You probably know someone like my sister Lulu. She loves fashion and design and trends. If it's cool and hip and cute and handcrafted, she has either seen it, owns it, or bought it professionally to sell in the gift shop
she runs. What to do for her birthday ?
If you know how to knit backwards, the whole knitting part is effortless as well as mindless. Which is to say knitting strips goes very well with The Wire
. The slate blue are Brown Sheep Lambs Pride
worsted, the brown is Valley Yarns Berkshire
worsted, and the white is Cascade Magnum
, super bulky. The pattern calls for bulky but you know, whatevs. It's felted. Relax.
Before I started, I had my favorite kind of conversation with Archinknist
, in which we deconstruct a pattern. Why knit strips of stockinette, and 3 needle bind them off to form a circle pre-felting, rather than knitting iCord? We also considered knitting short tubes in the round, but realized that'd deprive the piece of its bangleness - strips curl in upon themselves when felted. So, the white is a 3 stitch icord on size 15 needles, the others are strips 7 stitches wide on size us 10 needles. I knit loosely though, if you're keeping score.
Unfelted, I was laying bets on the icord to come out best , with the brown Berskshire least likely to bangle nicely. So wrong. The Valley Yarns Berkshire came out smoothest. This is why felting and I will never be BFFs. So unpredictable.
The wraps are crewel thread. I wanted to try some thin leather strips, or thick waxed linen but I was out of both. I may still yet with 2 leftover felted rounds. Epilogue: sister Lulu happy, felting faith rehabilitated, bangle gifting successful.
P.S. added 2/24
Since I posted this I discovered these
versions of the bangles. Love. (its a Ravelry link, I'm guessing you can access it, right?) Knit from Noro Kureyon, a yarn I have some scrappage of. Also , MaryLou's comment that white yarn doesn't felt as well was news to me, and the icord approach is worth revisiting in a color. Looks like I may be back in the basement hovering over the washer again sometime soon.
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