I think we are all guilty of this, but this one really makes me irritated with myself. I was doing hand laundry–in the washing machine. I was tired because I didn’t sleep well two nights this past holiday weekend, and I was just trying to have too many things going at once. I threw the swatches I’d made over the weekend along with a wool hat into the mix, closed the lid of the washer, turned out the light and walked away. Completely forgetting about the laundry, which I really only wanted to agitate for a few minutes.
The hat is ruined. One of the swatches is just shy of starting to felt, so no good for a gauge swatch (but not unusable when dried, still not swatch-worthy), and the other two swatches, which are meant to be washed, look great, but have left fuzz all over everything else I had in the machine. This certainly didn’t save me much time in the long haul, but since it just allows more knitting, I will not complain too bitterly.
I loved the hat, so I’ve ordered more yarn for a set of hats. So all is not lost. I have enough yarn left to do a gauge piece, then the samples can be sent to someone else to knit. The great thing is that I now know all about (well two of the yarns) Happy Fuzzy Yarn. So, Riin, you’re on my Indie Dyer yarn list!
I have also not been paying attention to blog writing this week. I appreciate everyone who visits my website, so I truly apologize for this. Holiday weeks are really crazy for me because of all I have to fit into them, but this one was made even more complicated by the fact that I agreed to substitute for two classes at FIDM on Friday the 23rd. I must have been insensate when I agreed. I never substitute for anyone because my weeks are just too booked. But I did agree, and even when it became clear it was a crazy idea, I couldn’t back out. So I got up, got on the train, and arrived within 30 seconds of the 8:30 am class time. I was available for 5 extra hours, and hardly any students saw fit to take advantage of getting my input on their work. Not one to waste time, I wrote a rubric for grading final portfolios, and worked on other organizational stuff.
I wanted to alert those of you intrigued by Betty Salpekar’s book Solefull Socks that Hunter Hammersen is doing a giveaway on her blog–must leave a comment before June 1. If you are looking for other great knitting, join us for a Jill Wolcott Knits Boardwalk Bag Knit Along, beginning June 23! The pattern is available on Ravelry, Craftsy, and here. I know for sure that the pattern price will go up to $10 on July 21. I’m adding some great new things to this pattern during the knit along. You’ll get the pattern updates regardless of the price you pay, so you can purchase now and insure you’ll get the best price (you know we do the best patterns!) and the updates. Also sign up for the Jill Wolcott Knits newsletter to make sure you get notified of any prizes or drawings we have (participation will be required to win).