Episode 15 -Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

In this episode, the Prairie Girls talk about things that flatter. Susie didn’t finish a project, and Danie dyes.

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Miscellaneous projects and patterns mentioned include Danie’s A Twisted Little Raglan, Susie’s Damask, Hiro by Julia Farwell-Clay, TGV by Susan Ashcroft, the Elizabeth Shawl by Dee O’Keefe , and the Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.

Events

Danie will be attending a dyeing class Saturday, November 9th at Tonya’s Cute by Design.

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.

Current Projects

Susie cut in the first heel on her Mother’s Day socks. She also started socks of her own design using The Dyeing Arts Old Hippies colorway in their Splendiferous Sock base. In another new project, she started a Minnesnowta hat in retina-searing shade of orange (details in a later segment). She also finished Holloway‘s second sleeve, seamed it in, and started on the collar.

Danie worked on her magical Lintilla. She also adjusted her StarBrite Socks to a lower stitch count and finds the fit a lot more to her liking. She also started a new pair of kids’ socks. So far it hasn’t been the most enjoyable of projects, but she’s knitting on. What is an enjoyable is her Malabrigo Nube in Plomo spinning project.

Enhance the Stash

Susie bumped up the timeline on her bribery yarn and enhanced her stash with a skein of Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted in Orange and a sweater’s quantity of Cascade 220 in grey, purple and two shades of blue.

Unhance the Stash

Sadly, a yarn-related catastrophe eliminated some yarn from Susie’s stash. She has received approval for replacing those skeins, but is remaining committed to The Plan and is considering rolling it in to her December reward.

It’s New to Me

Danie got the urge to dye, and dye she did. Using Gail Callahan’s Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece as her guide, she turned a special skein of natural yarn into a beautiful tonal green.

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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.

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.