August 1, 2008

Hemlock Ring Blanket





Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket
Yarn: 1.8 skeins of Ecological Wool
Needles: US10 Addi Turbos
Notes: Oh dear. This is my biggest knitting fiasco in ages. After accidentally (partially) felting the blanket I put it in a pot of hot water with vinegar to attempt to undo the felting. It definitely helped and I was able to stretch the blanket out to block it. I neglected to then rinse the blanket. I was running late for work and I was stupid. The vinegar in the blanket did two things. 1) The blanket reeks of vinegar. 2) The vinegar made the pins all rust! The edges of the blanket are completely discolored from all the rust!




What I need to do is wash this again (carefully) and reblock it. I also need to buy all new pins because I had to throw all of mine away. Also I need to clean off my blocking board. The vinegar turned it into a Hemlock Ring Shroud of Turin.



I don't have the stomach for all that right now. I'll take it to the shop and when I can't stand it anymore I'll bring it home and reblock. Sigh...

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July 29, 2008

It Could Be Worse


Pre-Felting


After felting and blocking

It definitely shrank and lost some stitch definition but it could have been much worse. I don't know if I'll be able to smooth out the ripples now. I tugged as hard as I could (breaking two blocking pins in the process). It's pretty smooth now but I have a feeling it will snap back a lot when I unpin it.

And I still feel like I'm going to throw up.

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