Presto! With a little soap, hot water and agitation, the ruched bag (see ruched bag post published on January 24, 2012) was transformed into a Felted Ruched Bag. knitorious was pleasantly surprised at the instantaneous performance of Lion Brand’s http://www.LionBrand.com Fishermen’s Wool. The fulling process was achieved after only one cycle of agitation. knitorious awards Lion Brand’s Fishermen’s Wool “four stitch markers” for performance.
After following an industry pattern, knitorious was disappointed by the outcome. She began to turn the pages of her many knitting reference books and found the necessary information to achieve the effect that knitorious had mentally pictured in her mind. In order to achieve the sculptural qualities of ruching, the use of two different needle sizes (US 9 and 10-1/2), along with strategically placed increases and decreases were needed to sculpt rows of dimensional knitting. Three skeins (465 yds/skein) of Lion Brand’s (www.LionBrand.com) Fishermens’s Wool, Color 098 knit perfectly for the felting of knitorious’ ruched bag. After the fulling process, knitorious will post photographs.
As you know by now, knitorious loves Dorset buttons. The Crosswheel reinvented using worsted weight yarn, and especially variegated yarn, produces a kaleidoscope of patterns and colors. The original purpose of Dorset buttons were for men’s waistcoats, but knitorious’ vision for the almost lost technique finds its way in adornment. knitorious will be teaching the Crosswheel technique at the creative craft lounge of A Work of Heart studio in San Jose, California. Visit http://www.aworkofheart.com to peruse a plethora of classes and sign-up online.