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Pick it Up Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Even though a tone-deaf squawking bird drilled my brain into quickening at 4:30 am, there’s lots of smiles going round this morning at Chez Chic.

I’m at that happy point in top down knitting where the Body section is started and the Yoke is finished on the Cerisara I’m knitting for myself. That always signals to me that I’m almost finished with the garment! Which, if truth be told, is so naively optimistic, since this IS a cardigan, and There Will Be Sleeves…

(I know from already making this, that the sleeves are très cool, though!)

Meanwhile, a new skill has been learned.

During the Mondo Cable Class, while demonstrating how to join the sweater segments into the Body portion of the garment, I slipped stitches held on scrap yarn onto the working needle. My technique was to gradually release a few stitches from their “holder” by simple pulling the yarn out freeing about 5 stitches at a time, then slipping those stitches to the waiting needle tip.

The lovely Lisa asked why one couldn’t just slip the working needle through the middle of the stitches with the Scrap Yarn still up in there? Indeed!!! Start a revolution!

Here you see the held stitches on the green strand of yarn on the left, with the underarm stitches cast on, on the right:

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There is enough room to accomodate both the needle and the Scrap Yarn for an Easy & Quick stitch replacement. When all the stitches are back on the needle VOILA! Just pull out the Scrap Yarn and carry on!

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Just a few more minutes, and I’m ready to rock the lower half of my sweater!

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Thanks Lisa — such a great idea!


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