2 Knit Lit Chicks (general)

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

Recorded on Saturday, December 23, 2023

Book Talk starts at 28:11

 

Our annual Fall Sweater KAL has started!  Knit or crochet a sweater for yourself or another adult.  

 

Here are the rules:

  1. Dates - 9/1/2023 - 1/15/24. That’s 4 months…plenty of time to knit or crochet an adult-size sweater…or two!
  2. We have bundles for inspiration! Beginner sweaters are here.
  3. Adventurous Beginners to Advanced sweaters are here
  4. Crocheters! Your sweaters are here
  5. ANYONE can add sweaters to the bundles!
  6. There will be prizes - just post a picture of your lovely finished sweater in our FOs thread.
  7. Do you have some sweaters in progress? WIPs count as long as the sweater is less than 50% done on September 1st. Less than 50% done is your call. We don’t have to “approve” your project.
  8. It must be an adult-sized sweater, and it must have sleeves. Short sleeves are fine.
  9. You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win a prize.

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

New Year Fiber Retreat - January 4-7 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA

KNITTING

 

Barb Finished:

Vanilla Socks for Will, using Paton’s Kroy Socks in the Route 66 colorway

South Shore Cardigan by Kay Hopkins, using Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the Tart colorway

Bankhead Hat #24

 

Tracie finished:

Bankhead Hat #6 by Susie Gourlay in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in grey

Simply Garter Stitch Hat by Caron Design Team (free) in Alexandra: The Art of Yarn Pendleton DK

Cumulus Blouse by Petite Knit in Countrywide Yarns Windsor 8-ply

Frog and Toad by Christina Ingrid McGowan

 

 

Barb working on:

Donner by Elizabeth Doherty. Using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Sage Brush colorway

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

 

Barb has cast on:

Bankhead Hat #25 by Susie Gourley, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest colorway

 

Cast 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

 

Working On:

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

 

BOOKS

 

Barb is currently reading 4 books, but didn’t finish any since our last episode.  Instead, she recommends:

 

Believable: The Coco Berthmann Story (podcast)

Already Gone (podcast)

Betrayal: The Perfect Husband on Hulu

Love has Won: Cult of the Mother God on Max

 

Tracie Read:

Prom Mom by Laura Lipman - 4.5 stars

Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller - 5 stars

The Best Awful by Carrie Fisher - 4 stars

Out of Bounds by Val McDermid - 4 stars

Deadly Mistress: A True Story of Marriage, Betrayal and Murder by Michael Freeman - 4 stars

My Word Against His by Lauren North - 4.5 stars

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_278.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm PDT

 Recorded on November 25, 2023

Book talk begins at 25:40

 

 
Our annual Fall Sweater KAL has started!  Knit or crochet a sweater for yourself or another adult.  

Here are the rules:

  1. Dates - 9/1/2023 - 1/15/24. That’s 4 months…plenty of time to knit or crochet an adult-size sweater…or two!
  2. We have bundles for inspiration! Beginner sweaters are here.
  3. Adventurous Beginners to Advanced sweaters are here
  4. Crocheters! Your sweaters are here
  5. ANYONE can add sweaters to the bundles!
  6. There will be prizes - just post a picture of your lovely finished sweater in our FOs thread.
  7. Do you have some sweaters in progress? WIPs count as long as the sweater is less than 50% done on September 1st. Less than 50% done is your call. We don’t have to “approve” your project.
  8. It must be an adult-sized sweater, and it must have sleeves. Short sleeves are fine.
  9. You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win a prize.

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

New Year Fiber Retreat - January 4-7 at the St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA

KNITTTING

Tracie finished:


Barb continues to work on:

Barb has cast on:

 

Tracie cast on:

  • Socks to match her Archer in Dizzy Blood Studios Dizzy Color in Delete and Lisa Souza Dyeworks Delux Sock in cornflower
  • Bankhead hat #6 by Susie Gourlay in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in gray

 

She continues to work on:


 BOOKS

Barb read:



Tracie read:

 

Direct download: Episode_277_-_11_29_23_8.57AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm PDT

Recorded on Thursday, October 26, 2023

Book Talk starts at 27:53

Our annual Fall Sweater KAL has started!  Knit or crochet a sweater for yourself or another adult.  

Here are the rules:

  1. Dates - 9/1/2023 - 1/15/24. That’s 4 months…plenty of time to knit or crochet an adult-size sweater…or two!
  2. We have bundles for inspiration! Beginner sweaters are here.
  3. Adventurous Beginners to Advanced sweaters are here
  4. Crocheters! Your sweaters are here
  5. ANYONE can add sweaters to the bundles!
  6. There will be prizes - just post a picture of your lovely finished sweater in our FOs thread.
  7. Do you have some sweaters in progress? WIPs count as long as the sweater is less than 50% done on September 1st. Less than 50% done is your call. We don’t have to “approve” your project.
  8. It must be an adult-sized sweater, and it must have sleeves. Short sleeves are fine.
  9. You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win a prize.

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • New Year Fiber Retreat - January 4-7, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA 

 

KNITTTING

Barb Finished:

Bears 288 & 189

 

Tracie finished:

 

Barb continues to work on:

 

Barb has cast on:

South Shore Cardigan by Kay Hopkins, using madelinetosh Tosh DK in the Tart colorway

 

Tracie cast on:

 

She continues to work on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

 

Tracie read:

 

Barb’s recommended podcasts:

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_276_-_10_28_23_3.44_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:50pm PDT

Recorded Friday, October 13, 2023

Book talk begins at 27:00

Our annual Fall Sweater KAL has started!  Knit or crochet a sweater for yourself or another adult.  

Here are the rules:

  1. Dates - 9/1/2023 - 1/15/24. That’s 4 months…plenty of time to knit or crochet an adult-size sweater…or two!
  2. We have bundles for inspiration! Beginner sweaters are here.
  3. Adventurous Beginners to Advanced sweaters are here
  4. Crocheters! Your sweaters are here
  5. ANYONE can add sweaters to the bundles!
  6. There will be prizes - just post a picture of your lovely finished sweater in our FOs thread.
  7. Do you have some sweaters in progress? WIPs count as long as the sweater is less than 50% done on September 1st. Less than 50% done is your call. We don’t have to “approve” your project.
  8. It must be an adult-sized sweater, and it must have sleeves. Short sleeves are fine.

You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win a prize.

 

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

 

Events

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • New Year Fiber Retreat - January 4-7, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA
 

KNITTING

Barb finished

  • Mother Bear #288 & 289
  • Hungry Horse Hat by Aimee Alexander using Polka Dot Sheep Stumptown DK in the Aurora, Depths, Juneberry color way
     

Tracie finished:

Barb is working on:

Barb has Cast On

Tracie has cast on:

In Hibernation for Tracie:

Tracie is working on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Tracie read: 

Direct download: Episode_275_-_10_15_23_11.30_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm PDT

Recorded Friday, September 22, 2023

Book talk begins at 27:50

 

Our annual Fall Sweater KAL has started!  Knit or crochet a sweater for yourself or another adult.  

Here are the rules:

  1. Dates - 9/1/2023 - 1/15/24. That’s 4 months…plenty of time to knit or crochet an adult-size sweater…or two!
  2. We have bundles for inspiration! Beginner sweaters are here.
  3. Adventurous Beginners to Advanced sweaters are here
  4. Crocheters! Your sweaters are here
  5. ANYONE can add sweaters to the bundles!
  6. There will be prizes - just post a picture of your lovely finished sweater in our FOs thread.
  7. Do you have some sweaters in progress? WIPs count as long as the sweater is less than 50% done on September 1st. Less than 50% done is your call. We don’t have to “approve” your project.
  8. It must be an adult-sized sweater, and it must have sleeves. Short sleeves are fine.

You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win a prize.

 

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

 

Events

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • Lambtown - October 7-8, 2023 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • New Year Fiber Retreat - January 4-7, 2024 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA

 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

 

Tracie finished:

Darling Darby #7 by Jean Clement in Red Heart Super Saver in the Retro Stripe colorway

 

Barb is working on:

  • Hungry Horse Hat by Aimee Alexander using Polka Dot Sheep Stumptown DK in the Aurora, Depths, Juneberry color ways
  • Vanilla Socks for Will, using Paton’s Kroy Socks in the Route 66 colorway.

 

Barb has Cast On

Rock It Tee #2, by Tanis Lavalee, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in 3 colors, UBlue, Clarity and Rouge

Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Knit Pick Lindy Chain in the Sage Brush colorway

 

Tracie has ast on:

Dawning Top by Ainur Berkimbayeva in Zealana Kiwi (Merino/Brushtail Possum/Cotton Blend) in Rococco 

 

Tracie is working on:

Pixelated Pullover by Jennifer Beaumont in madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK, madelinetosh Tosh Sport and Duren Dyeworks Love Sport

Socks in Tosh Merino Light Glitter in T’Challa colorway

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson - 3 stars

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager - 3 stars

The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen - 4 stars

 

Tracie read:

Waco: David Koresh, the Branch Davidians and a Legacy of Rage by Jeff Guin - 5 stars

Election by Tom Perotta - 3 stars

Raylan (Raylan Givens #4)  by Elmore Leonard - 3 stars

 

Tracie has launched her side hustle - The Knitting Coach - in person, one-on-one knitting instruction for beginners and anyone who wants to push their knitting skills forward

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_274_-_9_24_23_8.52_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am PDT

Recorded on September 6, 2023

Book Talk starts at: 26:50

Our Mother Bear KAL has ended!  Prizes will be announced during our next podcast, Episode 224.  Counting the bears that Tracie and Barb completed, there will be about 135 bears heading to Africa to make some children really happy.  THANK YOU to all that participated by knitting or crocheting bears and making donations to the Mother Bear organization.

 

Our annual Fall Sweater KAL has started!  Knit or crochet a sweater for yourself or another adult.  

Here are the rules:

  1. Dates - 9/1/2023 - 1/15/24. That’s 4 months…plenty of time to knit or crochet an adult-size sweater…or two!
  2. We have bundles for inspiration! Beginner sweaters are here.
  3. Adventurous Beginners to Advanced sweaters are here
  4. Crocheters! Your sweaters are here
  5. ANYONE can add sweaters to the bundles!
  6. There will be prizes - just post a picture of your lovely finished sweater in our FOs thread.
  7. Do you have some sweaters in progress? WIPs count as long as the sweater is less than 50% done on September 1st. Less than 50% done is your call. We don’t have to “approve” your project.
  8. It must be an adult-sized sweater, and it must have sleeves. Short sleeves are fine.

You must be a member of our Ravelry group to win a prize.

 


EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • Lambtown - October 7-8, 2023 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina
KNITTING

Barb finished

 
Tracie Finished
  •   Mother Bear #318

Barb is working on:

And has cast on:

  • Vanilla Socks for Will, using Patons Kroy Socks Jacquard
  • Coco Cardigan by Claudia Quintanilla, using some leftover Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle-Dye in the Springfield colorway.
  • Barley Hat #7 by Tin Can Knits in handspun from Tracie 

Barb has frogged:

  • Miles Tee by Ozetta: Hailey Smedley in Universal Yarns Bamboo Pop Sock

Tracie has cast on:

  • Pixelated Pullover  by Jennifer Beaumont using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino DK and Madelinetosh Tosh Sport and Duren Dyeworks Love Sport

And continues working on:

 
BOOKS

Barb read:


Tracie read:

Direct download: Episode_273_-_9_9_23_5.29_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm PDT

Recorded Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Book talk begins at 23:04

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is ending soon!  To find out all about this wonderful charity, please go to Mother Bear Project website.  Talk bears with us in the Mother Bear Chatter thread and post your finished bears in the FOs thread.

We have a listener who has come up with 3 incentive prizes for increasing your bear count!  For more info, please check out the Mother Bear Incentive Prizes thread.

 

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • Lambtown - October 7-8, 2023 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

  • Mother Bears 278-283
  • 6600K (Striped Hoodie) by Barry Klein, using 4 colors of Lana Grossa Ecopuno Degrade
  • Carley by Elizabeth Smith, using Berroco Remix Light in the Mist colorway

 

Tracie finished:

  • Mother Bear 314
  • Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavallee in Alchemy: Yarns of Transformation Silken Straw in 6 different color ways

 

Barb is working on:

 

And has cast on:

 

Tracie has cast on:

 

And continues working on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

 

Tracie read:

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_272.2_-_8_19_23_8.28_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39am PDT

Book Talk starts at 23:51

Recorded Friday, July 14, 2023

Our annual Mother Bear KAL began June 1, 2023, but any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2023 are eligible as entries for prizes.  To find out all about this wonderful charity, please go to Mother Bear Project website.  Talk bears with us in the Mother Bear Chatter thread and post your finished bears in the FOs thread.

We have a listener who has come up with 3 incentive prizes for increasing your bear count!  For more info, please check out the Mother Bear Incentive Prizes thread.

Virtual Knitting Group via ZoomEvents

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • Lambtown - October 7-8, 2023 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

  • Rift by Jacqueline Cieslak in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey in Rigging
  • Mother Bears 311, 312 and 313

 

Barb finished

  • Mother Bears 275, 276 & 277
  • Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavalee, using Anzula Breeze lace in the Fern and Gravity colorways
  • WYS Vanilla Socks, using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-Ply Self Striping in the Peacock colorway

 

Tracie cast on:

Lightweight Raglan Pullover by Purl Soho in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Shantay, You Stay!

 

She continues to work 0n:

 

Barb is working on:

BOOKS

Tracie finished:

Barb read:

Direct download: 2KLC_ep271_-_7_21_23_7.28_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35am PDT

Recorded on June 28 & July 5, 2023

Our annual Mother Bear KAL began June 1, 2023, but any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2023 are eligible as entries for prizes.  To find out all about this wonderful charity, please go to Mother Bear Project website.  Talk bears with us in the Mother Bear Chatter thread and post your finished bears in the FOs thread.

We have a listener who has come up with 3 incentive prizes for increasing your bear count!  For more info, please check out the Mother Bear Incentive Prizes thread.

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

 

The next 2 segments were recorded at Eileen's Bunkhouse in Lincoln, Montana. Eileen is RedsKnits on Ravelry

June 28:

Participants:

Tracie (alittleposy)

Barb (KnittyBarb)

Eileen (redsknits)

Celia (PinotNoir)

Eileen talked about:

1. Book - DC Smith and Kings Lake Investigation Series by Peter Grainger. "British murder mysteries with good plot lines and excellent character development over the series. And he's still writing!"

2. Knitting - starting the Davis pullover by Pam Allen, using Tracie's directions. She is knitting it 
using some vintage stash O-wool that has been dyed by Alpenglow.
 
3. Eileen talked about Alpenglow Industries, especially their Textile and Yarns Tools. Check out their cool
 
 
Celia talked about:
1. The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
 
2.  Knitting - She talked about knitting the Beneath a Summer Sky shawl by Debra Gerhard in Ritual Dyes Fae  (mohair silk) and Maiden (merino fingering) in the Taurus colorway.
 
Tracie talked about:
1.  Book - Disappearance at Devil's Rock by Paul Tremblay
 
2. Knitting - Marklee DK by Elizabeth Doherty in KnitPicks comfy in the Planetarium colorway.
 
Barb talked about:
     by Norma Cobb

2.  Knitting - Carley by Elizabeth Smith Knits, using Berroco Remix in the Mist colorway.

 
July 5
Participants:
 
Susan (suscochran)
 
Shelley (SequoiaShelley)
 
Barb and Tracie
 
Susan talked about:
 
1.  Book - The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
 
2.  Knitting - Zephyr Mark II by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Farmer's Daughter Foxy Lady in the Harry Belafonte colorway
 
Shelley talked about:
 

2.  Knitting - she is currently working on a mitred square blanket, not following a pattern

 
Barb talked about:
Hungry Horse Hat by Aimee Alexander in Polka Dot Sheep Stumptown DK minis from a kit given to her by Susan
 
Tracie talked about:
Rock It tee by Tanis Lavallee in Alchemy: Yarns of Transformation Silken Straw in 7 different 
colorways
Direct download: Episode_270_-_7_9_23_12.53_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm PDT

Recorded June 9, 2023

Book Talk Starts at 26.03

Our annual Mother Bear KAL began June 1, 2023, but any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2023 are eligible as entries for prizes.  To find out all about this wonderful charity, please go to Mother Bear Project website.  Talk bears with us in the Mother Bear Chatter thread and post your finished bears in the FOs thread.

