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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!

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Episode 163: Blocking the Drain?

2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap! Important Dates  July 20th: Partner Assignments Sent, check-in #1  August 3rd: Check-In #2  August 17th: Check-In #3  August 31st check in #4  September 5th: final check in  September 28th: Mail-By Date We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes. If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL. Prison’s not supposed to be a cakeride - but your knitting can! Heidi of Undead Yarn took up the challenge to create a colorway based on my slip of the tongue, and she’s giving away a skein of this beautiful fingering weight yarn!  The base in Vamphyri, Undead’s lovely 75% Merino/25% Nylon sock yarn with 462 yards per skein. To enter the drawing, please leave a comment on this thread telling us about a favorite colorway name you’ve seen or worked with, or a colorway name you’ve thought up yourself. The thread will close August 15, and we will draw for a winner in the next podcast. KNITTING Barb has finished: Mother Bears 139, 140 , 141 and 142 Bankhead hat #5, using Patons Worsted in the Bird of Paradise colorway Fragment Tee by Sister Mountain using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blue Bell colorway Tracie has finished: Maine Baby Hat by Fiber of Maine in Sirdir Snuggly Crofter Baby Fair Isle Effect 4ply in Archie (blues and grays) Mother Bears 139, 140, 141 and 142 Barb is working on: Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryk-Robinsky, using Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock In the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway Juniata Park Cowl by Erika Flory, using a kit bought from Craftsy. She has cast on: Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway. Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, using Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton in the 305 (a very pale blush pink) colorway Tracie continues to work on: Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org BOOKS Barb has finished Big Alma by Bernice Scharlach The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah Tracie has finished: The Stranger (Patrik Hedstrom #4) by Camilla Lackberg The Good Samaritan by John Marrs Deep Water: Courage, Character, and the Lake Timiskaming Canoe Tragedy by James Raffan Barb is reading Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery Out by Natsuo Kirin Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family by Emily Jane Fox  Tracie is reading Reading: The Crow Trap by Ann Cleves The Twelve Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson Tracie and Barb recommend Anne With an “E” on Netflix Tracie also recommends Whitechapel (Amazon Prime), The Sinner and Marcella on Netflix, and Harlots on Hulu

1hr 15mins

23 Jul 2018

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Episode 157: I Don't Know How They Keep That Place in Business

Recorded on April 12 and April 15, 2018 Book Talk starts at 36:50 Our Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along will continue until May 15, 2018.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Please go to the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along Chatter thread to join the fun.  Post your finished socks here.   Get ready for our summer swap, hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate. KINITTING Tracie’s FOs: Wee Wrap by Susan Barstein in Plymouth Rainbow Toybox in colorway 69 13 Knitted Knockers in Cascade Ultra Pima and CoBaSi Plus by HiKoo Barb’s FOs: Knitted Knockers Peer Pressure Shawlette #2, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Whiskey Barrel colorway Tracie has cast on:  Girl’s Poncho by Plymouth Yarn in Plymouth Encore Colorspun in 8198 colorway Rikke Hat by Sarah Young in Serendipidye Kings Mountain DK in South by Southwest She is working on: 6th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake all in shades of green! Adjoin toe-up socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel in Knitting Rose Yarns Tinkytweet (aka) Sparkle Yarn sock blank Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway Barb is still working on: Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway. Tailfeather cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Elemental Affects Cormo in a sage green color way Gently Stirred Never Shaken shawl/scarf by Mac and Joe, using Baah La Jolla in 3 different colorways - Strawberry Shortcake, Deep Slate and Cotton Candy She has cast on: Mount Airy Socks by Mary Lucas, using Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock Blank.   Rikke Hat by Sarah Young, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain DK in the South by Southwest colorway BOOKS Finished: The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle Finished books Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff The Flight Attendant by Chris Boujalian Reading: The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder Alice by Christina Henry I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara Currently reading Classic Krakauer by Jon Krakauer Loner by Teddy Wayne The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

52mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 142: Everybody Wants Affordable Hair

