Monday, April 14, 2008

Touch this

Okay, let's start by taking a trip way back to August of 2006. I went to my first Knitter's Night Out at Have You Any Wool, having met the Detroit Area Knitters a few weeks prior when the Yarn Harlot came to town. Two things happened that night-- I met my now good friend Sonya and bought some Touch Me.

After some thought (and getting 2 more balls from Jae), I started on the Vintage Velvet scarf from Scarf Style. I got about a foot of it done, then for some reason (maybe because I didn't love knitting it, even though I love the feel of the yarn) it sat. And sat. And sat.

Fast forward about a year and a half later. I decided (since I'm in a designing holding pattern waiting for yarn to arrive) to make myself finish it. A group of us met to knit the afternoon away yesterday (including Sonya, of course) and I got within 3 inches of finishing the thing. When I got home I was compelled to get to the end of the last ball, and I did. It took me until this morning to work up the nerve to put it through the washer and dryer though!

Exhibit A: Done knitting, not yet felted

Helpful hint: Weave in the ends very well BEFORE washing-- the fuzz will come off the yarn leaving little black threads to weave in otherwise. Luckily I got this tip before I found out the hard way.

Chuck it in the washer with a load of laundry.

When it comes out, try not to cry.

Exhibit B: Out of the washer

Pop it in the dryer until it's about 90% dry, then lay it out to dry the rest of the way (to avoid setting any creases in it). Check the woven-in ends to make sure none have come loose, fix if they have.

Exhibit C: All done, nice and pretty!

So the saga is over and I have a nice new cozy scarf, just in time for spring (oh well!)


Dana said...

Pretty pretty, love the color!! I've made two touch me projects and I'm still scared to send it thru the washer and dryer. I wonder if that ever goes away?

Lucky you to have such a pretty FO, it's not too warm yet, I'm sure you'll get a chance to show it off.

Shorty said...

Oh My Goodness!!! It came out absolutely fabulous!

Wow, has it been less than two years? I feel like we've been friends for a lot longer than that. You have been such an inspiration to me. Knitting and otherwise.

So glad you finished your scarf. I know it was bugging you.


Jae said...

That is gorgeous! Since 2 skeins came from me, does that mean I get to borrow it? ;)

bloomingknitter said...

It look so soft and cozy.

Leeann said...

It's SO beautiful! I think I want to make one now!

Larjmarj said...

SO yummy!