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I’m knitting another sweater: still on the first ball of yarn

I’ve barely begun my second Ribby Cardi, but I wanted to note my love for the first one. It’s the perfect trip to the post office/coffee shop/pub layer as well as the wrapping myself up to watch television layer. Not many things successfully work the range from jacket to pajamas.

I got myself into a situation where I needed to throw it into the dryer (something I was pretty sure I’d never do since I hang most of my clothing to dry), I was off on a road trip and it just needed to be dry right away. Despite some low-heat drying for just a few minutes it shrank a bit and now the zipper causes the front to pooch out when zipped up. I’m hoping the sweater will stretch back out, and if not I’m happy to know I will be able to remove the zipper, clip it, and reinsert it without too much trouble. The second sweater, though, will go into the dryer before inserting the zipper. So far, it isn’t showing too many signs of pilling.

· comments [6] · 09-28-2007 · categories:knitting ·

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jamie // Sep 28, 2007 at 5:47 am

    I’ve recently discovered this site so I wasn’t here for the first cardigan. I think the ribby cardi looks great. What size needles are you using for this sweater with the cotton ease?

  • 2 Junkdrawer // Sep 28, 2007 at 8:11 am

    I just cast on for a sweater utilizing cotton ease too. Is your first on pilling since putting it into the dryer or was it pilling before your immediate dryer emergency? just curious….congrats on the sweater btw. Looks awesome.

  • 3 Julia // Sep 28, 2007 at 11:41 am

    You should be able to just re-block the sweater next time it is wet and stretch it back into the right size. Also, try drying it with just air. The heat wouldn’t be an issue then. Good luck getting it back to normal!

  • 4 megan // Sep 28, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Hello Jamie – I’m using size #4 needles, I was able to get pattern gauge with those.

    Junkdrawer – So far no pilling, I’ve run it through the dryer twice now.

  • 5 Gillian // Sep 30, 2007 at 8:16 pm

    Hey, I don’t have any advice on knitting, I’ve tried to learn a few times now but it hasn’t worked.

    I just wanted to say that I’ve been following your blog for a while on RSS (so i never end up commenting), but I really love it! I just caught up on a backlog of your posts and realized I’ve never commented before and should, since I end up bookmarking so many things you link!

  • 6 Paula // Oct 10, 2007 at 7:39 am

    Don’t forget to also wash and dry the zipper (in a bag so it doesn’t unzip and catch on your lovely new sweater) before you sew it into your sweater. Sometimes the zipper tape shrinks in the wash, too.

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