Friday, July 25, 2014

Episode 72: There's Always a Lame One


We have a new hosting site for the 2 KNIT LIT CHICKS podcast!  There are 3 ways to listen:

1.  If you subscribe to our podcast through iTunes, or a "podcast catcher" such as Downcast, you will need to unsubscribe, delete the old feed, and resubscribe through the iTunes Store, or through your pod catcher.
2.  If you use an RSS feed to subscribe to the podcast, you will need to delete the previous feed and add our new one:
3.  If you listen through this blog, no changes are necessary!

Our Poncho Comeback KAL is ongoing.  Think about knitting a poncho for the fall; there are lots of good patterns and ideas on our Poncho thread!

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL is continuing.  Get your photos up on our Mother Bear FO thread; any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2014 are eligible for some great prizes!  Newest prize donations are from:
1.  Paula Emmons-Fuessle of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast, is donating 3 of her patterns
2.  PrairiePoppins is donating a Woolly Wormhead pattern of the winner's choice
3.  Steve of the Dramatic Knits Videocast is donating a skein of yarn from his Leading Men Fiber Arts Shop - a skein of Dramatug DK in the Fuzzy Navel color way:

Barb recommends a new video podcast:  The Knitting Room


Tracie has finished:
Tan House Brook Shawl by Jennifer Lassonde, using Suri-Al Fibers Surreal Dream in the Helena colorway

Nymphalidea by Melinda VerMeer using Knit Picks Chroma Fingering and Katia Luna

Barb has finished:
Mother Bear #44

Mrs. Bakery Bear by Kay F. Jones

Mystic Spiral Socks by Josh Ryks, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the In the Cauldron colorway

Quaker Ridge Shawlette by Susan B. Anderson, using Plymouth Kudo in colorway 42

Tracie has cast-on:
Ripples shawl by Annelie Wallbom, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the True Love colorway.  Tracie recommends this pattern!

Tracie is still working on:
Drifting cardigan by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, using Rumplestilskin Sock Weight Superwash

Cleito by Susan Mills, using Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Cotton DK in yellow and Mirasol Yarns Illaris in a plum colorway

Coachella by Fathom Harvill, using Tess Designer Yarns Microfiber Ribbon

Barb has cast-on:
A pair of vanilla socks using Patons Kroy Socks in the Striped Blue Ragg colorway

TGV (High Speed Knitting) shawl, using FishKnits Divine, in the Tea Rose Hybrid Full Grandient colorway

Vonica cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Highland Handmades Butternut Dk in the Charcoal colorway

Barb is still working on:
Stitch Surfers #2 by Louise Roberts, using GnomeAcres Doppleganger Set in the Little Bunny Foo-Foo and Violet colorways

Louis Zamperini died this week at age 97.  If you haven't read the non-fiction book about this man's extraordinary life, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, it's a good one!  Barb and Tracie highly recommend the book.

A movie based on the book, directed by Angelina Jolie, will be released on December 25, 2014.

The long anticipated movie, Gone Girl, will be released on October 3, 2014.

Tracie has finished:
I'm Down  by Mishka Wolff

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Local Girls by Alice Hoffman

Barb has finished:
Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.  Barb highly recommends this book.

Tracie is currently reading:
The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Barb is currently reading:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell via the Craft-Lit Podcast

The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall

The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Hear ye, hear ye - the feed has been updated! To begin receiving our new episodes (Episode 72 will be up this weekend!), please go to iTunes, Downcast, or whatever app you use to listen us, unsubscribe and then resubscribe to 2 Knit Lit Chicks. If our last episode, "RIP Emma's Taco House" pops up, you have successfully caught our new feed and are all set to catch our any new episodes (and eventually our old ones once we have uploaded them). Thanks for your patience!

You will need to unsubscribe and delete the podcast, then go back into the iTunes Store to resubscribe!

