One day, I walked into a yarn store, was wearing a stunning ivy green Konglelula hat. I also picked up a skein of Fierce Fibers Abyss (50% Merino, 50% Silk) thinking that the silk would give my Konglelula a bit more relaxed drape in the pleats. Since orange is my favorite color, I could not let go of this skein of creamsicle the moment I saw it.
Unfortunately, while it had perfect drape to begin with, it then continued to drape. And continued. And continued. After about 12 weeks, it was so loose that it was barely possible to wear it as a hat any more. It was getting to be more the size of a grocery bag than a hat. I know silk likes to stretch, but I had figured the 50% merino wool (a nice bouncy fiber) would keep that in check. I didn’t think to get any pictures of it in its stretched out state.
I decided I had nothing to lose, and I threw it in the laundry with my next full load of regular clothes. I figured if the wool could combat the silks’ initial growth, maybe it could correct the problem by felting back down to size. The hat definitely felted. It came off smaller than when it was first off the needles. The pleats also lost some of their definition.
I’ll tell you what though, the silk in the yarn was still radiant as ever. It was very difficult to photograph this hat because the yarn is so shiny! It just looks like a ball of light on my head. Overall, not a perfect rescue, but it went from being unwearable to recognizable-as-a-hat, so I guess that’s an improvement.
The pattern is only one of the beautiful designs by Ingvill Freland. Of course, I’m partial to hats, but she’s got sweaters, she’s got shawls, she’s got kids. I’d wager a guess that if you check out her patterns there will be something that catches your eye.
Have you ever immediately bought a pattern and yarn because of what someone in a yarn store was wearing? Tell me in the comments.