We finally got our campervan after months of waiting for the conversion to be finished and we have had several trips away over the summer. I have been taking my projects with me, and although I didn’t get a lot finished, I have really enjoyed knitting and crocheting whilst relaxing at various campsites. I did however finish one of the colourful socks

colourful sock

And the hemp summer top


The “Oops!” in the title refers to the fact that two of my favourite cardigans met with a felting accident after my very helpful husband put them  in the washing machine (the original top down round yoke and my shell stitch wrap around cardigan). I must admit I was very upset at the time, and vowed never to make anything wearable out of hand wash only yarn again.

I have started on two more seamless garments – this time knit rather than crochet, and worked from the bottom up. The first will be a basic cardigan with either a crew neck or a ribbed collar in Texere Troon Tweed (not machine washable!)
tweed cardigan progress

And the second will be an adult sized wonderful wallaby in Wendy Serenity ( a very soft alpaca/wool/synthetic mix)

wallaby progress

it’s interesting working on the two projects at the same time. The texere tweed is a little bit rough compared to the synthetic blend, but it’s so much more enjoyable to work with. Although the Wendy yarn is very soft, it does have a synthetic, slightly squeaky feel, but I probably wouldn’t have noticed so much if I hadn’t been working with the Tweed yarn as well.  I think in future I will probably stick to working with non-synthethic yarns but just be more careful about ensuring that they do not end up in the washing machine!


4 Responses to “Ooops!”

  1. 1 Heather September 6, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Your poor sweaters! I had a beautiful green angora/wool sweater in the early nineties. Lent it to a friend and she machine-washed it. Came out SO small. I still think about it occasionally.

    Your hemp cardigan is gorgeous!


  2. 2 Deneen September 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Is the hemp summer top your pattern? I love it!

  3. 3 Jenni January 14, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I too love that hemp summer top pattern. Where can I find it? Thank you!

  4. 4 Suzanne September 28, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I solved the problem of the “helpful” husband ruining special garments- if an item is special, handknit, or etc I put it in a laundry bag instead of with the wash. That way it isn’t even there- so I can’t mess it up either (which I have been known to do as well).

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