Recorded August 12, 2017 Book Talk starts at 1:07:54 This episode features my special guest, Celia McAdam Cahill, aka PinotNoir on Ravelry!  Celia is the designer of the Peer Pressure shawlette and many other designs for Cast-On Magazine, as well as being certified as a Master Hand Knitter by the Knitting Guild Association.  Her most recent design is the Wayfarer cardigan.  Come join our casual Hitofude KAL! We hope you are participating in our Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know: *The KAL will run until August 31, 2017 *Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread.  *Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet".  *After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread. *We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb.   *Be sure to note in your FO post if this is your first Mother Bear. Tracie & Barb will be at  Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will let you know which day we’ll be attending closer to the event. Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar. Thank you so much to Jimmy Beans Wool - we had a fabulous time on the very first Biggest Little Bus Tour!   Celia has finished: Hey Teach by Helene Rush Lotus Gradient, her own original design Tracie has finished: Mother Bears 114, 115 (Emerald Jade-Kelly), and 116 (Anne Elliot) 3rd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota Scalloped Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar Celia is working on: Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes in Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect in the 7122 Black/Tan colorway Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill in Neighborhood Fiber Rustic Fingering in Kalorama Circle A new design for the Winter issue of a Cast On Magazine with the working name Caprice: a standard fitting pullover with confetti color lower arms and bodice, with chevron duplicate stitching in Invictus Yarns Beyond Tracie has cast-on: Fiddly Bits #4 by Jane Pihota And continues to work on: Peer Pressure shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot Sport-weight Stashbusting Helix Hat (now with slipped stitches!) by Jessica Rose in SF State colors New Wave Cardigan by Mary Annarella in Invictus Yarns Reward in Olive Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopii Celia finished reading: Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken Return and Regret: A Novel Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion by Tracie Kluver Bezerra She did not finish: The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen by Mark Shaw Tracie has finished: In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange Evelyn, After by Victoria Helen Stone Murder in Room 305 by Gary C. King Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2003) by David Sedaris Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher Celia is reading: Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard Tracie is reading: Night Film by Marisha Pessl The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robothom Thumbs Up:  Freeway Service Patrol in California

1hr 42mins

15 Aug 2017

Rank #3

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Episode 166: Aggressively Mediocre

Recorded on August 29, 2018 2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap! Important Dates  August 31st: Check-In #3  September 14th check in #4  September 28th: final check in  October 5th: Mail-By Date Our Mother Bear KAL is ending on August 31, 2018.  Winners and prizes will be announced during Episode 167, which will not be airing until the end of September, 2018!  Thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL. It's time to think about our 2 Knit Lit Chicks Annual 2018 Fall Sweater KAL!  Go here to find out all about it and to chat about your plans.   Barb will be in Paris September 11-19.  Tracie will be in the Munich area September 26-October 4.  If you are in either of those areas and want to meet up, PM us on Ravelry! The Tracie’s Cakeride by Undead Yarn giveaway thread has closed - we will pick a winner at the end of the episode! Recorded August 29, 2018 Book Talk starts at 30:50 There is still one spot available at the Studio 49 Retreat put on by the Motherlode Spinners and Weavers at Tuolomne Trails outside Groveland, CA.  The retreat is September 28-30, and you can find out all about it by clicking here. Emily of the video podcast Andersmill Knits is doing an Advent Calendar Swap!   CORRECTIONS CORNER:  Barb had 2 corrections from the last episode 1.  When talking about the Netflix series Life Below Zero, the Native- American (Agnes Hailstone) woman is a member of the Inupiaq tribe 2.  Regarding the Thank You Sarah pattern: Sarah Josepha Hale Wikipedia page, and the  book Barb talked about - Thank You Sarah: the Woman who Saved Thanksgiving KNITTING Tracie has finished 1.  Mother Bears #149 & #150 2.  Never Not Gnoming Gnome #1 and Gnome #2 by Sarah Schira, using fingering weight scraps. Barb has finished: 1.  Mother Bears #145, #146, and #147 2.  Vertical Drop Stitch Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns & Tea 3.  Bear And a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson, using Plymouth Encore Worsted Solids In the Neon Green and Oatmeal color ways Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Fiddly Bits#6 by Jane Pihota 2.  Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways 3.  Welcome Blanket in 3 colors of Cascade Bentley - welcomeblanket.org 4.  or my swap partner: Glam Cowl by Jacqui Harding in Fiberspates Scrumptious Lacein the Jen S Green colorway 5.  test knit: One Perfect Skein by frediknits in Dragonfly Fibers Pixiein the Low Tide colorway Tracie has cast on: 1.  Zephyr cardigan by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Cascade Hollywood In the Walnut colorway Tracie has put in hibernation: zoe cardi by Cheri Christian in Tahki Cotton Classic in Spruce Barb continues to work on: 1.  Archer by Elizabeth Doherty, using Forbidden Woolery Fortitude in the Pixie Hollow colorway, and The Farmer’s Daughter Squish Fingering in the Are You Sure Hank done it That Way? colorway. 2.  Thank You Sarah socksby Heidi Nick, using Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstealer( MCN) in the London Fog colorway. 3.  Secret project for swap partner  Barb has cast-on: 1.  F829 Girls' Poncho by Plymouth Yarns, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll In the Pixie Pop colorway. BOOKS Tracie finished reading: 1. The Twilight Wife by AJ Banner 2. Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh 3. Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant Barb has finished: 1.  The Outsider by Stephen King   2. A Case of Need by Michael Crichton (written as Jeffrey Hudson in 1968)  3.  438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin (Barb LOVED this book!) Tracie is reading: 1.  The Echo by Minette Walters 2.  Written in Blood by Diane Fanning Tracie did-not-finish: The First fifteen Lives of Harry August by Clair North Barb is reading: 1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 2.  The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER by Brian Goldman 3.  Written in Blood by Diane Fanning Thumbs Up: REGISTER TO VOTE (U.S. Citizens). Rock the Vote Website: Register to Vote, Find Election Info, and more!

