Secret Gift Revealed

I finally got a picture of the completed project, so now I can post about it.

First, here’s a another peek that I meant to share before I got bogged down with the holiday knitting rush.

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Can you guess what it is? By the way, the taupe in this picture is what Megan sent, and is where I was hoping to use turquoise. Once I had the yarn in hand, I knew the intended recipients would prefer the taupe. So I knit with that, and then stopped. I worried that the taupe would be too neutral. The project sat neglected for a while, while I considered whether I should at least try the turquoise. Finally, I put the three colors together and told the recipients I was going to knit some more toddler socks with it,”Which should I use with the red? The turquoise or the taupe?” I received a very firm answer: “Taupe!”
So the matter was settled.

I finished up the knitting and wove in the last half (from 50+) of the ends just in time to throw the whole thing in the washer on the morning of Christmas Eve. Have I kept you in suspense long enough yet? Here’s a picture of the final project before I felted it.

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I probably could have put this Backgammon game board through another round in the wash, because the garter stitch used on the bar is still a bit visible.

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Overall, though, I’m pleased with the end result of the fulling. I used Patons Classic Merino Wool and a bit of Cascade 220, which are quite smooth, so the felted fabric was perfectly matted and not at all hairy. Most importantly, I was really happy with the whole thing. It looks really cool, is unusual, yet usable, and would be a good gift for my parents. They thought it was cool.

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The board measured about 36 inches long and 13.5 inches wide before going into the wash. Afterwards, the dimensions are about 24 inches long by 10.5 wide. The pattern is from KnitWhits, and it is also available as a kit. I chose to get the pattern only so I could knit in a palette better suited for my parents.

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8 Responses to “Secret Gift Revealed”

  1. Jeanne Says:
    January 5th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    I can’t believe you knit a backgammon board. I never thought of doing something like that. Now you’ve got me thinking about cribbage, but…ick…all those intargia holes…

  2. Nicole Says:
    January 6th, 2007 at 3:53 am

    How cool! At first I thought, what a weird scarf… but with the final picture, “Ahhh…” Do you play backgammon?

  3. mrspao Says:
    January 6th, 2007 at 6:21 am

    That is brilliant! Are you going to knit some markers as well or are you going to use buttons?

  4. Dave Says:
    January 6th, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Very cool!

  5. Guinifer Says:
    January 7th, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    I like Mrs. Pao terms – that IS brilliant!

  6. Chris Says:
    January 8th, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    That is SO cool! It’s absolutely wonderful!

  7. nihal Says:
    January 9th, 2007 at 5:22 am

    wow. you knit a backgammon game! great.

  8. OzKnitter Says:
    January 12th, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Bloody brilliant! It looks fabulous.

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