Episode 28 – Would You Rather…?

In this episode, the Prairie Girls play a game of “Would You Rather…?”.  Both girls are proudly sporting gold medals from the 2014 Ravellenics!

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Miscellaneous projects, shops, and patterns mentioned include Mountain Street Arts, the Grenadine cardigan, Nuvem, the Doctor Who TARDIS afghan, Evenstar, Spider Queen, and Herbert Niebling lace designs

Finished Project/2014 Ravellenics Recap

Susie finished her Ahoy Matey! or The Pirate Pullover. She has received outside approval on her seed-stitch seaming and so is satisfied. Overall she likes the project a lot, and looks forward to seeing it in action sooner than later.

Danie finished  her Middlefield Pullover. It is down to the ground amazing. She continued to battle speed bumps until the very end, having to knit the second sleeve twice after discovering four extra stitches. She is extremely happy with the fit.

Current Projects

Susie worked more on her Conwy socks, and is close to starting the heel flap. She had a son of a stitch with the Learning Curve she started Thursday evening, but rebounded with the Elizabeth Shawl, and feels it’s a good fit for the Maple Ridge Lace in the Tansy colorway.

The new meaning to Danie’s life is the Miranda sweater, inspired by a friend’s version. She is using Knit Picks Swish DK in Indigo Heather. She has a niggling doubt for some reason as to the ease, but is going to try to have faith and keep going.

Contest

Join the Prairie Girls in their game of “Would You Rather…?”! Post yours by March 30th in the contest thread in the Ravelry group to be included in a drawing for a beautiful Halcyarn bag.

New to Me

Danie coined a new phrase, and Susie started Couch-to-5K.

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Episode 27 – 2014 Ravellenics Recap from Day 13 (recorded 2/19/14)

In this episode, the Prairie Girls recap their 2014 Ravellenics progress through Day 13. Susie stalls on seaming, and Danie folds her first hem.

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Miscellaneous projects, shops, and patterns mentioned include Susie’s February Lady Sweater and HiroThe Dyeing Arts, and the Hitofude Cardigan.

Events

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

Current Projects/2014 Ravellenics Recap

Susie completed the knitting on her Ahoy Matey! or The Pirate Pullover, but has stalled  on the seaming. She’s not crazy about how her seams are looking in seed stitch, but Danie assured her they are just fine. She is planning on plowing through it in the next evening or so, and move on to the buttons. After finishing the knitting, she thought she could let herself enjoy a little knitting on her Conwy socks. They are being relegated back in to hiding, though, so she finishes her Ravellenics project in time.

Danie finished the body and most of the first sleeve on her Middlefield Pullover. She had to recalculate and dramatically change the waist shaping, but this sweater will suit her perfectly so it was well worth the time and effort. She also had to re-do the sleeves a few times to get a fit she is happy with, but with the first one nearing completion she is hopeful the next sleeve will fly by.

 Future Projects

Susie has allowed herself to start thinking about knitting after the Ravellenics, and is considering the options for some Araucania Nature Wool Solids from deep in her stash. She has narrowed the choices down to Dark and Stormy, Pumpkin Ale, Brandied Cherry, or Grenadine.

Enhance the Stash

Susie got two skeins of Wollemeise Pure 100% Merino Superwash in Ein Klein Wenig Verrucht for her birthday!

New to Me

Inspired by listener HeatherBrum’s Grow Old with Joeby sweater project, Susie ordered labels from Mountain Street Arts on Etsy. They haven’t arrived quite yet, but is already very impressed with their customer service.

Both Prairie Girls are enjoying a new audio podcast, ACTually KNITting.

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 25 – Tangentially Sweater Construction

In this episode, the Prairie Girls talk about sweater construction in a round-about way. Susie experiences sweater love, and Danie’s creative juices flow.

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The girls mention Cast On Bind Off, Ply magazine, and the Killybegs cardigan from Contemporary Irish Knits.

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.

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Hiro and is in love.

Current Projects

Susie worked on her Conwy socks. She turned the heel and is cruising through the gusset decreases.

Danie experimented with turning short rows in ribbing and on a new afterthought heel. She also worked on her Wrapped in Leaves and her StarBrite Socks. She also made a returned to spinning, and the Malabrigo Nube in Plomo.

Episode 24 – Prairie Girls Potpourri

In this episode, the Prairie Girls chat about stitch markers and Nebraska living. Danie puts her pie-making skills to work, and Susie works through a dilemma.

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The girls mention the Stitched Together podcast, Clover interlocking stitch markers, Knit Picks metal stitch markers, Clover split ring markers, Memorial Stadium, Warren BuffetHenry Doorly Zoo, the College World Series, US Olympic Swim Trials, US Figure Skating Championships, and Runza.

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.

Finished Projects

Danie finished her 22 Little Clouds. The ruffle didn’t impressive her straight off the needles, but a nice blocking made it lovely.

Susie finished her second Measure in Love. Danie helped her realize the wisdom of giving it as intended – there is always more yarn to knit another.

Current Projects

Susie made some good progress  on her Conwy socks. She finished the leg and is working on the heel flap with the reinforcement thread. She also worked on her Hiro and has started the colorwork.

Danie worked on her StarBrite Socks. She also worked on her Wrapped in Leaves.

Episode 23 – Block(ing) Party

In this episode, the Prairie Girls discuss blocking. Danie brings things back around, and Susie feels strongly about other things.

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Miscellaneous projects mentioned include Susie’s Measure in LovePiper’s Journey, and Lintilla, and Danie’s Owl Sweater, Dreambird, Alaska Clouds, Wrapped in Leaves, a couple baby blankets, and Entangled Vines.

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.

Finished Projects

Danie finished her Lintilla. She loves it, but is considering re-homing it.

Current Projects

Susie keeps on keeping on, and knit on her second Measure in Love and her Conwy socks. She hit a minor son of a stitch with her Hiro and its bust darts, but the second attempt seems to have worked out.

In a push to finish projects before the start of the Ravellenic Games, Danie focused on her StarBrite Socks.

Truth.

Susie hates green beans. A lot.

Episode 22 – Show Me the Patterns

In this episode, the Prairie Girls talk all things pattern. Susie struggles to control her coughing, and Danie swatches circularly.

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Miscellaneous projects mentioned include Susie’s Transition Gloves.

Patterns mentioned include Ahoy! MateyFat Kitty, and Leftie.

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

Finished Projects

Danie finished the finishing on the TINY tea leaves cardis she and Susie knit for her girls.

Susie finished her Zigzagular Socks.

Current Projects

Susie knit a bit on her second Measure in Love. She also started her smaller Hiro, and a pair of Conwy socks.

Danie put in the yarn for the afterthought heels on  her StarBrite Socks and decided to rib the legs.  She also worked a bit on her 22 Little Clouds and cast on the Wrapped in Leaves shawl. She also swatched for her 2014 Ravellenics project – the Middlefield Pullover.

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.