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Topic: The dog ate my mitts... can these be fixed?  (Read 532 times)
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« on: January 18, 2006 03:53:53 PM »

Well, I posted these thrummed mitts here when they were first done:

And I gave them to my friend, who loved them.
Her dog did not.
Or, maybe he did... a little too much.  Cry

Any suggestions for reconstructive surgery?  I guess on the first one I should just cut the side seam open and frog back to where the damage starts. I'm afraid I don't have enough of the yarn left over tho.
Weird how he ate the yarn but not the roving, huh?  Huh

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2006 07:57:15 PM »

that is so sad...i remember seeing those when you made them!!
I agree with your first suggestion to cut the seam open and knit over (maybe with a stripe of another color if you are afraid to run out of yarn?)
for the  second one, though, i am currently stumped.  maybe just picking up and kintting each row over, don't know...

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2006 12:39:01 AM »

The first one, it's probably easier to rip back as you've said and re-knit it.  If the yarn is feltable, you may be able to recover some of the longer pieces by spit splicing joins.

For the second one, you have 2 choices as I see it.  You can neaten the hole and then darn it, or you can separate the undamaged part of the mitten, re-knit the cuff and bottom of the hand, and then graft the two pieces together.  Myself, I'd do the second option as I prefer knitting to darning and it'd give you a perfect finished product.  Again, if the yarn is feltable, you can conserve quite a bit of it with spit splicing.  And, if you manage to recover enough of it, whatever you've got left may well be enough to account for what was lost.
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2006 06:39:27 AM »

Thank you both! That's really helpful! I'll give it a go. The yarn is 100% wool, so spit splicing is a great idea. For the smaller one, I haven't tried grafting before, so this will be a good opportunity to learn how.

Interesting how the really damaged one will be easier for me to fix than the one with the smaller hole.  I'll let you know how it goes!


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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2006 09:44:32 AM »

Grafting's not hard once you "get" it.  Knitty has a decent tutorial: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/FEATtheresasum04.html
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