Felting Knitting

Slippers2_vsmallYou’ve still got plenty of time to knit something for Fathers day on Sunday 19th June!

You can enjoy a 15% discount on my Felted Slippers pattern until midnight tonight. They come in two men’s sizes: Small/medium, measuring approx 25cm and Medium/Large, measuring 29cm long.

Felting knitting can be a bit daunting, because it is by nature a bit unpredictable. Washing machines vary, your pre-felting tension might vary and even using the same washing machine twice might produce different results depending on how it moves around within the machine.

Slippers4_croppedBut don’t fear! If something felted doesn’t come out exactly right – there is a lot you can do after felting. For starters – if it doesn’t felt enough – just put it back in the machine! If it hasn’t felted at all it might be that you’ve used the wrong temperature – so double check the pattern. Another mistake may be putting the knitting through on a delicate or wool cycle. In order to felt well, you need heat, moisture and agitation. Delicate and wool cycles have less agitation, so even if the temperature is the same your knitting will felt less or not at all. If you’re sure you got everything correct but it still hasn’t felted enough – put it back in at the same temperature for a second time. If you go for a higher temperature you risk it felting too much!

If it comes out too small – don’t panic! When it comes out of the machine it will still have a lot of give so you will be able to stretch/re-shape. I normally get prepared before putting something in the machine to wash. With the Felted Slippers I prepared two pieces of stiff card to slot into the cuff section to ensure they would be the same size & shape.

I stuffed the foot sections with scrunched up magazines – but if you have the feet that will be wearing the slippers then that would be best! Wearing damp slippers doesn’t sound like much fun – but it’s a wonderful way to shape felted slippers to size. Simply put plastic bags on your feet to keep them dry and wear/walk around in the slippers for an evening. They will mould to your feet and fit like a glove.

The Felted Slippers are the second pattern in my Men’s Spring/Summer Collection and if you’re looking for a quick knit for Fathers day- check out my Tweed Tie pattern which is also available as a kit.

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There are two more Men’s Collection patterns to come on Friday 3rd June and Friday 10th June – so make sure you’re following me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter to see the new patterns and get a bargain 15% off if you buy them in the first weekend!

 

April Showers

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I have been working in the knitting industry for over eight years – and it still takes me by surprise every year how incredibly busy April and May are!

This month for me has been a bit like the April showers we’ve been having. It’s been relentless and not much fun for the most part – with sunny spells of teaching workshops and squeezing in the odd evening with friends.

This time last year I was working on a couple of secret projects. The first one was The Knitted Nursery Collection which launched in January – and the second has been on the back-burner for quite a while! I’ve been working on a new collection and I’m really excited about launching four new patterns in June. Three of the patterns involve felting and I thought you might like a sneaky peek…

I can’t wait to show you more! I’m working on various new things on the run-up to Woolfest in June, so make sure you’re following my blog to keep up to date.

I hope you had a lovely April? I’m hoping for more sunny days and a little bit more relaxing in May!

Felted Bathmat

felted1I normally have more than one knitting project on the go so that if I’m not in the mood for one – I can just pick up another!

I’ve set myself the goal this year of just having one garment on the needles at a time. It’s only February and I’m already struggling with this! My current garment is Brona, which is knitted in a fluffy 4ply (Mohair Haze) on 3mm needles. I’m really enjoying knitting it – but I’m also really craving my next project which is an aran cabled cardie!

In a bid to stick with my goal of one garment at a time, I decided to start a quick and easy crochet project to work on when I wasn’t in the mood for 4ply (crochet is a different category so it doesn’t count. I’m not cheating!).

I’ve been (very gradually) decorating our bathroom and decided to crochet a bathmat, using felted Rowan Creative Focus Worsted. I have used this yarn in quite a few of my felted designs – Bobble Bathmat from Cute Little Knits and the Felted Toy Basket & Circular Felted Rug from The Knitted Nursery Collection. It makes a lovely sturdy felt and I had quite a few part balls knocking around!

I doubled up the yarn and used a large crochet hook so it was really speedy to make. I washed it at 40 degrees, which means it should be fine now to re-wash on 30 delicates without shrinking further. I sort of wish I’d made myself the Bobble Bathmat instead – because the texture of the felted bobbles is lovely! But I do find crochet really relaxing and it gives me a break from tiny knitting needles.

After a little rest I feel ready to get on with Brona and it’s coming along nicely now. I just need to finish the front and knit the sleeves. Well – about halfway there anyway!