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Snow and all that December 28, 2010

Now, for the most part snow really makes me smile. :)

Just look how comfy a little frosty upholstery makes our garden furniture look!

It transforms things in a way that makes them magical, or at least whimsical.

Then again

it plays tricksies on us all in a way that probably cannot be forgiven. This taxi was abandoned on my street (picture from my front window) and left all night long by what could only be a most unhappy (but I hope, well) cabbie. Dang – a three-car fender bender!

Hugz and warm wishes to the East Coasters that are totally strapped by this weather front – here’s hoping that everyone is digging out and managing to get back to normal…

In the meantime, I’m looking through all of my wardrobe for the warmest stuff ever! I have a lot of hats but in the wearin’ thereof, with my super parka on ye olde day job, not all of them work WITH A HOOD over them. They slide and slip and eventually make me cry like a little girl when it covers my eyes…

So it’s been a chosen few who make the grade and go along for the chilly ride lately, but some others have been undergoing a Resurrection!

And the good thing about being a pack rat, is that, just maybe, I’ll find some leftovers from the originals and make a transformation of my own.

HOW TO Prepare to Lengthen a Finished Piece:

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1 – Turn garment upside down and determine where & how much you want to remove and mark a stitch in that row.

2 – Use the tip of some small sharp scissors to snip that stitch and start un-raveling the row from left to right.

I do it this way because usually I haven’t had enough coffee to be fully awake and it’s safer BUT you can snip the stitches all the way around on that marked row if you like, and pick out the yarn scraps. If you have a garment made with “sticky” wool, the sts should just stand at attention until the next step; if not, be careful that they do not un-knit themselves below the row you are creating.

3 – Replace the stitches on a needle and carry on!

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4 responses to “Snow and all that December 28, 2010”

  1. meppybn says:

    Well, I suppose we are pretty balmy here in the Pacific NOrthwest at 40 degrees! One question – I’ve done that for extending and changing colour of the ribbing but how will the cables be worked so that they’re not upside down or cabling the ‘wrong’ way? Or are you just going to do a longer ribbing?

  2. Patty says:

    Not your jeep I’m assuming! Thank Goodness. I’ll be doing that exact task on a mega road trip next week. I’ll be requesting no bumps please!

  3. Seanna Lea says:

    I have a hat that could use this treatment, but it is a store bought number from when I just couldn’t spare half a day to knit myself a better hat.

  4. Bonne Marie says:

    Hee! I AM extending this with 1×1 ribbing, so meppybn, you are right about the columns not matching when done in th opposite direction. Fixing the cable lean would be easy the sts are 1/2 st off when upside down.

    This techinique works perfectly blended with Stockinette St, though, you can’t really see the tiny shift.

    So, I’ve found it’s best to use a different stitch pattern in the extension — and it will be ribbing in this case — to form a firm and thick band for my little shell-like ears… ;p

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