Monday, October 11, 2004

Showing Off "The Beast"

The Beast

Well folks, here it is...TAA DAA!!! Yes, I know it looks like an old blanket but it's soft and warm. It's going to be great to wear when it's snowy outside. It's kind of hard to see, but if you look close you can see it buttons just under the hands. I thought this would help hold in the warmth a little bit. I'm proud of it!!! This is the first project I have ever just taken off on and done my own thing. I had so much fun with it , I may try it again but on a smaller scale.

My first felted hat

This was my first attempt at felting. I'm pleased with it. If you have never felted before you should give it a try. First you knit the hat. (It's 5 sizes too big) then put it in a zippered pillow case. (If you don't you will be picking fuzz and fur out of your washer for weeks) Then fill the washer with the hottest water you can get and add a good squirt of dish soap. Next I threw in a couple of towels and a couple of pairs of old sneakers. It took about 25 min (checking it about every 5 min). When it was the right size I removed it, rinsed it, and rolled it in a towels to dry it a little. I took it from the towel and shaped the brim and left it to dry. It took about 2 days. I have to warn you , wet alpaca doesn't smell very nice. Hubby and I both thought it smelled like an old perm. The smell does go away when it's dry. (thank goodness)
I think the color goes well with "The Beast", don't you think so?? I have made a few of these hats for the hat drive. They are soft, thick and warm. Just perfect for an Ohio winter when we get the wind and lake effect snow. (Can you tell I'm trying to get ready for winter?) :)

I would like to thank those of you (both on my blog and by email) who have wished me well. You have know idea what it means to have your support. I am in a little better state of mind now than I was on my last post. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I will let you know what happens.


Blogger Amanda said...

Hey the Beast looks cool! It will be keeping you very warm! I can help you with a new template if you want me to. I love doing that stuff. Let me know!

9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it Robin! That's the biggest, snuggly-ist poncho I've ever seen! I could never last out for a project that big! lol I'm having a difficult time gettin mine to my elbows! Let them laugh... they be blue this winter when you're cuddly & warm!
I love the hat, too, I made one that could be it's twin and wear it all the time.
Best Wishes,
Hazel S.
My blog...

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!! Now I see why you call it the Beast! Looks like you're ready for anything that winter can dish out, baby! Woohoo! Come on snow! Great job!


12:52 AM  
Blogger Colette said...

Wow - that is gorgeous!! I love it, it will be so warm this winter. Great work.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I first saw the photo of The Beast, I thought "that poncho's humongous"! But the more I looked at it, the more I thought about how nice it would be to wear on a chilly day. Congratulations on your successful FO! Betsey

9:45 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

The Beast looks toast warm. That was a huge project. Your hat looks great too. Now what?


3:36 PM  

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