Now that we’ve been enjoying a few weeks of spring here in southern Ontario, I’ve been pulling out a few accessory knits that haven’t seen use in a few months. My fingerless mitts and shawls tend to see more action in fall and spring as transitional garments – you probably also have a bundle of similar handknits!
Lo and behold I pulled out one of my Pi shawls and discovered it had Been Gotten – two little holes had been chomped into it by some tiny little lurking winged jerk. Shortly after this I dug through all my knits (or as many as I could find that were not closed into ziploc bags) and discovered the only victims were this shawl and one fingerless mitt.
Neither one are knits for which I still have any of the original yarn – also both of them were Malabrigo superwash merino, so damn, they really knew to go for the good stuff. (They always know to go for the good stuff).
Friends, I’m not even going to pretend that I went for an elegant repair solution here. I found a similar weight yarn in my remnants bag with the closest colour match I could see, and did my best to sew that hole together and stabilize it. It admittedly still looks a bit messy, but it’s contained, which is the important thing for me.
I then gave the poor victim a fresh wash and a block, because if there were other lurking holes I wanted to know about them right away and not be surprised. Now that it’s dry it’s having a sit in the freezer to kill anything else that might still be attached. I also – and perhaps most importantly – took the liberty of tossing the aged wicker basket that was holding the knits, since I’m pretty sure that was the shady home that these little creatures were attracted to.
And you know, if all else fails? I’m working on some backups. Thank goodness we can always knit more things, right? Right. This next Pi Shawl is about 80% done and I’m looking forward to seeing it to the finish line by summer.
Happy knitting this Wednesday, friends! Check your knits, and wash them before you store them for the summer. Better safe than sorry!
Until next time!
Pattern: Pi shawl , pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman in the Knitter’s Almanac
Yarn: Miss Babs Kathadin
(Repaired version: Pi Shawl in Malabrigo sock, ‘ivy’ colourway)