Yay! The swatch-of-randomness for the knitted mandala picture survived its experimental wash-and-block! (Bet you’ve been on the edge of your seats about that one. 😉 ) So. It IS possible to wash-and-block a mixture of rich, inky Fyberspates green, with an innocent little Wendy 5-ply cream. Looooooooook!
Admittedly, the washing was brief and minimal and in cold water, with a Dylon ‘colour-catcher’ as a precaution. But there didn’t seem to be any dye on the colour-catcher at the end, so maybe I didn’t need it. So, when the mandala is done
and the toddler twinnage fling tomato sauce at it it’ll be possible to wash-and-block, in order to even out the stitches of my uneven knitwork.
The plan, as we’ve discussed before (have I mentioned how much I love chattering to people on here?) is to embellish the finished mandala picture with a smattering of gold thread. I’m just trying to think how best to do this. The thread I’ve got is probably too fine. In the sample below, I’ve played around with outlining a stitched area, and with over-sewing columns of stitches. Not sure which – if either – works? Any thoughts, please, people? But I definitely need some thicker gold thread, because I had to go over each area many, many times to achieve even this effect. And when you consider that the finished mandala will contain approximately 50 000 knit stitches, you’ll understand why I need to find a slightly more efficient embroidery technique…
Now, on with the knitting…….