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Two snail’s pace knits

It’s not that I haven’t been crafting these past weeks. It’s that I haven’t managed to get into my blogs with any sort of consistency. But after weeks of slowly easing into the newness of it all, I finally have up and running both my new computer (believe it or not, adjusting to Windows 10 from my old computer’s Vista was the easy, quick part) and our new wireless router (the part that made me want to say *&!% repeatedly, if only I knew how to pronounce cartoon curse words).

Getting and staying online is SO much simpler and less frustrating now. But back to non-tech topics: Stitching!

There are a couple other projects going on around here lately, but today I’ll just share a couple of knits. Here is my wool hat in progress, which, after a couple weeks of decidedly non-wool weather, is looking very warm and welcome again today.

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Oh, I suppose turning it right-side out will give a better look at those cables. (Anyone else end up working inside-out while knitting in the round? Or is that just me?)

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I also have finally begun making some progress again on the Hitchhiker Shawl I started almost a year ago. I’d set it aside in favor of working on…I don’t remember which oneSSSS now…and then forgot about it until about two weeks ago.

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Only when I pulled it out it had a hole in it! My children all claimed innocence, but the clean breaks in the yarn–not one but two, both of which had started running–suggested that the yarn had been snipped with scissors.

Once I sucked up my resolve and unraveled it back to the row below the furthest break–three pattern repeats and almost four inches of lost stitches, egad!–I realized my kids really might not have had anything to do with it. The yarn is extremely light, fine, very loosely spun alpaca. It’s so delicate that a rough tangle with my chapped hands was enough to break it a third time as I was unraveling.

It’s funny, I’ve had chapped hands for as long as I can remember, and I’ve gotten stuck to this yarn over and over, yet at no time before unraveling did I actually tear it. I’m thinking just being looped and stitched into a more solid fabric must give the fiber additional strength, especially since it’s on relatively small needles and getting worked fairly snugly. So despite this unexpected setback, I don’t really have any fears about wearing the shawl.

You know, some day, when I actually finish making it.

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Anyhow, after the chapped hands incident, I’m convinced I must have cut the unfinished shawl myself when I stuck it into the project basket alongside other projects. Though the actual scissors are all the way at the bottom and covered, there are loose hooks and needles, sharp-ish edges of paperback pattern books…all sort of other things that just might have snagged against the yarn. Sorry for the unfair blame, kids!!

I’ve only managed to get another 6 full rows in since the unraveling, but I am extremely pleased with the new rows. Even though I know where the breaks were, I can’t see them at all. Being alpaca, a felted join was just the thing. I love how it worked perfectly invisibly and seamlessly and–woo hoo!–no extra ends to weave in later, either. I will definitely be joining this way when it comes time to add in the second skein.

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The row with the small glass bead is the first one with felted-join stitches in it.

There’s been quite a lot of reading the past few weeks, too–five books if I’m not forgetting any. My current book is a like-new little gem I picked up in a local thrift shop for a mere 50 cents.

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Any thoughts on inside-out knitting, cable knits, seamless joining, or older paperback books you’re happy to have found? Do tell, blog friends!

Happily joining with Ginny and Nicole today for the first time in while. Check out what everyone is working on!

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Annie

A wife and mom, a worker bee, a churchwoman, a reader, and a crafter. What more is there to know? :)

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