De-scruffing socks
Friday March 27th 2009, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Amaryllis,Knit

It’s pretty much a tie.

Appleblossom amaryllis under skylight

The one inside is an Appleblossom amaryllis.  Behind the outdoor one is a Dancing Queen getting ready for her Ginger Rogers number.Appleblossom amaryllis

Meantime, as an experiment today, I threw a microfiber cleaning cloth in the laundry with a pair of wool socks I once bought: they were supposedly machine washable, but I found that every bit of available lint in the load glued onto those socks like burrs from the first time through.

I wondered if that small cloth would do anything.   Worth a try.

The socks came out nearly free of all that had plagued them, aside from a few leftover pills.  The difference was pretty incredible.  So now having experimented with commercial socks first, I know it’s okay to put those cloths in with the handknit ones, and since it was so successful, I thought I’d mention the idea.  Most sock yarns wouldn’t need it, but I did once knit a pair of socks that had the same problem. (Okay, I’m waiting for Don to come up with some variation of his “Squaw burr-y Shortcake” pun.)imgp7295

Meantime, the view out an upper window. It snowed a foot yesterday where my brother lives in Colorado; here, we’re snowing Bradford Pear petals.

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All the tree snow is causing my household great distress…in the form of sniffles, sneezes, and congestion! Thanks for the top about the microfiber cloth.

Comment by Ruth 03.27.09 @ 9:21 pm

Pretty flower and an informative post:)((((Hugs)))) Darcy

Comment by Darcy 03.27.09 @ 11:10 pm

Neat idea! Lint is our bane.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 03.27.09 @ 11:25 pm

I love the subtle shading on the apple blossom! Great idea on the cloth in the wash. 🙂

Comment by TripletMom 03.27.09 @ 11:59 pm


Actually another wombat comment. Here’s a link with pictures from another knitter’s blog.
She shows pictures of blackberrying, but scroll past and you can see a burrow. Imagine something this big, extending many metres under the ground. Now imagine it under a dirt track, with probably a bank on the entrance side, quite a bit above a probably dry creek bed.

Now imagine a loaded truck or car and trailer going over such a burrow which has not been maintained..

We did lots of road repair while we owned out bush acreage.

It’s good to see your blog again and to read happier news.

Comment by Jan 03.28.09 @ 12:54 am

Just popping over to say hello. Seems like things are getting back to normal your way… I’m so thankful for that!

Comment by Amanda 03.28.09 @ 4:03 am

I love all the picture of flowers in bloom. We don’t have much popping up here yet; it’s nice to have something of which to look forward.

Comment by Liz U 03.28.09 @ 5:25 am

I told that squaw-bury joke at least 40 years ago.Did you know that Strawberry was buried quite close to Grand Coulee Dam, which made him the biggest buried Indian by a dam site?
Let your mother go!
Love, Dad

Comment by Dad 03.28.09 @ 8:00 am

The flowers are beautiful (I keep saying that, but only ’cause it’s true). I’ll have to swing by atnd see them in the flesh, so to speak.

Alison, now you’ve put me on the spot. That is quite a yarn you spin, complete with linty plot.

The humor I had in my Friday blog was taken from the front page of the local paper. The least I can do is something similar here. This is from the sports section, same paper, same day:

Basketball star LeBron James, on “60 Minutes”, when asked if he knows what “60 Minutes” is, said “Yeah, it’s an hour, right?”

Comment by Don Meyer 03.28.09 @ 8:04 am

The amaryillis are beautiful. Even though I live where the flowers bloom year round, I still can’t get enough of seeing the blooms.
Sounds as though your Dad is getting lonely.
Glad you’re sounding so well.
Have a great day!

Comment by Carol Garnier 03.28.09 @ 8:13 am

Don’s gone blue which makes it easy to hop over! Alison, Chipper’s beautiful coloring reminds me of your amaryllises. Your lint suggestion made me think that microcloth may be a way for me to rescued a fuzzed up fleece. Fight fire with fire, only a diamond can cut another diamond and all that.

Comment by LynnM 03.28.09 @ 8:49 am

Thanks for the hint! Never thought of that one. Your flowers are so beautiful, Alison. Do you fertilize them?

Comment by Joansie 03.28.09 @ 3:22 pm

Yum. Love that apple blossom bloom!

Comment by Channon 03.30.09 @ 6:09 am

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