Maybe you’ve met them or maybe you haven’t, but I’m sure that most of you have been hearing about the latest trending mobile App (and probably from me since I can’t seem to button my yap about it) and its occupants. As it turns out, some of them are fiber artists, and we get to see some of them pop over to the store when the servers are down! It always seems to be when I’m off the clock or on break…
I’d like you to meet some of them, and they’ve even recommended a few of their favorite patterns for all you trainers out there to enjoy!
It has been a long time goal of mine to knit or crochet a swatch (at the very least) of every feltable yarn we carry in the store and see how well I can felt it by hand. So far I’ve gotten ahold of Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Fingering, Bartlett, Homestead Tweed, and Moonshine. So far all of them — with the exception of the fingering weight –had to be aggressively put through my washing machine and didn’t take too well to hand felting. In fact, as a note to any of you who might be interested in felting with the Homestead Tweed, it does tend to lose some of the dye in the process (or at least, the burgundy color that I used did). Cascade 220 Fingering did hand felt, but it took a long time and wore out my hands pretty quickly.
I’ve also felted with Malabrigo Worsted and Rasta, but only for needle felting. Now, before you faint or shout “blasphemy!” , remember the mini paintings we felted at the store for the Christmas tree auction?
There was one other yarn that I’ve been wet felting by hand that surprised me, and that’s the one I wanted to focus on today: Quince&Co. In particular, Chickadee.
Oh my goodness. Ooooh, my goodness. When knit on a US #2 instead of the #3-#5 that it recommends, this stuff felts like a dream! With very little time, effort, and a lot of soap I was able to get these results.
I’m sure if I had put in some more time, I’d be able to get it completely felted so the impressions of the stitches no longer remained, but this was a satisfying first attempt. Now, does it needle felt well (using a large gauged needle because this is already a densely felted object)?
Yes, it does! Do I needle felt letters with roving well? No, no not at all. I think I’ll be sticking to the Malabrigo for that.
So within the last week my exercise routine has been flipped completely upside-down, from meandering around the store as needed and sitting around at home to intense, hour+long excursions around Rockland every morning and night. Maybe you know someone else who has gotten into the Pokémon Go craze, or you yourself are playing– or maybe you have no idea what it is at all. Regardless of your awareness of the game, the thought it has put in my brain is for all! With all of the server crashes and game-freezing glitches ( who doesn’t have to shake out a few bugs at the beginning?) my thoughts have turned to knitting on the go– portable project bags in particular.
Before I share these amazing bags that I’ve found (several of which I am already determined to make) I’d just like to remind everyone that whether you’re walking around while playing this augmented reality game on your mobile device or knitting/crocheting/etc., be sure to keep alert and be aware of your surroundings. Safety first!
The Little Acorn Project Bag might only be able to hold smaller projects, but I was so intrigued by the idea that I had to include it. It seems like there have been plenty of people able to modify it so it’s larger, too.
I was originally going to end the post with that felted bag, but a little bit more browsing through Ravelry gave me this gem and I just had to share the Silvanus pattern with you all! Another project on my to-do list.