So there’s this thing — and you probably know what thing I’m talking about– where as someone works on their craft over a period of time it may start to seem like they’ve stopped improving, or they may feel like they were never really doing a good job to begin with. They feel like they’ve been tricking people all this time. With this April marking my 2nd year of being with the store, I had started to feel that way with my knitting. “People coming in and asking me for help? I barely know anything oh no I’m going to mess things up ohnoohnoOHNO-“
Then one day I stumbled across the first project I ever made that wasn’t a garter stitch scarf hiding away amongst other old sample garments. It was the first time I learned how to purl and how to knit in the round.
And OH BOY.
No, I definitely know things and I just panic and doubt too much. Let me share this glorious first hat with you all.
It all seems well and good… but let’s take a look at that “ribbing”.
That flawless K1xP1 ribbing.
Ah yes, that’s the good stuff.
Sometimes it’s good to dig out your old work to remind yourself that you have been improving and you do know what you’re doing.
If you’ve been around the store lately and/or follow our instagram (which you shooouuuld ) you may have noticed a few new faces running about! A few tiny, adorable, yellow faces. After our spring cleaning sale we were left with a decent amount of yellow Cascade 220, and I was tasked with making as many baby chicks out of one skein as I could using this adorable pattern that I found (You’ll see later that I decided not to add the knit beak or wings and just went straight to felting their features, because you know me. I have to.) So far I’ve been able to make 5 and still have plenty left over– probably enough to knit up another 3 or 4, possibly5.
Despite the large number of them, they are all individuals with their own names and personalities! So, at the request of Jen, here are their little profiles! (Or was it Lauren…or was it both…)
Penny is the oldest. She’s soft spoken and loves to garden!
Richard is a bit shy until you get to know him, but he’ll beat you in an eating contest any day.
Bashful little Lilly loves bright colors, and makes friends easily!
Hans has a bit of a temper and lets things ruffle his feathers too easily, but he can play a mean guitar solo.
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!