Episode 97 – Happiness is…Handspun

In this episode, the girls do a deep-dive into knitting with handspun. Susie can’t carry a tune in a bucket, and Danie is a show-stopper.

Miscellaneous things mentioned include With Pointed Sticks‘ Killer Fall Collection, Danie’s and PrairiePoppin’s (of Imagined Landscapes) prairie-inspired collaboration, Danie’s collaboration with The Rusted Stitch and Lucia of the Knitted Paradise video podcast, the Cables & Arans Harmony Guide, and Melissa Schaschwary’s designs.

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Finished Projects

Susie finished the 4th Birthday Socks, and the Alight Cowl.

Danie finished several earbud pouches based on Mary Keenan’s Earbud Pouch pattern, but modified for her toe-up preferences.

Current Projects

Susie started her second Newborn Bonnet & Wrap Set, and finished the bonnet. She also made some progress on her Threshold and has past the sleeve-joining point, and started her Ripple Ribbed Socks.

Danie has been crushing the cables in her Tour de Fleece handspun in a modified Elda Cardigan.

Enhance the Stash

Danie acquired an amazing and endlessly useful NeedleBook from 19 Stitches.

Susie acquired a wrist ruler from LVLY that she saw on Black Mountain Yarn Shop‘s Instagram feed, a skein of Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stopper in The Great Sweater Debate, and the most fabulous zippered sock-sized project bag and matching WIPminder from Suburban Stitcher.

Knits on Screen

Susie has been enjoying Slow TV‘s National Knitting Evening on Netflix, and you know there is some serious knits on screen on a show like that.

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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 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 35 – Knitting PR

In this episode, the girls dissect knitting’s public relations issues. Danie discovers her gateway sock, and Susie wrestles with edge stitches.

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Check out Camp Loopy 2014 Project 1 and Stash Dash 2014!

Events

Iowa Sheep & Wool is coming up June 14 & 15 in its new location at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Colfax, IA.

World Wide Knit in Public Day (Week) is June 14-22.

Contest

The winner of the “If You Like It Then You Should Have Put a Label On It” contest is announced!

Current Projects

Danie made good progress on her Lintilla, and is zooming along on her Zigzagular Socks. She started spinning her Countess Ablaze fiber in the Ice Queen colorway, and it is pure magic.

Susie worked on her myriad shawls: TGV and Tan House Brook ShawlElizabeth is still in timeout, but will be picked up in the next week. She also casted on her Hitofude. She has had a few false starts, but will be casting on for what is hopefully the final, and successful, time.

Wear Report

Danie provided a report on the wear of one of the TINY tea leaves cardis.

Knits on Screen

Susie ranted about the fibery references on Suburgatory, and delighted in the one on Fargo.

Episode 26 – 2014 Ravellenics Recap from Day 4 (recorded 2/10/14)

In this episode, the Prairie Girls recap their 2014 Ravellenics progress through Day 4. Susie sets herself a good pace, and Danie gets back on track after taking a couple penalty laps.

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Events

Join the Prairie Girls on Team Sasquatch for the 2014 Ravellenic Games! Danie will be knitting the Middlefield Pullover, and Susie the Ahoy! Matey.

Current Projects

Danie worked on her Wrapped in Leaves shawl but feels like she didn’t make a lot of progress. Conversely, her  StarBrite Socks now have a fair amount of leg.

Susie finished the first of her Conwy socks. She decided to go for it, and did the contrast toe “plus” in leftover red sock yarn.

Project Reconsideration

Susie is reconsidering her Providence Hoodie (correction: designed by Melissa LaBarre). Looking at it again, she thinks she going to reconsider reconsidering it, and may hang on to it.

2014 Ravellenics Recap

Susie finished the front of her Ahoy Matey! or The Pirate Pullover. She needs to finish the first sleeve by the end of the week to get to the halfway point, and she feels comfortable with that pace.

Danie is feeling good about her progress on her Middlefield Pullover, despite her ease concerns. She has separated for the sleeves, and is pleased by the fit so far.

New to Me

Susie got a fabulous new project yarn from Halcyarn. It is her perfect project bag, and she loves it.

Knits on Screen

Danie discussed the pros and cons of the knitting seen at the 2014 Olympics.

Episode 21 – The Prairie Girls ‘Cast Again!

In this episode, the Prairie Girls declare their 2014 goal-like things. Susie starts 2014 with a big ol’ son of a stitch, and Danie impresses with the number of firsts she had in 2013.

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Miscellaneous projects mentioned include Susie’s Kiku, Ten Stitch TwistDamask, and Hesperia Stole, and Danie’s Color Genesis shawl (Find a Penny) , Twisted Little Raglan, and Slither Socks.

Patterns mentioned include the Sugar Bear Hooded Cardi, the Learning Curve shawl, the OMG Heel Socks, and the Fish Lips Kiss Heel.

