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Monday Morning Mirth July 29, 2013

Monday Morning Mirth

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Remember this guy? Skater boi gone all GQ…

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Clown Knitting: Desperate Measures July 25, 2013

Sometimes, the silver lining in the cloud is actually platinum…

While changing skeins in some hand-paint, I realized that there would be a much smoother transition if some mixing of the two could take place.

This, but of course, is a popular technique where you alternately knit a couple of rows using two – different balls of yarn until it looks nice and mingled with no pooling…

Trouble was, I’d used all but a couple of yards of the first yarn AND because I’d continued knitting a section upwards, I couldn’t simply rip back to free up a few rows worth of yarn. Talk about complicated!

Then I remembered: The Swatch.

It just might have enough to do the trick added to the small amount on hand.

So I frogged it – using my ball winder.

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Then it occurred to me -

The center of the winder could be detached from its base.

So, I took it off the winder and lightly moistened the outside of the new skein.

Then, I stuck the whole thing in a sandwich-sized plastic bag and MICROWAVED it for 20 seconds.

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VOILA!

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Un-kinked fluffy yarn (cooled down of course.) !!

**…note…pictures taken after microwaving & I realized how cool this was! ;p


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s.o.s. July 16, 2013

somebody’s got a problem…

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or not…

Is this an example of mid-summer startitis, (sock edition) or just Sombody-Loves-Turning-a-Good-Heel?

While organizing the stash for some fall designs, it was a short fall into the abyss of really pretty sock stash here at Studio Chic!

Having a plethora of #1 circular needles only aggravated the frenzy (there’s a couple of short “tubes” still at the ankle stage that didn’t make it into this picture).

Those, however are actually for a design that’s in the baby stages… :)

But I loove making a Dutch Heel with a slip-stitch flap! Send the interventionists!

 


…here’s the unscientific recipe that I wing it with…

Slip Stitch Heel Flap (worked over ~1/2 sock sts)

Row 1 (& all RSR): *Sl 1 pwise, K 1* rep across.

Row 2 (and all WSR): Sl 1 pwise, P across.

Rep last 2 rows until desired length.

 

Dutch Heel

Row 1 (RS): Sl 1 pwise, k ~2/3 of flap sts, ssk, turn.

Row 2 (WS): Sl 1 pwise, p across to 1 st before gap, p2tog, turn.

Row 3 (RS): Sl 1 pwise, k across to 1 st before gap, ssk, turn.

Rep until all sts are worked.


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