After a two-swatch experiment, I’m very excited to announce my findings in regards to hand felting our new Galway Worsted!
As you can see, I only knit a small swatch. I knit them on US #3 dpns despite the recommended US #8. I prefer to have a tighter fabric for my felted objects so the stuffing doesn’t show afterwards. The verdict?
Compared side-by-side, you can see that it shrank a fair amount, but I love it! It only took about 3 alternations between hot and cold water with a generous amount of liquid soap to get it as felted as it is in the photo. It wasn’t too rough in my hands while I did it, and there doesn’t appear to be too much of the stitch definition left. I’m sure if I went at it a little longer, it could be gone completely. I’m definitely be excited to see how it fairs in future non-swatch felting projects down the road!
Some of you may remember my yarn quest– that is, making test swatches for how well our yarns felt (or don’t felt) by hand. I’m sure they would felt better in the washing machine, but because I knit a lot of dolls I prefer to sculpt the yarn and wool stuffing as I felt. Now that we’ve acquired Galway Worsted, I have yet another yarn to test! I’ll be knitting this swatch on US 3 (it’s recommending US 8s) and am hoping for good results. I’ll be sure to let you all know in my next post how it goes!
I’ve never been a huge fan of the saying “draw what you know“. It seems limiting, doesn’t it? Looking back at it now, though, I can see some merit to these words. Since I started working here, I can see that I’ve added new subjects to my illustration work that I never would have considered before regarding the knowledge I’ve gained about knitting, crocheting, yarn, etc. Probably the most obvious example would be for the coloring pages that get put in the newsletter (which you can find on our website as a free download for a short time! ).
A less obvious way that I’ve noticed is that it’s seeped not only into my drawing, but also into my writing. All the knowledge, conversations, behaviors, etc. I’ve partaken in seem to have found their way into how I create characters. They add layers that make them seem more concrete than before, more alive, more relatable. This is astounding to me, and I’m beyond pleased with the growth that such a vastly different art has been able to provide in my work!
The amount of times I need to have a reference photo for what knitting looks like is also astounding. Drawing needles in action is difficult, man.