Caution: Rare knitting content ahead
Behold, the ubiquitous bathroom mirror shot of me modeling a recent experiment with the fulling process and Muench “Touch Me” yarn.
I’ve seen and felt this yarn’s velvety hand post fulling, and thought that it might be the answer to my growing intolerance to having wool fibers next to my skin. “Touch Me” is a chenille yarn (BAD because it worms horribly after knitting) but it has a wool core. This core, when “fulled” with hot water and tossed in the dryer, prevents the chenille from worming. The result is a knitted item that pops out of the dryer looking and feeling like velvet. A delicious result for us gals in icy climes.
I made this scarf super skinny just because I wanted to finish it quickly. It was an experiment after all. And, in the few minutes it took to drape it around my bare neck and pose for a few shots in the mirror, it felt like my skin had been scratched raw. Despite the thickness and softness of the rayon fibers, that shrunken wool core was making its presence felt in a most uncomfortable way.
It’s destined for the “gift” box for someone without a sensitivity to wool.
My next fiber experiment turned out better.
I’ve been playing around with some luscious merino wool top and making sheets of flat felt. The sheets have been piling up as I refine my technique for ensuring evenly thick edges, avoiding thin spots and experimenting with “couching” of colors and textures. Several sheets of undyed merino flecked with dark blue wool in a center layer kept suggesting something for baby. It was just so incredibly, airily soft and pure and cloudlike.
I designed these booties with a long strap that wraps around to suggest a moccasin. The strap could be adjusted by moving the side button to achieve a snug, unkickable fit if necessary.
Of course, it never occurred to me to reverse the button and strap for a right/left pair. Oh, well.
Now, it I could just figure out where I put the baby . . .