1hr 13mins

1 Sep 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 146: Stay Safe Out There

Recorded on October 11, 2017 Book Talk Starts at 22:40 We really appreciate your iTunes reviews!  And we also really appreciate you joining our Ravelry group.  Thank you so much. Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread (coming soon!). Tracie & Barb will be at:  Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar. Sacramento Knitting Guild February 1, 2018.  Tracie and & Barb will be the speakers at this meeting.KNITTING Barb has finished: Mother Bear #120 Helix Hat #5 by Jessica Rose Tracie has finished: * Twist Hat (Twisted Up Reversible Striped Hat by Nicole Gehrig in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazareth in the Winter colorway (see picture at left) * Slouchy Star-Crossed Beret by Natalie Larson in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazereth in the Winter colorway * 4th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake * Agathis Hat by Agata Smektala in Rowan Pure Woll Superwash Worsted  Barb continues to work on: *Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways *  Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway * Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway * Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Black Pepper Swirl colorway * Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet  Barb has cast on: * Another Ridge Runner Hat by Chrissy Graham, using leftover scraps of two colors of Plymouth Galway Worsted * Mother Bear #121 Tracie continues to work on: * Redford by Julie Hoover in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Hardtwist in the Monteverde colorway * Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot * Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe colorway BOOKS Barb finished reading:  * The Whistler by John Grisham * Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot * Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker Tracie has finished: * Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart * Inside-Out Girl by Tish Cohen * This is Not Over by Holly Brown * Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West Barb is currently reading: * The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding * Mortal Fall: Glacier Mystery #2 by Christine Carbo Tracie is currently reading: * The Privileges by Jonathan Dee * Blood Games by Jerry Bledsoe Barb recommended the Dirty John Podcast (link goes to the first episode)

1hr 9mins

14 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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Episode 158: Again, I Didn't Want to Put It Down