Contest

The 2013 Legend-Prairie contest winners are announced!

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Measure in Love hat, and has worn it just about every day since.

Danie finished replacement mittens for the original Kool-Aid mittens that were lost. She also finished her Entangled Vines cardigan, complete with grosgrain ribbon on both bands – button and buttonhole. Amazing!

Current Projects

Danie is almost to the heels on her StarBrite Socks and is considering trying a heel of her own construction. She also worked a bit on her 22 Little Clouds and Lintilla.

Susie is nearing the finish line on her Zigzagular Socks. She had a major son of a stitch with her Hiro, by finishing the entire sweater and realizing she knit it for a much larger person. She ripped it all out, saving the sleeves, and will reknit a smaller size. She needed a knitting win, and so cast on for a second Measure in Love using her beloved Malabrigo Rios in Azules.

Future Projects

Join the Prairie Girls on Team Sasquatch for the 2014 Ravellenic Games!

Danie is considering the Middlefield Pullover using Malabrigo Arroyo in the familiar Plomo colorway for the games. She is also thinking of using the reclaimed yarn from her Twisted Raglan sweater for a Wrapped in Leaves shawl.

Susie is committing to a toddler sweater for her Ravellenics’ project, but is still deciding between Ahoy! Matey using Plymouth Yarns Galway in a heathered sage or Fat Kitty (with the Bear option) using Cascade 220 Superwash in Army Green and (light) Brown.

Enhance the Stash

Susie enhanced her stash with the aforementioned  Cascade 220 Superwash in Army Green and Puget Sound, Plymouth Yarns Galway in a heathered sage, Malabrigo Rios in Azules. She also picked up a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in Black Pearl.

Danie had a very good Christmas, and enhanced her stash with the previously mentioned Malabrigo Arroyo in Plomo. She also acquired Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Thunderhead and Deep Waters, Plymouth Yarn Company Happy Feet in a green-and-purple variegation, and Patons Kroy Sock FX in a green/teal colorway. She has coming to her a sweater quantity of Knit Picks Swish, some fingering weight and some laceweight.

New to Me

Both girls are listening to and greatly enjoying the Knitting Butterflies podcast.

Knits on Screen

Susie was re-watching the Wizard of Oz and noticed Auntie Em is holding knitting in the scene where Ms. Gulch comes to take Toto away.

In a much more timely movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Danie was just as mesmerized by Gandalf’s mitts as she was in the first one. She also spotted a fair-isle knitted coat on Season 4 Episode 1 of Downton Abbey.

Episode 20 – The Emotions Are Strong in This One

In this episode, the Prairie Girls share their holiday knitting wishlists. Danie knits with wiggling kittens, and Susie leads a WIP parade.

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Podcasts mentioned include Stockinette Zombies and In a sKnit. Items mentioned on the girls’ holiday knitting wishlists include Knit Picks’ sock yarn blanks, Ply Magazine, Stanwood Needlecraft’s ball winder, and Signature needles.

Contest

The 2013 Legend-Prairie contest is underway! From now until January 5, 2014, post the project you consider to your most legendary of 2013 in the contest thread in the Ravelry group.

Current Projects

Danie got a little bit further on her StarBrite Socks, and made good progress on her Entangled Vines despite feeling like she wasn’t getting anywhere. She switched the stalled A NEW Family Christmas stocking to two circulars and is happier with it. She also started a new shawl, 22 Little Clouds, using the 100% alpaca yarn she dyed herself.

Susie is almost done with the first sleeve of her Hiro and already cast on the second’s cuff. She knit a bit on the second of her Zigzagular Socks and started a new shawl, Learning Curve using Maple Ridge Lace yarn, to lift her out of her slump. She also cast on Measure in Love hat using Stonehedge Fiber Mill’s Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in Lilac.

Wear Report

Danie reported on her Kool-Aid Mittens she knit four-at-a-time. Unfortunately she could report on the wear of only one of the mittens. But it is holding up well, for a lone mitten.

New to Me

Danie listens to StarTalk Radio with her favorite astrophysicist.

Knits on Screen

Susie saw The Book Thief and the entire movie was pretty much a knits on screen. She highly recommends the movie for this, and also because it was a really good movie.

Episode 16 – Finally FO

In this episode, the Prairie Girls talk about knitting from charts. Danie indulges her dyer side, and Susie finally finishes a project or three.

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Contest

The girls are very excited to announce the first annual “Legend-Prairie” contest! From now until December 31, 2013, post the project you consider to your most legendary of 2013 in the contest thread in the Ravelry group. The first of three prizes was announced – a Ravelry-giftable pattern of $10 or less.

Review

Danie attended a dyeing class at Tonya’s Cute by Design and greatly enjoyed it. So much so that she went directly home from class and dyed two more new and gorgeous colorways.