We have a listener who has come up with 3 incentive prizes for increasing your bear count!  For more info, please check out the Mother Bear Incentive Prizes thread.

 

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

Lambtown - October 7-8, 2023 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA

The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Tracie will be in New Zealand and Sydney, Australia this summer!  If you are near Auckland, National Park, Wellington, or the Marlborough region in NZ, or Sydney, and you’d like to try to meet up, please message Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com or alittleposy on Ravelry.

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

3 bears (272, 273, 274)

 

Tracie finished:

Summer Sorrel by Wood & Pine in Despondent Dyes OMG Glitter! in the Even My Attorney Says “Let It Go” colorway

4 Mother Bears - 307-310

Gnome 26 - Never Not Gnoming by Sarah Schira in Neighborhood Fiber Co Rustic Fingering in Rock Creek Park and Psych Ward Yarns Hecka Fingering in Cable Car Red

 

Barb is working on:

Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavalee, using Anzula Breeze in the Fern and Gravity colorways

WYS Vanilla Socks, using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply Self-Striping in the Peacock colorway

Razzle Dazzle Scarf in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper Gradient Set in the Razzle Dazzle #22 colorway

6600K (Striped Hoodie) by Barry Klein, using 4 colors of Lana Grossa Ecopuna Degradé

 

Barb has Cast On

Mother Bear 275

 

Cast On:

Rift by Jacqueline Cieslak in Juniper Moon Farm Zooey

Experimental sweater - all mini skeins!

Mother Bear 311

 

Working On:

Marklee DK by Elizabeth Doherty in Knit Picks Comfy in Planetarium

Socks in Tosh Merino Light Glitter in T’Challa colorway

 

BOOKS

Barb and Tracie both enthusiastically recommend: 

Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver - 5 stars

 

Barb read:

The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr - 4 stars

The Year of Less : How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life is Worth More than Anything You can Buy in a Store by Cait Flanders - 3 stars

 

Tracie read:

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell - 4.5 stars

Tracie recommends Onyx Professional Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_269_-_6_12_23_7.54_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:02am PDT

Listen

Recorded Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Book talk begins at 25:55

Our Cables KAL has ended.  Please listen until the end of the podcast to hear whether you’ve won a prize, and thanks to everyone for participating!

Our next KAL will be our annual Mother Bear KAL!  It will officially start on June 1, 2023, but any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2023 are eligible as entries for prizes.  To find out all about this wonderful charity, please go to Mother Bear Project website.  More info to come...

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • Fiber Frolic - Saturday, May 27, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, CA.  There will be no food vendors, so bring your own lunch and a chair.  The entry fee is $10 per person, and parking will be in a field and not limited.
  • Lambtown - October 7-8, 2023 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

  • 1 Knocker
  • Twisty Taper Cap by Shelby NichKnit Designs, using Plymouth Encore Tweed in the Red Brick colorway

Tracie finished:

Mother Bears 304-306

Barb is working on:

 

Barb has Cast On

Cast On:

Working On:

Summer Sorrel by Wood & Pine in Despondent Dyes OMG Glitter! in the Even My Attorney Says “Let It Go” colorway

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Verity by Colleen Hoover - 2 stars

All That is Mine I Carry with Me - 4 stars

Tracie read:

Blubber by Judy Blume - 5 stars

Unmask Alice: LSD, Satanic Panic, and the Imposter Behind the World's Most Notorious Diaries by Rick Emerson - 5 stars

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks - 4 stars

Frog and Toad Are Doing Their Best: Bedtime Stories for Trying Times (A Parody) written by and illustrated by Ellie Hajdu - 4 stars

The Patient by Tim Sullivan - 4 stars

Direct download: Untitled_-_5_26_23_11.08_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am PDT

Recorded on May 8, 2023

Book Talk starts at: 25:30

Our Cables KAL is almost over... May 15th is the last day you can post pictures of your finished cable-y goodness projects.   Prizes will be announced during Episode 268.  

Our next KAL will be our annual Mother Bear KAL!  It will officially start on June 1, 2023, but any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2023 are eligible as entries for prizes.  To find out all about this wonderful charity, please go to Mother Bear Project website.  More info to come...

 

 

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • Fiber Frolic - Saturday, May 27, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, CA.  There will be no food vendors, so bring your own lunch and a chair.  The entry fee is $10 per person, and parking will be in a field and not limited.
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina
 
KNITTING
 
Barb finished 4 Knitted Knockers (12 total for 2023)
 
 
Tracie has finished:
 
Tracie's Donner

Barb Is working on:
Barb has cast-on:
  • Twisty Taper Hat by NichKnit Designs using Plymouth Yarn Encore
 
Tracie is working on:
Tracie has frogged:
  • China Top by Ksenia Naidyon in Alchemy Silken Straw
 
 
BOOKS
 
Barb has finished:
  •  
     
Tracie has finished:
 
Tracie talked about Universal Standard Clothing Co.
Direct download: Episode_267_-_5_11_23_2.51_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07pm PDT

Recorded on April 5, 2023

Book Talk starts at 19:25

Come join us knitting or crocheting your projects with CABLES! That's right, cables.  Come on over to the Cables KAL Chatter Thread to check out the rules and chat about your plans.  Dates are now until 5/15/23.  

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs) - April 27-30, 2023 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California.  The retreat is now full, but we generally have spots that will open as we get close to the dates.  If you would like to be on the waiting list,  message Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for info and the registration form.
  • Fiber Frolic - Saturday, May 27, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, CA.  There will be no food vendors, so bring your own lunch and a chair.  The entry fee is $10 per person, and parking will be in a field and not limited.
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

  • Tiny Dancer top by Laura Dean in Shaggy Bear Farms SW Merino & Tussah Silk Fingering for Lexi
  • 2 Knitted Knockers

Barb finished

  • Low-key Cowl by Elizabeth Smith, using Cascade 220 in the green colorway (very old stash)
  • Ilha pullover by Orlane Sucche, using Greenwood Fiber Indulgence (merino, cashmere and silk).
  • 3  Knockers

Tracie has cast on:

And continues to work on:

Barb is working on:

And has cast on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Tracie read:

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_266_-_4_20_23_7.43_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50am PDT

Recorded on April 5, 2023

Book Talk starts at 33:00

Come join us knitting or crocheting your projects with CABLES! That's right, cables.  Come on over to the Cables KAL Chatter Thread to check out the rules and chat about your plans.  Dates are now until 5/15/23.  

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs) - April 27-30, 2023 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California.  The retreat is now full, but we generally have spots that will open as we get close to the dates.  If you would like to be on the waiting list,  message Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for info and the registration form.
  • Fiber Frolic - Saturday, May 27, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, CA
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina
KNITTING
 
Tracie has finished:

Barb has finished:

  • Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits using worsted weight bear yarn
  • 3 Knockers     
     

Tracie's Sweater Surgery:
  • She added length to her Colorful Geometry pullover
  • Transformed her Velvet Pullover from a round Yoke to raglan, then added length
Tracie is working on:
Barb is working on:
 
BOOKS
 
Tracie has read:
 

Barb has read:

 

 

 
Direct download: Episode_265_-_4_8_23_2.51_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:01pm PDT

Recorded on March 22, 2023

Book talk starts at 29:20

Come join us knitting or crocheting your projects with CABLES! That's right, cables.  Come on over to the Cables KAL Chatter Thread to check out the rules and chat about your plans.  Dates are now until 5/15/23.  

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

EVENTS

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs) - April 27-30, 2023 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California.  We have 1 open spot - message Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for info and the registration form.
  • Fiber Frolic - Saturday, May 27, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville, CA
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

 

Barb finished:

 

Tracie cast on:

 

And continues to work on:

 

Barb is working on:

  • Low-key Cowl by Elizabeth Smith, using Cascade 220 in the green colorway (very old stash)
  • Knitted Knockers

 

And has cast on:

 

She frogged:

Winters Beach by Andrea Mowry, using Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the Tart colorway 

 

BOOKS

Tracie read:

 

Tracie and Barb highly recommend:

Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles - 5 stars

 

Barb read:

 

Tracie recommends AMC+ app/channel - subscribe through Amazon Prime or go to amcplus.com

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_264_-_3_24_23_2.07_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18pm PDT

Stitches West episode!  

Recorded on March 3 - 5 2023

 

Vendors mentioned in this episode

Alpenglow Industries

Pam Powers Knits

Porter Wool Co.

Fiber Lady

Seattle Sky Dyeworks

Knit Baah Purl

Greenwood Fibers

Anzula

Madelinetosh

Oink Pigments

Carpool Indiemade yarn

Great Yarns!

 

Tracie attended Sandy Peters' class, Intro to Stacked Stitches.

Barb attended Lorilee Beltman's class, Transform you Knitting with the Magic Cast On.

 

 

 

Direct download: Episode_263_-_3_8_23_4.22_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:27pm PDT

Recorded Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Book talk begins at 32:25

Come join us knitting or crocheting your projects with CABLES! That's right, cables.  Come on over to the Cables KAL Chatter Thread to check out the rules and chat about your plans.  Dates are now until 5/15/23.  

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

Events

Tracie and Barb will be at:

  • Stitches West 2023 - March 2-5 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California.  Stay tuned for Episode 263, which will be our Stitches recap!
  • The Northern California Knitting Retreat (NoCKRs) - April 27-30, 2023 at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California.  The retreat is now full, but you can still be put on the waiting list - message Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for info and the registration form.
  • The TKGA Retreat 2023 - November 2-5, 2023 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina

 

KNITTING

Finished

Tracie has finished:


Barb has finished:

 

Tracie has frogged:

Calyx by Elizabeth Doherty in Cloudborn Fibers Pima Cotton DK, knit in 2021

 

She has cast on:

Zephyr Mark II by Celia Cahill in Laneras Barefoot in Coral

Vanilla socks in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky in Hot Tamale

Vanilla socks in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 Light held double

 

Barb continues to work on:

Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Leuder using Canon Hand Dyes sock set

Blushing Braids Beanie by Amy Kate Sutherland, using Red Heart bear yarn in a light gray color

 

She has cast on:

Low-key Cowl by Elizabeth Smith, using Cascade 220 in the green colorway (very old stash)

Winters Beach by Andrea Mowry, using Madelinetosh Tosh DK in the Tart colorway.

 

And frogged:

Citadel by Joji Locatelli, using Rowan RYC Wool Tweed

 

BOOKS

Tracie read:

 

Barb read:

 

Barb recommends the film She Said on Peacock Premium or available to buy or rent on other streaming services

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_262_-_2_23_23_1.12_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20pm PDT

Recorded on January 12, 2023

Book talk starts at 24:45

Sweater KAL - 9/1/22 - 1/15/23 - be sure to listen until the end of the podcast when the prize winners of the Sweater KAL are announced!

NEW KAL!  Come join us knitting or crocheting your projects with CABLES!  That's right, cables.  Come on over to the Cables KAL Chatter Thread to check out the rules and chat about your plans.  Dates are now until 5/15/23.  

 

Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom

 

Northern California Knitting Retreat news:

If you would like to attend NoCKRs at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California April 27-30, 2023, please email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for details.

KNITTING

Barb finished: 

1.  Get the Groove by Hinterm Stein, using Valley Yarns Northampton Worsted in the Denim Heather colorway                                                                                                                                                                          2.  Bankhead Hat #23 by Susie Gourlay, using Plymouth Encore Tweed

 

Tracie finished:

1.  Vanilla Socks in Canon Hand Dyes William Merino in Waterworld Sock Set                                           
2.  Davis pullover by Pam Allen, using Berroco Remix Chunky in the Pepper colorway
 
Barb is working on:
1.  Colourwheel DK 1 Ball Scarf, using a Sirdar Colourwheel in the Perfectly Pretty colorway                   
2.  Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Leuder using Canon Hand Dyes sock set                                       
3.  Burgos vest by Rosa Pomar, using Diamond Galway Worsted Knitting Wool Highland Heather
 
Barb cast-on:                                                                                                                                                      1.  Koko Bean hat #3 by JudithMarieKnits, using leftover Plymouth Encore and Red Heart yarns          
2. Citadel cardigan by Joji Locatelli, using Rowan RYC Wool Tweed (discontinued yarn) in the Truffle colorway

Tracie cast on:

1.  Velvet Pullover (pattern discontinued) by Ewe Knit Toronto, using Western Sky Knits Merino 17 Light dyed by Kim of Western Sky Knits and Tracie

2.  Knitted Knocker in Cascade Ultra Pima

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  A Dream Life by Claire Messed - 4 stars

2.  I'm Glad my Mom Died by Jeanetter McCurdy - 4 stars

3.  Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks - 5 stars

 

Tracie read:

1.  The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Bell - 2 stars

2.  That Time I Loved You: Stories by Marianne Leung - 4 stars

3.  Now is Not the Time to Panic by Kevin Wilson - 4 stars

4.  I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy - 5 stars

5.  God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney - 4 stars

6.  Miller's Valley by Abba Quindlen - 4.5 stars

7.  The Push by Ashley Audrain - 2.5 stars

Tracie and Barb recommend

The Gleener for excellent, battery-free sweater shaving

Direct download: Episode_261_-_1_30_23_2.08_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm PDT

Recorded on January 12, 2023

Book talk starts at 18:19

Sweater KAL - 9/1/22 - 1/15/23

Sweater KAL Chatter - rules are at the top of each page

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

Northern California Knitting Retreat news:

If you would like to attend NoCKRs at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California April 27-30, 2023, please email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for details.

 

KNITTING

Barb finished: 

2 Bankhead Hats

 

Tracie finished:

 

Barb is working on:

 

Tracie cast on:

Davis pullover by Pam Allen, using Berroco Remix Chunky in the Pepper colorway

 

And is working on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

 

Tracie read:

 

Tracie recommends

The Gleener for excellent, battery-free sweater shaving

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_260_-_1_15_23_7.33_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:43am PDT

Recorded on December 28, 2022

Book talk starts at 24:10

Sweater KAL - 9/1/22 - 1/15/23

 

Sweater KAL Chatter - rules are at the top of each page

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

 

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

NoCKRs (Northern California Knitting Retreat) news:

If you would like to attend NoCKRs at the St Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, California April 27-30, 2023, please email Tracie at 2knitlitchicks@gmail.com for details.

