Farm outside Vacaville, CA
 
Tracie and Barb talked about the new swifts availabile from Alpenglow Yarn!  Barb has one and Tracie has ordered one also.

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

  • 2 Knitted Knockers
  • PSL Mitts by Susanna Curtis by Canon Hand Dyes William Merino Fingering in the Waterworld colorway

Barb Finished:

2 Knitted Knockers
 

Tracie is continuing to work on:

Tracie has frogged:
Dawning Top by Ainur Berkimbayeva in Zealana Performa KIWI Fingering

Barb is working on:

BOOKS

Tracie read:

Barb read:

  • A Mother Would Know by Amber Garza - 3 stars
  • Watching You by Lisa Jewell - 3 stars
  • The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjialian - 4 stars
  • The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager - 2.5 stars
     
     
    Tracie also recommends:
  • The Supet Inflatable Dog Cone Collar Alternative.  Sally agrees with this recommendation
  • The Man Enough Podcast explores what it means to be a man today and how rigid gender roles have affected all people. The show creates a safe environment for a range of perspectives to meet and stay at the table, exploring how the messages of masculinity show up in relationships, body image, privilege, fatherhood, sex, success, mental health and so much more. Instead of polarizing and demonizing men and masculinity, it invites all humans to participate and thrive in the world.

    This Webby-nominated podcast is hosted by filmmaker, actor & author Justin Baldoni, author & journalist Liz Plank, and President of Wayfarer Studios & award winning music producer Jamey Heath. It’s currently in Season 2 and is in the top 1% of most followed and shared podcasts on Spotify, beloved by men, women and people of all genders.

 

Direct download: Episode_285_-_4_18_24_10.45AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:52am PDT

Listen

Recorded on Saturday, March 30, 2024

Book talk starts at 20:45

Our Summer Tops KAL has begun and goes until to June 1, 2024.  It needs to be an adult-sized top that you consider to be appropriate for use in the summer, and we will leave the parameters of that to you!  Come chat with us about summer tops on our KAL thread, and check out our Summer Tops bundle for pattern ideas!

 

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

 

EVENTS

 

Tracie and Barb will 

  • NoCKRs - April 25-28, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA.  The retreat is full, but please contact Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com to be informed about registration for the 2025 event when registration begins in the fall
  • Fiber Frolic - June 1 at the Soul Food Farm outside Vacaville, CA

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie finished:

  • 3 Knitted Knockers
  • Bee Beautiful tee by Pia Trans in Carpool Cotton Bamboo in Copper
  • Scraps Chaps puppy by Barbara Prime in Plymouth Encore - this is the pattern I will be teaching in a making knitted toys class this summer at Rumpelstiltskin

 

Barb Finished:

  • 2 Knitted Knockers
  • CAPROCK tee by Yamagara using Araucania Ollagua
  • Emotional Support Chicken by Annette Corsino, using leftover worsted weight colors from my stash.

 

 

Out of hibernation:

Dawning Top by Ainur Berkimbayeva in Zealana Performa KIWI Fingering

 

Cast on:

Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty in Berroco Remix in Artichoke

 

Working On:

 

Barb is working on:

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie read:

 

Barb read:

 

Tracie and Barb both recommend the documentary Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV with the warning to be aware that it discusses sexual abuse and is just generally pretty grim.

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_284_-_3_31_24_10.41_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am PDT

Recorded on March 14, 2024

Book talk begins at 21:00

Our Summer Tops KAL has begun and goes until to June 1, 2024.  It needs to be an adult-sized top that you consider to be appropriate for use in the summer, and we will leave the parameters of that to you!  Come chat with us about summer tops on our KAL thread, and check out our Summer Tops bundle for pattern ideas!

 

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

 

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will 

  • NoCKRs - April 25-28, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA
  • Fiber Frolic - June 1 at the Soul Food Farm outside Vacaville, CA

KNITTING

Barb Finished:

  • 2 Knitted Knockers
 
Tracie finished:

Barb is working on:

Barb has cast on:

Tracie cast on:

She continues to work on:

 

If you would like to make Knitted Knockers, here is some useful info -

From the Knitted Knockers.org website:

“Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prostheses for women who have had breast cancer and undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy. Traditional breast prosthetics can be hot, heavy and sticky. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. They are adjustable, washable and can even be worn while swimming. Our special volunteer knitters provide these FREE to those requesting them”

Please visit the Knitted Knockers website, Knitted Knockers Homepage for all the information that you need.  

