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