Finished Projects

Susie went on a finishing spree last week – finishing Minnesnowta and her Mother’s Day Socks. But the true star of this FO parade is her Holloway Pullover, which turned out exactly like it was supposed to even if it’s a tad shorter than her usual sweater.

Current Projects

Danie worked a bit on Lintilla and her StarBrite Socks. She also knit a bit on her Purple Kid Socks and has decided to try them as tube socks, with an option to put in an afterthought heel in if they don’t fit well. She started a new project, the Winter Leaf Cowl, out of the yarn that sparked her dyeing fever. She also spun some on the Malabrigo Nube in Plomo.

Susie has been cruising along on her Zigzagular Socks. It’s turned into a bit of a re-design from the original, but she’s enjoying the process. She also picked back up her Transition Gloves, and realized she might not be as terrible at colorwork as she thought.

Knits on Screen

Danie spied some knitwear on an interviewer while watching the Nebraska-Michigan game.

Susie had two sightings – both on children’s shows. The first was on Abby’s Flying Fairy School on Sesame Street. One of the fairies, Gonnigan, sports an orange and yellow striped hoodie that shows knit stitch details in his closeups. The second was on Dog with Blog, when straight-laced Avery decided to prove her “edginess” by yarn-bombing a statue at school.

 

 

Episode 13 – Let’s Talk About Socks, Baby

In this episode, the Prairie Girls have an off-the-cuff conversation about socks. Susie confuses Holloway with Lintilla, and Danie self-soothes with her sock yarn babies.

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Miscellaneous projects mentioned include Danie’s First Toe Up Socks and Susie’s Basic Socks and Julia Socks.

Finished Projects

Danie finished her Slither Socks, after a son of stitch resulting in a little sock surgery.

Current Projects

Danie worked a bit on her Copper Socks, and discovered her Lintilla has a magically replenishing ball of yarn attached to it.

Susie worked a little on her Mother’s Day Socks and finished the front of her Holloway Pullover. In a son of a stitch, she decided to frog the massive sleeve she started and cast on again several sizes smaller. She also started her Transition Gloves. Keeping with the “ridiculously huge” theme of her knitting week, frogged the first attempt and began again with smaller needles.

Project: Reconsideration

Danie has reconsidered her $5 in Paris in favor of two Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigans.

Enhance the Stash

Danie’s sock yarn stash was enhanced by skein of Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock in Tea Party.

Unhance the Stash

Danie helped Susie work through a moral dilemma involving The Plan and how close she is to the next level of Loopy Rewards.

Knits on Screen

Susie spied a yarn-filled moment on last week’s New Girl, when Nick holds up an enormous cone of yarn and asks Jess if she’s knitting a mansion.

Truth.

Susie has issues with the number 13.

Episode 11 – Things Just Got Real

In this episode, the Prairie Girls coin the phrase “unhancing the stash”. Susie explains her strategy, and Danie slips in some spinning content at just about the last minute.

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Patterns mentioned outside of the project segments include the Transition Gloves and A Collection of Three Christmas Stockings.

Current Projects

Danie worked on a myriad of projects, including Dreambird and Lintilla. She cast on her personal Feel-Good Trifecta, which is the Easy Cable Cowl from One + One:  Scarfs, Shrugs & Shawls for the Stitched Together Crafting Library KAL. With all the projects it’s no wonder she ran into a couple son of a stitch moments. The first was on her Copper Socks, when she discovered she dropped no fewer than six stitches when putting in the waste yarn for the afterthought heels. The second was on her $5 in Paris, when she forgot a raglan increase in a potentially not-so-not-noticeable spot.

Susie finished the back of her Holloway Pullover but didn’t immediately cast on for the front because she got a wild hair about knitting birthday socks for her son.  She is improvising the pattern using a cable from The Harmony Guides Cables and Arans. She is knitting the feet a little longer, because the Dragonfly Toddler Socks ended up being just a bit too short.

At the end of the episode, Danie quickly mentioned the spinning that she did with Malabrigo Nube in Plomo.

Future Projects

The girls each received a skein of Cascade Soft Spun in their Nebraska Knit and Crochet Guild‘s 2013 Fall Retreat goody bags and Danie found a couple patterns she’s considering for hers. One was a pattern received also in the goody bag, the Darkside Cowl. The other is Meret, although she does not generally consider herself to be a hat person despite knitting many and quickly.

Unhance the Stash

Susie explains the goal/reward system she’s set up for herself, and Danie humors her since she doesn’t have a problem knitting from her stash.

Knits on Screen

Danie was watching an old episode of Grey’s Anatomy and was delighted to watch an episode where Izzy was knitting sweater pieces to swap with Meredith’s so she’d feel accomplished.

When watching the series premier of The Goldbergs, Susie (or really her husband) caught the knitting reference when the son was having a heart-to-heart with his father about his over-protective mother.