Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.

The owls is the first sweater I’ve knit. and some people have had trouble with the fit. So, I’m trying my sweater on every 4 rows. Literally.

I put it on 47″ circular needles, pull it over my head, and try not to let the stitches slide off the needles while the attached ball of yarn bounces around on the bathroom counter. I look in the mirror, twisting this way and that to see what I think of the fit.

I recently turned to admire the decreases on the back of the sweater and the yarn bounce bounce bounced off the countertop right into the toilet. It was like some kind of bad slow motion film with me reaching for it, yelling, “Nooooooooo……” It was in the clean toilet water for less than a second, but that was too long for me. I dried it off on a clean towel and thought about what to do. I washed my hands. How to sterilize wool yarn? I took off the sweater and happily ripped back the four rows I needed to, which brought me back to the first ball of yarn. Then, I washed my hands. I put the possibly dirty ball of yarn in a bowl for time out, washed my hands and got a fresh ball for knitting. and then washed my hands one more time, just because.

My knitting and germ consultants seem to agree that soaking the yarn in Euclan for a couple of days should be enough. I don’t know if I can get on that train yet, but one thing is for sure, you can bet your sweet arse that I’m putting the toilet lid down every time I try on my sweater.

To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things (I’m listening to the second book in the Legend series, Prodigy. The series is good if you like dystopian fiction.)
Frontier Dreams

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  1. Corrie says:

    Oh no, disaster!! Sounds like you’ve done the right thing, I hope you manage to get it cleaned up.

    I dropped a phone in the toilet once. It still worked…but I got a new phone about a day later. Too grim.

  2. Michelle says:

    OH. NO! Amazingly, this has not yet happened to me. I don’t have any additional insight into disinfecting your yarn. Thanks for letting the rest of us have a little giggle at your expense. Maybe you’ll have enough yarn to not need the toilet yarn?

  3. Chris says:

    Is it bad that I LOL’d in my head at your tragedy. I am sorry. Hope you find a solution.

  4. Carol says:

    Well, I have had lots of crazy things happen to my yarn, but not that. Good luck and I hope you are going to be very happy with your finished sweater.

  5. Bonnie says:

    That’s a horrible yet hilarious story. I’m on board with Eucalan or Soak.

  6. Alicia says:

    Oh that is too much! I would be squicked out, too.

  7. Jenee says:

    Another option could be to nuke it. That should kill any germs and since it is a natural fiber you do not have to worry about it melting in the process.

  8. Michelle says:

    Oh no!!

    Sadly, I’ve had that scenario play out with far too many objects.

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