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Thursday, June 22 2006

Flash Your Stash Trash…

I’ve been marooned on Sleeve Island since the last time Gwyneth and I tangled. Just what would leave me up Frog Creek without a paddle?

Being a three time loser, that’s what.

After I finished the first sleeve, I tried the little darling on and yay, matey, that sleeve was too tight! This became the perfect opportunity to fine-tune the rest of the object of my desire. Since I was going to frog to infinity and beyond, I might as well make some other adjustments as well.

Last Thursday, I’d finished the body portion of the top at KIP. The lovely Theresa tried it on for me and there were two other obvious places improvement could be made – it was just a little short and just a little high-necked.


In a feat not unlike the cliff divers of Le Quebrada, I frogged with relish and abandon, right back to where I started the armhole shaping. From here, it was easy to: lengthen the body a tweak, start the neckline a little lower, and make the sleeve a breath wider.

All it required was my willingness to Rip Out about 5 days work. Hella. Baby.

It must be done – I am now starting that sleeve again and I’m in love…


In the meantime, I had to go looking for a length of scrap yarn to do a provisional cast-on for that pesky sleeve. I opened my *remnants* box to score and found one of the most god-awful sights I’ve ever seen!

A bag of tiny pieces I’d thrown in with some small balls of yarn had perved itself into a hybrid whack of a mess that took me quite a while to rescue – and yes, those tiny pieces went into oblivion! What the h did I think I was going to do with five feet of 70’s rust-colored acrylic?

Well, if you are the inheiritor of the family Pack Rat DNA, you know the answer to that question. I certainly do :)

10 responses to “Thursday, June 22 2006”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’ve got a drawer like that… ahem. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my remnants, but it’s yarn. Can’t throw it out.

  2. Karen B. says:

    Looks like happy, colorful confetti! Lotsa luck to you in taming the beast, B. Marie.

  3. Terry says:

    Brave soul B – ripping out so much. Well, you know we all get so busy, we tell our selves, “this weekend I’ll tidy up all those little bits…” I could see me w. a pile like that easily.

    I’ve often thought that the Rat Pack syndrome is in a family’s DNA – gosh in my family there are a few very similar rat pack types and yes, I’m one.

  4. meg says:

    Yesh, knit fiercely, you take-no-prisoners ;-) bad-ass knitter! You’re the boss!
    Ever consider making a remnants shawl? Tie together left-overs & knit as long as you like.

  5. Chris says:

    Sleeve love is good. :) For a second, until I realized that was a picture of your “remnants,” I thought it was what you had ripped out and I was trying to puzzle out what color is was exactly…

  6. Becky says:

    I love how your such a hands-on designer. I bet I could give you a ball of knotted string and you’d churn out something ready for the runway.

    P.S. I bought your fab CeCe design and am considering a sub French yarn…you think the Coton 4 is too heavy for it? If not, I’ve got some Calmer…

  7. Julia says:

    That’s the most serious case of illegal mateing I’ve seen in a long time. Yikes!

  8. cleo says:

    kudos on your fearless frogging.
    me? i’d rather frog and re-do/re-make than having something in my closet–costing $$$ for yarn and my time–that i won’t wear because tho’ it took many moons to make, looks like hot mess when i wear it.

  9. Gloria says:

    I used to leave my yarn scraps on the bushes so birds could pick them up for their nests. Later you could find colorful bird nests!

  10. Perhaps there is a charity or individual who knits for charities that would like your remnants? My friend’s grandma accepts yarn from people and takes the yarn and knits baby hats to donate to hospitals for newborn babies w/out resources to have a hat when they leave.

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