Thursday, January 25, 2007

Magic Loop Fiasco!!

I am still cruising along on my mini cable socks, NO thanks to Rosco!!! I was knitting right along, enjoying my brief little break from homework. It was extra exciting because I was on a cable round... Rosco really wanted to be on my lap. Really! He would try to climb on, I would shoo him away. He would push harder, I would shoo harder, PUSH, SHOO, PUSH, SHOOOOOO! His foot got tangled in the yarn, my heart skipped a beat, I reached for his foot, pulled it out of the yarn, meanwhile his other foot got tangled in the magic loop cord. Then the worst possile thing, he freaked out because I was touching his foot and took off running with his foot stuck in the cord. He managed to pull ALL of the front side stitches off of the cord. My mini cable socks had evolved into mini heart attack socks! I can pick up stitches totally fine, BUT this was really fine yarn on little needles. I usually use a needle one or two sizes smaller to pick those lost stithces up. These are being knit on a size 1. As it turns out, I don't own anything smaller. After locking Rosco in the bathroom I set to work rescuing my stitches! It was super tricky because the the round before the cable round is a combonation of knits, purls & lot of slipped stitches, again usually not a big deal, but under the pressure of working with teeny tiny materials, UGH.

Fiasco # 2... I felted the long awaited malabrigo winter cap, i.e. the elmer fudd hat. It was own my own fault. I knew better that malabrigo felts in a nano second. It sharnk down WAAAYYYY too much. It barely covers the top half of my head. So I need to find a small child to send it off to & get started on another one while it's still cold enough to wear it! GRRRRR

The hat pictured below is another random felted hat. I was playing with the pattern & the end result was a fairly boxy fit that all in all I was not so happy with. But I continue to learn from each mistake!


  1. eeekk! I have been working on socks that are knit on 1s (my second pair in the world!) and I think I would sit and cry if that happend to me!

  2. sigh. I understand, unfortunately. my youngest cat Atticus loves yarn. He loves to eat it. In fact, should I ever lose all my scissors, I could just employ him! All roving is not equal in his world, though-- just the expensive Blue faced Leicester. Apparently, this stuff is better than cat food.

    by the way, Tammy, thanks SO MUCH for helping me and Jason in the store the other day. The Koigu Kersti for his scarf is absolutely perfect. He loves it.

  3. I just had a mini heart attach reading about that. This is a common occurence here, thanks to Frank. My sympathies. Now you're an expert at picking those little stitches up. That yellow/blue striped boxy hat would make a great planter cozy!

  4. cat running away with socks is like my ultimate nightmare. my cat is usually okay with stuff like that, but she will attack dangling yarn because... it ASKED for it.

  5. whoa! i know the feeling of having your knitting run away. Kai has been known to pick up the skein of yarn when my back is turned. he's almost two and a lot faster than i give him credit for. i'll bring him by the shop, you won't believe how big he is now.