UFO aka WIP Report May 28, 2006Posted by merp in Knitting.
You may notice there’s a little list way down at the bottom of my sidebar listing works in progress. You may notice that some of them have been there a lo-o-ong time. As knitting is my hobby, my pleasure, I follow my bliss and start as many projects as are financially feasible, and finish when I get around to it (moderate exceptions made for gifts). Hobbies and deadlines are antithetical!
So here’s an update on a couple of them:
What I love about this project is the clever construction: basically just a rectangle with extra-wide ribbing at each end which is sewn into a circle. You’ll get it if you look at these pictures. I can’t see myself wearing a sleeveless vest, though, so I plan to add sleeves.
So it’s some really mellow knitting and I just pull it out and do a few rows every now and then. Obviously I wouldn’t want to wear it until October or so anyway (it’s wool + alpaca).
And then there were the Fuzzy Feet – the sad, sorry, fuzzy feet.
A miserable failure. All attempts at felting hereby postponed until I have access to a non-coin-op washing machine, with more sophisticated controls.
These were for Aaron, knitted from a yarn I got in great quantity for $3 in the clearance sale section of a wholesale market in southwestern China. The label claimed it was 100% wool, but I am now in doubt. As you can see, the fabric neither shrank nor fuzzed, despite several times through a hot cycle (and several handfuls of quarters). (For a really complete explanation of how and why wool felts, see Fuzzy Galore – also a great article there on how to wash wool without felting it).
There’s bits of lint on them because I tried washing them with denim to get more agitation. Didn’t work. At least I learned to do a gusseted heel.
I still haven’t knitted Aaron anything – now I’m promising him a new scarf before winter (since I, ahem, let Pisco eat a hole in his current scarf), likely to be along these lines (scroll down for the illusion), in manlier colors.