I've been winding up a storm on my new ball winder -- an electrical storm, that is. As I wind my wool, I can hear crackles of electricity, and the end result is a lovely little ball of static! I feel like I'm at a science fair. I put my hands on the wound ball of wool and I feel like my hair is about to start lifting off my head. Does this happen to you? Do you have any tricks to avoid charging every ball of wool you wind?
As I near completion of the back piece of Bill's vest, I'm wondering about the proper order of washing and seaming. I'm knitting with KnitPicks Swish, and according to my swatch, I expect about 20 percent shrinkage in length. (Specifically, the front and back pieces should shrink from 27 inches in length to about 22 inches.) Because it will be such a difference, should I wash and dry the pieces prior to seaming? (I know I need to wash and dry the body before adding the neckband and armbands.) Also, should I seam with the Swish or should I use a washable black sock yarn?
I thank you in advance and bow before your great wisdom.
Monday, January 08, 2007