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Friday, December 17, 2004

the backstep tango

Having one REALLY easy project to soothe the weary mind is always a good idea…

I look at my WIP list and see two complicated projects and one sort of easy project. MISSING: that REALLY easy mind fulffer-nutter! So I started a little slotted scarf like the one Theresa made. Mine is out of some WILD Noro Kureyon that jumped out of the stash to beat any SADD that might be hanging around (it ALWAYS cheers me up to see COLORFUL accessories on other folks necks and heads, so I though I’d return the karmic dues). BUT, I wasn’t really happy with the way the mid-section was turning out using this yarn, so I RIPPED it.

NOT in the mood to wash the kinkiDEEkoo’s out of the used yarn, I tried something completely different.

Using my old faithful ball winder, I made a medium-loose center pull ball as I frogged. Every inch or so of the new ball, I would spray it with water. Then I would frog some more until the ball was about an inch bigger and spray with water. When the scarf was completely frogged, I wrapped the ball in a terry kitchen towel and MICROWAVED it on low for about 10 sec. (I read this microwave hint earlier this year where someone MICd a skein of yarn but I can’t find it – anyone?) I microwaved more in small time increments until the ball was completely saturated with steam.

I let it cool to room temp and VOILA! Kink Free!

May your Holidays be so LUCKY!

BEFORE: the slot is too skinny
AFTER: a combination of the Bow-Knot & the Try This Slotted Scarf Pattern gives a little wider slot area…

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