Thursday, October 21, 2010

Back to the sticks

Not one to be deterred by previous knitting misadventures,  I've cast on a new project.

A little "Lucky" from my very dog-eared copy of Pipsqueaks for a little baby I know.  Its in all seasons cotton so it can't shrink/felt.

And a cute (if blurry) photo of Willa in the knitted denim dress (Erika Knight pattern).

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Woeful Tale

Sometimes one does stupid thoughtless things.  Unfortunately last Friday arvo I did.

I was handwashing some woollen stuff & being lazy thought I would pop them into the washing machine for a rinse & a spin.  At the last minute I added Bronte's stunning pear tree cardi (since she had worn it pretty much the whole holiday!)

Alas you can imagine the rest.  Clutching at straws, I googled unfelting & came up with something about boiling & vinegar.  It doesn't work....

Perhaps I should have tried the fabric softener or hair conditioner...  
Moral of the story- never let another handknitted anything near a front loader machine!

Has anyone else a tragic tale of brain failure & wool shrinkage?  It is heartbreaking - all that time, expense & effort...gone in a spin!
At least I can knit another- actually Bronte has ordered 2 more...which I guess is wise...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Fabric stashes

suzuko koseki, originally uploaded by beeware70.
I'm a tad jealous of all the people I know who have been recently or are going soon to Japan.
It must be amazing.

Mind you I'm very appreciative of the special fabric that has come to me via these people!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sophie Madeleine - The Knitting Song

Been away...lots of driving & some knitting...thus the song!  Enjoying Sophie's beautiful voice.