Episode 62 – Chitter Chatter

In this episode, the girls chit chat with no specific topic in mind. Susie flings a shawl, and Danie casts on socks that are a departure for her.

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Finished Projects

Susie finished her Cerise! It’s definitely on the shorter side, which she expected, but she’s finding it pretty easy to style.

Current Projects

Danie worked on her Dude Socks and they are zooming along. She also cast on a pair of Simple Skyp Socks she is modifying to her preferred stitch count out of Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in Ruby River.

Susie knit on her Dragonflies Jumper and after an initial worry about yarn, she thinks she’s going to be ok. She closing in on the heel of the second of her Electric Rainbow Friendship Socks.

Enhance the Stash

Susie made a much anticipated stash enhancement with a purchase from Ladybug Fiber Company with two skeins of her 400 Fingering 100% Merino in Sapphire and Tourmaline for this year’s Mother’s Day Cast-On.

Future Projects

Because there are never enough shawls on the needles, Susie is planning an Outlander Shawl using stashed yarn.

Project Reconsideration

Danie reconsidered her Lintilla. She adores the pattern and the yarn, but maybe not so much together. She’s considering the Narcissa Socks.

Truth.

Susie’s new old house is not haunted. There was no real worry about this, but she feels better for having proven it not to be.

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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.

Episode 33 – Open Mic Night

In this episode, anything goes. Susie worries about her sock-hoarding tendency, and Danie plans a reconstructive sock surgery.

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Contest

Enter the “If You Like It Then You Should Have Put a Label On It” contest! Running through May 15, 2014, post your customized care instructions in the thread in the Ravelry group to enter a chance to win a set of labels from Mountain Street Arts.

Finished Projects

Haha! Just kidding!

Current Projects

Susie turned the heel and cruised through the gusset on the first of her (second pair of) Zigzagular Socks. She also worked on her 3/4 Hap Shawl, and her Elizabeth Shawl. After a son of stitch caused her to put it in a timeout, she’s decided to keep on keepin’ on with it.

Danie’s Lintilla didn’t grow a whole lot this past week, but she did cast on a pair of Zigzagular Socks of her own!

Future Projects

The girls discuss their Mother’s Day cast-ons some more, and are excited to have company this year!

Wear Report

Susie is sad to report that her Julia Socks sprung a hole. They are four years old, so it was probably about time given how much they’ve been worn.

Enhance the Stash

Susie received a belated birthday present of Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in Violet. She also may have some special skeins coming in the upcoming weeks.

Project: Reconsideration

Danie has to reconsider her Starbrite Socks. They may require some not insignificant surgery. Eek!

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 18 – Magnum Opus

In this episode, the Prairie Girls dream about their magnum opus knitting projects. Danie finishes four mittens with strange-looking but very functional thumbs, and Susie has a yarn-related revelation.

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Miscellaneous patterns mentioned include Oak Trail, In Dreams, and Celestarium.

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. The third of three prizes was announced – a skein of Simply Socks Yarn Company Poste Yarn, Striping in Garden District.

Finished Projects

Both Susie and Danie finished the knitting on their TINY tea leaves cardis for Danie’s girls.

Danie also finished her four-at-a-time Kool-Aid Mittens.

Current Projects

Susie started a hat of her own design, and knit at least one round on her Zigzagular Socks, but probably not many more than that.

Danie picked her Lintilla back up for some therapeutic knitting, and her StarBrite Socks for some cheery knitting. She also swatched, and then cast on for, an Entangled Vines cardigan.

Future Projects

Both girls are started thinking about their 2014 Ravellenic Games projects. Susie is deciding between a toddler sweater and husband socks. Danie is considering socks.

Project Reconsideration

Danie is reconsidering her A Twisted Little Raglan for something that will work better with the drape and growing-tendency of alpaca. Something like Wrapped in Leaves.

Enhance the Stash

Susie acquired two skeins of Malabrigo Rios in Vaa.

New to Me

Susie is a feminist history buff with an affinity for NYC and has been listening to two new-to-her history podcasts The History Chicks and The Bowery Boys.

Truth.

Susie doesn’t do Christmas knitting. At all.

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 12 – Project: Reconsideration

In this episode, the Prairie Girls have second thoughts about a couple of their projects. Susie stays strong in the face of pretty yarn and Danie reveals her knitting super power.

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Miscellaneous patterns mentioned include Maluka, Rossbeg, and Kerrera For Kids.

Finished Projects

Danie finished her Feel-Good Trifecta Cowl. And she does, after having a minor self-described rant and rave over her attempt at seaming. She got a little help from a friend at knit night and grafted it instead and it looks lovely. She also finished a Max’s Staircase Tam using the yarn the girls received as part of the Nebraska Knit and Crochet Guild’s 2013 Fall Retreat goody bag.

Susie finished the First Birthday Socks, and they were very appropriately worn at the first birthday party.

Current Projects

Susie started the front of her Holloway Pullover. She’s clipping along at a fairly good pace, but is finding it somewhat slower going than the back. She also had a slight son of a stitch with her TGV that may turn out to not be a son of a stitch after all.

Danie worked on her Serpentine Socks, but just barely. She worked a lot on Lintilla, because she was in a potato-chippy kind of knitting place this past week. Her $5 in Paris threw her another son of a stitch, but hers was for real. She did fit in a little bit of spinning in to her week.

Project: Reconsideration

Susie is reconsidering her Effortless Cardigan. She has sentimental attachment to the idea of the project more so than the project itself, but is coming to terms with the fact that the thing is just too big.

Danie is beginning to reconsider her $5 in Paris, but is not making any hasty decisions.

Enhance the Stash

Danie picked up a couple skeins of Patons Kroy Socks FX, one each of Celestial Colors and Blue Stripes Rag.

Unhance the Stash

In an update so small it’s almost not an update all, Susie dug up the Shibui Knits Sock that she’ll use for her Transition Gloves to serve as a little motivation when her Holloway Pullover becomes a slog.

Truth.

Danie knits awesomely ridiculous hats.