Episode 101 – Point/Counterpoint Review

In this episode, the girls review the design collection Point/Counterpoint. Susie self-sabotages her sweater goal with a snail stuffie, and Danie gets her steek on.

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Stuff & Things

Thank yous to Bronwyn of Bronwyn the Brave Designs for sending us her newest pattern Gathering Rosebuds, and Melinda of the YarnderWoman podcast for sending Susie the Ligita Shawl and Danie Risteilyhuivi (Cruise Shawl), and Caroline of Clotheslines Designs for sending us her Yellow Roses and allowing us to share how she is raising funds for the charity Mind.

Susie also mentions the Mighty Fix subscription box.

Events

The Big-Bad-Berg-along starts October 1st and runs through November 15th! Check out the thread in the Ravelry group, and be sure to check out the threads in the other podcasts’ groups too!

Susie and mrsshoo Sarah of the Cultivate & Create podcast are knitting stuffies in the month of October and calling it the Creepy Crawly Critter KAL! Keep an eye out on the Cultivate & Create Ravelry group for a prize announcement.

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Slo’Moe, as well as her secret shawl project.

Current Projects

Danie knit on her kid mittens, her Bronco socks, and some husband socks. She also STEEKED her Rhinebeck Campside Cardi!

Susie is worked on her Threshold, and cast on Drachenfels using Sun Valley Fibers MCS Fingering in Lavender, Whisper, and Purple Passion, which she is homing in her ShawlSack from Studio in the Green.

Review

Check out the fabulous and unique collaboration between Mary of Kino Knits and Sarah of Imagined Landscapes in Point/Counterpoint, Volume 1!

Enhance the Stash

Danie got a wonderful box of goodies in the form of the Bar Maids House Special: Knitmore Girls #2!

KISS

How do you downsize or minimize your handknits? Does level of knitting skill in the selected-to-be-downsized item change your approach? Share with us in the episode thread on the Ravelry group!

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Episode 80 – Shawl Series 5: Stylin’ & Profilin’

In this episode, the girls talk shawl styling, and many other things in this longer-than-usual episode.

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Contest

To win a copy of the lovely View from the Charles shawl pattern by the wonderful Jen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast, post in the thread on the Ravelry group.

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Wild Goose Shawlette, and it is fabulous. She found it to be a super quick knit, and very very enjoyable.

Danie finished her Box Troll Mittens, and two adorable mice.

Current Projects

Danie knit more on her Corrugated Box, her Fuzzy Hat, her third mouse, and her Equatorial Nights cowl. She has carefully planned out milestones to complete it for the Oh! Loops Harry Potter KAL 2015.

Susie worked a lot on her Rainbow Connection Socks, and a little on her Anemone shawl. She cast on a Candy Cane Stocking using Valley Yarns Northampton Sport in Ocean Heather and Natural, and a Glenfiddich sweater in Miss Babs Yowza in Cloak. Her best-laid fitting plans ran into a son of a stitch, but she’s re-plotted her course.

Review

Danie reviews Sun Valley Fiber‘s Yarn Buddy.

New to Me

Susie has been enjoying the audio podcast Skein Enable and the video podcast Stitched in Sweden.

Project Reconsideration

Susie reconsiders her Gridelin and her Aranami shawl.

Episode 74 – Prairie Girls Potpourri: Sorry and You’re Welcome

In this episode, the girls go on tangents while chatting about various things.

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Check out Stash Dash 2015, the Around Your Neck KAL, and the PalKal!

Miscellaneous mentions include PrairiePiper Paula from the Knitting Pipeline‘s Wild Goose Shawlette, Danie’s Fade In Mittens, Susie’s frogged Bonnie’s Wish, Danie’s Dude Socks, kino‘s Four Points Socks, Susie’s Reminiscence Blanket, the In Dreams shawl, the Fleegle beader, and Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina needles.

Events

Stitches Midwest is in Schaumburg, IL August 6-9, 2015!

Finished Projects

Danie finished her Fade In Mittens, and they are fabulous!

Current Projects

Susie knit through the heel flap and has just started the turn on her first Bang Whiz sock and will be putting in what has become her standard heel – the double gusset heel. She also knit on her Ozukuri Lace Shawl, and the rows are getting so very long. She cast on a Chou Cowl using Twisted Fiber Arts Arial Evolution in Phantom, and a Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl using Malabrigo Arroyo in Borrajas.

