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1  Can superwash wool be shrunk? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by miamaria on: December 10, 2008 05:25:55 AM
I made a hat from superwash wool. Of course I should have washed a swatch first, but really, who does that for a hat? It fit me perfectly unblocked, but as soon as it touched water it just grew and grew and grew. Now it comes down to my nose, to the great entertainment of my boyfriend. I'm just sad to have ruined the hat.

It could be because of the lace pattern, but I don't think that's all, because I've blocked lace before without seeing anything this dramatic. Is there any way to shrink it back to its original state? Will it be better once it dries completely (it's still a little damp)...or should I try putting it in the dryer? And is this normal behavior for superwash yarn?
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2  Crochet snowman ornament in Winter Holidays by miamaria on: December 17, 2007 10:26:12 AM
I haven't touched a crochet hook for about 10 years, but I decided I needed a crochet snowman ornament (but the scarf is knit). Here he is hanging from my computer! I'm really pleased with him, and it was so quick and easy I've already started making more for Christmas gifts. I didn't use a pattern but I could write up approximate instructions if someone is interested.

I made another one after I wrote this post - a little brother with a hat

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3  Really easy skiing neck warmer in Knitting: Completed Projects by miamaria on: December 11, 2007 12:58:02 AM
I've been suffering from total inability to finish any project lately, so I decided to do something really easy and fast. I've also been wanting a neck warmer for skiing, so I decided to go with that.

This is just a plain striped garter stitch rectangle made of yarn I had lying around. I cast on about as many stitches as would fit on a double pointed needle, because that was what I had available in the right size, and knit until it just fit over my head. Mine is grafted together (kitchener stitch) because I changed my mind and decided I wanted to frog a mistake I made in the beginning, but if I make more I'll probably just sew it up. It's a total beginner's project, but for something so quick and easy, I'm pleased with it! Oh, and it also works pretty well as a headband.

Modeled by a kitchen chair

Here's what it looks like on me

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