Monday, June 05, 2006

I should have known

The yarn was horrible to work with. So rough and coarse. Yeah sure - the label said "aran" but it was much thinner than I thought it should be.

It will plump up and bloom when it gets in the wash machine to be felted. Felting solves many problems. Or as we said in my Entralac class - it will all come right in the felting.

Well it didn't. It's very floppy. Won't stand up even a little bit.

There may be a way to fix this bad boy. I have some cotton batting and some fabric somewhere I'm sure I can use as a lining to cover the batting. Maybe that will give it some body so it won't be so floppy. Or I can make another one out of worsted weight yarn.

I re-started Bombshell after a gauge problem. The first time out I got gauge and was 1/2 way through the first 21 repeats of part one of the pattern when I checked gauge. I was way off. The sweater would have been huge. So I went back to what I had suspected in the beginning (that I'd need to use a US 9) and started stitching. The gauge is right on this time, thank GOD!

The only thing I don't like about the Bamboo yarn is that it's really splitty. I don't know if they're all that way, but I've had to slow down a lot so my stitches will be even. That doesn't take into account the strands that just pop up on their own out of the plys. I don't know what to do about them, so I just knit on through and will work it to the back of the sweater at some point.

I worked on a bunch of mitered squares and the sweater this weekend... What was that? You want to know about my project for The Amazing Lace? I've been neglecting my team mate. Poor little fish. Only has 5 garter stitch rows to show. When there is something more substantial to show - I'll post a photo.


Dorothy said...

Your bag looks really pretty. My last purse did the same thing too. I used Briggs and Little Atlantic for it and someone told me if the yarn is spun too tightly, it won't block or felt as well as other yarns.

If you really want it to stand up, you can go to a craft store and ask for a stiffening liner. i can't remember the real name of it, but you can make a proper bowl out of fabric with that stuff inside it. It's supposed to be really easy to use.

buttercup said...

I don't get the whole spinning thing, but it does make sense that the wool would be spun to tightly because it kept tangling up on itself.

I'll head to the fabric store this weekend and see if I can't find what you're talking about. I love the colors and hopefully it won't take too much more time away from knitting to form it into a bag that doesn't flop all over the place.

Bliss said...

You can also buy stiff iron on interfacing.