This webpage is especially helpful for information on approved yarns and color information: Yarns and colors

Very Important: Please note that neutral colors are preferred.  If you want, you can use bright colors on the bottom of your knocker, but the top of it needs to be in a neutral color. 

Patterns: So many choices!  Please go to this section to pick and download your (free) pattern: Knitted Knockers Patterns

Hint:  The Bottoms Up Knocker for Double Point Needles pattern works great with magic loop too…and has the easiest “start” to your knocker!

 

BOOKS

Barb  read:

Tracie read: 

 
Info from Tracie's "Thumbs Up" about the sweater shaver:
The Substack article about pilling is here
The excellent sweater shaver can be purchased here
Direct download: Episode_283_-_3_17_24_11.13AM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30pm PDT

Recorded Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Book talk begins at 31:30

Our Summer Tops KAL has begun and goes until to June 1, 2024.  It needs to be an adult-sized top that you consider to be appropriate for use in the summer, and we will leave the parameters of that to you!  Come chat with us about summer tops on our KAL thread, and check out our Summer Tops bundle for pattern ideas!

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

Events

Tracie and Barb will 

  • NoCKRs - April 25-28, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA
  • Fiber Frolic - June 1 at the Soul Food Farm outside Vacaville, CA

 

KNITTING

Barb Finished:

  • Bankhead Hat #27 by Susie Gourley
  • Velvet Pullover by Claudia Quintinella, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain Fingering in the Piccadilly colorway, Invictus Yarn Adventure in the Don’t Look  Under the Lilacs, Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in the Adagio colorway, AND Knit Picks Palette in the Aster and Bluebells colorway.
  • 2 Knitted Knockers

 

Tracie finished:

  • 2 Soap Sacks by Haley Waxberg in Knockers yarn (And the bar shampoo and conditioner Tracie can be purchased at https://viori.com/)
  • Beginner’s Rainbow Rabbit by Claire Garland in sparkly periwinkle Tahki Linguine for Lauren’s 12th birthday
  • Jen by Josée Paquin in Marianated Yarns Scrumptious HT in Sea of Glass and Indigo Bunting, Laneras Barefoot in Coral and Invictus Yarns Unconquerable Sole BFL in the Powerful colorway
  • 1 Knitted Knocker

 

If you would like to make Knitted Knockers, here is some useful info -

 

From the Knitted Knockers.org website:

“Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prostheses for women who have had breast cancer and undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy. Traditional breast prosthetics can be hot, heavy and sticky. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast. They are adjustable, washable and can even be worn while swimming. Our special volunteer knitters provide these FREE to those requesting them”

Please visit the Knitted Knockers website, Knitted Knockers Homepage for all the information that you need.  

This webpage is especially helpful for information on approved yarns and color information: Yarns and colors

Very Important: Please note that neutral colors are preferred.  If you want, you can use bright colors on the bottom of your knocker, but the top of it needs to be in a neutral color. 

Patterns: So many choices!  Please go to this section to pick and download your (free) pattern: Knitted Knockers Patterns. 

Hint:  The Bottoms Up Knocker for Double Point Needles pattern works great with magic loop too…and has the easiest “start” to your knocker!

Barb working on:

 

Barb has cast on:

 

Frogged: 

Colourwheel DK 1 Ball Scarf by Sirdar, using a Sirdar Colourwheel in the Follow the Rainbow Colorway

 

Tracie cast on:

 

She continues to work on:

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie read:

Direct download: 2KLC_ep282_-_2_23_24_12.54_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm PDT

 Recorded Thursday, February 8, 2024

 

 

We are so excited to have Kim McBrien Evans, dyer of Indigodragonfly Yarns, designer, teacher, innovator of knitting pattern modification and all-around Textile Maven as our guest this episode!

 

We had a fantastic talk with her about her background, starting her yarn business, learning to modify knit patterns out of necessity and wanting to share what she’s learned about anything-but-standard sizing and as a teacher, designer and advocate for size inclusivity and a change in the way we size women’s clothing.

