Big Box of Knitting Fails – Bad Yarn Substitution!
For those of you that have taken classes with me, you know all about “Patty’s Big Box of Knitting Fails”. I seem to have an example of something tragic I’ve done in my knitting for nearly everything I’m teaching. So, I’m launching a new blog series to dig into my knitting boo boos. Today’s episode . . .
Bad Yarn Substitution = to felt or not to felt
About 12 years ago, I thought I’d make a fast, fun, felted scarf. The pattern was all in stockinette, and then felted to make a cozy scarf. It featured stripes of white and black yarn held together with stripes of the solid white. The felting made the black and white flecks appear in a random fashion, and it kind of widened out at the doubled yarn sections and narrowed a bit for the white sections.
No brainer right . . . unless you grab a black 100% wool from your stash and a white 100% acrylic from your stash. That’s right folks, acrylic doesn’t felt. (BTW: forgive the low res pic. This was a long time ago, so it was not taken on a fancy camera, might have even been – gasp – film)
What resulted was a kind of bizarre little item that rolled at the sides for every acrylic stripe and then kind of morphed into 1/2 felted, 1/2 not stripes.
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