Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Working Out the Kinks

I've been working on a project with a luxury yarn at a fairly fine gauge and a couple of days ago I decided that I needed to make a change several inches back in the work. It wasn't an error so much as a design tweak. I needed to frog quite a few inches and re-knit a chunk of work, and I wanted to re-use the precious yarn. So, I bit the figurative bullet and did the unravelling. The only problem--the knitted work had been blocked. As I've blogged about before, I usually block work in progress to check on length and fit. So, the unraveled yarn was well and truly kinked.

What to do? I wound the unraveled yarn back into a skein using my swift, tying it loosely in a few places to keep it all together, then soaked (not agitated!) it in my washer and spun it dry. I hung it over a chair back to dry until it looked like this.

Much better. I'm going to re-wind the yarn into a ball and then I'll be ready to go. Of course, none of this would have been possible with a fibre like mohair, but with the blend of animal fibres I'm working with, it was not only possible, but well worth the effort.


  1. Good call. You don't sound worried about the deadline, so I hope that everything is all going well. Merry Christmas!