 

KNITTING

 

Barb finished: 

1.  Collage Socks by Helen Stewart, using Ogle Design Fiber Arts Coloration Fingering in the 827 Purple colorway

2.  Solstice Mitts by Kimberly Dottie, using 2 colors of Quince & Co Chickadee in the Fjord and the Canvas color ways

 

Tracie finished:

1.  Guantes Jota DK Fingerless Mitts by Paola Aguirre using Newton's Yarn Country Superwash DK

2.  Mother Bear ##301

3.  Tony the Toy Box Monster by Rebecca Danger

4.  Cannon Bandana by Debbi Stone and Marcy Vandale in 3 colors of Plymouth Select DK Merino

Barb is working on:

1.  Colourwheel DK 1 Ball Scarf, using a Sirdar Colourwheel in the Perfectly Pretty colorway

2.  Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Leuder using Canon Hand Dyes sock set

3.  Get the Groove by Hinterm Stein, using Valley Yarns Northampton Worsted in the Denim Heather colorway

 

And has cast on:

1.  Bankhead Hat #21 by Susie Gourley

2.  Burgos vest by Rosa Pomar, using Diamond Galway Worsted Knitting Wool Highland Heather

 

Tracie is working on:

1.   Light Trails by SuviKnits using Anzula Haiku in the Madam colorway

2.  Vanilla Sock in Canon Hand Dyes William Merino in Waterworld Sock Set

 

Tracie has cast on:

1.  Knitted Knocker in Cascade Ultra Pima

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  French Braid: A Novel by Anne Tyler - 5 stars

2.  On the Beach by Nevil Shute - 4 stars

3.  The Resort by Sue Watson - 3.5 stars

4.  The Nurse's Secret by Amanda Skenendore - 4.5 stars

 

Tracie read:

1.  The Perfect Family by Jacquie Underdown - 2.5 stars

2.  Unfollow Me by Charlotte Duckworth - 4 stars

3.  Don't Believe It by Charlie Done - 3 stars

4.  Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins - 4.5 stars

5.  The Texas Towner Sniper: The Terrifying True Story of Charles Whitman by Ryan Green

      Barb and Tracie both recommend the documentary "Tower" on Prime Video

Direct download: Episode_259_-_12_30_22_1.40_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm PDT

Recorded Friday, December 9, 2022

Book talk starts at 26:21

 

Sweater KAL - 9/1/22 - 1/15/23

Sweater KAL Chatter - rules are at the top of each page

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

 

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

KNITTING

Barb finished: 

Zephyr Mark ll by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Light in the Red Rock colorway

 

Tracie finished:

  • Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted Granite and Berroco Vintage Cotton Candy
  • Darling Darby by Jean Clement in Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy and  Uptown Worsted
  • Top This! flower hat by DMC for Emily
  • Millcreek Hat by Katy H. Carroll in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash in Violet and Lime Heather - for Lexi
  • Trickster by Elizabeth Doherty in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash in Violet and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

Barb is working on:

 

And has cast on:

 

Tracie is working on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Minding Miss Manners: In an Era of Fake Etiquette by Judith Martin - 4 stars

The Influencer by Joyce Maynard - 3 stars

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapel - 4 stars

 

Tracie read:

Details Are Unprintable: Wayne Longeran and the Sensational Cafe Society Murder by Allan Levine - 3 stars

All That’s Bright and Gone by Eliza Nellums - 4 stars

Snake Eyes: Murder in a Southern Town by Bitty Martin - 2.5 stars

 

Tracie recommends

Life and Beth, Reboot, Reservation Dogs and What We Do in the Shadows on Hulu

Abbott Elementary on ABC

Loot on Apple TV+

Wellington Paranormal on HBOMax

Direct download: 2KLC_ep258_-_12_13_22_9.00_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am PDT

Recorded on November 24, 2022

Book Talk starts at 22:00

 

Sweater KAL Chatter - rules are at the top of each page

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

2 Giveaways

 1.  The Little Pine Tree's Wish by Diane M. Howard 

 2.  3 skeins of Tracie's handspun

Prize winners will be announced towards the end of the podcast, right before family Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down segment

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

1.  Mother Bear # 271

2.  Barb's Irish Hiking Hat by Blackhorse, using Plymouth Encore Tweed in the Red colorway

3.  Barb's Irish Hiking Scarf #3 by Adrian Bazilia, also using Plymouth Encore Tweed in the Red colorway

3. Will's Party Time socks using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Party Time colorway

 

Tracie has finished:

NOTHING!  You will hear why in the "Working On" segment...

Barb is working on:

1.  Zephyr Mark ll by Celia McAdam Cahill using Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok in the Red Rock colorway

 
Barb has cast on:

1.  Collage Socks by Helen Stewart using Olgle Design Fiber Arts Coloration Fingering in the 827 colorway

2.  Colorwheel DK 1 Ball Scarf, using Sirdar a Clourwheel in the Perfectly Pretty colorway.

3.  Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Leader

 

Tracie is working on:

1.  Vanilla Sock in Canon Hand Dyes William Merino in Waterworld Sock Set

2.  Moon of My Life (AKA This F@&^ Sweater) by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

Tracie has cast on:

1.  Guantes Jota DK Fingerless Mitts by Paola Aguirre using Newton's Yarn Country Superwash DK 

2.  Light Trails by SuviKnits using Anzula Haiku in the Madam colorway

3.  Darling Darby by Jean Clement in Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy and Uptown Worsted

 

READING 

Barb has finished:

1.  Missing Daughter by Rick Molina - 4 stars

2.  A Sharp Solitude by Christine Carbo - 4 stars

3.  Lucy By the Sea by Elizabeth Strout - 4 stars

4.  She Lies Close by Sharon Dowering - 3 stars

5.  Missing...and Presumed Dead by Michael Fleeman - 3 stars

Tracie has finished reading:

1.  On the Beach by Nevil Shute - 3.5 stars

2.  Murder in the Family:Inside the Story of the Jersey Murders by Jeremy Josephs - 3 stars

3.  The Fiancee by Kate White - 3 stars

4.  The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon - 3.5 stars

5.  Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro - 4.5 stars

6.  Passing On by Penelope Lively - 2 stars

Direct download: Episode_257_-_11_26_22_11.51_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

Recorded on November 16, 2022

Barb and Tracie spend some time with Sarah Fain, one of the co-hosts of the Happier in Hollywood Podcast.  She is also a TV writer, currently writing for the Fantasy Island reboot, available on Fox TV.  Oh - and she is a knitter and a spinner!

We get a peek into Sarah's very busy life, and learn lots about what it takes to be a writer in Hollywood today.  And there an abundance of laughter!  We hope you enjoy our time with Sarah as much as we did.  

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_256_-_11_18_22_7.13_AM.m4a
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Book Talk starts at 22:00

Recorded on October 28, 2022

Sweater KAL - 9/1/22 - 1/15/23!

Sweater KAL Chatter - rules are at the top of each page

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

Virtual get-together Zoom

2 New Giveaways!

1.  The Little Pine Tree's Wish by Diane M. Howard (dinaripper on Ravelry) - a lovely children's book about a little pine tree who's wish is to become a Christmas tree! If you have a special child in your life that would enjoy this book, enter our giveaway to win an autographed copy.

If you don't want to wait for the giveaway, you can order the Little Pine Tree's Wish through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or BookBaby!

The winner will be announced when we record on U.S. Thanksgiving!

2.  Tracie's Handspun!

I have 3 skeins of my handspun to give away:

  • Quillen Fiber Arts Romney Top in the Queen of Tarts colorway, approximately 110 yds
  • Greenwood Fiberworks Merino/Silk? in the Calypso colorway, approximately 192 yds
  • Three Waters Farm 100% Rambouillet in the Racing Green colorway, approximately 161 yards
Please leave a comment in the appropriate thread on our Ravelry page to enter either of these drawings!

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

1.  Mother Bears  268, 269, and 270

2.  Helix Hat #11 by Jessica Rose, using leftover Plymouth Encore yarns

 
Tracie finished:

1.  Archer in Blue by Elizabeth Doherty, having redone the bottom in Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in Cornflower

2.  Mother Bear #300, using Tracie's very first handspun!

3.  Kaiya Mei  hat for Emily, in gray and yellow acrylic


Barb is working on:

1,  Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bazilia, using Plymouth Encore Tweed in Red

2.  Socks for Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Party Time colorway 

 

And has cast on:

1.  Zephyr Mark ll by Celia McAdam Cahill (pattern not released to the public yet!) using Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok in the Red Rock colorway

 

Tracie continues to work on:

1.  Vanilla Sock in Canon Hand Dyes William Merino in Waterworld Sock Set

2.  Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished:
1.  These Silent Woods by Kimi Cunningham Grant - 3.5 stars
 

Tracie read:

1.  If I Die Tonight by Alison Gaylin - 4 stars

2.  The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad #6) by Tana French - 4 stars

3.  A Family Business: A Chilling Tale of Greed as One Family Commits Unspeakable Crimes Agains the Dead by Ken England - 3 stars

Direct download: Episode_255_-_10_30_22_2.37_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm PDT

Recorded Wednesday, 12, 2022

Book talk begins at 25:30

Sweater KAL - 9/1/22 - 1/15/23!

Sweater KAL Chatter - rules are at the top of each page

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Mother Bear #267

Choose Your Gnome Adventure by Sarah Schira

Cristollo by Knitting for Breakfast

 

Tracie finished:

Choose Your Gnome Adventure by Sarah Schira

Davis Sweater by Pam Allen

Mother Bears 298 and 299

 

Barb is working on:

Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bazilia, using Plymouth Encore Tweed in Red

Socks for Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Party Time colorway 

 

And has cast on:

Stashbusting Helix Hat by Jessica Rose in the same yarns (all Plymouth Encore) I used for my Choose Your Gnome Adventure

Mother Bear #268

 

Tracie once again started working on:

Archer by Elizabeth Doherty - redoing the bottom in Lisa Souza Deluxe Sock! in Cornflower

 

She continues to work on:

Vanilla Sock in Canon Hand Dyes William Merino in Waterworld Sock Set

Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

Cinna Top by Ksenia Naidyon, in 5 colors of Alchemy Silken Straw

 

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

On a Quiet Street by Seraphina Nova Glass - 4 stars

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout - 5 stars

Fly Girl by Ann Hood - 4 stars

Mishap or Murder?: True tales of mysterious deaths and disappearances by Eileen Ormsby - 3 stars

 

Tracie read:

A Taste for Murder by Burl Barer and Frank C. Garadot - 3 stars

The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith - 4 stars

 

Tracie recommends the Murdaugh Murders Podcast

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep254_-_10_13_22_11.53_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am PDT

Recorded Thursday, September 22, 2022

Book talk begins at 18:55

Sweater KAL - 9/1/22 - 1/15/23!

Sweater KAL Chatter - rules are at the top of each page

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

Lambtown 2022

Virtual get-together Zoom

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Mother Bears 264, 265, 266

Tracie finished

  • Mother Bears 292 - 297
Barb continues to work on:

And has cast on:

  • Socks for Will, using Berroco Comfort Sock in the Party Time colorway
  • Choose Your Gnome Adventure MKAL by Sarah Schira, using Plymouth Encore in the Red, Blue, and Cream colorways
  • Cristallo pullover sweater by Knitting for Breakfast, using Valley Yarns Granville, in the Neutral and Mineral Green color ways

Tracie continues to work on:

Tracie has Cast On:

  • Davis pullover by Pam Allen, using Berroco Remix Chunky in the Pepper colorway
  • Choose Your Gnome Adventure MKAL in Serendipidye, The Dye Project, and Madelinetosh Silk/Merino
  • Vanilla Sock in Canon Hand Dyes in the William Merino Waterworld Sock Set

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Tracie read:

 

 

 

Direct download: Episode_253_-_9_25_22_3.29_PM.mp3
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Direct download: 2KLC_minisode_-_9_16_22_7.26_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm PDT

Recorded Tuesday August 30, 2022

Book Talk Starts at 15:12

 

Our 2022 MOTHER BEAR KAL ends September 1!

Mother Bear Chatter Thread

Mother Bear FO Thread

 

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

 

Lambtown 2022

 

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

KNITTING 

 

Barb finished:

 

Tracie finished

  • Mother Bear 291
  • Zephyr Mark II by Celia Cahill test knit in Malabrigo Susurro in Teal Feather

 

Barb continues to work on:

Polobello by Josee Paquin, using Juniper Moon Zooey in the Sloop colorway

 

And has cast on:

Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bazilia, using Plymouth Encore Tweed in the Red colorway

 

Tracie continues to work on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Pure Murder by Corey Mitchell - 4 stars

Small Towns, Dark Secrets: Social Media, Reality TV and Murder in Rural America by Eileen Ormsby - 3 stars

The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington - 4 stars

When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, Wild Faith and the End Times by Leah Sottile - 4 stars

 

Tracie read:

When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, and a Story of Murder, Wild Faith, and End Times by Leah Sottile - 4 1/2 stars

Don’t Cry Now by Joy Fielding - 2 stars

Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life by Laurie Notaro - 4 stars

Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarson aka Clutterbug

A Cupboard Full of Coats by Yvette Edwards

 

And did not finish: 

Nine Years Gone by Chris Culver

 

Barb has been enjoying a re-watch of Survivor, Season 1 on Prime Video

Direct download: 2KLC_ep252_Complete_-_8_31_22_8.31_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40am PDT

Recorded Monday, August 15, 2022

Book talk begins at 20:00

 

2022 MOTHER BEAR KAL

Mother Bear Chatter Thread

Mother Bear FO Thread

 

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

 

Lambtown 2022

 

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

On Episode 252, we will have Sarah Fain, TV writer, knitter and spinner with us!

 

 

KNITTING

 

Tracie finished:

 

1.  Mother Bears 287 - 290

2. Tracie's Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer, using Color Notes Yarn Pure Sport in Clear Red, Western Sky Knits Willow Superwash Sport, and madelinetosh Pashmina in Jasper

 
Barb finished:

1.  Mother Bear #261 & 262

2.  Barb's Bankhead hat #19 by Susie Gorlay, using Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Goth Kitty colorway

3.  Test Knit for Zephyr Mark II by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Knit Picks Hawthorne Tonal Handprint in the Springfield colorway

Tracie continues to work on:

Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

Tracie cast on:

Cinna Top by Ksenia Naidyon, in 5 colors of Alchemy Silken Straw

 

Barb continues to work on:

1.  That’s My Jam by Steve Fegert - using a kit from Leading Men Fiber Arts

2.  Goth Kitty Socks, using Knitpicks Felici in the Goth Kitty colorway

 

Barb has cast on:

1.  Hot Springs Willow Hat by NichKnit Designs, using Berroco Vintage Worsted, in the Yukon Green colorway

2.  Polobello tee by Josee Paquin using Juniper Moon Farm Zooey in the Sloop colorway

 

BOOKS

Tracie read:

1.  Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau - 5 stars

2.  The Silent Quarry by Cheryl Rees-Price - 2.5 stars

3.  The Trivia Night by Ali Lowe - 4.5 stars

4.  The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There by Jenna Fischer & Angela Kinsey - 4.5 stars

5. For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago by Simon Baatz - 3 stars

 

Barb read:

1.   Beyond the Crushing Waves by Lilly Mirren - 4 stars

2.  The Lying Club by Annie Ward - 3.5 stars

3.  In Her Eyes by Sarah Alderson - 3 stars

4.  The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman - 4 stars

 
Tracie recommends Get Organized With The Home Edit on Netflix

 

Direct download: Episode_251_-_8_16_22_3.14_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:29pm PDT

Recorded Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Book talk starts at 25:00

 

2022 MOTHER BEAR KAL

 

Mother Bear Chatter Thread

Mother Bear FO Thread

 

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

 

Lambtown 2022

 

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

Leave Gnome Stone Unturned by Sarah Schira

Mother Bears 279-286

Lihan Sweater by Imke von Nathausius in Berroco Pure Pima

 

Barb finished:

Mother Bear #255 - 260

Ribs and Wave Poncho by Great Yarns! Using Cascade Superwash Wave in the 106 Blue colorway

Irma Hat by Aneta Gasiorowksa using blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea in the Falcon’s Eye colorway - left over from my May(be) Queen pullover

 

Tracie continues to work on:

Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Sommer in Color Notes Yarn Pure Sport in Clear Red, Western Sky Knits Willow Superwash Sport, and madelinetosh Pashmina in Jasper

Zephyr Mark II by Celia Cahill test knit in Malabrigo Susurro in Teal Feather

Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

Barb continues to work on:

That’s My Jam by Steve Fegert - using a kit from Leading Men Fiber Arts

Venturer’s Vest by Knitwise Design in Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Worsted Twist in the Taupe Heather colorway

 

She has cast on:

Mother Bear #261

Goth Kitty Socks, using Knitpicks Felici in the Goth Kitty colorway

Zephyr Mark II Test knit by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in the Springfield colorway

 

BOOKS

 

Tracie read:

The Dearly Departed by Elinor Lipman - 3 stars

God’s Nobodies: Misguided Faith and Murder in the Life of One American Family by Mark Obbie - 2 1/2 stars

Heart Seizure by Bill Fitzhugh - 3 stars

Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris - 4 stars

The Disappearance of Trudy Solomon by Marcy McCready - 4 stars

An Unfinished Canvas: A True Story of Love, Family, and Murder in Nashville by Michael Glasgow - 3 stars

Skies of Ash by Rachel Howzell Hall - 4 stars

 

Barb read:

 

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica - 3 stars

The Night She Went Missing by Kristen Bird - 3 stars

The Familiar Dark by Amy Engel - 3 stars

Mortal Fall (Glacier Mystery #2) by Christine Carbo - 4 stars

Cross Her Heart (Bree Tagert #1) by Melinda Leigh - 3 stars

The Good Son by Jacquelyn Mitchard - 3 stars

The House Across the Street by Melanie Jones Brownrigg - 3 stars

Cul de sac by Joy Fielding - 3 stars

The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore - 4 stars

Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s  Deadliest Day by Peter Zuckerman - 4 stars

The Long Weekend by Gilly Macmillan - 4 stars

 

Barb talked about her diagnosis and treatment for microscopic colitis 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_250_-_7_28_22_11.23_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm PDT

Recorded on July 5, 2022

 

 
While Americans overwhelmingly support the right of an individual to make their own decisions about abortion, unfortunately, that right is no longer protected everywhere in the U.S. We encourage you to SPEAK UP, TAKE CARE, and SPREAD THE WORD!

