Thursday, November 13, 2014


You heard me.  

And I mean it.

It's that time of year when all of your favorite snuggly sweaters come out of hiding.  Whether they be exquisitely handknit or ready-made, they deserve some lovin'.  Otherwise, rattiness can set in quickly.  Granted, the sweater below is not horribly pilled, but the pilling began with just one wearing and it drives me nuts.

Do your knits a favor and take the time to take care of them.  As my collection of handknit sweaters seems to be growing exponentially, my desire is to protect them.  Knowing how much time went into their creation...not to mention the amount of moolah spent on the yarn to satisfy my yarn snob ways, it is important to keep them in tip top shape.  

Besides the obvious point of putting sachets of lavender and/or cedar in their sleeping area to keep the evil buggers away, it is a good idea to give them a shave to keep the yarny pills at bay.  The type of fiber, amount of twist in the yarn, the amount of bloom in the yarn, and tightness of knitting are just a few of the things that will impact how much a knitted item may or may not pill.  And let's face it, nobody looks good with a bunch of yarn balls up and down your arms, in your pits or across your boob-al area! 

Personally, my resolution this season is to diligently de-pill as needed after each wearing.  My arsenal of tools includes the ever popular battery operated sweater shaver.  It works pretty well, but trust me...this little beast has been known to suck up super thin fabric through the blade guard and cut holes in the garment.  

New to me this year is the Gleener.  I've used mine a few times and, for me, there is a bit of a learning curve, but I am liking the results.  

So, do your sweaters a favor and ditch the pills!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Porch Knitting

What a beautiful day it is today!  A little chilly, but tolerable. 

The sun porch of the farm is the perfect locale for some chunky yarn knitting with two of my animal peeps while the hubs and a helper are installing new ceiling drywall in the hearth room.  Once that is up, he can proceed with hanging drywall over a brick wall in the room and then the wood stove hearth can be laid. The stove is a beast, but is a beautiful beast and, according to the specs, will be able to heat the entire house. 

So for now, my job is to sit and supervise while happily knitting away. My turn with laying tile, staining wood floors, painting walls and unpacking/arranging our new home is fast approaching. 

Who doesn't love a charcoal grey and mustard yellow combo in a chunky cowl??  Add to it the yarn being luscious baby alpaca and you just can't lose!

Have a happy...and warm...Sunday!!


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