Recorded on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Book Talk begins at 37:20 Our Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along is almost over. It will continue until May 15, 2018.   the fun.  Be sure to post your finished socks here.   Get ready for our summer swap (slated to begin in late June), hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate. Get ready for our next KAL!  We will be hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  We will be starting a chatter thread on the Ravelry forum.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes.  If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time. EVENTS: Spinning at the Winery, Saturday, May 19, 2018 10 am -4 pm.  Come join us! KINITTING Tracie’s finished projects: F829 Girl's Poncho Pattern by Plymouth Yarn, using Plymouth Encore Colorspun Worsted in the 8098 colorway Rikke Hat by Sarah Young, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain DK in the South by Southwest colorway Adjoin toe-up socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel in Knitting Rose Yarns Tinkytweet (aka) Sparkle Yarn sock blank Toybox Wee Wrap by Susan Barstein using Plymouth Yarn Toybox Rainbow.   Barb's finished projects: Stashbusting Helix Hat #7 by Jessica Rose, using DK weight scraps. Rikke Hat by Sarah Young, using Serendipidye Kings Mountain DK in the South by Southwest colorway Mother Bear #130 Tracie is working on: 6th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake all in shades of green! Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway Tracie has cast-on: Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways Barb is still working on: Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway. Tailfeather cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Elemental Affects Cormo in a sage green color way Gently Stirred Never Shaken shawl/scarf by Mac and Joe, using Baah La Jolla in 3 different colorways - Strawberry Shortcake, Deep Slate and Cotton Candy Mount Airy Socks by Mary Lucas, using Duren Dyeworks Awesome Sock Blank.   She has cast on: Slable hat by Wooly Wormhead, using Knit Picks Hawthorne Multi in the Cosmic Speckle colorway BOOKS Tracie has finished: The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1 by Christina Henry News of the World by Paulette Giles The Wife by Alafair Burke The Manson Women and Me: Monsters, Morality & Murder by Mikki Meredith Barb has finished: Classic Krakauer: After the Fall, Mark Foo's Last Ride, and Other Tales from the Vault by Jon Krakauer Loner by Teddy Wayne The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances The Next Time You See Me by Holly Goddard Jones Both Tracie and Barb finished I'll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara.  They discussed the book and the startling news that the alleged Golden State Killer was taken into custody this past week. Tracie is currently reading The Glass Forest by Cynthia Swanson Barb is currently reading: A Death in White Bear Lake: The True Chronicle of an All-American Town by Barry Siegel Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

1hr 20mins

5 May 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 136: It Has a Little Nub

Recorded May 10, 2017 Book Talk starts at: 32:2) Our Colorwork KAL is finished!  Be sure and listen until the end to hear the winners. 2KLC Swap is moving along.  Please check in frequently!  It is so important... May 15th: Check-In #3  May 31st check in #4  JUNE 15th: Mail-By Date You still have time to win an ecopy of Framework: Ten Architectural Knits by Norah Gaughan!  To enter the drawing, leave a comment on the contest thread, which will close May 31. It's time to get ready for our annual Mother Bear KAL/CAL!  Things to know: 1.  The KAL will run from July 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017 2.  Any bears knit or crocheted in 2017 are eligible for entry into the Mother Bear FO thread. 3.  Please go to the Mother Bear Pattern Page to order your pattern - they have patterns in "knit flat", "knit in the round" and "crochet". 4.  After July 1, post a separate picture of each bear in a separate post in the FO thread. We need prizes for our Mother Bear KAL!  If you have a prize or prizes to donate, please contact either Tracie or Barb. We have a new giveaway!  Barb and Tracie love the new shawl design, Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill!  Celia has kindly donated 3 copies of this shawl to give away to lucky listeners.  Please go to the contest thread in our Ravelry Group to enter to win. This contest will end on June 15, 2017. KNITTING Barb has finished: *  Her Scallop Shell Shawl by Kimberly Gintar, using 2 skeins of Candy Skein Yummy Fingering in the Blue Bubblegum and Boysenberry Jam colorways.  * Mother Bear #105 Tracie has finished: Mother Bears #101 and #102 Barb has cast on: The Peer Pressure Shawl by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Abstract Fiber O'Keefe in the Huckleberry colorway Barb is continuing to work on: *  Beagle pullover sweater by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway. *  Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway. *  A project she can’t talk about it because it’s a project for her swap partner! *  Nuvem by Martina Behm, using Wollmeise Lace-Garn in the 13 A1 colorway. *  Fiddly Bits cowl by Jana Pihota, using fingering scraps. Barb has frogged the Edin cardigan by Bonne Marie Burns, using Raven Frog Sheepless in the Captain's Blue colorway - she will start it over going down 2 sizes. Tracie has cast on: (Ho'onenea) Around the Island by Dindy Carland, using Stunning Strings Studio in Serenity in the Reflecting Pool colorway Tracie is continuing to work on: *  Arena by Norah Gaughan in Juniper Moon Farms Zooey DK *  2nd Fiddly Bits by Jane Pihota from a fingering-weight “magic cake” *  Vanilla socks in Wisdom Yarns Saki Bamboo in the Garnet Ridge  colorway *  Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir in Istex Lettlopi BOOKS Barb has finished: *  The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - she gives it a "thumbs sideways" * The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante - again, a "thumbs sideways" Tracie has finished reading: *  Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman - she recommends this book *  Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica - she does not recommend this book *  The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen Barb is currently reading: *  Bess of Hardwick: Empire Builder by Mary S. Lovell *  The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr Tracie is currently reading: *  A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny *  Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner Barb recommends the Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren, available on Hulu

