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I found some yellow wool and cotton mix yarn in my mothers unending yarn stash. Someone, my mother said it wasn’t her, had made something out of it before but decided to frog it again. It was a heap of unwound mess that took me half a day to untangle. (By the way, never fasten frogged yarn for washing with a rubber band. When the rubber ages it will deteriorate and amalgamate with the yarn. First yellow lesson!) I took inspiration from a vintage pattern with an asymmetric collar published in the January 1933 issue of Die Schachenmayrin (pdf provided on lovely Tichiro’s website). I tried to be clever and knitted the body in he round because it’s quicker but was punished, of course! Unfortunately, and didn’t I know it?, in the round the eyelet pattern doesn’t knit up as smoothly as it does in rows, even after washing. Second yellow lesson! It’s not that obvious in the picture but in real life, and for me anyway, it’s too obvious not to be an annoyance. Otherwise, I think, I’ve done a good job, even though I’m saying it myself. So, here I am, what do I do? Do I try to be strong and ignore it? Can my ignorance be stronger than my perfectionism? Or do I please my perfectionism and knit the jumper again with some other yarn and leave this to be frogged again at some point? You may think what a waste of time and effort to make a another jumper but as my mother used to say to me: Why do you ask me what you should do, you’ve already made up your mind? So, new jumper it is.

For all people who, like me, have to get over a slight disappointment here a youtube video of Dandash, I think I can safely say my favourite belly dancer, in rehearsal. She is great of course, those hip moves are to die for, but also, the drummer’s smiling face and the obvious fun he has never fail to cheer me up.

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Sometimes commercial jumpers are not fit for frogging. I don’t know whether they come like this or become like this in the wash but some yarns just disintegrate when you try to unravel them. That is pretty annoying but being me I can’t throw them away but have to put them with all those jumpers that found an accidental shrink in the washing machine (I get my wool cycle a bit wrong sometimes). In my unfathomable depth of positivity I tell myself that something will become of them one day…

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Second test

It seems this ‘one day…’ has come, I am making something. I stumbled upon this modular felt trivet on How about Orange and thought, that’s it!

Because the trivets are made from commercial felt whereas I have just shrunk knitwear, I made a few tests. My first test I seriously don’t want to show anyone. The felted pieces are not stiff enough to be cut properly. They give way, especially when I cut them with the scalpel. I used my little sharp embroidery scissors whenever possible. For the second test, and in the hope that the resulting fabric would be denser, I shrunk them again with another wash at 60 degrees . My second test looks very encouraging. I first enlarged the template to about 13 cm square because I didn’t like the look of the little squares. Cutting  bigger squares was easier, but I still had to be careful.

I’m pretty chuffed with my second test. I think I will make some wall art with the rest of the pile. More on this next weekend.

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