I am determined to learn how to felt. I have bought wool, the itchy, awful kind that would have given me nightmares as a child, because I am determined to learn how to felt and that is the kind of wool that is required. The process is not going very well.
I started out with a pamphlet that claimed to explain felting. However, my own knitting limitations popped up right away. You see I've gotten into the habit of making my own patterns. And over the past few years I've learned enough so that it usually works out. I can sit down and knit a sweater that I see in my head (even one with cables... the pictures I've posted are old knitting projects that I happen to have pics of on my computer) and have it turn out (most of the time). So when I didn't see any patterns I liked in the pamphlet I read the instructions one more time carefully and decided to make up my own...
The first try was a disaster. I misjudged exactly how much the length of the hat would shrink and ended up with a flattened plate like blob that even Sadie wouldn't go near.
Round 2 was going to be perfect though (can't you see the pride that popped up that made the end result pretty much inevitable). I made the hat much longer. I tried it on and the rough wool went all the way down to my chin. There was no way the thing wouldn't fit when it came out of the washer. I'd taken everything into consideration. Everything except the possibility that the second hat would go into the washer for the exact same amount of time on the exact same setting as the first hat had and would shrink even more.
The second hat is wearable. But I had to ask Paul about a dozen times what he thought before he decided to make up something nice (along the lines of the "hat growing on him"... and that was with some prompting after watching me work on the thing for a dozen hours) just so that I would leave him alone and stop asking him about it. Not a good sign.
Thankfully after some searching I found this pattern on yarn.com. The best part about it is that it's free (a free hat pattern! Hip-hip-hooray!)! So here goes try #3. I'm really hoping this thing turns out. I'm knitting a sweater for Sadie at the same time just in case though! I can only take so many knitting disappointment in one week!