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