On a recent hand therapy trip to Perth I chanced upon a fabulous yarn and quilting supplies’ shop in Subiaco. The young sales assistant told me of a bag she’d recently knitted then felted using Cleckheaton’s ‘California’ 8 ply wool. So I bought a couple of balls, not quite sure where it would lead me, as I hadn’t done an awful lot of knitting then felting. Well, dear readers, since then I’ve been knitting and felting like a woman possessed.
I’d always wondered about needle size to felting comparisons, finally, my wondering is now satiated – at least with this yarn! I tried different needle sizes (3.25mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 10mm) using the same number of stitches and rows for each swatch. Result: for me, the 6mm had maximum felting and the 3.25mm the least. The resulting weight and drapability/flexibility of each swatch made the whole (usually tedious) test process – a joy! I’ve even embarked on a large-ish piece of orange knitted/felted experimentation .. if it works I’ll share it with you next time (she says with fingers crossed whilst knocking on wood).
Being on the road really is good fun, especially with a billion star accommodation each night, except when it’s overcast, and now the beautifully delicate West Australian wildflowers are emerging. I do, however, miss my friends – and especially both my sisters. So, using my new felting comparison knowledge (yay!), I thought I’d create something that reminded me of us – 3 peas in a pod. This little pod is now a dangling accessory to my handbag – rabbit’s foot style. But small comfort compared to the real thing.
So, until next time dearest crafty readers, please wish me success with my big orangey experiment as I wish you success with whatever you’ve currently got craftily going on as well!
Many warm regards
PS: hand therapy is going very well – assisted by current knitting/felting frenzy
PPS: if you’d like to knit/felt my podded peas – just let me know and I’ll send you a copy of the pattern