This pattern doesn’t seem to be intended for men, actually.
Perhaps I shouldn’t say that. I didn’t felt them carefully by hand, after all. I threw them into the washer with hot water and a little soap, as I usually do, and pulled them out when they reached the right length.
#1 son put them on and I helped him mold them to the preferred shape.
For one thing, though they were just fine in length, they were so tight that, rather than making a nice little elfin bootie like the pair on the right, these gray ones fitted precisely to the contours of #1 son’s foot. Since the yarn also unaccountably ended up looking furry — never had that happen before, and I have felted several things with Wool of the Andes before — the effect was very much as though #1 son were turning into a werewolf, beginning at the feet.
We are waiting for the final drying before deciding what to do with these werewolf paws. I may wet them again and felt them down further for #2 son, or I may do some cutting and make them into clogs, hoping that that will take away some of the werewolf look. I’ll let you know.
While I’m at it, here is a report on the bawks. In Christmas of 2005, I made wool covers for hot water bottles. How have they stood up? I think this is a good test of the puissance of the yarn, since we fill them with boiling water every night, often spilling some onto them, and then shove them under covers and put our feet on them.
The ones pictured here are in Wool Ease and Wool of the Andes, reading from left to right.
I append a picture of the gray one when it was new, so you can see the lovely cable pattern.
Said lovely cable pattern has been smushed out of recognition on both used bawks. Wool of the Andes has held up a little better. The Wool Ease one has pilled quite hideously. Both still keep the hot water bottle hot all night long, so I have no complaints.
However, if you are wondering which cheap yarn will stand up better to wear, I would say it is Wool of the Andes over WoolEase.
I also made some in Peruvian Highlands Wool, but none of those ended up in my household, so I don’t know how they have fared.
A theological question arose in conversation yesterday.
Can you adjust God to suit your preferences?
Now, I’m not talking about atheists. In fact, now that atheists are getting evangelical, I no longer want to allow them any opinions on theological matters at all. You don’t hear me saying that the Easter Bunny, who does not exist, is German and pale brown.
No, this question is only for those who worship some particular God, or who refuse to worship some particular God.
Supposing that God exists, then how much leeway do we humans have with redefining God? Can you, if you are Jewish, say that God was pretty scary sometimes but you bet he has matured since then? There is actually an interesting book that takes this position. Can you, if you are Christian, base your entire concept of God on John 3:16 and praise songs of the “Jesus, My Boyfriend” school, thus deciding that God is an unconditionally loving mom and humans are the entire center of the universe? Actually, a lot of modern American Christians do this.
We don’t feel free to redefine polar bears, though, do we? How much flexibility do we have in our concepts of God, without sacrificing intellectual honesty?
So there you have it: God and yarn. Take your pick. I must go make breakfast.