Two unrelated questions, but I’m too lazy to do two separate posts.
I’m used to the long-tail cast-on, with just kind of … straight knitting, if that makes sense. (The sort of cast-on where the thumb pretends to be a knitting needle. I’ve tried other methods, but this is the one that makes the most sense.) If I’m going to be doing K2P2 ribbing, should I do ribbing in the cast-on, or just do it straight?
I’ll admit that felting scares me a little, but I also kind of want to try it. Problem is, I don’t have a washing machine, and the person who does my laundry (long story) isn’t a knitter and so I can’t have her felt it. Even though I sort of understand the basic principle, trying to explain it well enough to felt by proxy is kind of like a colorblind person trying to teach a blind person how to paint a rainbow.
Is it possible to felt by hand? If so, how? (These would be smaller pieces, not sweaters – I don’t really do that many sweaters.)
Thanks! If I haven’t mentioned it recently, I totally love this forum.