Mystery Stole 3 in progress

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April 29, 2009

Cat Bullet


Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions — Cat @ 9:03 am

Coming in for a nose rub

Well, best laid plans, and all of that.

The Taos stole is completed, all ends woven in, but is not blocked yet. Soon, I hope, but must rescue the laundry drying facility guest room from the masses of hopefully dry laundry so that I can find a flat surface big enough to block the stole.

In the meantime, I’m continuing to focus on “serial monogamy” and am working on a lace project. As I was knitting along last night, I came to a !#@^!#$ knot in my yarn. Said knot was positioned about three inches from the terminal end of a very long row. Normally, when I find a knot, I unpick the row and cut the yarn tail (re-starting the row with the yarn after the knot). I started to do this, but then stopped. Each row is 361 stitches and it had been a very complex pattern row (for those who are curious, it was p3tog, leave on left needle, yo, p3tog through those same stitches and then remove from left needle – for the whole row!) *pause for gasps of horror*

I decided to try something that I’ve never done before – called a spit splice. For non-washable animal fibers, you can spit on the two ends and then join them together by applying heat and friction (generally by rubbing on your jeans-covered leg). I’ve never done this, because, frankly, the idea of spitting on my knitting project is pretty gross. However, desperate times, desperate measures.

I did, however, decide that I was going to dunk the ends in a glass of water, not spit.

Having properly (and hygenically) hydrated the two ends, and twisted them together, I proceeded to rub it up and down my leg. Lo and behold, the two ends felted together into a practically invisible join!!! I was so pleased. I gave it an experimental tug or two and it seemed to be sturdy. Happily, I started to continue along the row.

And then came to a screeching halt when I discovered that I had just spit-spliced the end of the yarn to the cast on tail (rather than the working end of the yarn…)

pitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patterpitter patter


  1. Even I – a non-knitter – can related to that. :lol:

    Comment by Dave — April 29, 2009 @ 2:56 pm
  2. Ahh! “The best laid plans of mice and men.” Or something like that….

    Comment by Mom — April 29, 2009 @ 3:58 pm
  3. How funny. I don’t know how many times that darn tail has got me in trouble.

    Comment by cheryl — April 29, 2009 @ 8:07 pm
  4. Oh crap! Been there, done that!

    Comment by Nachaele Olson — May 1, 2009 @ 8:40 am

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