Thursday night's Harlot Happening / knitting fundraiser was great. Thanks to several generous sponsors there were lovely prizes for all. We also ended up with a tidy sum of money and a pile of hats to be donated to charities:
My knitting time is fully committed (and then some), so I felt ok with my strategy of donating extra money in lieu of a hat. Bells live-blogged the night as it happened. Kuka has posted about it too. I especially liked Jejune's crossword, which you can complete on her blog.
I think I've found something to do with all that Cosy Wool that doesn't felt. I took a little test drive on the ripple crochet bandwagon. Still a few glitches to iron out, like that holey first row/chain. I want to call it a cast-on but I don't suppose it is. I've done very little crochet before, and mostly only for felting - in which case it can be very messy and I don't have to worry too much about counting, just get the basic shape I want.
I had to laugh when I read the advice column in the recent (March 07) Lincraft 'How to make' brochure. The question from a reader was about trying to felt some 100% wool with no success. The answer was multifaceted and fascinating. Firstly it was surmised that she had probably attempted felting with wool treated to be machine washable. Yep, possibly. Or perhaps with Lincraft's own Cosy Wool purchased in the past two years? It was suggested that if she repeated the process with the same piece she might have more luck as she may have "washed out some of the treatment". I'm keen to know if this is possible/realistic. It sounds very unlikely to me. When I tried to felt the 'wrong' cosy wool I kept going for quite a long time, and the fabric only pilled and dragged, but showed no sign of felting. (Don't know if it was machine washable though).
The answer went on to note that Lincraft's new season 2007 Cosy Wool felts very successfully, that it's only available after March 2007, and to look out for the new purple label.
Cosy Wool always used to felt beautifully, and I'm glad the old Cosy is back. Well, I haven't tried it yet but will take them at their word for now . It just amused me that the whole point of this question-and-answer seemed to be to let people know essentially that the old Cosy is back; without actually having to admit that they made a mistake in changing the formula... whatever it was that they did.