Podvoices.help - Here are abortion advocacy links.  

 

This episode was recorded with our friends, Eileen and Shelley while on vacation in Montana.  

Mother Bear Chatter Thread

Mother Bear FO Thread

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

Lambtown 2022

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

KNITTING

Eileen is knitting:

* a sweater that is utilizing both the Zephyr cardigan pattern by Celia McAdam Cahill, and the Diamond Back Top pattern by Kira Dulaney

*  Aisling by Marie Wallin

 

Shelley talked about her love for designing her own patterns.  

 

Tracie talked about:

Ciara Top by Laura Aylor

Hoodie Shawl Cardigan by Susanne Summer

 

Barb talked about knitting:

* her difficulty with a dropped stitch in her Venturer's Vest by Knitwise Design

Test Knit Zephyr Mark II by Celia McAdam Cahill

 

BOOKS

Shelley talked about her favorite author as she was growing up, E. B. White

 

Eileen discussed 3 books:

*  The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Dideon

*  Find Her by Lisa Gardner

*  Trustee From the Toolroom by Nevil Shute

 

 

Tracie talked about:

*   Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey

*  Home Stretch by Graham Norton

 

Barb discussed:

*  Broken Harbor by Tana French

 

We also discussed the TV series, Escape to the Country

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_249_-_7_9_22_11.02_AM.mp3
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Recorded on June 10, 2022

Book talk begins at 28:00

Mother Bear Chatter Thread

Mother Bear FO Thread

12 in 22 Chatter Thread

Lambtown 2022

Virtual get-together Zoom

 

KNITTING

Barb’s Finished Objects:

  1. Mother Bear #248
  2. Forager Lite

Tracie’s Finished Objects

  1. Mother Bears #277, 278, 274
  2. Never Not Gnoming Gnomes #25 & 26
  3. Great Falls

Barb is working on:

  1. That's My Jam
  2. Ribs and Wave Poncho
  3. Venturer's Vest
  4. Irma Hat

Barb cast on:

  1.   Mother Bear #255

Tracie is working on:

  1. Ciara
  2. Moon of My Life

Tracie has cast on:

  1. Hoodie Shawl Cardigan
  2. Leave Gnome Stone Unturned

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

  1. The Other Husband - 3 stars
  2. Cold Blooded: A True Story about Love, Lies, Greed and Murder - 3 stars
  3. The Night She Went Missing - 3 stars
  4. The Night Always Comes

Tracie has finished:

  1. No One is Talking About This - 3.5 Stars
  2. Everybody’s Best Friend: The True Story of a Marriage that Ended in Murder - 4 stars
  3. How to Raise and Elephant - 4 stars
  4. Never Saw Me Coming - 4.5 stars
Direct download: EPISODE_248_-_6_12_22_1.49_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:55pm PDT

Recorded on may 23, 2022

Book Talk starts at 24:00

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Our annual Mother Bear KAL begins June 1!  Any Mother Bear that you have knit or crocheted in 2021 is eligible to post in our FO Thread.  One post per bear please.  Please see all the rules and participate in the Chatter Thread!  #2022MBKAL2KLC

 

12 in 22 - Unofficial KAL/challenge to knit 12 (or however many you want) sweaters in 2022. Details here!

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Hipster shawl by Joji Locatelli, using Malabrigo Rios in the 880 Hojas colorway.

Mother Bears 251, 252, 253

 

Tracie finished

Mother Bears 272, 273, 275 and 276

 

Barb continues working on:

Ribs and Wave Poncho by Great Yarns! Using Cascade Superwash Wave in the 106 Blue colorway

That's My Jam shawl by Steve Fegert using a kit she bought from Leading Men Fiber Arts

forager lite by Isabel Kraemer, using Inner Yarn Zen Superwash Fingering in the Lupine colorway

 

She has cast on:

Venturer’s Vest by Knitwise Design in Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Merino Worsted Twist in the Taupe Heather colorway

Irma Hat by Aneta Gasiorowksa using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea Sport in the Falcon’s Eye colorway - left over from my May(be) Queen pullover

 

Tracie has cast on:

Great Falls by Nataliya Polyakov in Scheepjes Whirl in Jade Jim Jam

Ciara by Laura Aylor in Araucania Caña Ruca

 

She continues working on:

Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted  in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

 

BOOKS

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner - 4 stars

Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case by Diane Dimond - 4 stars

We Thought We Knew You: A Terrifying True Story of Secrets, Betrayal, Deception, and Murder by M. William Phelps - 3 stars

Let’s Not Do That Again by Grant Ginder - 4 stars

She Kills Me: True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women by Jennifer Wright - 2.5 stars

 

BOOKS

Caul Baby by Morgan Jenkins

Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell

Finders Keepers by Belinda Bauer

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Murder in St Augustine: The Mysterious Death of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley by Elizabeth Randall

Tracie recommends watching Jinxx Monsoon as Judy Garland on RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars 7.  NSFW or for those with delicate sensibilities!

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_247_-_5_26_22_9.19_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am PDT

Recorded Monday, May 2, 2022

Book talk starts at 31:25

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Mini Skein KAL has ended.  Be sure to listen until the end to find out the prize winners!  Our three very generous prize donors for the KAL are:

Brenda Castiel, from her Ravelry store and Etsy shop

martaschmarta - her Pride and Toebeans pattern

Susan Cochran, from her stash

 

And now, it's almost time for our annual Mother Bear KAL!  Come join us by knitting or crocheting Mother Bears.  Our KAL runs from June 1 to September 1, 2022.  But...if you have knit or crocheted any bears in 2022, please plan on posting pictures of them in our FO thread.  The FO and chatter threads will be up after June 1st.  


Here is the Mother Bear Project website, where you can find out all about the charity, buy a pattern and overload on the picture gallery cuteness!

 

12 in 22 - Unofficial KAL/challenge to knit 12 (or however many you want) sweaters in 2022. Details here!

The 2KLC 2022 Swap is almost over!  

Important dates:  
May 1: final check in. 
May 15th: Mail By Date

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

1.   That's My Jam by Steven Fegert, using a kit bought from Learning Men Fiber Arts, using their MCN blend Show Stealer

2.  A project for her swap partner

3.  May(be)Queen by La Maison Rililie, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea in the Falcon’s Eye colorway

 

Tracie has Finished

1.  Colorful Geometry Sweater by Petra Machová Kouřilová in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive, a gradient set of Koigu American Merino, and 2 Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Smalls

2.  Mother Bears 270 & 271

Barb continues working on:

1. Ribs and Wave Poncho by Great Yarns! Using Cascade Superwash Wave in the 106 Blue colorway

2.  That's My Jam shawl by Steve Fegert using a kit she bought from Leading Men Fiber Arts

3.  Hipster Shawl by Joji Locatelli, using Malabrigo Rios in the 880 Hojas colorway

 

Barb has cast on:

1.  forager lite by Isabel Kraemer, using Inner Yarn Zen Superwash Fingering in the Lupine colorway

 

Barb has frogged:

Brookdale Vest by Elizabeth Smith, using Berroco Ultra Wool  in the purple colorway

 

Tracie continues working on:

1.  Socks to match my Swallowtail pullover in Psych Ward Yarns Joy Sock - using hem/cuff chart from Swallowtail by Jamie Hoffman

2.  Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted  in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  Blind Faith by Joe McGinniss - 5 stars

2.  The Surrogate by Toni Halleen - 4 stars

 
Tracie has read:

1.  Dying for Daddy: The True Story of a Family's Worst Nightmare by Carlton Smith - 4 stars

2.  The Wonder Test by Michelle Richmond - 4 stars

 

Websites mentioned:

 

Direct download: Episode_246_-_5_6_22_10.35_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am PDT

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Mini Skein KAL goes until 5/1.  You can get all the details here!  Mini Skein Finished Object thread here.

 

12 in 22 - Unofficial KAL/challenge to knit 12 (or however many you want) sweaters in 2022. Details here!

 

The 2KLC 2022 Swap is almost over!  

Important dates:  
May 1: final check in. 
May 15th: Mail By Date

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Vanilla Socks using Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock

wurm by katushika, using Straightfork Farm 60/40 Sport Weight in the Purple Haze colorway

 

Tracie has Finished

1.  Tracie's Rock It Tee  by Tanis Lavillee in Anzula Breeze in Aspen and Garnet and Earl Grey Fiber Co. Rooibos Single in Bloom

2.  Tracie's Sedona Baby Dress by Erin Harper, using Lion Brand Mandala Ombre

3.  Wren Headband (free)

4.  Knitted Flower Tutorial by Julie Taylor (free)

5.  Mother Bears 266-269

6.  Secret Project for her Swapee in a very special yarn...

 

Barb continues working on:

1.  That's My Jam by Steven Fegert, using a kit bought from Learning Men Fiber Arts, using their MCN blend Show Stealer

2.  May(be)Queen by La Maison Rililie, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea in the Falcon’s Eye colorway

3.  Hipster Shawl by Joji Locatelli, using Malabrigo Rios in the 880 Hojas colorway.

Ribs and Wave Poncho by Great Yarns! Using Cascade Superwash Wave in the 106 Blue colorway

4.  A project for her swap partner

 

Barb has frogged:

Transition Slipover Vest by Aimee Sher, using Berroco Ultra Wool in the 33146 (purple) colorway

 

Tracie continues working on:

1.  Colorful Geometry Sweater by Petra Machová Kouřilová in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive, a gradient set of Koigu American Merino, and 2 Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Smalls

2.  Socks to match my Swallowtail pullover in Psych Ward Yarns Joy Sock - using hem/cuff chart from Swallowtail by Jamie Hoffman

3.  Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted  in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

Tracie has frogged:

Lazy Days Romper and Pinafore Dress by marianna mel in Rowan Calmer

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  After the Party (Ralph's Party #2) by Lisa Jewell - 3 stars

2.  How To Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith - 5 stars

3.  Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid - 4 stars

4.  Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Our - 4 stars

5.  Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs by John Bloom and Jim Atkinson - 5 stars

 

Tracie has read:

1.  The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity by Axton Beta-Hamilton - 5 stars

2.  Above Suspicion (Anna Travis #1) by Linda LaPlante - 4 stars

3.   The Wrong One by Dervla McTiernan - 3 stars

 
Tracie talked about Naloxone, a medication that can treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.  She also discussed Fentanyl Test Strips - to detect Fentanyl in street drugs.  
 
Barb discussed Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines in the United States.
acie talked about Naloxone, a medication that can treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency situation.  She also discussed Fentanyl Test Strips - to detect Fentanyl in street drugs.  
 
Barb discussed Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines in the United States.

 

Direct download: Episode_245_-_4_21_22_12.11_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27pm PDT

Recorded on March 28, 2022

Book Talk starts at 33:48

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Mini Skein KAL goes until .  You can get all the details here!

Mini Skein Finished Object thread here.

Browse our Mini Skein Pattern Bundle here.

12 in 22 - Unofficial KAL/challenge to knit 12 (or however many you want) sweaters in 2022. Details here!

 

The 2KLC 2022 Swap has begun!  Important dates:  
April 1: Check in #4
April 15: check in #5
May 1: final check in.
May 15th: Mail By Date

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Delicious Simplicity hat by Knitsalotte, using Bulky scraps I had in my stash

Sublime Eden One-Ball Scarf in Sublime Eden DK in the Renee colorway

 

Finished

Chicory by Susan Moskwa in Scheepjes Colour Crafter

 

Barb continues working on:

That's My Jam by Steven Fegert, using a kit bought from Learning Men Fiber Arts, using their MCN blend Show Stealer

Vanilla Socks using Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock

May(be)Queen by La Maison Rililie, using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Gaea in the Falcon’s Eye colorway

 

She has cast on:

Transition Slipover Vest by Aimee Sher, using Berroco Ultra Wool in the 33146 (purple) colorway

wurm by katushika, using Straightfork Farm 60/40 Sport Weight in the Purple Haze colorway

Hipster Shawl by Joji Locatelli, using Malabrigo Rios in the 880 Hojas colorway.

Ribs and Wave Poncho by Great Yarns! Using Cascade Superwash Wave in the 106 Blue colorway

A project for my swap partner

 

Tracie has cast on:

Socks to match my Swallowtail pullover in Psych Ward Yarns Joy Sock - using hem/cuff chart from Swallowtail by Jamie Hoffman

Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavillee in Anzula Breeze in Aspen and Garnet and Earl Grey Fiber Co. Rooibos Single in Bloom

Secret project for my Swappee in very special yarn

Lazy Days Romper and Pinafore Dress by marianna mel in Rowan Calmer

Moon of My Life by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne adapted by Celia McAdam Cahill for a man in worsted weight yarn - in Universal Yarns Uptown Worsted  in Granite and Berroco Vintage in Cotton Candy

 

And continues working on:

Colorful Geometry Sweater by Petra Machová Kouřilová in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive, a gradient set of Koigu American Merino, and 2 Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Smalls

 

 

BOOKS

Barb read

The Widow by K.L. Slater - 3 stars

In the Shadow of the Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado - 5 stars

We Live Next Door by Laura Wolf - 3 stars

The Secrets We Left Behind by Susan Elliot Wright

Every Breath You Take by Ann Rule - 4 stars

Airliner Down by John Etzil - 2 stars

The Maid by Nita Prose - 5 stars

 

Tracie read:

The Quiet Child by John Burley - 3 stars

The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houton: Life Beyond the Cult by Karlene Faith - 4.5 stars

Family Money by Chad Zunker - 3 stars

Playing With Fire: The True Story of a Nurse, Her Husband, and a Marriage Turned Fatal by John Glatt - 4 starts

The Maid by Nita Prose - 4.5 starts

Disturbed Ground by Carla Norton and 

 

Worst Roommate Ever series on Netflix - 5 stars

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_244_-_3_29_22_8.32_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:48am PDT

Recorded March 4-6, 2022

No book talk this episode

 

Thursday

Esther Rodgers - Jazz Turtle Creations

Greenwood Fiberworks

Front Range Bags

The Falafel Corner - Sacramento, CA

 

Friday

Knit Bah Purl

El Fuego Express - Sacramento, CA

Sew Happy Jane

Purls Before Wine

Firebird Yarns

Laneras

Babetta’s Yarn & Gifts

Malabrigo Rios

Desert Panda Fiber Arts

Brasserie du Monde - Sacramento, CA

 

Saturday

Harry Wells

Color Cables photos

Art and Alchemy Fiber Arts

A Needle Runs Through It

Anzula Luxury Fibers

Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavallee

Marie Green - Olive Knits

Serendipidye

Invictus Yarns

fade colors photos

Mod Yarns

Knitted Wit

Grange Restaurant and Bar - Sacramento, CA

Direct download: Episode_243_-_3_9_22_9.05_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29am PDT

Recorded on February 23, 2022

Book Talk starts at 32:10

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 pm PST

Our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Mini Skein KAL goes until .  You can get all the details here!

Mini Skein Finished Object thread here.

Browse our Mini Skein Pattern Bundle here.

12 in 22 - Unofficial KAL/challenge to knit 12 (or however many you want) sweaters in 2022. Details here!

