Episode 9 – Sweaters and Stuff

In this episode, the Prairie Girls talk a lot about sweaters, and a little bit about other stuff. Danie has a sweater she finished in a hot minute, and Susie has one she’s plodding away on.

Listen here.

Contest 

We want you to answer a burning question: If you were to knit socks for a celebrity, who would it be and why? To enter to win a skein of Malabrigo Rios in Archangel and a set of stitch markers handmade by Danie, please join our Ravelry group and post your answer in the contest thread. We’ll leave the thread open through September 29, 2013, and will announce the randomly-selected winner on that week’s podcast.

We also did a surprise drawing for reaching 100 members in our Ravelry group!

Events

The Nebraska Knit and Crochet Guild‘s annual retreat at Mahoney State Park is September 27 – 29. It’s finally close enough that the girls have thought about what they want to bring. Danie is still on the fence about whether or not to bring her wheel, but both girls agree that they want to bring simple, not-too-thought-provoking projects.

Finished Projects 

Danie blinked last week and finished her Owl Sweater. It’s adorable (see above for proof).

Current Projects

Susie finished one of her Dragonfly Toddler Socks and got through the gusset decreases of the second one.  She is also working away on her Holloway Pullover. She had a brief freak out regarding her calculations accounting for her differing gauge and modifications based on her measurements, but confirmed her plan and is forging ahead.

Riding her sweater-finishing high, Danie started two new projects – Lintilla and $5 in Paris.

Wear Report

Susie reported on her pair of Sunshine socks she knit in June of 2009 out of Shibui Knits Sock, a 100% superwash merino sock yarn. She feels that they’ve held up well, all things considered.

Truth. 

Susie does not baby her handknit socks. She secretly hopes that they will develop holes, so she doesn’t have to feel like a sock hoarder since the sock knitting is not stopping anytime soon.

Enhance the Stash

Danie was a responsible and scholarly stasher this past week and picked up The Gentle Art of Plying with Judith MacKenzie.

Susie was not so responsible. Since she was having her Camp Loopy bonus yarn sent to her (a skein of Lorna’s Laces Solemate in Blue Skies Over Colorado), she threw in a skein of The Loopy Ewe Solid Series in Cardinal.

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Episode 8 – How Many Projects Are Too Many Projects?

In this episode, the Prairie Girls want to go cast-on crazy! Susie puzzles over what to do with a couple different skeins of variegated yarn and Danie enjoyed a Malabrigo Nube birthday bonanza.

The girls mention several different shawl patterns including  Lintilla, Magrathea, Trillian, Emma’s Shawl, and Henslowe, and hat pattern End of May (and its matching mittens).

Listen here.

Contest 

We want you to answer a burning question: If you were to knit socks for a celebrity, who would it be and why? To enter to win a skein of Malabrigo Rios in Archangel and a set of stitch markers handmade by Danie, please join our Ravelry group and post your answer in the contest thread. We’ll leave the thread open through September 29, 2013, and will announce the randomly-selected winner on that week’s podcast.

Events

The Nebraska Knit and Crochet Guild‘s annual retreat at Mahoney State Park is September 27 – 29.

Current Projects

Danie is experiencing the sock knitter’s paradox where the heels feel further and further away the closer they get on both her Copper Socks and her Slither/Serpentine Socks. She is also started knitting an owls sweater from a ball of yarn that is bigger than her head.

Susie had a son of a stitch moment when she realized that the leg of the first of her Dragonfly Toddler Socks was too short, and the short row heel too shallow and ripped them out. She has barely cast on for the second iteration, but can’t wait to finish them to do a monthly wear report suggested by a lovely listener. She also cast on the Elizabeth Shawl using yarn unearthed from her recent stash review.

Future Projects

Danie’s Stormy Cloud handspun will soon be shining in an Ione, and Susie is finally casting on the Holloway Pullover.

Enhance the Stash

Danie had a fantastically yarn-y birthday! She received a skein of Malabrigo Lace in Cuarzo, a skein of Regia Highland Tweed in , and Malabrigo Nube fiber in Arco Iris and Solis.

Knits on Screen

The girls saw Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – a terrible movie based on a series of books by Cassandra Clare that they both really enjoyed. The highlight was spotting a knit blanket fairly early in to it. Susie thought it might have been seed stitch, while Danie thought more linen-y stitch.

Truth.

Danie has a big thing for little sticky notes.

Episode 7 – Stash Wrangling

In this episode, the Prairie Girls are shell-shocked after going through their stashes. Susie wondered if mismatched striped socks are too much for her and Danie went down the Ravelry rabbit hole.

