Wednesday, October 08, 2008

ISO Advice skull hat has lost it's "spring."

This was the unwashed, but "springy" cap that I made for my nephew, Tyler.

I let it soak in a cold water wool wash for a couple of minutes, rinsed it gently and laid it out flat to dry. Unfortunately and ever since, it's been hanging like an overcooked lasagne noodle. Any advice on how I can tighten it up a little? I thought about the two minutes in the dryer (to at least make it a bit smaller), but I thought I'd check with you experts first. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. It's made from 100% merino (Brand Name: Takhi Torino). Thank you!

And on the flip side, yaaaayy! My first Baby Surprise Jacket (and first real garment) is all knitted up. I love it and can completely understand the whole "Zimmermania" philosophy now. Like everyone said, just trust the pattern (and notes & Becky's instructions) and knit. I still have put on the buttons and I want to dress up the neck line too, but the big part is complete.

This is my Cascade Fixation Newborn Hat for Alexandra Brianna (See, I can compromise). ;)

And I began her Mason Dixon Kimono yesterday. The pattern is really neat and I'm enjoying the easy knit of it all.

Have a great week everyone!


Julie said...

Such a pretty sweater and hat. You are really going to town on the baby knitting, aren't you. I totally understand - it's so much fun (and quick)!

I have no advice for you, but am looking forward to reading what others have to say.

Dianne said...

Wow Dana..who put that bee in your're all fired up..Beautiful sweater and advice on the other hat..other than, grow into it!!
You did a superb job on BS..perhaps one day you can teach a class on it..I'd pay as long as I can use stash yarn;)

Jadielady said...

Beautiful job on all accounts!! I've ordered some yarn to try colorwork - we'll see how I do ;)

Angela Cox said...

I love that surprise jacket ! The hat ...well I'm as lost as the others I'm afraid Dana .

Marianne said...

Love the hat but really don't know what to tell you... sorry. run a search for advice? see what's out there? I know.. ask Becky! :^)
LOVE the BSJ!!!I should tell you, the little Tomten jackets? every bit as much fun... yes, I am just sayin'...
Little Brianna Alexandra ;^) is going to be the best dressed baby in the state, that little hat is so cute and with the Kimono and Pinwheel blankie? WOW!

frommylefthand said...

I had the same problem last year. The dryer didn't help AT ALL. Didn't even shrink it in the least. I asked around for advice. The only thing I got was to wash again and crumple it up to let it dry. That didn't help either. Finally, I took a risk ... let it soak in hot water for a few minutes and it helped. I was using 100% classic merino wool. I'm not advising you to do it because IT IS a risk ... but that's what I did to mine. :-) I was also told by people to wash my yarn before I made the project and got a lot of "how did your swatch turn out when you washed it?" ... HUH? I almost always skip that step. lol Whereas I received the response of "That's what happens when you don't do a swatch."

Spinning Lara said...

I love the hat! Very cool :) What about super hot water, then super cold water? It might felt/full a bit, but should shrink it.

I did a felted mobius bowl out of similar yarn and had a heck of a time getting it to felt worth a darn.