29 NovDistraction

In which our heroine learns about why swatching with felting/fulling is *especially* important.

So I finished making M1 a pair of felted slippers.

pink yarn

This is the yarn. There was a lot of it. In the next picture you can see the ball. What you can’t tell, even though I put a pint glass into the picture for comparison sizing is that it was nearly as big as M2’s head…

big yarnball, half done big sock

And *this* is the finished result…

pink slippers

I had to do the little detailing along the top because it didn’t shrink one direction *nearly* as much as it was supposed to. But that’s ok… I think they’re still really cute & M1 can’t *wait* to wear them. She even wore them a little even though they were still sopping wet (you know how wool hangs on to water…). Then she decided that was about enough of that…

Now for a littler, actually done right (in so far as that can happen since I’ll be freelancing it now that I know how to turn a heel since I’ll have to take into account both that the pattern doesn’t come in a wee imp size & the fact that I have no idea how to force the gauge to what it’s supposed to be, much less force it based on how it felts. It’s slowly dawning on me that this is one of those times that when my father said to me when I was complaining about math homework, “You’ll use it all the time as a grown up…” It appears to come in handy after all.

I’ve also started using my peppermint twist yarn (the green & silk blend that I’ve previously posted) to make a hat — it’ll go fabooly with my new coat, and then I should have enough left of it to make both scarf & gloves/mittens. I’m kind of excited about that little project, now that I have a coat I love that I can wear with them…

And now more knitting… although I guess I should work on spinning some too what with gifty season coming…

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