The girls also mention (many times) the Stitched-Together podcast hosted by Chrissy and Susie mentions her Better-Than-Booties Baby Socks and her February Lady Sweater.

Listen here.

Contest 

We want you to answer a burning question: If you were to knit socks for a celebrity, who would it be and why? To enter to win a skein of Malabrigo Rios in Archangel and a set of stitch markers handmade by Danie, please join our Ravelry group and post your answer in the contest thread. We’ll leave the thread open through September 29, 2013, and will announce the randomly-selected winner on that week’s podcast.

Events

The Nebraska Knit and Crochet Guild‘s annual retreat at Mahoney State Park is September 27 – 29.

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Viking Hat. She freely admits that this hat was made more for the photo opportunity than for any practical purpose, but found it to be a very fun knit, and is happy with how it turned out.

Current Projects

Despite not having a lot of knitting time over the past week, Danie is thinking ahead to the heels for her Copper Socks and is planning Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel. She’s whooshing along on her Slither Socks and is thinking of doing the Sweet Tomato heel on them as well.

Susie added a few stripes to her Kiss Me/Mother’s Day Socks and cast on a pair of toddler socks she’s calling her Dragonfly Toddler Socks. She successfully completed a short row heel using the No Wrap Short Row Heel Tutorial by Kaity Fraker, but thinks the proportions are off. Even considering toddlers’ tendency to have cankles.

Future Projects

Danie pulled from her stash Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Wine to figure out what it wants to be. She is considering the Glengesh Shawl  or the Spicy Fitted V Neck T from Fitted Knits.

Episode 6 – Interrupting Spider Interrupts

In this episode, the Prairie Girls are interrupted by a spider and Enrique Iglesias. In knitting news, Susie triumphed and Danie traveled.

Listen here.

Contest 

We want you to answer a burning question: If you were to knit socks for a celebrity, who would it be and why? To enter to win a skein of Malabrigo Rios in Archangel and a set of stitch markers handmade by Danie, please join our Ravelry group and post your answer in the contest thread. We’ll leave the thread open through September 29, 2013, and will announce the randomly-selected winner on that week’s podcast.

Events

The Nebraska Knit and Crochet Guild‘s annual retreat at Mahoney State Park is September 27 – 29.

Finished Projects

Susie was not at all excited to report that she finished Kiku. Very ‘meh’ about the whole thing. (Except not really.) The words “perfect”, “excellent”, and “wonderful” were used, only half-jokingly.

Danie finished plying her Stormy Cloud (Mountain Color’s Chinook) singles. She loves how it turned out but is still working out what she’ll do with 212 yards of heavy fingering-weight yarn.

Current Projects

Susie went a little nuts picking back up an existing project, casting on a new one, and swatching for yet another.

Danie did some spinning of the Malabrigo Nube in Plomo. She also cast on a new pair of socks using Patons Kroy Socks FX in Copper Socks. She is ribbing them all around the foot for a tighter fit, and will be doing a 60% afterthought heel to accommodate a higher arch. She is also still knitting the sport-weight socks but instead of plain stockinette as originally planned, she’s throwing in a bit of saucy patterning and is making the Serpentine Socks (snakes on a sock!)

Future Projects

Susie swatched for the Holloway Pullover, and even did some preliminary math to figure out between the pattern’s gauge, her gauge, and her guessed-at size. She’s doing the smart thing and until her size is confirmed before casting on, even though she’s sorely tempted to throw caution to the wind.

Review

The girls greatly enjoyed the fiber prep class they attended last week at Tonya’s Cute by Design. Susie was pleasantly surprised to find that she was at least familiar with some of the terms and concepts from the different podcasts she listened to. She also confirmed that she has no interest in spindling. Danie realized that her long draw didn’t need very much refinement at all; in less than two minutes and a slight positioning correction she was on her way.

Knits in the Wild

Danie was at the Renaissance Festival in Kansas City this past weekend and saw a quill spinning wheel in action.

Enhance the Stash 

Susie got herself some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport in Ash, White, and Fedora for the Viking Hat, and in Baltic Heather for the Holloway Pullover.

Danie picked up some Knit One Crochet Too Crock-O-Dye in Plum Black. The grey and dusty purple streak (not stripe) and very nicely highlight the black.

Knits on Screen

Susie is watching Season 4 of The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network. In the second episode, one of the girls on the “Frankfoota” truck was wearing a grey slouchy knit hat with a wide ribbed brim of about 3″, and the rest in a garter rib. She’s considering modeling a hat on it using Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted except maybe adding a pom pom.

Truth.

Susie has so many project bags she didn’t know what to do! She quickly figured it out, though, and spent 10 minutes looking through each one to find her socks-in-progress.