Still mending

So here’s the second round of current holes…

The area at the corner of the pocket seems to have just come apart.  Which makes sense, since it’s a high stress spot.  But oh my goodness are pockets handy enough to be worth it.

Each one of these pictures shows about one more hour of stitching.  I’m guessing by the time I’m done with this round of mending, I’ll have something between 15 and 20 hours of total stitching time in on this sweater.  Which makes it even more likely I’ll fix it the  next time it gets a hole!

But really…it’s fun, and it means this thing is really and truly mine, so why not.

Countdown, day 12

Today’s pattern is Excursion.  You can get it on ravelry for 25% off with the code COUNTDOWN.

What’s going on? I’m doing a countdown sale. Every day through December 24, I’m putting one pattern on sale. I started with socks and am now moving on to quicker projects (think slippers then hats then cuffs) as the time gets shorter.

Each sale lasts until 11:59pm eastern time that day.  I’ll be posting about it here on the blog as well as on Instagram and Twitter.  If you want to be sure to see today’s sale, you can either swing by the blog or follow me on one of those spots!

Wash them

Wash your knitting needles people.  You spend hours holding them.  Anything that’s on your hands (lotion…hair stuff…chapstick…possibly that pizza you had for lunch) is on there too.

Just chuck them a sink full of warm soapy water (ahem, making sure you don’t send them down the drain…that’s no fun) and let them hang out for a bit.  You can use the same soap you use to wash/block your knits, I like Soak.  After they’ve sat for a few minutes, rinse them off, and dry them off with a soft towel.  They’ll feel so much better.  The only thing you have to watch out for is needles that aren’t plastic or metal.  If you got wooden (or bone, or horn, or some other natural material), you’ll probably want to rinse them and dry them quickly rather than soaking them.

But really…anything you touch that much can benefit from the occasional wash!

And someone asks every time so, yes, some of my needles are square! Kollage does them, and I do like them because they make a slight tighter fabric than the same size round needles do. And the others are some combination of Signature Arts Needles (the fuchsia ones and some of the green ones), Susan Bates (I especially love the pack they do with sizes 000, 00, 0, & 1), Hiya Hiya and ChiaoGoo (silver), and whatever else has caught my eye over the years (meaning there are some I just don’t remember).

And no…no there is no such thing as too many needles!

Countdown, day 11

Today’s pattern is Burgeoning.  You can get it on ravelry for 25% off with the code COUNTDOWN.

What’s going on? I’m doing a countdown sale. Every day through December 24, I’m putting one pattern on sale. I started with socks and am now moving on to quicker projects (think slippers then hats then cuffs) as the time gets shorter.

Each sale lasts until 11:59pm eastern time that day.  I’ll be posting about it here on the blog as well as on Instagram and Twitter.  If you want to be sure to see today’s sale, you can either swing by the blog or follow me on one of those spots!