So, as I said yesterday...Kim’s cool felting looked like fun. She made it look easy and Smith said he had the needed tools on hand...why not give it a try. Truly, I should know that trying to learn something new, something untried and unique, usually leads to disaster, at least when unsupervised. If only Kim lived near by...sigh.
It isn't that I'm untalented in the many aspects of needlework, but most of what I know was hard won. Some techniques come easily, others took many years of practice, and this one certainly needs more work, as you can see. You might say I'm a jack of all (needlework) trades, but a master of none. Kim it isn't you...don't fret. Even after carefully, so carefully reading through the instructions, check to be sure all the tools handy, and each step followed as well as I could, it wasn't good enough. All I got was a felted rag...sigh. In hindsight it may be that the fiber wasn't wet enough, or maybe not thick enough, or...well, it was certainly something! Sigh...
I did have better luck with my knitting project. Many of you guessed that I'd started a Mitered Mitten (from Knitter's Almanac by Elizabeth Zimmerman). The yarn is handspun from Manise and it was so much fun to watch the colors change as I knit. The yarn is SO nice, Manise...you did a fabulous job of spinning. The pair will be fraternal, which is perfect for handspun mittens, and that suits me just fine. They will also be so warm...perfect for winter walks with Moxie.
The yarn softened beautifully when the mitten was blocked and it's so nice against my skin. As you can see I have the same problem with the mitten thumb that Susan had. On the next pair, I'll figure out a way to add a few gusset stitches so the palm seam doesn't pull so dramatically. I've cast on and should have the second mitten finished soon...it is getting cooler each day and they'll be nice to have.
Maybe I should just stick with knitting. I seem to have figured it out well enough.