Thursday, December 10, 2009

Very disappointed...

The good news: I finished the Norwegian Lusekofte Cap for Michael. It matches his damnable crotch rocket motorcycle so hopefully he'll like it.

Now for the bad news. Afraid is would be a bit too large, I washed the cap in the washing machine. I knitted the hat in Knit Picks Swish Worsted, a yarn I truly like. But despite what the label says, this is definitely not machine-washable wool. The cap came out of the washer a fuzzy, ugly mess. It appears that the red fibers fuzzed up and over the black ones giving it an almost purple cast. I spent an hour this morning with my fabu Gingher scissors cutting off the hideous halo. Ugh.

I also think it lost some body during the wash cycle. The cap now flops around like a marionette. SIGH... how disconcerting to spend hours and hours knitting something only to have it crash and burn in the final descent!

Oh well, he's 17. He'll probably never notice. Either that or he'll never wear it anyway because it's missing that je ne sais quoi teenage coolness I never understand.

It's the thought that counts, right? In the meantime, handwash your Swish! Caveat knitter!

1 comment:

  1. I don't let ANYTHING hand knit wool or wool that is even factory made to go anywhere near the washer except to lay it flat on towels to dry.
    I'm always afraid, not of pilling, but of stretching, shrinking and , above all..FELTING.
    It's still a nice hat, however.