1hr 7mins

12 May 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 174: She Starts with a Bikini Wax

Recorded on January 5, 2019 Our Fall Sweater KAL is ongoing.  Join our chatter thread and post your finished sweaters in the FOs thread.  Our very lively Chatter thread is here.  And you can post pictures of your gorgeous finished sweaters here!  You have until January 15, 2019 to post your FO picture. You can enter to win an autographed copy of The Shawl Society Season 1 by Helen Stewart by going to our Ravelry group here and entering the contest.  It is available on Amazon in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia.  Here in the U.S., it is $13.88 - you can buy it here!  The contest ends on January 15, 2019. KNITTING Barb’s FOs Mother Bear #151 Hopcott Mitts test knit for Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in a blue-green colorway Bankhead Hat #7 by Susie Gorlay, using leftover Berroco Vintage - teal blue and forest brown Tracie’s FOs 3 More Never Not Gnomings Rib-a-Roni in Classic Elite Yarns Water Lily in the Woodbine colorway 1 Knitted Knocker in CoBaSi Plus Galactic Hat/Rikke Hat Barb is working on: Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli, using Lisa Souza Dyeworks Deluxe Sock and Hu made Made Twist Big Sister cardigan by Hinterm Stein, using Cascade Pacific in the Dark Blue colorway Elizabeth Doherty's Provisional Cast-On Video And has cast on: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty, using Cloudborn Fibers Superwash Twist Sock in the Grey Heather color way Hazelnut Socks by Helen Stewart, using Desert Vista Dyeworks Viso in the Freud’s Dream color way - 1st pair for the #fifthannualdesertvistadyeworksmonthlysockclub. Whinstone Hat #3 by Chrissy Graham, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor color way. Tracie has cast on: Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik-MacDonald in arkaik fibers swanky aran in Jealous Sea And is working On: Sand Layers by Lisa Hannes in January Yarns Staple Sock in Lucky and Serendipidye Kings Mountain Sock in Acapandemonium Fiddly Bits #7 by Jane Pihota in sport weight yarns Vanilla Socks in Urth Uneek Sock, color #54 Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, using Fiberspates Scrumptious 4-ply Sport in the Amethyst colorway Zephyr cardigan #2 by Celia McAdam Cahill, using Elemental Effects Cormo Sport in the Cypress colorway BOOKS Barb highly recommends: Ohio by Stephen Markley Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman  Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan  North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunshine Person Barb is currently reading Into the Abyss:  How a Deadly Plane Crash Changed the Lives of a Pilot, a Politician, a Criminal and a Cop by Carol Shaben Under Cover of the Night by Diane Fanning Tracie highly recommends: Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present by Hank Stuever Eleanor Olyphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - 5 stars! To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder by Nancy Rommelman She does not recommend: Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah Tracie is reading: Blind Faith by Joe McGuinness

