My son gave me an IPod Touch for Christmas. He stressed that it was fragile and needed a case. I, of course, immediately pulled out some yarn and began to knit. A wonderful felted case, I thought, that will be perfect.
It will be perfect of course, because I have never yet knitted a felted project that turned out anything like it was supposed to.
I started with a green heathered yarn of unknown provenance- something I grabbed gathered up from the destashing pile at the knitting group Christmas Party. I was sure it would felt. I did soak a strand in hot water. It plumped up and got fuzzy. Good enough. I decided on a colorwork design similar to my ill fated felted bag from last spring. I got out some Patton’s wool in russet and some Cascade 220 in a heathered teal from my stash. I know those will felt so I was sure I would have the IPod cosy of my dreams in no time at all.
Did I knit a swatch? I hear concerned voices. No, of course not. Why would I do such a thing? I have faith.
Experience has deluded led me to believe that when knitting items to be felted the work will shrink more lengthwise than widthwise. I therefore knitted my cosy double what I needed my finished length to be and about 1/3 wider than I wanted it. Before felting that was 20 inches x 4.5 inches.
Which measures 20 inches x 3 inches. The green yarn felted beautifully. The fibers are all seized up and bonded irrevocably to each other. It just didn’t shrink any lengthwise in the process.
I am determined to have my green and rust and teal custom knitted IPod cosy. Therefore, I’m going to cut it apart and sew it into the right size and shape. HA! take that felting process!
Yes, really, someday I will post my current and finished projects and all the lovely gifts I got from my knitting friends but I’m still waiting for the pictures to load.
Hope Everyone had a Great Christmas!