Friday, July 18, 2014


7/18/2014   Yes, it is true.  If you haven't heard, it is a long and boring story involving our hosting site, GoDaddy (a pox on them) and Wordpress (a pox on them too).  We are in the process of switching our hosting site to Libsyn (may they enjoy good health and happiness forever).  And we have to reapply to have our podcast published to iTunes.  This will all take a week or two.  

In the meantime, to download our latest episode (Episode 71) for listening on your mobile device, please go to the feature to add a new subscription in iTunes (in the file menu) or your podcast-listening app and manually add the feed:  You can also listen to it here through our blog.

We are not pod-fading or going away.  Our sparkling personalities will soon be available again on a regular basis.  When everything goes live on Libsyn, we will let you know via our forum, this blog and our Facebook Page.  At that time, you will probably have to unsubscirbe and resubscribe to our podcast.  But not yet!  We appreciate your patience.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Episode 71: RIP Emma's Taco House

Book Talk starts at 57:25

Tracie & Barb with Mother Bear Project founder Amy Berman and her mom
 in the Mother Bear booth at Stitches West, February, 2014

Come join our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Post your FO pictures of each and every bear you have knit or crocheted in 2014 in our Mother Bear FO thread and you are eligible to win some great prizes, including:
- A skein of yarn (your choice!) from Desert Vista Dyeworks
- A skein of Gnome Acres Scruffy Gnome Fingering in the Kiwi colorway

You have until September 1, 2014 to post your pictures!

The Knitty Ginger Podcast


Tracie has finished:

Spring Showers cardigan by Joji Locatelli, usingNewton's Yarn Country DK Superwash in the purple colorway.

Symbiotic Cowl by Hanna Maciejewska, using Baa! Sonoma in the Mystique & Blue Sapphire color ways.

Barb has finished:

  • Mother Bears 42 and 43

The Pelagic Shawl by Kirstin Hipsky, using Valley Yarns Northampton Sport in various colors

Twist cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tonal in the Deep Waters colorway.

Tracie has cast-on:

Barb is working on:


Knits That Breathe: 12 Breezy Projects to Keep You Cool by Julie Turjoman.  Win an ebook copy!  Go over to the Ravelry thread to enter


Tracie has finished:
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Unusual Uses for Olive Oil by Alexander McCall Smith

Barb has finished:
A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard
Rules of Prey by John Sanford
Sous Chef by Michael Gibney

Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah.  A hearty "thumbs up" from both Barb and Tracie!

Tracie is currently reading:
I'm Down by Misha Wolff
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Barb is currently reading:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell via the Craft-Lit Podcast
The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl

Tracie's Thumbs Up is Amazon Prime TV Selections from HBO

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Episode 70: She Didn't Make That Right

Download | Duration: 01:17:18
Book Talk starts at 32:50

Our Mother Bear KAL officially begins July 1, but start making bears any time!   All bears knit in 2014 are eligible.  Let us know if you want to donate a prize.

Thank you to our latest Mother Bear KAL prize donors!
Leslie Gordon will give away a copy of her ebook, Elementary Hats
Diane (dptemple) is donating a Ravelry download of up to $10
Suewilkens is donating a bag from Prairie Bag Works

Tracie Finished:
Barb Finished:

Rumpelstiltskin Sock Weight Superwash (Merino/Yak/Silk)

And on to books…

Tracie does NOT recommend Two Sisters by Mary Hogan

Barbs says do not ever, ever camp at the Whispering Spruce Campground in Balzac (north of Calgary), Alberta, Canada.  Their one-star reviews on Yelp support her position! 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Episode 69: Through the Magic of Technology

Download | Duration: 01:02:01
Book Talk Starts at 35.25

We still have some unclaimed prizes from our Prize-A-Palooza giveaway (to celebrate 2000 members in our Ravelry Group).  Please check our Episode 66 Blogpost to see if you won.

