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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 196: He Went Back to Being a Crappy Accountant

    Episode 196: He Went Back to Being a Crappy Accountant

    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)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 195: If This Is Your Jam

    Episode 195: If This Is Your Jam

    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:

    1.  Plaidaptation by Aunt Ninny in Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash and Malabrigos Rios


    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:

     1.  Sports Fans Aren't All Crazy: Lessons From Forty Years of Sports Madness by Ryan Bezerra 
    2.  Early Graves by Thomas H. Cooke 
    3.  The Day that Never Comes (The Dublin Trilogy #2) by Caimh McDonall 
    4.  Colors of All the Cattle (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency #19) by Alexander McCall
    5.  Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
     

     
     

     

    Tracie and Barb both finished and talked about:

    Buried Deep by Margot Hunt - thumbs up

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 194: Stay Away from the Fetes in Small English Villages

    Episode 194: Stay Away from the Fetes in Small English Villages

    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
     

    • 56 min
    Episode 193: A Podcast of Many Tangents

    Episode 193: A Podcast of Many Tangents

    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
     

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Episode 192: Spent the Summer Not Building the Shelves

    Episode 192: Spent the Summer Not Building the Shelves

    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

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 191: Why Not the Chuck E. Cheese?

    Episode 191: Why Not the Chuck E. Cheese?

    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. Multidirectional Scarf #4 by Karen Baumer using Caron Cake in the Rainbow Sprinkles colorway
    3.  Bankhead Hat #7 by Susie Gourlay using Caron Cake in the Faerie Cake Colorways
    4.  Ribbed Beanie by Vanessa Ewing using Berroco Lodge
    5.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm - free pattern on Ravelry - 5380 projects!  Using Lang Yarns MilleColori Baby in the 51 and 52 color ways 
    6.  September DVD socks using DVD Zien No Soggy Bottoms colorway
    7. Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL gnomes by Sarah Schira


    Barb's ZickZack Scarf!  Started in April, finished in October.  Love it!

    Tracie Finished

    1.   Oh Gnome You Didn’t MKAL by Sarah Schira
     

    2.  Meret by Wooly Wormhead
     

     


    Barb continues 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.  Another Multidirectional Diagnoal Scarf by Karen Baumer using a Caron Cake in the Faerie Cake color way

    2.  October Cheeky Cables Socks by Mary Lukas, using Desert Visa Dyeworks Viso in the Donkeys and Elephants colorway.
    3.  Here We Gnome Again by Sarah Shira, using a mystery raspberry worsted yarn.
     

     
    Tracie continues to work on:

    1.  Bulky Top Down Pullover for Men by Knitting Pure and Simple

    2.  ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm, using Louisa Harding Amitola in the Hook and the Dawn colorways

    3.  Gridlines by Susanne Sommer in Cloudborn Fibers Merino Superwash Sock Twist in the Caribbean colorway

    Tracie has Cast-on
    1.  Knitables Cow by Sarah Gasson in Plymouth Select DK Merino
    2.  One Festive Skein by Fredi Baker, using Fiber Lady Midori in the New Southwest colorway
     

    BOOKS

     

    Barb finished:

    1.  Poisoned Blood by Phillip Ginsberg - Barb recommends!
    2.  Clock Dance by Anne Tyler - recommended
    3. Blonde Hair, Blue Eyes by Karin Slaughter - Barb does NOT recommend
    4.  The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff - recommended

     

     
     

     

    Tracie finished:

    1.   The Day I Died by Lori Rader-Day - Tracie does NOT recommend
    2.  The Almost True Story of Ryan Fisher by Rob Stennett - thumbs sideways!
    3.  The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood - recommended

     
    Tracie recommends RuPaul's Drag Race, Seasons 1-6, now streaming on Hulu!

    • 1 hr 10 min

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