I can talk about it. I can now talk about how I handed down all of our beloved wool to my sister for my nephew to use. I can talk about how I lovingly washed each pair, lay them out to dry and shaved them...knowing I wouldn't see them again for a very long time or until I had another babe of my own to wear them. I can talk about how I wrote out directions, told over the phone several times and showed her how to care for them as lovingly as I had...I can talk about how I specifically detailed they were NOT to be put in the washer or dryer.
I sent this:
I got back this:
Why, yes...that is a 7" DPN next to that pair of shorties...see trauma. I no longer knit anything remotely wool for my sister.
The sad part is...this wasn't even the worst of it. I have 6 pairs of felted beyond belief wool shorties sitting on my table right now...sigh. Alas, poor woolies...I knew them well. To deal with this horrid crime against my woolies, I am turning them into ornaments...works of art to hang on my tree once a year so that I can pet them and smile at the fond memories of my boy romping in the grass.
For what it's worth, I've learned one critical thing...Blackberry Ridge merino is damn near wool-idiot proof. The two things I sent to KY made from BBR came back only slightly felted with plenty of stretch still and the stitches are completely definable. I've even run them through a couple of hot wash and dry cycles to try to felt them further...isn't gonna happen. I love BBR!
Finally a pattern for sale...I know, I know...you like the freebies. Still there has to be some sort of balance, right?
Here's the finished product:
This is an incredibly quick and simple knit. Perfect one skein project with (depending on the yarn type and yardage you use) should leave plenty of yarn leftover for a skinny scarf or a Caliometry. You can get the pattern at Ravelry via the little button over there under Patterns for $$.
I actually designed these for my aborted hike in Washington this past spring. Nice tight fit around the forearm with a longer finger area to keep them from slipping and still protect my fingers and palm from the rocks and ropes. Enjoy!
This is my most favorite part of the design process...the testing stage. I'm doing something new this go around though. I've taken on testers at Ravelry...brave women who are willing to torture themselves into learning a new knitting technique in order to take a stab at a brand new pattern.
I bow down to them...they're doing it for the fun of it...I did it because I absolutely just HAD to conquer Tunisian knitting and HAD to design a pattern to show off that perfect weave. HAD TO, I tell ya!
Of course, it's not as if the pattern is way hard. Really simple actually, it's designed to highlight the actual knitting...which is what I love about Tunisian. You can help but want to show that off.
At any rate, I am now driving several other women crazy with this pattern. Hopefully not too crazy though!