2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast with Barb and Tracie joined us for PODCASTER NOVEMBER on Yarn Thing with Marly Bird. 2 Knit Lit Chicks is a mother/daughter podcast that shares their love of knitting (sometimes crocheting) and books, namely A LOT of modern literature.
Tracie says they have shared hobbies and books since she was a little girl. Barb can’t remember being taught to knit but a few years ago, she thought it would be nice to have something to do while watching football, went down to the store and came home with fun fur! (Who has not done that?) She was happy with knitting scarves and shared her love with her daughter Tracie. This has happened with other things, like scrap booking and needlepoint. Tracie was resistant to knitting at first because she knew she would be obsessive about it as with everything, but finally Barb brought her a Learn to Knit kit from KnitPicks and, she was right, it became another hobby they shared.
When Tracie had been knitting about a 18 months or so, Barb then introduced Tracie to podcasts. At some point they were discussing podcasts that they had listened to, and it was thrown out there that ‘Hey, we should have a knitting and True Crime books podcasts!’ When Barb suggested to her knit group, they thought it would be a great idea. Barb continue to explore the idea and share what she found with Tracie and then finally said, ‘I think we should do a podcast together’ and Tracie realized Barb would do this only if she participated. And Thus 2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast was begun.
(Barb shared that she teaches knitting to a cancer support group, in the middle of this story, and she starts them with dishcloths, rather than scarves and hats…)
Barb and Tracie live about an hour and a half from each other, they find it works best for them to get together to record. They do record and then one of them will download and one will work on the show notes, recording about twice a month, and they switch so that the other does the show notes, etc. That way no one person is always doing the same thing, although when they began, Barb did the downloading and editing. They do use Skype when either one of them is traveling and sharing their knitting adventures with the podcast partner and audience. They share what they are working on, Barb and Tracie do a lot of knitting for the Mother Bear project and made a respectable showing in the Halos of Hope Podcaster throwdown last year.
They are both PROLIFIC readers (not an exaggeration) and share what they are reading either in book form or listening in Audible. They don’t consider themselves reviewers, but rather share a synopsis or description and what the personally thought of it. The same happens with patterns, and they get responses from people that agree or disagree. Some listen just for the books. They personally love true crime books, but they will read a lot of other things just because it’s popular and listeners will ask what they thought of them. They are both on Goodreads.com which has been likened to social media for books.
Tracie thinks the most popular segment at the end where the ‘give vent’ to things that bug them. There have been many who listen because they miss the relationship with their parent in their own lives. There is a wonderful and active Ravelry group also!
IF you missed listening live, here is the link where it originally aired: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2014/11/20/2-knit-lit-chicks-podcast-with-barb-and-tracie or in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2-knit-lit-chicks-podcast/id313541727?i=325756792&mt=2