1hr 3mins

9 Jan 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 156: A Cow Exploded?

Recorded March 27, 2018 Book Talk Starts at 40:45 Our Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along will continue until May 15, 2018.  Make socks like you’ve never made before - try a new heel, using a pattern if you usually stick with vanilla, knit from a sock blank for the first time, do color work - or maybe try socks for the very first time!  Please go to the Never-Have-I-Ever Sock-along Chatter thread to join the fun.  Post your finished socks here.   Get ready for our summer swap, hosted by the wonderful Sandra (SweetSerendipity37).  Check out this thread and vote to let Sandra know you’d like to participate. KNITTING Finished: New Wave by Mary Annerella in Invictus Reward in Olive Levitate poncho by Yvonne Poon in Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend in the Kohl and Zebra colorways 3 Knitted Knockers in Cascade Ultra Pima FO’s Knitted Knockers Squircle Socks by General Hogbuffer, using Invictus yarns Unafraid in the Christmas Light Confetti colorway Cast-on:  6th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake all in shades of green! Adjoin toe-up socks from Sock Architecture by Lara Neel in Knitting Rose Yarns Tinkytweet (aka) Sparkle Yarn sock blank Leaf Press Shawl by Judy Marples, from a Craftsy Kit in Cloudborn Highland Sport in the Caribbean and Dolphin Blue colorways Wee Wrap by Susan Barstein in Plymouth Toybox Rainbow in colorway 69 Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway Still working on Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways Misty Scarf by Kaffe Fassett, using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (now discontinued) in a pale blue and pale pink colorway and a darker blue, cranberry and hot pink colorway. Knitted Knockers using Cloudborn Pima Cotton DK in the 30-016 colorway (light green) Cast-on Tailfeather cardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier, using Elemental Affects Cormo in a sage green color way Gently Stirred Never Shaken shawl/scarf by Mac and Joe, using Baah La Jolla in 3 different colorways - Strawberry Shortcake, Deep Slate and Cotton Candy Peer Pressure shawlette #2, using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Whiskey Barrel colorway BOOKS Finished: Savage Run by C.J. Box Murder on Everest: A Summit Murder Mystery by Charles G. Irion Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia Finished books The Memory Watcher by Minka Kent Colony of the Lost by Derik Cavagnano I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara Reading: You Play the Girl: And Other Vexing Stories That Tell Women Who They Are by Carina Chocano Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer Currently reading Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff

1hr 19mins

1 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Episode 145: You Know I Love a Good Tonal...

Recorded September 27, 2017 Book Talk Starts at 30:25 We would really appreciate some new iTunes reviews!   We are so close to 3000 members - please come join our Ravelry group! Our sweater KAL is coming right up - October 1-January 31!  To enter to win a prize, complete an adult sweater with sleeves - start a new one or continue with one less than 50% done, and post in the FOs thread (coming soon!) Tracie & Barb will be at:  Lambtown 2017  - Dixon May Fair Grounds, October 7-8.  We will be attending on Saturday, October 7th. Stitches West 2018 registration opened July 20 - rooms at the Hyatt and Hilton are long gone, but you can still register for classes!  Be sure and leave some free time on Saturday afternoon to come to our meet-up in the Hyatt bar. Barb has finished: Mother Bear #119 Wing Span by maylin Tri-Coterie Designs using Crystal Palace Mini Mochi in a green/blue/purple colorway Thundertwist by Greg Cohoon, using Plymouth Galway in the 121 colorway (light green) Tracie finished: 2nd Puppy Pullover by Kitterly (free pattern) for Posy Basic Peanut Body with rabbit ears from 50 Yards of Fun by Rebecca Danger Crumpet Beret by Maura Kirk for Mano Del Uruguay (free pattern) in Dizzy Blonde Studios Dirty Blonde Superwash DK in the Mae colorway Barb continues to work on: Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways Out of hibernation – Beagle by Norah Gaughan, using Berroco Vintage in the Forest Floor colorway And she has cast on: Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty, using Wollmeise Pure in the Magnolia Medium colorway Stashbusting Helix Hat#5 by Jessica Rose Pioneer Braid Scarf by Catherine Ryan, using Premier Yarns Sweet Roll in the Black Pepper Swirl colorway Voyager MKAL by Rachel Roden, using Lorna’s Laces Shepard Sock in the Voyager colorway, and Lorna’s Laces Mini-Skein Voyager Quintet  She frogged Basic Brioche Hat using Plymouth Galway Worsted in the 116 colorway Tracie frogged: Smoky Mountain Moebius Cowl by Leedra Scott in Malabrigo Rueca in the Indicita Colorway She has cast on:  Slouchy Star-Crossed Beret by Natalie Larson in Kraemer Yarns Naturally Nazereth in the Winter colorway And continues to work on: Redford by Julie Hoover in Lisa Souza Dyeworks Hardtwist in the Monteverde colorway Peer Pressure Shawlette by Celia McAdam Cahill in Miss Babs Hot Shot in Hot to Trot 4th Fiddly Bits cowl by Jane Pihota from fingering weight magic cake Cardigan for Arwen in Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu in the Pining for Ewe  colorway Barb finished reading:  Vanished: Cold-Blooded Murder in Steeltown by Jon Wells The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle Tracie finished: The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen Deviant: The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original “Psycho" by Harold Schechter The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner Barb is reading: The Whistler by John Grisham Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love by David Talbot Tracie is reading: Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