Our Mother Bear KAL/CAL will officially begin July 1.  You will have until August 31 to post pictures of any bears completed in 2014 to our FO thread to be eligible to win some great prizes.  Please go to the Mother Bear Website to purchase your knitted or crocheted bear pattern.

You have until June 15th to enter to win this skein of Dream in Color Jilly.  You can enter here.

Tracie will be attending Spinning at the Winery at the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA on June 7th.  Rumor has it that DH Ryan will be attending this event with her.


Barb's FO's
Afternoon Tea shawl by Helen Stewart, using Dream in Color Jilly in the Shy colorway

Stitch Surfers #1 by Louise Roberts, using Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in the Midnight Mountain colorway and  Becoming Art Jolie Sport in the Looking Glass colorway.

Simple Skyp Socks #2 by Adrianne Ku, using Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Fantasy Sock Yarn.
Mother Bear #36
Knitted Knockers #2 & #3

Tracie's FO's

Flash Air Tote (the Plein Air Tote by Amanda Schuezger), using Newton's Yarn Country Flash in the Green colorway

Jilly Millrace by Elizabeth Doherty, using Dream in Color Jilly in the Cloudy colorway

Barb is working on:
Foolproof cowl by Louise Zass Bangham, using Forbidden Woolery Wrath in the Lump of Coal color way and Forbidden Woolery Pride in the Darkest Emerald colorway
Rhombi Cardigan by Terri Kruse, using Neighborhood Fiber Company's Studio Sport in the Columbus Circle colorway
Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman, using Gnome Acres House Gnome in the Tonto colorway

Tracie is working on:
Twisted Rib Neck Warmer by Michelle Johnstone, using Anzula Nebula in the Kale colorway
Coachella by Fathom Harvill, using Microfiber Ribbon by Tess Designer Yarns
Spring Showers by Joji Locatelli, using DK Superwash Merino/Nylon by Newton's Yarn Country
Victorian Birdcage Socks by Cat Bordhi, using Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet
Symbiotic Cowl by Hanna Maciejewska, using Baa! Sonoma in the Mystique and Blue Sapphire colorways

Tracie is setting aside the Knitting Rose Blossom Sock yarn in the Girl on Fire colorway until she decides for sure which cardigan she wants to knit!

Tracie is stalking the Hitofude Cardigan - she wants to make it in a silvery-gray color as a summer cardigan.  Coincidentally, Barb is also planning to knit this cardigan out of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light that she has in stash.


Barb has finished:
Criminal Damage by Margaret York
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Barb was very lukewarm about this book)

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon (LOVED this book!)

Tracie has finished:
Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway
Coming Clean by Kimberly Rae Miller
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (a big thank you to Pinneguri for the link to the YouTube narration!)

Barb is currently reading:
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
A Good and Useful Hurt by Aric Davis

Tracie is currently reading:
Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah

I'm Down by Mishna Wolff

Two Sisters by Mary Hogan (family secrets and everything…Tracie says to check it out!)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Episode 68: A Fascinating Whack-a-doo

Download | Duration: 01:12:40
Book Talk starts at 38:15
Our Mother Bear KAL officially begins July 1, but start making bears any time!  All bears knit in 2014 are eligible. 
Bryonybear aka Kay is a listener in England who has just published her 
Mrs Bakery Bear pattern!  
She and her husband also recorded a video podcast in honor of the pattern release – check it out!

The Sampler Girl podcast with our own TanyaMarie

Tracie will be at the Spinning at the Winery at Retzlaff Winery in Livermore, CA on June 7.

Tracie’s FOs:

Barb’s  FOs:

Knitted Knocker #1

Tracie’s Current Projects:

Barb’s Current Projects

Becoming Art yarns – Cielo Fingering and Jolie Sport

Would you like to win  skein of Jilly by Dream in Color? 

Leave a comment telling us what you’d knit with it here to enter to win!

Tracie’s Books

Barb’s Books