Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Folk Shawls and Felting

I have two new books in my Knitting Library. Knitting for Two has two or three patterns that I might use or adapt and that's ok. (Sorry, the photo disappeared.) Folk Shawls is fantastic! Instead of finding one or two patterns I would like to make it is easier to find the two or three that I don't want to make. The background behind each shawl and the country it comes from is fascinating. The patterns are at all levels of difficulty, mostly easy to medium range, which is fine by me. If you don't have this book and you like shawls and/or lace, get it now and you won't be disappointed.

The felting craze is beginning to hit me. Ok, I'm a late bloomer. The only successful felting/fulling I've done is by accident. When the boys were young some of their mittens made it into the laundry by accident and we liked them even more when they were thicker and fuller. Other felting projects I've tried do not felt enough or perhaps I gave up too soon. My latest attempt are the felted clogs by Bev Galeskas. My washing machine is a front loader, which for obvious reasons, does not allow one to open the door while the cycle is in progress. We're paying a visit to my parents this weekend so I figure this is a good project for Mom and me. These clogs have a lot of felting to do before they will fit my little foot!


Rowan said...

I really like the look of Folk Shawls, must see whether I can find a copy. Felting is something I've never tried though I know it's a very 'in' thing to do at the moment. You have some interesting sounding books among your recent reads too - I've seen the Agatha Raisin books at the library but haven't tried them yet.

Britta said...

I love that book too :-) There are so many wonderful shawls and the pattern are wellwritten.

Welcome to the felting-world :-) It's so much fun. I haven't tryed felting anything other than bags, but I would like to make an jacket someday

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