Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hat time!

The machine felting didn't work! Set my machine to hot wash no spin and when I could eventually open the door water flooded out and realised it hadn't drained. Found a drain cycle but my dog pieces were identical to before the wash and I reckon the wool was acrylic! Have been doing some reading up on different yarn types and their properties after a wise fellow knitting natterer told me she could only wear acrylic, it didn't itch, cost less but didn't last as long (bobbled). For the first time I'm studying the labels on every one of my stash balls. Knitted up a second super chunky hat in turquoise for my DS. Made longer ear flaps instead of pompoms. He looks adorable! Last night I decided to do a hat for myself. The temperature is down to 6 degrees some mornings and my current hat choices won't suffice. Last year's favourite - a purple acrylic beret (shop bought as a set with long scarf and mittens) has yes, you guessed it, bobbled and doesn't match my sophisticated new scarf (silk mum bought) or my hand made gloves. Just loving my gloves so much....! Have found a slouchy crochet pattern online. My up-do will fit in a slouchy style. Have never checked my tension and my wool isn't an exact match for the pattern so had to unravel the forehead band several times. Also twisted the band and yes rewind again. The yarn is light grey acrylic wool blend washable. My mum gave it to me at my nephew's christening last month. A gift of yarn is the best thing ever! Still planning my stable.... stumbled upon the logcabin pattern. I wanted to crochet rather than knit (quicker and easier on my shoulder joints - how old do I sound) but granny squares as much as I love them didn't give the coverage whereas a slip stitch logcabin design ...... hmmm

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