Episode 59 – WIP Management

In this episode, the girls talk about their WIP management strategies. Susie questions how many buttons are too many buttons, and Danie works through her heel issues.

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Contest

Enter to win a copy of the Twisted Sand Mitts pattern or the Triple Swell Hat pattern! Post in the contest thread on the Ravelry group and tell us where you see yourself wearing these lovely accessories, and we will randomly draw two lucky winners.

Current Projects

Susie knit her Water and Stone to the cuff, and so far everything is going according to plan. She also picked up stitches for the button side of the buttonband on her Chill Chaser Cardigan, and knit to the heel on her Electric Rainbow Friendship Socks. The more she knits the more she likes. She also cast on a new project – the Ozukuri Lace Shawl.

Danie got past the heel on her first Stitches Socks. She also finished the first of her worsted weight socks, minus the heel (which is an intentional afterthought), and finished the toe on the second one, and picked up the stitches for the first sleeve on her Mama Vertebrae.

Wear Report

Danie has darned her Dinna Fash Mittens. Despite how early the darning was needed, she adores them. They are wonderfully warm, and the yarn is holding up well aside from the thumb bits.

New to Me

Danie loves her Knit Picks crochet hook keychain, and Susie only wants to drink out of her Gnome Acres mugs.

Episode 58 – 2015 Knitting Plans

In this episode, the girls talk about their knitting plans for the year. Danie kept a narrow knitting focus over the break, and Susie knit on all the things.

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Contest

The winners of the 2014 Legend-Prairie are announced!

Enter to win a copy of the Twisted Sand Mitts pattern or the Triple Swell Hat pattern! Post in the contest thread on the Ravelry group and tell us where you see yourself wearing these lovely accessories, and we will randomly draw two lucky winners.

Finished Projects

Danie finished another pair of mittens and another Barley hat with a pompom. They are out of some fun yarn she dyed herself, that look like a funfetti cupcake in yarn form.

Susie finished her first curl, Caesious. It’s beautiful, and she’s working through the usual style issues she has with shawls. She also finished her second Conjunction Cowl and has been wearing it pretty much non-stop. Also finished are the Monkey gift socks, after a couple of minor hiccups along the way.

Current Projects

Danie made progress on her Featherweight Cardigan. She is nearing the end of the body, but that’s relative when it’s a fingering weight sweater. She also worked on her Stitches Socks, and after ripping out the heel four times she settled one and is pressing on. She also just cast on a pair of worsted weight socks for herself.

In a succinct rundown, Susie worked on her Chill Chaser Cardigan, Water and Stone, Bonnie’s Wish, and Electric Rainbow Friendship Socks. She also started a new sweater, Dragonflies Jumper.

2015 Knitting Plans

Susie plans on WIP cracking and stash culling.

Danie plans on knitting with MadTosh, finishing three sweaters, knitting three ‘brown bag’ socks, and taking two of her hoarded Craftsy classes.

Episode 57 – WIPs-apalooza

In this episode, the girls talk a lot about knitting (surprise!). Danie makes a pompom in spite of her strong feelings about them, and Susie may never have a finished project again at the rate she’s casting new ones on.

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Contest

The 2014 Legend-Prairie contest is running through January 7, 2015! Tell us about your most legend-prairie project of the year!

Finished Projects

Danie finished a pair of mittens that she worked up on the fly, and a Barley hat with a fabulous pompom.

Current Projects

Susie worked a little on her Conjunction Cowl, and on her Water and Stone. She knit through the heel and the gusset decreases on her John Huston socks, despite questioning the purpose of patterned heels although she can’t deny it looks good. She cast on her first of many curls Caesious using Spark Story Bounce in Spectra, Bonnie’s Wish using Malabrigo Arroyo in Borrajas, and Monkey socks using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in Rainbow. And finally, a son of stitch in the form of an afterthought heel stalled the progress on her Electric Rainbow Friendship socks, but Danie talks her through her thought process and she is backing away from ripping out entirely.

Danie worked on her Mama Vertebrae, and just has to be convinced to go ahead and knit the sleeves which Susie tried to do, on her Swirl E Rainbow Socks, and on another pair of kid mittens. She stalled a bit on her My First Stitches Socks due to heel issues. Undeterred, she will continue working on determining the number of heel stitches so they fit perfectly. After a little break.

Stash Enhancement

Danie enhanced her stash with some lovelies from a local dyer The Dyeing Arts – Splendiferious Sock in Bifrost Bridge and some silk hankies.

Susie scored her first MarigoldJen in her BFL/Nylon base in Merry and Bright. And she EARNED a sweater’s quantity of madelinetosh tosh sport in Tart.

Review 

Susie received her pre-order of Curls by Hunter Hammersen. Both girls are super impressed with the book. The designs are interesting, and the versatility as to the yarn options is a huge plus.

Episode 56 – KAL Considerations

In this episode, the girls talk about knitalongs. Susie blames it on the Nyquil, and Danie puts black eyeliner on rainbows.

