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Level 2 . . . where are you?

Posted by mtmom on April 16, 2009

(Actually, I’m too young to remember “Car 52”; are you?)

It’s been 8 weeks since I mailed off my Master Hand Knitter work for Level 2.   At first, all was fine, but now the waiting has begun to get to me.  I’ve sent an e-mail to TKGA (The Knitting Guild Association), enquiring.  I hope they can assure me that it’s in the process of evaluation, and not just lost.

Not like I don’t have any knitting to do!

I’m about halfway through with a felted bag in Wisdom Yarns’ long-color-change wool single called “Poems”.   I planned it to be a “hobo bag” in shape (slouchy).  One face I knit from the center outwards and felted. 

The other face I knit from side to side using short-rows. 

See the size difference. 

The second was bigger even than the pre-felted first face, but vigorous hand-felting can make big changes.

(It can also remove skin from knuckles!) 

After felting, the 2 faces are the same size, but the tops have different angles. 

Blocking has mostly rectified this. 

Next, I plan to knit a bottom/sides/handle as a long flat strip with its CO and BO ends joined, felt that, and then join all pieces.  I decided to felt the individual pieces, rather than a joined-together bag, for ease of felting; I feel more in control of the process this way and can make changes at each stage.

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Spring Springing and Wool Fulling

Posted by mtmom on March 19, 2009

(Say that out loud — it’s more satisfying that way.) 🙂
Our temperatures still drop below freezing at night, but the days definitely feel like spring.  Allergies are flaring.  Bulbs are popping up. . .
. . . in the new plot
.

(mostly

daffodils

and an iris,

I think)

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. . . and in the old

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(which I thought

I had cleared out

— evidently not).

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Yesterday, I took my completed entrelac swatch,
which measured 7 1/4″ wide x 7 1/2″ tall,
and some soapy water,
combined and scrubbed.
My shoulders got tired.
Right away, my water turned pink.
(I think the Poems purple, in particular, leached out.)
But I persevered
(with a little “help”),
and ended up with this
now 6″ square.
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(That’s the same

floor square,

for comparison.)

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I’ll stretch those corners out, nice and square, while it’s still wet.

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That was fun!
More fodder for project-ideas.

I’ll leave you with this image of the glorious view from my own front yard!

(Thank you, Lord, for beauty and eyes/heart to see it!)

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