My knitting news this week isn’t the stuff that will make an enthralling blog post….
I haven’t touched Eveleen but I’ve made lots more blankie squares (I’ve now done 30 out of 81 required!)
There. That was dull huh? Don’t change channel yet readers!
I think it’s time to share with you the reason I twitch whenever felting is mentioned! This is a story of not knowing when to quit when a project is clearly cursed by the Knitting Gods…
Way back in January 2006, I saw the Flint felted skirt display garment in John Lewis in Oxford Street – I fell in love! It looks so much better “in the flesh”. I bought the yarn and rushed home to knit it. Deep Blue Yorkshire Tweed and blue and pink Kidsilk Spray for the underskirts.
It’s from Rowan magazine 38 – the one that had a big article about felting and lots of felted projects.
Here’s what the picture in the book looked like…
Ignore the “everything in the dressing up box” styling and look at the skirt!
The wrapover skirt is mostly stocking stitch – acres of it – 🙁 – not my favourite – but really pretty cables and embroidery on the front panel and,” Ohhh!!!, Those Kidsilk Haze under skirts!” 🙂 I ploughed on making a gigantic stocking stitch blanket it seemed….
I knitted it, sewed it together, took a deep breath and threw is in my washing machine…..
Ben said “Are you mad? I’m not sure about this slinging your knitting in the wash lark. Are you sure it’ll work?” (He’d seen how hard I’d worked on it.)
I said, “Of course it will, Darling. I’ve followed the instructions in the pattern…” 😕
It hadn’t shrunk nearly enough. I was still massive. Bugger.
I have since learnt that using fabric softener was a mistake and I should have put some old towels in the wash with the skirt too…all useful stuff not mentioned in the Rowan mag. I should have done more research…..
Ben was smirking. “No worries! I’ll just throw it back in again on a super hot mega long wash – that’ll do it!” , I said confidently.
Oh huge error! 😮
The skirt I pulled from the washing machine was tiny and so felted it had the consistency of a navvy’s donkey jacket. 😥
I sobbed. I tugged. Ben helped me tug and resisted the urge to say, “told you so”. (He’s a sweetheart really .) Try and visualise it readers, one of us at each end of the wrapover skirt having a strange game of tug of war in the living room. The cats hid. Ben did however say it was one of the strangest evenings he’d ever spent …knit, sew, wash, cry, tug, cry some more!
We had partial success but managed to pull most of the carefully crafted shaping out of the skirt. It was still indecently short but at least it wrapped around me… bugger again.
I ploughed on, “I can save it!”
I knit the underskirts double the length to try and bring the skirt out of the “indecent zone”.
Here’s the underskirts…nice huh?
I tried to do the embroidery with the Kidsilk Spray…
The Kidsilk Spray’s varigation ranges from light blue to dark blue. I was trying to embroider on dark blue. Half of it just blended in! Bugger! (that’s 3 “Buggers” if you’re counting)
Determined to wear the “buggering” skirt, I cut out the dark blue and just used the light blue sections and completed the embroidery.
I even sewed on some Prada ribbon as hanging loops…
Lastly a posh button….
At last! I can wear it!!
It hung strangely (mainly due to the tugging). I had to wear in on the hips to make the length suitable. It took an hour to place the buttons in the optimum place to almost make it look right.
I bravely wore it to work with opaque tights and boots. No one laughed and pointed….It might just have been worth it!
By lunchtime there was a problem. Even though it was incredibly thick, the skirt was stretching. Bugger. (that’s 4)
By the end of the day I was desperately hanging on the my skirt with the aid of several safety pins. It hasn’t been worn since.
It has languished on my desk pending being made into a bag…
He went out for a prowl in the garden so Mewsley decided to give it a try….
It spent a few weeks as a favourite cat blanket – just enough time to make sure cat hair was irremovably embedded in the fabric. Then the curse even affected my hand knitting loving cats…
Even they won’t sit on it now 🙁
I think it’s time to utter my final Flint related “Bugger” and let this one go…
|Completed Knit Report|
|Name:||Buggering Flint Skirt|
|Yarn:||Yorkshire Tweed DK & Kidsilk Spray|
|Pattern Problems:||None except the felting process didn’t work for me – mainly down to “user error”|
|Pattern Modifications:||Made the underskirts longer and added hanging loops.|
|Washing and Wearing:||Ghastly. Even my massivly overfelted version stretched so badly it would have fallen off by the end of the day if not secured with a dozen safety pins. I’d like to hear how a “properly” felted one wore??|
|Knit It Again???:||No! No! No! Not ever!|
|Difficulty:||An easy knit, easy embroidery (if you are au fait with basic embroidery) hideously difficult to get the felting right – hand felting would be the (laborious) solution.|
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