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Events

It’s National Knit a Sweater in a Month (NaKniSweMo)! Danie is knitting Mama Vertebrae and Susie is knitting Water and Stone.

Contest

The 2014 Legend-Prairie contest thread is open! Tell us about your most legend-prairie project of the year!

Finished Projects

Danie finished some big kid mittens.

Susie finished her Barley hat.

Current Projects

Danie worked on her My First Stitches Socks, and loves the fit of the Sweet Tomato Heel. She finds it fits her heel very well, and the pattern easy to memorize. She started a new pair of socks, her Swirling Rainbow Socks, out of fabulous yarn she dyed herself. She also worked on her Mama Vertebrae, and started another pair of kid mittens.

Susie worked on her Water and Stone, and she’s past the bust shaping and is cruising down the body. She also worked on her Conjunction Cowl and John Huston socks. She too cast on a new pair of socks, using the amazing electric rainbow yarn Danie dyed.

Episode 55 – The Variegated Predicament

In this episode, the girls talk about their strategies for using variegated yarn. Susie declares sport is the new sock for her, and Danie concentrates on her sweater.

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Last week’s topic was inspired by a listener’s comment in the Episode 52 thread, and she let us know the idea originated with Em of the Knitting Pretty podcast. Check out her Ravelry group for additional discussion on the many faces of knitters.

Events

It’s National Knit a Sweater in a Month (NaKniSweMo)! Danie is knitting Mama Vertebrae and Susie is knitting Water and Stone.

Contest

The 2014 Legend-Prairie contest thread is open! Tell us about your most legend-prairie project of the year!

Current Projects

Susie worked on her Water and Stone. She’s planning on shortening it, and is winging the sizing, so she’s hoping for the best. She also cast on a new Conjunction Cowl, using some fantastic Kirbywirby sport weight yarn.

Danie worked on her My First Stitches Socks, and is planning to do Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel. She also worked on her Mama Vertebrae.

Future Projects

Susie is planning on a Barley hat, using The Flying Kettle’s Glider in Wild Things held double.

Episode 54 – The Many Faces of Knitters

In this episode, the girls talk about the many faces of knitters. Danie won at yarn chicken, and Susie didn’t attempt it.

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Miscellaneous projects mentioned include Susie’s Simple Skyp socks and Grenadine and Danie’s Entangled Vines and Zigzagular Socks.

Events

The Chill Chaser KAL is going on September 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Check out this blog post for details! Here is a link to the official KAL thread on the Friends of Spud & Chloe Ravelry group, and a link to the KAL thread on the PGK&S Ravelry group.

National Knit a Sweater in a Month (NaKniSweMo) is coming up in November. Danie is knitting Mama Vertebrae and Susie is knitting Water and Stone.

Contest

The 2014 Legend-Prairie contest thread will be opening shortly! Tell us about your most legend-prairie project of the year!

Finished Projects

Danie finished her Conjunction Cowl. She fought the yarn chicken, and she won but it was really close.

Susie finally finished her 3/4 Hap Shawl. She didn’t attempt yarn chicken, and so modified the bottom edging accordingly.

Current Projects

Susie knit a few stitches on her John Huston, the Tarnished Hero socks.

Danie cast on her My First Stitches Socks, and swatched for a Mama Vertebrae.

Truth.

Danie is hard on things.

Episode 53 – Sweaters, and Socks and Stash! Oh My!

In this episode, the girls talk about the 3 S’s – sweaters, socks, and stash. Susie finishes a sweater in 21 days, and Danie finishes a sweater and some socks. And there is stash enhancement.

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Events

The Chill Chaser KAL is going on September 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Check out this blog post for details! Here is a link to the official KAL thread on the Friends of Spud & Chloe Ravelry group, and a link to the KAL thread on the PGK&S Ravelry group.

National Knit a Sweater in a Month (NaKniSweMo) is coming up in November. Danie is knitting Mama Vertebrae and Susie is knitting Water and Stone.

Contest

The girls are starting to gear up for this year’s Legend-Prairie contest! More details to come!

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Overlynd! Despite modifying it to eliminate some increase rounds, it was still pretty long mid-block. It wasn’t anything a quick trip in the dryer didn’t fix.

Danie finished her Chill Chaser Hoodie and used a couple of different tutorials to put in the zipper. She also finished her Exploding Tardis Socks and her Spectrum Socks, out of her own hand-dyed yarn.  She also refinished her Starbrite Socks, but cutting out the heels to put in her preferred heel.

Current Projects

Susie started the second sleeve on her Chill Chaser Cardigan, and cast on a pair of John Huston, the Tarnished Hero socks. She also picked up her 3/4 Hap Shawl, which she put down ages ago.

After her finishing spree, Danie worked on her Conjunction Cowl.

Enhance the Stash

Danie picked up a skein from Lazy Bee Yarn in I’m a Royal at the NKCG Fall Retreat. She also scored a skein of Kirbywirby  in a gorgeous one-of-a-kind colorway.

