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KIPKIPKIPKIPKIP tonight 7-9pm Letizia’s 2144 W Division

Hanni-ball Lector Part 2


The Drama continues at Chez Chic with Hanni-ball eluding capture once again! No sooner had it been tamed by a maximum security lock-down, than it SPRANG into life a few yards down the needle and tried to ESCAPE again!

And, in an effort to keep the knitting ALIVE, the ribbon yarn was set free – above you see it (and the view from my favorite knitting chair – Yo Scout! I’m IT!) stretching out on the carpet and beyond. Given no other choice but to completely unravel the rest of the nasty little ball I flung it far and wide across the room, then reeled it in as I kept knitting.

And this, I believe, conquered the Beast in the end. Knitting should not be stressful. If it’s doing something that is making my blood boil, I usually seek the path of least resistance and try and continue. In this case, it was throwing the offender across the room! Sometimes, I can quickly solve the problem by traditional means; other times it helps to just walk away and wait for the Muse to start it up again at a later time.

And the Muse, she didn’t disappoint… chicmuse.gif

Deep in the grey matter of my brain, I remembered a solution that someone used where they made a Reeler for the ribbon by taking a pencil and a shoe box. Said pencil was the post and it was stuck through the center of the ribbon ball, then through two holes/slits in the longwise sides of a shoebox.

Well, I didn’t have a shoe box. Or a pencil. And I was too ass-lazy to get up from the above chair to go look for one. BUT I did see something else that would do just fine and it was right next to my chair: a little basket! I keep three of these in near proximity to the chair,

filled with the current projects in my WIP line-up – keeps ’em off the floor, untangled, and clean…

I grabbed my Wand, stuck it through the little hinge on one side of the basket, then through the new ball of ribbon, back through the opposite hinge, and VOILA!

hmm, wonder if this qualifies as a Weasley’s Wizard Wheeze???

Reel Away, in comfort and relief! The ribbon, with a gentle tug, comes off smoothly, with little twisting and now You Can WAIL!


OMG! She’s blocking Nylon!

Indeed – I block everything! To set the shape of the garment and really show that Ribbon tiffany4.jpg it was washed in lukewarm water, rolled in a towel, then set out on my blocking rug to measure. EEEY! I can’t wait to wear this…

12 responses to “KIPKIPKIPKIPKIP tonight 7-9pm Letizia’s 2144 W Division”

  1. JoVE says:

    That looks like a great sweater. And maybe I need to get me some of those wee baskets. I find yarn and WIPs creeping all over the floor near the sofa.

  2. Scout says:

    You make me crack up. You’re nutos you know it? In a GOOD way! When are you going to come and partay with the Abq girls?

  3. Theresa says:

    Woohoo! I can’t wait to see that all knit up. That yarn is so gorgeous in person.

  4. Emy says:

    That seems like a great way to get the ribbon to behave!

  5. Scout says:

    nutos in scoutlanguage means:



  6. Bonne Marie says:

    I’ve also been known to answer to *Hey, Nutty Buddy*…

    Kind of rolls off the tongue teeeheeeeeeeeeehee…

  7. dejamo says:

    Bonne Marie, I love how nothing fazes you; whenever you have a problem you tackle it head on and work with it rather than against it.

    You’re the Julia Child of the knitting world. Keep showing your work (and us) who’s the boss…

  8. June says:

    My idea is too late for this project, but if you set up a fishing reel counter, you can put ribbon yarn through that, it will prevent twist from entering the knitting. (It does gather up on the other side, though, so you will have to periodically rubberband the ball and dangle it to remove twist.)

  9. Jenn says:

    Love your solution to the rolling yarn problem! Seems like there is a market for something like that…. :)

  10. Michelle says:

    I really like the color you chose for your sweater. It looks great! Can’t wait to see it finished ;-)

  11. Meg says:

    Good thing there wasn’t a cat in the house! Oh, how my little shmoo would love it if I flung yarn across the room, then reeled it in . . . little by little.

  12. Lolly says:

    LOVE this sweater!

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