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Thursday, September 9, 2004

Drum Solo: I'm lovin' all your guesses!!!

Since I've been vaccinated against Intarsia this *Fall* (sorry I can't wait - it's 55 RIGHT NOW in the early AM here in Chicago), the cool option for my pulli wordplay is DUPLICATE STITCH!

Duplicate Stitch is where, after the garment is knitted, you go back and embroider the decorative design on top of the base Stockinette body stitches. I've found, for small designs or accents, it is so much EASIER than INTARSIA I don't even think twice!

Here are some cool TUTORIALS

from the wonderful Sockknitter's Site

from the cool Craftmen's Studio

For this outing, I experimented with a few different cotton and cotton/blend yarns, then settled on: washable wool for my embroidery. The elasticity of the wool makes for much more even letters and is easier to control while stitching. It HUGS the already knit stitches and doesn't try and break out and grab the MIC and go SOLO and make a fool of itself...


The above picture shows my Dupes on the WS and my most favorite crafting discovery of 2004: using Stitch Holders as GIANT SAFETY PINs to do the Basting for you.

If I need to see how a piece fits to another piece or get a rough idea of how it will fit me, I *pin* it together with the stitch holders and VOILA! Instant gratification! I got my holders in a couple of eBay jaunts.


click those BICs Babies, it's
the World's Tiniest Contest

Guess what the completed word on the above sweater will be and WIN! enough Rowan All Seasons Cotton to make the NEW! ChicKnits Aran Gauge Bucket Hat! (Pattern included)

RULES: email me HERE with the word CONTEST in the subject line and your guess in the body of the email. Submit your entry by September 21, 2004

Winner to be selected by random drawing and TBA September 22, 2004

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