The 2KLC 2022 Swap has begun!  Important dates:  

March 1: Check-In #2
March 15: check in #3
April 1: Check in #4
April 15: check in #5
May 1: final check in.
May 15th: Mail By Date

 

Upcoming events: 

March 3-6, 2022 - Barb and Tracie will both be attending Stitches West in Sacramento, CA

April 7-10, 2022 - Tracie will be attending the Northern California Knitting Retreat in San Juan Bautista, CA

Correction Corner: Scheepjes yarn is a Dutch company, not a German company

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

She frogged:

Tracie has finished:

  • The JazzaGal by Mary Annerella in The Fibre Co. Arranmore Light in Kinego Bay
  • Mini Skein Magic Knit Chevron Cowl by Dana Freed Fiddes in fingering leftovers from my stash and beads from BeadBiz
  • Vanilla socks in Biscotte Yarns Bis-Sock in Ariel

Barb continues working on:

And she has cast on:

Tracie has cast on:

And continues working on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

The Forever Home by Sue Watson - 3 stars 

Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina by Georgina Pazcoguin - 5 stars

Tracie read:

The Night Before by Wendy Walker - 3.5 stars

Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool by Clara Parkes - 3 stars

You All Grow Up and Leave Me: a Memoir of Teenage Obsession by Piper Weiss - 4.5 stars

The Secrets of Roscarbury Hall by Ann O’Loughlin - 3 stars

Too Pretty to Live: the Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee by Dennis Brooks - 4 stars

 

Barb give thumbs up to good customer service from Hobbii Yarn in Copenhagen. 

Tracie recommends the Sounds Like a Cult podcast

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_242_-_2_26_22_9.27_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am PDT

Recorded on Thursday, February 3, 2022 

Book Talk starts at 24:50

Mini Skein KAL!  Yes, we have started our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Mini Skein KAL.  You can get all the details here!

Mini Skein Finished Object thread here.

Browse our Mini Skein Pattern Bundle here.

Most of all...have fun!

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here.

12 in 22 - Unofficial KAL/challenge to knit 12 (or however many you want) sweaters in 2022. Details here!

The 2022 2KLC Swap is on!  Go to swap thread for all the info and to join (follow link to the sign up form AND post your answers to the questionnaire in the thread).  Sign ups close on February 10th.  

Upcoming events: 

  • March 3-6, 2022 - We will both be attending Stitches West in Sacramento, CA.
  • April 7-10, 2022 - Tracie will be attending the Northern California Knitting Retreat in San Juan Bautista, CA

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Delicious Simplicity hat by Knitsalotte using mystery bulky yarn found in stash

Tracie has finished:

Barb is working on:

And has cast on:

Tracie is working on:

And has cast on:

BOOKS

Barb read:

 

Tracie read:

Mentioned:

  • Barb and Tracie both loved The Wilds Season 1, Prime Video
  • Barb also recommends Yellowjackets on Netflix
Direct download: Episode_241_-_2_4_22_1.09_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:31pm PDT

Recorded on January 16, 2022

Book Talk starts at 35:55

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here.

Our Fall Sweater KAL has ended.  Stay tuned till the end of the podcast to find out if you’ve won a prize, and thanks to everyone who participated!

Do you have all kinds of mini-skeins but don’t know what to do with them?  Join our Spring Mini-Skeins KAL!  We already have a bundle full of pattern ideas, and if I know this group, many more will be added.  The KAL will run February 1-May 1, 2022 - check out the thread in our Ravelry group for more info.

12 in 22 - Unofficial KAL/challenge to knit 12 (or however many you want) sweaters in 2022.

The 2022 2KLC Swap is on!  Go to swap thread for all the info and to join (follow link to the sign up form AND post your answers to the questionnaire in the thread).

Upcoming events: 

  • March 3-6, 2022 - We will both be attending Stitches West in Sacramento, CA.
  • April 7-10, 2022 - Tracie will be attending the Northern California Knitting Retreat in San Juan Bautista, CA

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

  • Multnomah Falls hat by Kay Hopkins, using Plymouth Encore Tweed in the Brick Red colorway
  • Frohlocke Hat by Katrine Schubert, using Malabrigo Rastita in the Archangel colorway 
  • Nagare by Natsuko Iida, using Valley Yarns Superwash Sport in the Ice colorway
  • Murphy Bay Hat by Jenny Weibe, using Malabrigo Rios in the Pines colorway

 

Tracie has finished:

  • Swallowtail by Jamie Hoffman in 3 colors of Psych Ward Yarns Joy Sock (Mrs. Peacock, Orange Sherbet and Painted Waters) and Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in Ecru
  • My first combo spin!  I used 5 braids of fiber and then I double-plied them.  Very excited to see how much I have and plan a project (hopefully a sweater)!

Barb is working on:

And has cast on:

Tracie has cast on:

And is working on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Tracie read 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_240_-_1_18_22_12.41_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm PDT

Recorded on December 26, 2021

Book Talk begins at 26:04

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 15, 2022!  View the details here.

Our next KAL will be announced on the next episode! Stay tuned...

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here.

 

Upcoming events: 

  • January 7-9, 2022 - We will both be attending the New Year Fiber Retreat in San Juan Bautista, California
  • March 3-6, 2022 - We will both be attending Stitches West in Sacramento, CA.

 

KNITTING:

Tracie has Finished:


Barb finished:
 
Tracie has cast on:
And continues working on:
Barb continues to work on:
And has cast on:
Multnomah Falls Hat by Kay Hopkins, using Plymouth Encore Tweed in the Brick Red colorway
 
BOOKS
Tracie read:
Barb read:

 

Direct download: Episode_239_-_12_29_21_10.37_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50am PDT

Recorded on December 14, 2021

Book talk starts at 22:55

Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 15, 2022!  You still have time to knit a great sweater!  View the details here  

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Tracie’s handspun giveaway! Winners are announced at the end of this podcast.

Upcoming events: 

January 7-9, 2022 - We will both be attending the New Year Fiber Retreat in San Juan Bautista, California.

March 3-6, 2022 - We will both be attending Stitches West in Sacramento, CA.

KNITTING:

Barb finished


Tracie has Finished:

Barb continues to work on:

And has cast on:

 

Tracie has cast on:

 

And continues working on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read: 

 
 
Tracie Read:

Direct download: Episode_238_-_12_15_21_1.02_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm PDT

Recorded Saturday November 27, 2021

Book Talk starts at 26:25

The 2021 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  All the info you need to know is here on the Sweater KAL Chatter Thread. Check out our Bundles for more inspiration!

 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Tracie’s handspun giveaway! 3 skeins, 4 oz each:

  • Lisa Souza Dyeworks Silk Merino - Pacific
  • Greenwood Fiberworks 100% Merino Superfine - Arizona
  • Greenwood Fiberworks Hand Dyed Roving Merino Superwash/Stellina - Puget Sound

Giveaway thread will close December 1.

 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

  • Koko Bean Hat by JudithMarieKnits
  • My Oasis Pullover by Ririko - successful sweater surgery!  

 

Tracie finished

  • Darling Darby by Jean Clement in Scheepjes Chunky Monkey in Deep Violet and Turquoise
  • Murphy Bay hat by Jenny Wiebe

 

Barb continues to work on:

 

And has cast on:

 

Tracie has cast on:

 

And continues working on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read: 

 

 

Tracie read:

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_237_-_11_30_21_10.04_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am PDT

Recorded on Tuesday, November 7, 2021

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

The 2021 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has begun!  All the info you need to know is here on the Sweater KAL Chatter Thread. Check out our Bundles for more inspiration.
 
New giveaway - Tracie’s handspun!  She has 3 skeins of 4 oz each to give away:

Shaggy Bear Farms Merino/Tussah Silk - Okay, this one is too ugly to give away.  My mother has given it a good home.  I will choose a different skein of handspun to replace this one.

Greenwood Fiberworks 100% Merino Superfine - Arizona

Greenwood Fiberworks Hand Dyed Roving Merino Superwash/Stellina - Puget Sound

Please leave a comment in the contest thread to be entered to win.  Thread will close December 1, 2021.

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Tracie finished

Barb continues to work on:

Into Hibernation:

And has cast on:

Barb is doing doing surgery on her My Oasis pullover.  She is lengthening the back.

Tracie cast on:

And continues to work on:

BOOKS

Barb and Tracie both read:

  • Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell - Barb gave it 3 stars, Tracie has not yet rated it

Barb read:

Tracie read:

When You See Me by Lisa Gardner - 4 stars

Close Her Eyes by Dorothy Simpson - 3 stars

Direct download: Episode_236_-_11_10_21_9.41_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am PDT

Recorded Wednesday October 27, 2021

Book talk starts at 27:12

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

The 2021 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has begun!  All the info you need to know is here on the Sweater KAL Chatter Thread. Check out our Bundles for more inspiration.  

New giveaway - Tracie’s handspun! I have 3 skeins of 4 oz each to give away:

Shaggy Bear Farms Merino/Tussah Silk

Greenwood Fiberworks 100% Merino Superfine - Arizona

Greenwood Fiberworks Hand Dyed Roving Merino Superwash/Stellina - Puget Sound

Please leave a comment in the contest thread to be entered to win.  Thread will close December 1, 2021.

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

  • Mother Bear #248

 

Tracie finished

 

Barb continues to work on:

And has cast on:

  • Mother Bear #249

 

Tracie cast on:

 

And continues to work on:

 

BOOKS

Barb read

The Last Man on the Mountain: The Death of an American Adventurer on K2 by Jennifer Jordan - 4 stars

Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff - 4 stars

 

Tracie read

Frozen Tears: The Fort Leonard Wood MP Murders by J.B. King - 2.5 stars

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Andrea Montell - 5 stars

Behind the Horror: True Stories that Inspired Horror Movies by Lee Mellor - 4 stars

Barb recommends the Murdaugh Murders Podcast

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_235_-_10_30_21_11.36_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53am PDT

Recorded on October 8, 2021

Book Talk starts at: 29:00

The 2021 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has begun!  All the info you need to know is here on the Sweater KAL Chatter Thread. Check out our Bundles for more inspiration.  

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

Barb finished:

  • Be Kind #7 by Melissa Simpson, using worsted weight scraps

 

Tracie cast on:

And continues to work on:

Barb continues to work on:

 

BOOKS 

Tracie read:

 

Barb read:

 
Tracie talked about the Netflix series Britney Vs. Spears.  Here is the Trailer for it!

 

Direct download: Episode_234_-_10_11_21_12.03_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm PDT

Recorded on September 22, 2021

Book Talk starts at 28:01

The 2021 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has begun!  All the info you need to know is here on the Sweater KAL Chatter Thread. 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

Barb finished:

  • Mother Bear 248

Tracie cast on:

And continues to work on:

Barb continues to work on:

She has cast on:

BOOKS 

Tracie read:

Barb read:

Direct download: 2KLC_ep233_-_9_25_21_2.42_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm PDT

Recorded on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

 

Announcing the start of the 2021 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL!  All the info you need to know is here on the Sweater KAL Chatter Thread.  

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

We will draw for Mother Bear prizes at the end of this episode!

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Tracie finished:

 

Barb is working On:

She cast on:
  • Be Kind Hat #7 by Melissa Simpson, using worsted scraps

Tracie has cast on:

And she continues to work on:

BOOKS 

Barb finished: 

 

Tracie Finished

Direct download: Episode_232_-_9_8_21_11.33_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm PDT

Recorded on August 22, 2021

Book Talk starts at 24:52

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is on!  Any Mother Bear that you have knit or crocheted in 2021 is eligible to post in our FO Thread.  One post per bear please.  Please see all the rules and participate in the Chatter Thread. #2021MBKAL2KL

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

We will draw for the giveaway of Fredi Baker’s Let’s Shawl-a-Brate! pattern at the end of the episode.

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Tracie finished:

Davis by Pam Allen in Juniper Moon Farm Zooey in Rigging colorway

Barb is working On:

She cast on:

Tracie doesn’t want to think about:

Tulip Tank Top by Purl Soho in Araucania Caña Ruca

She has cast on:

And she continues to work on:

BOOKS 

Barb finished: 

Tracie Finished:

 

Barb recommends Woodstock Chimes wind chimes 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_231_-_8_23_21_12.49_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm PDT

Listen 

Recorded on August 8, 2021

Book talk starts at 26:30

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is on!  Any Mother Bear that you have knit or crocheted in 2021 is eligible to post in our FO Thread.  One post per bear please.  Please see all the rules and participate in the Chatter Thread. #2021MBKAL2KL

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 
We are giving away 3 copies of Fredi Baker’s Let’s Shawl-a-Brate! pattern.  Leave a comment on the prize thread telling us how you feel about putting colors together - love it, get intimidated, or always buy the kit?  Thread will close August 15.

Joining us on this podcast is our friend, Eileen, better known on Ravelry as Redsknits!  Eileen is a very accomplished knitter, spinner, quilter and wood Turner.  

KNITTING

Barb finished:

 

Barb continues to work on:
Barb has Cast On:

 

 
Eileen has finished:
Eileen  is working on:
  • Stripes! by Andrea Mowry, using Jameson & Smith and Jameson and a Rowan yarn.
  • A beret modeld on the motifs from her Forestland pullover by Jennifer Steingass
Tracie has finished:

Tracie is working on:

We discussed the our friend Shelley's cardigan, her Desert Sunset using the Stripes Forever pattern by Heidimarie Kaiser.  Such a beautiful sweater, with an interesting shoulder detail, and Shelley added afterthought pockets.  The sweater and pictures are below:

 

BOOKS:

Tracie and Barb both read:

  • PEEPS by Erin Gordon.  4 stars from Tracie, 5 stars from Barb!
 
Eileen read:

Tracie read:

Direct download: Episode_230_-_8_11_21_2.51_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm PDT

Recorded Thursday, July 22, 2021

Book talk begins at 25:06

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is on!  Any Mother Bear that you have knit or crocheted in 2021 is eligible to post in our FO Thread.  One post per bear please.  Please see all the rules and participate in the Chatter Thread. #2021MBKAL2KL

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

We are giving away 3 copies of Fredi Baker’s Let’s Shawl-a-Brate! pattern.  Leave a comment on the prize thread telling us how you feel about putting colors together - love it, get intimidated, or always buy the kit?  Thread will close August 15.

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

 

Barb finished:

Tracie cast on:
  • Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota, using Tracie's handspun from fiber by Woolgatherings Polwarth/silk

 

And continues working on:

 

Barb continues to work on

  • Vanilla socks using Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock in the Concrete Sunset colorway
  • That's My Jam by Steven Fegert, using a kit bought from Learning Men Fiber Arts

 

She has cast on:

 

BOOKS 

Tracie read:

Barb read:

Leave the World Behind - 4 stars

Direct download: Episode_229_-_7_24_21_11.43_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am PDT

Recorded on July 7, 2021

Book Talk starts at 29:55

Our annual Mother Bear KAL is on!  Any Mother Bear that you have knit or crocheted in 2021 is eligible to post in our FO Thread.  One post per bear please.  Please see all the rules and participate in the Chatter Thread. #2021MBKAL2KL

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

We are giving away 3 copies of Fredi Baker’s Let’s Shawl-a-Brate! pattern.  Leave a comment on the prize thread telling us how you feel about putting colors together - love it, get intimidated, or always buy the kit?  Thread will close August 15.

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished:

Barb finished:

Tracie cast on:

And continues working on:

Barb continues to work on:

  • The Capitol hat by Hinterm Stein, using Baah Platinum in the Misty colorway
  • Vanilla socks using Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock in the Concrete Sunset colorway
  • That's My Jam by Steven Fegert, using a kit bought from Learning Men Fiber Arts

She has cast on:

Koko Bean Hat by JudithMarieKnits in some rando blue yarn that I found in my bear yarn.  I think it’s Red Heart Super Saver that I probably picked up from a destash table.

 

BOOKS 

Tracie read:

Still Learning by India Oxenberg - 2.5 stars

A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by Kevin Hazzard - 2.5 stars

Barb read:

Bittersweet by Colleen McCullough - 4 stars

Fatal Charm by Carlton Smith - 3 stars

 

Barb recommends the K2 Savage Mountain episodes of the Against the Odds podcast

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_228_-_7_9_21_11.16_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am PDT

Recorded on June 23, 2021

Book Talk starts at: 23:40

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Our annual Mother Bear KAL has started!  

 

 

Any Mother Bear that you have knit or crocheted in 2021 is eligible to post in our FO Thread

One post per bear please.

Please see all the rules and participate in the Chatter Thread.

#2021MBKAL2KL

Let's turn out a record number of bears!  