Danie spun two bobbins full of singles and is planning on doing a 2-ply. She also knit a bit on her Awesome Socks, and on her glorious Sugared Violets. She added a huge square to her Stained Glass Sock Blanket, and is rapidly closing in on the hem of her Mama Vertebrae.

Enhance the Stash

Danie purchased some gorgeous chocolate cormo from Clabber Glynn Farm.

Susie purchased some Berroco Vintage in Azure, and Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in I Can Fix It!

Review

Danie reviews SilverSpun Sport from the Feel Good Yarn Company.

Episode 64 – Prairie Girls Freestyle

In this episode, the girls freestyle a variety of knitting-related segments. Danie works through more heel-related issues, and Susie liberates a long-languishing sock.

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Contest

Enter to win a skein of yarn from One Twisted Tree by posting in the contest thread telling the girls if you were a flower, what kind of flower would you be? The thread will be open through April 8, 2015.

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Electric Rainbow Friendship Socks!

Current Projects

Danie started a second Mama Vertebrae using One Twisted Tree Lavish in Miss Fisher’s Pearl Handled Pistol, and worked on her 60 Stitch Skyp Socks. She also restarted one of her Dude Socks in the quest of a heel that fits right and that she can stand to knit repeatedly.

Susie worked on her scrap blanket as a sort of palate cleanser, after finishing the body of her Dragonflies Jumper. She also cast on a new pair of Swirl E. Socks using Knitterly Things Vesper Yarn in Junebug, and worked more on her Bonnie’s Wish.

Project Reconsideration

Susie reconsiders her John Huston, the Tarnished Hero socks. The intricate pattern coupled with the plain brown yarn has caused her to avoid the project for awhile, and talking through it with Danie allowed her to make the final decision.

Review

Susie reviews her new Signature Needle Arts convertible circular needle.

New to Me

Susie is ecstatic with her first Suburban Stitcher bag!

Episode 61 – Stashing Publicly

In this episode, the girls talk about how they keep (or don’t keep) track of their stash. Susie has limited knitting time, and Danie finishes socks.

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Contest

The lucky winners of the Static Zing contest were announced!

Finished Projects

Danie finished two pairs of socks for the Suburban Stitcher‘s Rainbowalong! Both pairs use the Fish Lips Kiss heel, and she loves the fit.

Current Projects

Susie finished the first of her Electric Rainbow Friendship Socks, and is cruising down the leg of the second one. She also knit on her Cerise, and has reached the tipping point where the rows are getting longer and the yarn is going faster, and on her Dragonflies Pullover. She is jumping around in the pattern to make the most out of the yardage. She knit a little way down the body, knit the neck, knit one sleeve and is now working on the body again.

Danie kept with her sock theme started a pair of Dude Socks. She very practically is knitting them in a way so that if they somehow don’t fit her husband, they should fit her.

Review

Danie went to an Erlbacher Gearhart sock knitting machine demonstration, and found it fascinating.

Episode 57 – WIPs-apalooza

In this episode, the girls talk a lot about knitting (surprise!). Danie makes a pompom in spite of her strong feelings about them, and Susie may never have a finished project again at the rate she’s casting new ones on.

Listen here.

Contest

The 2014 Legend-Prairie contest is running through January 7, 2015! Tell us about your most legend-prairie project of the year!

Finished Projects

Danie finished a pair of mittens that she worked up on the fly, and a Barley hat with a fabulous pompom.

Current Projects

Susie worked a little on her Conjunction Cowl, and on her Water and Stone. She knit through the heel and the gusset decreases on her John Huston socks, despite questioning the purpose of patterned heels although she can’t deny it looks good. She cast on her first of many curls Caesious using Spark Story Bounce in Spectra, Bonnie’s Wish using Malabrigo Arroyo in Borrajas, and Monkey socks using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in Rainbow. And finally, a son of stitch in the form of an afterthought heel stalled the progress on her Electric Rainbow Friendship socks, but Danie talks her through her thought process and she is backing away from ripping out entirely.

Danie worked on her Mama Vertebrae, and just has to be convinced to go ahead and knit the sleeves which Susie tried to do, on her Swirl E Rainbow Socks, and on another pair of kid mittens. She stalled a bit on her My First Stitches Socks due to heel issues. Undeterred, she will continue working on determining the number of heel stitches so they fit perfectly. After a little break.

Stash Enhancement

Danie enhanced her stash with some lovelies from a local dyer The Dyeing Arts – Splendiferious Sock in Bifrost Bridge and some silk hankies.

