First the Fiddlehead Scarf. She is knit of handspun yarn with 3,75 mm needles. I did not stop where the pattern advices but kept going until I had enough for a long scarf that would wrap around many times. I added crocheted bobbles to the ends. The rain has been drumming the roof for days. It is not really a wool hat weather yet but my mind has been on the head wear. Over the years I have done some “real felt” but as lovely as wool is to sculpt and work with I prefer the flexibility of “knit first, then full” –feel. The washing machine process (although I know washing machine is not the only way) has always seemed too random, too “act of luck” –sort of thing. But the more and more I have been admiring all kinds of felted items, I have been convincing me that there has got to be some logic in the process and that with practice one can get enough experience to have control and to succeed. With these thoughts I set myself a goal: a felted winter hat.
So I made a swatch; marked a square on the swatch and counted the stitches and rows. I threw the swatch into the washing machine and after a full circle in 60 degrees C (140 F) measured the square and got the gauge. I based the pattern on these measurements and ended up with this ugly blob. I decided to trust my swatch and set the washer into the same cycle and set the blob into the machine with some towels. The metamorphosis was like blocking lace, the result was quite miraculous and mind boggling. I can’t quite believe that I succeeded. First knit with 4,5 mm needles of Studio Maisa Tikkanen yarn, then fulled in the washing machine. Wool is really fantastic material. It does not stop to amaze me. And the stash is again full of wonderful opportunities.
Treasure your stash, it hides lovely surprises.
PS. I don't use any pattern for my mittens, I knit my first pair at the age of 8 I think (mandatory at school in the middle ages), and since then so many pairs that the pattern is carved into my spinal cord.