Dear Problem Ladies,
I have a problem. A friend just adopted a baby boy, and I knit him a blanket. I washed it with a wool soap, and I noticed that my hands smelled a bit sheepish as I was squeezing out the excess water. The blocking worked . . . but the blanket still smells like sheep. In fact, the whole room in which the blanket is lying smells like a barn. A nice barn, but a barn. Really, it probably smells like alpaca since that’s the fiber, but I’ve never been close enough to an actual alpaca to differentiate it from a sheep. Anyhow. I hate to embark on the process again as I’m not fond of blocking, but I will if it will get the smell out. Plan B: taking it to Dillard’s and spraying it with each and every sample scent out there. What would you two do?

Sara
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Dear Problem Ladies,
Is there a cure for swatchitis? I’ve knit up an entire skein of beautiful, one-of-a-kind yarn that I acquired without a pattern in mind, or maybe with too many patterns in mind—as swatches. The yarn is delicious; swatching it is too much fun.

Sara
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Dear Problem Ladies,
Toe-up or top-down for socks?

Patty
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