Monday, March 12, 2007

Touch me follow-up

A while back I made a pair of Touch Me gloves as part of the Knitting Olympics. For those of you that may be interested in making some, but have hesitated due to their hefty price tag, I thought I would direct this to you. I have been wearing these gloves practically non-stop since completion. They fulfill two main requirements, they are Purple, and they're equally warm and soft. I washed them twice during the Finishing process and was totally scared both times. I have been wanting to wash them again, since they have seen lots of different surfaces (read germs) and then more recently because I felt the need to dump a cup of hot chocolate on them (stupid stupid). I wanted to wash them inside out because the only real complaint I have about the Touch Me is that it's been pretty fuzzy on the inside. Get-caught-in-your-nails fuzzy and pull-out-big-globs-of-fuzz-every-time-you-remove-them fuzzy. So, I flipped them inside out and threw them in a lingerie bag and in the washer. My old fears returned after their initial run thru the dryer. They were somewhat damp when I pulled them out and since I was getting ready to leave the house I felt compelled to leave them on top of the dryer inside out, shrivelled up and rather hard looking/feeling. I had that same sinking feeling in my stomach that I had gotten the first 2 times I washed these gloves, sure that I had ruined them, and holy crap what a pricey mistake. When I returned home again, I sucked it up, shoved them right side out (still kinda stiff at this point) put them BACK in the lingerie bag and stuck them back in the dryer. There is something magical that happens in the last 10 minutes or so of drying these Touch Me gloves. When I pulled them back out, they were dry, the right size, and luxuriously soft. And CLEAN!! I still love my gloves, I hope to be a little brave-r the next time they need washing and if not, I hope I remember to read back thru this post to see that I survived it before, so I'll survive it again.

Here's the proof: That was then
And this is now:
IMO they look as good today as they did when I finished them last year. Whoo hoo!!

In other news, Ms. Ashley and I spent quite a bit of time together yesterday and I have almost finished spinning my angora/merino roving. I picked up some metallic thread from Joann and as soon as the single is finished I will attempt to ply it with the metallic thread. I have no idea what the finished yardage will be since I'm still so new to this whole thing, but I'm hoping it will be enough for a shawl of some sort. Wish me luck!

Happy Monday if you're into that sort of thing, and all I can say is my ladies are doomed since I'm NOT and I AM teaching a class tonight. Rest up, that's all I can say!!

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Yikes, what a heart stopping experience washing our woolies can be! I have ruined a few things by trying to save time, cut corners and over fluff some of my fav scarves. Oh well live and learn and I am happy to hear that your story had a happy ending.
As for the inquiry as to what type of yarn I used for my clogs? I used Lamb's Pride worsted double stranded throughout in a dog hair and dirt friendly brown.
So gorgeous--- I really need to finish my Touch Me scarf (maybe in time for next winter!!)
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