Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Power of the Spin Cycle



So not too long ago, I finished a striped sweater made from Patons SWS (70% wool, 30% Soy). It took me ages to do, and when it came out, it was a bit frumpier than I had planned for it to be. At first I thought I could deal, but it stretched out quite a bit as I wore it. Feeling adventurous, I tossed it in the washing machine with my regular laundry. I figured if I only left it in there for a little bit, it would shrink up just a little bit to the size I wanted. Hmph. Well, there are many distractions I can chalk it up to, but I guess I should have known better than to trust my own mental clock. I totally forgot about my poor hoodie. One super cycle later, I heard Daniel yell from the laundry room, "Is this yours?" Fuck. 

That poor poor sweater. It shrunk to an unbelievable small size, in the thickest felt I have ever... urm, felt. I thought I could perhaps stretch it out while it was still wet, but my attempts were futile. You can't unshrink wool. Not that I would have been able to move my arms, even if I had been able to fit inside of it. I hated to see such work go to waste so quickly. I cut off the sleeves, wondering if then it might perhaps fit a plump corgi. Nope. 

I suppose at this point in my adventure, I should learn all the wonderful things one can do with felt..or I could just add it to my burn pile. We'll see. For now, I have it entombed in the corner of my closet, where it belongs. I think there's a curse on this sweater, so I won't be doing any excavating anytime soon.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Jellybean!


Basic cable hat. I knitted this in the round, but you could easily knit it flat. Just add 1 stitch at the beginning and end for selvage and seam it up!

Materials:
2 skeins of Yarn Bee Melody Bulky Wool Blend, Florals (70% wool, 30% Acrylic, 129 yards)
16" US 8 (5.0 mm) circular needles
US 8 double pointed needles
cable needle
stitch marker

Gauge:
16 sts and 25 rows= 4"

Pattern:
CO 84 sts on circular needle. Join, being careful not to twist. Work in a K2, P2 rib for 12 rows. 

Rows 1-5: (K2, P2, K6,  P2) 7 times.
Row 6: (K2, P2, C6F, P2) 7 times.

Repeat these 6 rows 5 more times.

Transfer sts to 4 double pointed needles, 21 sts on each needle.

Dec row: (K1, ssk, k16, k2tog) 4 times.
Work 1 row even.
Dec row: (K1, ssk, K14, k2tog) 4 times.
Work 1 row even.
Dec row: (K1, ssk, K12, k2tog) 4 times.
Work 1 row even.
Dec row: (K1, ssk, K10, k2tog) 4 times.
Work 1 row even.
Dec row: (K1, ssk, K8, k2tog) 4 times.
Work 1 row even.
Dec row: (K1, ssk, K6, k2tog) 4 times.
Work 1 row even.
Dec row: (K1, ssk, K4, k2tog) 4 times.
Dec row: (K1, ssk, K2, k2tog) 4 times.
Dec row: (K1, ssk, k2tog) 4 times.
Dec row: (k2tog) 6 times.
6 sts remain. Cut yarn and draw through these sts. 

Make pompom using pompom maker and attach to top of hat. Weave in ends.