Fetching and Felting

gloves 1C
Pattern: Fetching
Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino (color 106)
Needles: Size 5
Began: April 2007 ; Completed: April 2007
Modifications: None

Notes: I made the first glove on the way to Chicago. After I had started with my usual long tail cast on, I realized I hadn’t read the instructions which call for a cable cast on. I had never done this (although I had instructions in the car) so I decided to leave what I had and continued.

I had never made a thumb opening before. It is cool how it works out, except I had trouble picking up stitches so there weren’t big holes at the sides. I stitched them closed at the end, so I still need to learn ho to do this right.

gloves 1AThe picot bind off was also new. I don’t think I did it quite right, but we were getting really close to our destination so I went with what I was doing.

I made half the 2nd glove at the Cubs game. Note: If you are knitting in a warm coat and the yarn is in a pocket with velcro closure, the yarn can get snagged and you can have a really nice mess.

The gloves are really thick and soft. I thought I would wear them at work when it is cold inside (they would be perfect because they would go equally well (poorly) with everything I own), but I think they may be too warm. Also, the stripe of yellow green is just too much for me. I am attracted to bright fun yarn, but find when it is knit into something, it is a bit too much for me. Lucky for me, my sister has broader taste. So, these will go to DJ. I think if it was just little bits of the yellow green it would be OK, but the stripes are not to my taste.

I also think they are a little short for me. I’d like them a bit longer at the wrist and a bit more after the thumb. There was a whopping 10.5 yards left in the skein so I could have made them a few rows longer, but not much longer. Those few rows would probably be better for me. However, DJ is shorter than I am and probably has smaller hands. Sari said they fit her fine, so hopefully they will work well for DJ.

In other weekend news, I accidentally fulled a scarf I had for about 20 years (made for me by a friend of my Aunt). I honestly didn’t think there was much (if any) wool in it. I had been wondering how cables look when fulled. Well, now I know. The scarf is not laying flat at all. It wants to fold by the cables.

I wore the scarf when it was really cold because it was long enough to wrap several times around my head and still was open enough I could breathe through it.

On the plus side, now I need to replace it, so I have an excuse to make a scarf for myself. Also, the scarf wasn’t quite long enough to wrap as I would like. And the color didn’t go with my old warm coat and it doesn’t go with my new warm coat. The scarf is interesting in that it has pockets, which seems like a neat idea but I never used them.

Now I need to figure out what to do with it. Jay Queue — do you want it? You couldn’t mess it up any further with any experimentation you want to do.


Fulling sweaters and sampling

I have this sweater that I have had since around when the The Official Preppy Handbook came out (possibly I have had it for only a little more than 20 years). A size small hasn’t really fit me for quite some time, but for some reason I have hung on to it. I thought I would try to unravel it to get the yarn (a nice tweedy burnt orange), but after I started undoing one seam, I realized it had been serged together, indicating it was machine knit and then cut and then sewn together. This means instead of a nice long yarn I would get a bunch of short yarns. So now I have this sweater that doesn’t fit that I feel I should mend before it goes to Goodwill.

Time passed.

JQ and I started having a conversation about felting (actually fulling, if the terminology is the same for woven cloth) sweaters to make bags. I have never done this and neither has she. There are quite a few web sites that talk about doing this, with various designs of bags. I haven’t noticed any with cables, so am unsure if that would look OK fulled. It also may be that the fulling obscures the cables so I just haven’t noticed them in a quick web search. It isn’t like this is a heavily cabled sweater – just two simple cables up the front.

From my quick web search, it seems like people full the sweater and then shape the bag. However, if you knit a bag, you knit it to shape and then full it. people then comment on how thick the material is to sew through. I assume this is because if you throw knitting with completely raw, cut edges into the washing machine you are likely to obtain unraveling before fulling.

However, I am wondering if you could do some shaping before fulling, such as stitching together the bottom or piecing sleeves (double layered for sturdiness?) for the bottom or possible as an asymmetrical flap to close it. Then I was wondering if sewing the knitting would limit the fulling at the seams, whereas if you full knitting where the seams are made of the same, shrinkable material, it will all shrink together. but if this is the case, what about those serged seams on this sweater? will they cause problems?

I have no answers at this time, just questions. I am still not sure if I feel inspired to do something with this sweater. (by the way, it is about 18.5″ across at the widest, and only 13.5″ at the waist, with 22″ from shoulder to waist, and 18″ from below neck to waist)

Last night after doing all sorts of unfun things, I did just a little bit of knitting of the artyarns I bought yesterday to get gauge and try to get an idea if it would work with the hat. I think if I drop to #7 needles and add a stitch in every 10th (so I go from 90 to 99 stitches) it would work OK. But I am really not convinced this is right for the hat.

I am also considering using leftover yarns from baby blanket #1 from last year (I’ll blog about it eventually), doubling the yarn. I am not convinced by that either, but I think the color is better.

I really should get back to TH’s vest since he keeps telling me “it would have been a perfect day for a vest” and other subtle hints.