Susie also got some Kirbywirby, a worsted skein in Fru Fighters, and two Oomph Sport in Black Jeans Jacket 80s Style and Please, I’m a Thousand Years Older Than You Put Your Baby Fangs Away Before You P*ss Me Off. She also received her first order from the Flying Kettle, with two skeins of Glider – one in Wild Things and one in June Bug.

Review

Danie enjoyed Euclan wool wash so much, she almost couldn’t believe she didn’t have to rinse!

Episode 52 – Product or Process?

In this episode, the girls rehash product- and process-knitting. Susie finishes things, and Danie dyes some fabulous yarn.

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Events

The Chill Chaser KAL is going on September 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Check out this blog post for details! Here is a link to the official KAL thread on the Friends of Spud & Chloe Ravelry group, and a link to the KAL thread on the PGK&S Ravelry group.

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Bright Sunshiney Hat, and it makes Danie laugh with its bright sunshiney-ness. She also finished her Second Birthday Socks, and they are a hit with the toddler! She also finished some secret knitting and released the pattern for the Conjunction Cowl.

Current Projects

Danie is working on her own Conjunction Cowl, using amazing yarn she dyed herself in a deep purple and a gray gradient. She also worked more on her Exploding Tardis Socks, and worked her first OMG heels. She also worked on her Chill Chaser Hoodie and modified the hood, which was definitely the right call.

Susie worked exclusively on her Overlynd. She’s trying to finish it in about three weeks, which feels a little daunting to her at this point.

Knits on Screen

On the season premier of Big Bang Theory, there was a hilarious KIPing scene!

Episode 51 – Judging Knitworthiness

In this episode, the girls discuss their criteria for determining knitworthiness. Danie takes scissors to socks, and Susie thinks better of taking scissors to a sweater.

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Events

The Chill Chaser KAL is going on September 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Check out this blog post for details! Here is a link to the official KAL thread on the Friends of Spud & Chloe Ravelry group, and a link to the KAL thread on the PGK&S Ravelry group.

Finished Projects

Danie re-finished her Zigzagular Socks to knit her custom-fit toe.

Current Projects

Danie made some serious progress on her Chill Chaser Hoodie. She sewed in the first sleeve, and it looks fabulous. She is also powering through her fantastic Exploding Tardis Socks. She is ready to put heels in already! She also worked a little on a football hat.

Susie worked more on her Bright Sunshiney Hat. It would go faster if she didn’t keep stopping to admire it, and to try it on.  She also sewed in the first sleeve on her Chill Chaser Cardigan. She also started her Second Birthday Socks.

Enhance the Stash

Susie received her custom order of Spectra from SparkStory that she’s going to use to knit some fabulous birthday socks. Spoiler alert: there is more stash enhancement to come.

Danie celebrated her birthday the best possible way – with stash enhancement! She add Bijou BasinHimalayan Trail in Fergus, Manic Pixie Dream Yarn Norma in Cloudy with a Chance of Rainbows, and Little Mount Yarn Co. Glitter Sock in Exploding Tardis to her stash. She also scored her first bag from Suburban Stitcher.

Episode 50 – Coming Clean About Washing Knits

In this episode, the girls come clean about washing their knits. Susie over-thinks and over-dramatizes about sleeves, and Danie switches up her sock-knitting technique.

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Events

The Chill Chaser KAL is going on September 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014. Check out this blog post for details! Here is a link to the official KAL thread on the Friends of Spud & Chloe Ravelry group, and a link to the KAL thread on the PGK&S Ravelry group.

Contest

The winners of the Chill Chaser patterns, and the winner of Danie’s Triangle Thumb Toddler Mitten pattern, are announced!

Current Projects

Susie rebounded with her Chill Chaser Cardigan, finishing the back, reknitting the right front, and seaming the shoulders. She’s been strategizing on the sleeves, and thinks she’s settled on a course of action, after changing her mind at least a couple times. In her second son of a stitch in as many weeks, she restarted her Bright Sunshiney Hat because it seemed very loose. She went down a couple needle sizes for the ribbing and reduced the number of stitches and she is much happier with the fit.

Danie worked on  her Chill Chaser Hoodie, and may have overshot the armholes because her measuring tape was out of reach. She also started a fabulous new pair of socks! Rather than her usual two-at-a-time MO, she’s knitting them in parallel using 8″ circular needles. She also cast on the first of three football hats she’s knitting for family.

Future Projects

Susie swatched for Overlynd using the yarn she re-purposed from her Providence Hoodie she reconsidered in Episode 26.

Enhance the Stash

Susie got a gorgeous one-of-a-kind skein from SparkStory that she’s going to use to knit some fabulous birthday socks. Spoiler alert: there is more stash enhancement to come.

Danie celebrated her birthday the best possible way – with stash enhancement! She add Bijou Basin Himalayan Trail in Fergus, Manic Pixie Dream Yarn Norma in Cloudy with a Chance of Rainbows, and Little Mount Yarn Co. Glitter Sock in Exploding Tardis to her stash. She also scored her first bag from Suburban Stitcher.