Friday, March 02, 2007

Disaster!

You might remember my red sweater. It WAS the Nantucket Jacket from Interweave Knits Winter 2006. I had not washed it or blocked it and it was a bit tight. So I did..........the yarn is Pure Merino from Berroco, machine wash. I soaked it, then spun the water out. It came out HUGE. It did not loose the shape but the yarn stretched beyond belief. It will fit my dad's wife size 16! Into a box along with my grandma's vest it goes. She might be able to use it or frog it and reuse the yarn for something else. I refuse to do it!

5 comments:

Tan said...

I have had a similar experience with superwash (machine washable) wool. And of course you can't felt it either to make it smaller. If you get superwash again, I suggest a BIG swatch, then wash it and see what happens. Sorry you had such annoying frustration. I hope the size 16 lady likes it.

LadyLungDoc said...

Sigh...

Robknits said...

Oh no, how unfair!

Leigh said...

Oh, bummer! I had this happen with handspun merino, but was able to full it down to size in the machine. Made a nice study jacket after that. But your's is superwash, sigh. Tan has a good suggestion. I'm going to remember that.

Jane said...

Holly Crap! I knew there was a reason I don't use superwash! I feel for you. I know they tell us to consider it a "learning experience" but does it have to be so traumatic? Of couurse, I've got my own knitting disaster happening so maybe these expriences are a universal constant? Better luck on the next one.