 

 

Barb's Koko Bean Hat

 

KNITTING

 

Barb finished:

  • Mother Bears #239 & #240
  • Koko Bean Hat by JudithMarieKnits, using random worsted scrap yarn

 

Tracie finished:

  • Mother Bears 248 - 251
Barb is working on:
Barb has cast on:
Bankhead Hat #16 using random worsted scraps
 
Tracie is still working on:

Tracie has cast on:

BOOKS

 

Barb finished  2 books:

 
Tracie has finished 10 books:

Thumbs Up /Down
Tracie talked about some of her "Yarn Room" art that came from Knit Baah Purl
 
Barb recommended the podcast The Opportunist - she really liked Season 1, and also Season 2 which is going on now.
 
She also recommended the Peacock series Mr. Mercedes.

 

Direct download: Episode_227_-_6_26_21_9.27_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50am PDT

Recorded on June 6, 2021

Book Talk starts at: 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Our Anything But Wool KAL has ended - 142 FOs!  Good job, everyone!  We will announce the prize winners in at the end of this podcast!


Our annual Mother Bear KAL has started!  

 

Any Mother Bear that you have knit or crocheted in 2021 is eligible to post in our FO Thread

One post per bear please.


Please see all the rules and participate in the Chatter Thread.


#2021MBKAL2KL


Let's turn out a record number of bears!  

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Tracie finished:

 

BOOKS

 

Barb finished 3 books:

 
 
Tracie finished 2 books:

 Interview with Joyce White Vance. 

Joyce was a Federal Prosecutor for the Northern District of       Alabama, nominated by President Barack Obama.  She is  currently a Professor of Law at the University of Alabama and an MSNBC Correspondent on legal issues.  She is also an avid knitter!  Barb and Tracie talk to her about a myriad of subjects including the law, her work on MSNBC, her chickens, podcasting, but most of all, her knitting.  She also participates in our Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down segment.
 
 She is one of the hosts of the podcast #SistersInLaw, in  
 addition to being a co-host of the Cafe Insider Podcast with         Preet Bahara.  
 
Joyce talked about her current knitting project, her Livia Cardigan.
 
It was so fun to interview Joyce - please enjoy!
 
Tracie talked about the Blue's Clues Pride Parade video


Direct download: Episode_226_-_6_9_21_10.23_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35am PDT

Recorded on May 12, 2021

Book Talk starts at 30:15

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Our Anything But Wool KAL has ended - 142 FOs!  Good job, everyone!  We will announce the prize winners in Episode 226.

Up next, Mother Bear KAL!   The FO thread will be open June 1 -September 1, but any bear made in 2021 is eligible.  Join the chatter here.

The winner of The Office project bag by Tracie is announced at the end of this episode.

Knitting

Barb finished:

  • Chunky Cabled Hat by by Christy Kay Morse, using Noro Furisode in 23 colorway.
  • Snow Day hat by Jerry Burch, using Noro Furisode in 23 colorway
  • Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Rios in the Solis colorway.
  • Mother Bear # 236

Tracie finished:

Barb had a request from a listener to talk in detail about how she applies the grosgrain ribbon to the inside of her button bands to provide more stability.  She learned the technique from this very detailed video made by the Knitmore Girls, and the photos below show Barb's own examples.

Barb continues to work on:

And has cast on:

Tracie has cast on:

She continues to work on:

BOOKS

Barb read:

Tracie read:

Direct download: 2KLC_ep225_-_5_16_21_9.44_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02am PDT

Recorded on April 27, 2021

Book Talk starts at 29:49

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

There are a few weeks left in our Anything-But-Wool KAL!  From You have until May 15 to complete a project of at least 200 yards of any yarn that does not contain wool - that means cotton, linen, cashmere, silk, soy, steel, milk, corn - even acrylic!  Join our very active chatter thread here, and post your FOs here.

 

Stay tuned to the end to find out if you won the Abington Mitts pattern by Jennifer Lassonde!

 

Giveaway for fans of The Office!  Tracie has made an The Office-themed project bag to give away.  Post in the giveaway thread telling us what your favorite episode is and why.  The thread will close May 15.

 

Andrew of the Fruity Knits podcast has passed away due a brain tumor.  The podcast was the family’s only source of income, so please help if you can.

 

How to contribute to Fruity Knitting:  

https://fruityknitting.com/contribute/KNITTING

 

KNITTING

Tracie finished

  • Tulip Tank Top by Purl Soho in Newton’s Yarn Country Linen Tweed - Brown Barberpole.  This one is a miss for a variety of reasons and has gone into the donate bag!
  • 2 Mother Bears (230 and 231), both in Louisa Harding Mariposa

 

Barb finished

  • Alaska Hat by Camille Descoteaux, using a kit from Knit Circus 
  • Abington Mitts by Jennifer Lassonde in Lil Weasel DK in the Porcelain colorway

 

Tracie has cast On:

Confetti by Veera Välimäki in Kelbourne Woolens Mojave - Sky Blue

 

And continues working on:

 

Barb has been working on

 

And has cast on

 

She frogged

 

BOOKS 

Tracie read

A Cold-Blooded Business: Adultery, Murder, and a Killer's Path from the Bible Belt to the Boardroom by Marek Fuchs - 3 1/2 stars

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley - 4 1/2 stars

The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale 3 1/2 stars

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - 4 1/2 stars

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories About Racism by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar - 4 1/2 stars

 

Barb read

Dead in the Water by Penny Farmer - 5 stars

The Scandal by Nicola Marsh - 3 stars

The Coldest Case by James Patterson - 2 stars

The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Hamel - 3 stars

 

Barb recommends: RABOM (Ribbons and Buttons Oh My!) for all your grosgrain ribbons needs  

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_224_-_4_29_21_1.15_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:27pm PDT

Recorded on April 7, 2021

Book Talk starts at: 35:50

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here


Our Anything-But-Wool KAL is ongoing!  From February 15 to May 15, knit or crochet a project of at least 200 yards of any yarn that does not contain wool - that means cotton, linen, cashmere, silk, soy, steel, milk, corn - even acrylic!  Join our very active chatter thread here, and post your FOs here.

Would you like to win a copy of the Abington Mitts by BostonJen? This lovely pattern is designed for DK weight yarn and would be a beautiful addition to anyone’s winter wardrobe.  Post on the giveaway thread to be entered to win!

New Giveaway for fans of The Office!  Tracie has made an The Office-themed project bag to give away.  Post in the giveaway thread telling us what your favorite episode is and why.  The thread will close May 15.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Mother Bear #235

Tracie has finished

1.  Sea Turtle by Galina Fedtchenko in ArtFibers Houdini

Barb has frogged:

River Ripples by Yumiko Alexander, using Hemp for Knitting Allhemp 3 in the Green colorway

Barb continues to work on:

1.  Alaska hat by Camille Descoteaux, using a kit from Knitcircus

2.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Rios in the Solis colorway.

3.  One Splendid Skein shawl by Fredi Baker, using Hedgehog Fibers Sock in the Budgie colorway.

 

And has cast on:

 1.  Abington Mitts by Jennifer Lassonde, using Lil Weasel DK in the Porcelain colorway

2.  Cool Hemp Ponchette by Lana Hames, using Hemp for Knitting AllHemp3 in the Green colorway

Tracie has cast on:

Tulip Tank Top by Purl Soho in Newton’s Yarn Country Linen Tweed - Brown Barberpole

And continues to work on:

1.  Color Stacking Cowl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Mossy Place colorway

2.  Snake River Poncho by Katy H. Carroll in Western Sky Knits Aspen Silk 600 in Downtown Colorway

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  The Guest List by Lucy Foley - 4 stars

2.  A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult - 4 stars

 

Tracie read:

1.  Smart Women by Judy Blume - 4 stars

2. Beshert by Erin Gordon - 5 stars

3. Faithful Place by Tana French - 4 stars

4.  The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson - 3 stars

5.  What Lies Between Us by John Marrs - 4 stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Episode_223_-_4_9_21_10.39_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am PDT

Book Talk starts at 41:25

Recorded March 22, 2021

 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Our Anything-But-Wool KAL is ongoing!  From February 15 to May 15, knit or crochet a project of at least 200 yards of any yarn that does not contain wool - that means cotton, linen, cashmere, silk, soy, steel, milk, corn - even acrylic!  Join our very active chatter thread here, and post your FOs here.

 

Would you like to win a copy of the Abington Mitts by BostonJen? This lovely pattern is designed for DK weight yarn and would be a beautiful addition to anyone’s winter wardrobe.  Post on the giveaway thread to be entered to win!

 

KNITTING

 

Barb has finished:

Sunset Highway pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using using Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock in the Vanilla colorway, and Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Twist Sock, in the Ocean and the Magenta colorways

Vindaloo Shawl by Melissa Schoschwary, using Cloudborn Fibers Highland Worsted in the Winter Sky colorway

Mother Bear #234

 

Tracie has finished

Noble Hill by b. Woolens in Plucky Knitter Sophisticate in Sugar Ribbon

1st of Four Cats by Kath Dalmeny

Zickzack Scarf (cowl) by Christy Kamm in Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and Dawn colorways

Kindling Mitts by Helen Stewart in Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendelton in Snow for my friend Dawn’s birthday

 

Barb continues to work on:

River Ripples by Yumiko Alexander, using Hemp for Knitting Allhemp 3 in the Green colorway

Mother Bear #234 

 

And has cast on:

Alaska hat by Camille Descoteaux, using a kit from Knitcircus 

Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Malabrigo Rios in the Solis colorway.

One Splendid Skein shawl by Fredi Baker, using Hedgehog Fibers Sock in the Budgie colorway.

 

Tracie has cast on:

Sea Turtle by Galina Fedtchenko in Artfibers Houdini

 

And continues to work on:

Color Stacking Cowl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Mossy Place colorway

Jewel Box Cowl by Cindy Garland in Stunning String Studio Stunning Superwash (kit)

2nd Cat from 4 Cats by Kath Dalmeny using Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton and Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, etc. 

Snake River Poncho by Katy H. Carroll in Western Sky Knits Aspen Silk 600 in Downtown Colorway

 

 

BOOKS

 

Barb read:

In the Dark by Loreth Anne White - 3 stars

The Murder of Marion Miley by Beverly Bell - 4.5 stars

 

Tracie read:

His Favorites by Kate Walbert

The Secret Place by Tana French

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_222_-_3_25_21_10.40_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49am PDT

Recorded on March 3, 2021

Book Talk starts at 36:43

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Announcing our Anything-But-Wool KAL!  From February 15 to May 15, knit or crochet a project of at least 200 yards of any yarn that does not contain wool - that means cotton, linen, cashmere, silk, soy, steel, milk, corn - even acrylic!  Join our very active chatter thread here, and post your FOs here.

Our friend Fredi Baker has released the latest pattern in her one-skein shawl series!  The One Splendid Shawl is now available on Ravelry, and we have 3 copies to giveaway.  Post here to be entered to win.

Would you like to win a copy of the Abington Mitts by BostonJen? This lovely pattern is designed for DK weight yarn and would be a beautiful addition to anyone’s winter wardrobe.  Post on the giveaway thread to be entered to win!

KNITTING

Barb has finished

Hearten Cowl by Helen Stewart, using random mini skeins and Knit Picks Palette from my stash

Heart Scarf by Jacques Cartier Clothiers, using 100% Quiviut (217 yds. Lace weight) in a deep purple/blue color

Tracie has finished

Table runner in my handspun (Chameleon Fiber Co Merino/Silk)

Cannon Bandana by Adventure du Jour Designs in Louisa Harding Mulberry Hand Beaded in the Rocket colorway

Cannon Bandana in Trendsetter Yarn Victory in copper

Cannon Bandana in Grandma’s Hand Dyed Merino/Cashmere dyed for Grandma’s Spinning Wheel in Tucson, AZ

Vanilla Socks in Apple Fiber Studio McIntosh in Happy Hammock

Barb is working on:

Sunset Highway pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using Brown Sheep Wildfoote Luxury Sock in the Vanilla colorway, Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in the Magenta and the Ocean colorways

Vindaloo shawl by Melissa Shaschwary, using Cloudborn Fibers Highland Worsted in the Winter Sky colorway 

And has cast on:

River Ripples by Yumiko Alexander, using Hemp for Knitting Allhemp 3 in the Green colorway

Mother Bear #234

Tracie has has cast:

Color Stacking Cowl by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in the Mossy Place colorway

Out of Hibernation!

Jewel Box Cowl by Cindy Garland in Stunning String Studio Stunning Superwash (kit)

Continues working on:

 4 Cats by Kath Dalmeny using Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton and Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, etc. 

Snake River Poncho by Katy H. Carroll in Western Sky Knits Aspen Silk 600 in Downtown Colorway

Noble Hill by b. Woolens in Plucky Knitter Sophisticate in Sugar RibbonBOOKS

 

Barb read:

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty - 4 stars

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker - 3 stars

Tracie read:

Dead Reckoning by Caitlin Rother - 4 stars

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, Age 83 1/4 by Hendrik Groen (Peter de Smet)

Tracie recommends Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_221_-_3_6_21_11.44_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:57am PDT

Recorded on February 15, 2021

Book talk starts at 25:00

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Announcing our Anything-But-Wool KAL!  From February 15 to May 15, knit or crochet a project of at least 200 yards of any yarn that does not contain wool - that means cotton, linen, cashmere, silk, soy, steel, milk, corn - even acrylic!  The chatter thread has opened here.
 
 
Katy H. Carroll aka Katinka Designs will be hosting a KAL for her cowl designs!  Use the promo code COWLABUNGA to receive 50% off any of her cowl designs for the next few weeks, and then plan to knit along in March.  Check out Katy's cowl designs here, and look for details in her Ravelry group here.
 
 
Our friend Fredi Baker has released the latest pattern in her one-skein shawl series!  The One Splendid Shawl is now available on Ravelry, and we have 3 copies to giveaway.  Post here to be entered to win.

 

KNITTING

Barb has finished:  

1.  Mother Bear #233

2.  Ran House Book Hat by Jennifer Lassonde, using scraps of leftover Caron Cakes

3.  Bankhead Hat #14

 

Tracie has finished:

Vanilla Socks in Apple Fiber Studio McIntosh in Happy Hammock
 

Barb continues to work on:

1.  Sunset Highway pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using Brown Sheep Wildfoote Lusury Sock in the Vanilla colorway, Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in the Magenta and the Ocean colorways

2.  Hearten Cowl by Helen Stewart, using scraps and mini-skeins from her stash

3.  Vindaloo shawl by Melissa Shaschwary, using Cloudborn Fibers Highland Worsted in the Winter Sky colorway 

 

Barb has cast on

1.  Heart Scarf by Jacques Cartier Clothiers, using 100% Qiviut (217 yards of lace weight) in a blue-purple colorway

 

Tracie has cast on:

1.  4 Cats by Kath Dalmeny using Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton and Paintbox Yarns Simply DK, etc.

And continues to work on:  

1.  Table runner in my handspun (Chameleon Fiber Co Merino/Silk)

2.  Snake River Poncho by Katy H. Carroll in Western Sky Knits Aspen Silk 600 in Downtown Colorway

3.  Noble Hill by b. Woolens in Plucky Knitter Sophisticate in Sugar Ribbon

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.   The Widow's House by Carol Goodman -  2.5 stars

2.  Out of the Silence: After the Crash by Eduardo Strauch Urioste - 4 stars

 

Tracie read:

1.  The Playground Murders (The Detective's Daughter #7 by Lesley Thomsen - 2.5 stars

2.  Squeeze Me (Skink #8) by Carl Hiaasen - 4 stars

3.  Possessed: The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder by Kathryn Casey - 4 stars

4.  Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - 4 stars

5.   Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman - 4 stars

 
Tracie recommends the Easy View Anti-fog Cloth - it really works to keep your glasses from fogging up when you wear a mask!
 
 

Direct download: Episode_220_-_2_16_21_1.21_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:46am PDT

Recorded on January 28, 2021

Book Talk starts at 23:29

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Our Fall Sweater KAL has ended - listen to the end of the episode to find out if you are a prize winner!

