One of Owl’s simpler rules of life applies equally to knitting: A warm sudsy bath never hurt anything.
For several too many months, my Ritzy mitts, knitted in Briar Rose Fibers Glory Days ~ the-skein-that-would-not-end ~ have been sitting in time out. BFL was the March wool-of-the-month. These got thumbs months ago. Four teensy little ends to be weaved in was all that was left. Except for the ladders. I mean honkin’ big ladders.
I knit everything on circular needles, and for things in the round, use either the magic loop technique, or Melissa Morgan-Oakes‘ two-at-a-time method. And for the life of me, I cannot explain how it is that both mitts had ladders on both sides that were big enough for me to step through. I tugged and fiddled with a crochet hook to no avail.
Finally, more months later, I gave up and decided to let warm water and Eucalan do the work.
I was right – the bath relaxed the fibers significantly. Enough so that:
a) they actually fit an adult hand and
b) the ladders are evident only to me.
Cross one more FO off the list. These mitts will become a teacher holiday gift. Two sets of mitts to go to keep toddler teachers’ hands warm and fingers free for all those little zippers.
Oops ~ in adding links here, it appears that I neglected to post
a finished photo of the Glory Days Snapdragon Tam. (The color is true in the blocked shot. For some reason, the daylight in this modeled photo refused to be color-corrected.) Another perfectly written Ysolda Teague pattern. A delightful experience with beautiful Bluefaced Leicester as part of the Knitter’s Book of Wool wool-along.
So from that one 500-yard skein, there was also an Ivy Vines cowl ~ and there’s still enough yarn left for another set of mitts. Talk about knitting-bang-for-the-buck!