Friday, December 16, 2011
I won't say that the scarf is done as it still needs to be hemmed, but here it is after wet finishing.
Although southern guilds aren't keen to have wool in the Magic workshop - they have very little call or use for wool - a little bit used to create shrinkage differential or 'collapse' effects might be tempting. :)
With only one scarf (and a towel) in the washing machine, fulling didn't really begin to happen by the end of the 4 minute wash cycle with hot water (and our water is very hot as we keep the water heater turned up quite high just for my wet finishing), the regular cycle agitation and spin.
When I took the scarf out of the machine I wetted it out thoroughly and tossed both it and the towel into the dryer for about 30 minutes, checked on it a couple of times and took it out still damp after it had reached the degree of 'collapse' I thought would work well in a generous sized scarf. The length is a bit longer than antiticpated (remember too long can be made 'right') but some people like very long scarves. Since this is primarily a teaching sample, not a prototype for production, I'll hem it as it is and call it 'done'.
Currently reading A Good Hanging - a collection of short stories by Ian Rankin. Not sure how I missed this title as I thought I'd read everything he'd written but it will do until his next title becomes available.