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Blog Knitting Pawsed!

You know I LOVE knitting.  You also know that I LOVE documenting my knitting here on the blog.  But sometimes there are other critical priorities.

Late Posting Today’s Blog

There are certain demands made upon me by Finn.  Most times I must comply.  At least until he’s finished with me.  This morning, I was able to continue knitting.  As long as it didn’t interrupt his “biscuit making” too much.

God, I love this cat!

But you should know that all that material he’s massaging is only my layers of clothing.  My abs are tight as a drum.

Current Spinning/Knitting

While I wasn’t able to maintain an hour-a-day for my spinning, I was able to make progress on the Tommy’s Preferred Blend spinning.

Tommys Preferred Blend Spinning 03-29-19

I also had some difficulties with the second sock-machine sock from the last blog entry.  Despite my new fantastic pick tool, I screwed up the sock twice and had to rip it out both times.  Hopefully the third time will be the charm for this beautiful sock-to-be.

Finally, I made quite a bit of progress on the Biased Striped Stole…despite Finn’s demands for attention.

Biased Striped Stole 03-29-19 01

At this point, the garment is about 55 inches long and will eventually be about 68 inches in total.

Biased Striped Stole 03-29-19 02

One of the things I always hate about blog photos is that they don’t fully represent the softness, the silky drape and the warmth of the fabric.  But trust me, this fine alpaca makes an incredible fabric.

Readers’ Comments/Questions

On Ravelry, Joe in Wyoming responded to my request for the perfect weaving-in needle with the following:

“You might be able to find a long sharp needle at your crafting store in the sewing section devoted to doll making. Another option may be checking on upholstery supplies since there are needles long enough to go through cushions to attach buttons and such. Doll making needles would probably be thinner but it has been so long since I actually looked at them I can’t be certain.”

Both excellent ideas.  I looked on-line for both options, but it’s difficult to tell if the eye of the needles would be wide enough to thread a worsted-weight yarn, so I’ll have to check out the craft store next time I’m there.

4 comments on “Blog Knitting Pawsed!

  1. There’s a way around a big-eyed needle. Take your yarn and fold it tightly over the needle. Holding the fold tightly in your thumb and forefinger, push the fold through the eye of the needle. I learned this doing embroidery with six-strand floss, and I find it works well with yarn too.

      1. Recently when folding didn’t work, I tied a piece of thread around the fat yarn and pulled it through the eye that way.

  2. I use a piece of dental floss instead a piece of thread as purlgin suggested.. I’ve also used a thin piece of cardboard cut to fit through the needle. Fold it in half, push through needle eye, put yarn through the fold and pull the cardboard back through the eye. The dental floss method is my favorite. I love your blog. It’s my mid-morning escape when I need to think about something besides work!

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