After knitting a hat for Adam for Valentine's Day, I remembered how much I enjoy having a portable project. I can't read in the car, but I am able to knit without nausea. I can knit and visit at the same time. I have the chance to be moderately creative without using my full attention--a good thing, as I feel a bit scattered these days! :-)
I really want to start knitting socks, but that will NOT be mindless, so for now I'm back to potholders. Three summers ago I felted an entrelac (diamond patterned) potholder. Over our Smoky Mountain vacation, I finished a matching one, using most of the remaining yarn.
Felting always seems a bit like magic. Knit something big and floppy with 100% wool (not superwash),
To make the best use of water, I felted four items today. Below is an eraser for our dry erase board:
Mason-Dixon Knitting) has blocks of color knit perpendicular to each other, and didn't shrink evenly.
It took a lot of intervention (some hand felting, lots of pulling and stretching) just to create what you see below.
And here's one more photo, to give you a better perspective on the shrinkage these pieces undergo. I know I showed everything next to rulers, but I think it's more impressive to see how much floor tile this fills up before and after felting.
I've got lots of wool left, so there are quite a few potholders in my future!