Felt

There are a few definitions for the word “felt” and I’m going to talk about a couple of them today.

Mr. Aitch and our daughter have strep throat.  Mr. Aitch was at her house last week so they probably were exposed to it at the same time.  They felt pretty badly on Monday and Tuesday but feel better today after taking the right medication.

A couple of years ago I tried my hand at making felt Christmas ornaments.  I ran out of time.  Thinking about doing something is not the same as actually doing it.

So I am reviving that project.

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I have a few shapes cut out already.  Now comes the embellishing part.  I printed out some of my Pinterest pins from my Felt board for inspiration.  (You may need to join Pinterest (for free) to see that.)

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Sorry for the poor quality in these photos.  I was in a hurry and the lighting wasn’t good.  Plus all I had was my iPad camera.  Excuses, excuses.

I’m also working on my original  felted  CCM hat.

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I still wear it with only the one partial paisley embroidered on it.  It’s very warm.  And I love it with or without the paisley.

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I knit another one last spring and have not felted it yet.  The yarn sheds.  And I mean S.H.E.D.S.  I was afraid to felt the hat in the washing machine as I didn’t want to plug up the hose so I used a new plunger and bucket of hot water to felt the first hat.  It was quite the workout!!  It was too hot this summer to engage in that activity so I waited until it got cooler.

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What’s stopping me from felting this new hat?

I just haven’t felt like it.

WIP Wednesday – Late edition

My Garter Stitch Bag class was this afternoon and I have one picture of my progress. 

Those white scraps are my numbering system for the squares.  I had to keep track of where I was and this seemed like the easiest way for me to do that.  As you can see, I started over and lost almost all the green.  I can still remove that little worm of green before I felt this.  I’m still thinking about that.

15 squares finished, 7 more to go.

In case you forgot here is my first attempt.

I still have it intact and may go forward with it at a later date.  Or I might frog it and reuse the yarn for something else.

I knit a square earlier this evening so I could practice felting it and to see how much it would shrink.  I’m thinking this bag might be smaller than I would like and the instructor said I could add some squares before felting if I to make it larger.

Next week is our final class and I will be out of townpart of the day.  If I hurry out of the meeting, I should be able to make it to class a little bit late.

Peony progress

I finished the left front side of my Peony Twist cardi and started the right side.   Only 12 more rows to go before I start on the sleeves.  I pinned the left and back shoulder seam and tried it on.

It fits!  So far.   No pictures today as it was too dark to get anything close colorwise with the thunderstorms rolling through last night. 

The waist shaping is fabulous. I’m so glad I decided to make the adjustments that I did.   The sweater a little shorter than I expected but with a little tweaking when blocking I’m sure I can remedy that.  It’s cotton yarn and I know it can grow, too.

The right side is harder than the left as I have to remember to knit in the buttonholes as I go, which I was doing all along but with the back and left not needing buttonholes it’s something I have to get back in the rhythm of doing.  (Is that ever a run-on sentence!)  But that means there is no added buttonhole band to fiddle with and that, my friends, is a good thing.

I am 99% sure I will have enough yarn.  And if I don’t, another wonderful Ravelry knitter (RHAnya) has offered her yarn if I need it.

I need to start thinking about the buttons…

Sold out

Knit Picks doesn’t have the dye lot for the yarn I may need to finish the Peony Twist cardigan I’m making.  I did check Ravelry and several people there have the dye lot so I’m going to see if any one would be willing to sell or trade…just in case I need more.

So if you have one skein of Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Peony #5606 dye lot #7595 and are willing to trade/sell, please leave a comment.

Divided for the armholes

 

Close up of wave stitch

I hope the stitches relax and even out when I block it.