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Yayy! Gryffindor scarf!

My friend in Canada sent me the Gryffindor scarf she made for me! It's so warm and beautiful. I love the pattern, and it's got a great texture. I know this winter I'm going to be all toasty and may want to get outside just to wear it a lot. The bookmarks were great too, and very useful. I'm always using bookmarks. The button is so true. "Our National Health Plan: Don't Get Sick."

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Aug. 19th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad it got to you so quickly! :D And I'm glad you like the scarf; nice soft wool to keep your neck warm. I don't know how cold winters get for you, but I'm happy it'll get some good use. :3
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Duh, purr purr purr thank you! I had a brain fart about your handle, it's hard to connect when I'm foggy.

Winters aren't too bad here, not compared to some places I've lived. I bundle up anyway because even in San Francisco I'd bundle up if it went under 60. I don't do well with cold, never did. I'll be using it constantly.

Real wool! That's that fluffy soft texture I'm not used to. I love handmade things anyway, but I'm used to that acrylic wool you get in discount stores because it's cheap and washable and has a great color range. It's like a friend saying "I want to sketch your cat" and sending me an oil painting! Thank you!
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
I suppose I should warn you that the scarf'll probably have to be handwashed or else it might felt. I can't remember if I mentioned that in the card or not; can't hurt to mention it here too. :)

Heh. Don't tempt me to knit you cashmere bedsocks, if you want warm soft fluffy things! *chuckles*
Aug. 19th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
You didn't mention it in the card, so thank you so much for telling me here. I might have ruined it by accident. I love that feel, and will be treating it with Woolite and hand scrubbing if it ever gets soiled. I ruined every pair of wool socks I've ever had that way, because they'd eventually wind up in the laundry with all the other socks and come out child sized.

Fortunately it's easier to keep a scarf separate from other laundry.

Kitten loves knitting with real wool too, and sometimes she deliberately does things intending to felt them afterwards by washing. I still don't understand how you can tell exactly how much something will shrink to guesstimate how to make it that much larger before felting it, but that's her idea and she's the knitting expert. We have some interesting discussions about it sometimes. Did you know ancient Norse people used to make fake fur, tying tufts of wool into it as they went to create thick shaggy furs out of fleece? I didn't when Karl told me about that.
Aug. 19th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
If I remember correctly, felting or fulling something woolen will reduce the area by about 1/4 to 1/3, but I haven't done much experimenting with felting yet, so I haven't seen it firsthand.

I didn't know that, but that's kinda neat! I'll bet that was wonderfully warm, too, with the extra thickness of the tufts of wool on the fabric. That's sort of the theory behind thrummed mittens and other garments, taking tufts of unspun woll and knitting them in every once in a while, so that there's a lot of fleece on the inside of the garment. Extra insultation that way!
Aug. 19th, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yep, I think that was their idea. They would use patterns with it too, with dark and light fleece, make entire cloaks of fake fur that way, or blankets. I saw one at an SCA event once and it was beautiful and thick. So thick it was like a bearskin, really.

From my mishaps with socks, that's about right. Since the socks fit before they shrank though, that meant I wound up giving the felted socks away to children or women with small feet. My socks get too dirty too fast for hand washing though. Scarves tend to stay a lot cleaner, but wool socks are too easy to lose in a pile of regular washing and destroy.
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