Thursday, July 17, 2008

Oh, Darn It!

There was a near tragedy in my house last night. A crisis I did not feel prepared to handle, but I was determined to muddle through. I finished the Sunflower Hat for my niece about a week ago and decided to add some little ties to it to help keep it on her head. So, I knit little ties that ended up being about 6" long and it wasn't until I really look at them finished that I realized they just would not do. They needed to be longer. Well, I figured I had enough yarn so I would just cut these off and knit new ones. I grabbed my little scissors and snipped twice guessed it. I snipped right through the yarn of the HAT instead of the straps. If you look below, you'll see the hole on the right hand side and the straps I cut off.

This just about broke my heart. I simply couldn't bear the idea of ripping this out and reknitting it. But I wasn't really sure what to do to infill such a large hole. Because, I don't do things part way, I cut TWICE and created a hole over about 6 sts over two rows. I've never fixed a hole before, but I was going to figure something out, dammit!So, I have a copy of Vickie Howell's new book, Knit Aid given to me by a friend and I decided to check and see if it had anything on fixing a hole. Nope. Darn it. While it's a cute little book, it didn't have what I needed. What I needed was something to tell me how to Darn. Wow. I've been listening to KnitMoreGirls Podcast and they've been talking about the merits of darning and I just wasn't sure it was something I would ever do. I mean, I know I want my knit socks to last as long as possible, but I haven't had any get holes yet and so the idea of darning anything was still rather daunting. However, I guess it's true what they say about having the proper motivation. I did not want to reknit this hat. I did want to have something to give my niece when I meet her for the first time. She arrives in about 4 days. Yep, I was gonna learn to darn.
Well, I ended up remembering on of the podcasts I listen to talked about darning and said basically you thread a needle and hand sew in the knit stitches. So, I thread the needle, duplicate stitched about two rows above the hole for the size of the hole plus one additional stitch on each side. Then I worked down the column of knit stitches making new stitches as I went. Then I stitched up the next row and so on and so on....I don't know if I did it "right," but I'd say it looks darn good (pun intended).Even the inside of the hat doesn't look horrible. There are a couple of tiny pieces sort of sticking out but I just couldn't figure out how to do it any better. The good part is, this is against her head so no one will see it.I'm pleased with my first darn attempt at darning. And I just might do it again, darn it.

Groucho would not move so he is a bonus feature for your viewing pleasure.

Oh, right. The Garden. Well, the watermelon continues to brown along the tendrils and has lots of new green growth in the center. I have no idea if we'll get anything from it but I'm hanging in to see what happens. However, things are looking good with the tomatoes. I am so ready for these to get nice and ripe so I can go to The Hill and get some good Mozzarella and fresh Basil, pull out the Paul Newman's Balsamic Vinaigrette and have me a yummy salad. I can NOT wait.

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