Last time we met, our heroine was well on her way to completing her Celtic Tote bag, and she had purchased yarn for The Sunflower Tam from Knitting Nature, excited that she would have a flattering wool hat for the upcoming winter months. She had only some finishing work on the tote before she could felt it and block it.
Well, our heroine did indeed finish her Celtic Tote. She forced herself to sit down Friday night and complete the last half of the embroidery, and Saturday she seamed it up neatly, and felted it. The felting process went well, and she finished in record time; only 7 minutes in the washing machine!
She raved how the button fit well, the purse draped, but retained its shape, and marveled over how soft the felted wool turned out after it’s trip to what the Yarn Harlot has dubbed "Mr. Washie." It was stuffed with plastic bags and hung from a hanger with the little grooves for clothing with straps to hang from, and only 48 hours later, was bone dry, and all of her purse items have been transferred over.
The adept among you with notice the odd way the straps are attached. This was due to an oversight (read: not paying attention) on the knitter’s part, and only discovered after the entire tote was seamed together. She stewed over the idea of picking out the grafting and re-doing the straps for some time, and then decided against it, after discovering how she liked the way it hung in her hand when she carried it,and the way it stayed behind her shoulder when slung over it. Felting commenced as scheduled, and once it was blocked, our heroine moved onto the Sunflower Tam with alarming speed.
Our heroine loved how the chunky wool knit up quickly, and marveled over the creative way the stitches traveled and the way twists were used to imitate cables. She was even more impressed when she finished, and the top of it looked like this:
I wish I could say our heroine is happily enjoying her new hat, is inspecting her lovely handiwork from all angles, stroking the faux-cables when she thinks no one is looking, and seriously considering using the rest of the yarn (bought 3 balls, used 1.5) to make another one, as a backup in case this one gets lost/stolen/damaged/dirty, and other knitterly appreciations of the item. However, the Sunflower Tam brings no joy to the knitter, because as beautiful as the Tam looks from the back there, this is what it look like from the front:
She is our heroine no more, and bumped back down to "knitter" status again. The search for the perfect hat continues…tune in next time, same bat time, same bat channel.