If you remember my last
accident experiment with Bernat Cotton Tots, (here) you’ll remember I was deeply upset that my idea for knitted face cloths might not happen (was thinking easy and neat christmas or birthday presents with some nice liquid or bar soap)
Well, I heard on an email list that someone said Shine from Knitpicks could work well for washclothes. After reading up on what Pima Cotton and Modal was, I had to agree, it had a good chance. But would it pass the wash test? I knitted up my Leaf Edge sample last night and
washed it, abused it, in the washing machine with a load of towels. I figured this would be the roughest wash it could get and tell me the best outcome. My Cotton Tots failed in far less abuse (was washed with some more delicate fabric on a lighter setting)
So into the wash it went, measuring, pre-wash 9.5 inches across. Out it came from a Cotton heat set dryer, measuring 9 inches. Not bad!
When I saw it out of the washing machine before it’s fluff in the dryer. I was dismayed. It looked horrible, like a beat up and dead wet dog. But if fluffed up nice and pretty.
Now, the bad news. I went to use it earlier today, and it went from a magically pretty looking face cloth back to a dead wet dog. With very loose stitches, especially those middle ones, caused by the short rows. No good to wash your face with open holes in a washcloth! So I see a few experiements might be needed. 1) Knit another one, round or square and machine wash it much more gentle. See what happens and 2) While the pattern doesn’t call for it, learn to Wrap and turn my short rows (I can do it on a loom, but needles, eh.. not yet) to close up those middle holes you get from short rowing.
So right now, I’m working on a square dishcloth, in a little motiff of a basket weave basket, handle and everything.
The extra good news, is on size 4 needles, I was able to get one whole round facecloth out of one ball of Shine worsted. With extra left over. I love this stuff. I just hope, I can make it useful as gift giving.