A couple of months ago, I was working on a freeform bag I aptly named Holly's Folly. I had the notion that I would knit up some roving and felt a nice smooth liner for it. Right. I started knitting and decided immediately that knitting with roving
sucked was not for me. Despite seeing evidence all over the web that doing so would produce a bag with no stitches visible, and that lots of people were doing it and loving it. Uh huh.
Anyway, never one to let projects lie around, I decided to finish the thing even after I realized that A. I hated doing it and B. it was going to be much too heavy to use as a liner. So I knit on it until I couldn't stand it another minute and was running out of roving (oh, and did I mention that the finished bag used the entire 8 oz of roving), then bound off. Great, now I can finally felt the thing. First, in order not to lose any of the loosely knit corriedale, I felted by hand, no easy feat in a kitchen sink the size of a grapefruit.
When my arms were throbbing and my hands cooked, I transferred the slightly shrunken mass into a lingerie bag and dropped it into the washing machine with a pair of jeans and a bit of soap. Happily shed of the whole darn thing, I sat down at my desk to get some work done. Next thing I knew, the machine beeped it's Ta Da, I'm done! Now mind you, this thing was HUGE when it went in. What I pulled out was a hat. For a smallish head. And it was a good 1/2 inch think. A. plopped it on his head and said "LOOK, a FEZ! You got a tassel?"
I snatched it off him and started tugging on it till I got an idea for a bag shape. Just as I was getting it to where it didn't want to make me cry when I looked at it, my stepmother came downstairs, picked it up, plopped it on her head and said, "Nice hat!" Grrrrr.
Then it dried, and I began to really see the possibilities. I dry felted the spirals on last night and picked out some lime green acrylic handles from MJM Trims. I think I like it! I did grumble the entire time I was knitting on the darn thing and A. kept saying, in that "I know better than you voice" that I can't stand, that it would be beautiful once it was finished and that I really should quit cursing at it.
I hate it when he does that, even though in this instance, I'm really glad he was right.