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:

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

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

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  3. 20 never seems to age...

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  4. 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!

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    1. 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 :-).

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

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

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

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

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  8. 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!

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    1. 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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  9. 20 is such a big help. Your sleeves look great! :)

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  10. 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!

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  11. 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!

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