Remembtance Day hat, felted version
I had the idea for this Remembrance Day hat a couple of weeks ago. it was supposed to be a felted version of a twenties cloche with a crocheted poppy. I think I have discovered on Halloween and today why knitted felting was a short lived fad. Firstly a felted hat has at least 50% more stitches in it than a regular hat because of the shrinkage. Secondly, the washing machine turns into a real crapshoot.
Remembrance Day hat, unfelted version
unfelted version, top view
I spent the last couple of days off and on knitting the felted hat. I mapped it out on paper and used the (newly recovered) tension square that I had made and lost for the witches hat on Halloween to calculate the stitches. I knitted and knitted, and then put it in the washer and dryer. I got a pattern for the crocheted poppy from Treasures in Needlework by Mrs Warren and Mrs Pullan, 1870, and threw it in the laundry with the hat. This morning I got them out and found what I thought was a shapless, unusable mess.
I then set about spending today knitting the second (unfelted) hat and making a scaled down crocheted poppy from my head. Now I am not sure which one is better.
Alan and Heather got the last pumpkin in the store yesterday. It was a huge pumpkin for $3.99, but it was a bit moldy inside….can’t have everything and the Jack-o-lantern only has to last a couple of hours anyway. Heather carved it a dusk and I think it looks great.
A while ago I was saying to Heather that I would like to do a Santa hat nearer to Christmas. I got ‘MUM, Santa hats are NOT knitted, you might as well make a witches hat too!’. Of course, this made the idea of a felted witches hat pop into my head.
I was making the witches hat till the last minute. It still needs some work to make the brim stay up, and I will decorate it a bit more. It is, however sort of the right size and shape, so that part is good. The washing machine ate my tension square. I made one. Honest. We looked all through the laundry last weekend and it had disappeared without a trace. I looked up what people said the shrinkage was for Patons Classic Wool then did the math and went for it. Here are the before and after pictures. Included in the picture is another hat that Heather calls ‘Penquin in a Hoop Skirt’. I should have followed my own advice and ripped it out when I noticed I had put and extra stitch in the ghost’s belly, but the intarsia was causing me grief and I didn’t want to redo it.
Penquin in a Hoop Skirt and the Witches hat
So, to sum up, a bare pass and an epic fail….