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Friday, November 05, 2010

perseverance

Hurray, it's Friday, a morning when I get to work at home in my PJs, sipping all the coffee I want from a real mug rather than spilling coffee from my travel mug all over my Jeep as I groggily trek to campus. :-) 
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Perseverance used to be one of my strong suits.  Now I'm not so sure... this quarter has been a little too busy for my tastes.  Just as I'm slowly but surely chugging along on my research, I'm also making steady progress on my Greenfield cardigan.  I'm to the leaf details just before the hem:
The bright color has become more and more appealing as the trees in my neighborhood are stripped of their foliage. I dazzled/repulsed one of the girls at knitting night on Wednesday as I spit-spliced the yarn. She'd never heard of spit-splicing before, which surprised me, as it's incredibly useful (in addition to being a little disgusting). So if you haven't tried it before either, now's the time to go for it! I don't think anyone likes weaving in ends. Just make sure you're using something that will felt -- no cotton, acrylic, superwash, etc.
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P.S. Design*Sponge has an interview with Carson Ellis today! 

10 comments:

kim said...

I don't even know what I would do without the "spit join." I have no problem doing it even though I know it is gross, gross, gross. The piece will get blocked anyway, right? Happy Weekend!

barefootrooster said...

hooray for real mugs, bright yarn, and yes, spit-splicing. and fridays.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

Yes, spit splicing is a bit disgusting. I pretty much only use it when I'm doing lace and finding places to weave in those ends is too difficult.

I've been spending much quality time with my french press too. It's been quite chilly lately.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

Spit splicing: so easy, so perfect. So "don't let the gift recipient see me doing this!"

jane said...

I love your mug! Coffee at home all morning is the best, isnt it. It is all i've got planned for this morning :)

I have tried and failed to spit splice before, i dont know what went wrong but i just ended up with soggy knitting, it really was quite disgusting. Every time i read about how easy it is, i feel like a little more of a moron for not being able to do it, ha!

Katie M. said...

You can do it! I 100% know what you mean, but thank goodness for the happy stuff along the way.

marycatharine said...

Part of me can see why spit splicing might be gross but it works and that's what's important right? Plus weaving in ends is torture.

nicole said...

I love the colour and pattern of your cardi. And spit-splicing is my all-time favourite knitting trick. Even if it is a little gross.

Noas' libellule said...

I love the cardigan, it is going to be beautiful... Never heard of spit-splicing, but more than happy to give it a try!

Sharon said...

I just ran into that spit-splice revulsion at my last knit/chat session. They were averting their eyes. It beats sewing in ends!