Saturday, November 18, 2006

Felted Fuzzy Feet for SAM2

Patons SWS in Natural Denim, 2 skeins
6.5mm circs and dpns
started November 15
finished and felted November 16
no changes other than the needle size
Finally I've finished something for one of the KALs I'm in for this month. I made this pair of felted fuzzy feet a la Aija. The stripes were supposed to match, but the second ball had 5 or 6 knots in it, which resulted in the striping not being the same. I like the bottom one/right one the best. That was the first one with no knots. Those knots really irked me a lot. The yarn was quite nice to work with. We've had it in the store for a bit now, but we haven't sold much of it. We had two people say they couldn't use it because it kept breaking on them. Aija commented in her post that she couldn't rip it with her hands, and I must say I was the same. There was one spot at the very start of the first skein that was kind of funky, and I could pull that apart, almost like roving. But the rest -- I started this outside and forgot my scissors. I thought I'd just pull it apart. Yeah. This stuff would have cut into my hand before I could have pulled it apart. The way it's made is thick, thin, thick, poofy, thin.... Must just be the poofy parts that tear easily. It also felts super well. I actually overfelted mine. I didn't want them as small as when they turned out. (Made the mistake of starting the felting process during one of the shows I watch every week. Didn't keep an eye on the machine like I should have.) I wear size 8, and these are really snug. I'd say they'd be better suited to ladies size 5-7. I also had to take the scissors to mine afterwards. They were super hairy. Too hairy. Looked much nicer after a "shave".
Make sure you all pop over to Aija's and see her completed Lizard Ridge afghan. Simply gorgeous!
The aran sweater was picked up Thursday. She loved it. Everyone at the store was kinda miffed cuz I was supposed to take it in yesterday for them to see it. All they saw was the picture from the last post. I told the lady to send her husband in after Christmas wearing it so they can see it.
It's been absolutely gorgeous here lately. Today and yesterday temperatures were close to 20C. Hard to believe it's November. Tomorrow, though, temps are to drop by about 10 degrees. That sucks, but I guess winter has to start sometime. All this nice weather means lots of outdoor play. The Littlest One doesn't travel very far without his kitty (simply named Kitty). He used to be white, but he's gotten very grungy. He used to meow when squeezed in the right spot in the belly, but now he doesn't. I offered to wash him, but was told, "No, I like him grungy."

Happy knitting!

Don't ask my why Blogger won't keep my paragraph spacing lately. That irks me as much as the knots in the SWS!


Blogger aija said...

I like grungy, too :)

I'd be super mad about THAT many knots!! My skeins seemed pretty even... I picked up another set for larger fuzzy feet (I think I'll go with my original caston of 48 for my dad's foot, and make them much longer than I think they need to be :)) I have some left over and was thinking kids slippers, but I don't know if I can stand knitting the small circumference on dpns... we'll see :)

8:00 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

I'll have to try the SWS yarn. The knots would be irksome for sure - hope I don't run into that...

I love that little kitty, grungy or not.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I must say I hate the knots as well. Really frustrating when you are trying to keep the design going the same colours.
Glad your client was happy with her sweater!
The kitty looks like one of Maggie's favourite toys!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Pat said...

Knots or no knots - I love the fuzzy feet! I DO know the frustration of knots problem has been with Noro yarns. HATE IT!

6:59 PM  
Anonymous Dipsy D. said...

Great Fuzzy Feet! That yarn you were using sounds quite interesting though - but mind you, detecting a knot in yarn is always such a nightmare, especially when it basically destroys the striping one is trying to do. But nonetheless, I really love the Fuzzy Feet as well as the striping, they're awesome!

4:12 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

I like the fuzzies! I didn't even notice that the stripes were uneven until you pointed it out. And what real boycat is clean?! My white boycats were always the exact color of "Kitty". Your son is very cute!

10:09 AM  
Blogger Charity said...

Love the Fuzzy Feet! I've wondered about the Patons SWS, it looks interesting.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Ragan said...

COOL!! I like the fuzzy feet. The sweater looks great too!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Nice work on the fuzzy feet! (from SAM2) I have SWS in Natural Earth to try for mine. Should be interesting how many knots too!

10:15 PM  

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