Tuesday, November 21, 2006

birthday scarf for my mum

Before I forget, thanks for all the comments about my recent FOs. I tend not to reply to comments unless I have something productive to say, but I do always read them and go over to any link that's left with them - I've found a load of new knit blogs from comments.


So, another FO. I finished this ages ago. But it was a gift for my mother's birthday, so I had to hide it. I used about two and a half balls of luxury tweed. It was just a simple st st scarf on 3.25mm needles. When finished, I arranged some marbles at each end - kept inside the fabric with rubber bands - and threw it in the washing machine for a spin. As previously documented, our washing machine loves felting.


Once dry, I removed the marbles and popped the bobbles out. I'd been wanting to try this technique for ages and very pleased with the result. The colour should suit my mum well, and it's not too fussy (without being something too simple and boring for a birthday present). It's also incredibly warm and soft.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a nifty little technique. I didn't have too much faith in it when I read about it but your results are encouraging.

My new washing machine will be getting it first turn at felting this weekend. But I am not above going to the laundrette to use the top loader...

Stacey said...

What a great idea! It makes such neat little bobbles!

gleek said...

oh i've seen that technique before.. isn't it japanese? very cool. i love the way it turned out.

Amy said...

Very cool! Imagine the possibilities wit other objects...

Pig wot flies said...

Lovely! Such a clever technique. One thing I've wondered about is how it stands up to washing. Are the physical changes casued by the felting process strong enough to keep their shape when washed gently by hand?

Chantal said...

Beautiful scarf. I've used the Shibori felting technique for scarves. It's fun and easy to do.

Alice said...

reply to pigwhatknits/flies:

The effect of the marbles seems to be that that bit doesn't felt, so although you have to be a bit careful with blocking when you wash it, the scarf does keep it's shape.

Alice said...

also emailed to Gleek:

yep - it's called shibori felting

at least I think it is. it was under the title of shobori felting that
I first saw it, but I think shibori refers to a larger set of
techniques, including folding while you felt, etc.

Woolly Wormhead said...

Think Shibori is a general Japanese term, as I first heard it mentioned for dyeing. Might mean 'resistance' or similar, as that's the outline of the dyeing method. It is a lovely technique... lots of bobbly Hats have sprung to mind!

Lara said...

Lovely effect- I wanted to see some shibori knitting for a while. I always think it is quite similar to tie-dying really.

Also I don't know if you saw this on Crafster -its an exchequered with space invaders theme!