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November 12, 2009

reader q and a

I was just wondering when you're knitting booties and it says to "turn" and continue
knitting, what does that mean? I cannot find a demonstration on youtube or
knittinghelp.com to save the life of me! I followed your slouchy beret pattern and
it really helped the way you explained it. Maybe if you could explain turning that
easily I could get through these booties before my friend's baby goes to college.


It means to literally, turn the piece in the other direction.

The best way I can illustrate this is to imagine your knitting is a piece of paper. You are holding the paper in your hands, and the instructions say, turn me over. So you do! Just like that, that's the same thing you do with the knitting.

The needle that was in your left hand will be in your right hand, and the one that was in your right hand will now be in the left hand and what you were looking at as the front will now be in the back. Turned!

The yarn may now be hanging down from the left needle, or not depending on your pattern, but it's all good. Just turn and follow the rest of the directions. Hope that helps!

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Thank you for your blog. I'm having a mid-life Stuff Crisis, paralyzed
completely from the brain out because I am shocked and horrified at the realization
that: my clutter is so completely out of control that I don't even know who I am
anymore. Terrified of facing it. Want to just enter a witness protection program
and pretend it never happened. But I remember you've faced it down before, take a
deep breath, and I can go on your blog and read the archives and be inspired and
laugh about it through my own tears. Thank you.

Debra, the only "trick" I used was to sew the snaps using two different cuts of thread. That means I threaded a needle, knotted it, and sewed two of the four openings on the snap with that thread. Knotted it and snipped.

Then I threaded the needle again (or you know, you may have thread still on the needle) and knotted it, and used that separate load of thread the sew down the other two holes of the snap. This way even if one thread becomes frayed or comes loose, you have a backup thread holding it on.

Hope that helps and makes some kind of sense!!

> Below is the result of your feedback form.
> It was submitted by debra.gilbert@thirdfederal.com (Debbie Gilbert) on:
> Monday, November, 9, 2009 at 11:36:04
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> funny: knitter
> message: Laurie, did I miss the post about how to sew in snaps to the 5
> Hour Baby Sweater? I am about to finish one for a friend's baby and I
> would love to see how you do it. Thanks. Debbie

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I haven't seen you mention anything about blocking the items that you make.
Blocking is the main reason I am reluctant to switch from crochet to knit. I
remember hearing years ago that it was difficult to block things. Do you find it
hard? Is it easier now that there are so many different choices in yarn?

By the way, I am SO happy that you moved into your new place! And, I'm glad that
the kitties are adjusting so well!

Take care,
Toni Bernotus

Hi Toni!
I don't think blocking is hard at all, it's just like any sweater you buy in a shop with a label that says to wash and then reshape and lay flat to dry. That's blocking. You can block an item by washing it, shaping it and letting it dry or you can shape it (or pin it into place) and spritz with water to block. I'm a big fan of the spritz method unless the item needs to be washed (for example, if it's a gift for someone else I wash it first.)

You can use steam to block many types of yarn, but I stopped doing that because I found I was a little overzealous with the steam and kept blocking the will to live out of the yarn itself. But a lot of folks like steaming, it's super fast and easy.

Most of my items need minimal to no blocking at all. But most of my items are scarves and handwarmers (read: simple squares or rectangles). I did block the baby sweaters I made but it was easy, just hand wash and shape into place on a clean towel and let dry overnight. Of all the things to keep you from knitting, blocking would be at the very very bottom of the list. It's easy as can be, and unless you're making garments you can get by with doing surprisingly little of it!


Posted by laurie at November 12, 2009 11:26 AM