Monday, March 14, 2016

The I-Rip-A-Rod

Edited:  Oops, I forgot to add my snow picture and Iriparod is a much better title!

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Backing up a couple days...some scenes from the trail.



Our girl, Amelia. She's everywhere :-).


The finished sleeves.  Six days of hard knitting.  Well, not hard, but long hours.  Even with a simple pattern, these sleeves just take a long time.  They fit perfectly.  I like the pattern going up over the shoulders.  I love the color, perfect for a hard working farm sweater.  The problem?

The yarn was just not spun the way it needed to be.  I started the body and just hated it.  Way too thick. The sleeves were borderline too heavy, but within acceptable range (for me).  I tried two different skeins to start the body and after hours and hours of stewing on it...


20 volunteered to do the deed.  He's always a good sport.


He's got my sled back upright and ready to hit the trail again.  The race is not over!



Speaking of heavy sweaters!  Blossom aka Baba

15 comments:

Benita Story said...

Awww, man!!! Those unexpected detours are hard! Maybe Baaxter wants to be a jacket?

Sheepmom said...

Gasp! That took guts. There are no wussies on this trail. Gather your courage and press on!

Pam said...

20 never seems to age...

Fiona said...

Will the kink from being knit once affect the next knitting? I am a novice knitter and have a lot of questions? I knit like I sew...rustically!

thecrazysheeplady said...

That's a great question! If I wasn't so far behind in the race I'd be taking more pictures. I've thought about it, but haven't gotten any further. I think I can still finish before the Red Lantern, but it's going to be a challenge.

So, the yarn is all kinked up like raman noodles. I wind it all back into a skein and then turn on my tea pot. Once it starts boiling/steaming heavy, I hold the skeins over/into the steam and the yarn goes right back to normal. Very fun to watch the natural crimp/curl in each fiber come back to life :-).

Alice said...

So did you respin the yarn? How did you fix it?

MarmePurl said...

cant't wait to see what the backup plan is.

Michelle said...

Looking forward to seeing more progress! Baba has the ultimate sweater....

T.L. Merrybard said...

Man, that's a lot of curly yarn, and that's some fleece, Baba!

Fiona said...

Thank you!

The Well Fed Wheel said...

Yikes!!! That took courage! Very interesting how you took the kinks out though. I've learned a valuable solution for the next time I find myself in that predicament. Thank you!

Far Side of Fifty said...

20 is such a big help. Your sleeves look great! :)

sophy0075 said...

Way to go! Just remember- there is a Future, in which you are admiring the X, knit by you from Baaxter's wool. Enjoy the search for X!

LannieK said...

BaBa ~ that is one gorgeous fleece! How is it to spin?
If it's not right, it's not right - Glad 20 could help you out. Now, mush on!

Elaine Lim said...

Baba indeed has the makings of a beautiful sweater! I do love the deep chocolate color of your Baaxter Iknitarod sweater. Are the sleeves Jackaroo? I did the whole sweater in Foula and ended up ripping it all out.... probably need bigger needles. Sigh.....

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