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ah, the power of Real-Time Blogging – listening to the pouring rain while sitting in my jammies…

My Father, may he RIP, once told me that I learned everything I know from the School of Hard Knocks. As I’ve graced down the timeline, I’ve found, wonder of wonders, IT’s TRUE!

Note to Parents Everywhere: YOU were RIGHT!
MOST of the Time!

It seems lately I’ve been busy at my lessons and shall I say, re-lessons.

Luckily, the Do-Over is not a dirty word at Chez Chic.

Even if it was generated by lack of common sense, it is No Crime to get it Right the Whatever Time.

For Example: I’ve started knitting the Mountain Peaks Shawl and am already at my first DO. I am using Jagger Zephyr yarn and started out with #4 Clover needles – hmm…

Knock-Knock: Who’s There?
Dumb, dull points. Wicked thick cable. Sloppy uncontrollable tension.


Here you see on top the first try – fug ala mode, created with the #4. No way was I going to wear it. So, I decided to switch tools but searching through my needles for the ultimate in knitting pleasure, Inox Teflons, I was flummoxed to find I did not possess a #3! Now if you’ve ever seen my needle collection, you would think this was not even remotely possible. I did however, have a sharp pointed Crystal Palace #3.

Evil, resisting cables; possibly going to have to take time-out to glue the mfn bamboo portion into sockets.

However, I am on vacation. I am dressed to kill and ready for bear.


I hereby invoke the buffness of Henry Rollins
to show those nasty cables Who’s the Boss…
(YaHAA DSL: check this out)

Here you see the re-lesson #2:


Now this is really nothing new – heat generally relaxes cables.

Unless they are, but of course, CP cables. I have almost fried myself silly with a hair dryer trying to un-kink whatever wonder plastic these are made of. Seems like that silly little metal join spins around and just when you think you’ve smoothed the cable out, it twists and spits in your face.

Well, I’m twisting right back atcha, cables! and I poured boiling water into the largest stainless steel bowl I have – (just sticking these things into the pot has little controllable effect) – and plunged them in. My reasoning? The cable once it hit the heat just might follow the circular shape of the bowl. And VOILA! Works for me…

Happy now, I make Try #2 (seen on the bottom of the first picture above) with the smaller needles – and get what I want. I also changed the start of the piece – right after casting on, I worked one knit row to strengthen that point.


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