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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Here's a good tip. A guild member's technique for hanging the hem made quick work of it. He pulls out to d position every other needle, knits one row with main yarn, hangs the metal cast on comb that has the wicked teeth, backwards. (no waste yarn or ravel cord.) Then he brings the alternate needles to work and knits twice the length of the hem. Then he brings out every other needle again, puts a weighted metal dowel onto (on top of, across) the knitting and brings up the beginning stitches and hangs all stitches in one fell swoop. When you tip the cast on bar, the stitches slip onto the needles you have pulled out. Remove cast on comb. It requires a little practice, but I love how much time it saves. It is NOT as pretty as a regular hung hem, but I doubt kids are going to check out the inside of the hat. Another advantage is that the dowel weights the knitting evenly for the duration. Try it. You may agree. You can purchase a metal rod at the hardware store for cheap. It is nearly impossible to do this if a ribber is attached because you can't get to the bottom of the knitting to grab the cast on comb without dumping the stitches prematurely. Just a warning.
I found a free machine embroidery patch that is the Gryffindor shield and did that at home ahead of time, glued it on with a hot glue gun. Only problem was that the guy who designed it spelled Griffindor wrong. So I had to use some emb software to change it to a "Y". Hard to work on someone else's design but I managed ok. Not perfect, but ok. Since grandson lives in CA, it's just going to be part of his Harry costume, not really utilitarian. Too hot. I think he'll like it, though.
When he was here a few weeks ago I gave him the robe, glasses and the rep tie. Pretty cute. So now he should be all set.