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This yarn hates me

The yarn of Chucky

It’s the bane of my existence. I have knit the entire skein and then taken it apart probably four times. Soon it’s going to felt because it’s just not the right kind of yarn.

I’m in love with my other Spud and Chloe product, but this yarn is just… not working for me. I’ve tried to make a scarf for Tim only to find that I had a foot and a half of knitting… so I thought I could use it as well as a grey yarn used as well for the scarf for Tim. I found that the yarn was too thick for use with the darker grey.

So I took it apart and thought I could make a hat out of it.

I don’t have enough.

So now it’s in my project bucket, because I can’t stand looking at it.

I’m going to make a neckwarmer this weekend and hope and pray that I have enough yarn to create something I might actually like with it. Wish me luck!

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It’s all about the positives

It’s getting a little chilly out lately so I put on an old store-bought knit sweater that I used to wear in Middle School and prayed that it still fit.

It did fit but… not in the right way. I didn’t want to simply throw the sweater away so instead I took it apart.

That’s right. I took the whole thing apart.

My mom thought I was insane but also was very impressed at how the sweater easily came apart. She expect me to run into endless snags, knots, felted pieces, etc. because of how old it was. She laughed every time she heard a growl of frustration because she knew I had run into a cut piece that wasn’t intended to be cut, and finally, a “yay” of satisfaction at the end.

I bet you’re wondering: How do I take a sweater apart with maximum yarn-return?
It’s not easy, let me tell you that much. I lost a good amount of yarn because of how I cut and how I took it apart, but I’d rather lose half of it by taking it apart the way I did, than having the entire thing sit at some lonely Goodwill store.

So how did I do it? All you need is a pair of scissors, a lot of patience and arm power.

I started with cutting at the seams, carefully so I wouldn’t cut the main part of the sweater and did that until I had five pieces: two arms, a front and back, and the cowl neck.

I then snipped the end piece where the final cast-offs had happened and began unraveling. A lot of my pieces would end of the other side of the sweater due to my cutting being off so I tied them to the main piece and kept frogging*. It was very tedious but the end result was so worth it.

Now what do I make with it?!

I then finished off with the yarn into balls, even though I should have left them in hanks, wet them down, and let them air dry rather than forcing them into the balls and letting them stay all kinked etc. That’ll be another project some weekend.

I’m now addicted to doing this. I’m thinking of going to Goodwill and picking up some sad, lonely sweaters for a couple bucks a piece and take them apart in a weekend project.

*Frogging: when you unwravel the knitting you’ve been working on. If you listen it makes the sound of a frog “ribbet-ribbet.” Some people call it “Ripping” because you’re ripping the stitches out, but I think it’s cute being called “Frogging”

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Baby it’s cold outside- Keep your wrists warm

My friend turned me on to this idea for making wrist-warmers without the fingers!

Since I’m still what I like to think of as a novice-knitter, I haven’t really branched out of items other than scarves and hats. I also don’t usually make anything with needles smaller than size 10* so I figured this would be a quick and semi-painless endeavor. This would also be a great way to learn how to use Double Pointed Needles.

Double Pointed Needles come in all the same sizes as your common straight and circular needles but are for smaller items, such as socks and mittens. Each package of needles consist of 4 to 5 needles, with a point on both sides, so it’s easy to knit in the round with them. On a straight needle, you’re stuck with just going back and forth.

I did a google search on how to use double pointed needles and found a great page on About.com on how to use them. The concept is simple enough and I caught on pretty quickly. After figuring out how many stitches I would probably need to make the item fit part-way up my arm, I got started. Even though the -many- needles got in my way sometimes, I found the endeavor quite fun.

They're sometimes fun, but you have to have enough patience for them
They're somtimes fun, but you have to have enough patience for them

I quickly discovered that I hated what I was working on and frogged it. I then pulled out an old skein of silver from a scarf I had made and decided to cast-on to that. I really haven’t gotten much father than casting-on because I quickly became engrossed in another project (which happens a lot…). I’ll return to it one of these days.

*Size 10 needles: In Europe, the size of the needle is directly proportional to the millimeters around the needle is. In America, it means nothing. Yes… Nothing.