So the felted cloche is finished. I’m not entirely happy with it. I was concerned with felting the silk garden, even before I started, but I did a little googling and the general consensus in the fiber blogosphere was that it really does felt, it just takes a bit longer. I found that it does indeed take A LOT longer and that it doesn’t felt quite as readily as I would like.
As a result, the cloche is just a bit too big. I gave it a half-hearted haircut (it was super fuzzy) but I’m not sure that it is wearable. Maybe if I find someone with a really big head. Like Shrek.
Here are the pics. If I were to wear it I’d cut down on some more of the fuzziness.
And another one:
I do like the way the striping worked out. I also really enjoyed the pattern and think I might try it again with a 100% wool yarn. I have some solid wools upstairs in the attic so I think I’ll give it another go.
I’m still working on planning an afghan. I’m considering doing something with mitered squares. I like the garter stitch squares in the premiere debbie bliss magazine — they are striped (and sort of L shaped, which is visually interesting, at least to me) and would make good use of all the scraps of yarn I have lying about.
Of course this is sized for a baby blanket. I haven’t the slightest idea how many squares it would take to make a decent lap-sized blanket for an adult. I suppose I could knit a test square and figure it out.
I need to stop perseverating and start something soon.
In other news, yesterday I cast on for the Abby cowl from the most recent issue of Knitty. I don’t believe I’ve ever cast on for a project so quickly after coming across the pattern. It’s a pretty, simple lace cowl and I wanted to try out the Sea Silk. It is everything I imagined it would be — soft, buttery yumminess in a skein. The colorway is called ‘indian summer’ and it is a variegated brown/gold/coppery pink. So pretty! I’ve finished 2 complete lace repeats and am about a third of the way through:
I love it! Quick and portable, this is a great SnB project.