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.

Episode 49 – Timey-Wimey Knitting

In this episode, the girls talk about those projects defy the laws of time. Susie has no excuses for messing up armhole shaping, and Danie jumps right in to her spinning.

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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

We are giving away two copies of the Chill Chaser pattern! To enter to win, please be a member of the PGK&S Ravelry group, and post in the contest thread telling us which two colors of Spud & Chloe Sweater you would pair for a Chill Chaser.

Danie is also giving away a copy of her pattern! To enter to win, please be a member of the PGK&S Ravelry group, and post in the contest thread telling us which two colors you’d knit the mittens in.

Current Projects

Susie had a son of a stitch with her Chill Chaser Cardigan. She inadvertently knit the armhole shaping on the edge of the right front. She also started a new hat, copying one Sarah from In a sKnit is designing.

Danie worked on her Broncos Socks, appropriately enough during the Broncos game. She also worked on her Chill Chaser Hoodie, and started spinning the baby alpaca/silk/camel blend she got at Iowa Sheep and Wool from Morning Sun Fiber Barn.

Wear Report

One of the TINY tea leaves cardigans has come to the end of its wear.

Episode 48 -Starting a New Sweater

In this episode, the girls talk about what they do when preparing to start a new sweater. Danie releases a toddler mitten pattern, and Susie makes steady progress on her lace.

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Danie released a pattern – the Triangle Thumb Toddler Mittens!

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

We are giving away two copies of the Chill Chaser pattern! To enter to win, please be a member of the PGK&S Ravelry group, and post in the contest thread telling us which two colors of Spud & Chloe Sweater you would pair for a Chill Chaser.

Danie is also giving away a copy of her pattern! To enter to win, please be a member of the PGK&S Ravelry group, and post in the contest thread telling us which two colors you’d knit the mittens in.

Finished Projects

Danie finished her Dinna Fash Mittens. She modified the tops slightly, and lightly felted them, and believes these will be her hardcore winter mittens. She also finished weaving her scarf, and is happy with how it turned out.

Current Projects

Susie started her Chill Chaser Cardigan. She’s modifying it to eliminate the slight flair to the bottom of the sweater, and has finished the body and is working up the left front. She also worked a fair amount on her Mayapple Shawl but she has a long way to go still.

Danie worked on her Broncos Socks. She also swatched and cast on for her Chill Chaser Hoodie.

Review

Susie loves LaviShea’s new packaging, and the new Citronella lotion bar for keeping mosquitoes from eating her family.

Episode 47 -Stuff & Things

In this episode, the girls talk about a bunch of different things. Susie just about goes crazy from a sewn bind-off, and Danie gets an assist from Elizabeth Zimmermann.

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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

We are giving away two copies of the Chill Chaser pattern! To enter to win, please be a member of the PGK&S Ravelry group, and post in the contest thread telling us which two colors of Spud & Chloe Sweater you would pair for a Chill Chaser.

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Song of the Sea, and pulled her normal crazy with the finishing. She also started and finished a test knit for BostonJen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast using some fabulous yarn from Ladybug Fiber Company. She’ll go into more details as to the pattern once it’s released.

Danie finished her Bramble Fern. With a little help from EZ, she was able to wrap her head around her first bottom-up raglan sweater.

Current Projects

Danie worked on her Broncos Socks and is playing yarn chicken with her Dinna Fash Mittens. She is also weaving a scarf.

Susie worked on her Mayapple Shawl. The pattern is keeping her on her toes, but she’s enjoying it.

Knits on Screen

Susie enjoyed Daisy Duck knitting a rainbow scarf on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Danie pondered the knitwear on The Paradise.

Episode 46 – Stitches Midwest In Review

In this episode, the girls reminisce all things Stitches Midwest 2014!

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Finished Projects

Danie finished a baby baseball hat on the fly! She worked a simple white beanie and duplicate-stitched the stitches in red. Super cute! She also wove her first scarf.

Susie finished her Rainbow Oops! socks and her Hitofude! The final verdict is she loves this sweater.

