well...I don't know if this will help, but I knit some fuzzy feet with a mix of bulky and worsted lamb's pride yanrs.
I used bulky for the toe and the heel and used the regular worsted for the rest. I knitted it exactly as specified in the instructions, but I used whatever large needles I happened to have on hand (I think they were 13s) for the entire project. It worked just fine, you can't really tell the difference between the areas that I used the thicker yarn, except that it is in a contrasting color. I think this worked because I didn't use too much of the bulky yarn as compared with the worsted.
Emlings is right, Lamb's pride is inexpensive emogh that it's okay to experiment a bit. I've also found that with felting, it's very forgiving!'
Okay...looks like lace pattern scarf wins. It's hard to tell how much mohair I have, but when I started on a plain stockinette on large needles, I got a fairly nice-sized piece and didn't feel like I'd made a dent in the mohair. I'll search for some patterns...
Lace looks very nice in mohair, but be sure to pick something that's so easy you'll never have to undo mistakes. It can be very vexing to rip out mohair because the fuzz really locks together.
Yes, on frogging mohair, I agree that it's a complete and total pain. I ended up using the freezer trick, which I honestly don't believe made much of a difference, but I felt better just tossing that monstrosity in the freezer for a while.
Thanks all...if anyone has any suggestions on an awesome lace pattern, I'm all eyes!
At my daughter's Waldorf school they made little doll rugs (or it's current use would be "coaster") that I thought would be fun for gifts.
They took litte pieces of the roving and layered it (criss-crossed) to fit into a plastic bag (she used ziploc bags), adding colorful roving to make decorations. They did the criss-crossing and decorating out side of the bag to make sure everything was even and then carefully placed it into the bag.
Then a spritz of warm soapy water into the bag and the kids used their hands to gently rub the roving filled bag with their flat hands until if felted. The felted pieces came out the size of the bags, we rinsed them under cool water and set them out to dry. (They are smallish, but work as little hot pads under mugs and things like that.) I would think that you could do this with a larger ziploc bag as well, but I'm not sure.
I'm having complete brain block here. What can I knit with one skein of lovely mohair?
I don't want to buy additional yarn, so I started making a really airy shawl, on huge needles, but I didn't really like it much. I tired a pattern, but it got lost in all that fuzz...would a lace pattern work well?
If you have a horse, you could make a felted saddle pad for it. It's basically a really big, short 100 percent wool scarf that you knit on huge needles and then wash in really hot water in the washer to get it to size. (You should probably have someone nearby show you exactly how to do this, but it's really quite easy.) The saddle pads come out thick and durable. My sister is a hunter-jumper trainer and has been using the one I made for her last year with the ponies, but my Western rider friends have been drooling over it so I think it can cross over to other disciplines. It's held up very well.
If you ride, you could also make a "snood" or mobius strip style scarf that will stay on. You just knit a scarf up and then attach the ends so that it looks like a ring. When you're riding you won't have to chase around the ends of the scarf, it's sort of like a floppy turtle neck. When I ride, I wear leather gloves and chaps, but my wrists always get really cold. I like a pair of wrist/arm warmers that are snug around the wrist but can fit up over my arms...it fills in the gap between my gloves and the bottom of my sleeves.
Combining riding and knitting...a match made in heaven!
I was leaning toward a little bit of fringe and that's the what I think I'll do. A friend came over this evening and said she thought it needed a bit of fringe, men's scarf or not. Short, thin fringe, just about 2 inches.
It's so conservative a scarf it took me over a year to knit it and I am not an especially slow knitter. I just couldn't stand doing it. There were burrs or something in this yarn and it kept giving me slivers and the seed stitch for that much scarf was unbearable. I think I've sworn off seed stitch forever.
The scarf is a wool-silk blend tube scarf, about 10 inches wide and done in seed stitch. It's beige (that's right, BEIGE) and has two wide black (yep, BLACK) stripes on either end, within the beige body of the scarf. It's a nice scarf, just extremely boring. (I did not pick the colors.)
He wants to wear it with an overcoat, so I was thinking a short black fringe on the ends. Maybe just a couple of inches long. Otherwise, I could just leave it PLAIN and stitch up the ends.
Does anybody have any other creative but conservative options for me?
Thanks everyone. It sounds like I'm going to have to just swatch and test-felt again. What I did last time was a 40 st by 40 row swatch. I measured it before fetling and then again afterward and then based my stitch and row numbers on the felted swatch. The thing is that one dimension felted almost exactly, but the other (I think it was the horizontal stitches) didn't felt down as much. I wondered if it was the just the size of the piece. I'm inlaying a lover's knot border and edging it in an "attached" i-cord, so I don't want to cut it. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
My sister is completely non-crafty and she enjoys her loom and loves to be able to match yarns and pick things out to make. Depending on the size you get, you can make all sorts of things. I actually like using needles better, but I don't mind helping the kids make things with the loom. The looms are like using big needles, so they work best with bigger yarn, or a combination of yarns. ...and they knit things up really really fast so kids don't lose interest.
I'm trying to make a large felted square pad that's about 30" x 30" for a Christmas gift. I'll be using doubled lamb's pride bulky with really big needles (like a 19 or something like that) and edging it with i-cord around the edges. I'm trying to figure out how big the pre-felted measurment should be. I will knit a swatch and just figure out the multiples to get to the pre-felted measurements, but I don't know what the pre-felted measurements should be. I tried to do a swatch when I made this last year, but on the bigger piece, it came out differently.
I've heard that the pre-felted measurements should be about 1.5 times the finished, but whenever I've done this, I think that the rows shrink more (i.e., vertically) than the stitches across (i.e., horizontally), but I'm not sure I'm remembering correctly. Really, I should just write this stuff down...but I never do.
It's for a jumper saddle pad, so it really needs to fit sort of close to the 30" by 30" measurements. I made one last year and it was great, but I had to do a lot of creative blocking to get the thing to get closer to the measurements. (It's been used on dozens of horses and worn well, so at least I know it's sturdy. It took about 12 skeins of bulky, took three days to dry completely, and was about 3/4 of an inch thick.)