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.
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!