1hr 12mins

29 Sep 2017

Rank #10

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Episode 154: Stitches West & NoCKRs News

Coupon Codes for 2KLC listeners!   Brenda Castiel: (Goodstuff) Goodstuffcrafts KNITLIT: $5.00 off your order from goodstuffcrafts when you spend $10. Frog Peak Creations: I have a new coupon code available for 15% off - 2KNITLIT15 - no time limit!!! I also, currently have a SALE!! section in the shop for 50% off - XMAS50 - til March 7th. People: Gwen Bortner Patty Lyons Alana Dakos Susan B. Anderson Elizabeth Doherty Myra Wood Carson Demers Vendors mentioned: Miss Babs Barrett Wool Co. Bead Biz Leading Men Fiber Arts Adela’s Great Yarns Imagiknit Western Sky Knits Blue Moon Fiber Arts Mother Bear Project Bar-Maids WEBS Duren Dyeworks Lazer Sheep Yarns Wool & Wire Invictus Yarns Lisa Souza Dyeworks Honey Girl Farms Serendipidye Miss Purl Knit Picks Craftsy Farmers’ Daughter Fibers Baah Yarn

1hr 18mins

28 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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Episode 162: True Confessions

Recorded on July 4, 2018 Book Talk starts at 29:00 We are hosting our annual Mother Bear KAL starting June 1, and ending on August 31, 2018.  Any bears you have knit or crocheted in 2018 are eligible to be entered for prizes.  If you want more information about the Mother Bear Project, please go here.  Don't have a pattern?  Please go here to order a pattern!  It will be sent via US mail with a very short turn-around time.  Our FO thread is here - please post a separate photo for each bear you make!  And thank you to our wonderful listeners and vendor friends for donating prizes for the KAL. 2 Knit Lit Chicks Summer Swap!  Sign ups are going on NOW until July 11th.  Please see Post # 91 in this thread for the sign-up form and for all the rules.  In this same thread, please see Post # 94 for the questionairre that you need to fill out.  If you are joining us, you need to fill out the questionnaire - it's a start to helping your swap partner find out all about you.   KNITTING Tracie finished: 1.  Mother Bears 136, 137 and 138 Barb finished: 1.  Mother Bears 137 and 138 2.  Tale as Old as Time Cowl by Anne Vally, using Must Stash Yarns & Fiber Perfect Self-Striping Sock in the Beauty and the Beast colorways 3.  Gilda scarf by Twisted Sisters using Fiesta Yarns Linette in the Tourmaline colorway 4.  Rose City Rollers by Mara Catherine Byner, using leftover Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle Yarn in the Cosmic Speckle colorway Tracie continues to work on: 1.  Lake Effect by Amy Miller in Baah La Jolla in the California Poppy colorway 2.  Knitting at the Library Cowl by Cori Eichelberger in Invictus Yarns Beyond Mini-Set in the Forest colorway 3.  Bellora Tee by Samantha Kirby, using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Thicket and Harbor colorways 4.  Simple Skyp Socks by Addrienne Ku in Invictus Yarns Master of My Feet in NoCKRs 2015 colorway. Tracie has cast on: 1.  a blanket for the Welcome Blanket organization Barb continues to work on: 1.  Fragment Tee by Clare Mountain using Knit Picks Lindy Chain in the Blue Bell colorway Barb has cast on: 1.  Bankhead Hat #5 by Susie Gorlay, using Paton's Classic Wool in the Bird of Paradise colorway 2.  Mystik Spiral Socks by Josh Ryk-Robinsky, using Valkyrie Fibers Matte Sock In the Baby in a Trenchcoat colorway 3.  Juanita Park Cowl by Erika Flory, using a kit bought from Craftsy. Barb talked about the wonderful Craftsy.com Kits available. Check 'em out! BOOKS Tracie finished: 1.  Calypso by David Sedaris 2.  Fatal Vision by Joe McGuinness 3.  Flush by Carl Hiaasen 4.  Olive Kittridge by Elizabeth Street Barb finished: 1.  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 2.  Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout Tracie is reading: 1.  The Stranger (Patrik Hedstrom #4) by Camilla Lackberg Barb is reading 1.  Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery 2.  Big Alma by Bernice Scharlach 3.  The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine

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7 Jul 2018

Rank #12