Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Felonious Fiber

I think anyone who knits (and probably crochet too) knows that yarn has a mind of it's own. We all pretend we're in control of things like gauge, finishing, and blocking while secretly crossing our fingers that the yarn will behave itself. But in truth all it takes is one rouge skein to ruin an entire project.

On the other hand- good-natured, wholesome, unspun fiber has always behaved itself. I've never had a problem with wet or needle felting projects. Wool has always been a pleasure to work with, never trying to pull anything sneaky (unlike it's offspring, yarn).

I've often thought something happens when you twist loose fiber into yarn. All that twisting makes some yarn go bad.

And don't even get me started on projects that are knit then felted... I know the goal is to agitate the yarn, but throwing badly behaved yarn into the washing machine just seems to make it angry!

But I'm posting today to tell you that the problem goes much deeper my friends. In fact all the way to the source.

Turns out that fiber is really the criminal mastermind!

That's the only way I can explain how a simple wet felted "snowball" can go so horribly, horribly wrong.

It's lumpy, bumpy and somehow the previously snow white fiber shows dark grey lines once felted. And some parts of it actually refused to felt to the others!

It's now obvious to me that wool can be evil to the core.

Do you think these problems could be traced all the way back to ill-tempered sheep?

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