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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finished two cowls from my Secret Santa yarn

My cowl post here

Katknit, how horrid. Can you do anything with the felted fabric? Perhaps an extra warm hat, a headband, some -stitched from a flat piece- pulse warmers? I hate to see all that work wasted Shocked Sad
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jackieknits wrote:
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Jackie I accidentally felted my Central Park Hoodie Embarassed


Oh no!!!! Surprised Sad Surprised And that's a lot more work than a pair of socks.


That is exactly the same reaction I had!!! So sorry, Katknit.

Jackie, let us know how your felting goes. LM is working on a couple of felting projects, too.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yvonne wrote:
How's everybody doing?

My pattern is quite easy and the yarn is lovely and soft but a bit hairy which is irritating my chest a bit. It's probably the alpaca in it. Sad

I am enjoying doing it though.


Yvonne, I really like that pattern. I am sure it will look great and be worth the hassle when you are finished.

Have you thought of wearing a surgical mask when you work on yarn with fuzzies?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 5:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been working on my Gathered Pullover, which may turn into a Gathered Vest unless the ladies at my knitting group can help me work out how to attach the sleeves. (The circumference of the sleeve is a couple of inches smaller than that of the armhole. Evil or Very Mad)

I'm going to start working on some socks today which are also a test knit for Lobug.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Have you thought of wearing a surgical mask when you work on yarn with fuzzies?


I have thought about it but I think I'd feel very silly not to mention hot.

It hasn't bothered me today. I wonder if it's just because I've got a bit of a cold.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kathryn wrote:
I've been working on my Gathered Pullover, which may turn into a Gathered Vest unless the ladies at my knitting group can help me work out how to attach the sleeves. (The circumference of the sleeve is a couple of inches smaller than that of the armhole. Evil or Very Mad)

I'm going to start working on some socks today which are also a test knit for Lobug.


Kathryn, can you stitch up further under the armpit by possibly making the side seam of the body a bit deeper? (angle the seam bringing it in slowly from several inches down so you do not wind up with a point in the seam) Not seeing the piece I can not tell if it is fitted or loose, this would work well with a loose garment. This solution could also be a problem if the sweater is fitted closely around the bust.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have a look at the weekend. It's worked in the round, so I'm not sure how easy that would be.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps a little tuck under the arm? Continue the tuck down into the body of the piece, again so you do not have a point in a side seam.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

knancy knitter wrote:
Perhaps a little tuck under the arm? Continue the tuck down into the body of the piece, again so you do not have a point in a side seam.


Knancy, you are an angel, and have saved my sweater from becoming a vest. One sleeve is in, and it will be finished tomorrow. Thank you. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are so welcome. It's a little seamstress knowledge applied to knitted pieces is all. Any seamstress would have told you the same thing. Smile I am glad it is working for you sweater.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A_nony_mouse wrote:
jackieknits wrote:
Katknit wrote:
Jackie I accidentally felted my Central Park Hoodie Embarassed


Oh no!!!! Surprised Sad Surprised And that's a lot more work than a pair of socks.


That is exactly the same reaction I had!!! So sorry, Katknit.

Jackie, let us know how your felting goes. LM is working on a couple of felting projects, too.


I don't have a top load washer so I washed the slippers first with a single shirt as I didn't know exactly what to expect. It felted a little but not nearly enough. So I tossed them in with a load of sweatpants and sweatshirts and let the cycle run. They REALLY felted well and dried overnight. I figured that since the socks were accidentally felted in the front-load washer, this intentional felting should work too. And it did as long as there was stuff to provide agitation/friction.

The only thing that's disappointing is the top section that includes some FunFur - that didn't felt so well, but it's ok. For the next pair, I will knit on fewer stitches then increase to the correct number. The only other feature I don't like is the pointy toes. I will graft earlier so the toe is rounder. And one slipper is slightly looser than the other so my tension was a little different - I can live with it though. These things will simply allow me to make changes for the next pairs (I have yarn enough for two more pairs).

So my first attempt at felting is considered a success. And I knitted three skeins from stash - that's the REAL success!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some pics of the slippers:

Pre-felting: My foot looks so tiny next to them. And that's the leftover yarn. I don't think I had more than 2 or 3 yards of wool left. I didn't try to guesstimate the fun fur.





After the first wash:

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy cow! Those looked like my Christmas stockings before you washed them! Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look great - nice and warm.

Top loading machines are extremely rare over here, so I know it can be a bit disconcerting to try felting - especially when the instructions tell you to check every few minutes.

When I've felted things in the past, I've put them in a 60C wash with some jeans or towels.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finished and wearable!!






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