Sunday, January 07, 2007

Merry Craft-mas part III: I knit some stuff

Dear Shayne,

I knit a few things for Christmas this year. In addition to the hat I made for Bill's dad (mentioned in this post) and my mom's napkin rings (which were a huge hit), I made some fingerless gloves that were similar to the ones I made for Dawn (but I didn't take a picture, for some reason... the new ones were blue, so just use your imagination...)

I also made these sweet little ornament sweaters for Bill's brother's family:
Tiny sweater ornaments

Dad, mom, and baby! They're tiny -- quarter shown here for scale...
Tiny sweater ornaments

And I fulled/felted (this is a long, boring question of semantics, but the correct term for turning knitted wool into felt by way of hot water and agitation is "fulling" and the popular term for it these days is "felting." I don't really get too hung up on these things, so if anyone is interested in correcting me even further on these terms, don't bother, cause I kind of don't care, as long as it all works out the way I wanted it to) a pair of slippers. That is, I knit them up really huge and then threw them in a washing machine and, by way of hot water and agitation, shrunk them down to a normal size:
Fulled slippers

I wish I had taken a "before" picture of these bad boys because they were over 2 feet long and absolutely gigantic but they shrank right down to a men's size 8. No matter how many times I do this process, it always seems like magic. I'll be sure to get a "before" picture next time I do it, so you can see what I'm talking about.

Unfortunately, all of the pictures in this post are absolute crap (the last one was taken in my parents' laundry room while the slippers were drying -- I didn't get a chance to de-fuzz them before I left, so they're still quite fuzzy here), but you get the idea: I knit some stuff.

Next post: awesome crafty stuff that I got for Christmas! Yeah!



Shayne said...

Oh. My. God. The little sweaters are so fracking cute! You are a knitting goddess!

Anonymous said...

Hee hee. I'm no goddess, but I am pleased with how those little sweaters came out. I still think they would have been better with names embroidered on 'em, but Bill disagreed. Since it's his family, he won.

Less work for me anyhow! ;)