Saturday, November 24, 2007

Yep, it was the ball winder all right

Well, partly. Really it was my inability to keep from wanting to play with other yarns. Although, I have learned that the big ball winder really doesn't seem to work too well with smaller amounts of yarn. Or else I'm doing something wrong. So I ordered myself a new ball regular plastic Royal ball-winder. It's not here yet or I'd have even more new things on the needles.

I did manage to finish yet another long term project though. I managed to finish my French Market Bag in the week before Thanksgiving. I had to run it through my mum's washer 4 times before it got even close to felted enough though. Next time I'm trying a laundromat machine.

pre-felting it fills the seat of my chair
post-felting it is only about half the width of the chair
It stands up fairly well on its own but it could probably benefit from still more felting to make it stiff enough to stand up better. I still like it as it is for carrying small knitting projects so I may leave it this way. If I make another I will probably adjust how I do the bottom and try to felt it more to make it stiffer.

Since the arrival of the big ball winder I have wound up 7 new skeins of yarn (not counting the Cluaranach I mentioned last time) and knitted a bit on a bunch of things. I've started the planning and knitting for some Holiday gifts so may not blog them until after the holidays. Just in case someone is reading who would then not be surprised.

I hope everyone reading who celebrates it had a lovely Thanksgiving. We had a nice meal and are having a lazy long weekend. Kinda.


Sheepish Annie said...

Fabulous bag!!! I generally hand-felt everything since I trashed my washing machine with all the felting. It takes a bit longer, but works really well.

The wrinkly hands aren't all that attractive, though...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wanda said...

Wow, you've been busy. Good for you finishing those various projects. Doesn't that feel great - now you can wind more yarn. :-) Wonder why the big Straunch winder doesn't seem to work as well with small amounts? I once emailed Mr Straunch about some confusion I had using some of his hand carders. He was most friendly and helpful. He might be able to give you some good tips.

I read about your photo woes with Blogger on an early post. Blogger battles with losing my photos is a main reason I switched to WordPress.

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