 

 

Coupon Codes for Our Listeners

Website: https://indigodragonfly.ca

Discount code for yarn and patterns: 

15% off all yarn and patterns

 

Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/kim-mcbrien-evans

Discount code: 2KNITLIT15

15% off all patterns and ebooks

 

Impervious Shawl

 designed to be knit with some of Kim's husband's more complex colorways

 

 

 

 

A Tale of Two Sweaters

 

vs
 

 

"New Representative Sizing Standards for Garments that Fit" by Kim McBrien Evans for Digits and Threads, March 9, 2022 (you can download the size chart here as well through an email sign up)  

"Inclusive Sizing Is Not Impossible—We Just Have to Work Together" by Kim McBrien Evans for Digits and Threads, April 14, 2021

Digits and Threads has a lot of other Kim's articles about fit, so take a look around!

Find Kim

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Indigodragonfly

Instagram: @indigodragonfly 

Direct download: Episode_281_-_2_11_24_1.39PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:53pm PDT

Recorded on January 24, 2024

Book Talk starts at 19:28

Our Fall Sweater KAL has ended!  Please stayed tuned to the end of the episode to find out if you won a prize.  We had 107 completed sweaters - way to go!

Our Summer Tops KAL will run February 1 to June 1, 2024.  It needs to be an adult-sized top that you consider to be appropriate for use in the summer, and we will the parameters of that to you.  Come chat with us about summer tops on our KAL thread, and check out our Summer Tops bundle for pattern ideas!

 

Events

Tracie and Barb will 

NoCKRs - April 25-28, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA.  The retreat is full but you can still get on the waiting list!

 

KNITTING

Barb Finished:

Bankhead Hat #27 by Susie Gourley

 

Tracie finished:

Socks to match my Archer in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock in Cornflower

 

Barb working on:

Colourwheel DK 1 Ball Scarf by Sirdar, using a Sirdar Colourwheel in the Follow the Rainbow Colorway

Cheeky Cables Socks  by Mary Lukas using Universal Yarns Zesty Sock in the Pearl colorway

Velvet Pullover by Claudia Quintinilla/Ewe Knit Toronto, using  Serendipidye Kings Mountain Fingering in the Piccadilly colorway, Invictus Yarn Adventure in the Don't Look Under the Lilacs colorway, Invictus Yarns Master of my Feet in the Adagio and the Bobby color ways

 

Barb has cast on:

Bankhead Hat #28

CAPROCK tee by Yamagata using Araucania Ollagua

 

Tracie has cast on:

Beginner’s Rainbow Rabbit by Claire Garland in periwinkle Tahki Linguine from the NYFR destash

 

She continues to work on:

Jen by Josée Paquin in Marianated Yarns Scrumptious HT in Sea of Glass and Indigo Bunting, Laneras Barefoot in Coral and Invictus Yarns Unconquerable Sole BFL in the Powerful colorway

Fresh Favorite Tee by Christen Clement Designs in Queen City Yarn Coleman in the Maple colorway

Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota using fingering scraps

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Adventures in the Ordinary by Rebecca Front - 4 stars

56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard - 3 stars

Prom Mom - by Laura Lipman - 5 stars

Last Dance, Last Chance and Other True Cases (Crime Files #8) by Ann Rule - 4 stars

High Country (Anna Pigeon #12) by Nevada Barr - 5 stars

 

Tracie read:

Wham! George Michael and Me by Andrew Ridgeley - 4.5 stars

Wrecker by Carl Hiaasen - 3 stars

13 1/2 by Nevada Barr - 3 stars

Bunny by Mona Awad - 3 stars

Deadly Pretender: the Double Life of David Miller by Karen Kingsbury

 

Tracie recommends the TV show Jury Duty on Prime Video/FreeVee

Direct download: 2KLC_ep280_-_1_28_24_8.52_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12am PDT

Recorded on January 7, 2024

Book talk starts at 13:26

Our annual Fall Sweater KAL is almost over!  Stay tuned for our next KAL which will be announced in Episode 280.

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Northern California Knitting Retreat (fondly known as "NoCKRs) April 25. - 28, 2024

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

NOT ONE DAMN THING

Barb Finished:

Tracie is Working on:

Tracie has cast-on:

Barb working on:

Barb has cast on:

 

BOOKS

Tracie has read:

Barb has read:

 

 

Direct download: Episode_279_-_1_11_24_4.35PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:41pm PDT

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