2/27/12

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!

2/12/12

Hearts

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
Yarn:
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).
Needles:
Size U.S. 6, straight or circular
Notions:
Tapestry needle, small amount of polyester or bamboo fiberfill
Gauge:
About 21 stitches and 30 rows = 40 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, before felting. Exact gauge is not crucial for this project.

FREE Pattern: HEART

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:
Purl.
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:
Purl.

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.

Finishing

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!