"How I Finally Got Felt Up."
FC Easy Crochet Fall/Winter 2005 has a darling tea cozy pictured:
The only problem is, it's felted. Sigh. I'd been fighting the good fight, resisting the whole "felting thing" for months... nay, years! (By the way - it bothers me that it's actually "fulling" rather than "felting." Every time I say "felting" I feel like 3 kinds of idiot. But then again, I get bothered by fairly off-the-wall stuff. It doesn't seem to bother anyone else so I'll shut up about it. :::wink:::)
) But this cozy was so cute & I really needed one since I'm a big tea drinker. Sooooo....I pulled out some 100% non-superwash wool:
and got to work. I first crocheted that Manos de Uruguay you see in the upper left corner - alas, I was 2/3rds finished with the cozy when I realized I wouldn't have enough yarn to finish. Which is ironic considering what happened later, but I digress....
I decided on the purple Gjestal Naturgan and after a couple hours of crochet, I had this:
Quite useful for frightening children - a good Halloween costume in a pinch. (Sorry about the red nose - I'm still a little sniffly from my cold!)
Here it is with the intended pot:
Hmmmmm....lookin' a wee bit large, wouldn't you say???? Realizing it was too late to turn back now, I proceeded to felt (full) and felt....and felt...and felt....Until I had this:
Much better, but still waaaaaay too big:
(That white bit at the right is the spout.)
The flower came out much, much better. Before:
Honestly - how cute is that? A big, fat mum! It felted more than the pic in the magazine, but I really like it. :) The flower construction was fun too - very different, but very easy. :)
Here's the whole kit & kaboodle together:
Now - I'll be able to fix this. I'm going to sew the sides together so I'll have one big cozy to fit over spout & handle. It's not a big deal that it doesn't look like the picture since I'll still be able to use it. :) I'm already half way finished with another cozy half this size which should work out just about right. I will, of course, post pics when it's done. I'd just really like a cute little cozy that shows the teapot spout & handle sticking out. I hope I don't have to crochet & felt 4 cozies to get it! ha!
After all this, am I a felting convert? Um....nope! I might try a tote bag one of these days, but I can't see myself suddenly becoming a felting fiend. Too much work for an uncertain outcome, IMO. Plus, as I've said before, I tend to be very vain about the evenness of my stitches - both knit & crochet - and it rankles that felting destroys all that symmetry. :::grin:::
Speaking of symmetry, here's something that did more than rankle me this weekend:
Those two new balls of Berroco Zen I needed for my shrug are so different they might as well be from another galaxy. I could continue knitting and have the sleeves & upper back be that dull, grayish/black color and finish the rest with the bright black but....I think it would look really stupid and it would bother me forever.
One shrug to the frog pile. Damn!
Here's another pile I'll be getting to soon:
Flowers & flower pins, baby...lots of 'em. I'm obsessed. Both knit & crochet, I'll have 'em all here. Most of this yarn I received in a yarn swap at Crochetville - I think it's a perfect way to use up these orphan skeins. (Trust me - that lime green fun fur won't look too bad once I'm finished with it! ::::wink::::) I'm even going rustic with some neutrals. I'm a wild woman, I know. ;)
The next couple of days will be a bit busy - we're running around quite a bit today (going to a haunted tunnel of all things!), then tomorrow I work at the boy's school (where everyone is allowed to wear costumes for a big costume contest - should be interesting!) and, of course, we'll be trick-or-treating. :) I should be back Tuesday with even more pics. :::Grin:::
Happy Halloween to all & a Blessed Samhain to those who celebrate. :)