Susie scored her first MarigoldJen in her BFL/Nylon base in Merry and Bright. And she EARNED a sweater’s quantity of madelinetosh tosh sport in Tart.

Review 

Susie received her pre-order of Curls by Hunter Hammersen. Both girls are super impressed with the book. The designs are interesting, and the versatility as to the yarn options is a huge plus.

Episode 53 – Sweaters, and Socks and Stash! Oh My!

In this episode, the girls talk about the 3 S’s – sweaters, socks, and stash. Susie finishes a sweater in 21 days, and Danie finishes a sweater and some socks. And there is stash enhancement.

Listen here.

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.

National Knit a Sweater in a Month (NaKniSweMo) is coming up in November. Danie is knitting Mama Vertebrae and Susie is knitting Water and Stone.

Contest

The girls are starting to gear up for this year’s Legend-Prairie contest! More details to come!

Finished Projects

Susie finished her Overlynd! Despite modifying it to eliminate some increase rounds, it was still pretty long mid-block. It wasn’t anything a quick trip in the dryer didn’t fix.

Danie finished her Chill Chaser Hoodie and used a couple of different tutorials to put in the zipper. She also finished her Exploding Tardis Socks and her Spectrum Socks, out of her own hand-dyed yarn.  She also refinished her Starbrite Socks, but cutting out the heels to put in her preferred heel.

Current Projects

Susie started the second sleeve on her Chill Chaser Cardigan, and cast on a pair of John Huston, the Tarnished Hero socks. She also picked up her 3/4 Hap Shawl, which she put down ages ago.

After her finishing spree, Danie worked on her Conjunction Cowl.

Enhance the Stash

Danie picked up a skein from Lazy Bee Yarn in I’m a Royal at the NKCG Fall Retreat. She also scored a skein of Kirbywirby  in a gorgeous one-of-a-kind colorway.

Susie also got some Kirbywirby, a worsted skein in Fru Fighters, and two Oomph Sport in Black Jeans Jacket 80s Style and Please, I’m a Thousand Years Older Than You Put Your Baby Fangs Away Before You P*ss Me Off. She also received her first order from the Flying Kettle, with two skeins of Glider – one in Wild Things and one in June Bug.

Review

Danie enjoyed Euclan wool wash so much, she almost couldn’t believe she didn’t have to rinse!

Episode 48 -Starting a New Sweater

In this episode, the girls talk about what they do when preparing to start a new sweater. Danie releases a toddler mitten pattern, and Susie makes steady progress on her lace.

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Danie released a pattern – the Triangle Thumb Toddler Mittens!

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.

Danie is also giving away a copy of her 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 you’d knit the mittens in.

Finished Projects

Danie finished her Dinna Fash Mittens. She modified the tops slightly, and lightly felted them, and believes these will be her hardcore winter mittens. She also finished weaving her scarf, and is happy with how it turned out.

Current Projects

Susie started her Chill Chaser Cardigan. She’s modifying it to eliminate the slight flair to the bottom of the sweater, and has finished the body and is working up the left front. She also worked a fair amount on her Mayapple Shawl but she has a long way to go still.

Danie worked on her Broncos Socks. She also swatched and cast on for her Chill Chaser Hoodie.

Review

Susie loves LaviShea’s new packaging, and the new Citronella lotion bar for keeping mosquitoes from eating her family.

Episode 42 – Knitter, Know Thyself

In this episode, the girls talk about knowing themselves as knitters. Susie is making fraternal socks, and Danie spits for sleeves (not a typo).

Listen here.

Events

Stitches Midwest is in Schaumburg, IL August 7 – 10!

Contest

The winners of the One Twisted Tree project bag contest are announced!

Finished Projects

Danie finished her Countess Ablaze fiber. She got approximately 100 yards of worsted weight, and is open to pattern suggestions for it.

Current Projects

Susie worked on her Swirl E. Socks, finishing the first one, and started a colorwork hat.

Danie split for the sleeves on her Featherweight Cardigan. She also cast on a Bramble Fern Sweater using Knit Picks Comfy Worsted. She also cast on a Spectra using the Alisha Goes Around Unicorn Fingering in a purple and a teal that she picked up at Iowa Sheep & Wool.

Review

The girls review Bijou Basin Ranch’s Himalayan Trail yarn and are in love with their Outlandish Collection! Check out the weekly sales they are having through August 10th.

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.