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Barb (the mom) and Tracie (the daughter) are obsessed knitters and avid readers. We love to talk about our current knitting projects and favorite books to read or listen to - we also review the occasional knitting book. Come join us!

2 Knit Lit Chicks Tracie & Barb

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Barb (the mom) and Tracie (the daughter) are obsessed knitters and avid readers. We love to talk about our current knitting projects and favorite books to read or listen to - we also review the occasional knitting book. Come join us!

    Episode 286: It Got a Little More into the Weeds

    Episode 286: It Got a Little More into the Weeds

    Recorded May 9, 2024
    Our Summer Tops KAL has begun and goes until to June 1, 2024.  To enter your  top in our prize thread, it must be an adult-sized top that you consider to be appropriate for use in the summer, and we will leave the parameters of that to you!  Come chat with us about summer tops on our KAL thread, and check out our Summer Tops bundle for pattern ideas!
    Every Saturday at noon Pacific time - Virtual Knitting Group via Zoom
    EVENTS
    Tracie and Barb will be at:
    Treadles to Threads Spinning Guild's Fiber Frolic - June 1 at the Soul Food Farm outside Vacaville, CA  
    KNITTING
    Barb Finished:
    2 Knockers Rock It Tee #2 by Tanis Lavalee, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain, in the colors Clarity, Rouge, and U Blue Mother Bear #291  
    Tracie finished:
    Knitted Knockers - 10 f0r 2024 3 Mother Bears Posie Doll by Manon Lemaire in worsted weight from stash Scraps Chaps Pig by Barbara Prime in Plymouth Encore in Peach Rachel #3 by Josée Paquin in white Juniper Moon Farms Zooey and other assorted bits of cotton/linen/silk  
    Barb working on:
    Knitted Knockers Pinnacles Hat by Nancy Bates, from the Knitting the National Parks by Nancy Bates, using a kit  
    Barb has frogged:  
    Tresoro Cardigan by Isabel Kraemer, using Knit Picks Hawthorne in the Bare colorway  
    Barb has cast On:
    Gardengate by Jennifer Steingass, using Cloudborn Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Graphite Heather colorway and Cloudborn Fibers Highland Fingering in the Petal colorway Bankhead hat #28 by Susie Gourley Tracie continues to work on:
    Fiddly Bits cowl #11 by Jana Pihota
    Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty in Berroco Remix in Artichoke
     
     
    BOOKS
    Barb read:
    The Last Dive: A Father and Son’s Fatal Descent into the Ocean’s Depths by Bernie Chowdury - 5 stars
    Red Zone: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones - 4 stars
    Calypso by David Sedaris - 5 stars
     
    Tracie read:
    Butcher on the Moor by Ric Brady - 3 stars
    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Iggie’s House by Judy Blume - 4 stars
    Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson - 4 stars
    Ms. Demeanor by Elinor Lipman - 4 stars
    While She Slept: A Husband, A Wife, A Brutal Murder by Marion Collins - 4 stars

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 285: We're Just Wearing Our Most Luscious Sweaters Today

    Episode 285: We're Just Wearing Our Most Luscious Sweaters Today

    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:
    Fiddly Bits cowl #11 by Jana Pihota Knitted Knockers Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty in Berroco Remix in Artichoke Tracie has frogged:
    Dawning Top by Ainur Berkimbayeva in Zealana Performa KIWI Fingering

    Barb is working on:
    Rock It Tee #2 by Tanis Lavallee, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain, in the colors Clarity, Rouge, and U Blue Knitted Knockers Pinnacles Beanie by Nancy Bates, from the Knitting the National Parks by Nancy Bates, using a kit BOOKS
    Tracie read:
    Forever Home by Graham Norton - 4 starsBecoming Clark Rockefeller: Murder, Love, Decpetion, and the Con Man Behind it All by Frank C. Girardot Jr. - 2 stars
    Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William Mckinley and Me, Elizabeth - 3 stars 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  
     
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    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.


