My little felted hearn purse is a trio of firsts for me: first intarsia, first i-cord, and first felting. Using Jay by Goddess Yarns and 9mm needles, it gauged at 3 sts/inch. I used a top loader, gentle cycle, hot water, small load, regular detergent, and washed with a pair of old jeans and some pink jammies. For the first 10 minutes, it did nothing, then magically, it shrunk in about 2 minutes, so I pulled it out and rinsed in cold water, pressed with towels, and blocked with plastic bags. It shrunk about a third, more in height than in width. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the way this felted, but if I make another one, I'll decrease the top edge, since it sort of bells out, or make a flap or button hole. I might sew a zipper to this one, and that would be another first for me.
My latest SEX: Peaches-n-Cream for a fun DD top, and Goddess Hayden, a smooth & sturdy cotton & silk blend to make something nice for me.
I tried to buy more yarn than this, mostly from the sale bin, and my boss Maria wouldn't let me! She warned my of the dangers of stashing, about employees that never saw a paycheck, and strongly encouraged me to only buy as much yarn as needed for current projects. Wise advice we should all heed!
Kelley and I met at the coffee shop again, and we wish you were there Shannon! Susan was there too, but all photos of her were blurry. Kelley is the coolest! She brought her spinning supplies, and showed us how she handspins her colorful yarn. After a few hours of stitching and spinning, the evening evolved into "Knitters Gone Wild" - several beers, two bars, punk rock bands, foozball, and then I overslept for work - not a good example for week two. Luckily Maria didn't mind the least bit, and I made up for it by untangling hanks of Collinette.