Current Projects

Susie started Song of the Sea using her hard-won #mileageforyardage yarn, Simply Sock Yarn Company’s Poste Yarn Silken Sock in Moulin Rouge.

Danie worked on her Spectra while getting a pedicure, and her Bramble Fern while on the road to Stitches. She also restarted a holiday stocking, this time opting for a plain stocking with contrasting toe and heel. While at Stitches she worked on her Featherweight Cardigan. She also started a pair of Eugenia’s Mittens using Bijou Basin Ranch’s Himalayan Trail in Dinna Fash.

Future Projects

Susie is all set to cast on the Mayapple Shawl by Dee O’Keefe. There will be an informal KAL going if anyone is interested in joining!

Enhance the Stash

In order of purchase, Susie enhanced her stash with two skeins of Shaky K Fibers Shaky Silver, a 2-ply laceweight, in Teal and Hibiscus. Next she picked up a double-shot project bag from Kitchen Counter Crafter, and three skeins of Sun Valley Fiber MCN Fingering in Edingburgh. Then came three skeins of Miss Babs Yowza –  Whatta Skein in Cloak, a shawl kit for the Aranami Shawl, Gnome Acres House Gnome in Aurora Gnomealis, and Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in Spring Peony.

Danie came home with a bag from Knerd with a skein of Tardis from Fiberstory and a t-shirt, two skeins of Miss Babs Yowza –  Whatta Skein in Denim and a skein of Cosmic Hand Painted Sock in Berlin, a fingering-weight gradient from Knit Circus in Shades of Grey, and a Lo-Lo Bar in Hookah Girl. She also came home with her first loom, and Ashford Sample It Rigid Heddle Loom.

Episode 45 – Prairie Girls Potpourri

In this episode, it’s another potpourri! Danie talks sock blanks, and Susie reviews her (long) list of projects to shop for at Stitches.

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Patterns mentioned include Song of the Sea, Spectra, Ziggy, Honeybee Cardigan, Merryall Cardigan, Netherwood, Begonia Swirl, Malgven, Morvarch, Vine Yoke Cardigan, Lush, and Central Park Hoodie.

Items mentioned include the Star Weaver Knitting Machine and Knitter’s Pride Bamboo Interchangeable needles.

Events

Stitches Midwest is in Schaumburg, IL August 7 – 10!

Episode 44 – Stitches Preparedness

In this episode, the girls strategize all things Stitches. Susie is euphoric, and Danie is a complicated knitter.

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Miscellaneous finished projects mentioned include Susie’s Tan House Brook Shawl, Rainbow Oops! socks, Elizabeth Shawl, and Danie’s Tan House Brook Shawl.

Miscellaneous current projects mentioned include Susie’s gift-for-a-friend socks and Danie’s Featherweight Cardigan.

Events

Stitches Midwest is in Schaumburg, IL August 7 – 10!

Current Projects

Susie once again worked exclusively on her Hitofude Cardigan, and she is so close to the end. While she’s a little nervous about the fit, she could easily be talked in to knitting another, whether for herself or for a fabulous friend.

Danie added a few triangles to her Spectra, and a few inches to her Broncos Socks. She also restarted her Bramble Fern using Cascade 220 Superwash in a light gray.

Episode 43 – How Do Prairie Girls Learn Best

In this episode, the girls compare notes on how they learn best. Danie had fun with sock blanks, and Susie was a one-project knitter.

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Events

Stitches Midwest is in Schaumburg, IL August 7 – 10!

Finished Projects

Danie dyed not one, but two sock blanks she worked up (with a little help) using Knit Picks Bare Stroll. One is a Broncos-inspired colorway in blue and orange, and the other a rainbow gradient.

Current Projects

Susie worked exclusively on her Hitofude Cardigan, and is hoping to be finished with it very soon.

Danie continued working on her Featherweight Cardigan, and is making steady progress. Her Bramble Fern is in a temporary timeout, so she cast on socks from her Broncos yarn, and is trying a customized toe, and knit a bit on her Spectra as well.

Project Reconsideration

Susie is reconsidering a long-suffering Christmas stocking.