     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 284: They Go to the Dumpster Behind the McDonalds

    Episode 284: They Go to the Dumpster Behind the McDonalds

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    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:
    Fiddly Bits cowl #11 by Jana Pihota Knitted Knockers  
    Barb is working on:
    Knitted Knockers Rock It Tee #2 by Tanis Lavallee, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain, in the colors Clarity, Rouge, and U Blue Pinnacles Beanie by Nancy Bates, from the Knitting the National Parks by Nancy Bates, using a kit  
    BOOKS
     
    Tracie read:
    Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid - 5 stars Where Monsters Hide: Sex, Murder and Madness in the Midwest by M. William Phelps - 3 stars Happy People Are Annoying by Josh Peck - 3.5 stars California Golden by Melanie Benjamin - 3 stars  
    Barb read:
    Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano - 3.5 stars Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman - 3 stars  
    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.

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    Episode 283: The Acid Green Is Not Functioning as a Neutral?

    Episode 283: The Acid Green Is Not Functioning as a Neutral?

    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:
    Tracie's Fresh Favorite Tee by Christen Clement Designs in Queen City Yarn Coleman in the Maple colorway Tracie's Pixie Dust  by Dani Sunshine in Berroco Vintage Handpaintsin a light blue/pale green/purple colorway
    1 Knitted Knocker Tracie's Emotional Support Chicken by Annette Corsino, using Hayfield Spirit Chunky
    Barb is working on:
    CAPROCK tee by Yamagata using Araucania Ollagua Knitted Knockers Rock It Tee #2 by Tanis Lavallee, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain, in the colors Clarity, Rouge, and U Blue Pinnacles Beanie by Nancy Bates, from the Knitting the National Parks by Nancy Bates, using a kit Barb has cast on:
    Barb's Emotional Support Chicken by Annette Corsino, using worsted weight leftovers Tracie cast on:
    Bee Beautiful Tee by Pia Trans in  in Carpool Cotton Bamboo in the Copper colorway She continues to work on:
    Fiddly Bits Cowl by Jana Pihota using fingering scraps  
    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:
    If It Bleeds by Stephen King - 5 stars The Mystery Guest (Molly the Maid #2) - 3 stars Tracie read: 
    Forever... by Judy Blume - 4 stars I'll Take Care of You by Caitlin Rother - 4.5 stars The Bone Jar by S.W. Kane - 3 stars
     
    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

    • 54 min
    Episode 282: I Used the Kit that was the Least Expired

    Episode 282: I Used the Kit that was the Least Expired

    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:
    Cheeky Cables Socks  by Mary Lukas using Universal Yarns Zesty Sock in the Pearl colorway CAPROCK tee by Yamagata using Araucania Ollagua Knitted Knockers  
    Barb has cast on:
    Pinnacles Beanie by Nancy Bates, from the Knitting the National Parks by Nancy Bates, using a kit Rock It Tee #2 by Tanis Lavallee, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain, in the colors Clarity, Rouge, and U Blue  
    Frogged: 
    Colourwheel DK 1 Ball Scarf by Sirdar, using a Sirdar Colourwheel in the Follow the Rainbow Colorway
     
    Tracie cast on:
    Pixie Dust by Dani Sunshine in Berroco Vintage Handpaints in light blue/pale green/purple 1 Knitted Knocker  
    She continues to work on:
    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
    Look What You Made me Do: Confronting Heartbreak & Harassment in Big Law by Erin Gordon - 4 stars The Loyal Wife by Natalie Barelli - 3 stars Trail of the Lost: The Relentless Search to Bring Home the Missing Hikers of the Pacific Coast Trail by Andrea Lankford - 5 stars The Secret Place (Du

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 281: A Talk with Kim McBrien Evans of Indigodragonfly

    Episode 281: A Talk with Kim McBrien Evans of Indigodragonfly

     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 

    • 1 hr 25 min

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2knitlitchicks

Great conversation about knitting and books

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Always enjoyable

Listen to the podcast regularly- enjoy the knitting and book talk as both of these are top interests of mine. Lots of excellent book recommendations.

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Like long-time friends

I’ve been listening to Tracie and Barb right from the start. Each episode feels like a visit with long standing friends. Good conversation, laughs, knitting and books. All good things :) I always enjoy our “get-togethers”.

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