Announcing our Anything-But-Wool KAL!  From February 15 to May 15, knit or crochet a project of at least 200 yards of any yarn that does not contain wool - that means cotton, linen, cashmere, silk, soy, steel, milk, corn - even acrylic!  The chatter thread has opened here.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Multidirectional Scarf #10 by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake

Create Your Own Adventure shawl by Fredi Baker, using an Invictus Yarns Beyond kit bought at Stitches 2019.

Tracie has finished

Vanilla socks in Western Sky Knits Smooth Sock in Concrete Sunset

Scintillation by Hunter Hammersen - just playing with this, making stars in different yarns and sizes

Barb continues to work on:

Sunset Highway pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using Brown Sheep Wildfoote Lusury Sock in the Vanilla colorway, Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in the Magenta and the Ocean colorways

Hearten Cowl by Helen Stewart, using scraps and mini-skeins from her stash

Vindaloo shawl by Melissa Shaschwary, using Cloudborn Fibers Highland Worsted in the Winter Sky colorway 

And has cast on

Tan House Brook Hat by Jennifer Lassonde, using Caron Cake leftovers for a color blocking effect.  

Tracie has cast on:

Noble Hill by b. Woolens in Plucky Knitter Sophisticate in Sugar Ribbon

Vanilla Socks in Apple Fiber Studio McIntosh in Happy Hammock

And Continues to work on:

Girl Cat by Julie Williams in Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton and Paintbox Yarns Simply DK

Table runner in my handspun (Chameleon Fiber Co Merino/Silk)

Snake River Poncho by Katy H. Carroll in Western Sky Knits Aspen Silk 600 in Downtown Colorway

BOOKS

Barb read:

Drowning with Others by Linda Keir - 3 stars

A Keeper by Graham Norton - 4 stars

Tracie read:

Lakewood by Megan Giddings - 4 1/2 stars

Troubled Blood (Cormoran Strike #5) by Robert Galbraith - 4 stars

To learn about the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, check out the American Scandal podcast

Verizon Call Filter

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_219_-_1_31_21_12.08_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm PDT

Recorded on 1/13/2021
Book Talk starts at 34:34
 
The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL runs until January 15!  This episode was recorded on January 13th, so please plan on listening to Episode 219 to find out if you won a prize!
 
The Chicks are mulling over ideas for our next knit-along...stay tuned!
 
Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here
 
KNITTING

 

 

 
Barb has finished:
1.  Dalki hat by Gillian Harkness, using leftover yarn from a Caron Cake

 

 
 
Tracie has finished:
1.  Moon of My Life pullover by Nadia Cretin-Lechenne in Invictus Yarns Reward in the Christmas Chaos colorway, and Serendipidye Silken Sock in the Papaya colorway

 

 
 

Barb has frogged:

Moondrip Swoncho by Dragon Hoard Designs, using Brown Sheep Wildfoote Lusury Sock in the Vanilla colorway, Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in the Magenta and the Ocean colorways

 



 

Barb continues to work on:

1.  Multidirectional Scarf #9 by Karen Baumer, using a Caron Cake
2.  Create Your Own Adventure shawl, using a kit made up of Invictus Yarns Beyond yarn
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And has cast on:
1.  Sunset Highway pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using Brown Sheep Wildfoote Lusury Sock in the Vanilla colorway, Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in the Magenta and the Ocean colorways
2.  Hearten Cowl by Helen Stewart, using scraps and mini-skeins from her stash
3.  Vindaloo shawl by Melissa Shaschwary, using Cloudborn Fibers Highland Worsted in the Winter Sky colorway
 
Tracie has cast on:
1.  Table runner in Tracie's handspun (Chameleon Fiber Co. Merino/Silk

                              

And continues to work on:
 
1.  Vanilla socks in Western Sky Knits Smooth Sock in Concrete Sunset
2.  Snake River Poncho by Katy H. Carroll in Western Sky Knits Aspen Silk 600 in Downtown Colorway
 
BOOKS

 

 

Barb read:

1.  Yard Work by David Koepp - 5 stars

2.  Love Lies: A True Story of Marriage and Murder in the Suburbs by Amanda Lamb - 3.5 stars

3.  Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere by Poe Ballantine - 5 stars

4.  Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump by Michael Cohen - 4 stars

5.  The Dinner by Herman Koch - 4 stars

 



 
Tracie read: 
 
1. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell - 5 stars
 
2.  One True Thing by Anna Quindlen - 4 stars
 
3.  Victim: The Other Side of Murder by Gary Kinder - 4 stars

 

 

Direct download: Episode_218_-_1_16_21_2.14_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am PDT

Recorded on December 28, 2020

Book Talk starts at 31:50

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL runs until January 15!  You can find all the details here.  

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

KNITTING

 

Barb finished:

Frosted Leaves Cowl by Amitola Grande, using a Premier Sweet Roll.

Classic Ribbed Hat by Purl Soho, using Jojoland Tonic in the Gray colorway

Vanilla Socks using Scholler and Stahl Fortissima Socka Mexiko Color Working on:

ADVENTure Gnome MKAL by Sarah Schira, using a mini skein set I bought from Jimmy Beans

 

Tracie has finished:

ADVENTure Gnome MKAL in sparkly yarns

The Child - A Knit Plushie by Ashley Collings

Neckwarmer in Euro Baby Kaleidescope

 

Barb continues to work on:

Multidirectional Scarf #9 by Karen Baumer, using a Caron Cake

Moondrip Swoncho by Dragon Hoard Designs, using Brown Sheep Wildfoote Lusury Sock in the Vanilla colorway, Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist in the Magenta and the Ocean color ways

Create Your Own Adventure shawl, using a kit made up of Invictus Yarns Beyond yarn

 

And has cast on:

Dalki hat by Gillian Harkness, using leftover yarn from a Caron Cake

 

Tracie has cast on:

Snake River Poncho by Katy H. Carroll in Western Sky Knits Aspen Silk 600 in Downtown Colorway

 

And continues to work on:

Vanilla socks in Western Sky Knits Smooth Sock in Concrete Sunset

Moon of My Life pullover by Nadie Cretin-Lechenne in Invictus Yarns Reward in Christmas Chaos and Serendipidye Sausalite Silken Sock in Papaya

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century by Peter Graham - 4 stars

The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad - by Mike Birbiglia - 5 stars

The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry - 4 stars

 

Tracie read: 

Alright, Alright, Alright: An Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused by Melissa Maerz - 5 stars

Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen (Also mention Class Action Park on HBO Max) - 4 1/2 stars

Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen - 3 stars

One in Three by Tess Stimson - 3 1/2 stars

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_217_-_12_31_20_2.04_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:15pm PDT

Recorded on December 14, 2020

Book Talk begins at 33:30

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 15, 2021.  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

Listen to the end of the podcast to find out if you have won 1 of these skeins of Tracie's handspun!

  • 149 yds Twisted Sunshine 50% Silk/50% Merino in bright coral
  • 210 yds Malabrigo Nube 100% Pure Merino Wool in jade greens
  • 252 yds Living Dreams Yarn 70% Merino/30% Tussah Silk in Midnight in Paris (periwinkle)

 

KNITTING

 
Barb has finished:

Tracie has finished:

Tracie is not going to finish:
Barb continues working on:

Barb has cast on:

 

Tracie continues to work on:

 
 

BOOKS

Tracie finished:

 

Barb finished:

Direct download: Episode_216_-_12_17_20_5.36_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:16pm PDT

Recorded on November 29, 2020

Book Talk starts at 32:41

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing until January 15, 2021.  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

New Giveaway - Tracie wants to send you a skein of her handspun!  She will be giving out these skeins to three lucky winners:

  • 149 yds Twisted Sunshine 50% Silk/50% Merino in bright coral
  • 210 yds Malabrigo Nube 100% Pure Merino Wool in jade greens
  • 252 yds Living Dreams Yarn 70% Merino/30% Tussah Silk in Midnight in Paris (periwinkle)

Leave a comment here to be entered to win.  The contest thread will close December 15, 2020.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

Tracie has finished:

 
Barb continues working on:

Barb has cast on:

 

Tracie continues to work on:

Tracie has cast on:

 

BOOKS

Barb and Tracie finished:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama - 5 stars from both!

Barb also finished:

Tracie finished

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Episode_215_-_11_30_20_12.51_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm PDT

Recorded on November 11, 2020

Book Talk starts at 32:45

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_214_-_11_15_20_9.57_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:05am PDT

Recorded on October 29, 2020

Book Talk starts at 32:00

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has officially started!  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Our friend Dinaripper is making wonderful 3D masks with adjustable elastic ear-loops!  They come in lots of fun prints and are really comfortable and well-made.  Check them out here.  For free shipping on masks and anything else you order from her online store until Christmas, use coupon code 2KLCSHIP.

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Invictus Yarns YakLux in the Nockers 2020 colorway

Multidirectional Scarf #9, using a Caron Cake

Bear and a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using 2 skeins of Plymouth Encore in an oatmeal and a turquoise

Octopus by Susan B. Anderson, using Knitpicks Felici Worsted in the Lost Lakes colorway

 

Tracie finished

Eyelet Messy Bun Hat #2 by Miranda Riley in KFI Luxury Collection  Indulgence Hand Painted in Cirque Royale

Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Alexandra The Art of Yarn in Pendleton - Midnight colorway

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

Dog Sweater test-knit by Fredi Baker in Plymouth Encore

 

Barb continues working on

Granito pullover by Joji Locatelli, using Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock in an unknown colorway

Union Table Runner by Joan Beebe, using Knit Picks Swish DK Bare

 

And has cast on

 Yowza Weigh It Shawl #4 by Susan B. Anderson, using Feza Yarns Viva Glitz in a pink and green colorway

Bankhead Hat  #12 by Karen Baumer

 

Tracie pulled out of hybernation

Bellefleur Cardigan by Valerie Hobbs in madelinetosh Silk/Merino in Mill Pond

 

And cast on

Kindling Hat by Helen Stewart in Alexandra the Art of Yarn Pendelton in Midnight

 

Books

Barb read

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline - 4 stars

Snow Creek by Gregg Olsen - 3 stars

 

Tracie read 

In Her Skin by Alex Kiester

The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Say It Louder: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy by Tiffany Cross

The Couple Next Door by Shari LaPeña

 

Barb recommends the Canary podcast

 

Tracie recommends The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_213_-_10_31_20_7.43_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:54am PDT

Thursday, October 15, 2020

If you are an American citizen, PLEASE VOTE!  

Are you registered to vote?  You can check your voter registration HERE.  

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The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has officially started!  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Our friend Dinaripper is making wonderful 3D masks with adjustable elastic ear-loops!  They come in lots of fun prints and are really comfortable and well-made.  Check them out here.

 

Want a giggle and some fabulous yarn?  Check out Despondent Dyes, a duo of dyers whose tagline is "We Set Our Colors with the Acidity of our Bitter Tears..."  Their colorway names are hilarious, and their yarns are beautiful.

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished:

Eyelet Messy Bun Hat #1 by Miranda Riley in The Violet Valentine Winsome Worsted in  Coral Fixation

Darling Darby Sweater by Jean Clement in tangerine acrylic

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bears 230 & 231

Lineate by Elizabeth Doherty, using 3 colors of Knit Picks Palette - cream, dark gray and a pinky red

Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue and pink 

Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

 

Tracie has cast on:

Eyelet Messy Bun Hat by Miranda Riley in KFI Luxury Collection  Indulgence Hand Painted in Cirque Royale

 

And continues to work on:

Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton

 

Barb is working on:

Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

 Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer, using a Caron Cake

And has cast on:

Granito pullover by Joji Locatelli, using Western Sky Knits Aspen Sock in an unknown colorway

Union Table Runner by Joan Beebe, using Knit Picks Swish DK Bare

Bear and a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using 2 skeins of Plymouth Encore in an oatmeal and a turquoise 

 

BOOKS 

Tracie read:

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover & Me by Adrienne Brodeur - 5 stars

The Golden Child by Wendy James - 3.5 stars

Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers Finished Books - 2.5 stars

 

Barb read:

One Little Secret by Cate Holahan - 3 stars

Melania and Me: The Rise and Fall of My Friendship with the First Lady by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff - 4 stars

Anxious People by Frederik Bachman - 5 stars

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_212_-_10_18_20_11.28_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37am PDT

So sorry for all the barking dogs in the background of this episode!

Recorded on Monday, September 27, 2020

Book talk starts at 17:50

 

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has officially started!  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is over!  What did you win?  Listen until the end of the podcast to find out.

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

If you are an American citizen, PLEASE VOTE!  

Are you registered to vote?  You can check your voter registration HERE

 


Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

 

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Mother Bears 228 & 229

 

Tracie has finished:

1. Her Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarns, using Debbie Bliss Andes (baby alpaca and mulberry silk) and Mirasol Nuna (merino, silk, and bamboo)


 
Barb continues to work on

1.  Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue and pink 

2.  Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stern using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

3.  Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

4.  Lineate by Elizabeth Doherty, using Knit Picks Palette in the Lipstick, Cream and Fog color ways

 

Barb has Cast On:

1.  Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer, using a Caron Cake

 

Tracie continues to work on

1.  Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

2.  Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

3.  Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  How Quickly She Disapprears by Raymond Fleischman - 2 stars

2.  Growing Up at Grossinger's by Tania Grossinger - 4 stars

 

Tracie Read:

1.  We Were Mothers by Katie Sise - 3 stars

2.  Vince and Joy by Lisa Jewell - 3 stars

3.  Mother by S.E. Lynes - 4 Stars

 

 

Direct download: Episode_211_-_9_30_20_10.30_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:40am PDT

Recorded on September 15, 2020

Book Talk starts at 28:05

The 2020 2 Knit Lit Chicks Fall Sweater KAL has officially started!  You can find all the details here.  Need some ideas?  Check out our BUNDLES!

👉 Beginner Knitted Sweaters

👉 Knitted Sweaters for Adventurous Beginners to Advanced

👉 Crocheted Sweaters

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is over!  Prizes will be announced in Episode 211.

 

Virtual get-together via  Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Mother Bears 225 through 228

Tracie has finished:
Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky (kit from Rumpelstiltskin) in Freshly Cut, Happily Ever After and Whisper
 
 

Barb continues to work on

1.  Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue and pink 

2.  Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stern using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

3.  Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

 

Barb has Cast On:

1.  Mother Bear #229

2.  Lineate by Elizabeth Doherty, using Knit Picks Palette in the Lipstick, Cream and Fog color ways

 

Tracie continues to work on

1.  Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

2.  Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

 

Tracie has Cast-On:

1.  Duotone Cowl by Orange Flower Yarn in Debbie Bliss Andes and Mirasol Nuna

2.  Little Unicorn by Lorraine Pistorio in Alexandra The Art of Yarn Pendleton

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - 5 stars

2.  Death Sentence: The Inside Story of the John List Murders by Joe Sharkey - 3 stars

 

Tracie Read:

1.  Euphoria by Lily King - 3 stars

2.  The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World by Nancy J. Sales - 4 stars

3.  Squirm by Carl Hiaasen - 3 stars

4.  Sourdough by Robin Sloan - 4 stars

5.  Beautiful on the Outside by Adam Rippon - 5 stars

Direct download: Episode_210_-_9_19_20_11.11_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am PDT

Recorded on August 27, 2020

Book Talk starts at 19:25

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is almost over!  Please join the discussion in the 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and post your finished bears in the Mother Bear FOs Thread by September 1.

