Quick knit

I picked up this ball of Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle last week because:

  1. It looked interesting
  2. I needed something different to knit
  3. I might actually use it

Following the ball band pattern, I cast 27 stitches onto US #8 needles.  I slipped the first stitch of every row to make the edges neater and knit 40 rows before binding off.  90 minutes later I had one finished.

Approximately 6-inches square, each one used about 14 grams of yarn so this one ball should yield about six scrubbies.

I’ll let you know how I like/use it.

 

Another Cliff Walk

Yay!  Another pair of socks finished.

These are the Cliff Walk socks from Helen Stewart’s Handmade Sock Society season 2 collection, third in the series.

The six-row pattern repeat was easy to follow and it looks a bit like cables though it’s not.

The yarn is 100 grams of Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight in Bare handpainted with Easter egg dye by yours truly.  I only used 68 grams for the socks so that leaves 32-ish grams leftover.  Not enough for a second pair but could be used as cuffs, heels, toes, or something else that I haven’t thought of yet.

These are a tad too long for my feet but I do have someone in mind whose feet would fit perfectly…and would appreciate a pair of handknit socks.

 

 

I fixed this and that

Mr. Aitch’s leaf blower/vacuum fell over in the garage earlier this year.  He didn’t realize it at the time but the knob handle cracked.  Later when I was vacuuming some leaves and after laying the blower on the ground, I grabbed the handle to pick it up and the knob section came off in my hand.

I tried to glue it but that didn’t work.

I thought about Sugru ( which looks awesome) but I didn’t want any flexibility on the handle.

Enter Oatey Fix-it Stick™ Epoxy Putty*.

When the outer light grey material mixes with the darker grey core, it is pliable for about 5-10  minutes before it begins to harden.

I cut off about an inch and mixed it together in my hands (wearing disposable gloves) until it was a uniform color.  Then I set the knob handle back in place and squished the soft putty around the broken sections bonding the two pieces together.

Voila!  The Fix-it Stick™ hardens quickly and securely. It repairs leaks, holes or cracks in a wide range of materials. It is lightweight and is as strong as (if not stronger) than the original!Fix#2… We have an original Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Pot™ from the1980s.  It still works great, however……the handle cracked 20-some years ago.

I never replaced the pitcher but continued to use it with the tea maker.  It worked but we just couldn’t hold it by the handle so we just transferred the iced tea to a different pitcher.

Oatey Fix-it Stick™ to the rescue again.

This does not come in contact with any food or drink and works perfectly for this type of repair. Though not necessary I still transfer my iced tea to another pitcher that isn’t as tall and fits in our refrigerator better.

*I am not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Oatey. I received no compensation for this product.  I use it, like it and thought you might as well.

 

 

Two years ago…

…I made this top.  It was too large and knew it would end up on the Island of Misfit Knitting.

So I ripped it apart and chose a different pattern: Drops Design Sunny Day Top #170/32.  It’s been almost finished for over a year.  What was the problem?

I had to weave in the ends.

The yarn is a 50g, 90-yard ball of a cotton/acrylic/nylon blend in DK weight.  I used almost all eight balls.  I have 28 grams left and I wish I would have made a top-down top so I could use every last inch.  Alas, that was not the case.

Saturday morning found me weaving in the ends.

And now I can call it FINISHED!

I’m a bit hunched over so you can see the eyelet details but I think I look like a linebacker.

Have you finished anything lately?