first of all, thanks so much for your opinions on the hat! they were very helpful. i think i may try the border, then if i don’t like it rip it. i’m assuming in doing this that the asymmetry will still be bold enough (blue compared to orange).
one morning this week, i finally decided to try felting the stack of stuff i had piled in the yarn room. so into the washer on hot with a bit of soap went 3 moth eaten cashmere sweaters that a kind woman dropped at my doorstep last week, two fronts to a cardigan (the rest of which was ripped for yarn recycling, but these didn’t work – i also used them to exhaust a dye bath), and one little knitted swatch for my friend peggy (not shown).
the three cashmere sweaters were a bit different. the red one might not have felted at all (superwash cashmere?), the tan one felted up like crazy and i didn’t take it out so it felted more and more, and the black one needed the two wash cycles, as did peggy’s felted sample.
as someone who has never felted before, it was really interesting to watch everything felt at a different rate. so, what do i plan to do with these? i think the cashmere that felted may be cut into pieces to stitch at the forehead sections if people find hats itchy. the blue pocket cardi fronts i’m pondering some sort of wall hanging to hold my circular needles for one of them. the red cashmere sweater? i’m not sure. anyone have a use for it?