 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Mother Bears 222 through 224

Nice to Gnome You MKAL by Sarah Schira, using a kit from Leading Men Fiber Arts

Bull & Braids hat by Cheryl Breckerich, using Cascade Elysian in the Crimson colorway 

 

Tracie finished

Nice to Gnome You MKAL by Sarah Schira in Marianated Yarns, Duren Dyeworks, Greenwood Fiber Works, and Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

emPower People cowl by Casapinka in purple fingering weight scraps plied into a DK/worsted on my spinning wheel

 

Barb continues to work on

Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in blue and pink 

Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stern using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

 

Tracie continues to work on

Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky (kit from Rumpelstiltskin) in Freshly Cut, Happily Ever After and Whisper

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

 

BOOKS

Barb read

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (5 stars)

Finding Grace by K.L. Slater (3 stars)

 

Tracie read 

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (5 stars)

How to Be An AntiRacist by Ibram X. Kendi (4 stars)

Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle (4 stars)

Love’s Blood: The Shocking True Story of a Teenager Who Would Do Anything for the Older Man She Loved - Even Kill Her Whole Family by Clark Howard (3.5 stars)

Barb recommends the podcast Nice White Parents

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_209_-_8_29_20_10.24_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36am PDT

Recorded on August 15, 2020

Book Talk starts at 23:36

Recorded August 13, 2020

Our Mother Bear KAL runs until September 1, 2020.  Please join the discussion in the 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and post your finished bears in the Mother Bear FOs Thread

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

KNITTING

Tracie has finished

Penny’s Bandana Cowl by Adrian Gergler in Baah La Jolla and Forbidden Fiber Pride - for Posy

Doggie Poo Bag Pouch by Kathy Glaes in Malabrigo Sock Light of Love

That’s My Jam by Steve Fegert in Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in London Fog and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in Drops of Jupiter

 

Barb has finished:

Mother Bears 218-221

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie Soxxi

Stillness MKAL by Helen Stewart, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, Tess Designer Yarns Super Socks and Baby in the Green colorway, Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye in the Purple colorway.

Tracie cast on:

Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota

Nice to Gnome You MKAL by Sarah Schira in Marianated Yarns, Duren Dyeworks, Greenwood Fiber Works, and Cascade 220 Superwash Sport

And continues to work on:

Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky (kit from Rumpelstiltskin) in Freshly Cut, Happily Ever After and Whisper

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

Barb is working on:

Bull & Braids hat by Cheryl Breckerich, using Cascade Elysian in the Crimson colorway

Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in lilac and pink 

And has cast on:

Holey Comfort Cardigan by Hinterm Stern using Holst Garn Coast Uul Bomuld in the Ice Sea colorway

Bautista shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill in Invictus Yarns YakLux in the NoCKRs 2020 colorway

Nice to Gnome You MKAL by Sarah Schira in Leading Men Fiber Arts kit - Beach

Mother Bear 222

 

BOOKS 

Tracie read:

No Conscience by Phil M. Williams (2 stars)

Destroyer Angel (Anna Pigeon #18) by Nevada Barr (5 stars)

Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond (3 stars)

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth by Josh Levin (3 stars)

Thicker Than Water (Audible Original) by Tyler Schultz (4 stars)

Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah (4 stars)

Barb read:

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David M. Oshinsky - 5 stars

The Cuckoo’s Cry by Caroline Overington - 4 stars

Fever by Mary Beth Keane - 4 stars

 

Barb recommends face masks from Stark’s Vacuum

Tracie recommends the Radio Rental podcast

 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_208_-_8_15_20_2.31_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:41pm PDT

Recorded on July 20, 2020

Book Talk starts at 23.12

Our Mother Bear KAL runs until September 1, 2020.  Please join the discussion in the 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and post your finished bears in the Mother Bear FOs Thread

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU 

 

Giveaway - 3 copies of the Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker - drawing at the end of the podcast

 

KNITTING

Barb finished

Mother Bears 214-217

Stoa Scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way. 

Papillion (butterfly) by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

One-row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl McFee using a Premier Sweet Roll

 

Tracie finished

Mother Bears 221-228

Green Vanilla Socks in Fish Knits Boot Strap Sock Gradient in Greens

 

Barb is working on

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie SoxxiCast-on 

Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in lilac and pink 

 

And has cast on

Mother Bear #218

Bull & Braids hat by Cheryl Breckerich, using Cascade Elysian in the Crimson colorway

Stillness MKAL by Helen Stewart, using Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock in the Wisp colorway, Tess Designer Yarns Super Socks and Baby in the Green colorway, Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye in the Purple colorway.

 

 

Tracie has frogged for now:

Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

 

She cast on

Ciara Shawl by Fredi Baker in Emma’s Yarn Super Silky (kit from Rumpelstiltskin) in Freshly Cut, Happily Ever After and Whisper

Niamh by Isabell Kraemer in Miss Babs Katahdin in Smurf & Turf 

 

And continues working On:

That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway

 

BOOKS 

Barb read 

Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump

Man of the Year by Caroline Louise Walker

The Argument by Victoria Jenkins 

 

Tracie read

The House of Stairs by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell)

Big Cats: Stories by Holiday Reinhorn

Prime Suspect by Lynda LaPlante

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood

 

Barb recommends Knit Companion class on Vogue Knitting Live online.  Another session in August! 

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_207_-_7_24_20_9.36_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am PDT

Recorded Wednesday 24 June 10, 2020

Our Mother Bear KAL runs until September 1, 2020.  Please join the discussion in the 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and post your finished bears in the Mother Bear FOs Thread

 

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU

 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

 Mother Bears 212 & 213

 

Tracie finished:

Mother Bears 218, 219 and 220

80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chill 

 

Barb is working on

Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

Papillion /Butterfly by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie SoxxiCast-on Vanilla Socks using and set of Fibernymph Dye Works Inversibles in lilac and pink 

One-row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl McFee using a Caron Cake

 

Tracie is working on:

Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

Vanilla socks  in a Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

 

BOOKS

Barb has finished

The Daughter in Law by Nina Manning

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston

 

Tracie has finished

The Ladies’ Man by Elinor Lipman

 

Chirp is a great place to get audiobooks at deeply discounted prices!

Tracie got a pedicure and a haircut

Barb recommends Lenox Hill on Netflix

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_200Barb_-_7_5_20_10.53_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:01am PDT

Recorded Wednesday, June 24, 2020
 

Our Mother Bear KAL is ongoing until September 1, 2020!  Check out 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread to find out everything you need to know.

 
Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here
 
We are giving away 3 copies of Fredi Baker’s new pattern, the Ciara Shawl!  Enter to win here by July 1, 2020.  You can buy Ciara Kits at Rumplestilskin Yarn Shop in Sacramento.
Direct download: Episode_200_Part_1_-_6_28_20_11.16_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:44am PDT

Recorded on June 10, 2020

Book Talk starts at 40:25

Tracie and Barb support the Black Lives Matter movement and encourage you to add your voice to the fight for racial justice and police reform and demilitarization.  Please donate if you can:

Black Lives Matter

Southern Poverty Law Center

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

ACLU

 

Our Mother Bear KAL is starting on June 1, 2020!  I have started a 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and you can find everything you need to know over there.

 

Spring Swap - mail-out-by deadline is June 15 - check 2020 Swap Thread for details

 

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

 

We are giving away 3 copies of Fredi Baker’s new pattern, the Ciara Shawl!  I interviewed Fredi about her designs as well as her work as a life coach.  I apologize for the fact that my voice is difficult to hear on the interview!

 

KNITTING

Barb finished:

Mother Bears 210 & 211

Eco Duo Cabled Scarf by Shannon Dunbabin using a Caron Cake

Boyfriend Beanie by Expression Fiber Arts, using destash table yarn.

 

Tracie finished:

Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby in Knit Picks Lindy Chain in Harbor and Thicket

2nd Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer in 

Mother Bears 216 and 217, a postal worker

 

Barb is working on:

Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

Papillion /Butterfly by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie SoxxiCast-on 

 

And has cast-on:

One-row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl McFee using a Caron Cake

 

Tracie continues to work on:

Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chill

That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

Vanilla socks  in a Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

 

BOOKS

Barb read:

For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt - thumbs up

The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Corinne May Botz - thumbs up

 

Tracie read: 

The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s by Andy Greene - 4 stars

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman - 4 stars

Barb Says Thumbs Up:  The Perfect Scam podcast by AARP

Thumbs Up -  the ChomChom Roller pet hair remover

Direct download: 2KLC_ep206_-_6_14_20_10.40_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54am PDT

Recorded on May 28, 2020

Book Talk starts at 22:34

Our Mother Bear KAL is starting on June 1, 2020!  I have started a 2020 Mother Bear KAL Chatter Thread and you can find everything you need to know over there.

Spring Swap - If you are participating, please visit the 2020 Swap Thread to keep up with questions at least once a week.

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 12 noon  PST - Details here

For fans of the My Favorite Murder Podcast only!  We announce the winners of the 3 Stay Out of the Forest hat patterns by the fabulous Jennifer Lassonde.  

Tracie made an announcement about the 2020 NoCKRs Retreat swag and refunds.

KNITTING

Barb has finished:

1.  Mother Bears #208 and #209

Tracie has finished:

1.  Mother Bears #213#214 and #215

2.  Gnome de Plume by Sarah Schira in purple and teal fingering weight scraps

Barb is working on

1. Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

2. Eco Duo Cabled Scarf by Shannon Dunbabin using a Caron Cake

3. Papillion /Butterfly by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

4. Boyfriend Beanie by Expression Fiber Arts, using destash table yarn.

5.  Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie Soxxi

Tracie is working on:

1. Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

2. 80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chill

3. That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

4. Vanilla socks  in a Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

BOOKS

Barb has finished:

1.  Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of the El Faro by Rachel Slade.  5 stars!

2. My Lost Family by Ben-Moshe and Dasha Lisitsina - 4 stars

3. A Beautiful Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite - 3 stars

4. The Deep Deep Snow by Brian Freeman - 3 stars

5. God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet - 5 stars

Tracie has finished:

1. When He Vanished by T.J. Brearton - 3 stars

2. Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler - 3.5 stars

3. Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun - 4 stars

Tracie talked about 2 shows she is enjoying:

1.  We're Here by HBO

2. Dragnificent on TLC

Barb talked about BluPrint Closing

 

Direct download: Episode_205_-_5_31_20_10.19_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am PDT

Recorded on May 15, 2020

Book Talk Starts at 29:00

Our Poncho Knit Along is done!  Prize winners are announced at the end of this episode

Spring Swap - If you are participating, please visit the 2020 Swap Thread to keep up with questions at least once a week.

Virtual get-together via Zoom on Saturdays, 1pm PST - Details here

For fans of the My Favorite Murder Podcast only!  We are giving away 3 Stay Out of the Forest hat patterns by the fabulous Jennifer Lassonde.  Please comment in the thread in Ravelry.  This contest will end on May 20, 2020.

Tracie’s son Will made a film about Tracie, her fiber addiction, her mom, the podcast, etc for his documentary film class.  There are two cuts, because Will’s professor liked the Knitted Knockers cut better but Tracie and Barb like the Mother Bear cut better!

https://youtu.be/83hlLeY1O4s

https://youtu.be/83hlLeY1O4s

KNITTING

Barb has finished

Mother Bears 205, 206, 207 & 208

Zweig pullover by Caitlin Hunter, using the yarn from my frogged Trail Hoodie, Western Sky Knits Magnolia sock in the Wisp colorway, and WSK Magnolia sock in the Sage color way

Jason’s Cashmere Hat by Melissa Tomson, using Lion Brand Heartland in the Hot Springs colorway.

Swap partner gift

 

Tracie has finished

Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer in Lisa Souza Blue Faced Leicester Worsted in Styx and Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in Pining 4 Ewe

Mother Bears 209, 210, 211 & 212

Effortless Cardigan by Zabeth (Lion Brand) in my SpinJones Merino/Mulberry Silk orange handspun

 

Barb is working on

Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

 

and has cast on 

Eco Duo Cabled Scarf by Shannon Dunbabin using a Caron Cake

Papillion /Butterfly by Marin Melchior, using Knit Picks Chroma in the Gray and the Pegasus colorways

Boyfriend Beanie by Expression Fiber Arts, using destash table yarn.

Etude cardigan by Ririko, using Aussie Soxxi

 

Tracie has cast on

Hatteras Cardigan by Kate Saloman (Green Mountain Spinnery) in Western Sky Knits Merino 17 in bright sky blue

 

and continues to work on

80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chilll

That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

Vanilla socks in Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

BOOKS

Barb has finished

The Getaway by Greer Hendricks - 3 stars

Inside Jobs: Tales from a Time of Quarantine Ben H. Winters - 3.5 stars

BAD KARMA: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip From Hell by Paul Wilson - 4 stars

The Weight of Silence by Gregg Olsen - 4 stars

 

Tracie has finished:

Scat by Carl Hiaassen - 3 stars

The Suspects by Katharine Johnson - nah

Little by Edward Carey - 4 stars

The Weight of Silence by Greg Olson - 3 1/2 stars

Blood Mist by Mark Roberts - 4 stars

The Keeper by Graham Norton - 4 1/2 stars

Barb was attacked by a turkey!  There were no injuries.  It  looks a lot like the attack in this video: https://www.newsflare.com/video/279288/animals/turkey-attack-on-college-campus

 

Tracie loves her iRobot Roomba 960 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Direct download: 2KLC_ep204_-_5_16_20_2.57_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:15pm PDT

Book Talk starts at: 29.15

Recorded on April 21, 2020

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.We have 2 new giveaways!

1.  Our own Dinaripper has made 25 knitting-themed face masks!  They will be given away to the first 25 people that comment on the giveaway thread that will go up on APRIL 28, 2020.  

2.  For fans of the My Favorite Murder Podcast only!  We are giving away 3 Stay Out of the Forest hat patterns by the fabulous Jennifer Lassonde.  Please comment in the thread in Ravelry.  This contest will end on May 20, 2020.

Spring Swap - If you are participating, please visit the 2020 Swap Thread to keep up with questions at least once a week.

KNITTING:

Barb has finished

1.  Mother Bears #203 & #204

2.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll (Katinka Designs), using Malabrigo Yarn Arroyo in the Anniversario colorway

3.   Fibonacci Waves Scarf by Carolyn Greenwood, using a Simply Sock Mini set in the Speckled colorway  

4.  1-Color Brioche Scarf (no pattern) using a Caron Cake

5.  Bankhead Hat #11 by Susie Gourlay

Tracie has finished:

1.  Vanilla socks in Mountain Colors Crazyfoot - Chinook colorway

2.  25 Knitted Knockers

3.  Sunnydale Cowl by Katy H. Carroll in Marianated Yarns Practicality 75/25 in Melted Box of Crayons

4  Mother Bears #205, #206#207, #208

Barb is still working 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.

And has cast-on:

1.  Stoa scarf by Anne Ginger, using Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Flax Metallic in the Denim color way

2.  Mother Bear #205

3.  Super-secret hand knit for my swap partner!

 

Tracie is continuing to work on:

1.  Effortless Cardigan by Zabeth (Lion Brand) in my SpinJones Merino/Mulberry Silk orange handspun

2.  80-26 Poncho Air Lux in Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in Wind Chill

Tracie has cast on:

1.  That's My Jam shawl/wrap by Steven Fegert, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Monologue in the London Fog colorway, and LunaPurl Una Merino Mini Skeins in the Drops of Jupiter colorway.

2.  Vanilla socks  in a Fish Knits sock gradient in greens

BOOKS

Barb read:

1.  The Deep Deep Snow by Brian Freeman - 3.5 stars

2.  Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting - 3 stars

3.  Wild Game: My Mother, her Lover and Me by Adrienne Brodeur - 5 stars

Tracie read:

1.  The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell - 5 stars

2.  She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge - 4 stars

3.  This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel - 4 stars

4.  Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler - 2 stars

5.  Alice and Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story by Ran Franscell - 3.5 stars

Direct download: Episode_203_-_4_25_20_10.49_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:12am PDT

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

Direct download: 2KLC_ep202Barb_-_4_4_20_12.08_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm PDT

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.

 

Direct download: Episode_201_-_3_19_20_2.45_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:54pm PDT

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

Direct download: Episode_199_-_2_27_20_11.31_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55pm PDT

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

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_198_-_2_25_20_12.49_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05pm PDT

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 193194, 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

 

Direct download: Episode_197_-_2_1_20_1.39_PM.mp3
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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)

Direct download: 2KLC_ep196-_1_18_20_1.06_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:16pm PDT

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:


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:

 

 

 

Tracie and Barb both finished and talked about:

Buried Deep by Margot Hunt - thumbs up

Direct download: Episode_195_-_12_26_19_1.38_PM_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54pm PDT

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

 

Direct download: 2KLC_ep_194_-_11_30_19_11.33_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm PDT

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

 

Direct download: Episode_193_-_11_17_19_12.24_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:33pm PDT

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

Direct download: 2KLC_ep192_-_10_26_19_1.18_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm PDT

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.