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Thursday, December 6, 2007

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the Washie-Washie continues…
jumpin’ out of the sudz, you see a hat a scarf some gloves…

My favorite bubble bath for all my handknits is a tub of warm water with a couple of squirts of $store dishsoap. I quit drycleaning my wools a long time ago, convinced that the Chemicals were much worse than the Dirt. Then I read about how spinners degrease their fleece with simple soap and I just had to try it.

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Happy Birthday Little Hat: this topper is about 5 years old (pattern released to celebrate my second year blogging) and still going strong. Three cheers for HandKnits!

It has served me well as a cap but with a couple of minor adjustments has become a slouchy beret! HOWhowHOW?

knitting patterns

The body of the hat is made in Shaker Rib, which has a lot of flex. It is one of those stitches that relaxed is very compact (and thick). It easily stretches out and with a gentle wet blocking into a flat shape, becomes a circular piece.

Re-Make/Re-Model: with the addition of my garter stitch band and slight surgery at the top, the cap now has a base to perch on.

modern knitting patterns

As seen in the wild along Grand Ave. somewhere near D’Amato’s hunting for a slice of sausage pizza bread…

Favorite Stretchy Bind-Off: Knit 2 sts. Insert Left-Hand Needle through back of just knitted stitches and K2TOG. [1 st on Right-Hand Needle.] K1 from LHN. Repeat the K2TOG as before with st on RHN. Repeat across until sts are all bound off.

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