Big OOPS, or what NOT to do with pretty lace shawls

Well, I am not even sure where to start here.
Ok, I learned a valuable lesson recently.
 It goes like this: you need to give people care instructions when you give them a hand made thing. 
Hmmm, here is the rest of the story:
You might remember a few posts ago I raved about the "Shower Stitch" from Barbara Walker's "A treasury of Knitting Patterns". I was so fixed on this pattern - I knitted a nice airy shawl out pretty lavender variegated lace yarn from KnitPicks.

Well, the picture on the left  is how the shawl looked in January, the picture on the right  - is how it looks now.
What happened?
The new owner of the shawl decided that she wanted to wash it. 
 IN AN WASHING MACHINE.... pure merino wool... lace...

Here is a closer look at the result:

It is nicely felted, I have to say.... Reminded me of Russian felted boots, called valenki. (hee-hee).

MORAL: if you make things - let people know what NOT TO DO with them. Big oops.
Would you share your big oops with me to make me feel better? Please?

Happy Knitting everyone!



How about some hearts for St. Valentine day?
I just saw this post from Kathleen Cubley's blog at Knitting Daily.
She is talking about Felted Hearts Milagros pattern

The pattern comes from a cute book by Mags Kandis Gifted: Lovely Little things to Knit and Chrochet
I definitely will be making some this year!

Finished Size: About 2 inches (5 cm) high and 2 inches (5 sm) wide
Sportweight (#2 Fine). Shown here: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sportweight (100% wool, 184 yd/[168 m] 50 g). Each heart uses less than 10 yards (9.1 m).
Size U.S. 6, straight or circular
Tapestry needle, small amount of polyester or bamboo fiberfill
About 21 stitches and 30 rows = 40 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, before felting. Exact gauge is not crucial for this project.


Loosely cast on 12 sts. Work short-rows as follows:

Short-row 1:
(RS) K8, wrap next st, turn.
Short-rows 2, 4, and 6:
Purl to last st, p1f&b—1 st increased.
Short-row 3:
(RS) K7, wrap next st, turn—13 stitches.
Short-row 5:
(RS) K6, wrap next st, turn—14 stitches.
Short-row 7:
(RS) K5, wrap next st, turn—15 stitches.
Short-rows 8 and 10:
Short-row 9: K4, wrap next st, turn.
Short-row 11:
K3, wrap next st, turn.
Short-rows 12, 14, and 16: Purl to last 2 sts, p2tog.
Short-row 13:
K5, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn—14 sts rem.
Short-row 15:
K6, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn—13 sts rem.
Short-row 17:
Knit to end, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them—12 sts.
Short-row 18:

Repeat short-rows 1-18 three more times—piece measures about 9½ (24 cm) from, cast-on at widest point. Loosely bind off all stitches.


With yarn threaded on a tapestry needle, sew the cast-on and bind-off edges together. Stitch top of heart closed, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) open for stuffing. Stuff with fiberfill until lightly firm but not bursting. Stitch closed. Felt and enjoy!

Happy Knitting everyone!