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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2004 10:11:22 AM »

 Please don't get turned off to knitting. Take a breather but find a little project to spark your inspiration again because knitting is a great PORTABLE hobby and is so versatile, and you obviously have the knack to do it.

That is so true!  Actually, I was knitting right as I was reading your post in my school library during study hall.  I get in knitting ruts sometimes too, but you just need to find the right project to get you going again.  And there's so much you can do with knitting!

By the way, I WANT YOUR BEAR!
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2004 11:08:39 AM »

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Oh, and if your scarf is curly, just block it.  Lay it out flat on a towel and steam it with a steam iron (you just hold the  iron just above the scarf and let the steam come out).  I just did this for the first time last night on a curly scarf and it worked wonders - and only took like 5 or 10 minutes!

this may work, but there's something crucial to remember here: stockinette always curls! every newbie discovers this.  (stockinette stitch is when you knit one side, purl the other.) if you want your scarf not to curl, simply choose a stitch that has knits and purls on the same side (garter stitch, moss stitch), or put a border of such a stitch on each side of your scarf. (each long side, that is.)

for anyone interested in the finer points of why stockinette curls, check out this thread:
http://www.livejournal.com/community/advanced_knit/75220.html
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2004 11:12:01 AM »

oh, and i forgot to add: only block natural fibers! it won't work on synthetics, and, what's more, they could melt!

this is an excellent guide:
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/FEATdiyknitter.html
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