Day Four: Where are they now?
Whatever happened to your __________?
Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity

One project from the past that turned out well at first and seemed so promising ended up a big, fat disappointment: my Popped! socks .

They were beautiful (note the past tense there). The yarn is a subtle hand-dye in shades of lavender by a local dyer. The socks were a fun challenge to knit, though all the twisted knit stitches grew tedious near the end.

Alas, the socks did not hold up at all in the wash. The yarn was labeled 100% superwash, but after the first laundering, they looked a little fuzzy and felt a little tight. In fact, I only wore the socks a few times before they had gradually felted to the point where they were completely unwearable. The last time I tried to wear them I had to lie down and tug hard with both hands just to get one sock over my foot, and I gave up. It was really disappointing. The yarn was, shall we say, appropriately priced considering it was hand-dyed locally (in other words, not cheap), and the pattern was a lot of work to knit.

Even though those socks are no longer intended to be worn, I couldn't just give them up. I stuck them in the wash a few more times and put them in the dryer to felt them on purpose, which sort of worked, and now I have them stashed in a bag of thrift-store sweaters intended to be made into felted potholders or other fun recycling-friendly projects. We'll see when I get around to that!


cauchy09 said…
aww, so disappointing. you can always make more, though!
Suze said…
Yeah, I figure it's as good an excuse as any to knit myself more socks!

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