Yesterday, I spent some more time on prototypes of the fingerless gloves. I've sewn several pairs for myself that fit very well and am transferring that information to a system that will allow me - you - us - to draft customized gloves when the arm/hand is present, customized gloves when working with a set of measurements, and gloves that are based on standardized sizes for when you have a rough idea of size but no specific measurements. I'm making progress.
Once I've figured out sizing, I want to illustrate the different methods using knit fabrics, stretch wovens, and felted materials such as old sweaters along with variations on the theme. Ideally - in the end - I'll end up with a booklet of possibilities.
I knit this sweater four or five years ago and have worn it twice so the last time I cleaned my closet I opted to recycle it. My friend Patti taught me how to felt on her Baby Lock Embellisher machine and then let me bring it home with me. I felted around the seams on the sweater to prevent the knit stitches from unraveling and then cut it apart around the armhole, shoulder, collar, and underarm seams to keep as many big pieces as possible.
I felted the pieces once, washed them in hot water, felted them twice again, washed them in hot water, and then felted them again. I debated doing them once more only I'm not noticing a significant difference so there seems to be a maximum felting point which may be contributed to by the fact that this is a wool blend as opposed to 100% wool. Some info I read yesterday indicating that a sweater needs to be at least 80% wool seems to support that fact. Good to know.
The sweater fabric is felted sufficiently to hold. The knitting stitches are visible but felted together and don't run when pulled. The fabric is softly firm if that makes any sense. It'll make lovely fingerless gloves. I'd like to make at least two pairs, one for myself and one for a friend to go with the purple scarf I'm knitting her for Christmas, and hopefully more since I can use the felting machine to "stitch" together remnants although I'll need to return it sometime soon. So far, I've enjoyed the possibilities I see in the felted fabric but can't see myself wanting one of these machines. The actual act of felting is incredibly boring unless you're adding details rather than felting yardage. It's great for playing but for this purpose I'd rather buy the fabric or felt old sweaters in the washing machine.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - being trusted with a friend's machine