…..have I been? Everywhere but here it seems. Thanksgiving came and went and got in the way. I’ve been doing a lot of substitute teaching which leaves me too tired at night to want to do anything. And I’ve been working overtime on my daughter’s Central Park Hoodie and a cap for the Big Guy. I’ve completed the back, both fronts and one sleeve and will start on the second sleeve this week-end. I should be blocking (don’t you hate it when someone says “should”?) as I go but I seem to have this mental block about it. THEN, I read about blocking wires. They’re the better than sliced bread! I went online and found sets of fine, stainless steel blocking wires but was dismayed at the price. After all, it is Christmas and I have better ways of spending my money. There are several comments about substitutions in Ravelry as well as in Knitting Daily, Heartstrings and a couple of other websites for which I don’t remember the names. So, I do the next best thing. I head for the local hardware store. Now, you have to understand that this is not your generic, suburban hardware store. Where I live you will find farmers, electricians, do-it-yourselfers, hunters, painters, plumbers…real men who use the hardware store for it’s original purpose. One of the websites mentioned using welding wires and I knew I would find them here. I got very lucky because while I was looking at the assortment of wires, trying to figure out which ones would not rust, a man was standing in the aisle and told me to get ‘brazing wire.’ He said it will never rust but that it might get a patina to it with age. I can deal with that, as the patina can be washed off. So, I get six brazing wires, 36” long to use blocking the Hoodie. Now I just need to find the time to clear out a space in the back room that was intended to be an office and is now human being used for storage.
As soon as I finish my husband’s hat, I’ll post pictures of everything. As usual, the hat would be finished but decided that I had started decreasing too soon so the frog gets his voice back for a few rows. Right now I’m getting ready to move off the size 9 HiYa HiYa 16-in circular needles onto double points to finish up.