i've recently branched out into knitting and fancy yarns, and i'm working on my first sweater. i'm using a cascade 220 heather, which i am completely in love with, but i have a fear of it felting. i know how to wash 100% wool things properly, and i would always wash it by hand, but still, it would make me feel better if it was superwash. is there anything i can do to the yarn to make it less likely to felt?
meet Schüchternlein, das klein Sockeneichhörnchen, born of a crappy mood and love of german words. (her name means shy, and the "lein" makes it diminutive. "socken" means made of socks, and "eichhörnchen" means little oak horns, aka squirrel, because squirrels have ear tufts in germany.)
she bears a remarkable resemblance to velvy, my velveteen rabbit. she feels a bit awkward and mousy right now, but she's got a wild side. (notice the harley davidson button eyes.)
and here she is with my other sock creation from the book stupid sock creatures. he doesn't have a name yet though.
i could've sworn i saw something on here awhile ago about spinning cotton balls, but now i can't find it. i've tried a little myself, but i've never spun before, so i really don't know what i'm doing. anyone still have the link for spinning with cotton balls?
woo! it finally dried! still a bit stiff, but i think a couple of washing and wearings should fix that. made with sugar 'n cream in "seashore" and matching pink and blue because i love cotton yarn and i'm cheap. i really wasn't sure about the colors as i was making it (my sister picked them out for me,) but now i really like it. a couple of people were concerned about butt-coverage, and for me that problem solved itself in blocking. i used a ribbon for the tie that i got at hobby lobby for 1/2 off and it matches perfectly!
i kinda want to make another entirely out of ribbons and call it the violet baudelaire.
ok, so i'm a complete newbie at this (i bought a drop spindle and roving yesterday), but i never, ever start with the easy let's-just-learn-the-basics stuff. i'm just way too excited to start making my own yarns! my roving is a rich purple, and because i am seven, i want to add fuchsia, blue, and holographic silver sulky thread to it. i've seen a couple of posts where the thread was plied into the yarn after spinning, but then it's sorta a boucle, and i hate boucle yarns. so, my question is, how do i add the thread whilst spinning without it getting swallowed inside the wool part?
in my quest for actual textile ink at michaels, i came upon DecoArt So Soft Fabric Acrylics: http://www.decoart.com/cgi-bin/Products.cgi?So-Soft_Fabric_Acrylics it was only $1.49 a bottle, so i bought one to see if it worked. it's the most fabulous thing! i did a little test piece on a t-shirt scrap, let it dry maybe 3 hours (bottle says 48), tossed in the washer and dryer (supposedly also a no-no.) and it lived! the coverage is excellent, and the paint is almost rubber-like but can't be peeled off. the dryer did make it a little duller and the tiniest bit flaky. i wouldn't but anything done in this in the dryer on a regular basis, but if you accidentally do so once, it won't kill your project. it comes in regular, neon, glitter, and pearl colors. i used pearl plum--gorgeous!