This is the kind of luck that I have.
I spend all day knitting a beautiful and delicate headband that I’m am super excited to wear with my new hair. The pattern is a bit of a trial – but having finished it, I’m satisfied (but not loving the pattern so much that I would want to knit it again). Perfectly content if you will.
I show the boyfriend the headband and his feelings are lukewarm. Sigh.*
A few days later, with slept-in curls, my boyfriend decides the headband it actually pretty cute. YAY!
A day later (yesterday), said boyfriend comes up from the basement with a basket full of laundry fresh from the drier.*
You know that “classic” (overused) scene in the movies where the character screams “NOOOOOoooo!” while the camera zooms away really fast ( probably to indicate the lack of control the character has for their situation) to reveal a really deep abyss, or the character falling from the sky or something similarly horrible?
That’s what I felt here. My headband was at the top of the pile of laundry.
“Did my headband go through the wash?” I say.
“Yea, I thought ‘Did she mean for that to go through the laundry?’” my boyfriend replies. *
I grab it off the top of the pile. It’s felted. Much of the stitch definition (the whole point of lace) is lost. Some of it remains – it’s not even a consistent felting job.
So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to describe how Knitpicks Gloss survives a trip through the washing mashine (to contribute to the greater knitting knowledge in the world).
Softness: Maybe a bit softer than before it went in the wash. I think the silk (25%) really helped to keep the scratchiness at bay – as did the merino content I’m sure.
Shrinkage: Not too much – I can still wear this as a headband – but MUCH of the stitch definition has been lost.
Felting: Inconsistent. I think that this is probably due to the fact that the laundry machine was FULL (probably more full than the manufacturer would recommend). Also, it only made one trip through the machine – and usually when I felt stuff, it takes at least 2 or 3 trips.
Other thoughts: I’d definetly try felting with this yarn again (on purpose this time). I think that for an ipod cozy or something else small, cute, and in need of some durability it would be a great way to keep some shine and softness involved.
*As much as I would love to place the blame on someone other than myself, I cannot. The headband got tangled in my shirt as I removed it (my shirt) – and I didn’t retrieve the headband then. Also, I started the laundry load when I put the stuff in the washing machine – and obviously I didn’t check the laundry well enough. Thus, I am only to blame here, not my boyfriend.