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May 13, 2005

Steam Queen

alt_hereI hereby proclaim that I, nona, am the Steam Queen.  Please bear with me for a few days, patient reader, nona's feeling powerful because she's now the owner of a Jiffy Steamer.  Yesterday -- while frequenting a ribbon and trim closeout sale -- I spotted this beautiful  steamer on sale for only thirty bucks.  Now who in their right mind could refuse such a deal?  Today I held the inaugural steaming and was besides myself with joy -- man, that thing can make the sorriest piece of knitting look good!

With all my pieces steamed, I proceeded to sew my bolero, tie-front, v-neck, 3/4 sleeve thingy together.  Here's a nona tip, when doing something tedious -- like seaming a sweater -- give yourself an incentive.  I fill a bowl with M & Ms, when I reach a pin I reward myself with a tasty candy.   Try it out for yourself.  Thus spoke the Steam Queen.

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check out nona's -- I mean the Steam Queen's -- "progress"?

May 13, 2005 in Knitting Philosophy | Permalink


That is the most fantastic idea, i must try it out tonight!

Posted by: nichola | May 13, 2005 11:35:54 PM

love the steamer - does it do away with the need for blocking? And with m&ms one can actually look forward to seaming - I'll be having some of that soon.

Posted by: erin | May 14, 2005 2:49:57 AM

Hmm. M&Ms. What the heck is a Jiffy Steamer?

Posted by: Nona-hubby | May 14, 2005 4:56:07 AM

Thirty dollars??? Thank goodness you scooped it up. Had you surpassed it we would have sent the loony bin people to pick you up.

(Note: we are sensitive about the needs of the mentally ill lately yet still saying things like this. Hm. Society.)

Had an MCS this week wearing my latest creation and cited your term!

Posted by: Daphne | May 14, 2005 11:07:47 AM

I think you'll like having a steamer. I've used mine to "refresh" yarn after having to rip out. I just wind the yarn around something (like a swift) and aim the steam nozzle. it unkinks and fluffs up and is ready for knitting again.

Posted by: Nan | May 14, 2005 11:31:11 AM

Oh Nona

You are becoming a bad influence. My children may tell me I cannot play with you anymore. M and M incentives........ohhhhhhhhh yes.

Do you play "i got steammmmmmmmmm heat" while you use it?

Posted by: kathy b | May 15, 2005 8:26:49 AM

with a steamer, is there no blocking?

Posted by: anna | May 15, 2005 8:52:37 AM

oh and can we see the FO?

Posted by: anna | May 15, 2005 9:15:38 AM

Great knitting tip there! The steamer is so handy! LOL

Posted by: lauray | May 15, 2005 8:52:36 PM

The Jiffy Steamer was recommended to me years ago, by my DH's tailor. I have been "attached" to it ever since, for all types of clothing. I love the way it plumps up the fibres, rather than the flattening effect of an iron. Enjoy!

Posted by: Judith | May 16, 2005 11:05:15 AM

did you figure out how to do the sleeve caps? spinners use steamers to set the twist in yarn but as I don't have one I use hot water and just dump it is :)

Posted by: calla | May 21, 2006 10:19:42 AM

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