Click, Snip, Swear, Tug…

So, continuing the story of Click…

Click has been through the washing machine with a couple of towels at 60 degrees -the pattern says 50 but whose machine has 50 degrees? Mine only has 40 or 60…..

When it came out, my fears about curling were founded. I had also rather overdone the the felting..

It was stiff and the curly edges had completely felted together. Emergency surgery was required.

I dunked Click into some warm water with a squirt of hair conditioner to hopefully lubricate the fibres and help me remould it. The curly edges were carefully peeled back with the aid of a very sharp craft knife at the point they felted to the main body. It was then blocked in the sun using my very useful metal garden table which has a lattice design (furniture for knitters….there’s an idea 💡 )
After much slicing, snipping, swearing, pulling and tugging I’ve ended up with this….

You can see down the sides just how much I had to trim to get the sides to unroll – it’s left bald bits!

It’s still a little damp and it’s still very “chunky” when rolled up. I think it can be saved with some clever finishing and maybe some more brute force bullying!

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  1. lynne
    lynne August 12, 2007 at 7:21 pm |

    I had the same problems with the edges and a craft knife was also called upon. Your post title is very apt for this project as i recall.

  2. Uknitty
    Uknitty August 17, 2007 at 9:05 am |

    Preddy.

    Can you bind those pesky curly edges with a ribon or satin bias ?

    C x

  3. Soo
    Soo August 17, 2007 at 10:25 am |

    I think Uknitty might have the right idea with a trim of some sort.

    No bright ideas from me I’m afraid – just a bit of sympathetic tutting…

  4. Uknitty
    Uknitty August 17, 2007 at 11:32 am |

    *also tuts sympathetically and wields chocolate in your directions*

    C x

  5. susan crowe
    susan crowe August 19, 2007 at 2:55 pm |

    Thanks Ladies for the support idea and the chocolate wielding 🙂

    I’ll go rummage in my stash of trimmings and see what suggests itself….

  6. Ruth
    Ruth August 19, 2007 at 3:08 pm |

    Hi Susan

    Just thought I would let you know I finished spangled scarf – really pleased with it – I am hoping my daughter will be able to show me how to put the phtos from our digital camera on to the PC in the next couple of weeks – then I can let you see your design – I haven’t done the gloves, not too please with some of the gloves I have done previous, but intend to do another scarf.

    Thanks again

    Ruth

  7. Ruth
    Ruth August 19, 2007 at 3:10 pm |

    Hi Susan

    I know you use yarns other than Rowan – I have mad a waistcoat with Sidar Sublime a while ago, have only just sewn it up, but am dissapointed as the yarn has bobbled and I haven’t even worn it yet, tried handwashing but no improvement, have you had any problems with this yarn?

    Would appreciate you view.

    thanks again

    Ruth

  8. susan crowe
    susan crowe August 19, 2007 at 3:46 pm |

    Hi Ruth,

    Fab news that you’ve finished the spangle scarf – I’ll be holding my breath to see the photos!!

    If any readers are wondering what we’re talking about it’s a free pattern I designed here…
    http://susancrowe.co.uk/2007/01/15/spangle-scarf-in-woven-cables/

    On the Sublime yarn – I used the Sublime extra fine merino DK for the Big Frill Bolero and it was perfectly behaved – has been worn a great deal and no bobbling.
    Theres a blog post about it here…
    http://susancrowe.co.uk/2007/02/08/sublime-the-big-frill-bolero/

    However, a knitterly friend of mine bought the Aran version and returned it after using just half a ball because it was so loosely wound and was bobbling badly. Are you using the Aran?

    If you’re really unhappy, I’d recommend contacting Sirdar – you may have a bad batch. I only heard good things about how reasonable they are when contacted about problems.
    Susan

  9. Ruth
    Ruth August 20, 2007 at 1:12 pm |

    Hi Susan

    Thanks for that information re sublime – I have phoned Sidar customer services and they have told me there was a problem with the Aran yarn, they are sending me a label so i can send them my finished item, they are going to have a look at it and see if they can do anything with it, plus they will compensate me.

    I just wish I had mentioned it earlier, its been finished for nearly 2 months but because of the bobbling etc I didn’t have the enthusiasm to sew it up and the funny part is it went together like a dream.

    I would certainly knit it again so I will let you know how I get on.

    Thanks again

    Ruth

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